Attorney Harney was admitted to the Bar in 2002 and is admitted to the United States District Court (District of Massachusetts). She is locally recognized as one of the top litigators on Cape Cod. Attorney Harney has focused her practice in recent years on Domestic Relations, criminal defense and civil litigation matters.
She is a 1994 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated Cum Laude from New England law 2002 after receiving a 4 year Merit Scholarship to Law School. Following Law school she worked for the District Attorney’s office for the Cape and Islands and then began her work in private practice in 2010 at Carter and DeYoung in Hyannis. She remained at Carter DeYoung until opening her own practice in 2017. Attorney Harney has become known as an attorney who will work hard for her clients and can make a compelling argument in the courtroom. In addition to this, she is an attorney who will do her best to reasonably resolve a matter in an amicable way and in a way that provides the best solutions and most equitable outcome for her clients.
Attorney Harney has been recognized with numerous awards and recognition's including being awarded the 2016 “unsung Heroine award” from the Commission on the Status of Women. Each year the Commission gathers nominations from across the state for women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities. The Honorees are nominated by state legislators as a means of recognizing women for their previously unnoticed yet valuable community contributions. The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community has them. This award epitomizes the work that Holly does both for her clients and for her community.
The First justices of the Probate an Family Courts have recognized Attorney Harney as a recipient of the First Justices Award in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 for her work on Pro Bono matters including representing children through the “ARC” (Attorneys representing children) program, her work representing economically challenged client’s through South Coast Legal Services and the countless other ways she uses her talents to support those in need including providing legal clinic’s to the non-profit WE CAN and helping to support clients in need of legal help without the resources to afford representation.
In addition to the work Attorney Harney does while practicing law, she also contributes to her community by giving back and donating her time to a number of causes. She is on the Board of South Coast Legal Services and is the current President of the Barnstable County Bar Association, she has served on the school council for the Mullen Hall School and Morse Pond schools in Falmouth and is member of the Falmouth Fund Advisory committee. Previously she has worked on committees for events to support Highfield Hall in Falmouth, the Falmouth Education Fund and she was a former board member for the Cape Cod Women’s shelter.
Massachusetts State Courts
United States Federal District Court
University of Massachusetts B.A., Communications, 1994, cum laude
New England School of Law, J.D., 2002, cum laude
Assistant District Attorney, Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office
Partner, Carter DeYoung
Massachusetts Bar Association
Barnstable County Bar Association
Women's Bar Association
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Domestic Relations and Family Law
Civil Litigation (Plaintiff / Defendant)