About Goodwin Weber

Doing the right thing can be hard.  It helps when you have the right lawyers.  We are a boutique law firm practicing in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia and New York.  At our core, we are lawyers with big city experience and small town values.  We focus on Estate Planning, Administration and Litigation; Non-Profit and Tax-Exempt Organizations; Small Business Planning; Forensic Investigation; Federal Banking Law; Employment Law and Defense; Civil and Criminal Litigation; and Family Law. We, as a law firm, deeply care about providing personal, reliable and prompt service to every client.  We believe people have a right to quality legal services at a reasonable hourly rate.  We chose to practice law on Main Street, not Wall Street.  We pride ourselves on being responsive to the individual needs of each client, on each client’s schedule, and in a personalized manner.  Contact us to discuss how we can help.

The Attorneys

David P. Weber

David P. Weber, CFE

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Julie Goodwin Weber

Julie Goodwin Weber

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Richard J. Link, of Counsel

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Dominic S. DePersis

Dominic S. DePersis, of Counsel

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Practice Areas

We chose to practice law on Main Street, not Wall Street.  We are a boutique law firm practicing in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and New York.  At our core, we are lawyers with big city experience and small town values.  We focus on Estate Planning, Administration and Litigation; Family Law; Non-Profit and Tax-Exempt Organizations; Small Business Planning; Fraud Examination and Forensic Investigation; Federal Banking Law; Employment Law and Defense; and Criminal and Civil Litigation. We, as a law firm, deeply care about providing personal, reliable and prompt service to every client.  We believe people have a right to quality legal services at a reasonable hourly rate.  We pride ourselves on being responsive to the individual needs of each client, on each client’s schedule, and in a personalized manner.  Contact us to discuss how we can help.

Estate Planning

We advise all types of clients on their estate planning needs, from individuals with modest estates who want “simple wills” with no trusts to wealthier clients who require complex tax-savings techniques.  We advise clients in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and New York.

We represent individuals in all stages of life, from young families who need guardians and trusts for their minor children to older individuals who want to gift to grandchildren while still ensuring they have sufficient assets for their own needs.  We have experience in setting up estate plans for “non-traditional families,” including same-sex couples, single-parent families, second-marriages, blended families and grandparents raising grandchildren.    We also work with pet-owners to plan for future care of their pets, whether through wills or stand-alone pet trusts.

An estate plan is very individualized and we do not provide cookie-cutter documents or even approach any two clients in the same manner.  Estate plans typically include, at minimum, a will (with or without trusts), a power of attorney document, and a living will/power of attorney for health care.  Depending on the particular client’s needs and goals, it may also include other features, such as beneficiary designation changes for life insurance or retirement assets, stand-alone trust documents, or other instruments.  We will review all of your assets to be sure they are appropriately titled and that you have proper financial and insurance vehicles in place.  An estate plan encompasses many aspects of an individual’s or family’s financial plan, but also addresses non-financial components such as nomination of guardians for minor children and recipients of specific assets.  For the business owner, a complete estate plan also addresses business succession and ownership issues.

The estate planning process can be a very daunting experience for many people, and we strive to make it a pleasant and personalized one.  Our hope is that when you come to us, you will feel “at home” and comfortable discussing some of your most personal matters.

We start the process with an initial intake form, which will help us determine the type of estate plan that may be right for you and will also help us to determine any tax or other issues that we need to consider.  Then, we will have an initial meeting in which we will ask you a series of questions and go through several hypothetical situations.  This is not meant to scare you, but it is important to allow you to fully consider every aspect of your estate plan.  After our initial meeting, we will send you draft documents with an explanatory letter and ask you to follow up with any questions or changes you may have.  Finally, we will meet to sign the documents,  which must be done with particular formalities, in accordance with local law in order for the documents to be valid.

We are available to meet with you on your time, either during business hours or in the evenings, and can meet at our office, at your home or another location preferred by you.  Please contact our firm if you would like to discuss the estate planning process further or are ready to begin.

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Estate Administration & Litigation

Estate Administration

We represent the estates of deceased individuals, and counsel individuals in administering the estates of deceased loved ones.  Attorneys in our firm have administered estates in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, the State of New York and New York City.  We assist the estate’s executor, or Personal Representative, in navigating the probate system, and advise as to any necessary transactions and associated tax ramifications.  We also prepare and file any necessary estate tax returns, and work with a decedent’s existing CPA and financial advisor where appropriate and requested by the executor.  We can be as much or as little involved in the process as you require, thereby helping you control the cost of the administration.  Above all, we are available to answer all questions and assist in all aspects of the administration, whether they are legal or nonlegal in nature.  We are available to meet outside of normal business hours, and can meet you either at our office or at your home.

Estate Litigation

We have represented parties in estate litigation in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and New York.  Our clients include interested persons in estate litigation matters involving fraud, undue influence, inappropriate transfer of assets and other questionable transactions.  Where appropriate, an individual may use the courts to challenge the actions of an executor, the deceased or individuals who have mishandled estate property or committed other kinds of diminution, waste, fraud, or abuse.  We have experience in identifying, tracing and pursuing missing assets, including forensic investigation, conducting accountings and undertaking other investigative measures to protect the rights of our clients.

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Civil Litigation

We represent clients in all manner of disputes — business and personal.  We represent clients in criminal and civil litigation in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and on limited occasion, New York.  Our skilled attorneys have handled a wide variety of cases, ranging from representation of whistle-blowers, individuals accused of misconduct by federal and local authorities, to prosecution of claims in which hundreds of millions of dollars were in dispute.  We also have extensive experience with banking and regulatory compliance, federal consumer protection, contract disputes, estate and trust disputes, and professional misconduct by accountants, attorneys, appraisers and title companies. We have investigated allegations of misconduct by prosecutors, handled mortgage fraud cases, fraudulent mortgage flips, bid and contract fraud, and pay-to-play schemes.

We have appeared in matters involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Credit Union Administration (federal credit unions), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (state chartered banks), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (national banks and federal thrifts), the Office of Thrift Supervision (merged into the OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (state chartered banks), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, FinCEN, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Special Inspector General for Troubled Asset Programs (SIGTARP), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  We have particular knowledge of the operations of both Government Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as their federal regulator, FHFA.  We have successfully brought multimillion dollar consumer protection cases involving thousands of victims.  We have successfully pursued claims against law firms, lawyers, accountants, real estate appraisers, settlement agents, insurance corporations, title companies, and nationally chartered and state chartered banks of all sizes.  We believe the “P” in CPA stands for public trust.

If you need resolution for a personal, financial, criminal, regulatory, enforcement, or compliance matter, we believe timely intervention with the appropriate federal or state regulator is key.  If it is too late for timely intervention, we can assist you in mitigating your damages through arbitration, mediation, or criminal or civil courts.  We have flexible schedules and can meet you within or outside of normal work hours and at a location of your choice.

Investigation

We have investigated misconduct by attorneys, tax preparers and accountants, tracked stolen credit cards and vehicles, advised clients on avoidance of contract fraud, and helped small businesses address theft and embezzlement concerns.  We handle cases throughout Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and New York, and in select cases, other states, as permitted by our licenses.

If you have a personal, financial, criminal, regulatory, enforcement, or compliance problem, we can help in court, or through timely intervention with the appropriate regulator or criminal authorities.  If it is too late for timely intervention, we can assist you in mitigating your damages.  Please contact us for further information; we would be happy to meet with you at a time and place convenient to you.

Criminal Law

Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and Federal Court Criminal Defense Attorneys

Attorneys at Goodwin Weber PLLC have been engaged in criminal and white collar litigation for decades. Richard J. Link has defended criminal cases in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC for more than 20 years. David P. Weber has served as a federal trial attorney, law enforcement officer, or investigator over two decades as well.

Since forming Goodwin Weber PLLC, we have represented organizations and individuals in criminal and compliance matters from substantial civil money penalties, to misdemeanors and felonies.

Goodwin Weber PLLC has the experience to help you or your organization with a wide range of investigations, grand jury proceedings, or criminal charges in the state/commonwealth and federal courts of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. We also represent clients in administrative motor vehicle hearings concerning DWI/DUI and license revocations.

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If you need regulatory, administrative or criminal representation in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, please contact us. Our attorneys make every effort to return calls within 24 hours.

 

Tax Exempt Organization

We advise Tax-Exempt Organizations / non-profits with regard to corporate formation and existence within the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia and New York.  We also assist non-profit organizations in obtaining tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, on a nationwide basis.  This includes 501(c)(3) charitable, religious and educational organizations, 501(c)(4) social welfare groups, 501(c)(6) trade associations, and other exempt organizations.   Our firm advises existing tax-exempt organizations to ensure ongoing compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations and IRS procedures and administrative decisions, and address any legal issues.  We also work with 501(c)(3) organizations to review their endowment funds, planned giving strategies, and address any corporate-related questions.

Small Business Practice

Existing Small Business in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and New York

We represent existing businesses, including corporations, partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies, with regard to tax and corporate issues, including compliance, licensing, insurance, or litigation.  We can assist small businesses with assessment of internal controls, and response to concerns regarding employee embezzlement, or other fraud risks suffered by small businesses in particular.

Starting a Business in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC or New York?

We represent individuals in setting up a small business, advising on entity choice, formation, and associated legal representation, including drafting and reviewing charters/Articles of Incorporation, bylaws/operating agreements, board resolutions, unanimous consents, employment agreements, stockholder agreements,and  buy-sell agreements.

State and FederalEmployment Law

Doing the right thing can be hard.  It helps when you have the right lawyers.  We help you tell the truth, without fear.

Goodwin Weber PLLC represents federal employees in all manner of employment disputes.  From security clearances, conduct or performance concerns, raising one’s hand as a whistleblower, to being a witness or subject of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) or other agency investigation, we can help.

We have proven experience representing and defending federal, state and private employees.

David P. Weber, a member of the firm, has extensive experience as the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, investigating federal employee misconduct.  He has also defended federal employees from the other side of the table as an National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) lawyer, officer and steward.  Mr. Weber also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel Judge Advocate in the Maryland Defense Force, formerly known as the Maryland State Guard.  Mr. Weber has been involved in cases before the Military, EEOC, MSPB, U.S. District Court, and in providing information to Congress.  We offer one of the few practices in the DC metro area that has represented parties, on all sides, of federal employment disputes.  This gives us unique insight in representing federal or state employees.  Please contact us, so that we can discuss helping you.

Our representation of federal, state and private employees includes:

  • Representation of whistle blowers;
  • Representation of employees accused of poor performance or misconduct issues;
  • Representation of employees who are witnesses or subjects of OIG or other agency investigations;
  • Representation of employees or contractors in security or suitability clearance matters;
  • Representation of employees who have been retaliated against, or subject to unlawful personnel action due to protected EEO status; and
  • Representation of uniformed military service members or veterans in employment and reemployment disputes, benefit claims, or criminal matters.

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Banking andFinancial Services Law

Goodwin Weber PLLC has extensive experience in federal banking and financial services law.

We consult with and advise federally insured depository institution officers, directors, employees and agents in matters pertaining to supervisory bank examinations conducted by each of the federal bank regulatory agencies to assess compliance with all applicable federal banking laws, rules and regulations governing the operations of such institutions.  We also accept engagements to represent Audit or Supervisory Committees of banks or credit unions, or special litigation or investigation subcommittees.  We will defend officers and directors in regulatory inquiries from the examination and investigation stage, through trial and appeal, if required.  We also will conduct internal investigations at the direction of bank or credit union boards of directors as part of our services.

David P. Weber, a principal of the firm, has extensive experience in state and national bank regulatory matters.  Mr. Weber previously served as the Supervisory Counsel of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Enforcement Unit I, overseeing all bank enforcement and investigations concerning state chartered banks in the Kansas City, San Francisco, Dallas, Memphis, and Chicago Regions of the FDIC.  While at the FDIC, Weber helped investigate and initiate the first actions brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  In addition, prior to his service at the FDIC, Mr. Weber served as the Special Counsel for Enforcement at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for more than a decade, directing investigations and enforcement actions involving national banks and their officers and directors.  Mr. Weber has personally handled some of the largest enforcement actions ever brought against state and national banks, including those concerning consumer protection, alleged insider abuse and misconduct, the Bank Secrecy Act/AML concerns, and mergers, acquisitions, failures, and troubled institutions (those rated 3 or worse).

Mr. Weber has personally handled many regulatory enforcement actions including commitment letters, memorandums of understanding, supervisory agreements, cease and desist orders, prompt corrective action directives, safety and soundness orders, civil money penalties, orders of suspension, prohibition and removal orders, restitution orders, and orders placing institutions into receivership or conservatorship. His matters have been litigated before agency Administrative Law Judges, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts (discharge of civil penalty orders), U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeal.  One matter has even been been argued before the United States Supreme Court (by an Assistant Solicitor General).

The firm has a nationwide practice, and represents officers and directors before all of the federal banking agencies, including the FDIC (state chartered non member banks and state chartered thrifts); OCC (national banks and federal thrifts); Federal Reserve Board (FRB) (state chartered member banks and bank and financial holding companies); CFPB (large bank consumer matters and non bank consumer matters); FinCEN (BSA); the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) (credit unions).

If you have a matter that requires an experienced bank regulatory attorney, please contact us.  Timely intervention with the appropriate federal regulator is key.  If timely intervention is too late, we can also help you with crafting the appropriate response – from soft touch to heavy hand.

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Family Law

The attorneys at Goodwin Weber PLLC have litigated cases for more than two decades in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and New York. We provide representation to clients in all aspects of family and domestic relations law in each of these jurisdictions. From pre-and post-nuptial agreements to divorce, child support, alimony, and the division of marital property, we can help navigate an appropriate course for you and your family. We also represent non-traditional families, including same sex couples.

We also believe in doing the right thing for our clients – recommending – when appropriate – to engage in negotiation, mediation, or other collaborative methods to resolving disputes. Doing so earns less for the attorney, but frequently results in a more amicable, cost and time efficient resolution of your family dispute. Contact us so that we can discuss how we can help you.

Divorce and Domestic Relations Dispute Resolution

When the time comes, whether one or both partners decide to end a marriage, it can be an emotional and highly-stressful time. An experienced team of attorneys can help you move forward.

Parents with young children must consider custody and visitation with their soon to-be-ex-spouse. Families must prepare for substantial new financial obligations.

We understand the heavy financial and emotional toll of divorce. We guide clients through all stages of their divorce, and help get you back on your feet. We handle amicable divorces, when we can, and litigate divorces for our clients when it is not possible to come to a negotiated resolution.

We represent clients with each of the following issues:

  • Marital Property Division
  • Disposition of Marital Home
  • Division of Retirement Accounts
  • Alimony (and pre-trial alimony, while case is pending)
  • Child Custody and modification of Child Custody
  • Visitation and Access
  • Child Support (and pre-trial child support, while case is pending)
  • Taxes
  • Military Retirement and Benefits

High Net Worth Families and Family Owned Businesses

Goodwin Weber PLLC has experience representing ultra-affluent and high net worth families in dispute resolution in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and New York. Divorce and domestic disputes need to be considered carefully in any circumstance, but this is especially so when your family is wealthy, or owns a business. Contact Goodwin Weber PLLC if we can help you with a high value dispute, or the need for business valuation.

Pre and Post-nuptial Agreements

Prenuptial Agreements should be seriously considered in second marriages or where there is a significant asset or education disparity between the parties getting married. While a divorce can present serious uncertainty to one’s financial assets, a prenuptial agreement can provide some measure of certainty. Contact Goodwin Weber PLLC to discuss how we can assist you in drafting a prenuptial agreement prior to your marriage, or domestic partnership.

Contact

 

Maryland Office: (301) 850-7600
Goodwin Weber PLLC
267 Kentlands Blvd., Suite 250
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

New York City Office: (646) 502-5511
Goodwin Weber PLLC
405 Lexington Avenue, Chrysler Building, 26th Floor
New York, NY  10174

For Julie Goodwin Weber
Direct Line: (301) 850-3387
Direct Fax: (301) 850-3374

For David P. Weber, CFE
Direct Line: (301) 850-3370
Direct Fax: (301) 850-3374

For Dominic S. DePersis
Direct Line: (646) 502-5511
Fax: (301) 850-3374

For Richard J. Link
Direct Line: (301) 850-7600 x 103
Fax: (301) 850-3374

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July 29, 2015

Attorney David P. Weber to be Recognized at First Congressional Celebration for Whistleblowers

On July 30, 2015, seven United States Senators will come together for the first time to publicly celebrate and recognize our nation’s whistleblowers. Among those being recognized tomorrow – and who will be present in the Senate – is Goodwin Weber PLLC attorney David P. Weber.  The celebration, hosted by the National Whistleblower Center, is […]

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May 21, 2015

Ownership of digital assets: what happens to your Facebook account when you die?

Increasingly, a large portion of our assets are owned digitally rather than offline. What happens to your Facebook account after you pass away? Well, the answer depends on the actions you’ve taken to allow a loved one access to your account – whether to review its contents, close it, or create a memorial page for […]

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December 17, 2014

Great day for pets in Maryland – Maryland Court of Special Appeals Recognizes Emotional Value of Pets

Despite Maryland’s progressive stance on many social issues, love and respect of pets, particularly dogs, has not been high on the list. Until today, MD Code § 11-110 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article has been understood by attorneys to cap money damages on tortious injury to pets to a maximum of $7,500, no […]

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August 2, 2014

GWPLLC Attorney David P. Weber featured as one of nation’s top 5 whistleblowers on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

On July 30, 2014, by a unanimous resolution the U.S. Senate declared July 30 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” for the second year in row.   The resolution comes on the anniversary of the first ever whistleblower protection law, enacted on July 30, 1778. Our revolutionary founders acted swiftly when they learned that two whistleblowers, Richard […]

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July 15, 2014

IRS introduces new 501(c)(3) application process for certain prospective non-profits

On July 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service introduced a shortened application for organizations applying for 501(c)(3) status, known as the Form 1023-EZ, which is 3 pages long.  Those who have applied for 501(c)(3) status in the past or are familiar with the process know that the application (Form 1023) is upwards of 20 pages […]

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May 16, 2014

Maryland Governor Signs Estate and Trust Bills Into Law

Today, Governor O’Malley signed two bills that will significantly affect estate planning in Maryland going forward.  House Bill 739 (Maryland Estate Tax – Unified Credit) increases the Maryland estate tax exemption from the currently $1 million to $1.5 million in 2015, $2 million in 2016, $3 million in 2017, $4 million in 2018, and eventually […]

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March 25, 2014

Maryland Legislature Makes Death Less Taxing – Estate and Trust Law Alert

Coming towards the end of the 2014 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill on March 20, 2014, to increase the Maryland estate tax exemption over the next few years and eventually recouple with the federal estate tax exemption.  It is expected, despite the election year, that Governor Martin O’Malley will sign the […]

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February 27, 2014

Goodwin Weber PLLC attorney David P. Weber featured author on Maryland Military Law in the March 2014 Maryland Bar Journal

Goodwin Weber PLLC is pleased to announce that the March 2014 edition of the Maryland Bar Journal features an article authored by David P. Weber, focused on the role, history and law authorizing the Maryland Defense Force, formerly known as the Maryland State Guard.  A link the article can be found below. Mr. Weber, a […]

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August 28, 2013

Largest Class Action Discrimination Suit Settled

On the day of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I have a Dream Speech, the largest settlement ever reached in a federal discrimination case was announced. In the settlement, which you can read more about here, approximately 700 current and former African American brokers at Merrill Lynch will be paid $160 million.  […]

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August 24, 2013

Goodwin Weber PLLC attorney attends the Hague Academy of International Law

Goodwin Weber PLLC Attorney Dominic S. DePersis has returned from study of Public International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law.  Mr. DePersis attended the Hague Academy during July 2013.  Mr. DePersis attended the Academy at the Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands.  Since its creation in 1923 with funding received from the Carnegie Foundation, […]

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Please note that the use of the Internet or this form for communication does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Please do not include any confidential or sensitive information on this form. I have read and understand this disclaimer.

Disclaimer on Attorney Client Relationship

Contacting Goodwin Weber LLC (Maryland) or Goodwin Weber PLLC (District of Columbia) by our Contact Form or direct e-mail to our attorneys does not necessarily establish an attorney-client relationship. An attorney-client relationship is created only when the client agrees to hire the law firm, and a written engagement letter is entered into between the client and the law firm.

Disclaimer on Web Materials

The materials provided on this website are to be used for informational purposes only. Nothing contained on this website is intended to be legal advice, and while the information comes from reputable sources, we cannot assure the accuracy of the information provided. The law is complex, and you should seek the services of a competent attorney before acting upon the materials contained on this website.

Intake and Contact Form Disclaimers

Never send detailed confidential or sensitive information by e-mail or via non-secure online forms, such as the Contact Form on this website. Rather, you should call our offices to schedule a consultation, or use this form for initial law firm contact only. We will use such information, for among other purposes, conducting a conflict of interest check to ensure we have no conflict in representing you.