Some of Mary’s noteworthy accomplishments include:
Beginning her career in Philadelphia, she served as chair of the Family Law Section in 1985 and its representative on the Judicial Selection Commission. She was a co-chair of the Montgomery County Family Law Committee in 1994 and chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section in 1999-2000.
Mary has rightfully been honored over the years for her unparalleled community work and dedication to marital and family law. She has consistently been ranked as a Super Lawyer, Top Lawyer in America®, Top Attorney in Suburban Life Magazine and an honoree in both the Montgomery and Pennsylvania Bar Association. In 2012, she was a Legal Intelligencer Women of the Year recipient and PBA Lynette Norton Award honoree. In 2018, Mary was awarded the prestigious honor of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year for the Philadelphia area.
Ms. Doherty has been a Course Planner and Lecturer for The PBI, (and served on its board for 7 years), the PBA and MBA Family Law Section, and a Lecturer for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). She has been a spokesperson for legislative reform for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and has been honored by the PBA for acting as its spokesperson for reform of the custody statute and the Divorce Code to ease lengths of a no-fault divorce. She chaired the Supreme Court Committee on certification of organizations that qualify lawyers as experts. She served on the Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Task Force and she continues to participate on the PA Joint State Legislative Committee on Family Law.
Outside the Office
Mary’s civic and community activities are varied and numerous. She chairs the Eastern PA Advocacy Committee for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and has served in this committee and the BucksMont Light the Night Executive Committee.
Mary served as President of the AAML Pennsylvania Chapter from 2006 to 2007. Thereafter she served as Chapter Leader Coordinator from 2010 to 2013 and now co-chairs the AAML Legislation Committee.
She is active in her church, St. Catherine of Sienna in Horsham as a Pre-Cana counselor and lector. She also organizes the Holy Innocents memorial every Christmas in memory of infants children who have died, and I’m a supporter of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. is an adjunct instructor in Child Development to the youth at Upper Dublin High School. Mary currently serves as a Philadelphia VIP mentor, teacher and coach for pro se litigants.
“I am very happy to leave a 5 star review for Mary Cushing Doherty and her team. They recently helped me arbitrate a complicated, high value divorce. I felt Mary represented me in excellence while keeping an inherently adversarial process as civil as possible. I frequently use attorneys and consultants in my business and I give Mary my highest recommendation.” – Michael P.
“Simply the best. Professional, human, knowledgeable, kind, serious without ever losing a sense of humour. Made this Brit feel very welcomed and supported. I trusted their professional judgement and was right to do so. High Swartz delivered. Highly recommended.” – Adela B. – London UK
“I could not have asked for better legal counsel for my divorce! Mary Cushing Doherty was powerful and incredibly effective at a time when I needed an ally, an advocate and someone to give me clear guidance on the best course of action for my divorce. Her command of the facts was impressive and reassuring. I always appreciated her prompt acknowledgment of my emails and am ever-grateful for her advocacy through a complex, highly-charged, litigious divorce. Mary was poised and eloquent in the courtroom, made reasonable concessions when it was warranted and was patient and encouraging with me when things were overwhelming. I have the utmost respect for Mary and cannot adequately express my gratitude that she was by my side through one of the most challenging times in my life.” – Emma D.