Our Team - Attorney Profiles
The attorneys at Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans have served the needs of businesspeople and professionals of the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area for more than 40 years. We work with clients in business law, tax planning, real estate, employee benefits, trust and estate planning, and estate administration and litigation.
The firm's lawyers are:
Our Team - Paralegal Profiles
The attentive and responsive paralegals of Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans, provide our clients with knowledgeable, consistent, and friendly support to the business owners, professionals and individuals in Virginia, Maryland, and throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
The firm's paralegals are:
Our Team - Attorney Profiles
Michael F. Curtin
Practice Areas: Probate Law; Estate Planning; Trust and Estate Litigation
Admitted: District of Columbia, 1966; Supreme Court of the United States, 1974
Law School: Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1965
Undergraduate Education: LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York, 1962
Biography: Mr. Curtin is a partner in our firm. Mr. Curtin brings over 40 years of experience in probate law, estate planning, and trust and estate litigation. He has appeared a lead counsel in over 1000 estate proceedings, more than 100 adversarial proceedings and has been lead counsel in no less than 35 appellate proceedings in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, D.C. Court of Appeals, and the Court of Special Appeals for the State of Maryland. He is a nationally recognized expert in Trusts and Estates law and has given more than 100 continuing education lectures in the Washington, D.C. area and throughout the country.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Curtin has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woods Academy and Stone Ridge School, both in Bethesda, MD and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y. He has served as Chairperson of the Catholic University Columbus School of Law Board of Visitors and has served that law school community as an adjunct professor for seven years, as a past Annual Fund Chair and former President of the Alumni Association. He has also served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Theology Center at Georgetown University as well as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. and Chairperson of the Catholic Charities Foundation of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. In addition, he has served on the Gonzaga College High School Board of Directors, the Oblate College Board of Directors, the D.C. Lung Association's Board of Directors, and the D.C. Retirement Board.
For many years, Mr. Curtin has volunteered pro bono legal services to the disadvantaged through the Archdiocesan Legal Network of Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C. as well as the Legal Counsel for the Elderly. He also provides pro bono legal advice to So Others Might Eat (SOME), a private, non-profit organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation's capital.
Mr. Curtin has served on a number of distinguished professional associations including the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and the District of Columbia Bar. He has chaired the Trust and Estate Division of the District of Columbia Bar, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and a Hearing Committee for the District of Columbia Board of Professional Responsibility. Mr. Curtin has been a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel since 1979.
Mr. Curtin has been honored by many organizations for his dedication, service, and achievement. In 1994, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia presented Mr. Curtin its Recognition Award for 20 years of Distinguished Service on the Probate and Advisory Rules committee of that Court. In 1997, his undergraduate alma mater, LeMoyne College, honored Mr. Curtin with its Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2002, LeMoyne bestowed on the degree, Honorary Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. The John Carroll Society of Washington, D.C. has presented him with the Pro Bono Legal Service Award for his extraordinary pro bono service to the Legal Network of Catholic Charities. So Others May Eat (SOME), has also honored Mr. Curtin with its Caring Award for sharing his time and talents with that organization.
In 2008, the Columbus School of Law, at the Catholic University of America established the "Michael F. Curtin Pro Bono Award". In announcing the award, to be given annually to a deserving graduate, the Dean of that law school noted that the award was named "in tribute to alumnus Michael F. Curtin, 1965, in recognition of his more than 40 years of leadership and selfless dedication to Catholic University's law school and the legal profession. The range of his pro bono work and the significant portion of his professinal life that he has devoted to the causes of justice, compassion and opportunity for all, have set a new standard for what it means to serve others."
He has been listed, for the last twenty-five years in "The Best Lawyers in America" and is annually listed in the Washingtonian Magazine as among Washington's Top Lawyers.
David B. Law
Practice Areas: Real Property; Business Law; Corporate Law
Admitted: District of Columbia, 1978; Maryland, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1979; Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1979; U.S. Claims Court, 1980; U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
Law School: Washington College of Law of American University, J.D., 1978
Graduate Education: Oxford University, Oxford, England
Undergraduate Education: Harvard University, cum laude, Harvard College Scholar, 1972; Oxford University, Oxford, England
Biography: Mr. Law is a partner in our firm. His practice focuses on real property, business, and corporate law. Mr. Law has extensive experience in complex business and commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales and financings, private placement syndications, commercial leasing, and condominium conversion. His corporate and business law practice encompasses general corporate matters, business planning and restructuring, and resolving ownership and other business disputes. Mr. Law is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar Associations and is also a member of the American Bar Association, and its Business Law, Real Property, and Probate and Trust Law Sections.
Sam H. Roberson
Practice Areas: Business Law; Tax Law; Employee Benefits; Retirement Planning; Estate Planning
Admitted: Georgia, 1984; District of Columbia and U.S. Tax Court, 1988
Law School: Mercer University, J.D., 1984
Graduate Education: University of Florida, LL.M. in Taxation, 1985
Undergraduate Education: University of Georgia, B.B.A. in Accounting, 1981
Biography: Mr. Roberson is the managing partner in our firm. He assists numerous area businesses and professional practices with their general corporate and tax planning, employment matters, retirement planning, and other employee benefits. He advises clients in connection with their various business transactions, and he provides estate, tax, and succession planning to individual clients and families. Mr. Roberson also represents individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations before the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Department of Labor, and various state and local authorities. He was Attorney-Advisor to the Honorable Mary Ann Cohen (U.S. Tax Court), and is a member of the American Bar Association (Business Law, Taxation, Health Law, and Law Practice Management Sections) and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (Taxation and Law Practice Management Sections).
Thomas E. Dunigan
Practice Areas: Real Property; Business Law; Corporate Law; Estate and Trust Planning
Admitted: Maryland, 1976; District of Columbia, 1977
Law School: Georgetown University Law School, J.D., 1976
Undergraduate Education: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1972
Biography: Mr. Dunigan is a partner in our firm and works closely with our financial, corporate, and individual clients in all aspects of real estate and business. Mr. Dunigan served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Plummer M. Shearin (Associate Judge, Montgomery County, Maryland Circuit Court), and to the Honorable Howard F. Corcoran (Senior District Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia). He also has served as an adjunct faculty member at The Catholic University School of Law, and is a member of the American Bar Association, District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Maryland State Bar Associations.
Laurence E. Salans
Practice Areas: Estate and Trust Planning, Administration, and Litigation; Charitable Giving; Taxation of Exempt Organizations; General Business and Tax Planning
Admitted: Virginia, 1987; District of Columbia, 1988; Maryland, 1995
Law School: George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1987
Undergraduate Education: University of Arizona, B.S.B.A. in Accounting, 1983
Biography: Mr. Salans is a partner in our firm. He regularly advises individuals, business owners, and non-profits on a variety of tax and general business planning issues, prepares trust and estate planning documents, and represents individuals and fiduciaries in estate and trust litigation matters. His articles on retirement, estate planning and charitable giving have been published in numerous professional publications including the Legal Times. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Real Property and Probate Section), and the District of Columbia, Virginia State, and Maryland State Bar Associations. Mr. Salans served as member of the Steering Committee of the Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar. He was selected to the Best Lawyers in America in 2009 and was listed in the Washingtonian Magazine as among Washington's Top 800 Lawyers. Mr. Salans is also licensed in Maryland as a Certified Public Accountant (inactive status).
Matthew T.M. Curtin
Practice Areas: Probate Law; Estate Planning; Business Law; Trust and Estate Litigation
Admitted: Maryland, 2005; District of Columbia, 2006
Law School: Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, J.D., 2005
Undergraduate Education: Boston College, 2001
Biography: Mr. Curtin is a partner in our firm. A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Curtin regularly advises clients on estate planning strategies to minimize taxes, avoid probate and protect assets. He is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as a member of the Maryland Bar Association's Trust and Estates Section, and the District of Columbia Bar Association's Trust and Estate Section.
Michael K. Hibey
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation; Business Law & Commercial Litigation
Admitted: Illinois, 2005; District of Columbia, 2006; Maryland, 2011
Law School: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2005
Undergraduate Education: University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 2001
Mr. Hibey is a trial lawyer specializing in civil litigation at Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans. Mr. Hibey has represented clients in the prosecution and defense of numerous types of claims, including serious personal injury, breach of contract or other business agreements, commercial torts, landlord and tenant disputes, criminal matters, and licensing hearings. In his personal injury practice, Mr. Hibey has represented victims of medical negligence, vehicular accidents, premises accidents, aviation crashes, civil rights violations, assaults, and many other types of incidents resulting in serious personal injury or death.
Mr. Hibey previously worked in Washington, D.C. at Bode & Grenier, LLP and Mitchell & Hibey, LLP. He also served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert I. Richter at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Mr. Hibey is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., the Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, D.C., the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, The Barristers, and the Illinois, District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Maryland State Bar Associations.
Our Team - Paralegal Profiles
Robin S. Masino
Biography: Ms. Masino supports the firm's trusts and estates practice by assisting with the orderly management of decedents' estates and various types of trusts. Ms. Masino works closely with clients, and organizes the identification, valuation, accounting, and transfer of assets for estates in all local jurisdictions. Her extensive involvement with members of the financial, appraisal, and real estate communities and with court and taxing authorities, (under the supervision of the firm's attorneys), helps expedite the orderly administration of trust estates. Ms. Masino has been a trusts and estates paralegal since 1992.
Vicki S. Baker
Biography: Ms. Baker supports the firm's corporate and pension law practices by assisting with the formation, organization, and maintenance of corporations and other business and nonprofit organizations. Her services include preparing annual reports and other filings in different jurisdictions, and setting up and maintaining pension, profit-sharing, defined benefit, and 401(k) plans. Ms. Baker has been a paralegal for over 25 years.