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I've been practicing law for more than a quarter century. During that time, I've been blessed with the opportunity to work on many noteworthy cases, and many more of interest only to my client and me.  In all, I've provided effective counsel.


In addition to my private clients, the courts of the District of Columbia have entrusted me with numerous (oftentimes complex) matters to which I've been appointed. I like to think that's a testament to my skill as an attorney and adherence to ethical standards, for which I have earned an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell (their highest).


Most attorneys specialize in one area. I've won jury trials in all four divisions of the District of Columbia Superior Court (Civil, Criminal, Family, and Probate), and I'm pretty sure I'm the only attorney who can make that claim.   I think the cases I'm most proud of are those involving contests of a Last Will and Testament. Also, a case in which I defended a Metropolitan Police Officer in a civil suit; the rookie officer admittedly put a suspect in the trunk of a police car, but the jury returned a verdict of only $3.


In recent years, much of my practice has been in Fiduciary Law. This involves matters such as helping a client who seeks appointment as a Conservator, Guardian, or Personal Representative of the estate of a loved one.  Additionally, I assist clients with Estate Planning.


With the wealth of knowledge I have developed since starting law school in 1980, I can provide guidance to anybody in need of legal advice. If I can't help you, I probably know somebody who can, so please feel free to give me a call.

Patrick T. Hand
Attorney at Law
4900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 220
Washington, DC 20016


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 25%
  2. Health Care: 25%
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
  4. Trusts: 25%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Allen Howard Orenberg

    Without reservation I endorse this lawyer. Patrick T. Hand is the "go to" lawyer for Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Guardianship in Washington, D.C. I have known Mr. Hand as a colleague for some 30 years and I periodically seek his professional advice in these subject areas. He works hard for his clients and he often goes the "extra mile" to make sure his clients are well served. He enjoys an excellent reputation among fellow attorneys and he possess high ethical standards.


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  • Brett Alexander Pedersen

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hand and I have worked on several matters together over the past 15 years. He is extremely conscientious and competent. I can truly say that I wish that all of the attorneys I have worked with during this period had brought the same skill, care and zeal to the table as Mr. Hand has done. He is not only a valued colleague, but a nice person and a good friend.


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Contact info

Patrick T. Hand

4900 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 330
Washington, DC, 20016


VAAuthorized to practice law201509/17/2015
DCActive 198405/24/2015
NYCurrently registered 198403/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
The George Washington American Inn of CourtPresident2001 - 2002
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
National Law JournalQuoted in "A Question of Mental Health"2011
The Washington PostFor D.C.'s Mentally Ill, a Legal Right to Suffer?2011
UnknownThe Probate Process from Start to Finish in Washington, D.C2000
The Washington Post"Gratuitous Lawyer Bashing"1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Catholic University of AmericaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980