Mr. Mark P. Kestner

Mr. Mark P. Kestner: Attorney with Law Office of Mark P. Kestner


I became a lawyer because that is what father wanted me to do. I have remained a lawyer because I am passionate about helping my friends, neighbors and clients to understand their rights and obligations under the law, and for the purpose of assisting them in dealing with any legal issues that may come their way. I strive to provide practical, thorough, competent and valuable legal services to all my clients.

Mark Kestner is a 1979 graduate of George Washington University Law School and a member of the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He has been engaged in the general practice of law since 1980 and has specialized in real estate law since 1984. From 1984 to 1992 he was an associate with the Prince George's law firm of Reichelt, Nussbaum and Brown. From 1992 to 2007 he was a member of Ridgway, Griffin, Kestner, Smyth, Stanton and Nalls Chartered, and acted as general counsel to the law firm's related title company, Universal Title a/k/a Universal Settlements. He has also worked for Commonwealth Title Insurance Company, Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation and First American Title Insurance Company.

Mark is a licensed title insurance agent for Maryland and the District of Columbia. He has represented individuals, commercial entities, banks, savings and loans, and federal credit unions in connection with residential and commercial real estate transactions. He has extensive experience as a title examiner, title insurance underwriter, and has been called upon to resolve and correct many title issues, defects and problems. Over the years, he has also been called upon to engage in civil litigation - personal injury law (both plaintiff and defense); workers compensation defense; title insurance claims; and contract litigation. He is familiar with foreclosures and bankruptcies, short sales, and state and federal regulation of the mortgage lending and settlement industries. In recent years he has focused more of his professional energy in the areas of estate planning and administration, assisting clients in the planning of their estates, administration of trusts and probate.

Areas of Practice (28)

  • Real Estate Law
  • Residential and Commercial Settlements
  • Residential and Commercial Leases
  • Contract Preparation and Review
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Quiet Title Actions
  • Easements
  • Lending and Secured Transactions
  • Property Tax Assessment Appeals
  • Title Examinations and Resolution of Title Issues of All Kinds
  • Mortgage Counseling and Short Sales
  • Co-ownership Agreements
  • Ground Rent Redemptions
  • Consumer Protection in Real Estate Transactions
  • Title Insurance Issues and Claims
  • Business Law
  • Formation and Organization of Businesses such as Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships and General Partnerships
  • Dissolution of Businesses and Buy-Out Arrangements
  • Bulk Sales
  • Employment Contracts
  • Purchase and Sale of Businesses
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Estate Planning and Advice
  • Preparation of Wills, Trusts
  • Durable Powers of Attorney, Limited and Specific Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills and Funeral Directives
  • Estate Administration and Probate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
240-314-7044  Phone
301-300-0735  Cell Phone
240-842-9545  Fax
University Attended:
University of California at Davis, B.A., with honors, 1976
Law School Attended:
George Washington University, J.D., 1979
Year of First Admission:
1982, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; 1984, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 2005, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and U.S. District Court, Southern District Court of West Virginia; 1979, District of Columbia; 1980, Maryland
Prince George's County, Montgomery County, Maryland State and American Bar Associations; District of Columbia Bar; West Virginia State Bar.
Birth Information:
Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, November 25, 1954

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