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Gary Altman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Rockville, MD

Altman & Associates, A Division of Frost Law
11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 708
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 240-283-4421
Fax: 301-468-3255
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023
Licensed in Maryland Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, Tax: Business
Attorney Profile

As founder and principal attorney at Altman & Associates, Gary has been practicing estate planning serving the Washington metropolitan area for more than 25 years.  A boutique law firm, the firm practices exclusively in estate.  He works closely with his clients and their team of advisors to formulate innovative, practical and highly individualized estate plans to minimize the challenges of transfer of wealth.  Gary works with his clients through their changing lives and goals, addresses new tax laws federal and state to protect assets.  He focuses his practice on matters regarding estate planning, estate, probate and trust administration, tax and business succession planning, special needs planning, asset protection and retirement planning.  In addition, the firm handles powers of attorney, advance medical directives, pre-and post-nuptial agreements.  

After earning a Bachelor of Science from Wesleyan University, Mr. Altman went on to receive a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law in 1980. He later graduated with a Master of Laws in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1992. As a certified financial planner, he understands how to address issues such as tax implications and inheritance. Gary is a founding member of the Academy of Special Needs as well. 

For his achievements, Mr. Altman has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; and he has received an Avvo "Superb" rating. 

A nationally recognized estate, legacy and business planning authority, Gary's "outstanding expertise, trustworthiness and commitment to his clients' needs" has earned him recognition by Washingtonian and Bethesda magazine as among the DC region's "Best Estate Planners" multiple times.  He has been honored as a "Top 100 Attorney by Worth magazine and recognized as a Maryland and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer since 2007.

Widely sought for his legal opinion, Mr. Altman has appeared in national media outlets such as The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Gary has taught and lectured serving as the Adjunct Professor for Estate Planning for Certified Financial Planners for two Universities, the last being 5 years at Georgetown University. 

An active member in the community and in the ield of financial management, Gary has served as the President and Chairman of the National Capital Area Financial Planning Association, Past President and Chairman for NAIFA.  He has also served as the President and Chairman and currently serves on the Board of Hope Connections, a non-profit for cancer support. Gary is often asked and serves as a Fiduciary Expert Witness in Trust, Estate and Investment Management Litigation.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Tax: Business
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Will Contests, Tax Law


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

About Gary Altman

First Admitted: 1980, Washington DC

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Adjunct Professor, Estate Planning for Certified Financial Planners, Florida Institute of Technology, Alexandria, Virginia campus, 1997 – 2004 Adjunct Professor, CFP Georgetown University


  • Washingtonian Magazine, "Top Financial Advisor – Estate Planning", 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Avvo "Top Estate Planning Attorney"
  • Norma Severns Leadership Award, National Capital Chapter of the Financial Planning Association, 2008
  • Best Lawyers "Trust and Estate Law" Nominee
  • "Top 100 Attorney" in the Country by Worth Magazine, 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • Martindale Hubbell "Preeminent, Top Rated Attorney"

Educational Background

  • Wesleyan University, Connecticut, Bachelor of Science 
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, L.L.M., Major: Taxation, 1992

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Financial Planner, 1988

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Gary is licensed to practice law in Virginia and New York since 2016., 1992
  • National Capital Chapter of Financial Planning, President and Former Chairman
  • District of Columbia Estate Planning Council
  • National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, 1980
  • The Greater Bethesda and Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Founding Member, The Academy of Special Needs 
  • Member, Bar of Maryland
  • Steering Committee of the DC Bar Estates, Trusts, Probate Law Section
  • Dicstric of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Financial Planning Association Chapter Leadership Council
  • Wealth Counsel Advisors Forum
  • Maryland, New York,  Virginia, 1992

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, STEP, 2010
  • Former Trustee of The Doris M. Carter Family Foundation, 2009
  • Investment Committee of Temple Emanuel of Maryland Rabbi Cal Endowment Fund/Former
  • Investment Committee of the St. John's Community Services Foundation 
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Office Location for Gary Altman

11300 Rockville Pike
Suite 708
Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: 240-283-4421

Fax: 301-468-3255

Last Updated: 6/28/2022

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