Patrick M. Klemz
PATRICK M. KLEMZ
Patrick M. Klemz is an avid reader and researcher who puts his skills to work solving problems and maximizing outcomes for his Maryland and D.C. legal clients. He has more than five years of experience representing estate planning and elder law clients in the DMV and ten years of experience practicing business and nonprofit law.
With a background in political journalism, Mr. Klemz carefully follows legislative developments to keep abreast of the latest changes in the law. He is an active member of the D.C. Bar, Maryland State Bar Association, and several local and national trade organizations. In 2022, he was selected for the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.
Mr. Klemz lives in Northeast D.C. with his wife, Alison, and his two dogs.
Pathfinding Business Counsel
Sometimes the law blocks a path in business and the lawyer must tell the client that she cannot go that way. However, all too often, lawyers fail to present alternate strategies to accomplish the underlying goal of the client. As counsel for his small business and nonprofit clients, Mr. Klemz makes the business goals of his clients his goal. Mr. Klemz has experience dealing with most legal tasks faced by small businesses and nonprofits, including:
Comprehensive Estate Planning
Mr. Klemz takes pride in helping his elder law and estate planning clients navigate the local laws governing probate, trusts, and powers of attorney. He has also taken the time to extensively study the complex regulations governing Medicaid longterm care and community-based waiver programs in Maryland and D.C., knowledge which allows him to help maximize the benefits for his clients.
Dedicated to Serving Nonprofits
Public service gives Mr. Klemz his greatest fulfillment. As an attorney, he has helped launch 10 nonprofits operating in the artistic, scientific, and charitable spaces. Recognizing that some nonprofits providing valuable support in underserved communities cannot afford to hire counsel, Mr. Klemz has taken on several local nonprofit clients on a pro bono basis. Mr. Klemz also currently serves on the board of directors for an organization conducting research in urban forestry and previously served on the board of directors for a low-income housing cooperative. He is a former AmeriCorps service member, having served with a community-building organization on the South Side of Chicago.
Mr. Klemz grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned his B.S. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2005. Soon after graduating, Mr. Klemz moved west to work as a newspaper journalist in Missoula, Montana and San Luis Obispo, California, writing feature articles on environmental policy and state and local politics. He won several awards for his published work, including honors for best environmental reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Mr. Klemz studied business law and real property law at Lewis & Clark Law School, graduating with a J.D., cum laude, in 2012. He wrote his thesis on property law issues concerning the rights of Alaska Natives and clerked in the summers for a land use attorney in Portland. After graduating from law school, Mr. Klemz was admitted to practice in Oregon in March 2013 (currently active pro bono) and clerked for the Hon. Ilisa Rooke-Ley in Eugene, Oregon. Mr. Klemz was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia in January 2017 after relocating to the DMV in 2016. He was admitted to practice in Maryland in June 2021.