Kathleen Donelli | AICPA ENGAGE 2019

Kathleen Donelli

Partner, McCarthy Fingar LLP
White Plains, NY

KATHLEEN DONELLI is the co-administrative partner of the law firm of McCarthy Fingar, L.L.P. in White Plains, N.Y. and concentrates her practice in matrimonial law. She is also a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer. Ms. Donelli is an Adjunct Law Professor at Pace Law School, teaching Collaborative Law and is the Vice Chair of its Board of Visitors. She is a graduate of Pace Law School ('85, cum laude) where she was the Articles Editor of the Pace Law School Law Review.

Ms. Donelli is listed as a Super Lawyer in Thomas Reuter's annual list of top family law attorneys in the N.Y. Metro area. She is a member of the Matrimonial Practice Advisory and Rules Committee and a former member of the Grievance Committee for the Ninth Judicial District and Screening Committees for White Plains City Court Judges. She is a past president of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (2003-2005) and the White Plains Bar Association (1998-2000).

In 2005, Ms. Donelli received the Alumni Leadership Award from Pace University School of Law. She worked with the Hon. Sondra Miller to draft and promote the 'No Fault' divorce bill which was enacted into law in October, 2010. In 2010, Ms. Donelli received the 'Leading Matrimonial Attorney' Above the Bar Award. In 2014, she received the New York State Bar Association Ruth Schapiro Award for promoting women in the legal profession.

Ms. Donelli won a landmark Court of Appeals custody decision, Tropea, 87 N.Y.2d 727 (1996), which established the rule in New York for custodial parents who seek to relocate. Ms. Donelli's additional reported cases in the area of matrimonial law include: Seruya v. Seruya, 107 A.D.3d 972 (2d Dep't 2013); Amari v. Molloy, 293 A.D.2d 431 (2d Dep’t 2002) and Frayne v. Frayne, 234 A.D.2d 545 (2d Dep't 1996).

Ms. Donelli published articles include, 'Dirks v. SEC: New Guidelines for Tippee Liability Under Rule 10b-5,' 4 Pace Law Review 631 (1984) and 'The Constitutionality of New York's Grandparent Visitation Statute in Light of Troxel v. Granville,' 27 Westchester Bar Journal 19 (2000).

Ms. Donelli has lectured frequently on Ethics and Professionalism, Matrimonial Law and Collaborative Law.