News and Events

July 24, 2018

Anne Coventry and Pasternak & Fidis named to Chambers list

Pasternak & Fidis, PC was recently listed in the latest Chambers & Partners High Net Worth publication as a leading firm in the field of Private Wealth in Washington, DC.  Anne Coventry was singled out as a “Notable Practitioner.”

June 27, 2018

Partner Adam Swaim Participated in Legacy Planning Panel at Round House Theatre Event

Partner Adam Swaim participated in a panel at Round House Theatre on Tuesday, June 26, discussing recent tax law changes, legacy planning, and the advantages of charitable giving. Other panelists included Michael Beriss, Private Wealth Advisor, Ameriprise, and Brad L. Mendelson, CPA, MST, Mendelson & Mendelson, CPAs.

June 25, 2018

Anne Coventry and Stephanie Perry recognized as Top Estate Lawyers in Montgomery County

Bethesda Magazine recognized partners Anne Coventry and Stephanie Perry as two of the top estate planning attorneys in Montgomery County. Associates Micah Snitzer and Christina Scopin were also named Rising Stars in their field. Congratulations to all four attorneys!

June 5, 2018

P&F Mourns Passing of Nancy Fax

Pasternak & Fidis is sad to share that our beloved partner, mentor, and friend Nancy Fax passed away on June 4, 2018.  She was diagnosed in May with stage 4 pancreatic cancer that had already spread to her liver.  Though she originally planned to begin chemotherapy and expected to be able to keep working for […]

April 30, 2018

Horani speaks to MSBA on Mental Capacity

Partner Morriah Horani recently presented at a conference put on by the Maryland State Bar Association’s Estate and Trust Section and Continuing Legal Education Department entitled Fiduciary Litigation: Contested Wills, Trusts, Inter Vivos Transfers and Guardianships. Together with Clinical Psychiatrist Dr. Guillermo Portillo, M.D., Morriah spoke on the topic of “Mental Capacity: Standards, Nature and Evaluation of Testing.”

March 28, 2018

Ravdin and Coventry present Death and Divorce in Prenups to D.C. Bar

Anne Coventry and Linda Ravdin were the faculty for the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education program, “Premarital Agreements: Planning for Death and Divorce.” The program included discussion of spousal rights when parties marry without a premarital agreement, the law of validity, conducting the initial consultation with the potential client, conflicts of interest and other ethical […]

January 16, 2018

Partner Linda Ravdin speaks at Premarital Agreement Seminar

On January 12, 2018, the Maryland Association for Justice sponsored a breakfast seminar, “Challenging and Defending Premarital Agreements.”  Divorce and Family Law Group partner Linda Ravdin was one of the speakers, taking the side of the defending party and presenting the law and strategy in representing a divorcing spouse seeking to have the court uphold […]

December 21, 2017

Successful 2017 Diaper Drive Complete

In honor of the three babies born to our employees this year, Pasternak & Fidis held a Diaper Drive to benefit the Greater DC Diaper Bank, whose main warehouse is located here in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Diaper Bank does fabulous work, not just supplying diapers and wipes, but so many items useful in the […]

December 4, 2017

Top Lawyers for yet another year

Washingtonian’s list of Top Lawyers in 2017 is out, and five Pasternak & Fidis have made the grade. Under the Divorce and Family Law category, partners Linda Ravdin, Vicki Viramontes-LaFree, and Jan White were named. Partners Anne Coventry and Nancy Fax made the list of Top Trusts and Estates attorneys. Congratulations to all of our […]

November 27, 2017

Alex Tanouye interviewed by The Baltimore Sun about Paterakis Estate Dispute

The Baltimore Sun interviewed partner Alex Tanouye in connection with the developing dispute over the estate of late bakery mogul and Harbor East developer John Paterakis.

November 3, 2017

Associate Brooke Hettig joins the D.C. Bar

Congrats to Associate attorney Brooke Hettig! She was sworn into the D.C. Bar this morning. Brooke is now a member of both the D.C. and Virginia bars. Read more about Brooke and our Divorce and Family Law Group.

October 30, 2017

Welcome back, Adam Swaim!

Pasternak & Fidis is pleased to announce that we are welcoming Adam Swaim back to the firm. After several years as Director of Estate Planning for the Human Rights Campaign, Adam returns to the firm as Of Counsel, focusing on estate planning and administration for individuals and families of all backgrounds. Welcome back, Adam!

October 23, 2017

Partner Stephanie Perry invited to join ACTEC

Congratulations to partner Stephanie Perry for her election as a Fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Members of ACTEC are nominated and elected based on “demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.” We are thrilled that Stephanie’s excellence and […]

October 1, 2017

P&F attends Washington School for Girls’ 20th Anniversary Celebration

Pasternak & Fidis is proud to continue support for the Washington School for Girls. Several attorneys and their guests attended WSG’s gala at Trinity Washington to celebrate 20 years of Courage. Partner Stephanie Perry, pictured (center) in the photo below with husband Tracy and WSG President Dr. Beth Reaves, serves on the Board of Trustees […]

September 29, 2017

Morriah Horani was recently admitted to U.S District Court in Maryland

Partner Morriah Horani was recently admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Jan White, who was admitted to practice in this court in 1997, sponsored her admission. Morriah’s admission to federal practice will expand her estate and trust litigation practice.

September 28, 2017

Jan White and others named as Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers named Jan White the “Collaborative Law: Family Law” Lawyer of the Year in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Because the publication uses peer nominations to develop its selective list, we are especially proud of this recognition. Please join us in congratulating Jan! In addition to the above honor, our firm’s attorneys have also been […]

September 27, 2017

Jan White accepts invitation to International Academy of Family Lawyers

Partner Jan White was admitted to the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law practitioners in their respective countries. Members are admitted by invitation only.

July 26, 2017

P&F welcomes Associate Brooke Hettig

Pasternak & Fidis welcomes a new associate, Brooke Hettig, to our Domestic & Family Law group. Brooke comes straight from a clerkship with Virginia Supreme Court Justice Stephen McCullough, and just before that a clerkship for Judges David Lannetti and Michelle Atkins of the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk. Brooke received her J.D. cum […]

June 19, 2017

Alex Tanouye Speaks on The Elective Share at MSBA Annual Meeting

During the Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting last week, Partner Alex Tanouye spoke on efforts to reform Maryland’s antiquated elective share laws, which are intended to protect surviving spouses from disinheritance (or impoverishment). Presently, the surviving spouse of a Maryland decedent may elect to take a one-third or one-half “elective share” of the decedent-spouse’s probate estate […]

June 14, 2017

Jan White helps bring the Collaborative process to the estates and trust field

Partner Jan White recently participated in a three-day training of other professionals in Collaborative Resolution of probate disputes, the first training of its kind in the country sponsored by a court.  The newly trained attorneys will resolve disputes in Prince George’s County Orphan’s court on behalf of unrepresented litigants.  The Collaborative Process, now widely used in […]

June 7, 2017

Alex Tanouye part of the faculty for MSBA CLE on preparation of gift and estate tax returns

Partner Alex Tanouye participated as faculty in the Maryland State Bar Association’s CLE on preparing gift and estate tax returns. Alex spoke about the preparation of federal and Maryland state estate tax returns.

June 1, 2017

Stephanie Perry testifies before D.C. Council Committee on Uniform Power of Attorney Act

On June 1, 2017, Stephanie Perry testified before the D.C. Council Judiciary & Public Safety Committee. Stephanie advocated for the adoption of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act in Washington, D.C., and proposed changes to the uniform legislation that would provide increased protection for the District’s residents and clarity for attorneys practicing in the District.

May 22, 2017

P&F welcomes Associate James Saintvil

Pasternak & Fidis welcomes a new associate, James Saintvil, to our Estate Planning and Administration group. James has a background in accounting and is freshly graduated from Georgetown Law’s Taxation LLM program. James received his JD from Widener University Delaware Law School, and he is currently barred in New York, New Jersey, and the District […]

May 10, 2017

P&F Community Service Day at Red Wiggler Farm

The word “service” has special meaning at Pasternak & Fidis – and it applies to community involvement as well as to our clients and to our profession.  In recognition of the firm’s commitment to community service, we closed our offices on May 9th for a day of volunteer work at Red Wiggler Community Farm.  We […]

April 26, 2017

Congratulations to Nancy and Jan for making the DC Super Lawyers list!

Nancy Fax and Jan White were among the Top 50 Women Layers in the 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers rankings. We’re proud that their excellence is recognized by the larger legal community. You can find a more comprehensive list of the honors and awards we’ve gotten over the years here.

April 23, 2017

P&F joins A Wider Circle’s ‘Race to End Poverty’

We were thrilled to support our community partner, A Wider Circle, in their Race to End Poverty at Meadowbrook Park on April 23! We gathered a team of 24 employees, family, and friends to run in the 5k race, walk/run in the 1-miler, or participate in the ‘tot trot.’ We felt good taking steps to […]

March 9, 2017

Our community partner, Round House Theatre, is feted by Washington Post

We are thrilled that our long-time community partner and neighbor, Round House Theatre, has been recognized by the Washington Post for its “adventurous programming” and inspiring leadership. We’ve been partnering with Round House for eight seasons now, and it’s gratifying to see the accolades rolling in for their “rousingly accomplished plays.” See more about how […]

February 9, 2017

Partner Alex Tanouye spoke on the Fiduciary Income Tax

As part of the D.C. Bar’s Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section’s Luncheon Series, partner Alex Tanouye presented an Introduction to the Fiduciary Income Tax on February 9.

January 31, 2017

Jan White led Maryland State Bar Divorce Tax Workshop in January

On January 27, 2017, partner Jan White taught the Maryland State Bar Divorce Tax Workshop to over 75 attorneys from across the state.  The presentation covered such issues as tax consequences with respect to transfers of employee benefits, including stock options and retirement plans; transfer of property and payment of support between divorcing spouses; and […]

January 31, 2017

At Heckerling, Anne Coventry spoke about Digital Property

Partner Anne Coventry spoke at the 51st annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning in early January, on the subject of estate planning for digital property.  In addition, she serves on the Section Council for the Estates & Trust Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, as a member of its Legislative Committee; over the […]

January 17, 2017

Pasternak & Fidis Launches New Online Resource That Compares Trust Laws in Maryland, DC and Virginia –

Pasternak & Fidis, P.C. announces the launch of a new online resource that compares the trust laws governing Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia to the Uniform Trust Code. The website provides side-by-side comparison of the statutes along with annotations, making it a convenient and highly valuable tool for lawyers, trust officers, and financial […]

December 19, 2016

Super Lawyers tags P&F attorneys in 2017

Super Lawyers has come out with its annual listing of top Maryland attorneys in 2017. Estate Planning and Administration partner Nancy Fax and Divorce and Family Law partner Jan White were both named to the publication’s Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland. Jan, Nancy and Linda Ravdin were also listed among the Top 50 Women in the […]

November 28, 2016

LaFree participates in panel on Grey Divorce

On October 20, 2016, Vicki Viramontes-LaFree, partner in the Divorce and Family Law Group, participated in a panel as part of Suburban Hospital’s Estate Planning Journal Club Speaker Series.  The subject was “Grey Divorce:  From the Legal, Financial and Mental Health Perspectives.”  In 2013, a study found that the divorce rate after age 50 doubled […]

November 28, 2016

Washington’s Top Divorce Lawyers–again!

Jan White and Linda Ravdin were named yet again on Washingtonian’s list of Washington’s Top Divorce Lawyers. Congratulations, Linda and Jan!

November 21, 2016

Update on Maryland’s Spousal Elective Share

Partner Alex Tanouye recently presented to attorneys in the Maryland State Bar Association’s Estate and Gift Tax Study Group. Alex’s presentation – entitled “Maryland’s Spousal Elective Share: What’s In, What’s Out, What’s Next?” – took place in Potomac and was televised via simulcast in Baltimore.

October 14, 2016

Best Lawyers names several P&F Partners to its 2017 lists

Best Lawyers, a publication that relies on peer nominations to cultivate its annual lists, recognized our partners in its 2017 in Maryland in their respective fields: Jan White in Collaborative Law: Family Law Jan White, Vicki Viramontes-LaFree and Linda Ravdin in Family Law Nancy Fax, Al Pasternak and Marcia Fidis in Trusts and Estates Al […]

October 14, 2016

Nancy Fax named Lawyer of the Year in Trusts & Estates for DC Area for 2017

Best Lawyers named partner Nancy Fax the Trust and Estates Lawyer of the Year in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Because the publication uses peer nominations to develop its selective list, we are especially proud of this recognition. Congratulations, Nancy!

October 4, 2016

P&F Attends A Wider Circle’s Community Ball 2016

For several years running, Pasternak & Fidis has contributed to A Wider Circle’s annual gala event, the Community Ball. Along with their spouses and partners, Alex Tanouye, Stephanie Perry and Nancy Fax attended the ball this year to show their support for the organization and its persistent efforts to eliminate poverty in the Washington Metro region. […]

August 29, 2016

P&F, Anne Coventry, Nancy Fax lauded by Chambers High Net Worth

Pasternak & Fidis, PC was recently listed in the latest Chambers & Partners High Net Worth publication as a leading firm in the field of Private Wealth in Washington, DC. Anne Coventry and Nancy Fax were singled out as “Notable Practitioners.”

August 21, 2016

Giving back through A Wider Circle

Estate Planning & Administration partner Alex Tanouye donated his time to A Wider Circle this weekend. A Wider Circle works to end poverty one family after another with the aim of giving everyone the chance to succeed. In addition to serving on the organization’s Board, Alex also regularly volunteers with the group like he did yesterday, driving […]

May 13, 2016

Washington Post recognizes Jan White as one of Top 50 Women Attorneys

Partner Jan White was recognized in the Washington Post as one of D.C.’s Top 50 Women attorneys for 2016 by Super Lawyers.  According to Super Lawyers, the Top 50 Women “ranked highest in the 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon panel review process.”

May 13, 2016

Linda Ravdin presented premarital agreement CLE in WV

On May 3, 2016, partner Linda Ravdin participated as a faculty member at the Kanawha County (West Virginia) Family Law Bench Bar Committee’s annual Continuing Legal Education program.  Her topic was “Premarital Agreements:  Representing the Dominant Party; Representing the Weaker Party.”  Linda is the author of Premarital Agreements:  Drafting and Negotiation, published by the American […]

May 13, 2016

Daily Record interviews Alex Tanouye about brand building

The Daily Record interviewed Partner Alex Tanouye about how young lawyers can build a brand and eventually land an interview on an internationally known news channel. The Daily Record piece can be found here, and, if you missed it the first time around, Alex’s appearance on CNN is here. The Daily Record is a publication providing legal and business […]

May 12, 2016

Stephanie Perry elected to Board of Trustees at Washington School for Girls

The Washington School for Girls has elected partner Stephanie Perry to serve on its Board of Trustees. WSG is an all-girls, tuition-free private school located in Anacostia, DC that provides education and support to 3rd– through 8th-grade students and their families in order to prepare them for success in high school and beyond.  Stephanie has […]

May 9, 2016

Alex Tanouye speaks to Montgomery County Bar Association

Partner Alex Tanouye gave a presentation today to the Trusts & Estates Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association: Highlights from Heckerling 2016. Alex and partner Anne Coventry attended the Heckerling Institute for Estate Planning this January in Florida. The Institute is known as one of the foremost continuing-education and professional-development opportunities in the field of estate planning for practitioners from […]

May 3, 2016

Alex Tanouye interviewed on CNN about Prince’s Estate

CNN interviewed partner Alex Tanouye in connection with the developing dispute over popstar Prince’s estate. See the clip here.

March 25, 2016

Mary Katherine Hayburn co-moderated a panel of Montgomery County judges

On March 24, 2016, Associate Mary Katherine Hayburn co-moderated a panel of the Montgomery County Family Law Magistrates in their annual roundtable.  The panel answered the legal community’s questions and offered tips and tricks for practicing before the bar.

February 23, 2016

Stephanie Perry spoke about trusts at Maryland Bar CLE

Partner Stephanie Perry participated as a speaker at the Maryland State Bar Association’s February 23, 2016 continuing legal education program entitled “Using and Drafting Trusts in Estate Planning.”

February 19, 2016

Anne Coventry testified before the Maryland legislature

On February 18, Anne Coventry testified before the Maryland Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee in support of SB239, Maryland Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.

February 4, 2016

Anne Coventry testified before the Maryland House; scheduled to speak before the Maryland Senate

In February, Anne W. Coventry, a partner in the Estate Planning & Administration Group, testified before a meeting of the Maryland House Health & Governmental Operations Committee in Annapolis in support of the Maryland Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (HB531). This legislation is critically important to ensure that (i) online service providers cannot seize […]

February 1, 2016

Pasternak & Fidis as the Face of Estate Planning

The Washingtonian magazine’s “Faces of Washington 2016” series hit news stands this month. Catch a glimpse of our Estate Planning team here: Pasternak & Fidis as Washingtonian’s Face of Estate Planning, p. 148

January 4, 2016

P&F lawyers named in Super Lawyers 2016

For yet another year, Pasternak & Fidis received accolades from Super Lawyers, a publication honoring attorneys who have achieved a “high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.”  Jan White was selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Lawyers.  Jan, Linda Ravdin and Nancy Fax were named to the Maryland Top 50 Women Lawyers, as well […]

December 5, 2015

Washingtonian magazine names P&F lawyers “tops” yet again

In its December 2015 issue, Washingtonian magazine named Anne Coventry and Nancy Fax as Top Lawyers in the field of Trusts and Estates, and Linda Ravdin and Jan White were noted as Top Lawyers in the realm of Divorce and Family Law.

November 4, 2015

Partners join Virginia State Bar

Partners Nancy Fax, Stephanie Perry, and Vicki Viramontes-LaFree were sworn in to the Virginia State Bar at the Supreme Court of Virginia in Richmond. All three partners are now admitted to practice in Maryland, DC and Virginia.

August 24, 2015

Partner Morriah Horani selected for Fairfax Bar Association leadership

Divorce and Family Law Group partner Morriah Horani has been selected to the Judicial Screening Committee of the Fairfax Bar Association for 2015-2016. The FBA Judicial Screening Committee is charged with evaluating candidates seeking appointment to the Fairfax Circuit, General District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts. The nine committee members, recommended by the […]

August 8, 2015

Partner Stephanie Perry re-elected to D.C. Bar Leadership

Stephanie Perry, partner in the Estate Planning and Administration Group, was re-elected as a member of the Steering Committee of the Estate, Trusts and Probate Section of the D.C. Bar. In addition, Stephanie will serve as Secretary for the Committee and Chair of the Legislation and CLE Sub-Committees for the 2015-2016 year.

July 1, 2015

Estate Planning Council of Montgomery County, MD

Anne Coventry, partner in the Estate Planning and Administration Group, was elected President of the Estate Planning Council of Montgomery County, Maryland. Anne’s colleague and fellow partner in the Estate Planning and Administration Group, Alex Tanouye, was elected as Secretary/Vice-President of the Council.

February 4, 2015

10 P&F Attorneys selected as Super Lawyers

Ten lawyers from Pasternak & Fidis were selected for inclusion in Washington, DC Super Lawyers for 2015. Partners N. Alfred Pasternak, Marcia Fidis, Nancy Fax, Linda Ravdin, Anne (Jan) White and Anne Coventry, were all picked for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list. Partners Morriah Horani, Stephanie Perry and Alex Tanouye were named on the Rising […]