Mary Cushing Doherty


Mary Cushing DohertyWhen meeting Mary Cushing Doherty for the first time, you get the immediate sense that you’re in good hands. With over 30 years of experience in practicing family law, she exudes the confidence, passion, and energy necessary in this demanding, complex field.   She has earned the reputation as one of Montgomery County’s and Pennsylvania’s most recognizable and highly respected domestic relations attorneys.  She is the calm within the storm.  A model of civility and integrity to colleagues and opposing counsel alike, she is also a forceful advocate for her clients.

Mary’s ability to connect with people comes from her background as one of eight children, raised in her native Chicago.  As a young person, she loved school and also embraced the world of theater.  At one time she harbored thoughts of one day becoming a teacher.  Instead, she decided to enter the field of law, following the footsteps of her father and three of her siblings.   Yet she maintained and brought with her the interests in teaching and the arts, along with her strong sense of family. No surprise that she chose to concentrate on matrimonial and family law, all while building her own family of three with husband Jim.

Mary began her career practicing under and being mentored by the renowned family lawyer, Albert Momjian at his well respected firm, Abrahams and Lowenstein.   She also counts the Honorable Emanuel Bertin, Master Frederick Cohen, and Madam Justice Sandra Shultz Newman as key mentors who played important roles in guiding the early development of her career.  Having balanced her successful legal career with the demands of raising her three children, Mary can readily relate to the challenges of balancing work and family.  She has faced personal losses, and these challenges and heartbreak have given her an even greater understanding of and empathy for those she represents, as she guides them through the upheaval in their own families.

Mary believes that to be effective and achieve optimal results for her clients, she needs to be a creative strategist, a good listener, a careful planner, and a trustworthy and supportive advocate.  She is adamant that teamwork, between herself, her family law group at High Swartz and her clients, is essential to achieving favorable resolutions, in a timely manner, and with reasonable legal fees.  Mary’s love of teaching led her to develop her career and her practice in a fashion that she is more than an advocate, she has become that teacher and mentor, educating her clients in order to get the best outcome for them, but also guiding her associate attorneys on the best ways to procure positive results.  Her approach emphasizes listening to her clients, developing an understanding of their issues and desires, empowering them to assist in the success of their cases, and working as a team to seek creative, outside the box solutions.

If you’d like to know more about Mary’s education, legal association memberships, publications, etc., feel free to visit her formal biography on the High Swartz website.

Areas of Practice:

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania, 1978


  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1978
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 1975

Professional Affiliations & Honors:

  • PBA Women in Profession Lynette Norton Award, May, 2012
  • Legal Intelligencer, 2012 Women of the Year Recipient
  • Awesome Attorneys 2011, Suburban Life Magazine
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Women of Accomplishment, Women's Yellow Pages, 24th Edition
  • Woman of Distinction Recipient, Philadelphia Business Journal, December, 2009
  • Professionals For Amicable Divorce, Member
  • Joint State Government Commission of Pennsylvania
  • Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004-2016

Civic & Community Activities:

  • UNITE, Inc., Chair of the Board, 1988 - 2007; member since 1982
  • St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Horsham, Pre-Cana counselor for more than 30 years
  • Upper Dublin High School, adjunct instructor, Child Development II, since 1995

Publications & Presentations:

  • Ms. Doherty has been a Course Planner and Lecturer for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1992 and for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute since 1985. She also has been a Lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section and Montgomery Bar Association since 1985. She has lectured on family law topics at many regional law schools including Villanova University School of Law and Widener University.