Brian Wise serves as Partner of the Maryland office and is an experienced family law attorney and litigator. He has been practicing family law in Maryland and Washington D.C. for over 24 years. He has handled complex cases including divorce, custody, paternity, property division, child support, alimony, modification, contempt, pre-marital agreements, separation and property settlement agreements. Brian also handles complex financial and property litigation matters including retirement, pension, investment accounts, inheritance, source of funds and tracing for non-marital property, business valuation, stock and stock options, monetary award, alimony and alimony buyout concepts, real estate issues and the like. Brian’s ability to analyze complex cases, utilize necessary experts and prepare a comprehensive trial strategy allows him to advise clients on the best options for litigation or a negotiated settlement to maximize a successful outcome.
Brian’s combined experiences and analytical approaches have been key to working with parties both directly and indirectly in reaching solutions to their complex problems. He is able to draw from his litigation experience, extensive knowledge of the court process and procedures, knowledge of the bench and bar to help craft options and solutions that work for a particular family. He provides creative options that the court is unable to fashion given the inherent limitations in the adversarial court process.
Brian is highly skilled in representing children in contested custody cases as a best interest attorney, advocate attorney and child privilege attorney. He has handled complex and high conflict custody and visitation matters. He’s worked with custody evaluators—both court appointed and private—mental health experts and parenting coordinators to provide clients with objective guidance and recommendations.
Brian is a firm believer that the best way to resolve a case is in the conference room through settlement talks, negotiation and mediation. He is a highly skilled negotiator, always negotiating from a position of strength and leverage. Given Brian’s experience and reputation, he serves as a mediator through a Court panel in Montgomery County and Frederick County. He also provides private mediation to clients in Maryland.
In addition to litigation, Brian has presented cases before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the Maryland Court of Appeals. Brian’s reported cases include Geramifar v. Geramifar, 688 A.2d 475 (1997) considering equitable adoption; Crabill v. Crabill, 704 A.2d 532 (1998) concerning alimony; Montgomery County Health & Human Services v. P.F., 137 MD. App. 243, 768 A.2d 112 (2001); Dorsey v. Tarpley, 381 Md. 109, 847 A.2d 445 (2004), concerning name change for a minor child; and Trembow v. Schonfeld, 901 A.2d 825 (2006), concerning paternity, support and adult disabled child. Brian has also testified before the Judicial Proceedings Committee in the Maryland General Assembly.
Brian is a believer in continued education and participates in Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs to constantly keep up with the latest developments in the family law area, appellate court decisions, legislative changes and trends. Brian is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.A.) and the University of Baltimore School of Law.
- Maryland Super Lawyer, 2008- 2016
- Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer, 2008-2016
- District of Columbia
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- Frederick County Bar Association
- Maryland State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- American Inns of Court
- American Inns of Court, Barrister, Montgomery County Chapter
- Geramifar v. Geramifar, 688 A.2d 475 (1997) considering equitable adoption
- Crabill v. Crabill, 704 A.2d 532 (1998) concerning alimony
- Montgomery County Health & Human Services v. P.F., 137 MD. App. 243, 768 A.2d 112 (2001)
- Dorsey v. Tarpley, 381 Md. 109, 847 A.2d 445 (2004), concerning name change for a minor child
- Trembow v. Schonfeld, 901 A.2d 825 (2006), concerning paternity, support and adult disabled child