Mary Kostel named special counsel to the Presiding Bishop

February 3, 2009

Mary E. Kostel has been named special counsel to the Presiding Bishop for property litigation and discipline, according to an announcement by the Rev. Canon Charles Robertson of the Presiding Bishop's office.

Kostel, who is also chancellor of the Diocese of Washington, has worked in similar areas of law in private practice. She has been associated with the law firms of Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter) and Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. She was previously a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division.

She is a graduate of Princeton University and the law school of the University of Virginia, where she was editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, she served as a clerk for the U.S. District Court in Alabama, and for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Kostel is married to law school classmate Gregory DiMeglio. They live in Arlington, Virginia, with their sons, Alexander and Philip, and are members of St. Alban's Church in Washington, D.C. She may be reached at

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