Dragga, Hannon & Wills would like to congratulate Lindsay Parvis, who has been accepted into the Montgomery County Inns of Court as a Master of the Bench, and Amanda Smith, who has been accepted as an Associate.
Masters of the Bench are judges, lawyers and law teachers who have demonstrated superior character, ability and competence as trial or appellate advocates.
Associates are recent law school graduates or attorneys licensed to practice law in Maryland for not more than five years.
The American Inns of Court is an association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds who share a passion for professional excellence. Through regular meetings, members are able to build and strengthen professional relationships; discuss fundamental concerns about professionalism and pressing legal issues of the day; share experiences and advice; exhort the utmost passion and dedication for the law; provide mentoring opportunities; and advance the highest levels of integrity, ethics, and civility.
Patrick W. Dragga, Heather Collier, Christina P. DeVault & Amanda C. Smith are proud members of the Women’s Bar Association of Montgomery County.
As excerpted from the WBA website:
The Women’s Bar Association of Maryland (“WBA”) is an organization of women and men committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. The WBA believes that a strong community of women in the legal profession is essential to the administration of justice.
The partners, associates, and staff at Dragga, Hannon & Wills, LLP, wish to congratulate Patrick W. Dragga and Erik P. Arena for their recent recognition in the July/August 2017 Bethesda Magazine article entitled “Untying the Knot – The Bethesda Area’s Top Divorce Attorneys”. Patrick was recognized as one of Bethesda and Rockville’s top divorce lawyers, who “remains one of the most popular and effective divorce lawyers in Rockville”. Erik was recognized as one of the 10 “Rising Stars” under age 40 in the field of family law, and described as “fearless in the courtroom and a formidable advocate”. It is our sincere pleasure to congratulate Pat and Erik on their well-deserved recognition as some of the area’s finest family law advocates.
The partners, associates, and staff at Dragga, Hannon & Wills, LLP, wish to extend a heartfelt and sincere congratulations to Kevin G. Hessler, Esquire, on his recent appointment to serve as an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. Kevin, who joined the firm as a partner in 1999, and who practiced law in Montgomery County for 35 years, was an instrumental part of the firm’s growth and success and will be sorely missed by his colleagues. His selflessness, kind nature, patient disposition, intellect, and wit, which endeared him to colleagues and adversaries alike, will no doubt be valued by the attorneys and citizens who will appear before him as an Associate Judge. The firm’s loss is the community’s gain. Please join us in congratulating Kevin on his latest, but surely not last, achievement in the legal realm.
On June 15, 2017, Lindsay Parvis was elected as a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation at the Bar Convention in Ocean City, Maryland. The election is in recognition that, in her professional and public career and in her private life, she has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of her community, the administration of justice, and the traditions of the profession of law.
The Maryland Bar Foundation is a non-profit charitable corporation organized in 1965, with the objective of obtaining gifts and contributions to be used for the following purposes:
- To foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the profession of the law;
- To improve and to facilitate the administration of justice;
- To promote the study of the law and research therein, the diffusion of knowledge thereof, and the continuing education of lawyer.
The Foundation has carried out these purposes by making grants to organizations that work within Maryland to accomplish the goals of the Foundation.
Patrick Dragga and Kevin Hessler attended the Maryland, DC. and Virginia Chapters’ May Meeting at Lansdown Resort in Northern Virginia for comradery and continuing legal education. The retreat, which has become an annual event gives Fellows for the Tri-state area a chance to recreate and hear specialists in various subject areas opine about current issues in Family law.
This year’s topic was a serious matter with a humorous name: the 10 dumbest things people do to hide money. From hiding cash in the drop ceiling to overpaying income taxes, our speaker, noted attorney, CPA, business valuator and fraud examiner, Fellow Jeff Brend of Illinois, took us through many of the tricks used for hiding money before or during a divorce proceeding. While some vignettes were funny, efforts to disadvantage a spouse in divorce are not. From “paper” and “electronic” trails to Bitcoins vigilance and care in discovering the marital estate are more critical than ever.
Pat Dragga attended the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers mid-year meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting provided an opportunity for Fellows from across the nation to meet and to hear a variety of presentations. The programs focused on practical knowledge for attorneys in and out of the courtroom. Speakers included well-respected psychologist, Dr. Sol Rappaport, who, with Fellows Sherri Evans and David Steerman, put on a presentation regarding the neuroscience and heuristics of how people make decisions. Sean Carter, a self-described Humorist at Law, spoke about ethical guidelines, pitfalls and concerns involving social media and legal marketing.
Kevin G. Hessler is a member of the Montgomery County Maryland American Inn of Court. The American Inns of Court actively involve more than 25,000 attorneys, legal scholars, judges (state, federal, and administrative), and law students. Membership is composed of the following categories:
Masters of the Bench — judges, experienced lawyers, and law professors
Barristers — lawyers with some experience who do not meet the minimum requirements for Masters
Associates — lawyers who do not meet the minimum requirement for Barristers
Pupils — law students.
Kevin, has reached the level of Master of the Bench.
The American Inns of Court is an association of legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds who share a passion for professional excellence. As stated on their website, “In this collegial environment, outside the courtroom and pressure of daily practice, members discuss legal practice, principles, and methods. Academicians, specialized practitioners, and complementing generalists provide a mix of skill, theory, experience, and passion. This fluid, side-by-side approach allows seasoned judges and attorneys to help shape students and newer lawyers with practical guidance in serving the law and seeking justice.”
Click here to read more about the Vision and Mission for the Inns of Court.
The Divorce Roundtable of Montgomery County is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the divorce process for Montgomery County area families, and especially children. Formed in 1992, it is made up of judges, masters, court staff, mediators, therapists, attorneys, agency personnel, and collaborative professionals. The Divorce Roundtable introduced, among many other court projects, the co-parenting skills training and court-sponsored custody mediation. The organization also testifies on proposed family law related legislation.
Several of our attorneys are current or former members of The Divorce Roundtable, including Kevin G. Hessler, P. Lindsay Parvis, and Jeff Hannon, who is the Past-Chair of the organization having served from 2009 - 2011. During Jeff’s two-year tenure as Chair, he organized and presented two all day symposiums: Faces of Advocacy and Parenting Together After Separation. Lindsay has been an active member since 2014.
Click here for helpful links from the Divorce Roundtable.