Michael W. Davis
Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Columbia, MD
A member of the Howard County legal community for 40 years, Michael W. Davis represents individuals and families in all phases of estate planning, wealth management, probate and trust administration, asset protection, business succession, charitable giving, medical decision-making, and guardianship or fiduciary litigation matters. Mike is a recognized leader in the complexities of estate planning and other issues of interest to the aging community.
Mike is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association. He is a past-Chair of the Elder Law Section Council for the MSBA and the Estates & Trusts Section Council. While a member of the Estates & Trusts Section Council, Mike served as the initial Chair of the MSBA Vulnerable Adult Exploitation Task Force which drafted and got enacted the Maryland SAFE Act in 2021, a bill designed to reduce the financial exploitation older and vulnerable adults. Additionally, he is a Founder and Past-Chair of the Howard County Estate Planning Council, and Vice Chair of the Ethics Committee for Howard County General Hospital. In addition, Mike has taught well over 30 different continuing legal education courses, mostly for the MSBA continuing legal education program. In 2010, Mike was awarded the Leadership in Law Award for his contributions to the community, and in 2017, Mike became an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) with the National Academy of Estate Planning Councils.
Also active in community leadership positions, Mike is a Past-Chair of Community Foundation of Howard County and the founder and Past-Chair of its Leadership Council; he has also served as a Trustee on the Howard Community College Educational Foundation, and is a graduate of Leadership Maryland (Class of 2000). In 2003, Governor Robert Ehrlich, in recognition of Mike's position within the legal community, appointed him Chair of the Howard County Judicial Nominating Commission, a position he held until 2007, and in 2016, Governor Larry Hogan appointed Mike to the Sustainable Growth Commission.
Mike was Chair of the Transition Team for Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman after Mr. Kittleman won election in 2014. He was also Chair of the Transition Team for County Executive Charles Ecker when he won his election 1990. Former County Executive Kittleman appointed Mike as Chair of the Joint Task Force to reorganize the Department of Citizen Services and the Department of Housing and Community Development, a role that he completed in November 2015.
His full bio is available at: http://www.DARSLaw.com/michael-w-davis
About Michael W. Davis
First Admitted: 1981, Maryland
Professional Webpage: https://www.darslaw.com/michael-davis
- The Pennsylvania State University, B.A. , 1977
- Member of Elder Law Council of the Maryland State Bar Association, 1993
- Member, MSBA Estates and Trusts Section Council, 2011
- For contributions made to Howard Community College., Honorary Degree -, Howard Community College, 2007
- In 2015, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman named March 19, 2015, as "Michael W. Davis Day" for his work chairing Allan Kittleman's Transition Team, as well as for his history of contributions to many of the nonprofit organizations within the County., Howard County Executive, 2015
- The James W. Rouse Award, The Columbia Foundation, 2009
- The Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designation is a graduate level specialization in estate planning, obtained in addition to already recognized professional credentials within the various disciplines of estate planning. The AEP® designation is available to attorneys (JD), Chartered Life Underwriters® (CLU®), Certified Public Accountants (CPA), Certified Financial Planners™ (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultants® (ChFC®), and Certified Trust and Financial Advisors (CTFA). It is awarded by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils to recognize estate planning professionals who meet stringent requirements of experience, knowledge, education, professional reputation, and character. An AEP® designee must embrace the team concept of estate planning and adhere to the NAEPC Code of Ethics, as well as participate in an annual renewal and recertification process., Accredited Estate Planner (AEP), National Academy of Estate Planning Councils, 2017
- Award of Excellence, Howard County Bar Foundation, 2009
Other Outstanding Achievements
- Leadership In Law 2010 from The Daily Record -- Annually awarded to 24 attorneys who have made investments in bettering the legal profession, the communities in which they live and work, and mentoring future generations of professional and community leaders. 2011 Maryland Super Lawyer from Super Lawyer Magazine -- Lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. 2010 Legal Elite from Baltimore SmartCEO -- chosen by the readers of SmartCEO who they see as their “go to” attorneys., 2010
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Last Updated: 7/1/2022