The Attorneys

Cheryl New is the managing shareholder of New & Lowinger, P.C. A prominent family lawyer, Mrs. New has been in practice for over thirty years, handling complex divorce cases for many notable DC-area clients. Well-known among peers and clients alike, Mrs. New is consistently rated in Washingtonian Magazine among the top divorce lawyers in the region. Washingtonian stated "nobody can size up a case any quicker than New".

Not only can she creatively negotiate and craft intricate settlements, but Mrs. New is a highly skilled litigator, who can expertly navigate complex family law cases through the judicial process. Says another colleague, "she runs circles around everyone in the courtroom and she arrives at the right answer faster than any lawyer I know."

Mrs. New is a member of both the Maryland and Virginia State Bars, and maintains an AV peer review rating with Martindale Hubbell and a Tier 1 rating in US News, reflecting her commitment to legal excellence and the very highest ethical standards. Mrs. New, a native Washingtonian, holds a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law.


Jeff Evan Lowinger brings our clients over thirty-five years of experience in all areas of matrimonial law. Mr. Lowinger is an expert at analyzing, resolving and litigating complex divorce and custody cases. As a skilled negotiator, Mr. Lowinger is adept at understanding and drafting complex marital settlement agreements and prenuptial agreements. He is often called upon to untangle the most intricately woven marital estates and has unrivalled knowledge of complex asset division and the resulting tax consequences.

Mr. Lowinger possesses expertise in analyzing the valuation of closely held businesses, limited partnerships, law firms and other types of professional firms and businesses. His unique ability to understand complex divorce cases is noted by his adversaries in the bar as he is often called upon to resolve or litigate cases involving these issues. His litigation expertise extends to both the trial and appellate court levels.

Mr. Lowinger is a member of the Maryland and Virginia State Bars, and the District of Columbia Bar. He maintains an AV peer review rating with Martindale Hubbell, reflecting his commitment to legal excellence and the very highest ethical standards. He received his J.D. from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Law in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.


Melissa L. Schefkind is an associate of the firm who focuses her practice on all areas of domestic relations law, particularly complex marital property issues, as well as custody, support, and child welfare.

Ms. Schefkind received her Bachelor's degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. During law school, Ms. Schefkind practiced as a Rule 16 attorney and received the Public Service Award for her commitment to advocacy. Prior to joining New & Lowinger, Ms. Schefkind was the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Leah J. Seaton in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County.

Ms. Schefkind is admitted to the Maryland and Virginia State Bars, and the District of Columbia Bar. She is also a member of the Maryland and Virginia State Bar Associations, the Family Law Section of the Maryland Bar, and the Bar Associations of Montgomery County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia.