Daniel N. Steven, LLC

Daniel N. Steven, LLC

Plan for the Expected & Unexpected- Estates-Trusts-Probate,Authoritative Legal Advice for the Publisher and Writer,Personal Attention and Accountability.

Firm Overview

I represent individuals and small businesses in estate planning probate, elder law, business entities, publishing and media law.

After many years in multimember firms, in 1990 I chose to open my solo practice as the Law Offices of Daniel N. Steven. This gave me the freedom to worry less about "billable hours" and more about effective representation of clients.

Example cases

Estate Planning

Obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement for a beneficiary of a trust against a trustee for failing to adequately distribute trust assets.

Intellectual Property

Using the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, obtaining a substantial settlement against a major television network for infringement of the copyrights of my client, a free lance photographer.

Main Office

216 North Adams Street

Rockville MD 20850


(301) 424-0677



Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, for half an hour.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Yes, for estate planning services, they can be viewed online at www.dsattorney.com/estfee.htm.

Hourly Rates

$275 to $325; $215 for nonprofits.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours


How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I enjoy solving problems and creatively planning for client's future needs.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I am very much in favor of self-education in all fields, especially law and medicine. An informed client is essential. However, there is no substitute for competent professional advice.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I will review client prepared documents, but my experience is that they often must be revised extensively. It is more cost-effective for the client to have the attorney prepare documents originally.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I rarely do this.


Daniel N. Steven, LLC

Following graduation from law school, I worked as an Associate General Counsel of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, then an associate attorney in a general practice firm. I was a founding partner of Waldman, Steven & Diamond, Chtd. in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1990, I opened the Law Offices of Daniel N. Steven, (now Daniel N. Steven, LLC). I also have served as a senior executive at a major publisher and an internet start-up.

As a former caretaker of elderly parents with dementia and medical problems, I am especially attuned to the need for effective planning to avoid both financial and emotional trauma in families. In the area of intellectual property, my own background as a published novelist, nonfiction writer, editor, and publishing executive gives me an edge over attorneys who have not actually "been there."

Responsiveness, listening to client needs, and an absolute commitment to integrity.

Personal interests:

Writing, both fiction and nonfiction. Reading, teaching, music and baseball.


Bar Number: 216531
District of Columbia, 1975

Bar Number:
Maryland, 1974


Washington University
Juris Doctorate, 1974

University of Rochester
Bachelor of Arts, 1971

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