News: Press Release
Washingtonian Names 7 Offit Kurman Attorneys Top Divorce Lawyers and Top Financial Advisors
For Immediate Release
Washington, DC| December 16, 2019
Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law is pleased to announce that seven of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the Washingtonian’s 2019 lists of the “Best Lawyers” and “Best Financial Advisors” in Washington, DC. The lists appear in the magazine’s December 2019 issue.
The honors are based on peer nominations from top attorneys and financial advisors. To compile the lists, the Washingtonian surveys thousands of legal and financial professionals in the DC metropolitan area to find the best and most accomplished individuals in their fields.
Joseph A. Condo, Sara M. Donohue, Cheryl L. Hepfer, and Catherine McQueen are listed among the Best Lawyers in the category of Divorce and Family Law. Michelle L. Evans, Lauren A. Jenkins, and Alison K. Noll are listed among the Best Financial Advisors under the Estate Attorney specialty.
“This honor demonstrates the extraordinary skill and achievements of our team,” said Tim Lynch, Offit Kurman President, and Managing Principal. “The fact that many of our Washingtonian awardees have earned the distinction not just once, but for multiple years, speaks to their integrity and their high level of skill. We are proud to be able to connect our clients with top-tier Family Law and Estates and Trusts attorneys. Please join me in congratulating Joe, Sara, Cheryl, Catherine, Michelle, Lauren, and Alison!”
ABOUT JOSEPH CONDO
Joe Condo focuses his practice in the areas of family law. Recognized as one of the most accomplished and proficient family-law attorneys in Virginia, Joe Condo has been in practice for 45 years. He has been included in all of Washingtonian Magazine’s lists of the Washington area’s best divorce lawyers since 1981, described in the magazine’s February 2009 issue as a “Virginia legend” who “knows how it’s done.” He was chosen by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America beginning with its first edition in 1983 and has been listed in each edition since.
ABOUT SARA DONOHUE
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Working as a family law attorney for over thirty years, Sara M. Donohue has practiced in the field of domestic law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. Her practice includes working on complex divorce and custody matters. In addition to handling matrimonial matters in the traditional negotiation and litigation modes, she has been trained in Collaborative Law and is a member of the Collaborative Divorce Association, Inc. Ms. Donohue also has an interest in the practice of adoption law.
ABOUT CHERYL HEPFER
Cheryl Hepfer is a highly-regarded attorney who has practiced family law for more than 40 years. She has been rated by her peers and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and as a top lawyer in the Washingtonian, Bethesda Magazine, and Super Lawyers. She is a past president of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers.
Her practice consists primarily of domestic litigation involving significant assets and business interests. She has a wealth of experience in complex cases involving significant assets and property distribution, alimony, child custody, and access. She has significant experience representing owners of businesses and their spouses, and those with significant assets, and works with business valuation experts and forensic accountants to maximize the benefits to her clients.
ABOUT CATHERINE MCQUEEN
Catherine H. “Kate” McQueen is a family law attorney and Chair of the Family Law Practice Group. She is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Ms. McQueen focuses her practice on the many legal issues that impact families, including all the issues arising out of a divorce, such as custody, child support, alimony, and other financial and property issues. She also has extensive experience in guardianship matters for children and incapacitated adults, including assisting clients in petitioning for guardianship, serving as court-appointed counsel for alleged disabled persons, and serving as court-appointed guardian for individuals when their family members or friends are unwilling or unable to do so.
Families with whom Ms. McQueen has worked describe her as a compassionate and responsive problem solver who calmly guides clients through the often difficult and emotionally fraught path of family disputes. Ms. McQueen has a family of her own and understands the value of a reasoned, practical, “big-picture” approach that achieves results without generating additional tensions or costs. Sometimes litigation is unavoidable, and when necessary, she draws on her extensive litigation experience to advocate for clients in court.
ABOUT MICHELLE EVANS
Michelle L. Evans focuses her practice on estate planning and trust and estate administration in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.Ms. Evans assists clients with creating estate plans to meet their financial and personal objectives. Such planning often includes the preparation of Wills, Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Durable General Powers of Attorney, and Advance Medical Directives.
Ms. Evans dedicates a substantial amount of her time to estate and trust administration matters. Her administration practice includes directing fiduciaries through the probate process in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, and assisting with the preparation of inventories and accounts. Ms. Evans prepares federal, D.C., and Maryland estate tax returns for taxable estates as well as federal estate tax returns to elect portability of the federal estate tax exclusion amount.
ABOUT LAUREN JENKINS
Lauren A. Jenkins focuses her practice on tax and estate planning, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, trust and estate administration, and tax compliance in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Ms. Jenkins is a sought-after lecturer and author on estate planning, estate administration, and trust topics. She has been a featured speaker at numerous seminars, symposia, and programs hosted by industry groups, bar associations, and government agencies. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Thomson Reuters, Virginia Lawyer, and Probate & Property. Ms. Jenkins is also the Immediate Past Chair of the Virginia State Bar Trusts and Estates Section. In recognition of her work, Ms. Jenkins has received a number of awards and honors, including distinction as a Top Lawyer, Top Wealth Advisor, and Top Financial Professional in lists published by Bethesda Magazine, Arlington Magazine, and Northern Virginia Magazine, and is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
ABOUT ALISON K. NOLL
Alison K. Noll primarily focuses her practice on tax and estate planning, trust and estate administration, real estate matters, and premarital and post-marital agreements. She assists individuals and families, including many small business owners, with the preparation of comprehensive estate plans, including all types of revocable and irrevocable trusts, each specifically tailored to her client’s individual needs. Ms. Noll regularly counsels executors, trustees, and beneficiaries on navigating the complex maze of probate, trust administration, and fiduciary litigation matters. She also advises business owners, from formation and corporate governance to business succession planning. In conjunction with her representation of businesses and individuals, along with her experience in serving as counsel to title companies, she frequently advises clients on real estate matters.
ABOUT OFFIT KURMAN
Offit Kurman, a full-service AmLaw 200 law firm with offices throughout the East Coast and in Southern California, serves dynamic businesses, individuals and families. Founded in 1987, the firm’s 280+ attorneys counsel clients across more than 30 areas of practice. Offit Kurman helps maximize and protect business value and personal wealth by providing innovative and entrepreneurial counsel that focuses on clients’ business objectives, interests and goals. The firm is distinguished by the quality, breadth and global reach of its legal services and a unique operational structure that encourages a culture of collaboration.