Katherine C. McCollam was born and raised in Northern Virginia, graduating from Chantilly High School and receiving her bachelor of science from James Madison University. At JMU, she played for the women’s soccer team as a collegiate scholarship athlete. Upon graduation, she moved to San Diego, California, to continue her work with children with severe emotional disabilities. Her experience with these young children – many of whom suffered abuse and neglect – guided her decision to attend law school.
Attorney McCollam received her Juris Doctor degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 2010. In law school, she focused her studies in trial advocacy, family law, criminal law, and juvenile law. During her first year in law school, she co-founded the Street Law Program at the Columbus School of Law, which is designed to introduce local high school students to basic concepts and areas of the law. Each year, the Street Law Program took the high school students to the Supreme Court of The United States of America for the students to tour the courthouse and to observe live oral arguments surrounding a topic that they had been studying. In the second year of the program, we expanded our services to include one-on-one academic and career mentoring between the law school students and the high school students. In her final year of law school, the Street Law program earned the Dean’s Award. The Street Law program has continued to thrive at the Columbus School of Law.
To gain real-world experience outside of the law school classroom, Attorney McCollam interned at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, assisting the Juvenile Department in criminal matters and research. She completed a summer clerkship with the Honorable Kimberly J. Daniel in the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, observing and learning the intricate workings of the juvenile court both in the courtroom and outside of the courtroom.
In 2010, upon graduation from law school, Attorney McCollam was selected for a one-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Lon E. Farris in the Prince William County Circuit Court. As a judicial law clerk, she was tasked with researching and analyzing a wide variety of legal matters, including family law, criminal law, and general civil litigation. The clerkship provided her with invaluable experience that has helped shape her view of the practice of law and advocacy.
In 2011, she joined Maureen A. Kersey, PLLC, where she gained instrumental experience, honing her trial advocacy skills. Four years later, Attorney McCollam opened her solo practice focusing on the areas of family law, juvenile law, and criminal law. Soon thereafter, she teamed up with Jessica Foster to create McCollam Wright, PLLC.
She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, in good standing. She is qualified in the Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to accept court appointments for adults in criminal, child support, and child protective services matters, as well as to accept court appointments for juveniles in delinquency matters.
Attorney McCollam is a member of the Prince William County Bar Association, and she is committed to remaining as a very active member in the Prince William County Bar Association. Currently, she serves as the Juvenile Court-Appointed Coordinator and is in a three-year term as a member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee. She recently was selected by the Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to serve on the Juvenile Court Model Discovery Committee, and she worked with her colleagues to produce the court’s now-active model discovery.
Her current practice areas include:
- Family law, including custody, visitation, petitions for paternity, child support (including DCSE cases), abuse and neglect proceedings involving CPS, CPS investigations, CPS administrative hearings and appeals, termination of parental rights, premarital agreements, separation agreements, and contested and uncontested divorce for both opposite and same-sex marriages.
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status at the state level for undocumented children facing deportation proceedings.
- Criminal law, including adult and juvenile offenses, felonies and misdemeanors, and police investigations.
- Traffic offenses, such as DUI, reckless driving, driving without a license, driving on a suspended license, ASAP violations, speeding, accidents, and moving violations.
Attorney McCollam is currently accepting cases in Prince William County/Manassas, Fairfax, Loudon, Fauquier, and other jurisdictions on a case-by-case basis.