Robert H. Maclay

Robert H. Maclay

Paley Rothman

Recognized since 2017

Bethesda, Maryland

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates

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Robert Maclay is Co-President of the firm, and a member of its Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration, Corporate and Tax practice groups, among others. In all areas of his practice, Bob’s clients continually praise him for the personal attention he consistently gives them, touting him as a good listener, responsive to their needs, and capable of managing complex issues.

On the estate planning side of his practice, Bob Maclay works with people who may be facing a very difficult time in their lives and alleviates their personal concerns regarding their children and grandchildren. Whether he is preparing wills, trusts or powers of attorney, his clients are assured that he has their best interests at heart. Bob enjoys the design and the interaction with clients that goes into crafting an estate plan. He is regularly educating clients on what options are available to them, which he can do by understanding their family relationships.

Bob Maclay has a proven track record in handling the corporate and tax planning matters of businesses and non-profits as well. He has many years of experience in negotiating business transactions, including the sale and acquisition of businesses, buy-sell transactions between shareholders, shareholder disputes, executive compensation, deferred compensation agreements, stock options, phantom stock, and other agreements. He also focuses on succession planning for his business clients, and builds trust with multiple generations of business owners who then use him as counsel to the family.

As a supporter of continuing legal education programs, Bob has lectured at a number of establishments in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Several times a year he speaks at the World Bank as part of their Pension Department’s Pre-Retirement Planning Series. He is also a member of The Group - a national dealing with closely held businesses, made up of tax attorneys, CPAs, actuaries and pension administrators.


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


  • Harvard University, BA, graduated 1973

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland, Maryland State Bar Association

Paley Rothman
Headquarters: Bethesda, Maryland

17 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Trusts and Estates


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Areas of Concentration

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Corporate
  • Health Law
  • Tax
  • Employee Benefits
  • Nonprofits

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