Kathleen A. O'Connor

Top rated Family Law attorney in Media, Pennsylvania

Sweeney & Neary, LLP
Kathleen A. O'Connor
Sweeney & Neary, LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 2006

Education: Pennsylvania State University The Dickinson School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024

Sweeney & Neary, LLP

200 North Jackson Street
Media, PA 19063 Visit website


Kathleen A. O'Connor is a partner with Sweeney & Neary, L.L.P., law firm in Media, Pennsylvania. A highly rated lawyer with more than 14 years of legal experience, Ms. O'Connor focuses her practice primarily on family law, and she represents the rights and interests of clients throughout Delaware County, Pennsylvania and the surrounding counties who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Divorce
  • Child custody and support
  • Equitable distribution
  • Protection from abuse and restraining orders
  • Pre- and postnuptial agreement preparation and enforcement

Throughout the course of her legal career, Ms. O'Connor has achieved considerable success assisting and guiding her clients through the divorce and child custody process by helping them make the best informed decisions on the matters that will affect their families for years to come.  As a result, she has gained a reputation for her honesty, integrity and compassion.

Recognized for her outstanding professionalism and service, Ms. O'Connor has earned many top rankings and endorsements from her peers, clients and community.  She has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2020; she has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America in 2021 and 2022; the Delaware County Daily Times named her as a Top Lawyer in 2022; and Main Line Today named her as a Top Lawyer in her region in 2016 and 2017. In addition, she also received the Nicholas D. Vadino Memorial Award from the Delaware County Bar Association in 2011. She has also received "Excellent" client ratings on Avvo along with many testimonials and referrals from those she has served.

After graduating in 2000, Cum Laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park with degrees in psychology and criminal justice, Ms. O'Connor worked at a prominent investment firm for several years before deciding to pursue her legal career. She then enrolled at Penn State Dickinson Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2006. She is admitted to practice before all state courts in Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

While in law school, Ms. O'Connor worked for the school's Family Law Clinic, and she served as a senior editor for the Penn State International Law Review where she published an article exploring international child custody rights issues.

Active in her legal community, Ms. O'Connor is a member of the Delaware County Bar Association, where she has served as chair for the organization's Family Law Section and as former president of its Young Lawyers Section.  She is currently co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Family Law Section Rules Committee, and she is serving a three-year term as a Council Member.  Ms. O'Connor is a frequent lecturer on family law matters for the Delaware County Bar Association, and she has also served as a lecturer on divorce matters for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2006, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://sweeneynearylaw.com/attorneys/kathleen-a-o-connor-es...

  • Family Law, Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers
  • Divorce and Family Law, Top Lawyer, Delaware County Daily Times, 2022
  • Family Law, Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers
  • Top Lawyer in Main Line Today, 2016 - 2017
  • Nicholas D. Vadino, Jr. Memorial Award, DCBA, 2011
  • Student Associate, Family Law Clinic, Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Co-Chair Rules Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Council Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Member
  • Past Chair, Family Law Section, Delaware County Bar Association, 2013
  • Past President, Young Lawyers Section, Delaware County Bar Association, 2011
  • Delaware County Bar Association, Member
  • United States Supreme Court, Admitted 2018
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Admitted 2006
Educational Background:
  • Penn State Dickinson School of Law, 2006
  • University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland - Dual Major - Psychology and Criminal Justice, Honors: cum laude, 2000
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presented seminar introducing various forms of cryptocurrency and their impact on Equitable Distribution, including discovery, tax implications, and considerations for equitably dividing such currency., Lecturer/Moderator, Cryptocurrency in Family Law, Delaware County Bar Association, 2022
  • Presented new and forthcoming Domestic Relations Rules of Civil Procedure and participated in discussion regarding state of In Loco Parentis litigation., Lecturer, Case Law and Rules Update, Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, 2022
  • Presented seminar to Delaware County Bar Association regarding current trends and information regarding hair follicle and other drug testing in custody matters., Moderator/Lecturer, Drug Testing in Today's Family Court, Delaware County Bar Association, 2021
  • Senior Editor, Penn State International Law Review, Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
  • What Gives You the Right?:  Ne Exeat Rights Should Constitute ‘Rights of Custody’ After Furnes v. Reeves
  • Authored Case Note on 2020 Pennsylvania Superior Court case regarding the effect of severe parental alienation on best interests of children in heavily litigated custody matter., Case Note Writer, The Ongoing Case for Parental Alienation Syndrome, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Winter 2020, 2020
  • Presented Delaware County divorce, support and custody procedure and practice tips to members of the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association as part of a four-county practice seminar., Lecturer, Multi-County Practice, 2019
  • Led seminar panel discussion with fellow attorneys and judicial representatives regarding current and frequent Equitable Distribution topics as they apply to the Pennsylvania Equitable Distribution statutory factors, Facilitator/Lecturer, What Should the Court Do? Applying Hot Topics to the Equitable Distribution Factors, 2019
  • Prepared written materials and participated on seminar panel with estate attorneys regarding the intersection of Estate Planning and Divorce, as well as with regard to blended families, for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Author/Lecturer, Tough Problems in Estate Planning, 2018
  • Co-authored Delaware County portion of Pennsylvania Bar Institute multi-county practice seminar, Co-Author, Family Law Practice in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, 2018
  • Led seminar panel discussion with fellow attorney and judicial representatives regarding changes in statutory law and case law in all aspects of family law., Facilitator/Lecturer, Family Law - What's New?!, 2017
  • Led seminar panel discussion with fellow attorneys and judicial representatives regarding the evolution of family dynamics in custody cases, particularly regarding grandparent custody, third party standing, and paternity disputes., Facilitator/Lecturer, Not Your Average Custody Case, From "Leave it to Beaver" to "Modern Family", 2016
  • Led seminar panel discussion with fellow attorneys and judicial representatives regarding changes to the Pennsylvania Child Custody Relocation statute and the new Relocation factors., Facilitator/Lecturer, Custody Relocation - Looking Back and Looking Forward, 2015

Office location for Kathleen A. O'Connor

200 North Jackson Street
Media, PA 19063

Phone: 610-892-7500


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  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024

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