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Gorham Sharpless Clark

Gorham Sharpless Clark

also known as Rory Clark, The Legacy Elder Law Center

About me

Rory Clark is the managing partner and founder of Clark & Associates.  He has earned an "AV® Preeminent™, 5.0 out of 5" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell recognizing him as a lawyer with the highest levels of skill and integrity who has reached the height of professional excellence. Rory concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate and non-profit law, business transactions and litigation, intellectual property law and litigation, real estate and land use law and litigation, business succession planning, individual estate planning, administration, and litigation. Prior to forming this firm he was a partner for 13 years in the Tysons Corner firm of Foust & Clark, P.C.


Languages spoken: English, German

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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 32%
    28 years
  2. Estate Planning: 32%
    28 years
  3. Business: 31%
    28 years
  4. Medicaid & Medicare: 5%



Hourly ($375-450/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • James Aaron Allen

    I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of being law partners with Rory for 3 years, and have the utmost respect for him as a lawyer and as a person. Rory does not stop until he has exceeded his client's needs and expectations. In fact, I have gone to Rory with my family's own personal estate planning issues.


    James Allen Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Deborah Ann Johnson Wilson

    I endorse this lawyer. He is an asset to the community.


    Deborah Johnson Wilson Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Clark & Associates Attorneys at Law, P.C.

108-E South St S.E.
Leesburg, VA, 20175


DCActive 199805/24/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law198709/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Washington DC Area's Top Rated LawyersALM2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
Jefferson ScholarJefferson Educational FoundationN/A
Westmoreland Davis ScholarWestmoreland Davis Memorial FoundationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderThe Legacy Elder Law Center2013 - Present
President and ChairmanGeorge C. Marshall International Center, Inc.2012 - Present
Escheator for the 20th Judicial CircuitCommonwealth of Virginia2010 - Present
Chairman, Planned Giving MinistrySt. James Episcopal Church2008 - Present
Alt. MemberLoudoun County Board of Zoning Appeals2005 - Present
PresidentClark & Associates Attorneys at Law, PC2005 - Present
TreasurerGeorge C. Marshall International Center, Inc.2006 - 2012
Managing PartnerFoust & Clark, P.C.1992 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Elder Care Education CouncilFounder2014 - Present
WealthCounselmember2014 - Present
Catoctin Estate Planning CouncilMember2014 - Present
Compassionate Caregivers Education CouncilFounding Member2014 - Present
National Association of Estate Planners and CouncilsMember2014 - Present
Virginia Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2013 - Present
ElderCounselMember2013 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2013 - Present
Loudoun County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationChairman, LSD1986 - 1987
American Bar AssoicationGovernor, LSD1985 - 1986
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Salvatore Palumbo v. Joan Palumbo et. al.Rulings in favor of our client on all issues.
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Publication nameTitleDate
How to Keep Tax-Exempt Organizations in ComplianceMaintaining Tax Exempt Status2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of Virginia School of LawN/ABA1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dad Couldn't Remember How to Get Home.Medicaid Asset Protection Planning2014
Collaboration of Transactional and Litigation Attorneys in Their PracticesLawyer Cooperation2013
Processing the Estate - Enrolled Agents and Lawyers Working TogetherEstate Administration2012
What Caregivers need to know, IITax and Estate Planning Issues2011
What Caregivers Need to KnowLegal Issues facing aging parents and their caregivers2011
How to Keep Tax-Exempt Organizations in ComplianceMaintaining Status and Unrelated Business Income2011
Enrolled Agent SeminarThe Life of an Estate2011
Member Information SeminarAsset Protection and Premises Liability2010
Law School Course on LawyeringLawyering and Work/Life Balance2010
Building a Team for SurvivalLiability, Liability, Liability: How to recognize it and minimize it.2010
Historic Restoration & Tax Credits: A SeminarVirginia and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits2009
Historic Preservation Issue DayHistoric Preservation Credits for Nonprofits2009