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Top Estate Lawyers in the Bethesda Area

Here are 17 local attorneys recommended by their peers

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Rising Stars

Here are eight estate attorneys to watch


Micah Bonaviri
was studying for an advanced degree in tax law at Georgetown University when he applied for a job at Stein Sperling. Both he and classmate Caroline Ford were offered positions. Eight years, a marriage and a baby boy later, Micah, 37, and Caroline (now Caroline Bonaviri), 35, are still at Stein Sterling and working closely with Steven Widdes.

Michelle Chapin, 37, is happy to help families of all means at Paley Rothman, a law firm known for representing upscale clients who own businesses. Chapin, who graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law, specializes in writing wills for international clients.

Brian Della Rocca, 44, graduated from the Catholic University law school. He practiced in various areas of business law before settling in estates, and is both accommodating and easy to talk to. Della Rocca is a partner at KDR Law Group in Silver Spring.

Will Hellams, 38, graduated from Charleston School of Law in South Carolina in 2008 and now practices at Lerch, Early & Brewer. Hellams is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery’s Emerging Leaders program, which focuses on developing civic-minded professionals into the leaders of tomorrow. He has been mentored at the firm by Frank Baldino and Eric Core. Christina Scopin, 32, has a law degree from Catholic University and practices at Pasternak & Fidis. A mentor describes Scopin as “attentive to detail, people-oriented and dedicated.” She is likely to rise to the next generation of leaders at what’s considered one of Bethesda’s best law firms.

Micah Snitzer, 34, got his law degree at Hofstra University on Long Island. Snitzer, who practices at Pasternak & Fidis, was a bankruptcy lawyer in Baltimore before switching to estate law.

Megan Wallace, 49, is a former clerk for the Michigan Supreme Court who has a growing practice in Bethesda, fueled in part by referrals from admiring larger firms. She has been able to establish her own firm, Wallace Law, in an area of practice dominated by several top firms. She graduated from the law school at Western Michigan University and received an advanced degree in taxation from Georgetown.

Kim Eisler is the author of four books about lawyers, including his latest, Masters of the Game: Inside the World’s Most Powerful Law Firm.

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