Katherine A. O'Rourke

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Washington, DC

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
 | 1129 20th Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-466-8960
Fax: 202-293-8103
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
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    Attorney Katherine A. O’Rourke is a partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP in Washington, D.C. Ms. O’Rourke practices in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody, child-related matters, complex financial issues and support, serving clients in Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

    Ms. O’Rourke has been licensed to practice law since 2002 and is admitted in the District of Columbia, Illinois and Maryland. Before practicing family law, she worked for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia as a trial attorney, gaining extensive litigation experience.

    Since beginning her family law practice, Ms. O’Rourke has developed a reputation as a respected litigator as well as a negotiator. She is skilled at crafting ideal settlement agreements for her clients while thoroughly preparing them for the court process if litigation is necessary. In addition to her practice, she has lectured on family law topics and negotiation techniques at educational institutions and at training courses.

    Ms. O’Rourke is active in the District of Columbia Bar. She serves on the organization’s family law steering committee and is a member of the family law section. She is also treasurer of the Friends of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and a member of the Domestic Violence Rules Committee.

    After earning a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, Ms. O’Rourke graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent Law School. While attending college, she served as a volunteer teacher in Costa Rica with World Teach.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Child Support, Divorce


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    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020

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    About Katherine O'Rourke

    Admitted: 2002, Washington D.C.

    Professional Webpage: https://www.feldesmantucker.com/attorneys/katherine-a-orourk...

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Domestic Violence Rules Committee, Member
    • Maryland
    • Friends of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Treasurer
    • Illinois
    • District of Columbia Bar, Family Law Steering Committee, Member
    • District of Columbia Bar, Family Section, Member
    • District of Columbia

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • DC Bar Pro Bono Program, Mentor

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • American University Law School, Guest Speaker – 2009 and 2010
    • DC Family Court Training – Permanency for Children Including Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption Issues – February 2007
    • Child Protection Mediation Training – September 2006
    • The Child and Family Services Community Training – Teen Pregnancy – July 2005
    • Office of the Attorney General Trainings for Social Workers – 2005, 2006, and 2007
    • DC Family Court Training – Adoption – July 2003
    • World Teach, Costa Rica – Volunteer Teacher – 1993
    • What Makes a Divorce Attorney an Effective Litigator, October 03, 2017
    • How Will Our Special Needs Child Affect Our Divorce, September 05, 2017
    • Considering Divorce? How Do You Know if You Should Stay or Go, March 30, 2017
    • FTLF Partner, Katherine O’Rourke, Appointed as Chair of the Advisory Merit Section Panel, March 14, 2017
    • Divorcing a Narcissist, Posted January 3, 2017
    • Is Facebook Your “Friend” If You’re Getting Divorced, Posted October 26, 2015
    • Friends of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Back to School Bash, Posted August 22, 2015
    • What If My Spouse Wants to Get Divorced But I’m Not Ready, Posted June 2, 2015
    • What Will the Impact Be If a Civil Protection Order Is Entered, Posted October 22, 2014
    • FTLF Partner Katherine O’Rourke Selected for Advisory Merit Selection Panel for District of Columbia Superior Court, Posted August 7, 2014
    • All of Feldesman Tucker’s Family Law Partners named as Super Lawyers, Posted April 29, 2014
    • FTLF Family Law Team Cycles for the Future, Posted February 24, 2014
    • Should the Child Testify in a Custody Case, Posted November 14, 2016
    • How Honest Should I Be About My Mental Health Issues in My Divorce, Posted September 26, 2016
    • What Happens to Frozen Embryos after Divorce, Posted April 26, 2016
    • Katherine O’Rourke will speak at American University’s Washington College of Law at an event entitled “Creating Work-Life Balance”, Posted March 11, 2013
    • Katherine O’Rourke Will Speak at a DC Bar Event Entitled “Dealing with Difficult Clients” on Tuesday, February 19, Posted February 15, 2013

    Representative Clients:

    • In the Matters of M.D. and B.D. – Lead Governmental Counsel in termination of parental rights case. Affirmed by Judge Cheryl M. Long on April 13, 2007 and reported in the Daily Washington Law Reporter on May 14, 2007.


    • How to Minimize the Impact of Divorce on Children Katherine O’ Rourke – Partner Family Law Washington, DC Divorce Attorney, Katherine O’ Rourke discusses how to minimize the impact of divorce on children. Studies have shown that it is the conflict between parents that influences or impacts children the most in divorce. It’s not actually the divorce itself. It’s important for parents who are going through divorce to recognize how their specific behaviors on a daily basis can impact their children. It’s really important at the beginning of the divorce process to have a frank conversation or dialogue with your soon-to-be ex-spouse about how are we going to conduct ourselves during this divorce process because we have control over this scenario. When parents have an adversarial relationship or can’t speak directly to each other, we frequently recommend that they work with a third party, whether or not it be a parenting coordinator or a child specialist. You really have to think and prioritize your children’s concerns throughout the process. When you focus on the children and you think about “How do I want my child to perceive me, to perceive my soon-to-be ex-spouse at the end of this, and how do I want my children to function in society when all of this is over?” All of this is very important. Your actions now are going to impact how your child develops in this world. At the end of the day I want my clients to leave with a schedule that is in place that serves the needs of the children and provides for solid, effective communication between the parents so that they can work together as a family to provide for a safe and secure future for their children., How to Minimize the Impact of Divorce on Children , 2019

    Educational Background:

    • College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, B.A, 1992
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    Office Location for Katherine A. O'Rourke

    1129 20th Street, NW
    4th Floor
    Washington, DC 20036

    Phone: 202-466-8960

    Fax: 202-293-8103

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