T 301.656.8850 Ext. 454
7735 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-6130
A.B., Brown University
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
District of Columbia
Morriah concentrates her legal work in resolving family disputes. She has a complementary practice in both family law and trust and estate litigation. Morriah is a trial lawyer with an active tri-jurisdictional practice in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Morriah’s years of experience in settling disputes complements her extensive trial practice work so that she can serve a broad range of client needs, from challenging litigation to the thoughtful, personal settlement work necessary to preserve family relationships notwithstanding difficult legal disputes. While her first goal is to preserve family resources by keeping cases out of court, when the case demands it, Morriah provides vigorous representation in trying court contests. Morriah has been specially trained in the Collaborative Law process and can represent clients in any type of out-of-court settlement process.
In her family law practice, Morriah has handled cases involving custody, divorce, child support, alimony modification, same-sex disputes, post-judgment enforcement and modifications, premarital and post marital agreements, and legions of other family law issues. Morriah is also a trained child advocate who can serve as a child’s lawyer in a court dispute.
Morriah’s fiduciary litigation practice focuses on helping clients untangle the complexities of estate and trust matters and skillfully representing them in court. Morriah approaches these cases with Pasternak & Fidis’s elite team of estates and trusts lawyers so that these matters have the benefit of their deep understanding of evolving, complex estate and trust laws. Morriah’s fiduciary litigation experience includes will challenges, trust reformation actions, trustee disputes, estate administration conflicts, and other probate disputes.
Morriah is also a seasoned appellate lawyer having both defended and successfully overturned trial court rulings on appeal. Morriah briefed and argued a noteworthy, precedent-setting case before Maryland’s highest court, the Maryland Court of Appeals, in 2010. She has also handled appeals in the Virginia Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
Morriah earned her undergraduate degree in Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University and her law degree and health law certificate at the University of Maryland School of Law. Morriah had the honor of serving as a trial court judge’s law clerk prior to joining Pasternak & Fidis in 2007. Washingtonian magazine interviewed and quoted Morriah in one of its issues, and The Maryland Daily Record quoted Morriah’s legal analysis in September 2014. Super Lawyers recognized Morriah as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
An avid tennis player, Morriah has qualified for the United States Tennis Association’s national championships three times. Her tennis teams have won both State and Mid-Atlantic Sectional Championships multiple times. Morriah has been the captain of a competitive Montgomery County, Maryland women’s tennis team since 2008. Morriah also has a Mah Jongg group and runs in 5K races with a local club. She volunteers each year for the Brown Alumni Association to interview high school students applying for undergraduate admission to Brown University. Morriah also serves on the Board of Cedarbrook Swim and Tennis Club and volunteers her time to monitor a specific stretch of the C&O Canal in conjunction with the U.S. National Park Service. Morriah lives in Kensington, Maryland with her family of humans, cats, dogs, and homeless kittens, which she fosters in partnership with a Virginia/Maryland animal rescue organization.
Boemio v. Boemio, 414 Md. 118; 994 A.2d 911; 2010 Md. LEXIS 184
Morgan v. Kifus et al., 2011 Va. App. Lexis 126
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