BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwired - Mar 1, 2016) - Paley Rothman, a full service law firm serving corporate and individual clients throughout the Washington metropolitan area, is pleased to announce that veteran litigator, Rick Claxton, has joined the firm as Principal, effective March 1, 2016. With over 30 years of courtroom experience representing clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 50 corporations, Claxton will play an integral role in the firm's Litigation, Appellate and Alternative Dispute Resolution practices.

"Rick will be the 40th attorney at Paley Rothman and we are delighted that his arrival marks this milestone for the firm. His diverse practice, combined with his substantial trial work, will be invaluable assets for our firm as we continue to provide our clients with innovative solutions to complex corporate and individual disputes," noted firm Co-President, James R. Hammerschmidt. "Rick will offer our Employment, Estate Planning, Healthcare and Real Estate clients with the incisive expertise and judgment that his extensive experience provides and we look forward to working with him."

Prior to joining Paley Rothman, Claxton was Principal with Garson Claxton LLC, where he was head of the firm's Litigation practice. A veteran of dozens of jury and bench trials, Claxton's practice has focused on complex business cases, such as corporate and partnership disputes, construction litigation, business torts, and employment litigation. He also has substantial appellate court experience, having briefed and argued cases before the highest courts of the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as before various federal circuit courts.

Lauded by peers and organizations for his legal ability and ethical standards, Claxton has received numerous awards and recognition over the course of his career. Claxton received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Boston University School of Law (1978), where he served as executive editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism (1972).

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Founded in 1972, Paley Rothman ( is committed to anticipating client needs and providing practical and cost-effective solutions to its corporate and individual clients. The attorneys handle a wide-range of legal counsel and representation in diverse and demanding areas, including tax, real estate, employment law, estate planning, litigation and a variety of other matters for clients nationally and throughout the Washington metropolitan area.

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