Anne Debelius LoPiano, Esq. LLC is an AV rated law practice with primary office in in Columbia, Maryland, providing services in the area of estate planning, wills, trusts, and probate administration. Anne’s practice also includes family law, and tax-exempt organization law, and she is an experienced mediator, litigator, and collaborative practitioner. JD with honors from American University’s Washington College of Law 1984; recipient of: International Association of Trial Lawyers Courtroom Advocacy Award; Citizen of the Year Award, Hispanic Bar Association of Maryland, 1997. Law Clerk to Hon. William M. Cave, Maryland Sixth Circuit, 1984-1985. Civil and Criminal Litigation, Debelius, Clifford and Debelius, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 1985-1992. Maryland Court of Appeals Character Committee, 1989-2000. Managing Attorney, Prince George's County Law Foundation, 1992-1997. Nonprofit management and fundraising consultation, Tax Exempt Organization Law practice, 1992 to present; a sample of client nonprofit organizations have included Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Maryland Women’s Bar Foundation; VIBHA, Inc., Identity, Inc. of MD, Business and Professional Women, Inc. national organization, Montgomery County Maryland Divorce Roundtable, Inc. Anne was an Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies, Domestic Relations Law, University of Maryland College, 2003-2006; Board member, 2005 to present, and current President of, Montgomery County Maryland Divorce Roundtable; curriculum planner and co-presenter for statewide 2007 CLE Representing Children in Custody Case; curriculum planner and co-presenter for 2008 BNI seminar on Maryland Probate Administration. Licensed in Maryland and D.C. since 1985, Anne is a member of: Maryland and Montgomery County Bar Associations; the estate and trust family law, and taxations sections of both bars; and Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, Inc.
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I have known Ms. LoPiano professionally for over 25 years. Anne really knows her way around divorce, probate and estate matters, and nonprofit organization law, not just legally and procedurally, but she also has a very good grasp of tax implications in all these areas. When necessary she consults with other knowledgeable colleagues, and is never satisfied until she has the precise answer needed in any difficult or unusual tax-related matter. Although she far prefers negotiation, mediation, and collaborative resolutions for her clients, Anne is also an excellent litigator and does not shy from an adversarial proceeding.
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