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Alex Steven Tanouye

Alex Steven Tanouye

also known as Alex Tanouye

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Litigation, Probate

About Me

Working with my clients to design and implement cost-effective, customized estate plans that protect and provide for their families makes my practice a rewarding vocation.  From the outset, my clients and I are a team.  We gather, organize, and review the critical biographical and financial information necessary to discuss the essential estate planning elements - e.g., terms of trusts for minors, incapacity planning, tax deferral or savings, and selection of fiduciaries - that are unique to each individual or family.  We then work together to create a plan that meets their needs.


Representing estate and trust beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested matters is an aspect of my practice that allows me to assist my clients in protecting or asserting their rights.  These cases can involve situations where communications have broken down or ceased, technical or judgmental errors have been made in administering an estate or trust, or simply when wrong has been done.  We encourage amicable resolution of conflicts rather than going to court, but when litigation is needed, I work in conjunction with our litigation team to develop and implement strategies that meet our clients' needs.


Representing personal representatives (or executors) and trustees in the administration of estates and trusts is the third component of my practice, involving probating wills, post-mortem tax planning, preparation of estate tax returns, and much more.  I advise fiduciaries on virtually all aspects of estate and trust administration.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Estate Planning: 60%
    9 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    9 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    8 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • William Alexander Goldberg

    I worked closely with Alex on a novel and complicated estate administration issue dealing with personal representatives commissions. I was very impressed with Alex's deep knowledge of trusts and estate administration, as well as his ability to deliver value to the client. I recommend Alex without reservation.


    William Goldberg Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Elizabeth S Kim

    Alex is a brilliant trusts and estates attorney.


    Elizabeth Kim Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Pasternak & Fidis P.C.

7735 Old Georgetown Road
Suite 1100
Bethesda, MD, 20814



DCActive 200705/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Estate Planning & Probate Attorney - PartnerPasternak & Fidis, PC2013 - Present
Estate Planning & Probate AttorneyLerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered2007 - 2013
Estate Planning & Probate AttorneyLaw Office Of Virginia McArthur2005 - 2007


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Estate Planning Council of Montgomery CountySecretary & Vice President2015 - Present
A Wider CircleBoard Member2012 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate
Estate and Trust Section of the Maryland State Bar Association2015 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning Recap2015
Estate and Trust Section of the Maryland State Bar AssociationReview of 2014 Advanced Estate Planning Institute Seminar2014


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJ.D.2005
University of Maryland College ParkGovernment and PoliticsB.A., with honors; Phi Beta Kappa1999
Georgetown Preparatory SchoolN/AHigh School1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
The Probate Process from Start to FinishIntestacy and Spousal Elective Share under Maryland Law2014
Estate Planning Committee of the Taxation SectionEstate Planning for Unusual (and Illegal!) Assets2013