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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 certifications to continue to elevate her knowledge in law and business. This holistic approach permeates every facet of her life and work.

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.

Colin Dolan

Attorney

Hailing from Westchester, New York, Colin grew up surrounded by the world of law, thanks to his two legal-savvy parents. 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 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.

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 states. “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.

Brian Nettey

Associate Attorney

Brian Nettey is an accomplished attorney with a robust background in both civil rights and criminal defense. He is an attorney Annapolis, Maryland, where he provides strategic legal advice and represents clients in estate planning and elder law matters. Brian's experience spans roles such as a Compliance Policy Analyst at the Department of Homeland Security and an Assistant Public Defender in Maryland, showcasing his dedication to defending civil liberties and ensuring justice.

Brian earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2014, where he was a member of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and received an Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was actively involved in the Mock Trial Team and the university's marching band. Admitted to the Maryland State Bar in 2014, Brian is certified to practice law in Maryland and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his clients.

Brianne Bennett

Associate Attorney

Born and raised in a small Pennsylvania town, Brianne has focused her life on branching out and collecting experiences. Brianne is a dedicated professional with a multifaceted background, blending her legal knowledge with a passion for creativity and intellectual pursuit. She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Florida Southern College in 2018, where she participated in multiple research studies delving into the intersection of the legal system and human behavior.

Building upon this foundation, Brianne went on to earn her law degree from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2021, where she was a published member of the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources. Post graduation, Brianne found herself drawn to the field of Estate Planning and Administration. Having seen firsthand the issues that occur with little to no estate planning in place, Brianne is committed to assist clients in protecting themselves and their interests while upholding the highest standards of legal integrity.

Henry Barnes

Of Counsel

Henry Roland Barnes, a Hampton University Pirate (Class of 2006), graduated from George Mason University School of Law with a concentration in Criminal Law in 2010 and has been operating the Law Office for over a decade. Since his admission to practice in the State of Maryland and in the Federal District Courts of Maryland, Mr. Barnes has actively and zealously handled hundreds of litigation matters across the entire State of Maryland ranging in complexity and severity. Whether the issue was a small dispute or a high-profile case, Mr. Barnes engages each client the same way: educating the client of their rights and options; developing a clear and effective strategy with that client; providing forceful and tireless courtroom advocacy; and, of course, delivering sound legal counseling specific to that client’s goals and interests. Mr. Barnes believes that following this recipe with diligence and consistency is essential to solving each person's legal issue with the necessary creativity, seriousness, and most of all compassion.

Mr. Barnes lives in Baltimore County, Maryland with his wife and three children, and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Kelsey Shindle

Associate Attorney

With a decade of dedicated legal practice under her belt, Kelsey Shindle is a stalwart advocate renowned for her unwavering commitment to justice. With a passion ignited by a desire to champion the rights of those who have suffered, she has tirelessly fought for her clients, securing rightful compensation and providing solace in the face of adversity. Her tenacity in the courtroom is matched only by her compassion for those she represents, earning her the trust and admiration of clients and colleagues alike.

Now, bringing her wealth of experience and expertise to Stouffer Legal, Kelsey continues her legal journey, transitioning seamlessly into the realm of estate planning. With a keen understanding of the intricacies of tort law, she approaches estate planning with a unique perspective, crafting comprehensive strategies tailored to safeguard the futures of her clients and their loved ones. Stouffer Legal clients can rest assured that, with Kelsey at their side, their legacies will be preserved with the same dedication and skill that defined her illustrious career in personal injury law.

Drew Gilbert

Associate Attorney

Drew Gilbert is an experienced attorney who has dedicated his career to assisting clients through various legal matters, including estate planning, estate administration, business formation, and civil and criminal litigation. With a passion for helping families navigate the complex legal landscape during challenging times, Drew finds great fulfillment in providing guidance and support to his clients throughout the estate administration process.

Licensed to practice law in both Oklahoma and Maryland, Drew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role at our Estate Planning and Administration law firm. His diverse background, which includes working as an associate at a Washington, D.C. firm, drafting estate planning documents, and serving as an assistant district attorney in Oklahoma, has equipped him with the skills and expertise necessary to effectively represent his clients' interests.

Matt Wathen

Associate Attorney

Born in Nashville, TN but raised in Atlanta, GA. Matt has focused on getting out of his comfort zone to explore and learn. Matt is a big sports fan always making sure to support his hometown teams. Interested in law from a young age, Matt pursued a legal career throughout his college life. Completing his undergraduate political science degree at the University of Georgia in 2019, he spent time in various leadership positions that helped hone not only his knowledge but skills in order to better help colleagues and others.

Following his time at the University of Georgia, Matt went on to continue his legal journey by earning his law degree from the University of Richmond in 2022. While there, he became the Senior Manuscript Editor for the law school’s Public Interest Law Review while being an officer in a variety of law school organizations. After graduation, Matt was intrigued by Estate Planning and Administration after having experienced bits and pieces of the field through other legal experiences. Seeing the value this field can provide families and loved ones, he went all in to help protect clients and their interests while ensuring even the highest standards are met.

Amber Green

Associate Attorney

Amber is a resilient native of the Bronx, New York, embodies the spirit of perseverance and ambition. Her academic journey began at Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she laid the foundation for her future. Amber later transferred to the University at Albany, where she pursued her passion for understanding human behavior. There, she earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Upon graduating from SUNY Albany, Amber began her professional career at the heart of New York's legislative process, serving as a legislative assistant at the New York State Assembly. Fueled by her aspirations, she pivoted into the legal realm, working as a paralegal for a personal injury firm while preparing to achieve her long-term dream of becoming an attorney. Her unwavering dedication to pursue a legal career fueled her cross country move to Miami, Florida where she obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Florida International University College of Law.

Now, as a licensed attorney, Amber continues to embody resilience and determination. Relying heavily on her academic studies and life experiences, Amber understands the importance of nurturing client relationships while also advising them on the law. She applies her unique background and skills to excel in estates, trusts, and fiduciary administration, providing clients with personalized and effective legal solutions in these complex areas.

Munib Lohrasbi

Associate Attorney

Munib is a detail-oriented and passionate attorney who is dedicated to helping clients accomplish their estate planning goals. Prior to joining the Stouffer Legal team, Munib thrived as an expert on disability law and policy addressing systemic issues related to treatment services and accessibility. Munib’s work developing legal solutions to unjust institutional practices along with his contributions to State and Federal policies have helped him appreciate the benefits of comprehensive estate planning. His broad experience and consummate commitment to his clients is reflected in the results he delivers.

Munib was raised in Howard County and returned to the area to pursue his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law after earning a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University. He has lived in Baltimore ever since and is proud to call this community home.

Rob Sullivan

Associate Attorney

Robert W. Sullivan IV has spent more than a quarter of a century practicing in the fields of insurance defense, personal injury, and immigration. He has attended and conducted thousands of depositions, handled many trials in the district and circuit courts of Maryland, and argued cases on appeal. In the insurance defense arena, Mr. Sullivan has obtained summary judgment for his clients in cases with multimillion-dollar demands.

Robert brings his extensive experience to the realm of estate planning, offering a unique approach that prioritizes client involvement and incorporates their goals, concerns, values, and feedback. His commitment to maintaining high levels of communication and professionalism is unwavering. He manages the relationship with transparency, ensuring his clients can witness how their interests are being served at every stage of the estate planning process.

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