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Top Estate Lawyers in the Bethesda Area

Here are 17 local attorneys recommended by their peers

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Paula Calimafde
When Paula Calimafde’s father, John Calimafde, died in 2015, he was one of the most famous patent litigators in the country. Says Paula, “He basically taught me how to think like a lawyer from the time I was very young.” Drawn to estate law while studying at Catholic University, Calimafde, 66, is particularly knowledgeable about transferring pension and retirement benefits. “It has become obvious to me that there are specific things that parents can include in their estate-planning documents, which greatly increases the chances of the children working together amiably and [decreases] the chances of gut-wrenching litigation,” says Calimafde, an attorney with Paley Rothman in Bethesda.

Anne Coventry
An attorney at Pasternak & Fidis in Bethesda, Anne Coventry came naturally to her specialization in estate law. Her father was a public defender and her mother was a CPA. “So I managed to combine their careers,” she says. A decade ago, the William & Mary law school graduate landed at Pasternak & Fidis, a firm with a strong reputation in estate law. Coventry, 44, has developed an expertise in cases involving “digital assets,” in which an executor wants to gain access to a deceased loved one’s social media accounts, photos or even electronic currency. “A social media account can be the modern equivalent to a treasured box of letters,” Coventry says.

Eric Core

For 36 years, Eric Core, 66, has anchored the will-writing practice at Lerch, Early & Brewer, a multipurpose law firm in Bethesda that has been in business for nearly 70 years. Most of his work these days encompasses the administration of wills he wrote decades ago. “I have been doing this for a long time, and many of my clients have died or created irrevocable trusts and [are] at that point that the plans they have made need to be put in place,” he says. Younger lawyers who have worked with Core over the years say he maintains a reputation as one of the smartest and classiest attorneys in the field. He often teaches and holds seminars for financial planners and nonlawyer CPAs. Core, who holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Iowa, is the brother of local radio personality Chris Core.
Frank Baldino
Frank Baldino, 56, has a head-spinning amount of knowledge about wills, prenuptial agreements, trusts and tax shelters, and protecting assets against creditors. An attorney with Bethesda’s Lerch, Early & Brewer, Baldino has a law degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Clients occasionally find his enthusiasm dizzying, but ultimately invaluable. The firm has a substantial practice in divorce, and Baldino is often called upon to assist in rewriting documents after a split and to craft postnuptial agreements.

Jay Eisenberg
Jay Eisenberg, 53, heads the estate practice at Potomac’s Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker. He is a graduate of George Washington University’s law school, where he specialized in tax law. Eisenberg says he prides himself on being responsive to his clients. “I want clients to understand what we are doing,” he says. “There’s a lot of stuff in this practice that’s not that difficult to do—returning phone calls, responding to emails—but there’s a lot of lawyers who have lost that.”

Marc Feinberg
Along with Paula Calimafde, Marc Feinberg, 69, of West & Feinberg in Bethesda, is one of the top two local estate lawyers known for their expertise in dealing with complicated pensions and retirement plans. He studied tax law at George Washington University and got a job after graduation in the estate and gift tax division of the Internal Revenue Service. For the last 30 years, Feinberg has been in private practice. Says a colleague: “Marc has a knowledge of pension and retirement issues that’s simply incredible. If you’ve inherited a pension and can’t understand it, he’s the man to see.”

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