Vincent M. Wills Named as Coordinator for Program at the Judicial College of Maryland; Patrick W. Dragga and Mr. Wills to Make Presentation at the Program on February 27, 2018

Vincent M. Wills has been selected to develop and coordinate a program titled, “Determining Income for a Self-Employed Parent When Calculating Child Support.”  The program was developed for Family Law Magistrates and will be presented at the Judicial College of Maryland on February 27, 2018.  Patrick W. Dragga and Mr. Wills will be presenters at the Program.

Patrick W. Dragga, Heather Collier, Christina P. DeVault & Amanda C. Smith are proud members of the Women’s Bar Association of Montgomery County

Patrick W. Dragga, Heather CollierChristina 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.

Congratulations to Patrick W. Dragga and Erik P. Arena for their Recent Recognition in Bethesda Magazine Article Entitled “Untying the Knot – The Bethesda Area’s Top Divorce Attorneys”

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. 

AAML Local Chapters' Meeting

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.  

Patrick Dragga Attends AAML Mid-Year Meeting

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. 

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Maryland, Virginia & District of Columbia Joint Chapter Spring Retreat 2016

On May 14, 2016, Patrick W. Dragga, Kevin Hessler, and Vincent M. Wills attended the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Maryland, Virginia & District of Columbia Joint Chapter Spring Retreat in Cambridge, Maryland. The topic of the retreat was Relocation Issues in Custody Disputes. Vincent M. Wills and Kathleen Dumais presented part of the program, specifically addressing relocation discussions with Clients. The other presenters were the Hon. Cynthia Callahan, who offered a Judicial Perspective on application of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), and Shannon Hines, Esquire, who discussed the Role of the State Department and Available Resources.

Attorneys at DHHW named in Super Lawyers Magazine

Patrick W. Dragga, Jeffrey Hannon, Kevin G. Hessler, Vincent M. Wills, Lindsay Parvis, Heather Collier, and Erik P. Arena were each named as a 2016 Maryland Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. The Super
Lawyers selection process is based on peer nominations, third-party independent research conducted across 12 different categories by an attorney-led research team, and a peer review by those attorneys who received the highest total ratings in each practice area. Only 5% of the lawyers practicing in the State of Maryland are named to the Super Lawyers list.

Patrick W. Dragga was also named as one of the 2016 Maryland “Top 100” lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine.

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