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They Know Money 2012: Estate Attorneys

Estate planners prepare wills, trusts, and health-care powers of attorney. The following experts all have law degrees; we’ve noted CPAs. We’ve also included any specialties, though most attorneys handle any type of client.

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    Anne W. Coventry

    Pasternak & Fidis, P.C.

    Anne Coventry serves as head of the firm’s Estate Planning and Administration Group. Her practice focuses on estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, including transfer of ownership, entity selection and formation, trust arrangements, and closely held business planning, as well as estate and trust administration. She serves on the Steering Committee of the DC Bar’s Tax Section and on the Section Council for the Estates and Trust Law Section of the Maryland State Bar.

    7735 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 1100, Bethesda, MD 20814 | 301-656-8850

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    Michael Curtin

    Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans 1900 M Street NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036 | 202-530-3300

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    Nancy G. Fax

    Pasternak & Fidis, P.C.

    Nancy Fax, managing partner of the firm, concentrates on estate planning and estate and trust administration. She is a recognized expert in the field of estates and trusts law and the author of Maryland Estate Planning and Probate Laws Annotated. Ms. Fax is a member of the Executive Committee of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a highly selective national organization that brings together top trusts and estates lawyers nationwide.

    7735 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 1100, Bethesda, MD 20814 | 301-656-8850

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    John L. Laster

    Law Offices of John L. Laster

    John Laster is licensed in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. He focuses on estate planning and administration, special needs concerns, and planning for non-traditional families. He is a founding member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. He also teaches at Georgetown Law School. Since 1989, John has served on the board of CLA, an organization serving the needs of persons with intellectual disabilities.

    103 Rowell Court, Falls Church, VA 22046 | 703-538-3600

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    Frederick J. Tansill

    Frederick J. Tansill & Associates

    After being a partner at two national law firms for 12 years, Fred founded Frederick J. Tansill & Associates in 1997 in McLean. Fred graduated from Brown University (1970) and from Georgetown (Law 1974, Masters in Tax 1982). He is a Fellow of ACTEC and has chaired the D.C. and Virginia Bars’ Wills, Trusts and Estates Sections. He has practiced law in taxation, trusts and estates and closely-held business matters in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 35 years.

    6723 Whittier Avenue, Suite 104 McLean, Virginia 22101-4533 | 703-847-1359

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    Steven A. Widdes

    Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC

    Steve is Co-Chair of Stein Sperling’s Estates and Trusts group and works closely with clients in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and tax and business succession planning. He also assists clients in protecting assets for future generations through long-term trusts for children, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Previously an attorney with the IRS Estate and Gift Tax Branch, he has extensive knowledge of the matters affecting clients’ estate plans.

    25 West Middle Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20850 | 301-838-3227

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    Deborah A. Cohn

    Paley Rothman

    Deborah A. Cohn treats every client with respect and provides each with an estate plan appropriate for his or her specific circumstances. Ms. Cohn’s approach is pragmatic and creative, and clients appreciate their estate-related goals—and their family’s needs—will be met. Her probate and trust administration experience complements her estate planning talents, and she’s worked extensively on the estate, gift and other tax concerns of non-U.S. citizens and individuals owning property abroad. Ms. Cohn’s achievements reflect the respect of her peers; she chairs the Estate & Trust Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

    4800 Hampden Lane 7th Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814 | 301-951-9341

Charles S. Abell, Chevy Chase

W. Shepherdson Abell, Chevy Chase

Gary Altman, Rockville

Ronald D. Aucutt, McLean

Leigh-Alexandra Basha, McLean

Holly M. Bastian, Washington DC

Edward J. Beckwith, Washington DC

Doris Blazek-White, Washington DC

James L. Boring, Vienna

Rachel D. Burke, Chevy Chase

Thomas H. Campbell, Fairfax

Calvin H. Cobb III, Washington DC

Deborah D. Cochran, Vienna

Earl M. Colson, Washington DC

Paul B. Cromelin, III, Washington DC

Michael F. Curtin, Washington DC

John Dedon, Reston

Jay M. Eisenberg, Potomac

Marc R. Feinberg, Bethesda

Donna Esposito Fincher, Vienna

Jonathan M. Forster, McLean

Richard S. Franklin, Washington DC

Robert J. Freda, McLean

Ellen K. Harrison, Washington DC

Beth Shapiro Kaufman, Washington DC

Don Kozusko, Washington DC

John Laster, Falls Church

Rhonda J. Macdonald, CPA; Vienna

Robert E. Madden, Washington DC

Mary Ann Mancini, Washington DC

Virginia A. McArthur, Washington DC

Jerry J. McCoy, Washington DC

James E. McNair, Falls Church

William G. Murray, Arlington

Alison K. Noll, Vienna

Anne J. O’Brien, Washington DC

Philip L. O’Donoghue, Chevy Chase

Thomas W. Richardson, Washington DC

Alban Salaman, Washington DC

A. Christopher Sega, Washington DC

Douglas L. Siegler, Washington DC

Martha Sotelo, Vienna

Frederick J. Tansill, McLean

Kelly A. Thompson, Arlington

Stefan F. Tucker, Washington DC

C. Daniel Vaughan, Vienna

Patrick J. Vaughan, Washington DC

Robert E. Ward, Bethesda

Steven A. Widdes, Rockville

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