Highly Recognized Trial Attorney Carlos Lastra Joins Paley Rothman’s Family Law Practice
BETHESDA, MD — Paley Rothman, a full service law firm serving corporate and individual clients throughout the Washington metropolitan area, announced that Carlos Lastra, a highly recognized trial attorney with over 20 years of experience representing clients in domestic disputes, has joined the firm as Principal, effective July 1, 2014.
Named as a top “Divorce Attorney” by Washingtonian and Bethesda Magazine, Lastra will provide additional depth to the firm’s Family Law practice in divorce, alimony, custody, child support, paternity and property distribution cases, as well as matters involving high net worth individuals and complex domestic relations issues.
“Carlos is a highly accomplished trial lawyer who has been honored with numerous awards and distinctions throughout his career and we are fortunate to have him join our Family Law practice,” noted Robert Maclay, co-managing partner of Paley Rothman. “He is well versed in all aspects of family law – from prenuptial agreements, to highly sensitive divorces, to legal issues faced by same-sex couples – and his unique perspective and energy gives Paley Rothman even greater depth of experience and added value to our clients.”
“I have great respect for the collaborative spirit of Paley Rothman, having worked with Glenn Cooper and Howard Soypher on previous domestic dispute cases, and I am looking forward to joining this team of highly skilled attorneys and staff,” Lastra explained. “The firm’s dynamic platform, including business, estate planning and tax services, will be of great benefit for me and my clients.”
Lastra’s intricate knowledge of complex domestic-related cases and his ability to anticipate the opposition to develop effective case strategies, has earned him an “AV” rating, the highest rating possible from clients, peers and judges, by Martindale Hubbell for Family Law. In 2010, Lastra received the “Family Law Practitioner of the Year” award by the Montgomery County Bar Association and he was selected by SmartCEO magazine as a member of its “Legal Elite,” recognition earned by way of recommendations from CEOs, business owners and industry and legal experts in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Prior to joining Paley Rothman, Lastra was a Partner with Brodsky, Renehan, Pearlstein, Lastra & Bouquet, Chtd.
Lastra earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law (1992) and his B.A. from the University of Miami (1989). While in law school, he was a Certified Legal Intern, prosecuting felony cases for the Law Offices of Janet Reno, Miami-Dade State’s Attorney. He also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Leonard M. Rivikind. Lastra is licensed to practice in Maryland, Florida and the District of Columbia; the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District and Middle District of Florida.
Founded in 1972, Paley Rothman is committed to anticipating client needs and providing practical and cost-effective solutions to its corporate and individual clients. The attorneys handle a wide-range of legal counsel and representation in diverse and demanding areas, including tax, real estate, employment law, estate planning, litigation and a variety of other matters for clients nationally and throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
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