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In Memorium: Norman B. Handler

Norman B. Handler, co-founder of the firm, and beloved friend and mentor, died on December 26, 2020. Norman’s greatest trait as an attorney was not his legal knowledge, his tax experience or his inexplicable love of forms and calculations - it was his humanity. His clients were always deeply attached to him, and he to them, by ties of common experiences, shared values, and often friendship. While nothing will ever replace Norman, we are dedicated to continuing our work and service for our clients, to use this experience to help us help others plan and deal with loss. We will carry on Norman’s tradition of exceptional service bound with humanity, for our clients and to our community. Please contact us at (301) 961-6464 or at to learn more about how we can help you with updating your estate plan.


The original entry for Norman is below:

Norman Handler started his legal career with the IRS, auditing estate tax returns and, in its National Office, developing estate tax policy. He moved into private practice, first as an associate and later as a partner in a large Montgomery County law firm before joining a small firm which has evolved into Handler & Levine, LLC.

Norman's two primary areas of practice are estate planning, including simple planning for smaller estates and complex planning for larger estates, and estate administration as he helps families to navigate the administrative probate process and comply with federal and state death tax laws.

He was on the faculty of the Georgetown University Law School in their Continuing Legal Education division, and currently is a frequent lecturer on estate planning matters for the National Institute of Transition Planning for government employees, at Montgomery College in their Continuing Education Division, and to private groups.

In addition to an undergraduate degree in accounting and a J.D. law degree, he earned a masters degree (LLM) in taxation.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Taxation Law
  • Probate Law


  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., in Taxation, 1976
  • St. John's University Law School, J.D., 1970
  • Harpur College, B.A. in Accounting, 1967

Admissions to Practice

  • District of Columbia, 1972
  • Maryland, 1980

Professional Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association