Where Legal Experience Meets Innovation

Upper Marlboro, MD


Firm Overview

A Full-Service Law Firm with Fresh Solutions
Serving Family-Owned Businesses & Individuals

Founded in 1990 and located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, the Law Office of DeCaro & Howell provides comprehensive services for businesses, including representation in personal legal matters for business owners and their families.

Our full-service law firm caters to family-run businesses in suburban Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metro area, including northern Virginia. We represent clients at all levels of Maryland and Virginia state courts, and all levels of the federal court system.

Our attorneys focus on the big picture. We pride ourselves on creative, effective solutions to pressing legal problems, and forward-looking advice to guard against future threats. We provide friendly, personalized attention at reasonable rates, while offering the sophisticated representation associated with larger law firms.

Our primary practice areas include:

  • Business Law and Taxation — Formation, transactions, contracts, succession planning, breach of contract and other business litigation, as well as representation in corporate or personal tax controversies
  • Estate Planning and Administration — From simple wills and powers of attorney to advanced tax avoidance and asset protection, as well as settling estates or resolving will contests
  • Bankruptcy — Helping individuals or distressed businesses file for debt relief under Chapter 7, Chapter 13, or Chapter 11.

Experienced and Highly Qualified

Founding partner Thomas F. DeCaro Jr. has practiced for nearly 30 years. His background as a Certified Public Accountant for the auditing firm of Ernst & Young and a former IRS tax specialist provides invaluable advantages to clients.

Marla Howell has been with the firm since 1994, providing extensive experience in litigation and business law. Our law firm enjoys long-standing relationships with many of our business clients, and we have represented businesses in a variety of industries.

We are experienced and aggressive lawyers with access to a deep field of experts to provide sophisticated solutions to your legal issues. While we are proponents of alternative dispute resolution, we are always prepared to advance your interests when circumstances warrant full-fledged litigation.