B.A., Duke University
J.D., Washington College of Law, The American University
LL.M in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center
District of Columbia
Marcia Fidis, a name partner and former managing partner of the firm, retired at the end of 2019. She is one of the most accomplished estate planning attorneys in the state of Maryland. She is a fellow of the elite American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, an accredited estate planner, the former treasurer of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, and a former trustee of the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL).
Marcia’s practice centered on estate planning, probate, trust administration, and premarital agreements for clients with substantial net worth and complex assets.
Marcia, who holds an LL.M. in taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center, is also a leading expert in the tax implications of premarital agreements and divorce. For decades, she was one of the few attorneys in the state who taught divorce tax issues to other lawyers so that they could help their clients take taxes into account in planning divorce settlements.
In 2009, Marcia co-authored with Linda J. Ravdin, another partner at Pasternak & Fidis, a book entitled Premarital and Domestic Partnership Agreements, which covers all aspects of premarital agreements in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.
In her practice, Marcia often worked with the firm’s Divorce & Family Law attorneys, helping them advise their clients on such matters as premarital agreements, property settlement agreements and the division of retirement accounts.
The Pasternak & Fidis firm was the only place that Marcia worked since her law school graduation. She originally joined the firm’s predecessor, Goldberg & Thompson, as an associate in 1977.
As the firm grew gradually through the 1980s to the 2000s, Marcia guided its growth in three areas of law highly relevant to the needs of residents of Montgomery County and of the D.C. metro area – estates and trusts, domestic relations, and trust and estate litigation.
The firm’s values have always mirrored Marcia’s personal credo: a high level of service to clients, a high level of integrity, and warmth and collegiality among the attorneys.
“I’m amazed and delighted that we have done so well over the years,” Marcia says. “Our goal is not and never has been to become a large law firm. We want to stay close to the values that brought us to where we are today.”
Marcia has retired to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In addition to enjoying sailing and boating, she has worked with conservation groups such as the Talbot Preservation Alliance, which is dedicated to preserving the quality of life in Talbot County, Maryland.
“My daughter is getting married. Does she need a premarital agreement?”
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