Brian Della Rocca

Partner

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bdellarocca@compass-law.com
240-454-1013


Named by Super Lawyers as one of the best estate and tax attorneys in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, Brian R. Della Rocca has built his career providing a straightforward approach to complex estate, trust, and tax issues. For nearly 20 years he has counseled a diverse group of clients from business-owners to retirees to mid-life planners in estate, tax, and asset protection planning. Brian 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. 


He 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), is a District of Columbia Super Lawyer (2015-present) and was cited as an Estate Planning Rising Star by Bethesda Magazine (2018). Active in the field and in his community, Brian served on the school advisory board for St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Rockville, Maryland 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. 


While he continues to accept new clients for estate and tax planning, Brian has more recently dedicated himself to representing IRS whistleblowers who have filed claims against various tax exempt entities.  


Practice Areas
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


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


Education
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.


Licensed to Practice
Maryland
District of Columbia
United States Tax Court