Ron M. Landsman has been practicing law since 1974, and elder law since 1984, and has held a variety of positions reflecting that experience, including president of the First Maryland Disability Trust, Inc., 2014-2015, which he co-founded with Jason Frank, Esq., and member, Board of Directors, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2011-2015, of which he is a Fellow and a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners.
He has played a significant role in advancing the interests and welfare of the elderly and disabled, litigating cases or filing amicus briefs in the Third, Fourth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits (US Courts of Appeal), and in the Supreme Courts of Maryland, D.C., New Jersey and Montana.
He was initiating counsel, working with Cy Smith of Zuckerman, Spaeder, in Smith v. Colmers, a Maryland class action successfully settled that protects Medicaid beneficiaries from liability for old medical bills. As Class Counsel, he continues to monitor state compliance with the court order in that case.
His firm services individuals on Medicaid, guardianship, estate planning and other elder law matters in Montgomery, Frederick and Prince George's County, elsewhere in Maryl;and, and the District of Columbia.
He is a 1974 magna cum laude granduate of the University of Michitgan Law School and worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Appellate Section, 1975-1980, where he worked primarily on United States v. AT&T.
Smith v. Colmers — A class action in which Maryland agreed to protect Medicaid beneficiaries from prior medical bills by allowing a deduction from income to pay those bills. Settled with a payout of $16 million.
Walton v. Mariner Health of Md., 391 Md. 643 (2006) — Established limits on the ability of nursing homes to sue family members for the cost of care provided to residents where the family member was acting as agent under a power of attorney.