Catherine McKinney, divorce lawyer in NYC, New York divorce lawyer

Catherine McKinney, Esq.



Phone 212-401-1977


Catherine McKinney joined the firm after two years clerking for Hon. Rachel A. Adams of Kings County Supreme Court, Matrimonial Part.  Ms. McKinney has prior experience working with divorcing couples as a New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) legal fellow in the Divorce Mediation Project, a NYLAG intern in the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit, and as a student mediator in the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Divorce Mediation Clinic.   Ms. McKinney has additional prior legal experience as a Judicial Intern for Hon. Ronald L. Ellis of the Southern District of New York (SDNY), and as a Contract Attorney at MoloLamken LLP, a boutique litigation firm in Manhattan.

As a compliment to her focus on matrimonial and family issues during law school, Ms. McKinney has studied several other forms of dispute resolution – participating in mediation seminars in Israel in 2012, co-founding the Cardozo Philosophy and Law Society, and focusing her studies at New York University on national security and diplomacy – all of which have helped Ms. McKinney to develop a unique style for dealing with conflict.

Catherine McKinnney became a partner in the Kleyman Law firm in 2020.

Focus Areas

  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Complex Litigation & Motion Practice
  • Case Management & Compliance
  • Appellate Practice

Education & Bar Admission

Bachelor of Arts, English, Michigan State University, 2007

Master of Arts, Politics & International Relations, New York University, 2011

JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2014

New York State Bar

Honors & Awards

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY and selected for inclusion as a one of Super Lawyers Rising Stars New York Metro in the area of divorce and family law.  This rating is awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys by Super Lawyers that selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process, Super Lawyers.



Legal Analysis90%
Case & Litigation Strategy80%
Negotiation & Conflict Resolution75%
Legal Writing & Research95%
Motion Practice92%
Court Presence80%
Trial Practice65%