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Britt Stouffer

Owner, Managing Partner

Britt Stouffer embodies the dynamism and innovation that many law firms aspire to. A decade ago, she laid the foundation of her own firm, driven by her fearless determination and a vision to do things differently. She understands that a solitary journey, no matter how brilliant, can't match the power of a collaborative approach. As a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, she embraced their tenets for learning wholeheartedly: a multi-disciplinary education to foster a growth mindset, nurturing the entire being—mind, body, and spirit. She also attended University of Baltimore Law School and has taken multiple certification to continue to elevate her knowledge in law and business. This holistic approach permeates every facet of her life and work. Her mornings begin with the adrenaline rush of bootcamp, surrounded by individuals whose motivation and energy are as infectious as her own enthusiasm for her vocation. This shared positive energy fuels her day, mirroring the collaborative spirit she fosters at her firm.

Britt’s love for non-fiction mirrors her approach to law—grounded in reality yet constantly seeking knowledge. The mental discipline she hones while golfing mirrors the focus she requires to steer her firm, setting her sights on the next achievement, on and off the green. Her life, enriched by the mobility of a military family upbringing, has fostered an insatiable appetite for travel. Throughout her journey, Britt's passion for exploration has taken her to exotic locations around the world, each trip enriching her with novel ideas, legal perspectives, and cutting-edge technologies that she seamlessly integrates into her firm's operations. From the historic alleys of Paris, resonating with the echoes of the past and the hum of rule-abiding citizens, to the tranquil beaches of the Cayman Islands where she and her husband find respite, Britt's passion for exploration is a testament to her dynamic character.

Stouffer Legal stands as a beacon of Britt's fearless innovation and her commitment to challenging the conventional. With each journey, she brings back not just souvenirs but integrated legal insights and advanced technologies that enhance the firm's operations and service delivery. Her competitive drive is not satisfied with merely setting goals; Britt ensures these targets are surpassed, instilling a culture of excellence within her team.

Wilson McManus

Principal Attorney

Wilson is an insightful attorney who has been the on the forefront of Modern Estate Planning Techniques and the use of Trusts for clients across Baltimore County since the early 1990s. He has been a practicing attorney in Towson, Maryland since 1986 and has made trusts accessible for more than just the wealthiest Baltimoreans. He believes that everyone should have a right to privacy and a peaceful transition in life to the next generation.

Wilson dedicates his time to the research and development of Estate Planning and Elder Law strategies and techniques to ensure that every client has all available options provided to them by the laws of Maryland and the United States in order to protect their families. He is also an engaging educator speaking multiple times a week to help families understand their options and how to accomplish their goals. Wilson has helped numerous families obtain judicial modifications and termination of trusts that were outdated or had not been kept current with the families’ desires, and he continues to innovate and improve core documents such as the Maryland’s Statutory Power of Attorney.

Recently, Wilson has given presentations teaching people how to transition from being a caregiver of a parent back to being their family member again. He lets everyone know that there is always a legal path to affording the Nursing Home Care their family needs.

Melissa Paddy

Managing Partner

Born and nurtured in the heart of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Melissa Paddy is more than just a legal expert. She's a hometown girl who understands the values, concerns, and aspirations of her community. A proud alumna of Archbishop SpaldingHigh School in Severn and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Melissa's local roots shine brightly in everything she does.

After earning her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Melissa threw herself into the world of personal injury, representing those who were unexpectedly thrown into turbulent times. With eight years of experience, she stoodshoulder to shoulder with those facing life's most challenging moments, ensuring they weren't alone.

Now, as a key member of the Stouffer Legal family, Melissa's compassion has found a new home in the realm of Estate Planning and Elder Law. She's not just here to draft documents; she's here to guide you and your loved ones, ensuring a secure and prosperous future for everyone. Whether it's protecting family heirlooms or ensuring the rightful transfer of treasured firearms, Melissa understands the deeply personal nature of estate planning.

Speaking of firearms, Melissa’s knowledge of Maryland and federal firearms laws allows her to help clients form NFA and Family Gun Trusts, preserving family legacies. And if you're unsure about lawful firearm transfers following a family loss, she's your go-to guide.

Alex Housley

Senior Attorney

Alex was born and raised in Anne Arundel County. He went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science at Towson University before earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and being admitted to the Maryland Bar.

Prior to joining Stouffer Legal, Alex worked at a firm handling civil litigation for real estate disputes and transactions. In his former role, Alex passionately advocated for, and negotiated on behalf of his clients both in and out of the courtroom. Alex’s knowledge and expertise in real estate makes him a great asset to the Stouffer Legal team.

Alex has seen firsthand the impact that poor estate planning can have on families and has made it his mission to ensure that clients and their families can learn from his experiences. Since joining Stouffer Legal, Alex has concentrated his efforts on helping families protect their assets and establishing comprehensive estate plans.

Jake Polivka

Associate Attorney

Meet Jake Polivka, a devoted attorney with an unyielding commitment to ensuring your peace of mind. Born and raised in Owings Mills, MD, Jake possesses the heartfelt charm of a hometown professional coupled with the astuteness of a seasoned lawyer. His academic journey began at the University of Maryland College Park where he delved deep into the world of economics and nurtured a love for the French language, earning a bachelor's degree in economics and a minor in French.

But Jake isn’t just about books and briefs. Before diving into his legal career, he took a moment to embrace the snowy thrills of the Rocky Mountains as a ski instructor—a testament to his adventurous spirit.

Returning to Baltimore, Jake pursued his passion for law, securing his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. Since becoming licensed in 2018, he's been unstoppable. While his initial years witnessed him championing the rights of clients in the mass tort and personal injury sectors, Jake’s heart was always set on Estate Planning. His previous experience helping clients obtain justice against harmful medical devices and drugs further sharpened his client-centric approach. At Stouffer Legal, Jake has found his true calling, excitedly merging his love for client interactions with his zeal for Estates and Trusts.

Victor Lembo

Senior Attorney

Victor Lembo's passion for estates and trusts was sparked during a profoundly personal experience - assisting his grandparents as they navigated the intricate paths of medical and financial planning. This early exposure instilled in him not only a love for the intricacies of the law but also an understanding of its deeply human side.

A distinguished scholar, Victor achieved the honor of graduating summa cum laude from Towson University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Not stopping there, he further honed his expertise at the University of Baltimore School of Law, earning his Juris Doctor with a specialized Concentration in Estate Planning.

Post-academia, Victor began his legal journey at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City as a judicial law clerk. Later, he progressed to a pivotal role at a prominent Baltimore law firm, stepping into the shoes of a Managing Attorney. There, he oversaw the daily intricacies of a comprehensive legal services program. Before becoming an integral part of the Stouffer Legal team, Victor dedicated his skills in Annapolis, offering solace and expert assistance to families during the trying times that follow the loss of a loved one. Having personally settled hundreds of estates, Victor is well-versed in the nuanced challenges and rewards of the process.

Today, as a cornerstone of Stouffer Legal, Victor specializes in estate planning, trust administration, probate, and elder law. He leads with both efficiency and empathy as the head of the Estate Administration Department. His commitment to excellence is unwavering, always aiming to provide comprehensive and compassionate legal service.

Yet, what sets Victor apart is his unique approach to his practice. He believes in not just advising, but educating his clients. He prides himself on demystifying complex legal jargons, translating them into easy-to-understand terms. Every consultation is an opportunity for him to get to know his clients, understanding their concerns and visions, and collaboratively assembling the pieces of their estate puzzle.

Holly Leasure

Associate Attorney

Born and raised in the heart of Baltimore, Holly has always had a deep-rooted connection to her community. Today, she calls Eastern Baltimore County home. Holly's journey in the legal world began in 2008 when she proudly earned her bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies from Stevenson University. Before diving headfirst into law, she honed her skills as a litigation paralegal, gaining invaluable experience that would later shape her career.

In 2016, Holly's passion and dedication saw her graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law. While she initially represented clients in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation, a personal experience awakened a new mission in her. Witnessing the turmoil within her own family due to the absence of a proper estate plan, Holly felt a strong calling.

Now, as a dedicated member of the Stouffer Legal team, Holly combines her unique experience in adversarial litigation with a deep personal understanding of the significance of estate planning. With warmth and professionalism, she's committed to guiding clients in creating estate plans that not only preserve their wealth but also foster harmony within their families. When you work with Holly, you're not just getting an attorney; you're gaining a friend who genuinely wants the best for you and your loved ones.

Becca Odelius

Associate Attorney

Meet Becca Odelius, a dedicated and insightful attorney, where client focus and deep legal knowledge form the cornerstone of our practice.

A proud Columbia, Maryland native, Becca's journey in law began at the University of Baltimore Law School, where she honed her expertise and graduated magna cum laude in 2023. Her legal acumen is matched by her commitment to education, reflected in her three fruitful years teaching middle school English and her proficiency in mediation—skills that enrich her approach to law with compassion and clarity.

Prior to joining our team, Becca sharpened her legal skills as a law clerk for Silverman Thompson and Stouffer Legal, where she specialized in estate planning. Her academic prowess was recognized when she received the prestigious Chairman Joseph F. Vallario Jr. Legislative Award for her outstanding contributions to the Trusts & Estates section of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Becca's literary talents transcend legal briefs; she is an accomplished novelist with several titles to her name, including two young adult novels and a captivating travelogue. Her writing skills were further showcased during her tenure as a staff editor for the Law Review, where she published three notable pieces, including a well-received law review comment.

Beyond her legal and literary pursuits, Becca is a proactive member of the CCBC alumni board and leads the scholarship committee, continually giving back to the community that fosters the next generation of leaders.

Becca brings a unique blend of legal scholarship, teaching experience, and writing prowess to deliver exceptional estate planning services. She is committed to guiding our clients with personalized attention, ensuring their peace of mind for the future.

Colin Dolan

Associate Attorney

Hailing from Westchester, New York, Colin grew up surrounded by the dynamic world of law, thanks to his two legal-savvy parents. It’s no surprise that he’s been dreaming of courtroom victories and legal strategies from a young age. This dream and a thirst for new adventures led him to pack his bags and head to Baltimore, where he joined Towson University in 2012, majoring in Criminal Justice.

Joining the Stouffer Legal family in 2016, Colin initially brought his expertise and enthusiasm as a legal assistant. But, true to his relentless ambition, he soon decided it was time to put on the attorney hat himself. Pursuing his legal degree at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Colin was officially welcomed into the Maryland legal fraternity in November 2022.

Today, Colin's passion thrives in helping clients navigate the intricacies of Probate and Trust Administration. He understands the profound relief that comprehensive planning brings to families and individuals, offering them the peace of mind they rightly deserve. An intriguing feather in his cap? Colin's deep knowledge of Firearms Law, encompassing areas like Concealed Carry Permits and Gun Trusts.

Warm, professional, and with a genuine interest in your well-being, Colin seamlessly blends his New York tenacity with Baltimore charm, ensuring you always have a friend by your side in the legal maze.

Kaitlyn Tauber

Associate Attorney

At Stouffer Legal, we believe that personal experiences deeply influence our professional pursuits. For Attorney Kaitlyn Tauber, her journey into estate planning was shaped by the personal challenges her family faced when her beloved grandfather suffered a severe stroke, leading to the onset of dementia. This life-altering event opened Kaitlyn’s eyes to the intricacies and emotional weight surrounding personal care, financial protection, and the looming costs associated with nursing homes. It was here that she understood the paramount importance of robust and thoughtful estate planning.

Joining the Stouffer Legal team in 2022, Kaitlyn brought with her a dedicated focus on Estate Planning and Real Estate Law. However, more than her expertise, she brought a genuine passion for helping families navigate through some of life's most trying times. “Estate planning is one of the most professionally satisfying areas of law,” Kaitlyn often shares. “When approached with diligence and care, it becomes a vessel for granting clients an unparalleled peace of mind. It's a relief knowing that no matter what the future holds, they and their loved ones are well taken care of.”

In her role as an Estate Planning attorney, Kaitlyn has had the privilege to work alongside a myriad of families, each with their unique needs and stories. Whether she’s counseling clients on the intricacies of Medicaid or guiding them through the asset protection planning process, Kaitlyn’s personal touch and expertise remain evident.

With Kaitlyn Tauber on your side, you're not just getting legal counsel; you're getting an advocate who understands, cares, and is determined to safeguard the well-being of your loved ones.

Julia Rowland

Associate Attorney

Julia Rowland, originally from Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Naples, Florida, pursued a legal career inspired by her early ambitions. She completed her Juris Doctor (JD) with Cum Laude honors from the University of Baltimore School of Law in May 2023, demonstrating a strong commitment to justice.

Her academic background includes a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Interpersonal Communication from the University of Delaware, complemented by a Minor in Journalism. Julia's scholarly achievements are highlighted by her contributions to the University of Baltimore Law Forum Journal, where she published articles on tax law and environmental protection.

Julia's professional legal experience began with an internship under Judge Charles Day, providing her with valuable courtroom exposure. She then gained corporate experience, focusing on commercial contracts and data privacy. A significant part of her legal training involved working as a Student Attorney in the Community Development Clinic at her law school, where she advised clients on contract and tax issues, integrating her interest in transactional law with community service.

Recognized for her service with a Dean's Citation for Service Award, Julia is also noted for her dedication to estate planning, where she assists families in understanding and managing complex legal matters. Her leadership skills were further established during her tenure as President of the Student Bar Association, where she was an advocate for her fellow students.

Julie Kil

Associate Attorney

Born and raised in Howard County, Maryland, Julie Kil possesses not just a deep understanding of the state's legal intricacies but also an innate connection to its people and communities. Her journey into the realm of law began with a solid foundation, acquiring a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland. This passion for law and justice led her to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she shined and graduated in 2021.

But Julie's education isn't merely a testament to her academic prowess; it's a reflection of her unwavering commitment to serve. During her formative years in law school, she interned at the Community Law Center—a beacon of hope for Maryland's non-profits, offering them invaluable legal assistance. This experience was a testament to Julie's profound belief in law as a force for positive change, and she was deeply moved by the impact of legal expertise on community-focused organizations.

Continuing her pursuit to make a difference, Julie further honed her skills by joining a non-profit, where she specialized in family law. There, she played a pivotal role in providing underserved communities with essential legal advice. The stories she encountered and the lives she touched during this period cemented her decision to dedicate her life to ensuring justice and guidance for those who need it the most.

Today, as a part of our esteemed team, Julie brings this rich tapestry of experiences, passion, and dedication to every client and case. Whether you're seeking estate planning services or merely need guidance on a legal matter, you can rest assured that with Julie by your side, you're not just another case number—you're a story, a legacy, and a community she deeply cares for.

Amy Payne

Associate Attorney

Meet Amy Payne, a seasoned estate planning attorney with deep roots in Maryland. Born and raised in the picturesque town of Mount Airy, Amy has always held a profound connection to the people and communities of our state. Her personal experiences, coupled with her extensive legal background, uniquely position her to understand and cater to the needs of her clients.

Amy’s journey in law began with a solid educational foundation. She pursued her undergraduate studies at Loyola College, Maryland, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Her passion for law led her to Southern Methodist School of Law in Dallas, graduating in May 1999.

While in law school, Amy was privileged to intern with The Honorable Jorge A. Solis at the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas. This invaluable experience gave her a deeper insight into the intricacies of the legal system and shaped her approach to her career.

Following graduation, Amy dedicated a decade of her career to State Farm Mutual Insurance Companies in their Claim Litigation Division. It was here that she honed her skills as a litigator, trying an impressive 78 Jury trials and 390 Bench Trials to verdict. Her tenure at the firm of H. Barritt Peterson, Jr. & Associates, as part of the Corporate Law Department of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, equipped her with a wealth of experience that she brings to every case.

As a testament to her commitment to the legal profession and her continuous pursuit of excellence, Amy is a proud member of the Maryland State Bar Association. She's also been recognized as a member of Phi Delta Phi, an honorary legal fraternity, marking her outstanding contributions and dedication to the world of law.

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