Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC (SGS) is pleased to announce that Mariela D’Alessio has been selected by Super Lawyers magazine as a “Rising Star” in the field of law for 2015. D’Alessio, one of three associates at SGS to be named to the Rising Stars list, had previously been named a Rising Star in 2014.Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Rising Stars must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.
D’Alessio joined Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC as an associate attorney in 2014. She is the Chair of the Estates and Trust Department and focuses her practice on estate planning and estate and trust administration. She regularly meets with clients to implement an individualized and complete estate plan, which often includes a Last Will and Testament, Living Will, Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney, and Trusts. In addition to the drafting of a client’s unique estate plan, she is frequently retained to handle the administration of both estates and trusts.Aside from her Estates and Trust practice, D’Alessio can assist clients with various transactional needs such as business formation, review and drafting of business contracts and agreements, real estate transactions such as deeds, contracts of sale, and leases, both commercial and residential.
Prior to joining SGS, D’Alessio worked initially as a paralegal and then as an associate attorney at the AV-rated firm of Bodie, Dolina, Hobbs, Friddell and Grenzer, P.C. D’Alessio is a graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law and Villa Julie College, now known as Stevenson University. While in law School, she served as a judicial intern to Judge Peter O. Dearing, Probate Division of the Fourth Circuit of Duval County, Florida. “We are so proud of Mariela for being recognized by Super Lawyers for the second year in a row,” said David Gildea, Founder and Managing Partner of SGS, a regional law firm based in Towson. “It’s such a testament to her hard work, dedication and success in her practice. She is a valuable member of our team.”D’Alessio is licensed to practice law in Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), Baltimore County Bar Association (BCBA), Baltimore County Estate and Trust Committee, and is an active member of the Young Lawyer Section of the Baltimore County Bar Association. She is also a member of the following Florida Bar Sections: Business Law; Out-of-State Practitioners Division; Real Property Probate and Trust Law; and The Young Lawyers Division; and the following Pennsylvania Bar Sections: Pennsylvania Bar Association; and the York County Bar Association.She was also featured as the legal guest for a Webinar hosted by Phillip Dyer of Dyer Financial Advisory, titled “Caring for Aging Parents without Going Broke (or Crazy)” and was a presenter for a continued legal education course hosted by FoxMoor Continuing Education, titled “The Complete Trust Course.”