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Michelle Chapin, a member of the firm’s Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration, Tax and Corporate practice groups, advises individuals, families and small business owners regarding their estate and gift planning needs. Recognized as a Top Trusts and Estates Lawyer in Washingtonian magazine, Michelle excels at providing clients with easy to understand explanations of intricate legal and tax matters. She works closely with her clients to create comprehensive and customized estate and business succession plans to achieve their tax and non-tax wealth preservation objectives. She also helps clients implement lifetime gifting and post-mortem wealth transfer strategies and counsels fiduciaries on estate and trust administration matters. Michelle focuses a part of her practice on estate planning for clients with international issues, including estate, gift and other tax concerns of non-U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens with non-U.S. citizen spouses, and U.S. citizens owning property abroad. When she's not being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal or speaking to various groups in the DC metropolitan area, Michelle enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and 2 children.

Prior to joining Paley Rothman, Michelle practiced for several years at a law firm in Northern Virginia where she assisted clients with gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning as well as probate.


  • 4800 Hampden Lane, Sixth Floor
    Bethesda, MD 20814-2930
  • 252 North Washington Street
    Falls Church, VA 22046


  • Georgetown University , LL.M. in Taxation, graduated 2011
  • Georgetown University , Certificate in Estate Planning, graduated 2011
  • American University , J.D., graduated 2005
  • University of Florida, B.A., graduated 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, Maryland
  • District of Columbia, District of Columbia
  • Virginia, Virginia


  • Washington D.C. Estate Planning Council - Program Committee - Co-Chair
  • Washington D.C. Estate Planning Council - Professional Development Committee - Co-Chair
  • Washington D.C. Estate Planning Council - Golf Tournament Committee
  • International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP-USA) - Member
  • Fairfax County Bar Association - Member
  • Montgomery County Bar Association - Member
  • Georgetown University Law Center - Mentor for law school students
  • American University Washington College of Law - Mentor for law school students

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court

Paley Rothman
Headquarters: Bethesda, Maryland

17 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

2 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Trusts and Estates


  • "Top Lawyers" - Washingtonian Magazine (2018)
  • “Top Estate Lawyers (Rising Stars)” - Bethesda Magazine (2018)
  • “Washington’s Best Lawyers,” Trusts and Estates, Washingtonian Magazine (2017)
  • Best Law Firms – U.S. News & Best Lawyers- Tier 2 National Ranking for Trusts & Estates - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Trusts & Estates
  • Maryland Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2014-2019)
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2014-2019)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

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