Laura L. Thomas

Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas focuses her practice on developing comprehensive estate plans to help clients preserve their legacies. She works with individuals at various stages in their lives, from young professionals to those dealing with the administration of an estate.   Laura believes everyone benefits from having an estate plan to guide their loved ones through a difficult period. 

Laura has a particular affinity for assisting multi-generational business owners preserve and protect the businesses they spent lifetimes building. The intersection of estate planning, business succession planning, and income tax planning requires special care and attention for these families.

Laura serves on various professional committees, including the Maryland State Bar Association Estate and Trust Section Council Legislative Committee and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division Real Property, Trust, and Estate Committee. She speaks frequently on the Maryland and federal estate tax.

Prior to joining Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, Laura practiced estate planning and administration for private clients at a Bethesda law firm. She also served as a Tax Consultant in the Estate Tax Unit at the Comptroller of Maryland where she audited Maryland estate tax returns, after working at a boutique trusts and estates firm in Towson. 

Outside of the office, Laura is a Columbia resident who loves backpacking with her husband and dog, attending concerts, golfing, and playing and coaching lacrosse.

Contact Information

lthomas@darslaw.com
443.537.2891
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Practice Group

Areas of Focus

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A.
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.
  • Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law, LL.M. Taxation 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Howard County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Division, Vice Chair, Real Property, Trusts and Estates Committee
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trusts and Estates Section Task Force on Fun
  • Howard County Estate Planning Council
  • Maryland Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section Council Legislative Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Howard County Estate Planning Council

Honors

  • Maryland Rising Star; 2013-2014; 2018-2019
  • District of Columbia Rising Star; 2018
  • Howard County's Finest, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

LECTURES/SEMINARS/PUBLICATIONS

  • “Using and Drafting Trusts in Estate Planning – Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts” – Maryland State Bar Association Continuing 
     Legal Education – June 2019
  • “Current Developments in Fiduciary Income Tax” – DC Bar Estate Planning Tax Lunch Series – October 2018
  • "Estate Planning and Gifting in Maryland after Federal Tax Reform” - Maryland State Bar Association, Estates and Trusts Study
     Group – February 2018
  • "Preparation of US and Maryland Estate Tax Returns” - Maryland State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education – June 2017
  • "Maryland Estate Tax Updates” – Montgomery County Bar Association, Estates and Trusts Section – 2015
  • "The Maryland Estate Tax” – American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, Maryland Chapter – September 2014

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania