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Gorham Sharpless Clark

Elder law Attorney at Leesburg, VA

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Rory Clark, The Legacy Elder Law Center

  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 24 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 25 years
    Virginia - VA 36 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1998
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Gorham

Learn Gorham’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Medicaid and Veteran's Asset Protection Planning, Advocacy, Disability and Supplemental Needs Benefits Planning

    36 years

  2. Estate planning
    Estate Planning, Elder Law, Special Needs Trusts, Estate Taxation Planning, Advance Medical Directives, Guardianships, Probate and Trust Administration

    36 years


A native of Virginia with deep roots in his community, Rory has more than 30 years’
experience practicing elder law, estate planning, asset protection, Medicaid planning,
veterans' affairs, and special needs planning. Through his personal journey, Rory not only
understands the complex legal issues involved as a professional but also the intense
emotional issues as a caregiver.
Since 2000, he has held an “AV® Preeminent™″ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell,
meaning he is nationally recognized as a lawyer with the highest levels of skill and integrity
and has reached the height of professional excellence. Rory has also earned an “AVVO
Superb” rating of “10 out of 10.”
Additionally, Rory is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution
of claims for veterans benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He is
admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.
In 2019, Rory authored The Family Estate Planning and Elder Law Guide. Rory is sought
after as a frequent public speaker on issues of elder law, special needs, and taxation.
A longtime resident of Loudoun County, Rory was re-appointed Vice Chairman of the
Loudoun County Zoning Board of Appeals in 2020 after many years of serving on the Board.
A member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), in 2021, Rory was
elected to the Board of Director for the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA)
where he serves as Chair of the Member Relations and Communications Committee.

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Contact Gorham

The Legacy Elder Law Center
Legacy Elder Law
4410 East Claiborne St
Suite 334
Hampton, VA, 23666
Legacy Elder Law
969 2nd Street SE
Charlottesville, VA, 22902
Legacy Elder Law
6802 Paragon Place
Suite 410
Richmond, VA, 23230
Legacy Elder Law
2700 Neabsco Common Place
Suite 101
Woodbridge, VA, 22191
Legacy Elder Law
199 East Montgomery Ave
Suite 100
Rockville, MD, 20850
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5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Pat | January 20, 2014
Meets clients' needs, exceeds expectations, hard working and ethical
I have retained Rory Clark several times over the past five years. His knowledge of contracts, non-profit law and elder care law is superior. His advice on issues involved in assisted living and nursing home care, Medicaid, estate planning and trust administration is invaluable. Rory listens to his clients. He is professional and compassionate. He has practical experience with many of the issues his clients face. He is able to logically analyze the facts, especially in extremely emotional situations, and thereby help his clients take the necessary actions to obtain the best possible outcomes.
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Posted by FM | August 1, 2011
An excellent attorney who is sensitive to your needs
Over the past three and a half years, Rory has assisted my wife and me on a broad range of personal, legal issues. In our first experience with him, we were being strong-armed by a big developer on a complex real estate purchase. After going through two other law firms that failed to adequately represent us, Rory established a rapport with the other side and closed the deal. Having owned several businesses, I have dealt with over thirty lawyers and consider Rory to be one of the finest. He has a unique ability to understand both the legal and emotional dynamics of the negotiation and litigation processes. It is comforting to know that I can always rely on Rory should any issues arise.
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Posted by Michael | March 18, 2014
Excellent lawyer
I was referred to Gorham (Rory) 16 years ago for advice and counseling and I still can recall the mannerisms and comfort level that Rory displayed in his ability to ease my perspective on the dilemma at hand. Through his guidance and recommendations, I was so very pleased on that initial meeting that I retained his expert analysis on more than three occasions since then! One can find answers to a question but to solve and construct a working plan that achieves these goals in an expedient and precise fashion is truly a gift that Rory possesses! I would and do recommend Gorham S. Clark to my friends, family and colleagues.
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Posted by J | November 20, 2013
My best business relationship
I have worked with Rory Clark for more than 3 years to resolve multiple matters that include estate planning, commercial real estate and business contracts. Mr. Clark has a superior command of the law relative to these matters, knowledge of the jurisdictions involved and defined effective strategies that resolved the matters with unexpected speed and affordability. His sense of fairness minimized the opposition's "fight". His professionalism in contested matters has helped me preserve business relationships when possible. The Business Contract work resulted in my capturing and retaining more profits without exceeding the standards of my market. I am pleased to recommend Mr. Clark and his Associates to anyone in need of legal representation.
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Posted by J.K., President and CEO | March 10, 2011
Hard working and ethical
Rory Clark served as counsel to ZyLAB International, Inc. skillfully guiding the company through a wide variety of complex situations. During a significant private placement, he and his associates’ persistence and persuasive negotiating skill prevailed in many situations that may have otherwise deteriorated, scuttling a very critical deal. He also represented our company in an intellectual property suit in Federal Court. He provided strategic planning and consistent vigilance on behalf of ZyLAB International, Inc’s interests that proved decisive. ZyLAB prevailed in the case. While I could continue with many more examples the illustrate our board’s appreciation I will simply conclude by stating that Rory is one of the hardest-working, brilliantly strategic, articulate, and - most importantly – ethical people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
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Posted by Charles | March 2, 2011
Review of Gorham Clark's Legal Firm
I have had the pleasure of Gorham (Rory) Clark's counsel for 15 years now. Initially for wills and estate planning, but eventually for the purpose of incorporating my business. Rory is professional and knowledgeable. His high standard for ethics and service are unmatched. I have recommended him to others on numerous occassions and without any hesitation, and will continue to do so.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2011
I really recommend Rory Clark
Rory helped me buy my business 13 years ago and he has been by my side ever since. Resolving disputes, writing policies and contracts, collecting money owed, handling trademark and copyright issues and counseling me on how to grow in good times and survive in tough times, there is no way my business would be the success it is today if it weren't for his good sense and great advice. I recommend him highly.
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Posted by B.S., VP & CFO, publicly-traded software company | February 24, 2011
Excellent Intellectual Property and Business Lawyer
Rory is easily accessible, always friendly, calm under pressure and a steady source for sound judgement. He possesses a unique combination of legal skill, ability to communicate and an understanding of how business operates that make him a valuable asset to any business seeking counsel.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-650 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • The Legacy Elder Law Center
  • 2013 - Present
  • Escheator for the 20th Judicial Circuit
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 2010 - Present
  • President
  • The Clark Law Firm
  • 2005 - Present
  • Vice-Chairman
  • Loudoun County Board of Zoning Appeals
  • 2005 - Present
  • Director and Committee Co-Chairman
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2021 - 2022
  • President and Chairman
  • George C. Marshall International Center, Inc.
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Chairman, Planned Giving Ministry
  • St. James Episcopal Church
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Treasurer
  • George C. Marshall International Center, Inc.
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Managing Partner
  • Foust & Clark, P.C.
  • 1992 - 2004
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  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Virginia
  • BA
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Salvatore Palumbo v. Joan Palumbo et. al.
  • Rulings in favor of our client on all issues.


  • Catoctin Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Elder Care Education Council
  • Founder
  • 2014 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Board Member
  • 2021 - 2022
  • American Bar Association
  • Chairman, LSD
  • 1986 - 1987
  • American Bar Assoication
  • Governor, LSD
  • 1985 - 1986
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Qualified Master Counselor in Trust and Estates
  • Virginia Law Foundation
  • 2022
  • Washington DC Area's Top Rated Lawyers
  • ALM
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Jefferson Scholar
  • Jefferson Educational Foundation
  • N/A
  • Westmoreland Davis Scholar
  • Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation
  • N/A
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  • How to Keep Tax-Exempt Organizations in Compliance
  • Maintaining Tax Exempt Status
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Dad Couldn't Remember How to Get Home.
  • Medicaid Asset Protection Planning
  • 2014
  • Collaboration of Transactional and Litigation Attorneys in Their Practices
  • Lawyer Cooperation
  • 2013
  • Processing the Estate - Enrolled Agents and Lawyers Working Together
  • Estate Administration
  • 2012
  • What Caregivers need to know, II
  • Tax and Estate Planning Issues
  • 2011
  • What Caregivers Need to Know
  • Legal Issues facing aging parents and their caregivers
  • 2011
  • Enrolled Agent Seminar
  • The Life of an Estate
  • 2011
  • Building a Team for Survival
  • Liability, Liability, Liability: How to recognize it and minimize it.
  • 2010
  • Member Information Seminar
  • Asset Protection and Premises Liability
  • 2010
  • Law School Course on Lawyering
  • Lawyering and Work/Life Balance
  • 2010
  • Historic Restoration & Tax Credits: A Seminar
  • Virginia and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits
  • 2009
  • Historic Preservation Issue Day
  • Historic Preservation Credits for Nonprofits
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (12)
Endorse Gorham
Elder law Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an asset to the community."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear from Mr. Clark's answers on Avvo that he is very knowledgeable in the area of estate planning and able to guide his clients in the right direction for their needs. He has a superb rating on Avvo which demonstrates his ability to work with clients to meet their desires."
Tax Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."