“I like to keep my clients out of litigation when possible. I know the deficiencies in contracts that tend to lead to litigation, and I work closely with my clients on the front end to keep them away from litigation later. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.”

Trish Weaver

Principal (She/Her)

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Trish Weaver is Chair of four of the firms practice groups: Litigation, Appellate, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Professional Ethics & Discipline. She is also a member of the Corporate practice group. She has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer” in Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation since 2016. As Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, in 2023, Trish led the firm to a National Tier 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms. Paley Rothman was only one of two law firms in Maryland to receive a national Tier 1 ranking – and the only mid-sized suburban firm to do so. Trish takes pride in providing representation that battles the AMLaw100 firms, but does so at reasonable rates.

Paley Rothman also received a Tier 1 Ranking in Washington, DC for Appellate Practice, as well as a Tier 1 Ranking in Washington, DC for Commercial Litigation. Trish and her partners’ recognition as “Best Lawyers” in those areas have led to those practice groups’ success and national and regional recognition.

Over the past 25 years, she has handled numerous appeals, authored briefs and argued before the Maryland Court of Appeals, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In addition to this regional practice, Trish has handled appeals in numerous federal circuits. She is admitted to, and awaits the chance to argue before, the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining Paley Rothman, Trish clerked for the Honorable Howard S. Chasanow on the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Trish enjoys building ongoing relationships with her clients as their business advisor. By understanding their business objectives, and learning the dynamics of their company, Trish remains attuned to the factors that may influence her clients’ decision making. She works to educate her clients on the legal implications of business options, identifies attendant legal costs, and recommends and proposes strategies for accomplishing their goals.

In her trial practice, Trish handles a variety of cases spanning the civil spectrum, but concentrates on complex commercial litigation and estate litigation. She has represented clients in many contract and real estate development disputes, sophisticated estate litigation matters and a number of employment/business competition cases. In addition to her numerous appearances in state and federal trial courts, she has represented physicians, psychologists, and lawyers before disciplinary boards.

In conjunction with her ADR practice, Trish serves as a mediator by court appointment and by private engagement. She works hard to keep her clients out of litigation and to successfully mediate complex disputes. She has published articles on the advantages of a mediated resolution in business and all other variety of disputes, including “Alternative Dispute Resolution and Ethics” in the Maryland Bar Journal, and “Mediation: It’s Not Just For Wimps Anymore,” in the Gazette of Politics and Business-Legal Review.

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Bar Admissions
  • Maryland

  • District of Columbia

  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland

  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia

  • United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • United States Supreme Court

  • J.D., With Honors, University of Maryland School of Law, 1991
         - Order of the Coif (Top 10%)
         - Editor, Maryland Law Review
         - American Judisprudence Award in Pre-Trial Civil Litigation

  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude, University of Maryland, 1987

Accolades & Awards
  • "Andre L. Sonner Diversity Award," BFMC (2022)

  • Best Lawyers in America - Best Lawyers (2016-2023)
         - Appellate Practice
         - Commercial Litigation
         - Mediation

  • Best Law Firms – U.S. News & Best Lawyers (2017-2023)
         - Tier 1 National Ranking for Appellate Practice
         - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Appellate Practice
         - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Commercial Litigation

  • Maryland Super Lawyers (2014-2023)
          - Top 50 Women Maryland Super Lawyers (2017, 2019, 2021 - 2023)

  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers (2014-2020)

  • "Top Attorneys," Bethesda Magazine ​(2019, 2021)
         - Appellate

  • “Professionalism Award,” Bar Association of Montgomery County (2013)

  • “Top 100 Women in Maryland,” The Daily Record (2012)

  • “Leadership in Law Award,” The Daily Record (2011)

  • Committee Chair of the Year – Social Committee, BAMC (2007)

  • Committee Chair of the Year – Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, BAMC (2006)

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

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Recent Publications
Civic & Community Involvement
  • Maryland State Bar Association Ethics Committee - Chair (June 2015)

  • Bar Foundation of Montgomery County
         - President (2011-2012)
         - Board of Directors (2010-present)
         - Endowment Committee (Past President)

  • Bar Association of Montgomery County (BAMC)
         - President (2010-2011)
         - Strategic Planning Committee (2010-present)
         - Community Outreach Committee (2011-present)
         - Chair – Social Committee (2007-2008)
         - Member – Executive Committee (2004-2006)
         - Chair – Fee Dispute Committee (2003-2006)
         - Chair – Intra-professionalism Committee (2001-2002)
         - Chair – Nominations and Elections Committee (2000-2001)

  • Women’s Bar Association of Montgomery County
         - President (2005-2006)
         - Scholarship Committee (2006-present)

  • Shepherd’s Table – Soup Kitchen Volunteer (2003-present)

  • House of Ruth – Pro Bono Legal Services (2009-present)

  • Special Olympics – Volunteer and Fundraiser (2012-present)

  • Montgomery County Bar Foundation Racial Justice Council – Co-Chair (2020)

Speeches & Presentations