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Paley Rothman

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Paley Rothman is nationally ranked in 5 practice areas and regionally ranked in 7 practice areas. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.
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Trusts & Estates Law

My clients have had excellent experiences with Paley Rothman, as have I.

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Trusts & Estates Law

The attorneys at Paley Rothman are versatile and accessible with any form of questions.

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Trusts & Estates Law

Michelle Chapin of Paley Rothman helped to get my will in order - something I had been trying to do for many years. She was thorough and detail-oriented, listening carefully to my concerns and then offering practical solutions. She and her team at Paley Rothman were always extremely responsive and professional. Overall the experience was very positive and perhaps as the best indicator of my satisfaction I have since referred several clients to her!

Becki Young

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Trusts & Estates Law

I have dealt with Paley Rothman on many estate and trusts issues over several years and found them very responsive and caring. Their expertise drafting of wills, trust agreements and other documents have been excellent. Clients that I have referred to the firm have been pleased.

William Burak Riibner and Associates, Chtd.

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Trusts & Estates Law

My family and I have utilized the estate and trust services of Paley Rothman for over twenty years. Deborah Cohn and her associates and staff have been extremely helpful in planning and developing our wills and trusts and in seeing us through the administration and resolution of three estates. All of the personnel at Paley Rothman have been knowledgeable, patient, capable and efficient through some difficult processes. I have enjoyed knowing and working with Paley Rothman.

Wendi Swidler

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Commercial Litigation

Rick Claxton of Paley Rothman has done an excellent job listening to my concerns and formulating a litigation strategy to address those concerns.

David Buckingham

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Trusts & Estates Law

I've worked with Michelle Chapin at Paley Rothman and she's terrific. I have several clients with her and look forward to working with her on more clients in the future.

Travis Russell Glassman Wealth Services

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Commercial Litigation

Paley Rothman represented my company in a trade secret case. From the beginning, they exuded confidence and expertise. As we proceeded through the case, they were diligent and thorough in reading the pleadings and exhibits from the plaintiffs to identify weaknesses or holes. They were honest with me regarding my own position and tried to explain any exposure my company might have. The submittals for the defense were well-researched and well-written. I highly recommend them.

Eric Spear Higher Ed Profiles, Inc.

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Real Estate Law

The Paley Rothman law firm makes it easy for us to do business in this market. We get it "teed up" and they take care of the details. It's always been a great combination.

Tony DeLucca Congressional Bank

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Employment Law - Management

I always enjoy working with the employment law team at Paley Rothman and, in particular, partner Jim Hammerschmidt. Jim is highly responsive, and consistently provides practical legal advice that is underpinned by broad experience in the field.

Tom Moore ABL, Inc.

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Trusts & Estates Law

We worked with Bob Maclay at Paley Rothman. He has been a huge help throughout the entire revising our estate process. He is calm, methodical, and knowledgeable. He has our complete trust.

Terri Stagi

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Employment Law - Management

Paley Rothman has great knowledge of Employment Law, with friendly and knowledgable attorneys. They are the best of the best. Jessica Summers is outstanding!

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Trusts & Estates Law

I have worked with Paley Rothman for 30 years. When I was first opening a dental practice, and starting a new family, they made sure that my family was protected due to the financial debts that I had incurred from professional school, building a dental office and buying a home. With 3 young children, knowing that my family was protected helped provide peace of mind. In addition, my attorney, Bob Maclay, made sure that my wife was included as a full partner in the process.

Steve Keller

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Litigation - Labor & Employment

Paley Rothman is very knowledgeable in what they do which helps our firm a great deal.

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Employment Law - Management

We have worked with Paley Rothman for many years and have had a great experience and learned a wealth of information from their expertise. There's never a time Jim hasn't been helpful when I needed information or advice on how to handle a situation.

Janice Gary AMT Engineering

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Employment Law - Management

Paley Rothman is quick and professional. They take their time with our matters despite a heavy case load. At both the partner and associate level, action items are handled diligently and with a fast turnaround. Their knowledge of the field and experience are an asset for quick questions and prevent a lot of re-work that would otherwise occur.

Scott Melamed ProMD Health

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Trusts & Estates Law

I have worked with a highly skilled and intelligent attorney at Paley Rothman named Michelle Chapin. She is highly professional, very responsive, thorough and incredibly informed on the latest news in estate law. Her attention to detail is second to none. I would refer family to her in a heartbeat.

Samantha Fraelich-Rohe IntegriGen Wealth Management

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Employment Law - Management

Paley Rothman is a well-known community established firm. My organization has been using them for many years now. We completely trust and value the advice and expertise. They are responsive to the client’s needs and have earned the respect and business of many in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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Trusts & Estates Law

Paley Rothman always provides technically correct and emotionally acceptable advice.

Robert Corno Mason Companies Inc.

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Trusts & Estates Law

Paley Rothman has done exceptional work on estate tax matters with great accuracy, speed, and expertise. Bob Maclay, Paula Calimafde and Jackie Portnoy are fantastic!

Ralph Evans N/A

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Employment Law - Management

We hold Paley Rothman and its expert attorneys in very high regard and consider them an essential business partner.

Karen Lamelle Oblon McClelland

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Trusts & Estates Law

It is a true pleasure working with Paley Rothman attorneys. Their expertise and knowledge is deep and sophisticated, yet they are skilled at distilling complex information and communicating it in an easy to understand, non "legalese" manner. Most importantly, they make my life easier -- providing practical solutions and taking care of minute logistics and details so that I didn't have to do so myself. I highly recommend Paley Rothman and would readily hire them again for my estate planning needs.

Kim Rennick

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Family Law

Howard Soypher of Paley Rothman is an outstanding attorney. He is dedicated, incredibly responsive, and passionate.

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Trusts & Estates Law

We always get timely, knowledgeable, and complete answers to questions and concerns from Paley Rothman.

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Trusts & Estates Law

I have dealt with Paley Rothman for over 15 years. They are very responsive usually returning all calls the same day. On time sensitive issues, they always make the time to get important things done quickly. Their expertise in the trust and estate area is excellent. They have assisted many of my clients in various complex estate planning and trust issues, estate tax return preparation and audit, drafting of wills and trusts, and probate administration. I highly recommend the firm. The attorneys are personable, caring, and a pleasure to deal with.

William Burak Riibner and Associates, Chtd.

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Trusts & Estates Law

Paley Rothman has assisted my family and me with trusts and estate issues for over 20 years. Each attorney and paralegal handling our matters has been knowledgeable, forthright and efficient. They have been caring and sensitive to our issues and concerns, especially during the stressful periods following the deaths of family members. I have been grateful for their support and assistance in planning for and taking care of estate issues prior to and following the demise of my loved ones. I would not hesitate to recommend their assistance to any one desiring quality legal assistance.

Wendi Swidler

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Employment Law - Management

Paley Rothman has a strong employment practice, excellent rates, and a personal touch. Their team is experienced and practical.

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Trusts & Estates Law

Paley Rothaman was fast and very good.

Thomas Corcoran

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Trusts & Estates Law

I have been working with several estate attorneys at Paley Rothman for several years and have found them to be totally professional, highly skilled, and extremely client-centric.

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Appellate Practice

The attorneys at Paley Rothman gave us a realistic assessment of the possible outcomes of our case and kept us informed throughout. I wouldn't hesitate to work with them again on an appeals matter, and we were impressed enough to continue to work with them on other corporate matters.

Mitch Segal Spacesaver Systems, Inc.

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Family Law

Paley Rothman attorney Howard Soypher handled my case. He was timely, efficient, effective, and focused. His experience with family law in Montgomery County saved large amounts of time. I found every one of his recommendations to be right on point. Howard has my highest, unqualified recommendation.

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Employment Law - Management

Acting as more than simply advisers or advocates, the team at Paley Rothman has come to be a reliable and formidable business partner for our firm.

Karen Lamelle Oblon McClelland

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Trusts & Estates Law

Paley Rothman is simply the best. I work with a lot of lawyers and this firm is the best by far!

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Litigation - Labor & Employment

Professional, knowledgeable, responds timely, works well with others and communicates well so that we understand what we are up against. I have enjoyed working with Paley Rothman for many years.

Janice Gary AMT Engineering

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Trusts & Estates Law

Paley Rothman had a wide-ranging knowledge not just of the basics but also of specialized areas of trusts and estates law, such as the treatment of overseas properties, intestate estates and missing heirs. We would recommend them without hesitation.

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Trusts & Estates Law

My husband and I have been very impressed with the combination of professional expertise and personal attention we have received from our attorney at Paley Rothman. Her attentiveness and ability to convey complicated legal matters has been invaluable to us.

Rebecca Dalton

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Trusts & Estates Law

Paley Rothman is the go-to firm in the Bethesda/Rockville area. They have great expertise in trusts and estate law and are a great resource when it comes to dealing with complicated estate plans. Everyone from the partner to the administrative team is responsive and detail oriented.

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Trusts & Estates Law

Paley Rothman attorneys have a high level of expertise, their responsiveness is excellent, they are easy to work with, they grasp issues, and they have a willingness to explore issues and think outside of the box. Partner Jeffrey Kolender has all of these characteristics. I fully recommend the firm and Mr. Kolender.

Felicia Battista

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Trusts & Estates Law

Able to handle incredibly complex estate planning and administrative matters cost effectively.

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Employment Law - Management

Paley Rothman has expert knowledge on current, changing, and historic law. Hope Eastman and her team consistently provide clear, thorough, concise guidance and recommendations that are relevant to the circumstances and complement our business approach. Jeff Hord has been a welcome addition to the Paley Rothman team.

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Family Law

I worked with a few lawyers in the area of family law as well as in corporate law at Paley Rothman. The lawyers are excellent to work with and very helpful.

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Commercial Litigation

The level of expertise is at Paley Rothman excellent. Every attorney has been very responsive to my business' legal issues in commercial litigation. I primarily was represented by Patricia Weaver who also referred me to fellow partners with specific domains if expertise. The firm is quite dedicated to the client it represents. I recommend these attorneys and this firm without reservation.

Lawrence Adler Clinical Insights, Inc.

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Family Law

It's always difficult to find people who truly care about your legal issues. When dealing with Paley Rothman you forget they have other clients because of the time and effort they put into your case. I would highly recommend them!

Linda Davis

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Trusts & Estates Law

Jeff is very knowledgeable about the law and explains things simply to allow lay people to understand the issues and structures. We would recommend Jeff and Paley Rothman highly.

Gordon O'Brien

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Trusts & Estates Law

The Law Firm of Paley Rothman is very responsive, always returning calls promptly and completing work in a timely manner. They always have time to meet with you on short notice. I always feel that they are giving good advice and the documents drafted are first class. Clients that I have referred to the firm are always pleased and appreciate the referral to their firm.

William Burak Riibner and Associates, Chtd.

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Family Law

Paley Rothman is well represented by Howard Soypher, an attorney at the firm. He has outstanding strategy skills in family law and is particularly good at keeping calm when everyone else is panicking. I found him thoughtful, trustworthy and considerate of costs.

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Real Estate Law

When I have a complex and complicated Real Estate transaction that requires customized loan documents and legal direction, I call Dan Hodin at Paley Rothman. I get fast personalized service, competent advice and loan documents that are exactly what both parties have agreed to. It's a win-win for everyone!

Tony DeLucca Congressional Bank

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Trusts & Estates Law

The Paley Rothman firm is extremely thorough and professional with very personalized service that extends to legal counseling and is evident in the drafting of documents.

Susan Gordon Freed Chevy Chase Trust

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Trusts & Estates Law

I have always found the attorneys at Paley Rothman to be technologically proficient and understanding of the tax ramifications of the suggestions discussed with my clients. The firm has several areas of specialty and can bring in other attorneys on an as needed basis. Their interaction with my clients and me is always personable and professional. I have never had a client that felt shorted in the service received by the attorneys at Paley Rothman. I have dealt with the firm for more than 30 years and have them on my list of firms to refer clients to.

Jim Wagenmann Cohn Reznick

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Trusts & Estates Law

Jeff Kolender is a fantastic attorney and pleasure to work alongside. He is knowledgeable, responsive, and a "team player." As a financial planner, we enjoy partnering with Jeff and his team at Paley Rothman to assist our clients with their estate planning needs and wishes.

Joe Breslin Planning Solutions Group

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Trusts & Estates Law

I have worked with Jeffrey Kolender at The Law Firm of Paley Rothman for approximately twenty years. His knowledge, professionalism and dedication to his clients sets a standard for other attorneys to emulate. I have and will continue to refer him to both existing and new clients. It is always a pleasure to work with him.

Roy Dixon Armstrong Dixon

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Trusts & Estates Law

Mr. Arnold Sherman of Paley Rothman has served as a trusted advisor to my family for nearly 20 years in all matters, especially estate planning. We value his expertise, counsel, and precision work in all of our personal family legal matters.

John Seng Spectrum Science Communications, Inc.

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Real Estate Law

Paley Rothman has expertly guided my firm, Spectrum Science Communications, through multiple real estate relocations and transactions, all without a hitch. We continue to rely upon Mr. Arnold Sherman of Paley Rothman, as we have over the past 20 years.

John Seng Spectrum Science Communications, Inc.

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Employment Law - Management

The Law Firm of Paley Rothman has been an invaluable partner to our small business. They have a knowledgeable and responsive staff.

Rachel Smith Alarm Tech

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Trusts & Estates Law

The Paley Rothman firm has handled all of my company and family legal work since 1991. This includes estate work involved with my parent’s deaths and setting up trusts for my three children. It has also set up my company pension plan and advising on company legal decisions. They have always exhibited the highs level of expertise in this aspect of the law.

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Family Law

The Family Law attorneys at Paley Rothman are second-to-none. They will zealously advocate for their clients after learning about their clients' needs, wants and desires. If I ever need a Family Law attorney again, I will not hesitate to head directly to Paley Rothman.

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Trusts & Estates Law

I recommend Paley Rothman on a regular basis. They are trusted advisors and highly skilled in their field.

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Trusts & Estates Law

Paley Rothman is very professional, thorough and efficient.

Neil Gamson

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Trusts & Estates Law

My husband and I worked closely with Debbie Cohn of Paley Rothman in creation of our estate plans, and after my husband's death, in handling of his estate. Ms. Cohn brought both her strong expertise as well as sensitivity to the table. She helped us navigate a number of decisions that had to be made by walking us through the pros and cons of various alternatives, focusing not only on the legal and tax implications, but also on the impacts that the choices would have on our young adult children. As I moved to settling the estate itself, Debbie and her associates have been supportive and understanding on a personal level, but also efficient and timely in all of our dealings. I have since recommended her to a number of friends, without hesitation.

Kathy Sierra

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Trusts & Estates Law

My experience working with Paley Rothman has been excellent. The attorney with whom I work is always available, listens to my concerns and explains options available to me. She makes sure that I understand the options and clarifies any questions I have. She also makes me aware of policies that may be changing in the future and how those policies might affect my decisions in the present and future. Working with the firm has been very pleasant and has given me a sense of security in dealing with the legal issues I have presented.

Shirley Willcher

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Employment Law - Management

Paley Rothman has been our "go-to" law firm for employment law. Jim is always available for advice which has been helpful in managing situations that provide a positive outcome for all. I appreciate that the team will listen to our issue and provide solutions that are adapted to our business as well as clear and easy for our managers to understand.

Angela Kinsella Europ Assistance USA, Inc.

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Employment Law - Management

Paley Rothman principals and associates are extremely knowledgeable in the various law disciplines to support our small business.

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Trusts & Estates Law

I have dealt with Paley Rothman regarding various estate tax, gift tax, trusts and related planning matters for several clients and myself for close to 15 years. They have always been very responsive in returning calls and emails and more importantly provided service the same day or within a day or two regarding updating trusts, wills and related matters on a few clients who suddenly were diagnosed with a terminal illness or were close to death. The attorneys that I have dealt with were always concerned about the client and their personal well-being. They were not just treated as another client or number as some other firms I have dealt with do. I have also dealt with several of the administrative individuals, such as paralegals and others, and found their expertise and responsiveness to be of the highest quality.

William Burak Riibner and Associates, Chtd.

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Employment Law - Management

Our relationship with Paley, Rothman continues to be a valuable asset to our firm. Their services are prompt, attentive and they are clearly vested in our firm's best interests.

Karen Lamelle Oblon McClelland

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Litigation - Labor & Employment

The employment law team at Paley Rothman are not only reactive but proactive. Hope Eastman and Jim Hammerschmidt have worked with me for years with an outstanding mix of knowledge and strategy.

Barbara Hoey ABC Imaging

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Litigation - Labor & Employment

Paley Rothman is a fantastic firm. They were knowledgeable, helpful, and really seemed to understand our needs. James Hammerschmidt and Hope Eastman were a pleasure to work with and got the job done as painlessly as possible. They were always responsive, courteous, and understanding. Our result was excellent.

Richard Madow Creative Management Resources

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Corporate Law

This is a great law firm! I would not use any other one.

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Government Relations Practice

Paley Rothman is an outstanding firm and an industry leader in government relations.

Matt Kadish Kadish, Hinkel & Weibel, Co., LPA

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Trusts & Estates Law

Paley Rothman is by far the most professional and competent law firm I have ever dealt with, and I have dealt with quite a few. They have a group of partners who come from various fields, and there is always a true expert available, no matter which area of the law you are exploring. I absolutely, without hesitation recommend Paley Rothman as a superb law firm that will represent its clients with unsurpassed excellence. There is none better!

Ralph Evans N/A

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

We have consulted with this firm for over 20 years and found them to be totally on top of any and all of the issues that have arrived. Not only are they knowledgeable but they have always exhibited good, sound judgment in their recommendations. Further, they are willing to explain the reasoning and to encourage us to participate in the decisions. I trust them implicitly.

Claude Engle, III Claude R. Engle Lighting Consultants, Inc.

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REAL ESTATE LAW

I have used this firm many times over the years, and I have never been disappointed. They are exceptional at the service they provide and timely with the expertise and solutions they provide to complex issues. This is an excellent firm in my opinion.

Richard Pettit Pettit Companies

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Firm Leadership

James R. Hammerschmidt
Co-President
Robert H. Maclay
Co-President