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David W Hotes

Business Attorney at Bethesda, MD

4.8   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 24 years
    Maryland - MD 28 years
    Virginia - VA Licensed
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1999
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed
    State VA
    Acquired N/A
    Active No misconduct found

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

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Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1989 (inactive status)

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Bethesda Law Group
4520 East West Highway
Suite 700
Bethesda, MD, 20814

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  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Scott | August 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I sleep well at night
David has represented my company for more than 15 years. We can always count on him to be there with a cool head and excellent legal advice. He has helped us with everything from updating or creating our contracts, collecting old debt, partnership agreements, contract disputes or sometimes just a well-worded letter to help move a stick in the mud. One thing I can say about Mr. Hotes, he is always on your side the way it is needed. If we ask for fire and brimstone he will be there, if we need him to help nudge a friend, he will be there. If we need a contract to say what needs to be said but with a delicate touch, he is your attorney. I sleep well at night for two reasons, I have excellent insurance and Dave Hotes.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I needed assistance with navigating the purchase of a business I was helping to build. The case had a lot of unusual circumstances, and David expertly structured the deal so that we got what we wanted. He also helped to advise on the right things to say or not say as we closed the deal. In the end the deal took a long time, but we stayed the course and having his knowledge on my side was a huge advantage.
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Posted by Eleanor Frias | April 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attentive and friendly legal advice
We have worked with Dave since 2008. He has helped us in a variety of legal issues including: * sales tax * re-incorporating our LLC from DC to VA * contracts and agreements, including software licensing When our needs have extended beyond his personal expertise, he's also been able to call on partners who have been equally responsive and effective. Would definitely recommend him.
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Posted by Allen | April 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets The Job Done!
I was referred to Dave by another Attorney. My need (s) required a seasoned professional.....someone with comprehensive skills and expertise. Dave more than fit the bill and quickly became a trusted advisor. Since the first consultation to the three (3) or four (4) subsequent hirings, Dave's been a consistent voice of reason all while achieving excellent results. If your'e looking for a really smart and dedicated person to watch your back, he's your guy!
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Posted by Kristen | April 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business lawyer
Initially David helped me create a template for my standard contracts. He also assisted in drafting and redlining a joint venture proposal. While working together he takes a genuine interest in how things turn out. He is very responsive and met all deadlines. When other legal matters came up he was able to pull in other counsel to work with us.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Corporate Work
David helped my company work through a myriad of issues related to a hybrid joint venture / merger agreement. David came late into the issue but quickly reviewed the materials and offered excellent t written and verbal advice.
Posted by Joel | April 27, 2015
Experience with this lawyer
David was conscientious and knowledgeable about my legal and tax issues; highly recommend!
Posted by Lara | May 15, 2013
Best lawyer I've ever worked with
I've had the pleasure of working with Dave for coming up on a decade now. Beyond his legal, business, and accounting expertise, Dave is funny, easy-going, diplomatic, and down-to-earth. He's always easy to work with, even when there are time-sensitive needs. Dave is able to explain complicated legal situations and documents in a way that is understandable to the non-lawyer, and always takes the necessary time needed to make sure I truly understand. He has a very strong sense of ethics and does not get pushed around by others along the way. His fine negotiation skills are imperative when determining what battles to fight and how to win the overall war. I cannot say enough good things about Dave and strongly recommend him for any of your legal needs. If he cannot help you directly, he knows someone who can due to his extensive network.
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Posted by Margaret | May 6, 2013
Review 5.6.13
Mr. Hotes represented our Corporation when he was a member of another firm. We found his representation to be so professional and excellent that when he elected to open his own office we were fortunate to be counted among his clients. He has always responded quickly, provided exemplary legal advice, and assisted us in all our negotiations with successful outcomes. We were particularly fortunate to have his good counsel during recent negotiations with a large medical facility that required some crucial decisions with very short lead time. We would be pleased to recommend him to our associates and have done so.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2013
David Hotes: Knowledgeable, Thorough and Experienced
I am a CPA in Bethesda, MD. David Hotes and I have worked on a number of matters for common clients. David is thorough in his approach without adding unnecessary complications. David brings significant experience to his relationships with clients. Not only is David knowledgeable with regard to law and legal procedures he also has experience working with accounting and financial issues. I am happy to recommend David Hotes to any small business/startup, or more established business without in-house counsel. David has also been a valuable advisor in several tax matters for common clients.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Three times to finally connect
It could have been a timing issue, but it took 10 days and three attempts to finally connect. The day before we were to finally speak, I retained someone else who I was spoke with and had a connection. He did offer a hour consultation pro-bono, which was a nice touch, but I had retained someone already.
Response from David Hotes August 15, 2017
Regrettably, this potential client’s initial email came during my summer vacation out of the country and I was, admittedly, slow to respond. Once I did, however, I offered him an hour of free time with no obligation as a show of good faith. Ultimately, and fortunately, he appears to have found the advice he sought.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-350 per hour
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Bethesda Law Group
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • McMillan Metro PC
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Venable, LLP
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Tucker Flyer, P.C.
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Arthur Andersen, L.L.P.
  • 1995 - 1998
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  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Lehigh University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kareem Grant v. Stacy G. Kahn, et al.
  • Reversed in favor of Appellant.


  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Commercial Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • CPA License
  • 1988


  • Prior Employer Website
  • Overview of 1031 IRC Tax Deferred Exchanges
  • 2008
  • Prior Employer Website
  • Maryland Tax Law Changes
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Chesapeake Tax Conference
  • Selected Tax Considerations for Sale of a Closely-Held Entity
  • 2011
  • Continuing Legal Education - Lorman
  • Protecting At-Will Employment
  • 2008
  • Continuing Legal Education - Lorman
  • Employment Law Update in Maryland
  • 2008
  • Continuing Legal Education - Lorman
  • The Maryland Wage Payment Act
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
Endorse David
Business Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Dave for years and have always found him to be very knowledgeable and professional. Dave's writing ability exceeds most lawyers. I would recommend Dave to any of my clients."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Dave for the last 5 years on a number of different client matters. He always brings insight, experiance and a practical approach to the client's business and the client's issues. Whether the issues require him to be proactive, or merely to prepare for different business issues to arise, he provides excellent value and service to his clients and mine. I would endorse Dave to anyone."
Business Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I can without hesitation endorse Dave to anyone looking for a business attorney. He and I have worked together on deals in the past and he's always been the consummate pro. He's smart, efficient, and collegial in all respects. I never think twice when I refer clients to Dave because I know they will be well taken care of."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Bethesda Business Lawyer David W Hotes
David W Hotes
Business Attorney
Bethesda, MD
Licensed for 28 years