Professionals For

Mary Cushing Doherty

Mary Cushing Doherty, Esquire
High Swartz LLP

40 East Airy Street, P.O. Box 671
Norristown, Pennsylvania 19404-0671

(610) 275-0700

(610) 275-5290


High Swartz LLP
Partner since September, 1999
Norristown, PA 19404

Private Practice/Solo Owner from August, 1988 through August, 1999
One Montgomery Plaza, Suite 609
Norristown, PA 19401

Abrahams & Loewenstein
Special Counsel to the firm August, 1988 through August, 1999
Partner from July, 1987 through August, 1988
Associate from January, 1979 through June, 1987

Primarily Matrimonial Practice

Professional Recognition

Frederick Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching from The Doris Jonas Freed Family Law Inn of Court, May, 2008
Margaret Richardson Award Honoree of Montgomery Bar Association, 2006
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Domestic Relations for 2004 through 2008, Top 50 Women Attorneys 2005, 2007, 2008; Top 100 Attorneys and Top 50 Women Attorneys 2006
Ten Leaders of Greater Philadelphia Matrimonial & Divorce Law, 2005-2006; 2008-2009
Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1995, AV (highest) rating
Listed in Best Lawyers In America since 1995
Listed in Who’s Who of American Women since 1989


Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
Graduated: 1978, J.D.

University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
Graduated: 1975, B.A., Philosophy

Professional Activities

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Pennsylvania Chapter
President of Pennsylvania Chapter, July, 2006 to July, 2007
Pennsylvania Chapter Officer, 2001 to present; Board of Managers 1993 to 1999
Elected a Fellow, March, 1986

Montgomery Bar Association
Margaret Richardson Award Honoree, selected by Women in the Law Committee, 2006
Family Law Committee Chair, 1994; Member Since 1988
Member of Women in the Law Committee since 1999
Member Bench Bar Committee, 1995 – 1996

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Family Law Section Chair, 1999 to 2000; Officer 1995 to 2001, Council Member, 1990 to 1994,
Ex Officio Council Member, 2002-present; Section Member since 1979
Member of the Commission on Women in the Profession since 1997
Serves as At Large Member of Executive Council, WIP

Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Board of Directors, 1992 to 1998
Award of Professional Excellence in Programming, Association for Continuing Legal Education, for Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements Course, 1997

Joint State Government Commission of Pennsylvania
Member of Advisory Committee on Domestic Relations Law, March, 1995 to present
Chair of Alimony Sub-Committee, April 2005 to present
Member of Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproduction Technologies, 2005 to present

Philadelphia Bar Association
Family Law Section Chair, 1985; Member Since 1979
Family Law Delegate to Board of Governors, 1986
Member of Judicial Selection Commission, 1985

American Bar Association
Family Law Section, Member from 1979 through 1987, 1992 to present

American Bar Foundation
Elected a Fellow, October, 1995

Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Court
Member of the Bench since 1995; Executive Committee since 1995

Attorney General Mike Fisher’s Family Violence Task Force
Member of Law Enforcement and the Judiciary Group, Designee for Pennsylvania Bar, 1998-1999

Supreme Court Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System
Chair of the Gender Bias in Family Court Subcommittee Work Group and co-editor of Gender and Racial Bias in Family Court portion of the report; 2000 to 2003

Speaking/Writing Experience

Course Planner and Lecturer for American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1992 to present
Course Planner and Lecturer for Pennsylvania Bar Institute, mid 1980’s to present
Lecturer for Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section and Montgomery Bar Association, mid-1980’s to present
Lecturer, Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts for Family Law Trial Judges, 1999 and 2003
Lecturer, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Divorce Conference, 2000, 2002 to 2008
Course Planner and Moderator, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Drafting Marital Agreements, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2009
Course Planner and Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Family Law Potpourri, 2001, 2003, 2005; retitled Family Law Institute 2006
Lecturer on Ethics for Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Philadelphia Bar Association, 1992 and 1993.
Lecturer for Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Support, 1991 and 1993
Lecturer, Family Law Committee and General Practice Committee, Montgomery County Bar Association, 1992 to present
Course Planner and Moderator, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Equitable Distribution and Retirement Planning, 1997
Course Planner and Moderator, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Recent Developments in Equitable Distribution and other Divorce Issues, May, 1989
Course Planner and Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Family Law Statewide Institute, 1984 and 1987
Lecturer and Author, Basic Legal Practice, Spring & Fall Semesters, 1983, 1984, 1985, Speaker on Custody; 1987, 1988 General Divorce Issues
Panelist, Philadelphia Bar Association, Surrogate Parenting, March, 1988
Instructor for Philadelphia VIP, Custody Practice, 1988
Court Officer, Philadelphia County Family Court, Special Custody Pre-Trial Program, Summer, 1986
Moderator, Philadelphia County Bar Association Women in the Legal Profession, Seminar, The Issue of Gender, January, 1987
Lecturer, Philadelphia Paralegal Association, The Issue of Gender, March, 1987; Family Law, 1992 (approx.)
Lecturer, Villanova University School of Law, Drafting Marital Agreements, March, 1987
Lecturer, Widener University, Professional Women and Leadership Issues Conference, April, 1987

Other Community Activities

Chair of Board, UNITE, Inc., Non-profit corporation providing services to bereaved parents
Board Member 1985 – Present; Chair of Board 1987 – 2006; President 1990-1992
Pre-Cana Team Coordinator, Saint Catherine of Siena, Horsham, 1986-present
Pastoral Council, Saint Catherine of Siena, Horsham, 1993-1995
Chair of Advisory Board of Child Support Project of Philadelphia, 1987-1988
Member of Board of Directors, Visiting Nurse Association Community Services in Abington, PA, 2000 to 2004
Member of Board of Directors, Celestia, regional arts/performance organization, 2002 to 2005
Dance to the Music School of Dance, Adult Tap, 1995 to present