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Joseph Greenwald & Laake expands family law practice

Burt Kahn

Burt Kahn

Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA is expanding its family law practice with the addition of four attorneys from the former Rockville-based law firm Dragga Hannon LLP.

The four attorneys who joined Joseph Greenwald as of Jan. 1 are Patrick W. Dragga, Jeffrey Hannon, P. Lindsay Parvis and Amanda Frett. They practice in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody and visitation, child support, alimony, prenuptial agreements, among others, the firm announced this week.

“They have distinguished themselves among the family law bar through their considerable skill in representing clients in this emotionally charged area of law,” said Burt Kahn, managing director at Joseph, Greenwald & Laake. “Along with the outstanding family law attorneys already in our firm, they will form a family law practice that is unsurpassed in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. This is a major step for our firm.”

Joseph Greenwald has roughly 36 attorneys, of whom nine are now in the family law practice, making it one of the largest practice areas in the firm, Kahn said Thursday.

This expansion gives the firm “one of the largest, strongest and most skilled family law groups in suburban Maryland,” Kahn said.

As part of its growth strategy, the firm is always looking for attorneys who are a good fit for the firm, and the expansion of the family law practice was on par with that plan, Kahn said.

“We’ve covered family law extensively, and this just really adds to our capability,” he said.

Joseph Greenwald had been on opposing sides with its four new attorneys in the past and was familiar with their work.

“When the opportunity arose and they were interested in joining us, we were certainly interested in having them,” Kahn said.

The attorneys joining have held leadership positions related to family law. Dragga is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Parvis, who frequently represents children in contested custody matters, has served as a legislative liaison between the family law bar and Maryland General Assembly and is a past president of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association, the firm said.


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