Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Traffic Violations, and Family Law & Divorce

S. David Elling

  • Managing Partner


Gaithersburg, MD





I have been practicing for 40 years and during that period of time I have done my best to treat each client and represent them as if they were my own family. As I discuss each case with each client, after carefully reviewing and assessing the situation, I try to imagine myself sitting on the other side of my desk and advise accordingly. Obviously, it is important to understand the law and how it applies to each individual situation/set of facts however, it is equally as important to be able to not only apply the law, but apply a large dose of common sense and being able to think out of the box. In other words, the solution or remedy to many cases can often be ascertained with a common sense, pragmatic approach. At the risk of sounding arrogant, I have an especially high approval rating from my clients, with a tremendous amount of repeat business and referrals, particularly since I have not advertised in the past. Moreover, given my extensive experience and familiarity with the legal community in the area, my legal fees are relatively modest. Simply stated, that is what I believe I offer to potential clients.

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury - Negligence
  • Criminal Law
  • Serious Motor Vehicle Crimes, including DUI/DWI
  • Juvenile Delinquency, Child in Need of Supervision, Child in Need of Assistance
  • Transaction Work

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1974
  • District of Columbia, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1978


  • University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    • B.A. - 1971
    • Honors: With High Honors

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Attorney, 1974 to Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Attorney, 1974 to Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Through the Montgomery County Bar Association
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