Chris began her legal career as one of the first paralegals in the Baltimore area, specializing in estates, trusts and tax, for the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor, Preston, Trimble & Johnston. While working full time, Chris continued her education at night with tax and accounting courses, then a Master’s Degree in Taxation, and finally a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. After 18 years in large law firms downtown, Chris opened her own estate, trust, business and tax practice in Towson in 1992. Drawing on her advanced education and years of practical experience, Chris is able to provide specialized, timely and affordable legal services to her clients. Chris has recently joined the law firm of Hassani, Focas & Fifer, P.A. as Of Counsel. This arrangement provides depth of legal assistance for Chris’ clients as well as significant administrative support.
Recognized for her sophisticated expertise and pragmatic, cost-effective approach to representing clients, our team brings a unique blend of experience and education to advising clients in estate planning, estate and trust administration, business planning and retirement planning. The combination of experience of over 35 years and advanced technology, efficient management, and utilization of paralegals, enables us to streamline costs and to deliver responsive and timely legal services. Approachable, down to earth, and patient, we know how to listen and to guide clients through examining and understanding complex as well as basic planning strategies. We are committed to education of clients as well as personalized attention and accessibility.
District of Columbia 1989
University of Baltimore, Class of 1984, J.D.
Washington College, Class of 1973, B.A.
University of Baltimore, Class of 1981, M.S. in Taxation
Baltimore County, Maryland State (Member, Sections on: Estate and Trust; Taxation) and American (Member, Probate and Real Property Section) Bar Associations
Women’s Bar Association
Baltimore Estate Planning Council (Past President)