Michael Gordon | Baltimore Estate Lawyer


Michael Gordon Lawyer

Michael I Gordon

Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, Transactions, Mediation, Litigation, Estate & Trust Creation and Administration (Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Probate, Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts)

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Michael Gordon has been practicing law in Maryland for more than 50 years. He is highly regarded by peers and colleagues and well distinguished by professional groups and publications for his still soaring legal career. “Michael is one of the foremost experienced attorneys around both in quality and quantity,” said Mary Alice Smolarek, a partner in the firm who also works in the Estate Planning group. “He has been around the block and worked with every different type of person from different backgrounds and situations. This provides Michael an innate ability to identify the matters which are of the most important for the client individually.” While he has reached considerable heights through his legal career, it was a different type of heights that he envisioned himself reaching as a kid growing up. He always wanted to become a pilot. He loved airplanes as a child and regularly camped out at the Harford County Aldino airfield as a Civil Air Patrol Cadet hoping to catch a ride up with a pilot needing the helping hand of a volunteer. That volunteer spirit always stayed with him, as he later proudly enlisted in the military as a part of the National Guard. He chose a different career from aviation, instead taking flight in the form of a decorated legal career that would allow him to help serve others with legal needs from the ground up. He is a passionate patriot always looking to help with fellow veterans and military affairs. Mr. Gordon did eventually learn to fly, achieving his first solo flight at age 65. Mr. Gordon is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and still actively practices in the Courts of Maryland and the United States. His practice concentrates in matters involving estates and trusts, business, including non-profits, property, and he is regularly called upon to act as mediator concerning disputes of others. Mr. Gordon has always been a principal in a law firm. He is married and the father of two, both of whom are local professionals. The newest member of his family is a miniature schnauzer named Ozzie, who has become his closest four legged companion whom he expects to show in Obedience Competition. He has always found time to volunteer for the benefit of others. He loves to travel in his spare time and has trouble naming his favorite place to go, instead always looking forward to the next adventure to somewhere new. Outside of the office, he can usually be found sailing, socializing, or rooting on his beloved Orioles at Camden Yards.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
Just this year, I met with a woman who wanted to help animals after her passing but had been told by other attorneys that to do what she wanted would require substantial assets, at least $1M. I showed her a way and we set up a fund through a community foundation that would enable her to leave the legacy she wanted.

How did you build a successful practice?
Referrals from happy clients and attorneys in other areas of law.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Someone who focuses in the area of law in which they need help, experience, accessibility, rapport. (Comfort with the lawyer as a person.)

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
Information that is accurate, current and useful but not specific to any person’s situation. In other words, education but not legal advice. e.g. if someone called and said, “My will has not been updated in 35 years; should I have a review and update?” I would say that this would be prudent as the laws have changed in 30+ years and it is likely their situation has as well. A review and possible update would be a good idea.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
Clear facts and also who is calling in order to be sure that there is no conflict.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
More experience usually. I have been practicing law, and in the Estates & Trusts area, for over 50 years.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I enjoy personal relationships with people.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
Animals, travel, reading.

Position Organization Location Duration
PartnerWright, Constable & Skeen, L.L.P.Baltimore, MDPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Baltimore School of LawJ.D. Law School1959  
University of BaltimoreBachelorsPre Law1956
State / Court Date
Maryland1959
  • Bar Associations Insurance Trust| Secretary | 1998 - 2017
    American Bar Association | Member | 1959 - Present
    Baltimore County Bar Association | Member        
    Maryland State Bar Association | Board of Governors | 2003 - 2004
    Bar Association of Baltimore City | Secretary | 2000 - 2001
  • Super Lawyer Designation - Estates & Trusts | Key Professional Media, Inc. | 2010 - 2018
    Presidential Award | Bar Association of Baltimore City | 1995
    Paul A. Dorf Memorial ADR Award - 2017
  • Representative Matters
    · Developed and implemented a plan whereby a Baby Boomer who was heavily in debt but owned a home could continue to live in her home, negotiated pay off all debts and still have assets left to live on. · successfully litigated on behalf of a family in an estate administration dispute against the Personal Representative for alleged mismanagement of funds. · Successfully mediated a dispute as mediator between beneficiaries in an estate and still retained family relationships. · Developed an estate plan which enabled a client of modest means to reach her goal of creating a fund in her will in conjunction with a Community Foundation that would help animals. (She has previously been told by other attorneys that such funds require six figures means. I assisted her in finding a way.) · Successfully represented client as the Personal Representative of parent’s estate in a mediation regarding dispute with sibling contesting the parent’s will based on alleged alienation and mental incapacity of parent.

  • Viewpoints Newsletter | Maryland Authorizes Statutory Pet Trusts | 2009
    Michael I. Gordon | Reverse Mortgages - Something to Consider- Carefully | 2009
    Viewpoints Newsletter | Caring For Your Pet: An Estate Planner's View | 2008
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(1959) Licensed as Attorney in Maryland. Verified with Maryland State Bar Association.February 26, 2018

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Baltimore, MD 21201
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