When we first opened our doors, we had two attorneys, an of counsel attorney and three staff members, and we were in a tiny office space. But we had big plans and even bigger dreams: to provide representation to our clients in a way that wasn’t billable-hour driven, but results-oriented. Believing that creativity, strong but mindful advocacy, education, and responsiveness are crucial to providing successful representation. We wanted to build relationships with the legal and local communities in order to promote not only civility but recognizing that such partnerships can fill in the gaps. We wanted to build a firm that operated with a team approach that could meet as many of our clients’ legal needs as possible while ensuring we didn’t get so big that we lost sight of our clients as individuals.
We soon moved to an office space more than double the size of our tiny basement office and laughed at how much room we had, never thinking we’d fill it up. And now we’re overflowing! With four attorneys, an of counsel attorney, three paralegals, two part-time receptionists, an office manager, and a marketing director.
Our attorneys offer representation in many different areas of law: Family Law, Personal Injury, Criminal, Business, Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, Trust Administration, Elder Law, and Medicaid. Now our dream of providing excellent representation to our clients in as many ways as possible is a reality.
We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce our clients and the community to our newest associate attorney: Brian W. Ritter, Jr., Esq. as well as re-introduce you to the rest of our legal team. Should you or a loved one ever need legal representation, Ferrante and Dill, LLC will be ready and happy to serve you!
Mr. Ritter is our newest associate with a practice in all aspects of estate planning, that includes planning for high net-worth clients, handling nearly any type of probate, guardianship, special needs planning and trust administration cases. Mr. Ritter is very experienced in handling a vast array of elder law and long-term care Medicaid issues. Additionally, Brian handles various types of business matters, including succession planning and asset protection for business owners.
He earned his J.D., Magna cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and his B.A., Magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina. He is admitted to the bars of the State of Maryland, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the District of Columbia Superior Court and Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Ritter is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Calvert County and Prince George’s County Bar Associations, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and WealthCounsel.
Brian is a native of Calvert County and continues to reside there with his wife and daughters.
Jennifer Dill, Esq.
Ms. Dill is a Partner of Ferrante & Dill, LLC, and her practice is concentrated in all aspects of Family Law, including custody and divorce matters as well as child support, marital property and pre-nuptial agreements. She is also a mediator in all matters of family law. Ms. Dill is an active member of the local and state bar associations and has served as President and Board Member to the Calvert County Bar Association, is the founding President of the Southern Maryland Women’s Bar Association, and has served on the Maryland State Bar Association’s Family Law Section Council. She lectures to other attorneys for continuing legal education, serves as a Mock Trial coach and judge for the local high schools as well as the area law schools. Ms. Dill has been honored to be selected as a Super Lawyer since 2012 and one of Maryland’s Top 50 Women Lawyers for 2015 and 2016. She has also been selected as an American Bar Foundation Fellow. Ms. Dill is a longtime resident of Southern Maryland and has given many pro bono hours to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, local advocacy center and courthouse family law legal clinics. She graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and obtained her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law. Following her clerkship with the Circuit Court for Calvert County, Maryland, Ms. Dill has focused her practice in Southern Maryland.
Nicholas Ferrante, Esq.
Mr. Ferrante is a Partner at Ferrante & Dill, LLC. He has been practicing law for 20 years with a focus on personal injury and business matters. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Calvert County Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association and is a past chairman of the Young Lawyers Section of the Prince George’s County Bar Association. He currently serves as a member of the Immediate Response Team of the Maryland State Bar Association. Nick has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as Top Rated General Litigation Attorney for 3 of the past 5 years (2012, 2015 and 2016). No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected for this honor each year.
Mr. Ferrante is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He was admitted to practice in Maryland state courts in 1996, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in April, 1997, the District of Columbia Superior Court in October 1998 and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims in October of 2002. After serving as law clerk to the Honorable Steven G. Chappelle in the Circuit Court for Charles County, Maryland he began his career representing large corporations and insurance carriers in litigation throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. Thereafter he served as counsel to the U.S. government at two federal agencies: the Veterans’ Administration and the United States Patent and Trademark Office until 2002 when he permanently moved his practice here to Southern Maryland. He has lived in Huntingtown with his family since 1998.
Robert H. Harvey, Jr., has over 30 years of criminal trial experience and formerly served as the Deputy State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County. He has represented clients in a vast array of criminal matters ranging from the simple to the complex and has tried hundreds of criminal and traffic cases in the district and circuit courts throughout Maryland and is admitted to practice in Maryland Federal courts as well. Mr. Harvey seeks to provide the highest quality representation possible in an individualized and personal way. With his legal expertise and client-specific focus, you can be assured that he will be there for you from the beginning of your case to the end. There is no substitute for experience.
David I. Hisle, Esq.
While attending the University of Baltimore School of Law, David interned for the Honorable Marcella A. Holland, Administrative Judge in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City and practiced as a student attorney in his law school’s Family Law Clinic. Upon graduation, David clerked for the Honorable Yvette M. Bryant, Judge-in-Charge of the Family / Domestic Relations docket in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City.
Licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia, David handles a variety of civil and criminal matters, including business and real property contract disputes, business sales and incorporation, protective/peace orders and appeals, criminal and juvenile delinquency, and landlord-tenant disputes.
Through a contract with the Maryland State Department of Human Resources, David is the lead attorney for the Calvert County Department of Social Services in child and adult welfare matters, including, but not limited to, CINA, TPR, guardianship and administrative appeals.