Holly A. Harney Attorney At Law


Attorney Harney is locally recognized as one of the top litigators on Cape Cod and is greatly respected and admired by her peers.  She was admitted to the Bar in 2002 and is also admitted to the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts.  Attorney Harney has focused her practice in recent years on Domestic Relations, criminal defense and civil litigation matters. She has become known as an attorney who will work hard for her clients and can make a compelling argument in the courtroom. Yet 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 recognitions including most recently 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 unnoted 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 and 2016 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 the Vice President of the Board for the Cape Cod Shelter and Domestic Violence Services (a battered women’s shelter), she is on the school council for the Morse Pond School and Mullen Hall Schools in Falmouth, she is a member of the Falmouth Fund Grant Review Advisory committee and she has worked previously on committee’s for events to support Highfield Hall and the Falmouth Education Fund.


Attorney Harney began her career as a prosecutor in 2002 working for the Cape and Island’s District Attorney’s office where she rose as a prosecutor who handled misdemeanor cases in District Court to prosecuting felonies in Superior Court.  In 2010 Attorney Harney left to pursue a career in private practice and she joined CarterDeYoung (formerly Wilkins and DeYoung). She was able to take her courtroom and trial experience as well as her vast knowledge of the law and use it to help her clients feel comfortable in the courtroom and  to help them reach the results they were seeking.


Attorney Harney is a 1994 graduate of the University of Massachusetts and a 2002 graduate of New England Law, where she graduated cum Laude.  While at New England Law, Attorney Harney received the NESL Merit Scholarship for each year of her attendance, she was recognized in 1999, 2000 and 2002 as a New England Scholar for her academic achievements; she was on the Dean’s list each year and was on Law Review in 2001 and 2002.


Attorney Harney has taken on several rolls in the professional organizations she belongs to including formerly being the co chair for the Cape and Islands chapter of the Women’s Bar association and currently serving on the Board of the Barnstable County Bar association as the Social committee chair.




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


Massachusetts Bar Association
Barnstable County Bar Association
Women's Bar Association


Domestic Relations and Family Law
Civil Litigation (Plaintiff / Defendant)
Criminal Defense

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