McDonough 1st woman to head large Delaware law firm


Kathleen Furey McDonough is the new chair of Potter Anderson& Corroon LLP’s executive committee, effective January1.

She is the first woman to be elected chair in Potter Anderson’s 192-year history as well as the first woman to lead a major Delaware law firm.

A 33-year veteran of Potter Anderson, McDonough is the longtime leader of the firm’s labor and employment practice. She has served as member-at-large on the firm’s executive committee since 2015 and as chair-elect since January 2017.

“Organizations rise and fall on the talent of their people,” she commented. “Our exceptional attorneys and staff have made Potter Anderson a go-to firm for clients. As the legal industry and our clients’ businesses evolve at an ever-growing pace, there are tremendous opportunities for innovation. I am excited about working with everyone at Potter Anderson to make this great firm even greater,” McDonough stated.


McDonough succeeds corporate transactions partner Michael Tumas who has served in various firm leadership roles for more than 15 years. He has chaired the firm since 2015.

McDonough is recipient of the Delaware State Bar Association’s annual Community Service Award in 2017, She is a member of the board and the Executive Committee of Christiana Care Health System and a board member and former board chair of the Delaware Community Foundation.

McDonough received an A.B. from Saint Joseph’s University in 1979 and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1985.

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP has nearly 100 attorneys.

The firm’s practice is centered on corporate law, corporate litigation, intellectual property, commercial litigation, restructuring/bankruptcy, healthcare, and labor and employment.

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