Catelyn Slattery

Catelyn SlatteryCatelyn is a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys ("AAAA") and a member of the Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia bars.  Catelyn focuses in the area of family building, estate matters and children’s rights.  She is a native Washingtonian and graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in English Literature.  Catelyn has represented countless birth parents in adoption plans as well as representing adoting parents across all three jurisdictions.  She handles LGBTQ cases involving step parent, second parent and parentage matters.  She is highly regarded locally as one of the best adoption attorneys in the area.  

Catelyn has her J.D. from New England School of Law in Boston.  While in law school, Catelyn focused her education on family law and the rights of children.  She helped start the Education Law and Policy Association at New England Law.  She was also a member of the Family Law Society and Children’s Law Society.

In law school, Catelyn received a mediation award and a CALI Award for Trial Practice.  She also worked as a law clerk at Children’s Legal Services in Boston. In this capacity, she worked with children in the foster care system.  Catelyn attended Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings with her clients as an Educational Advocate.  She had the opportunity to assist in several court investigations and attended hearings for clients ranging from truancy to termination of parental rights.

During her law school summer, Catelyn worked with First Star, a national non-profit which advocates for the rights of children in the foster care system.  Catelyn has a passion for working with children and seeing that all children have a safe and happy home.

In her spare time, Catelyn participates with the Montgomery County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Program handling divorces for pro bono clients.

Catelyn has attended the following trainings and Continuing Legal Education seminars:

  •     Ethical Tools to Defuse Incivility
  •     The Rita Rosenkrantz Family Law Training
  •     Special Education and Medicaid Fair Hearing

Catelyn is a member of the following:

  •     Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys 
  •     Admitted to the Maryland Bar
  •     Admitted to the Virginia State Bar
  •     Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar
  •     American Bar Association
  •     Maryland State Bar Association
  •     Bar Association of Montgomery County
  •     Women’s Bar Association
  •     Family Law Sections of the Bar Association of Montgomery County and Maryland State Bar Association
  •     Collaborative Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County
  •     Education Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County
  •     Juvenile Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County

“I believe in working with each of my clients—in support of their family dynamic—to make the dreams of parenthood a reality. Whether you are single or married; or gay; a step-parent, a surrogate or intended parent or a child of adoption, it is my mission to serve as your advocate. With a dedication to the ethical and sensitive nature of each situation, I will help you understand the laws within Maryland or Washington, DC for adoption or surrogacy, and pledge to be your partner throughout the journey.” - Jennifer Fairfax