Suzanne B. Simpson

Suzanne B. Simpson

Location:
Spencerville, Maryland
Phone:
301-421-0190
Fax:
301-476-7483
Email:

Founded in 2003, Simpson Law, PA provides a comprehensive, compassionate, and convenient way for busy parents and professionals to obtain vitally necessary estate planning services in MD, DC and VA.  The standard package of documents provided includes a Will, Power of Attorney for Health Care, Power of Attorney for Finances, and a Living Will.  Depending upon the client’s needs, trusts such as marital trusts, children’s trusts, and life insurance trusts are advised and prepared.  Suzanne counsels clients with regard to strategies to reduce or eliminate estate tax liability, and makes recommendations regarding asset titling, life insurance, and beneficiary designations. Suzanne also negotiates pre-marital agreements, employment contracts and prepares business succession plans for her clients.

AVVO named Suzanne as a Client’s Choice Attorney and a Top Estate Attorney for 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017. She acts as Past-President to the Howard County Women's Bar Association (2011-12); Past Secretary to the Estate Planning Council of Suburban Maryland; and was on the Board of Directors for the Olney Chamber of Commerce, where she served as Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee. She was the co-chair of the Estate Planning section of the Howard County Bar Association and was selected for the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2011.  She has served as vice president and serves as By-Laws Chair on the PTA at her children’s school and has held board positions with the local International MOMs Club.

Prior to establishing Simpson Law, P.A., Suzanne was a strong litigator, practicing in domestic relations with Bean Kinney & Korman, as Senior Associate, and Smolen & Plevy, P.C., where her practice focused on estate planning, domestic relations and civil litigation.

When working with the firms mentioned above, Suzanne was Vice-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education group for the Fairfax County Bar Association, was named to the counsel for the Virginia State Bar, Inns of Court, and was involved with several community outreach programs.  She is former general counsel to the Washington Ski Club. 

A graduate of George Mason Law University Law School in 1991, Suzanne served as Law Clerk to the then Chief Judge of Fairfax County, the Honorable Richard J. Jamborsky and the Honorable Thomas S. Kenny.  Suzanne also served as Law Clerk to the then Chief Judge of Loudoun County, the Honorable Thomas H. Horne, and the Honorable James H. Chamblin.

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Pre-Marital Agreements
  • Probate Litigation
  • Business Succession Planning

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1993
  • Virginia, 1991
  • District of Columbia, 1992
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2012

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • J.D.
  • George Mason University
    • B.A.
    • Major: English/German

Classes/Seminars

  • Beyond the Exam Room for Physicians, Estate Planning, 2016 & 2017
  • National Business Institute: Advanced Medical Directives, 2014
  • National Business Institute: Ethics in Estate Planning, 2014
  • Estate Planning, Women's Finance Group DC, 2012
  • Estate Planning, Montgomery Village International Moms Club, 2012
  • Estate Planning, Blog Radio, 2012
  • Estate Planning, Baltimore Veterans Affairs, 2012
  • Estate Planning, Think About It Cable TV Show, 2011
  • Estate Planning, Moms, Inc., 2011
  • Estate Planning, Estate Planning and Long Term Care Insurance, 2011
  • Estate Planning, Vegetarian Resource Group, 2010
  • Estate Planning, Real Estate Investment Society, 2010
  • Business Planning, Moms, Inc., 2010
  • Estate Planning, Moms Club International, 2009
  • Grantor Trusts, Howard County Bar Association Trust and Estate Section, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Nominee ATHENA Women's Leadership Award - Athena International
  • 10 Best Elder Law Attorney MD - AIOLC
  • AVVO Top-Rated lawyer, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • AVVO Top Estate Attorney
  • AVVO Client's Choice Attorney
  • Leadership Montgomery Class, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Estate Planning Counsel of Howard County, 2017 - Present
  • Business Women’s Network of Howard County, 2017 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2012 - Present
  • Howard County Women's Bar Association, Past President, 2008 - Present
  • Estate Planning Council of Suburban Maryland, Past Secretary, 2007 - Present
  • Maryland Bar Association, 1992 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • Olney Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2009 - 2011
  • Howard County Bar Association, Estates and Trusts Section, Past Co-Chair 2008 - 2011, 2003 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association, CLE Committee, Co-Chair, 1998 - 2000
  • Washington Ski Club, General Counsel
  • Maryland Bar Association Special Needs Study Group, 2011 - Present
  • Maryland Bar Association Estate Planning Section, 2003 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association Estate Planning Section, 2003 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2011 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Bean Kinney & Korman, Senior Associate, 1999 - 2000
  • Smolen & Plevy, PC, Associate, 1992 - 1999
  • Fairfax County Circuit Court, Judicial Law Clerk, 1991 - 1992
  • Loudoun County Circuit Court, Judicial Law Clerk, 1990 - 1991
  • Commonwealth Attorney's Office Loudoun County, Law Clerk, 1990
  • Food and Drug Law Institute, Associate Editor
  • Regulatory Affairs Journal, Associate Editor
  • Water Environment Federation, Assistant Editor

Pro Bono Activities

  • Law Day-Prepare Living Wills for Seniors, 2010 - Present

Languages

  • German

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Mu
  • Phi Delta Phi