Our Practitioners

Gearoidín Charlton, BCL, MSc (Syst Orgs & Man)Gearoidín Charlton
Gearoidín Charlton graduated from UCD in 1981 and qualified as a solicitor in 1985. For eighteen years, she practised Family Law in a medium sized firm and headed up their Family Law Department. She subsequently set up her own practice in 2002. She is the principle of Charlton Solicitors, specialising in family Law and related issues. Gearóidín has post graduate training in mediation and psychotherapy equipping her with additional skills to deal with the challenges facing clients and lawyers alike in cases of matrimonial/relationship breakdown. She is a trained collaborative practitioner and is an advocate of the collaborative model of practice in Family disputes. She is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, and both the Irish and International Associations of Collaborative Practitioners.

Charltons Solicitors, 143 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4
The Wave Building, Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Tel 01 2302157 | Fax 01 2302170 | Email gearoidincharlton@charltons.ie

Brendan DillonBrendan Dillon
Brendan Dillon is principal of Dillon Solicitors in Nutgrove Office Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. He has been advising on Family Law matters for almost 20 years. He is a member of the Family Lawyers Association as well as the South Dublin Collaborative Lawyers Group. He is also a qualified Family Law Mediator. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Guidance and Ethics Committee of the Law Society.

Dillon Solicitors, Unit A1 Nutgrove Office Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Tel 01 2960666 | Fax 2960982 email brendandillon@dillon.ie
web www. dillon.ie

Sharon McElligott
Sharon McElligottSharon commenced her legal career in 1995 in a medium sized general practice before co-founding Murphy McElligott solicitors in 1999. Sharon is a specialist family lawyer. Sharon has acted for clients in a number of highly publicised family law and litigation cases that have set legal precedents now incorporated into Irish law.

Sharon is a trained Collaborative lawyer and co-founder of the South Dublin Collaborative Lawyers and Mediators. Sharon serves as a member of the Association of Collaborative Practitioners, the Family Lawyers Association of Ireland, and is an Accredited Member of the Mediators Institute of Ireland. Sharon is also a member of the Dublin Solicitor’s Bar Association.

Murphy McElligott Solicitors, 69 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Tel 01 2303 266 | Fax 01 2303 260 | Email smce@mmce.ie | Website www.mmce.ie


Jason McGoey
Jason McGoeyJason qualified as a solicitor in 2002. He holds a diploma in Property Tax from the Law Society of Ireland. He practices in the areas of family law, conveyancing, probate, wills, trusts and administration of estates.
Jason is a member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and the Law Society of Ireland.

J.A. McGoey Solicitors, 105 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Tel 01 4979864 | Fax 01 4970303 | Email info@jamcgoey.ie
| Website www.jamcgoey.ie

Shauna M V O’Gorman SolicitorShauna M V O’Gorman
Shauna qualified as a solicitor in 1992. Since then she has worked in the areas of family law, conveyancing and probate. She set up her own practice in 1998 and has always provided a personal, confidential and efficient service to all her clients. As a collaborative lawyer and mediator, she understands that the trauma of a family break-up can be handled sensitively through mediation or the collaborative method. Apart from collaborative practice she is a member of Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club and a founding member of the Club Choir, a member of Mayo Sailing Club and a sailor and sea-swimmer.

Shauna MV O’Gorman, Solicitor, 9 Sandyford Office Park, Sandyford, Dublin 18
Tel 01 290 2418/ 086 8183875 |  Email shauna@ogormansolicitorssandyford.com
web www.ogormansolicitorssandyford.com

Joan O’Mahony
Joan O’MahonyJoan O’Mahony has been in private practice in excess of 30 years. She has worked in the area of family law for many years and has seen the changes brought about by the introduction of Judicial Separation (1989) and Divorce (1996). She was a founder director of the Family Mediation Service and sits on the Family Law Committee of the Law Society. As well as specialising in family law her practice deals with property, wills, employment and all general matters. She promotes collaboration, mediation and negotiation as a way of settling conflict.

O’Mahony Solicitors, 6, Clonkeen Road, Deansgrange, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Tel 01 2892487 | Fax 01 2892526 | Email joan@omahonysolicitors.com

Mary O’NeillMary O’Neill
Mary O’Neill has successfully practiced family law for over 25 years in Dublin. She started O’Neill Regan and Company in 1984 in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Her aim was to provide a niche service that would be personal, flexible, and responsive to Clients’ individual requirements. 25 years later she still operates under the same principles.

Her practical experience extends to all courts: District Court, Circuit Court and High Court. To include divorce, separation, child custody, barring orders, protection orders, non marital matters with emphasis on cases concerning business assets. Adept at negotiation of complex agreements she avoids litigation where possible. Mary O’Neill is considered an expert in the field of Family Law and in invited to talk on a voluntary and confidential basis to a number of organisations throughout the country on family law matters.

Her objective is always to obtain the fairest settlement. She appreciates the importance and significance of each case to the individuals involved, working towards a peaceful resolution and not inflaming an already potentially volatile situation.

Having experienced the court system for 25 years Mary O’Neill is convinced that collaborative law is an excellent alternative resolution to family disputes.

O’Neill Regan & Co., 12 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 28 82 100 | Fax: (01) 28 33 627 | Email info@onregan.ie

Ethna Ryan

Ethna Ryan, Solicitor, Partners at Law
Ethna Ryan obtained her Law Degree in 2000 from the University of Limerick and qualified as a Solicitor in 2004. Since then she has practised in the area of Family Law and Conveyancing and Litigation in Partners at Law Solicitors. In 2011 Ethna trained in Collaborative Law and is a member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association Conveyancing Committee and South Dublin Collaborative Lawyers Group.

Partners at Law, 8 Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
Tel 01 2800340 | Fax 01 2803101 | Email eryan@pals.ie | Website www.pals.ie

Geraldine Shanley

Geraldine Shanley, Daniel Spring & Co. Solicitors
Geraldine Shanley qualified in 1982 and has over 25 years specialising in the practice of family law, advising on all areas of marital and partnership disputes and settlements. She has extensive experience in the area of dispute resolution and has represented clients on a wide range of legal and matrimonial issues. Vice Chairperson and member of the Adoption Board from 1992 – 1997.

Daniel Spring & Co., Solicitors, 50 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2
Tel 01 6449900 | Fax 01 6449999 | Email gshanley@danielspring.ie

Michael Sheil

Michael Sheil
Michael Sheil has practiced law in Blackrock, co. Dublin for over 25 years where most of his work involves Family Law. He is an accredited Collaborative Lawyer.

Michael Sheil & Partners, Temple Court, Temple Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
Tel 01 2881150 | Fax 01 2880194 | Website www.michaelsheilandpartners.ie
| Email msheil@iol.ie

Ruairi O’Brien
Ruairi is a Partner in the firm of John C Walsh & Co. Solicitors based on Ely Place in Dublin 2. Ruairi holds a BA in History and Politics and MA in International Relations from University College Dublin and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Ruairi has extensive experience in the areas of family law, property and wills, trusts and probate. Ruairi strongly believes that an interdisciplinary collaborative approach is a far better alternative to litigation for a majority of family disputes.

Ruairi is an qualified collaborative practitioner, a member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association (DSBA) and a member of their DSBA Family Law and Child Committee. He is a former member of the DSBA Young Dublin Solicitors Committee and DSBA International Committee and is a member of the Family Lawyers Association.

John C Walsh & Co. Solicitors, 24 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Tel: (01) 6766211 | Fax: (01) 6611420 | Email ruairi.obrien@johncwalsh.ie
| Website www.johncwalsh.ie

Muriel WallsMuriel Walls
Muriel has been practising family law for over 30 years and was the first solicitor in Ireland to be collaboratively trained.

Muriel believes passionately that separating couples are best placed to make the right decisions for themselves and their families and that they should be empowered to do so. There will always be some cases that need a judicial determination however most cases settle, often on the steps of the Court or in the days or weeks immediately before the scheduled hearing date. It is far better if the parties can try to reach agreement at an early stage before the stress and cost of adversarial litigation process takes its toll. Collaborative practice provides a structured and supportive framework for separating couples to find solutions.

Muriel is a family Mediator and has a busy mediation practice and is a member of the Mii and One~Resolve. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a member of the Law Society of Ireland, Family Lawyers Association and Resolution – First for Family Law..

Partner at Walls & Toomey Solicitors, 25 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2 D02 VH67.
Tel: (01) 4852880 | Fax: (01) 4852888 | Email muriel@wallsandtoomey.ie
| Website www.wallsandtoomey.ie