The Hostetter Strent LLC Team

Sheila J. Kadagathur

Fax: (301) 657-0012

Before becoming a family law attorney, Sheila was a corporate litigator at Baker Botts, L.L.P., engaged in high-stakes litigation and sensitive internal investigations. While her prior practice taught her how to succeed in high stress situations, she moved to family law for the experience of helping real people during one of the most difficult times in their lives. Sheila supports her clients in all areas of family law, from issues of spousal support, custody and child support to property allocation and issues involving same-sex couples. She has resolved matters using a variety of methods including negotiation, mediation, litigation, and a combination thereof.  Sheila is also a trained mediator.

Sheila’s family law practice includes experience in specialized areas of family law. In particular, she enjoys drawing on her background in corporate financial investigations to bring about the best results for her clients who are in more complex financial situations, such as cases involving parties who are business owners or employees at the IMF, IDB, or World Bank. Sheila has also been instrumental in helping the firm’s clients with children from same-sex relationships resolve complicated parental and custodial rights.

In addition to being recognized by the Washingtonian as one of D.C.’s top lawyers in 2017 and 2018, Sheila was named as a Super Lawyer in the Maryland and Washington D.C Super Lawyers Magazines in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Prior to that she was named a Rising Star in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine and Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine from 2013 to 2017. Sheila was also named a Top Divorce Lawyer under 40 by Bethesda Magazine in 2017. She was also recognized as one of Washington D.C.’s Outstanding Young Lawyers in the Washington Post Magazine in 2013 and 2014.

Sheila received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, Sheila worked as a “Kids Expert” at the Nickelodeon network.

Sheila was elected to the board of the D.C. Family Law Section for the 2013 to 2016 term and was the Section’s Co-chair for the 2015-2016 term. Sheila is also an active participant in the Montgomery County Bar Association Family Law Section. She volunteers at the D.C. Court Self-Help Center and is trained in collaborative divorce resolution. Sheila is a co-chair of the University of Chicago Women’s Law School Network.

Sheila is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Illinois, and Maryland.

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