Jason Smolen

Jason Smolen is a founding principal of SmolenPlevy. Smolen’s knowledge of complex estate and business issues has drawn the attention of ABC News, USA Today, E! Online, Realty Times and the Bank of America Small Business Online Community. He is listed in the 2018 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” and The National Law Journal’s Divorce, Trusts & Estates “Trailblazers.” Northern Virginia Magazine named Smolen as a Top Lawyer in 2015, 2013, 2010 and 2009. Smolen received a SmartCEO Power Players award in 2013 and 2014, in addition to the SmartCEO Legal Elite award in 2013 and 2010. Read More

Mr. Smolen is a member of the Bar in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council. Mr. Smolen is a graduate of the City College of the City University of New York and the George Mason University School of Law.

His practice areas include general corporate and business law, tax planning, mergers, acquisitions & sales, fiduciary services, succession planning, and trusts and estates.

Founded in 1977, SmolenPlevy provides high quality legal representation to individuals, families and businesses. The firm’s goal is to develop client relationships that last a lifetime. SmolenPlevy’s individualized and zealous representation of its clients has earned the firm respect of the community and legal field. Utilizing, in concert, all the resources of the firm, SmolenPlevy remains dedicated to making the extra effort to resolving your legal issues. SmolenPlevy has achieved the coveted “AV” preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, confirming the firm’s legal abilities and professional ethics as being the very highest standard.

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Alan Plevy

Alan Plevy is a founding principal of the firm. He is a member of the Bars of Virginia and Maryland. Mr. Plevy is a graduate of the University of Miami and the George Mason University School of Law.  With 39 years as an attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia, he is a well reputed and recognized force in the areas of family law and litigation. He was also admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1984.  Mr. Plevy has vast experience in both negotiating and if necessary, litigating all issues requiring resolution in matrimonial actions including property settlement agreements, custody and visitation issues, and support. Read More

Mr. Plevy has received the coveted Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating and has been recognized in Super Lawyers and the Washingtonian. Northern Virginia Magazine named Plevy as a Top Lawyer in 2016, 2015, 2013, 2010 and 2009. Most recently, he was selected as one of the 2014, 2015,  2016, 2017 and 2018 “Best Lawyers in America” by The Best Lawyers in America and a SmartCEO Magazine Power Player in 2013.

A top legal publication, Virginia Lawyer Weekly, noted Mr. Plevy’s impact on the law when they named two cases he litigated among its Top Five Landmark Family Law Cases in Virginia.  Those two cases, which date back to the 1980s, are still regularly cited by attorneys and courts.

Additionally, Mr. Plevy is frequently interviewed as an expert on divorce law by the media. The New York Times recently interviewed him in a story about how the economy is impacting child support, Men’s Health spotlighted him in a piece about social media and its impact on divorce, and he was featured on News Channel 8‘s Let’s Talk Live, a local D.C. news show, discussing how to better deal with custody issues that arise during the holiday season.  He has also appeared on the Fox News and the Kojo Nambi radio show on NPR.

Mr. Plevy serves as Neutral Case Evaluator and Conciliator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court, Virginia and as an Equitable Distribution Mediator for the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Maryland. He is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association, where he served in various capacities as a member of the Board of Directors (1982-1988), as Chairman of the Personnel Committee (1983-1985), as Vice Chairman (1980-1981) and Chairman (1981-1982) of the Public Relations Committee and as a member of the Judicial Screening Committee (1996-1997). He is also a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association, Inc.

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Daniel H. Ruttenberg

Daniel H. Ruttenberg is a principal with the firm. He is a member of the Bar in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Maryland. Mr. Ruttenberg received his Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland. He earned his Juris Doctor with Honors from George Mason University School of Law and his Master of Laws in Taxation with Distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. Read More

Mr. Ruttenberg is the author of “The Tax Court’s Execution of the Family Entity: The Tax Court’s Application of Internal Revenue Code Section 2036(a) to Family Entities,” North Dakota Law Review Vol. 80:41 (2004). For the past six years, he has served as Vice President of Devotion To Children, a charity which provides access to high-quality educational and childcare programs for children from low-income families, aged six and under. Mr. Ruttenberg served as the Director of the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA) for seven years. During this period, he was also elected president – the youngest in FBA history. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fairfax Law Foundation. Mr. Ruttenberg received a SmartCEO Magazine Power Player award in 2013 and 2014, and was named a Top Lawyer by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2015, 2013, 2010 and 2009. Most recently, he was selected as one of the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 “Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers.

His practice areas include: planning for businesses, general corporate law, estate planning and estate administration.

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Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson

Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson is a principal at SmolenPlevy in Vienna, Virginia. She is a member of the Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals – Fourth Circuit, U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and George Mason University School of Law, where she served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of International Legal Studies. Read More

Throughout her career, Ms. Dickerson has received numerous awards. Most recently she was named a 2018 Best Lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America© and was selected as a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2007 and SmartCEO Magazine’s Power Players Attorney of the Year for divorce, domestic relations, and child custody and adoptions in 2013. Northern Virginia Magazine has named her a Top Lawyer for family-focused law in 2016, 2015, 2013 and 2010. She was named to “Virginia Legal Elite” by Virginia Business in 2014.

Ms. Dickerson has been appointed a Conciliator for the 19th Judicial Circuit and is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association, having served in various capacities including as President of its Young Lawyers Section (2003-2004) and as Co-Chair of the Revenue Development Committee (2004-2005). Ms. Dickerson has served as President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2003-2007) and on its Board of Directors (2008-present). She has also serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association (2008-present) and served as its President (2014-2015); she also served on Board of Directors of the organization’s Northern Virginia Chapter (2003-2012) and served as its President (2010-2011). Ms. Dickerson also serves as a member of the Virginia State Bar’s Better Annual Meeting committee and on its Diversity Conference’s CLE committee.  She has also served as a member of the Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on Lawyer Malpractice Insurance and as a faculty member of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course (2010-2013). She was a member of the George Mason University School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and has served as its President (2011-2013).

Her practice is general civil litigation, which include domestic relations, child custody, adoptions and all aspects of divorce, and probate litigation.

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Scott W. Taylor

Scott W. Taylor is a principal with the firm. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and is admitted to the United States Tax Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Mr. Taylor earned his Juris Doctor Cum Laude from the George Mason University School of Law in 2001 and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Business) from Virginia Tech in 1992. Read More

He is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association and served as the Vice Chair (2006-2007) and Chair (2005-2006) of the Business Law and Corporate Counsel Section. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and is a member of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

Scott W. Taylor’s practice areas include corporate and business law, including entity formation, ownership structure planning, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions; real estate; and tax-exempt organizations.

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Joshua B. Isaacs

Joshua B. Isaacs is a principal with the firm. He is a member of the Bar of Virginia. He earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a Senior Staff Member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. He is the author of “Ethical Implications of Collaborative Law,” Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics Volume 18:3 (2005). Read More

Mr. Isaacs received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association and has served as President of the Young Lawyers Section (2011-2012). He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Fairfax Law Foundation. Mr. Isaacs is the recipient of the 2014 Emerging Leader Volunteer Golden Gavel award, received in recognition for his service with the Fairfax Law Foundation Board of Directors, Fairfax Law Foundation Run for Justice 5K and Fairfax Bar Young Lawyers Section.

Mr. Isaacs was selected as a Rising Star Family Law attorney by SuperLawyers for 2015-2016.  He was also named to “Virginia Legal Elite –Young Lawyer (under 40)” by Virginia Business.

His practice areas include Family Law, Divorce and Custody.

 

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Marissa R. Bagasra

Marissa R. Bagasra is an associate with the firm. She is a member of the Bars in Virginia and Maryland. Ms. Bagasra graduated from George Mason University School of Law cum laude, where she served on the Board of Editors for the George Mason Law Review. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Bagasra was a law clerk for John H. Rust, Jr., Commissioner of Accounts for Fairfax County. Ms. Bagasra received her Bachelors of Arts degree with a double major in English and Government from Georgetown University. Read More

Ms. Bagasra is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, Fairfax Bar Association, and Virginia Women Attorneys Association. Her practice areas include estate planning, estate administration, and probate litigation.

 

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Julie A. Swerbinsky

Julie A. Swerbinsky is an associate with the firm. She is member of the Maryland and Virginia Bars. Ms. Swerbinsky earned her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law where she served as a member of the Moot Court General Board and the National Telecommunications Moot Court Team. Read More

Ms. Swerbinsky received her Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude, with a major in Political Science, from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Fairfax Bar Association.

Her practice areas include estate administration and civil litigation.

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K. Brandon Chlarson

Brandon Chlarson is an associate with the firm. Mr. Chlarson graduated magna cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where he served as a senior staff member for the American University Law Review. He is currently a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association and the Fairfax Bar Association.Read More

Mr. Chlarson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in History and French Studies from Brigham Young University.

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In Memoriam: Stuart H. Gary (1946 – 2017)

We are profoundly sad to announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Stuart H. Gary, on September 18, 2017. Stuart resided in Tysons, Virginia, and formerly lived in Washington, D.C. Stuart was the beloved husband of Donna Rothman Gary, and father of Robin Leigh Gary and Kenneth Asher Gary. He is also survived by his mother, Blanche Gary, and brother, Richard Gary (Linda); his father Morton Gary predeceased him. Stuart also leaves behind nieces, nephews and cherished friends.Read More

A graduate of the The American University Washington College of Law and University of Virginia, Stuart was a senior counsel at SmolenPlevy. He was a member of both the Virginia and District of Columbia bars. His practice areas included business and corporate law, mergers, acquisitions and sales, tax and real estate. Stuart specialized in entity structure and governance, acquisitions and mergers, commercial dispute resolutions, real estate acquisition/dispositions, and leasing and real estate finance transitions.

Known for his innovative approaches and solutions and his ability to rapidly respond to the needs of the client, Stuart was frequently sought after and brought into situations that had been mishandled or inappropriately serviced by others to re-level the playing field and achieve a palatable resolution. He lectured on the subjects of the novel uses of the limited liability company; considerations in choice of entity decisions; coordination of divorce counsel and business counsel in complex divorce matters; and served as a panelist and speaker on commercial real estate leasing on a national basis.

Stuart received the honor of being selected for inclusion in Virginia Business’ “Legal Elite,” a listing of “Virginia’s Best Lawyers” and “Legal Elite” by Washington Smart CEO and among the “Top Rated Lawyers” by the Wall Street Journal. An acclaimed attorney, he was “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Stuart will be missed in so many more ways than we can enumerate here. We were honored to call him our colleague, and we cherish the many years we had with him as a friend.

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