Sheila J. Kadagathur
Phone: (301) 657-0010
Fax: (301) 657-0012
Ms. Kadagathur is a leading family law attorney practicing in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. She has been recognized as one of the D.C. area’s top lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine since 2017, and since 2018 has been named as a Super Lawyer in Maryland and Washington, D.C. in Super Lawyers Magazine. Most recently, she has been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
In addition to being recognized by Washingtonian Magazine and Super Lawyers, Sheila was named a Rising Star in both the Washington, D.C. and Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine from 2013 to 2017. Sheila was also named a Top Divorce Lawyer Under 40 by Bethesda Magazine in 2017, and she was recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s Outstanding Young Lawyers in the Washington Post Magazine in 2013 and 2014.
Before becoming a family law attorney in 2011, Sheila was a litigator at Baker Botts, LLP engaged in high-stakes corporate 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 is experienced in a variety of methods of resolution including negotiation, mediation, litigation, and a combination thereof.
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.
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 is very involved in the D.C. Bar. She 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 also 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.