In December 2017, Elville and Associates was proud to announce that two of its attorneys were recognized by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Stephen R. Elville, Principal at Elville and Associates, was selected to the 2018 Maryland Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. This is Mr. Elville’s third selection to Super Lawyers, having previously been named to the Maryland Super Lawyers list in 2015 and 2017.
Meghan E. McCulloch, Associate Attorney at Elville and Associates, was selected to the 2018 Maryland Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. This is Ms. McCulloch’s third consecutive selection to the Risings Stars List, having previously been selected in 2016 and 2017.
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“Being chosen for the 2018 Super Lawyers list is an honor for me and for our firm,” remarked Mr. Elville. “And, along those lines I hope it represents and reflects the good things we at Elville and Associates are doing collectively for our clients and their families. If so, then I feel confident we are accomplishing our mission.”
Mr. Elville, principal and founder of Elville and Associates in 2010, works with individuals and families to provide a unique attorney-client experience and peace-of-mind solutions. Mr. Elville focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, asset protection, and tax planning. Mr. Elville has extensive experience working with clients involved in crisis situations. He also brings a proactive, unique, and highly-personalized approach to pre-crisis planning as well.
Mr. Elville is widely known for his methodical, education-centric planning approaches, which include the Elville Legacy System (ELS™), Elville Self-Direct Select (ESDS™), and Elville Self-Direct Protect (ESDP™). Mr. Elville routinely handles client matters in the following areas: wills, trusts, estate tax planning, retirement plan benefit planning, asset protection, powers of attorney, living wills/advance medical directives, Medicaid planning and qualification, estate administration, Veteran’s benefits planning, fiduciary representation, nursing home selection and placement, guardianships, special needs planning for children and adults, and IRS tax controversy.
Mr. Elville is also the founder of The Elville Center For the Creative Arts, a non-profit corporation; Elville Self-Direct, Inc., a legal education corporation located in Annapolis, Maryland; and Greencrest Productions, LLC, Mr. Elville’s production studio, also located in Annapolis.
Ms. McCulloch, upon hearing of her selection, said, “I am proud to have been named to the Rising Stars list for the third year in a row. This recognition by my peers for the work I do on behalf of my clients is truly an honor. My greatest joy as attorney is helping my clients through some of the most challenging times in their lives and it is never my aim to do work for recognition, but rather to do work that is worthy of recognition.”
Ms. McCulloch joined Elville and Associates in October 2017 after seven years at a Baltimore firm where she was the leader of the firm’s Disability Department. Ms. McCulloch handles claims for Social Security disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), childhood SSI benefits, and disabled widow(er) benefits at every level of appeal, from the initial application up to and including representation before the U.S. District Court of Maryland. She has a wealth of experience in addressing the unique needs of individuals and families as they navigate through the disability process. Her work in accepting childhood SSI cases and federal court appeals are unique, as most disability attorneys do not handle these types of cases. Ms. McCulloch also concentrates her practice in the ever-changing and complex area of elder law.
As mentioned above, the selection process for Super Lawyers is a rigorous process to find the most exceptional lawyers in their practice areas in each state. We congratulate Stephen R. Elville and Meghan E. McCulloch for their Super Lawyers and Rising Stars recognition for 2018!