Confident. Skilled. Focused.

New & Lowinger’s attorneys are expert negotiators and litigators. Their talents, years of experience, and multifaceted knowledge of family law culminate in unmatched legal representation, tailored to each client's individual circumstances.

Cheryl New

Cheryl New is the managing shareholder of New & Lowinger. A prominent family lawyer, she 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, Cheryl is consistently recognized in Washingtonian magazine as a top divorce lawyer in the region. Washingtonian stated, "nobody can size up a case any quicker than New.”

Not only can Cheryl creatively negotiate and craft intricate settlements, but she is a highly skilled litigator who can expertly navigate complex family law cases through the judicial process. As noted in Washingtonian, "she runs circles around everyone in the courtroom, and she arrives at the right answer faster than any [other] lawyer.”

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


Jeff Lowinger


With over 35 years of experience in all areas of matrimonial law, Jeff Lowinger is an expert at analyzing, resolving, and litigating complex divorce and custody cases. A skilled negotiator, Jeff is adept at understanding and drafting marital settlement agreements and prenuptial agreements. He is often called upon to untangle the most intricately woven marital estates and has unrivaled knowledge of complicated asset division and the resulting tax consequences.

Jeff 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.

Jeff 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 Schefkind

Melissa Schefkind provides clients with strong, superior representation in all areas of family law, including property, support, and custody issues. She is recognized by her peers and senior lawyers as a new force to be reckoned with. Melissa successfully litigates complex and high conflict matters and is also adept at negotiating and fashioning creative resolutions.

She received her Bachelor's degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she received the Public Service Award for her commitment to advocacy. Prior to joining New & Lowinger, Melissa was a judicial law clerk and worked closely with circuit court judges in family law and other matters.

Melissa was named a "Rising Star in Family Law" by Maryland Super Lawyers in 2017 and 2018, and by DC Super Lawyers in 2018. She also trained at the National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston, Texas.

Melissa is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Karen Axell

Karen Axell is a senior litigation paralegal with over 35 years of experience focusing primarily on contested, complex family law matters. Known across the Washington DC metropolitan area for her skills, expertise, and work ethic, Karen is especially well-versed in equitable distribution cases. Karen is a nationally certified paralegal and a founding member of the Paralegal Association of Northern Virginia.