News & Events
2013 — SPRING
In September the Business, Real Estate and Litigation Group welcomed a new associate attorney, Nathan Brill. Nathan joined the Firm after completing a clerkship with The Honorable Katherine Savage of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. A graduate of The George Washington University, Nathan received his Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar.
Six Pasternak & Fidis attorneys have been named to the 2013 edition of Maryland Super Lawyers. Nancy Fax, Marcia Fidis, and N. Alfred Pasternak were listed for Estate Planning & Probate. Linda
Ravdin and Anne (Jan) White were listed for Family Law and Morriah Horani was listed as a
Rising Star in Family Law.
Linda Ravdin is the author of Premarital Agreements: Drafting and Negotiation, published by the American Bar Association in 2011. She served as the Co-Advisor from the ABA Family Law Section to the Uniform Law Commission’s Drafting Committee on the Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act.
In December 2012 Linda Ravdin and Anne (Jan) White were named among the area’s top divorce
lawyers in Washingtonian magazine. Linda Ravdin was quoted in the Washingtonian article on “A Divorce Lawyer’s Guide to a Good Marriage.” Divorce and Family Law Group partner Linda Ravdin authored a second edition of her BNA Portfolio, Marital Agreements (849-2d. T.M.). The portfolio is part of BNA’s Tax Management Portfolio Library for Estates, Gifts and Trusts. It focuses on the requirements for creating and drafting premarital, marital and domestic partnership agreements.
In February, the Estate Planning and Administration Group said goodbye to associate Adam Swaim. Adam leaves the firm to join the development office of the Human Rights Campaign. Later that month the Group added Alex Tanouye as an associate attorney. Alex took his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Maryland. He joins P & F after six years in private practice focused on estate planning and probate issues.
In December, Estate Planning and Administration associate Stephanie Perry was a panelist for a DC Bar presentation entitled: “Back to Basics: Powers of Appointment.”
Pasternak & Fidis is delighted to announce that Estate Planning and Administration Group partner Anne Coventry has been named as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ACTEC is a prestigious nonprofit lawyers’ group, based in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to promote and enhance the practice of trusts and estate law. Its 2,700 members nationwide have been chosen in a rigorous nomination and selection process and must demonstrate the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trusts and estate counselors.
The 2013 edition of Best Lawyers lists Divorce and Family Law Group partners Linda Ravdin, Vicki
Viramontes-LaFree and Anne (Jan) White for Family Law and Estate Planning and Administration
partners Nancy Fax and Marcia Fidis for Trusts and Estates.
The Estate Planning and Administration Group is pleased to announce that Matthew Tevelow has joined the firm as a Probate Paralegal. Matt is a graduate of the University of
Maryland and comes to P & F from the Montgomery County Register of Wills where he was a Level 3
Auditor and Office Administrator.
On January 30 and February 6 Anne (Jan) White presented Ethical Guidelines for Collaborative cases to Maryland, D.C., and Virginia collaborative attorneys, financial experts, and mental
health practitioners. As Co-chair of the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council Ethics Committee, Jan was one of three authors of these Guidelines. In addition, as Chair of the D.C. Metro Protocols Committee, Jan published revised Protocols on how to conduct a Collaborative case. Both the Ethics Guidelines and the Protocols are widely used by Collaborative professionals throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
2012 — SUMMER
Business, Real Estate and Litigation partner Roger A. Hayden, II was appointed to the Board of the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals (CDRP). The purpose of CDRP is to promote the use of the collaborative process in all aspects of dispute resolution. Roger will focus on expanding collaborative practice to civil matters such as employment, business, real estate, and trust, estate and will disputes.
Divorce and Family Law partner Anne (Jan) W. White was a presenter in April in a program for D.C. Metro area collaborative attorneys on handling cases under the newly passed D.C. Uniform Collaborative Law Act. This program highlighted new requirements for attorneys taking on collaborative divorces.
Business, Real Estate and Litigation partner Roger A. Hayden, II was featured on an episode of called “Horsin’ Around” on Cable Montgomery television. The program reports on equestrian activities in Montgomery County, Maryland and includes footage of a jousting competition, the official Maryland state sport. Roger can be seen introducing the horses and riders as they enter the contest and announcing the start of the matches.
In February the D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals offered a program entitled “The Infinity Loop” discussing how to handle a conflict in a collaborative divorce that seems unsolvable. Divorce and Family Law Group partner Anne (Jan) W. White was a presenter of this program which will be repeated in October at the 2012 National IACP Forum in Chicago.
Five Pasternak & Fidis attorneys have been named as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in the 2012 edition. Estate Planning and Administration Group partners N. Alfred Pasternak, Marcia C. Fidis and Nancy G. Fax were listed along with Divorce and Family Law Group partners Linda J. Ravdin and Anne (Jan) W. White. In addition Nancy Fax was listed as one of the Top 100 Lawyers and Nancy Fax and Linda Ravdin were listed among the Top 50 Women Lawyers.
In April, Divorce and Family Law partner Linda J. Ravdin was a faculty member for a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by the American Bar Association, Family Law Section. The program, entitled “If You Love Me, Put It in Writing”, focused on challenging and defending premarital agreements in court. In May, Linda participated as a speaker for a webinar, “Your Place or Mine? Drafting a Premarital Agreement Enforceable in Any Domestic or Foreign Jurisdiction.” The webinar was sponsored by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Linda is the author of Premarital Agreements: Drafting and Negotiation, published by the American Bar Association in 2011.
Business, Real Estate and Litigation partner Roger A. Hayden, II made a presentation to a local CPA and financial advisory firm on the regulatory laws surrounding an employer’s classification of workers as exempt or non-exempt from the obligation to pay overtime wages. Roger regularly represents employers regarding employment and discrimination matters.
2012 — SPRING
In January 2012 Business, Real Estate and Litigation associate, Jeremy Rachlin presented a continuing legal education course to the Tax and Estate Section of the Greater Washington Society of Certified Professional Accountants (GWSCPA). Jeremy’s presentation, entitled “A Litigation Primer for the Wary Accountant,” was geared towards accountants who may be called as fact or expert witnesses in will and trust litigation.
Adam Swaim, an associate in the Estate Planning and Administration Group, will join Managing Partner Nancy Fax as co-author of future editions of Maryland Estate Planning and Probate Laws Annotated (Thomson-West). This title is considered an indispensable reference for practitioners engaged in estate planning and probate matters, providing a comprehensive presentation of Maryland estate planning and probate laws. It includes commentary and extensive cross-references to related provisions and rules, which provide an authoritative guide to application of the Code.
The December 2011 issue of Washingtonian magazine includes two Pasternak & Fidis partners in its listing of the D.C. area’s best lawyers. Managing partner Nancy Fax was included on the magazine’s list of the best lawyers in estates and trusts. Linda Ravdin was listed for divorce and family law.
Six Pasternak & Fidis lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Maryland Super Lawyers. Partners N. Alfred Pasternak, Marcia Fidis and Nancy Fax were named for the practice area of estates and trusts. Partners Linda Ravdin and Anne (Jan) White were listed for the practice area of divorce and family law. In addition associate Jeremy Rachlin was picked for inclusion in the Rising Stars category that singles out the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys.
Divorce and Family Law Group Partner Linda Ravdin has been nominated for a second term as a member of the Governing Council of the American Bar Association Family Law Section. She continues as a member of the Section’s Publications Development Board and as Co-Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission’s Committee on Premarital and Marital Agreements.
In March 2012 Estate Planning and Administration associate Oren Goldberg taught a continuing legal education course on trusts and tax issues relevant to family law practitioners. The course will be presented by the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, Sections of Family Law and Taxation.
In October 2011 Divorce and Family Law Group senior associate Lucy Nichols served on a panel at an all-day program at the Georgetown Law Center entitled “A Symposium on Transgender Issues in Law and Policy.” Lucy spoke about family law cases and what is unique about a divorce or custody case when one of the parties is making a gender transition.
Estate Planning and Administration associate Stephanie Perry was recently admitted to the Maryland bar and to the bar of the District of Columbia.