Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP is a Maryland-based law firm that offers pragmatic advice and counsel to individuals and businesses.
Whether the client's goal is to protect personal assets for future generations or to develop a successful business or litigation strategy, the lawyers of Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP take a personalized approach in seeking solutions. Our clients come from a multitude of industries seeking our assistance in any of a number of legal practice areas including Employment, Estates and Trusts, Litigation, Government Relations, Family, Corporate and Real Estate.
8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1100
Chevy Chase MD 20815
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We partner with our clients to achieve their business goals by offering practical solutions to the challenges presented by employment law in today's working environment. Our employment counsel represent clients before federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Discrimination on the Basis of Age, Race, Sex, Disability, or other Unlawful Factors Employee Handbooks and Employment Policies Investigation of Employee Misconduct or Complaints, including Investigation of Harassment Complaints Reductions-in-force, Discharges, and Discipline Selection, Hiring, and Promotion Practices Training on a variety of Topics, including Hiring "Do's and Don'ts" and Harassment
Charles S. Abell advises clients on a wide range of estate planning and tax matters, including planning and drafting of wills and trusts, planning for families with children with special needs, charitable gift planning, and planning for transfer of family businesses. Mr. Abell also assists personal representatives and trustees with the administration of estates and trusts, and provides tax and other advice in connection with that administration. Mr. Abell also provides corporate advice to non-profit and for-profit businesses, including corporate formation and dissolutions and drafting of shareholder and employment agreements.
Mr. Abell is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, and is a frequent lecturer on estate planning and administration topics. Mr. Abell is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Abell served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas F. Hogan, United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
University of Virginia
Mr. Doolan has over 25 years of experience lobbying at every level of Maryland government. He represents a large and diverse array of clients before the Maryland General Assembly and a host of state agencies. He has represented the financial community, telecommunications companies, the insurance industry, health care providers, non-profit employment development entities, large national trade associations, and corporations and individuals with discrete legislative and/or administrative issues.
Since 1975, he has been a founding partner at Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP. Mr. Doolan has an active lobbying practice before local government as well, particularly before the Montgomery County, Maryland government. He also represents an international owner of regional malls and does their land use and lobbying work in Maryland.
Elizabeth A. Kearns is an associate of Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP. She practices in the area of estate planning and probate administration. A native Washingtonian, Elizabeth graduated from Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland, and then proceeded to receive her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame,and her J.D. from Duke University School of Law. She was a summer associate with the firm in 2010 and also interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division in 2009. Elizabeth is admitted to practice in Maryland and Virginia.
Duke University School of Law
Elsie Reid has been with Furey, Doolan & Abell for over 33 years. She is a real estate and general business lawyer specializing in transactional, land use and regulatory matters before state and local governmental bodies. Her clients include property owners, developers, trust and probate estates, professional practices and entrepreneurs. Mrs. Reid also represents a number of early childhood education and child care centers, as well as several area private schools and non-profit institutions. She became a partner of the firm of Furey, Doolan & Abell in 1984 and served for 15 years as the firm's Managing Partner.
Elsie values the collaboration she enjoys with her clients in seeking practical and efficient solutions to their business and personal matters. Mrs. Reid frequently partners with the estate and trust practitioners to assist in managing complex probate and trust real estate assets where creative problem-solving can enhance the benefits to the firm's clients.
A graduate of Duke University (B.A. 1971 magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa), she attended Georgetown University Law School where she was an editor of the Georgetown Law Review. After clerking for the Honorable Rita C. Davidson, then serving on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Elsie worked two years as an Assistant General Counsel of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. She joined Furey, Doolan & Abell in 1977.
Elsie is active in her community, participating as an Elder, Stephen Ministery and Mission Committee Chair for her church, Potomac Presbyterian Church. For many years she coached a Montgomery Soccer Leagues Girl Team. Most recently she completed six years of service on the Board of Directors for Interfaith Works, where she was Chairman of the Board from July 2006 through 2008. In 2010 she was named Interfaith Works "Humanitarian of the Year." For over 29 years she served by judicial appointment on the Character Committee for the Seventh Judicial Circuit of the Maryland Court of Appeals. She is a member of the 1993 class of Leadership Montgomery.
Georgetown University Law Center
Mr. Witt served as a law clerk to Judge J. Warren Madden, United States Court of Claims. He was General Counsel and then Deputy Executive Director of the United Planning Organization of the National Capital Area. He was a partner in the law firm of Sachs, Greenbaum & Tayler, and then at Witt & Nolan until January 2004. He has specialized in family law (divorce, property distribution, support, custody and related matters) for many years.
University of Chicago
After service in the Peace Corps, Mr. Nolan attended law school at George Washington University. During his last year of law school, he served as law clerk to Judge John P. Moore of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. After graduation, he served in the same capacity for Judge William H. McCullough of the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland.
Mr. Nolan was admitted to practice in January 1972 and the concentration of his practice has been litigation. Initially, his practice was general, including civil and criminal matters. The emphasis of his practice for many years has been family law and has included work in the trial and appellate courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Nolan is also a trained mediator. He was a partner in the law firm of Sachs, Greenbaum & Taylor and then at Witt & Nolan until January 2004.
George Washington University
Mr. Lillis focuses his practice on civil litigation, including estate, trust, and other fiduciary matters. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010 and his B.A. from Georgetown University in 2003. Prior to joining the firm, James completed a clerkship with the Honorable Eric T. Washington, Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. While at Georgetown Law, James was Senior Editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. James is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Georgetown University Law Center
Ms. O'Brien has been with Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP since 1985, focusing on estate planning and administration. Her clients include married persons, single individuals, unmarried partners and families with a disabled family member who has special needs. Ms. O'Brien lectures on estate planning to groups of laypersons, lawyers and other professionals. Prior to joining Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP, Ms. O'Brien was a probation officer for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (1977 to 84) and law clerk to the Hon. Frank Q. Nebeker of the D.C. Court of Appeals (1984 to 85).
Ms. Li's practice concentrates on estate planning, trust and estate administration, and charitable gift planning. She regularly advises clients on federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes.
Kathleen (Cassie) Li recently joined Furey, Doolan & Abell as Counsel in the Estate Planning group. Prior to joining the firm, Kathleen worked at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and Ropes & Gray in Boston, Massachusetts. She served as a law clerk for Hon. Judge Diana G. Motz of the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1998-1999.
University of Virginia School of Law
Lilliam Machado is a Partner with Furey, Doolan & Abell and concentrates in the areas of employment and general business law.
Ms. Machado advises companies and other organizations on all aspects of the employment relationship. Her practice emphasizes litigation avoidance by offering pragmatic solutions to everyday employment disputes and management concerns.
Although she emphasizes risk management through best practices, Ms. Machado also represents clients before state and federal courts and agencies in the event of litigation. She has considerable experience drafting position statements and responding to agency requests for information, including those from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Ms. Machado regularly handles matters relating to harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination, investigations, wage and hour, disability, family and medical leave, reductions-in-force, employment-related contracts, separation agreements, employee privacy, employment policies, training, employee handbooks, employment law issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, and more. She has expertise in both U.S. and international employment law matters.
Ms. Machado advises companies of all sizes from a variety of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, construction, retail, professional services, publishing, education, and tax-exempt organizations. She also reviews and negotiates employment agreements, including separation agreements, for executives and professionals.
Ms. Machado was a Partner with Furey, Doolan & Abell from 2004 through 2008. Prior to re-joining the firm in 2014, she served as in-house global employment counsel to the world's largest global financial exchange company.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
L. Laurel Lea is an associate of Furey, Doolan, & Abell, LLP. She practices in the area of estate planning and probate administration. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Ms. Lea was a litigation associate at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C. She served as law clerk to the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 2002-2003.
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Ms. Marianne Loman is of counsel to the firm and has been with Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP for over twenty-five years. She has a varied practice. In the condominium, cooperative and homeowners association field, she has formed new associations and assisted developers in the development process, has served as general counsel for existing associations, dealing with a variety of issues ranging from corporate governance to tax, employment, construction, covenants, and rules enforcement. She has also represented individual homeowners. Estate planning and estate and trust administration, as well as estate- and trust-related litigation also form a major part of her practice. In addition, she represents businesses, associations and individuals in connection with general business and employment matters, and in connection with the formation of new business entities.
Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America
The major focus of Mr. Greaney's practice over the past 30 years has been the representation of commercial lenders, developers, builders and real estate owners. Mr. Greaney has represented commercial lenders in a variety of transactions, foreclosures, restructuring and workouts. He has represented purchasers and sellers in many real estate, asset sale and entity sale transactions, borrowers in commercial loan transactions, and real estate owners in the appeal of property tax assessments.
Mr. Greaney is a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Association and the State of Maryland Bar Association, as well as Chairman of the Real Estate Finance Committee of the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA).
Mr. Phil O'Donoghue has represented a wide range of clients on estate planning and business matters since 1977. First at Covington & Burling, and beginning in 1982 with Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP, Mr. O'Donoghue has concentrated on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and tax matters. Most of his clients are individuals and small businesses. Like the other lawyers at Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP, Mr. O'Donoghue is a problem-solver who tries to think ahead to find practical solutions to issues and assist his clients in meeting their business and financial objectives. In estate planning, Mr. O'Donoghue has created and implemented estate plans with business, charitable, and tax planning.
His experience allows him to explain clearly to his clients the pros and cons of the courses of action to be considered and to implement a plan with well-crafted documents. He is very comfortable with quantitative analysis in determining risks and rewards of the alternatives.Mr. O'Donoghue also has represented fiduciaries, both in advising them in their operations and protecting them in disputes. As an example, Mr. O'Donoghue, with the assistance of others in the firm, obtained extraordinary compensation for a corporate fiduciary whose efforts had produced a substantial benefit to an estate. This award was unprecedented in Montgomery County courts. Similarly, where he has been brought a defective plan, Mr. O'Donoghue has had success in obtaining reformation or correction through judicial action.
Based on his experience, Mr. O'Donoghue is a recognized expert in federal estate and gift taxation and related aspects of fiduciary income taxation. He is also well versed in District of Columbia and Maryland law concerning estates and trusts, including local tax laws. He is familiar with income tax law pertaining to S corporations, partnerships, and sales and exchanges of business and investment assets as these pertain to many of his clients' interests. Mr. O'Donoghue also advises private foundations on tax and compliance matters. From 1976 to 1977 he served as Law Clerk to Hon. William B. Jones, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Ms. Burke concentrates her practice in the areas of federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxation, and estate planning as well as estate and trust administration.
Ms. Burke is a Partner in the Estate Planning group. Prior to joining the firm Rachel worked as senior associate with Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan in Washington, D.C.
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Rob Grant has a general civil trial practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia, with a focus on fiduciary litigation, including matters relating to estates, trusts and contested guardianships. Rob has tried to verdict cases involving will challenges, valuation of estate assets, the interpretation and construction of wills and trust instruments, and tort claims relating to inter vivos transfers of assets. Rob also advises both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in matters relating to the conduct, duties and proper compensation of fiduciaries.
In addition, Rob frequently handles contested guardianship cases, particularly where substantial assets require management. He has lectured on topics in estate- and trust-related litigation. In addition to his fiduciary litigation practice, Rob counsels clients on and litigates issues regarding commercial transactions, employment, covenants not to compete, and corporate governance.
Rob currently serves as the firm's Managing Partner.
Immediately following law school, Rob served as Law Clerk to the Honorable J. James McKenna of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.
In 2012, Rob was initiated as a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation, in recognition of his "outstanding dedication and contribution to maintaining the honor and integrity of the legal profession, the improvement and facilitation of the administration of justice, the work of the organized Bar of Maryland and civic leadership."
Rob is active in the community and serves on the Board of the Jesuit Gridiron Classic, which raises money for the Washington Jesuit Academy, and on the Advisory Council of the Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington. He and his wife and children live in Bethesda.
Washington & Lee University
Robert L. Brownell received his undergraduate degree B.S. Commerce, With Distinction) from the University of Virginia in 1967 and his law degree (Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif) from theUniversity of Maryland School of Law in 1970. He was an associate of Weinberg & Green in Baltimore, Maryland, until 1973 when he joined Wheeler & Korpeck in Silver Spring. Admitted to practice in Maryland, he has specialized in real estate matters with particular emphasis on the representation of builders and developers in the acquisition, financing, development and sale of commercial and residential properties.
Stephen W. Nealon has over 30 years of experience in estate planning, estate administration, real estate and business transactional law; preparation of wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, life insurance trusts, personal residence trusts, family limited partnerships, ante-nuptial agreements, and qualified deferred real estate exchanges.
Mr. Nealon recently joined Furey, Doolan & Abell as a Partner in the Estate Planning Group. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Nealon was a partner with the D.C. firm Hamilton & Hamilton. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Nealon served in the U.S Army Intelligence Service and served a term as a Judicial Law Clerk, District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Mr. Burke is Of Counsel with Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP. His practice encompasses general corporate matters, closely held businesses, commercial real estate, trusts and estates, financial institutions, employment law matters, and education. His clients have included universities, physician practices, insurance companies, financial institutions, commercial real estate service companies, the Archdiocese of Washington, and numerous other closely held Washington and Maryland area businesses. He served as Special Counsel to the Commissioner of Baseball from 1989-1992.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Burke was a partner at Reasoner, Davis & Fox and Of Counsel at Reed Smith Shaw & McClay, both in Washington, D.C. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward A. Tamm of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1976-1977. From 1982-1984 Mr. Burke served as a political appointee at the United States Department of Commerce in the Economic Development Administration and the International Trade Administration.
Catholic University ofAmerica, Columbus School of Law
Mr. Abell has been a founding partner of Furey Doolan & Abell since 1975. After service in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant from 1967 to 1971, Shep served as the Executive Assistant to the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 1970 to 1974, and briefly as Cabinet Secretary of the Maryland Department of Employment and Social Services.
Mr. Abell has frequently lectured on estate planning topics for lawyers and lay groups. Since 1985 he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center where he has taught courses on legal ethics, the Supreme Court, estate planning, and lawyers and poverty.
Georgetown University Law Center
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