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Meet the Team

Meet The McCarthy Law Firm Team

The family law attorneys you will work with at The McCarthy Law Firm provide a broad range of legal services to guide you through the process of divorce or legal separation. You will have the benefit of our full team’s diversity, depth and specialized knowledge at your disposal. This allows us to handle a broad range of issues from the most simple to highly complex assets. Since the founding partner, Kathleen McCarthy, began her Tucson family law practice in 1976, her focus has been on the needs of her clients. Every team member participates in a rigorous, ongoing training program with Kathleen.

We are highly skilled and resourceful, compassionate and specially trained. We are your family law legal team.

Kathleen A. McCarthy

Kathleen earned her Law Degree with Honors from the University of Arizona in 1976. She immediately waded headlong into the risky yet exciting process of opening her own practice which today is called The McCarthy Law Firm.

Early in her career, Kathleen learned legal services are only part of what her clients need. They also desperately needed a process to help them heal from the deeply personal and disruptive emotional turmoil that led them to divorce. Seeing this, she has examined how lawyers can help facilitate this healing by maintaining a laser focus on their client’s needs, showing a willingness to truly listen and inform without judgment, and being responsive to these needs. The unexpected outcome? The lawyer experiences healing, too. Witnessing the healing process in action spurred Kathleen to create a series of stress relief seminars for lawyers.

Esther I. Brilliant

A former Pima County Public Defender who has represented clients charged with some of the most serious offenses, Esther is thrilled to practice family law and to have the privilege of assisting and guiding her clients through a difficult time in their lives. She is compassionate, empathetic, and is an experienced and tenacious negotiator. In 2017, she was awarded the “Rising Star” award from the Arizona Public Defender Association and in 2019, she was named as one of Tucson’s 40 Under 40

Holly Edwards

Holly moved back to her hometown of Tucson in 2017. She is also licensed in California, where she served as an attorney from 2005-2017. Her strong suit is putting clients at ease with thorough case preparation, effective communication and the insight that every individual has unique needs.

Holly knew from her first legal internship that she wanted to practice family law. After witnessing the stress faced by litigants — especially those with children — she developed a passion for representing affected families

Megan C. Hill

Natalie Evans Parkman

Natalie first moved to Tucson in 2004 to attend the University of Arizona. Although born and raised in the Phoenix area, she fell in love with the Old Pueblo during her undergraduate experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English in 2008 (Summa Cum Laude / Phi Beta Kappa), and her Juris Doctor Degree at the University of Arizona in 2011. 

Hannah Kyle Kinney

Hannah has long had a passion for family law. This passion led her to obtain both a law degree from the James E. Rogers School of Law and an M.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. As part of her degree programs, she participated in the Domestic Violence Law Clinic where she advocated for clients in contested Orders of Protection. During that time she received extensive training in trauma informed lawyering. She also developed video presentations on basic finances with the Purple Purse Project that focused on legal barriers to economic empowerment for women. These experiences sparked a lifelong desire to be an ally and advocate for families in crisis.
scott simonson

Scott Simonson

Scott has been with The McCarthy Law Firm since 2016.  Before joining The McCarthy Law Firm, he worked as a commercial litigator, handling business and real estate matters. He’s been voted one of the top pro bono attorneys in Arizona, 2014 and Southern Arizona Legal Aid co-volunteer lawyer of the year, 2018. 

Edina Strum Certified Family Law Specialist

Edina Strum

Tucson native Edina Strum has been with The McCarthy Law Firm since 2009 and is a Certified Family Law Specialist. She’s known since childhood that she would be an attorney, and her care and concern for children and families led her to specialize in Family Law. Edina’s goal in her legal practice is to help families move through the re-arranging of their family dynamics with as much grace and dignity as possible, with a focus on the best outcomes for the children

Kayt Yrun-Duffy

Kaytlyn Yrun-Duffy

A born and raised Tucsonan, Kayt has been with The McCarthy Law Firm since 2011, her law clerk days. Her emphasis is business valuation and other complex financial matters related to family law cases. You’ll always see a smile on Kayt’s face. Her outgoing aspect and warmth are part of her ability to de-escalate conflict. She has a passion and real skill for helping people reach a reasonable resolution with minimal antagonism.