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Gary D Altman

About me

I founded Altman & Associates in the belief that, in addition to providing outstanding legal expertise, estate planning requires earning each client's trust and providing them with the utmost in personal service.  The evidence of that belief is the many referrals we have received from our loyal clients in our twenty plus years in business.  The Washington metro area is my home and serving this great community is an honor that I do not take lightly.  We understand that estate planning is one of life's most personal matters and that there are plenty of firms to choose from, making every client a priviledge to service.  Above all, I believe what distinguishes us from other firms is the simple fact that we want you to become a client for life.


I have two children, one with special needs and reside with my wife Elizabeth and three labrador retrievers.  I enjoy spending time playing racket sports, reading, gardening and restoring our pre-civil war historic home in Potomac, Maryland.  I am a wine aficiooonado and enjoy  barbecuing and making home made pizza in a brick oven for family and friends.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    24 years
  2. Tax: 20%
    24 years
  3. Wills: 20%
    24 years
  4. Business: 10%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joel Steven Weissler

    I endorse this lawyer. Gary is a delight to work with. He not only knows Maryland law, but is acutely aware of how it differs from the law in other states.


    Joel Weissler Elder law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Devang Mukund Shah

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Devang Shah Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Altman & Associates

One Central Plaza, 11300 Rockville Pike
Suite 708
Rockville, MD, 20852


DCActive 198007/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Maryland Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Top Wealth ManagersWashingtonian Magazine2014
Washington, DC Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
FinancialWashingtonian Magazine2012
Top Estate PlannerWashingtonian Magazine2011
Top 100 AttorneysWorth Magazine2009
Norma Stevens Leadership Awarre, NCAFPAFinancial Planning Association2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselLinowees and Blocher1993 - 1996
AttorneyKatz, Frome, Slan and Bleecker1991 - 1993
AttorneyTucker, Flyer & Lewis1990 - 1991
Tax SpecialistCoopers & Lybrand, Washington, DC1987 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Greater Bethesda Chevy Chase Chamber of CommerceN/A2010 - Present
Society of Trust and Estate PractitionersMember2009 - Present
Wealth Counsel Advisors ForumMember2007 - Present
The Academy of Special NeedsFounding Member2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Washington, D.C. Estate Planning CouncilMember1995 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Financial Planning Association, National Capital ChapterPast President/Chairman of Board1990 - Present
Disctrict of Columbia State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Association of Small FoundationsMemberN/A
Society of Financial Service Professionals, National Capital ChapterPresident/Chairman2011 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Various Cases on Trust ReformationTrust was Reformed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Financial Advisor Magazine"The Horror" Gary Altman stresses the Dangers of Not Working with a Legitimate Estate Planning Attorney2012
Private Wealth MagazineBusiness Succession Planning2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterN/ALL.M - Master of Laws1992
College of Financial PlanningN/ACertified Financial Planner CFP1986
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Wesleyan UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Richmond Financial Planning AssociationPost Death Planning2012
NAPFA Study GroupPost Death Planning2012
Montgomery County Bar Section on Estates and TrustPost Death Planning2012
Financial Planning Association NCA Annual ConferencePost Death Planning2012
Bryn Mawr TrustPost Death Planning2012
Branch Family Reunion Education SeminarEstate Planning2012