Personal Service by Experienced Attorneys
Representing corporations, small businesses and individuals Donald J. McCartney and Kathleen M. McCartney are experienced attorneys who regularly handle complex business and government contract disputes. Since 1994, McCartney & McCartney has represented national corporations, local small businesses and individuals in a wide variety of business litigation matters including contract disputes, government contracts, construction, employment and real estate and leasing litigation, throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. In recognition of his professionalism and ethics, Mr. McCartney has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry. He was selected as a '2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment' by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. McCartney is also an accomplished appellate lawyer who has argued cases in four federal circuit courts and the Maryland Courts of Appeals and Special Appeals. He has also represented numerous individuals in contract negotiations, including former Maryland Basketball Coach Gary Williams. He is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Chicago Law School. He served as a trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice. Kathleen McCartney is an experienced government acquisitions attorney who helps clients with all of their contract concerns. She served as principal legal counsel for the U.S. government on billions of dollars of major construction, historical renovation, repair and alterations, and service contracts. She is a graduate of Trinity College and Georgetown Law School. She teaches a variety of government contract courses for the Graduate School among others. McCartney & McCartney regularly handles: -Business litigation -Employment -Contracts and Contract Negotiation -Construction -Government contracts Effective legal services Litigation can be an expensive and time-consuming experience that can take valuable resources away from your business. McCartney & McCartney is also adept at alternative dispute resolution techniques such as mediation, arbitration and structured negotiations. ADR enables you to resolve cases more cost-effectively and efficiently, so you can focus on your business.
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 900
Columbia MD 21044
Maryland Law Firm Litigates on Behalf of Your Business
If you engage in commerce, sooner or later you are almost certain to encounter a dispute with a client or contractor that you'll need outside help to resolve. Since 1994, McCartney & McCartney has been assisting businesses through civil court trials in both state and federal courts and alternative dispute resolution. They have the knowledge and experience to help your business in cases related to: -Breach of contract -Business torts -Construction law -Employment law -Insurance -Professional liability -Real estate -Partnership disputes Recovery from breach of contract When a party to a contract fails to perform, he damages the other business. This damage often goes beyond the immediate inconvenience of getting less than promised by the contract. The breach can also cost you future profits if you are unable to serve your clients as a result. The skilled attorneys at McCartney & McCartney can help you achieve the best legal remedy for a breach of contract, such as: -Compensatory damages reimbursement for immediate monetary loss -Consequential and incidental damages compensation for additional foreseeable losses caused by the breach -Attorney fees and costs amounts available only if the contract expressly states they are recoverable -Liquidated damages amounts specified in the contract that are payable for particular breaches, such as late or substandard performance -Specific performance court order requiring the breaching party to fulfill the terms of the contract -Punitive damages penalty for a party's objectionable behavior, meant to punish the breaching party and discourage other parties from acting in a similar manner -Rescission cancellation of the contract, with both sides excused from further performance and payments made under the contract returned -Reformation change in the terms of the contract when the court believes there was an honest misunderstanding by the parties about what was to be performed Alternatives to a civil suit (arbitration and mediation) The cost of traditional litigation can easily exceed the amount of the contract. Fortunately there are various means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration, that are less costly and quicker than civil lawsuits, but can deliver the same remedies. McCartney & McCartney has successfully represented clients in arbitration and mediation hearings, and has settled lawsuits prior to trial, saving our clients expenses and getting their businesses back on track.
-Construction and surety law
-Illinois, 1973 (inactive)
-District of Columbia, 1976
-Georgetown University, J.D., 1973
-Trinity College, A.B., 1970
-Law Clerk to the Hon. John T. Dempsey, Court of Appeals, State of Illinois, 1973-1975
-U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, D.C., Office of Regional Counsel, 1975-2005
-Recipient, GSA Administrators Exceptional Service Award, December 2005
-Instructor, The Graduate School, 2006
Law Clerk to the Hon. John T. Dempsey, Ct of Appeals, State of Illinois, 1973-1975. U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, D.C., Office of Regional Counsel, 1975-2005. Recipient, GSA Administrators Exceptional Service Award, December 2005. Instructor, The Graduate School, 2006 .
Kathleen M. McCartney is an experienced government acquisitions attorney who helps clients with all of their contract concerns. She served as a principal legal counsel for the United States on billions of dollars of major construction, historical renovation, repair and alterations, and service contracts.
Upon her retirement from the Regional Counsel's Office, Mrs. McCartney received the General Services Administration Administrator's Exceptional Service Award. Mrs. McCartney teaches government acquisition courses for the USDA Graduate School.
She is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, and a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1973) and Trinity College in Washington, D.C. (A.B. 1970).
Mrs. McCartney served as Primary Counsel on New Construction projects including: the World War II Memorial; Greenbelt, MD and Alexandria, VA Federal Courthouses; Food and Drug Administration Consolidation at White Oak, MD; National Archives II in College Park, MD; Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Md; and Smithsonian Quadrangle and Smithsonian African And Asian Museums.
Mrs. McCartney served as Primary Counsel on Renovation projects including: the Blair House, the Vice President's Office, Main Justice Department Building, Internal Revenue Service Building, Pension Building and Old Post Office Building.
Juris Doctorate, 1973
Mr. McCartney is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.
-District of Columbia, 1975
-U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1977
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1977
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1979
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1980
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
-U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1983
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1984
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuits, 1984
-U.S. Claims Court, 1984
-University of Chicago, J.D., 1975
-Boston College, A.B., 1968
Associations and memberships
-The District of Columbia Bar Association
-Howard County Bar Association
-Maryland State Bar Association
-Hogan & Hartson, Washington, D.C., 1975-1978
-Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, 1978-1982
-Partner: Smith, Somerville & Case, Baltimore, Maryland, 1982-1988
-Partner: Zuckerman, Spaeder, Goldstein, Taylor & Kolker, Baltimore, Maryland, 1988-1995
-Law Offices of Donald J. McCartney, Columbia, Maryland, 1995-present
Mr. McCartney has been a partner at Smith, Somerville & Case, Baltimore, Maryland, 1982-1988; Zuckerman, Spaeder, Goldstein, Taylor & Kolker, Baltimore, Maryland, 1988-1995; and the Law Offices of Donald J. McCartney, Columbia, Maryland, 1995-2009.
For over thirty years, Donald McCartney has represented corporations, small businesses, and individuals in a wide variety of legal disputes. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried cases involving construction, fraudulent conveyance, negligence, attorney malpractice and an extensive range of business disputes. He is an accomplished appellate lawyer, having argued cases in four federal circuit courts and the Maryland Courts of Appeals and Special Appeals. He has represented numerous individuals, including former Maryland Basketball coach Gary Williams, in contract negotiations.
He has lectured on construction law, business litigation and insurance law for the American and Maryland State Bar Associations. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar Associations. Mr. McCartney is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1975) and Boston College (A.B. 1968). He served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a 1994 graduate of the Howard County Leadership Program and a 1987 graduate of the Leadership Association of the Greater Baltimore Committee.
University of Chicago
Juris Doctorate, 1975