- • Asset Protection Planning
- • Business Succession Planning
- • Charitable Planning
- • Estate and Trust Litigation
- • Estate and Trust Planning
- • Federal Tax
- • International Estate and Tax Planning
- • Tax-Exempt Entity Representation
- • First Amendment Law/Defamation
- • Tax Whistleblower
- • Online Fraud
Boards & Affiliations
Member, Estates & Trusts Section Council, Maryland State Bar Association, 2009-2013
Co-Chair, Estate & Gift Tax Study Group, Maryland State Bar Association, 2011-2013
Co-Chair, Montgomery/Prince George’s County Tax Study Group, 2009-2011
The Lido Civic Club of Washington, D.C.
- Co-Chair, President’s Advisory Council, 2017
- President, 2015-2016
- Secretary, 2013-2014
Licensed to Practice
District of Columbia
United States Tax Court
U.S. Federal District Court for District of Maryland
U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M.
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.
State University of New York, College at Oneonta, B.A.
After practicing for nearly 20 years, Brian R. Della Rocca has built his career providing a straightforward approach to complex legal issues. Dedicating the bulk of his career to estate and trust planning, Brian has counseled a diverse group of clients from business-owners to retirees to mid-life planners in estate, tax, and asset protection planning. He specializes in advising high-net worth clients on income tax, charitable, estate and gift tax, and asset protection issues; developing, implementing, and supervising the administration of complex estates; advising on international tax issues; and guiding charitable organizations on the development and implementation of planned giving programs. He has represented countless domestic and international businesses and individuals, as well as tax-exempt organizations. Reputed for his even-keel temperament, Brian has been tapped to represent foreign embassies and consular offices for legal advice in situations where foreign laws contrast with U.S. law.
Brian represents tax whistleblowers in their pursuit of claims with the Internal Revenue Service. He also represents individuals, businesses, and insurance companies who have been defrauded online through phishing, spoofing or by other means, in an attempt to recover the stolen funds. These matters typically involve pursuing lawsuits against one or more banking institutions – some of the most protected institutions in the U.S.
Finally, Brian advises clients on First Amendment issues and represents clients in defamation suits where the defamer injured the client in violation of the First Amendment.
Brian has lectured extensively on estate planning, giving talks on complex trust planning, planned giving programs, estate planning for single parents, disclaimers, and income tax planning, among other topics. He is consistently recognized by his peers and the media for his outstanding representation and has provided expertise to Money Magazine and the Journal of Financial Planning among others. He has an AV Preeminent Rating on Martindale-Hubbell (2012-present), has been nominated as a Super Lawyer in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and was cited as an Estate Planning Rising Star by Bethesda Magazine. Active in the field and in his community, Brian served on the school advisory board his children’s elementary school and co-chaired the President’s Advisory Council of the Lido Civic Club of Washington, D.C. in 2017 after serving as its president in 2015 and 2016. He served on the Estates & Trusts Section Council for the Maryland State Bar Association from 2009 to 2013 during which he served as Co-Chair of the Maryland Estate & Gift Tax Study Group spearheading its use of virtual attendance for members located in distant parts of Maryland. Brian also served as the Co-Chair of the Montgomery/Prince George’s County Tax Study Group.