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  • Writer's pictureLaurie M. Wasserman

Family Law Attorneys Susan Carol Elgin and Tom Ries Join Wasserman Family Law as Of Counsel

[Towson, MD - January 2, 2024] - Wasserman Family Law LLC, a leading family law firm headquartered in Towson, Maryland, is pleased to announce the addition of attorneys Susan Carol Elgin and Thomas C. Ries. As of January 1, 2024, Susan and Tom are Of Counsel for Wasserman Family Law. As Of Counsel, they will continue to practice family law.



Susan Carol Elgin and Tom Ries joined Wasserman Family Law from their family law firm, Kaufman, Ries & Elgin, P.A. Founded in 1996, their firm has been widely recognized as one of the top Family Law firms in the state of Maryland. Susan and Tom have joined the attorneys at Wasserman Family Law to start the next chapter of their legal careers.


Susan and Tom look forward to the opportunity to work with young lawyers and pass on their knowledge and experience of family law. They met Laurie Wasserman, Founder and Partner of Wasserman Family Law, as members of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), where all three are Fellows. They also know Partner, Martha White, Partner, from Family Law cases they have had together over the years, and were impressed with her leadership in the Bar Association. They view this move as a natural next step in their careers.


Susan Carol Elgin is an accomplished family law attorney with over 40 years of experience. As a Fellow of the AAML and the President of the Maryland Chapter from 2011 to 2013, Susan has demonstrated excellence in her work. Susan is an active member of the legal community and has been recognized for her work in family law by The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, The Daily Record, and has an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She is a lecturer in family law and has authored several articles and amicus briefs, including the AAML Maryland Chapter’s amicus brief to the Court of Appeals of Maryland regarding the issue of same-sex marriage in Maryland. Susan has been an advocate protecting women and children in the legal arena throughout her career. She was a member of the Maryland Commission for Women from 2008-2014 , serving as Chair from 2010-2012. She has devoted decades in support of the Women’s Law Center (WLC) of Maryland. She received the Arthur Machen award for extraordinary service in the delivery of legal services to the poor and disadvantaged. Currently, she mentors lawyers at Maryland Legal Aid and the CLAS project at the WLC.


Tom Ries is also a distinguished family law attorney with over 40 years of experience who has had a profound impact on family law. His commitment to family law extends to co-authoring Fader's Maryland Family Law (Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., LexisNexis) which is considered the leading treatise on family law in Maryland. Tom's outstanding contributions have earned him recognition by the Maryland State Bar Association as the 2020 recipient of the Beverly A. Groner Family Law Award which recognizes an attorney who has served the Maryland legal community through his or her dedication to the practice of family law, exemplifying the highest professional standards during a distinguished career. He is a Fellow of the AAML and was recognized as the AAML Fellow of the Year in 2015. He also served as President of the Maryland Chapter of AAML from 2003 to 2005. Tom is an active member of the legal community and has received numerous awards, including being recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and named the Baltimore “Attorney of the Year” for Family Law in 2010 and 2014 and for Family Law Mediation in 2013 and 2019. He has contributed extensively to local, state, and national legal publications on a variety of family law topics. As a lecturer, Tom has shared his insights at various notable institutions, solidifying his reputation as a thought leader in family law matters.


When asked how they felt about joining Wasserman Family Law, Susan remarked: “We are truly thrilled to join Wasserman Family Law as Of Counsel. Laurie and Martha’s commitment to excellence in family law aligns seamlessly with the way we practice. Wasserman Family Law's reputation for providing compassionate and comprehensive legal advocacy for its clients resonates with our values, and we are eager to contribute our experience and expertise to their dedicated team.” Tom agreed that “this new arrangement allows us to continue to represent our business and professional clients (or their spouses). Together, we look forward to continuing to provide exceptional service to clients navigating the complexities of family law, ensuring their rights and interests are safeguarded with the utmost care and commitment."


Laurie Wasserman, Partner at Wasserman Family Law, shared, "Martha and I are honored to welcome Susan and Tom to our firm. Their unparalleled expertise and esteemed reputation in the industry are a tremendous asset for our clients. We are eager to collaborate with them, learn from their wealth of experience, and collectively elevate our practice to new heights. The addition of Susan and Tom not only enhances our team, but also extends our commitment to providing exceptional service to our clients. The future at Wasserman Family Law is brighter than ever, and we are excited that Susan and Tom are growing with us.”


Based out of Towson, Maryland, Wasserman Family Law LLC provides comprehensive legal services to clients facing various family law issues. From divorce and child custody to property division and prenuptial agreements, the dedicated and experienced team of attorneys at Wasserman Family Law is committed to delivering personalized solutions tailored to each client's unique situation.


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