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Ron M Landsman

Practice areas:

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Wills & Living Wills, Probate… more 

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About Me

B.A., University of Michigan, LSA, 1970, Managing Editor, The Michigan Daily, 1969-1970.
J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1974.

Admitted: D.C. Court of Appeals, 1975, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1984.

After graduating from Michigan, Mr. Landsman clerked for the Hon. John Godbold, U.S. Court of Appeals for the (old) Fifth Circuit (1974-1975), handled appeals for the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, 1976-1980), primarily related to the case breaking up AT&T, United States vs. At&T, and then went into private practice in antitrust and interstate power regulation.

In 1983, he established Landsman and Laster, one of the first elder law firms in the country; it became Landsman, Eakes and Laster in 1986; in 1990, Mr. Landsman established the present practice.

He is a founding member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (1987); selected as a NAELA Fellow (1991); member of Board of Directors (2011 to present), joined as an initial member of the Special Needs Alliance, LLC.(2002).

He has been rated “AV” (the top ratings for competence and ethics) by Martindale-Hubbellsince 1990, and he has consistently been selected for Maryland SuperLawyers and “Washington, D.C.’s Best Lawyers,” and “Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine in elder law .

He co-founded, with Jason Frank, of Frank, Frank and Scherr, the First Maryland Disability Trust, Inc., in 2007, and is counsel to the Wesley Vinner Memorial Trust, managed by Shared Horizons, Inc., Washington, D.C. Both are “D-4-C” pooled special needs trusts.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Elder Law: 60%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    32 years
  3. Guardianship: 5%
    32 years
  4. Probate: 4%
    32 years
  5. Other: 6%
  6. More 



Hourly ($395-455/hour), Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (Sometimes)

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Steven A Widdes

    I endorse this lawyer at the highest level. Ron is a tremendous resource to lawyers and the general community alike in the estate planning and elder law worlds. He is also a fine guy. I have worked with him previously on client matters and he is very responsive to the clients' needs and trying to find the most workable solutions for those needs and their goals. I am pleased to add this endorsement of Ron.


    Steven Widdes Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • George E Meng

    I endorse this lawyer. Ron Landsman is a fine lawyer well versed in his areas of expertise. I have worked with him and seen how he works with clients and have no hesitation endorsing him. I have and will refer people to him. I've also had dealings with his staff and they too are first class.


    George Meng Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Ste 110
200-A Monroe St
Rockville, MD, 20850


DCActive 197507/19/2014

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Admonition
    issued in DC, 2007


    An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Chapter Member of the YearMaryland/DC Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys2010
Outstanding AchievementMaryland/DC Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys2005
Special Achievement AwardU.S. Departmenet of Justice1979
Outstanding Performance RatingU.S. Department of Justice1979

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalRON M. LANDSMAN, P.A.1990 - Present
Managing partnerLANDSMAN, EAKES & LASTER1983 - 1989
AssociateSPIEGEL&MCDIARMID1980 - 1983
Judicial clerkU.S. COURT OF APPEALS,(OLD) 5TH CIRCUIT1974 - 1975

Association NamePosition NameDuration
First Maryland Disability Trust, Inc,President2013 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember, Board of Directors2011 - Present
Shared Horizons, Inc.Counsel2010 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysEditor for Quality Contorl2010 - 2014
Special Needs AllianceMember2002 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysFellow1989 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Smith v. Colmers, Balt. City Cir, CourtSettlement; State paid $16 million and agreed to accept court sueprvised enforcement
Janigan v. Payne (Department of Health for the District of Columbia)Order, 4-21-2010 – D.C. consented to an injunction that requires full compliance with “PEME” rules.
Timm v. Dept. of Public Health and Human Services,The Montana Supreme Court held that its state Medicaid program was required to allow a “PEME” deduction, rejecting the state Medicaid department’s interpretation of Federal law.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJ.D.1974
University of Michigan, Ann ArborHistoryB.A.1970