Bethesda, Maryland Attorneys at Law

The attorneys at Paley Rothman, one of the leading regional law firms located in Bethesda, Maryland, have provided creative legal solutions for their clients for 50 years.

The law firm of Paley Rothman is a full-service law firm which provides a wide range of legal counsel and representation to businesses and individuals in such diverse and demanding practice areas as commercial litigation, employment law, family law, employee benefits, real estate, project development, ERISA and retirement plans, regulatory law & litigation, insurance recovery, tax, corporate, appellate practice, alternative dispute resolution, and government relations, among others. Paley Rothman has one of the largest groups of estate planning, estate and trust administration and estate litigation attorneys in Bethesda as well as the mid-Atlantic region. The attorneys at Paley Rothman cater to the legal needs of Maryland (MD) businesses including providing support for government contractors with government relations and bid protests guidance, for professionals, including a major emphasis on attorneys and health care professionals, manufacturers, internet and biotechnology, high-growth companies, and associations. Click here for a listing of our practice groups.

Now totaling more than 40 attorneys, the firm embraces the time-honored virtues of integrity and hard work, and has earned a reputation that makes our clients and us proud. Our clients have a broad range of business and personal legal needs. The lawyers at Paley Rothman have received numerous honors and awards, including Best Law Firms, Best Lawyers in America, Top Attorneys for Bethesda Magazine and Washingtonian magazine, and Maryland, D.C. and Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Several attorneys have also been voted in by their peers as Fellows of their respective American Colleges, including the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, the American College of Tax Counsel, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American College of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Our diverse workforce helps us approach these issues with varying perspectives. We know that each case is unique, so we work hard to provide our clients with sophisticated solutions that fit their specific objectives.

Maryland has many high-growth companies along the I-270 “tech corridor” spanning Montgomery and terminating in Frederick County. Paley Rothman’s attorneys played key roles in the project development of many of the bio-tech companies, including the development of large biotechnology campuses in Rockville and Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Paley Rothman’s subsidiary, Presidential Title, Inc., serves residential and commercial real estate transactional needs throughout Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region.

The law firm of Paley Rothman is centrally located in Bethesda, Maryland and is just two blocks from the Bethesda Metro Station and the western terminus of the new Purple Line. There is parking available in the building. Paley Rothman is within minutes of downtown D.C., Northern Virginia, including Tysons Corner, Potomac, Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Rockville and Gaithersburg. Paley Rothman also has an office in Northern Virginia in Falls Church.

Bethesda has been called the “Most Educated Place” in America where “27% of Bethesda residents have professional or doctoral degrees and 54% have a master’s degree” (Adams, 2014). Bethesda, Maryland is home to various businesses, government contractors, government agencies, and people of note. Forbes has listed Potomac, Maryland as the second “most educated place in America” second to Bethesda, Maryland (Adams, 2014). CNN Money named Potomac, Maryland as one of the most affluent towns in the USA (2013). Many of Paley Rothman’s attorneys live in Montgomery County, Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia and thus, are uniquely positioned to understand the needs of those residents.

In College Park, Maryland located in Prince George’s County, the University of Maryland has developed programs to assist with the commercialization of technologies developed at the University of Maryland College Park. Baltimore, Maryland is the largest city in Maryland and is approximately 40 miles from D.C. Baltimore and D.C. are sometimes considered as a Combined Statistical Area (CSA) and the Washington-Baltimore CSA is the fourth-largest in the USA with a population of over 9.75mm persons (United States Census Bureau, 2018). Annapolis, Maryland is the current capital of Maryland, taking over from the original capital at St. Mary’s City, which now hosts one of only two public honors colleges in the USA.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge was opened in 1952, enabling a new level of connectedness with the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Paley Rothman’s Maryland attorneys also do estate planning and trust administration for Maryland residents living in Talbot County, including Easton, Oxford and St. Michaels, Maryland.

The increasingly sophisticated needs of our Maryland clients often require the legal advice of Maryland attorneys. Our number of Maryland attorneys allows us to assemble a team whose diverse members offer just the right combination of knowledge about Maryland and federal courts and law and experience to address complex Maryland legal matters.


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