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Kathryn J. Laffey

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Kathryn J. Laffey is a partner at WhitbeckBennett, working at our Wilmington, Delaware office. Ms. Laffey graduated from Brandywine High School in Wilmington, Delaware in 1974, and from Longwood College in Virginia in 1977 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. After two years of employment as a social worker/school counselor, she attended Notre Dame Law School graduating in 1982. Ms. Laffey was a Family Court law clerk from August 1982 until November 1983. She has been in private practice, working almost exclusively in the domestic relations field, since December 1983. Ms. Laffey has also been active in the Delaware State Bar Association on many committees and served as Chairman of the Family Law Section and as Vice-Chair of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Section. She has spoken on many occasions on Family Law issues at the DSBA Family Law Fundamentals and annual Family Law Update seminars. 

Kathryn was appointed by Governor Carper to the Delaware Commission for Women in 1995 and served as Chair of the Commission from January 1998 to March 2002. Ms. Laffey was one of the first attorneys mediating divorce and custody matters in the State of Delaware since receiving training in 1992 and is the Director of Family Mediation Services, an alternative to the adversarial divorce court system. She has been a member of the Academy of Family Mediators, which merged with other national conflict resolution organizations, and is now known as the Association for Conflict Resolution. 

Name: Kathryn J. Laffey

Title: Partner

Kathryn has 35+ years of experience specializing in all areas of Family Law, including divorce, custody, property division, guardianships, adoptions, abuse cases, and support. She is trained in Family Law and Guardianship Mediation and Parenting Coordination and has extensive volunteer experience as a Child Advocate.  She is admitted to the Delaware Supreme Court, U.S. District Court of Delaware, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Law School: Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1982  

College: Longwood University, BSW in the field of Social Work, 1978

Admissions: Delaware

Affiliations: Delaware (Member: Family Law Section, Chairman, 1991-1993; Judicial Appointments Committee, 1993-1998) and American (Member, Family Law Section) Bar Associations; Melson-Arsht Inn of Court; Delaware Commission for Women (Chair, 1998-2002; Commissioner, 1995-2002); Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; Parenting Coordination Council of Delaware (Founding Member)

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“I worked with Kathy on a very complicated and emotional divorce and custody. My case was difficult for a variety of reasons and Kathy was able to navigate through all the difficulties and constantly reassure me that everything was going to be okay. And, she was right. She was very responsive to all my questions, and I had tons. I never had a problem reaching her and talked to her “after hours” a lot as well. I truly felt she cared about the wellbeing of me and my children. She prepared me fully for every court hearing and clearly explained all the different processes within the family court. I would 100% recommend her to anyone seeking an attorney. Her years of experience are very evident in her work. A+++”

Erin
Wilmington, DE

“Kathryn was very empathetic and knowledgeable in explaining my rights and helping me resolve what I thought would be a real battle for custody of my kids.”

Francis
Wilmington, DE

“Kathy was my lawyer during an incredibly contentious divorce and dissolution. She came highly recommended, and I’m so glad I chose her to represent me…She went to bat for me over and over. We only met face to face a few times including a grueling hearing, but we had a good connection and I always felt I could trust her expertise and knowledge, combined with her quiet and confident, yet tough demeanor. I consider Kathy a friend, and I would recommend her absolutely.”

Barbara
Wilmington, DE

“During the entire process Kathy was professional and supportive of the emotional battle we would endure. She always answered my questions and made sure I understood each step. I can’t thank her enough for all she has done for my family.”

Anonymous
Wilmington, DE

“Kathy was my lawyer during an incredibly contentious divorce and dissolution. She came highly recommended, and I’m so glad I chose her to represent me…She went to bat for me over and over. We only met face to face a few times including a grueling hearing, but we had a good connection and I always felt I could trust her expertise and knowledge, combined with her quiet and confident, yet tough demeanor. I consider Kathy a friend, and I would recommend her absolutely.”

Tracy
Wilmington, DE