Richard S. Chisholm

Top rated Tax attorney in Bethesda, Maryland

Ward Chisholm, LLP
Richard S. Chisholm
Ward Chisholm, LLP

Practice Areas: Tax, Estate Planning & Probate, Business & Corporate; view more

Licensed in Maryland since: 1994

Education: Howard University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

Ward Chisholm, LLP

4520 East-West Highway
Suite 650
Bethesda, MD 20814 Visit website


Richard S. Chisholm is a partner in Ward Chisholm, LLP, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Ward Chisholm, LLP has additional offices in McLean, Virginia; New York, New York; and Vancouver, British Columbia.  Mr. Chisholm and the firm provides estate planning, estate and trust administration, business, and domestic and international tax planning and compliance services to select individuals and businesses. Mr. Chisholm focuses his practice on providing sophisticated solutions to his client's issues.

Mr. Chisholm became a certified public accountant (CPA) in 1987, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law in 1994. He holds a license to practice in all Maryland state courts as well as before the U.S. Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.

A frequent lecturer and consultant to other attorneys and tax professionals, Mr. Chisholm has established himself as a skilled, experienced advisor with extensive knowledge in estate planning, business planning, and tax planning and compliance issues. He is also AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell.

A respected member of the legal and tax communities, Mr. Chisholm maintains membership in the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the American Association of Attorney-CPAs and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. He has also served as a lecturer of law in Estate and Gift Taxation and Estate Planning at The Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America and the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Tax: Business, Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate, Tax: Consumer

Focus areas

Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations, Estate Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Living Wills, Partnership, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Trusts, Wills

  • 20% Tax: Business
  • 40% Estate Planning & Probate
  • 30% Business/Corporate
  • 10% Tax: Consumer

First Admitted: 1994, Maryland

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Advising Clients on the New Tax Legislation,” 11 The Practical Tax Lawyer No. 1, Fall 1996; “The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997,” 12 The Practical Tax Lawyer, No. 1, Fall 1997.
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Public Accountant, Maryland, 1987.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • 1994, Maryland; 1996, U.S. Tax Court; 2001, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Maryland State and American Bar Associations; Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants; American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. Lecturer of Law, Estate and Gift Taxation and Estate Planning, Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America.
  • Maryland State and American Bar Associations; Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants; American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants

Office location for Richard S. Chisholm

4520 East-West Highway
Suite 650
Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone: 301-986-2200


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

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