Deborah Cohn

Deborah Cohn

Principal, Paley Rothman
  • Estate Planning, Tax Law
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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Debbie Cohn’s keys to professional success are as diverse as her eclectic client base that consists of professionals, business owners, retirees, and non-U.S. citizens. Yet perhaps her most critical—and comforting—characteristic is an ability to explain complex concepts in a way her clients can understand. Debbie’s approach to estate planning is equal parts pragmatic and creative, which helps put her clients at ease with the knowledge that their families will be cared for and protected, and their asset protection and wealth management goals will be met. And her wealth of experience and vast knowledge of the law allow her to blend her tax planning skills with a genuine compassion and empathy for a wide range of families.
As a member of the firm’s Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration and Tax practice groups, Debbie concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, business planning and taxation. She works extensively on the estate, gift and other tax concerns of non-U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens owning property abroad and beneficiaries of overseas funds. Many of her clients include foreign nationals employed by The World Bank and other similar international institutions.
Debbie was Chair of the Estate & Trust Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association from 2012-2013, a position in which she supported the section’s charter to promote the interests of both the public and Estate & Trust Section bar members. In this role she worked with other section members to continually improve the law, further legal education among judges and attorneys and coordinate with the Register of Wills to improve the administration of estates. In addition, she assisted legislators in shaping estates and trusts legislation and testifies before committees of the Maryland General Assembly on legislation impacting Maryland estate and trust law.

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Estate & Trust Administration
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
Maryland
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal
Paley Rothman
Current
Education
The George Washington University Law School
J.D. (1978)
Honors: With Honors
Bryn Mawr College
A.B. (1974)
Honors: Cum Laude
Awards
Best Lawyers in America (2015-2018)
Best Lawyers (2015-2018)
Maryland Super Lawyers (2014-2018)
Maryland Super Lawyers
Washington D.C. Super Lawyers (2014-2018)
Washington D.C. Super Lawyers (2014-2018)
“Washington’s Best Lawyers,” Trusts and Estates,
Washingtonian Magazine (2017)
Top Estate Attorneys,” Washington Metro Area (2012, 2016)
Washingtonian Magazine
Best Estate Planning Attorneys in Montgomery County, Maryland
Bethesda Magazine
Best Law Firms – Tier 2 National Ranking for Trusts & Estates - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Trusts & Estates
U.S. News & Best Lawyers
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
Professional Associations
International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP-USA)
Member
Current
Washington D.C. Estate Planning Council
Member
Current
Maryland State Bar
Member
Current
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
- Fellow; Member, Financial Action Task Force on Money-Laundering (2012-present); International Estate Planning Committee
- Current
District of Columbia Bar
Member
- Current
Estate and Trust Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association
Past Chair
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Website
Paley Rothman
Contact & Map
Paley Rothman
4800 Hampden Ln
6th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814
USA
Telephone: (301) 656-7603
Fax: (301) 654-7354