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Katherine M. Sharkey

Phone: (734) 994-3000

Director at Large, 2016-2017 Washtenaw County Bar Association

Chair, 2016-2017 Washtenaw County Bar Association Public Service and Pro Bono Committee

Speaker, June 2015, Trial Practice, Committee on Regional Training for Lawyers (Legal Services)

President, 2013–2014 Washtenaw Region, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

Abbot Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, Ann Arbor

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Moms Demand Action, Washtenaw Chapter

State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, Domestic Violence Committee

Proficient in Spanish


Katherine Sharkey views her job as a family law attorney as a natural progression from the work she’s always done: being an advocate for people in difficult situations.

She began her career in Chicago as a child welfare caseworker, helping adolescents in foster care navigate the juvenile court system to result in the best possible living situation for them.

Her work as a staff attorney for nonprofit legal aid agencies in Illinois and Michigan focused on domestic relations, probate and personal protection order proceedings as well as negotiating and litigating divorce, custody and parenting time disputes.

At NSSS&B, Katherine continues the firm’s emphasis on resolving family law issues through mediation and other non-adversarial approaches. As she explains how the court system will work, she says people come to realize that litigation may not be the best option to achieve the results they seek. She helps her clients manage the emotional aspects of the divorce process and stay focused on what’s important: the welfare of their children and moving on with their lives.

Katherine’s practice focuses on Washtenaw County.

She lives in Ann Arbor with her two young children and husband.

To schedule a confidential consultation, call (734) 994-3000 or e-mail


“Hiring a divorce attorney—even walking into the office for the first time—is intimidating. As soon as I was greeted, my nerves were put at ease. I always felt comfortable asking Kate questions and seeking clarity when I needed it. Everyone I worked with was friendly, knowledgeable, and approachable.” — Single woman, New York City

Kate was great–friendly, supportive, and understanding.  I always got a fast response to my questions and regular updates about my case.”–mother, Ypsilanti

I was impressed by Kate’s professionalism and the credentials, contacts, and community resources of the entire legal team.”–mother, Ann Arbor

Our Family Mediation & Collaborative Practice Center is now operating in Ann Arbor. Click to learn more about the mediation and collaborative divorce services being offered.

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"[You reminded me] that the children are the most important thing to consider when working through the divorce and for the future. I felt you represent [...] " Anonymous

"Thanks again for all your hard work. I know I’ve said this before, but I want you to know I’m glad you are my attorney. " Husband, Ypsilanti

"Thank you for making this terrible time the best it could be. How you handle yourselves at such stressful times is remarkable. " Mother of 1, Ann Arbor

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