Northern Virginia Magazine Recognizes SmolenPlevy Attorneys as ‘Top Lawyers’

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Northern Virginia Magazine names SmolenPlevy principals Jason Smolen, Alan Plevy, Daniel Ruttenberg and Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson to its ‘Top Lawyers’ list for 2016. Nominated by their peers, the award recognizes SmolenPlevy for its excellence in the areas of family law, business organization, and trusts and estates.

Smolen, Plevy, Ruttenberg and Dickerson have previously been named ‘Top Lawyers’ by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

Northern Virginia Magazine Names SmolenPlevy Attorneys ‘Top Lawyers’

Northern Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers 2015

Northern Virginia Magazine has named SmolenPlevy Principals Jason Smolen, Alan Plevy, Daniel Ruttenberg and Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson to its 2015 list of ‘Top Lawyers’. Area attorneys were invited to nominate their peers for the designation.

“To be nominated by our fellow attorneys in the Northern Virginia area is quite an honor,” said Smolen. Plevy added, “We are pleased to be among a very distinguished and accomplished group of lawyers.”

Smolen, Plevy, Ruttenberg and Dickerson have previously been name Top Lawyers by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2013 and 2010.

Daniel Ruttenberg’s Supreme Court Experience Featured in Northern Virginia Magazine

Daniel Ruttenberg's Supreme Court Journey

It’s difficult to think of a more intimidating situation for an attorney than arguing in front of the United States Supreme Court, but this past April, SmolenPlevy principal Daniel Ruttenberg did just that. Ruttenberg argued the case of Hillman v. Maretta before the nine Supreme Court justices – a challenging undertaking for an attorney who rarely litigates.

The case began when Warren Hillman, a 66-year-old retired urban planner and longtime government employee, unexpectedly passed away in 2008. His then 61-year-old wife Jackie Hillman attempted to collect money from Warren’s Federal Employees’ Government Life Insurance (FEGLI) plan, only to have her request denied. The reason? The life insurance check (which was for over $120,000) had been sent to Warren Hillman’s ex-wife, Judy Maretta, who was still listed as the beneficiary on his life insurance plan. Struggling to make ends meet, Hillman sued Maretta.

What followed was several years of trials and appeals culminating in Ruttenberg’s argument before the Supreme Court in April 2013.  Read the full article, “The Case of the Preemptive Strike and the Wronged Widow” in the December 2013 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine, on newsstands now.

Northern Virginia Magazine Names SmolenPlevy Attorneys ‘Top Lawyers’

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Northern Virginia Magazine has named SmolenPlevy principals, Jason Smolen, Alan Plevy, Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson and Daniel Ruttenberg, to its list of Top Lawyers for 2013. Area attorneys were invited to nominate their peers for the designation.

“To be nominated by our fellow attorneys in the Northern Virginia area is quite an honor,” said Smolen. Plevy added, “We are pleased to be among a very distinguished and accomplished group of lawyers.”