I am passionate about helping people and I strive to ensure that my clients understand the legal process and are involved in their matter as much as they choose to be. I focus my practice exclusively in domestic relations matters, with experience in high-conflict divorce litigation involving complex financial issues and dissipation of assets, as well as contested custody and visitation matters.
Prior to joining McIlveen Family Law, I was practicing family law in Massachusetts for just under seven years, and through law school, I interned with the Children’s Law Center of Connecticut and Massachusetts where I specialized in child welfare and Special Education matters on behalf of children and families. I also participated in the Asylum and Human Rights clinic where I successfully fought to gain asylum for a Pakistani woman who had been persecuted because of her religion in Pakistan. Prior to law school, I was a legal assistant at the global law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP, where I assisted in complex litigation matters dealing with insider trading, back-dating stock options, and multi-million dollar corporations.
In Massachusetts, I was a volunteer attorney with the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project of the Boston Bar Association where I represented indigent clients in divorces and guardianship matters and frequently acted as Lawyer of the Day in multiple counties. In addition, I became a certified Conciliator, Guardian ad Litem, and I am a member of the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators. I look forward to continuing my service here in North Carolina!
I was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in November, 2011, the New York bar in January, 2012, and the North Carolina bar in June, 2018. I earned my law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2011. I have been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2016, 2017, and 2018, as well as a Top Woman Attorney in 2017 and 2018. I completed my undergraduate degree at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and Literature – Spanish. In undergrad, I spent a year studying abroad in Leon, Spain, and in law school, I spent a semester studying abroad in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Outside of work, I love to travel and I take every opportunity to do so. I love learning about different cultures and my goal is to visit a new country every year! I love to be outdoors and stay active and I spend at least some time most weekends hiking, camping, or rock climbing and I am an avid triathlete, having competed in triathlons since 2008. I can’t wait to tackle an iron man distance triathlon! Last, but most certainly not least, my family is of utmost importance to me and I love spending as much time as I can with my parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews.