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Daniel Ruttenberg, JD, CPA, LLM – there are as nearly many letters after his name as there are in it. While the list of credentials is impressive, what’s really important to 14-year partner at SmolenPlevy is what he learned achieving them. It’s to approach his clients’ legal needs from multiple angles. “Most people who refer business to me think of me as a high level tax attorney,” explains Ruttenberg, whose practice areas include tax planning for business, general corporate law, estate planning and estate administration. “Taxes often drive the planning I do with clients, but by no means are they the only factor to consider. There’s family and business politics, cash flow needs, risk tolerance, creditor protection issues and incapacity concerns. The list goes on and on. It’s my job to craft solutions based on those many issues.


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Practice areas


  1. Commercial: 34%
  2. Tax: 33%
  3. Estate Planning: 33%

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8045 Leesburg Pike
Fifth Floor
Vienna, VA, 22180


DCActive 199905/25/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law199709/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Power PlayerSmartCEO Magazine2014
Power PlayerSmartCEO Magazine2013
Top LawyersNorthern Virginia Magazine2013
Top LawyersNorthern Virginia Magazine2010
Top LawyersNorthern Virginia Magazine2009
Rising StarSuperLawyers2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalSmolenPlevy Attorneys and Counsellors at Law1998 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fairfax Bar AssociationPast President2008 - 2008
Fairfax Bar AssociationPresident2007 - 2007
Fairfax Bar AssociationDirectorN/A
Devotion to ChildrenVice President and Board of Directors MemberN/A
Fairfax Law FoundationBoard of DirectorsN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
HILLMAN v. MARETTAAffirmed, 9-0
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Publication nameTitleDate
North Dakota Law ReviewThe Tax Court’s Execution of the Family Entity: The Tax Court’s Application of Internal Revenue Code Section 2036(a) to Family Entities2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of MarylandFinance and AccountingBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Georgetown University Law CenterTaxationLL.M - Master of LawsN/A