Managing Partner

Jeffrey E. Nusinov

Jeffrey Nusinov has earned the recognition as Maryland’s premier trial attorney for matters of fiduciary, trust, and estate litigation. By providing innovative strategic thinking and sound judgment, Jeffrey’s accomplishments place him among the most sought after attorneys, particularly in high-stakes litigation. His clients describe him as tenacious, hard-working, and creative. Nobody enjoys the practice of law more than Jeffrey Nusinov.

Notable Cases

Fiduciary Litigation

  • Successfully represented the Paterakis family obtaining dismissal of damage claims in excess of $300 million relating to allegations of violations of marital rights, and forced the withdrawal of a petition to remove personal representatives based on unsupported allegations of misappropriation (2018)
  • Successfully represented McDonogh School through trial obtaining a victory involving a dispute in the Estate of Joseph Keelty and a $5 million charitable bequest (2018)
  • Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of the American Diabetes Association in a caveat proceeding arising out of a $21 million estate (2018)
  • Successfully defended an estate against a will contest, obtaining summary judgment favorably against all claims and confirming the validity of the will (2018)
  • Successfully obtained a settlement representing plaintiff in breach of fiduciary duty claims involving assets worth in excess of $400 million (2018)
  • Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement of legal malpractice claims arising out of estate and trust duties and failures to protect a client from undue influence and fraud (2017)
  • Successfully prosecuted claims on behalf of a national company and its owners against a former CEO for breach of fiduciary duties as an officer, director and trustee (2017)
  • Obtained a settlement correcting wrongful and excessive distributions arising out of a misinterpretation of a multi-million dollar Trust (2017)
  • Successfully defended a personal representative against removal and damages proceedings, settled at nuisance value (2017)
  • Obtained summary judgment successfully defending a Last Will & Testament against claims of undue influence, lack of competence and fraud (2016)
  • Successfully prosecuted claims of undue influence resulting in family regaining control of their father’s Estate and Trust (2016)
  • Successfully defended co-trustees against petition to remove fiduciaries of a $50 million Trust; court dismissed petition in total after trial on the merits (2016)
  • Obtained settlement in excess of $1 million for child allegedly disinherited from mother’s estate (2016)
  • Successfully defended special administrator through trial against petition to remove (2016)
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims after three days of trial, including dismissing estate’s claims that an agent under the decedent’s power of attorney breached fiduciary duties (2016)
  • Successfully defended beneficiary’s breach of contract claims arising out of a contingent inheritance (2016)
  • Successfully defended a claim against marital rights; all claims dismissed on summary judgment (2015)
  • Obtained successful ruling from the Orphans’ Court construing the Will’s tax provisions in an $86 million estate (2015)
  • Successfully defended will caveat, resulting in a nuisance value settlement on the eve of trial (2015)
  • Obtained dismissal of will caveat through enforcement of the void legacy doctrine, resulting in petitioner lacking standing (2015)
  • Obtained summary judgment voiding Decedent’s purported quit claim deed on the basis of forgery (2015)
  • Successfully prosecuted will caveat, resulting in confidential settlement favorably dividing a probate estate (2015)
  • Successfully prosecuted claims to remove a trustee; resulted in trustee agreeing to resign on the eve of trial (2014)
  • Successfully prosecuted claims related to an estate’s partnership interest; obtained a favorable settlement in an amount exceeding $1,000,000 (2014)
  • Successfully defended an action to return non-probate real property to an estate; court granted motion to dismiss all claims in their entirety (2014)
  • Successfully defended a personal representative through trial; resulted in the court’s dismissal of the action to remove the personal representative (2014)
  • Represented a trustee in arbitration proceedings to allocate trust litigation attorneys’ fees (2013)
  • Successfully defended undue influence litigation against trustees, obtaining summary judgment dismissal (2013) Prosecuted a will caveat, obtaining a favorable settlement through mediation (2013)
  • Successfully defended petition to vacate Orphans’ Court Orders approving Administration Accounts (2013)
  • Successfully defended a will caveat, obtaining a favorable settlement (2013)
  • Successfully defended a will caveat, resulting in a nuisance-value settlement (2013)
  • Obtained appointment of guardian of person and property after a four day contested trial in which the court found good cause to bypass opposing party’s statutory priority (2013)
  • Successfully defended a personal representative through trial on a petition to remove personal representative (2012)
  • Successfully protected disabled adult from undue influence via guardianship and court-approved irrevocable trust (2012)
  • Successfully prosecuted a will caveat and challenges of pre-death transfers of assets based on a family member’s undue influence and breach of fiduciary duties (2011)
  • Obtained the removal of a personal representative of an estate (2011)
  • Achieved dismissal of all claims by a beneficiary against co-trustees for breach of fiduciary duties (2011)
  • Successfully defended a petition to remove personal representative and claims of breach of fiduciary duties (2011)
  • Successfully prosecuted a will caveat in a multi-million dollar estate based on diminished capacity and undue influence, obtaining a settlement in excess of a million dollars (2010)
  • Successfully prosecuted a will caveat based on lack of competence (2010)
  • Successfully defended claims of breach of fiduciary duty by a power of attorney (2010)
  • Successfully defended a will caveat through trial that resulted in dismissal of all claims in their entirety (2010)
  • Successfully prosecuted a will caveat based on undue influence and lack of competence (2009)
  • Obtained trial verdict revoking an irrevocable trust based on undue influence (2009)
  • Achieved summary judgment granting an adopted-out child the right to inherit from a family trust (2009)
  • Successfully prosecuted a will caveat based on undue influence and lack of competence, resulting in a settlement in excess of $300,000 (2008)
  • Successfully defended estate litigation through trial, obtaining a dismissal of all claims by way of directed verdict (2008)
  • Successfully defended will caveat and undue influence claims brought by family members against the decedent’s companion of several years (2008)
  • Successfully prosecuted claim of contract to make a will (2007)
  • Successfully prosecuted a will caveat based on a theory of monomania (2007)
  • Successfully prosecuted fraud claims involving concealment of assets from an estate (2005)
  • Successfully defended a will caveat in a multi-million dollar estate (2004)

Commercial Litigation

  • Successfully negotiated a marital settlement agreement accounting for multiple existing business operations as well as future endeavors (2018)
  • Successfully defended a national corporation against employee claims of wrongful discharge resulting in no recovery for the employee (2018)
  • Successfully defended against multi-million dollar claims involving breach of contract related to joint venturing and developing of a $100 million hotel (2017)
  • Obtained global settlement among multiple parties involved in joint venture and contract disputes arising out of the sale of a multifamily apartment project (2017)
  • Successfully defeated a corporation against former officer and director’s claims for advancement of legal fees (2016)
  • Successfully defended real estate breach of contract claims, resulting in a favorably settlement early in the litigation process (2015)
  • Successfully prosecuted an accounting audit malpractice claim against a top ten accounting firm; resulting in a confidential settlement (2014)
  • Obtained partial summary judgment defending a corporation against minor shareholder claims for dissolution and appointment of a receiver (2014)
  • Successfully defended a corporation against claims of negligent management and supervision; settled for nuisance value (2014) Obtained a dismissal in favor of landlord defending against injury claims (2013)
  • Successfully negotiated defense of breach of contract action (2012)
  • Successfully negotiated a multi-million dollar recovery in a business dispute by way of settlement reached the day before trial (2011)
  • Achieved summary judgment in defending an accountant, dismissing professional malpractice and fraud claims; obtained a judgment after trial on defendant’s counter-claim of approximately $300,000 (2010)
  • Successfully defended a business against six counts of breach of contract arising out of an Asset Purchase Agreement (2010)
  • Successfully prosecuted claims for defamation against a publicly traded company, obtaining a settlement of approximately $3.8 million (2009)
  • Obtained a defendant’s award, denying plaintiff’s claim entirely, in commercial arbitration proceeding involving sponsorship of Rolex Grand Am racing series (2009)
  • Successfully prosecuted a multi-million dollar misappropriation of trade secret case involving computer software (2008)
  • Successfully represented a tenant in recovering damages from her landlord for a sexual assault committed by a third party on leased premises (2007)
  • Obtained a jury verdict in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in excess of $5 million for copyright infringement claims brought on behalf of a software programmer (2006)
  • Successfully defended a computer software customization company against breach of contract claims (2005)

White Collar Defense

  • Defended counterfeiting charges through Circuit Court trial, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and Maryland Court of Appeals (2012)
  • Successfully defended an attorney-in-fact under a power of attorney charged with multiple counts of misappropriation by a fiduciary (2010)
  • Served on the Mayor of Baltimore’s criminal defense team (2009)
  • Defended an attorney against white collar criminal charges in a six week jury trial in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland (2005)
  • Represented a former Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded company in matters related to an SEC investigation and corporate indemnification (2003)

Appellate Experience

  • Represented Appellee in Daniel Bahr, et al. v. Salvatore Zannino, et al., Maryland Court of Special Appeals (No. 1946, Sept. Term 2016)(Opinion 2018)
  • Represented Appellee in The Matter of the Donald Edwin Williams Revocable Trust and the Individual Beneficiary Trust of Linda L. Slacum, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, 234 Md. App. 472 (2017)
  • Represented Appellee in Michelle Bandy, et al. v. Alexandra Clancy, Maryland Court of Appeals, 449 Md. 577 (2016)
  • Represented Appellee in Margaret K. Vito v. E. Edward Klausmeyer, Jr., Maryland Court of Special Appeals (No. 44, Sept. Term 2013)
  • Represented Appellant in State of Maryland v. Isaac Neger, Maryland Court of Special Appeals (Unpublished opinion, No. 878, Sept. Term 2010); Maryland Court of Appeals, 424 Md. 291 (2012)
  • Represented Appellant in Blake R. Van Leer, II v. Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 479 Fed. Appx. 475 (2012)
  • Represented Appellee in William F. Spry, et al. v. Ralph Gooner, et al.,
  • MD Court of Special Appeals, 190 Md. App. 1 (2010)
  • Represented Appellee in Juan Altmayer-Pizzorno v. L-Soft International, Inc., United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 302 Fed. Appx. 148 (2008)
  • Represented Appellant in United States of America v. Frederic D. Leffler, 228 Fed. Appx. 248, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2007)