The family law practice firm of Kaufman, Ries & Elgin, P.A. was founded in 1996 by three attorneys, each of whom was a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The firm represents clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce and custody proceedings, and the negotiation of comprehensive marital settlement agreements and pre-nuptial agreements. The firm's lawyers have developed an expertise with the various issues which may arise in family law cases. Our practice is statewide and our attorneys have appeared before judges in most of the 24 counties (and Baltimore City) in the State, as well as our appellate courts. This enables our lawyers to offer some insight on how courts have ruled on particular issues in the past.
Bruce A. Kaufman was one of the founders of Kaufman, Ries & Elgin, P.A. He died suddenly at age 50 in September, 1997, of pancreatic cancer. At the time of his death, Bruce was Chair of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. He was nationally recognized as an exemplary matrimonial lawyer and was often referred to as the "dean" of family law in Maryland. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and served as President of the Maryland Chapter at the time of his death. Bruce also served as the first Chair of the Maryland Judicial Compensation Commission, and was a board member of the House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women in Baltimore.
Each lawyer is a part of the firm because he or she wants to practice in a field that is "people?oriented" and legally challenging. To keep up with the changes in the law, our lawyers meet regularly to discuss new laws, judicial decisions and trends, and how those developments may affect each individual client's case. The firm's library is kept up-to-date and contains publications dealing with state and national family law issues. Our lawyers are often asked to lecture on family law issues at seminars and continuing legal education programs, both statewide and at the national level. Our attorneys have drafted legislation, authored numerous legal education materials, and published articles in professional journals.