Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen

  • Estate Planning
  • Connecticut, District of Columbia, Virginia
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Summary

Mary Ellen Lench is the principal of M.E. Lench, P.C.,
and her practice is concentrated in estate and trust administration and business planning. Mary Ellen has been in practice for more than 18 years, representing clients in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, and she focuses on personal service to her clients. She has been teaching estate planning classes through Loudoun County Adult Education for the past eight years and was recently voted among the Legal Elite for Trust/Estate/Elder Law Attorneys by Virginia Business
Magazine.

Mary Ellen received her J.D. from American University, cum laude, and was Editor of the Law Review. Following law school, she was a law clerk at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She received her Masters Degree, magna cum laude, in International Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to attending law school, Mary Ellen lived in São Paulo, Brazil, where she taught English at the American School of São Paulo.

Practice Area
  • Estate Planning
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Virginia
Languages
  • Portuguese: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Counsel
M.H. Lawrence & Associates, P.C.
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Estate planning and estate and trust administration, preparation of revocable trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, living wills, guardianship, incorporation of family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and "S" corporations.
Associate Attorney
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
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Corporate-transactional law practice and business succession planning, SEC filings for mergers-acquisitions, ADR development in Brazil.
Counsel
Ernst & Young
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Appellate litigation national practice; drafted and argued appellate briefs in federal and state courts representing E&Y.
Law Clerk
D.C. Court of Appeals
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Appellate Law Clerk to seven Senior Judges, researched legal issues and drafted legal memoranda and opinions.
Legal Intern
Department of Justice-Civil Division
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Internship during law school in the Aviation and Admiralty Division of DOJ, researched and drafted legal motions for aviation cases.
Education
American University Washington College of Law
J.D. | Law
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Honors: Betty Southward Merit Scholarship and Moot Court competition finalist.
Activities: Note and Comment Editor of the Law Review.
Awards
Legal Elite Attorney for Trusts-Estates-Elder Law Practice
Virginia Business Magazine
Trust and Estates and elder law practice.
Professional Associations
Loudoun County Adult Education
Teacher
- Current
Activities: Teach course in estate planning about Revocable Trusts, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives; Intestate Succession; Property ownership and asset protection; Probate; and Estate and Gift Taxes.
Virginia Bar
Attorney
- Current
District of Columbia Bar
Attorney
- Current
Connecticut Bar
Attorney
- Current
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Contact & Map
M.E. Lench, P.C.
4000 Legato Road
11th Floor
Fairfax, VA 22033
USA
Telephone: (703) 896-7945
Fax: (703) 273-9200