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Paula Calimafde

Principal, Paley Rothman

4800 Hampden Lane, 6th Floor


What do you love most about your job?

There’s great satisfaction in working closely with my clients to ensure their estate plan and documents fully implement their desires. I make sure to protect any surviving spouses, children and grandchildren—or other beneficiaries—as much as possible, while minimizing administrative hassles and family conflicts that may arise. Of course, I also work to minimize federal and state estate taxes.

I greatly enjoy getting to know my clients and their families—they’re some of the most talented and wonderful people. And it’s a particular honor to work with multiple generations of the same family. Paley Rothman has employed a significant number of women lawyers and in the estate and trust group alone, I’m privileged to work with three: Michelle Chapin, Laura Thomas and Debbie Cohn. We’re supported by some of the most talented estate administration paralegals in town, together amassing more than 100 years of experience! 


Awards and Honors

Fellow of American Colleges of Trust & Estate (2008-18), Tax (2007-2018) and Employee Benefits Counsels (2000-18); Best Lawyers (2014-18), Maryland & D.C. (2007-18) Super Lawyers.


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