Paula Calimafde

Paula Calimafde

Principal, Paley Rothman
  • Business Law, Estate Planning, Tax Law
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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Summary

Paula Calimafde chairs the firm’s Retirement Plans, Employee Benefits and Government Relations practice groups and is also a senior member of the Estate Planning, Tax and Nonprofit groups. She has more than 35 years of experience advising companies and tax-exempt organizations on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans and employee benefits, including non-qualified deferred compensation, welfare benefit and cafeteria plans. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of creative retirement plan designs for businesses and works closely with management and owners to prepare retirement plans, which suit the particular corporate needs.
Paula’s practice encompasses sophisticated estate planning and advising individuals with significant assets, including retirement plan assets. She also works closely with the owners of family-owned businesses in the estate planning and retirement planning areas and assists them in planning for the succession of the business.
A longtime legislative advocate for businesses in the Federal tax and employee benefits arena, Paula is the current chair, past President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Small Business Council of America (SBCA). The SBCA is the only national non-profit organization that has represented the interests of privately owned businesses exclusively in the Federal tax, retirement, health care and employee benefits areas for the past 38 years.
Paula has served as a director of the Small Business Legislative Council since 1992. The SBLC is a 35 year old permanent, independent coalition of over 50 trade and professional associations that share a common commitment to the future of small business. SBLC members represent the interests of small businesses in such diverse economic sectors as manufacturing, retailing, distribution, professional and technical services, construction, transportation, and agriculture. SBLC policies are developed by consensus among its membership.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Nonprofits
  • Employee Benefits
  • Government Relations
  • Retirement Plans
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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Maryland
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal
Paley Rothman
Current
Education
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
J.D. (1976)
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Swarthmore College
B.A. (1973)
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Awards
Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America
Super Lawyers
Maryland Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Washington D.C. Super Lawyers
“Top Estate Lawyers”
Bethesda Magazine
Top Lawyers
Washington SmartCEO Top Lawyers
Best Law Firms
U.S. News & Best Lawyers
- Tier 2 National Ranking for Trusts & Estates - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Trusts & Estates
Professional Associations
Maryland State Bar
Member
Current
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Small Business Council of America, Inc.
- Chair (1994-present) - President (1988-1994) - Member, Director (1984-present)
Current
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Small Business Legislative Council
- President and General Counsel (2014-present) - Chair (2010) - Board of Directors (1992-present)
Current
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Tax Sections of the bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia and Montgomery County
Current
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American College of Trust and Estate Counse
Fellow
- Current
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American College of Tax Counsel
Fellow
- Current
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IRS Determination Letter Liaison Group
Member
- Current
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American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
Charter Fellow
- Current
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Employee Benefits Council, Chamber of Commerce of the United States
- Current
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District of Columbia Bar
Member
- Current
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National Life (Small Business) Advisory Board
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Advisory Board of the Journal of S Corporation Taxation
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Paley Rothman
Contact & Map
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