Tom is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S., 1965; J.D., 1970) with a concentration in the area of civil tax work before the Internal Revenue Service and in the Federal and State courts handling controversies of income, estate and gift taxation.  


His background includes three years with the Internal Revenue Service as an attorney concentrating in estate and gift taxation, and from 1973- 2015 he was a partner with Nolan, Plumhoff & Williams where his work included estate planning, the preparation of wills and trusts, estate administration, and business law relating to incorporation, liquidation and buying and selling of businesses.  He has been a co-participant in National Business Institute programs relating to estate planning and Maryland probate law.  


Tom also served as a panel member on the Attorney Grievance Commission’s Inquiry Committee, the Review Board of the Attorney Grievance Commission, and was a member of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Taxation Section Council (1981-84). He is currently a member of the Baltimore County and Maryland State Bar Associations.

Recognitions :


In 2014 Tom was awarded the J. Ronald Shiff Memorial Pro Bono Award by the Section of Taxation Maryland State Bar Association for his volunteer work for the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Services assisting needy people with tax issues.


Tom has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating, the highest rating given, from Martindale-Hubbell, the preeminent peer review rating company in the country.

Doug is a Baltimore native and was educated at The Manlius Pebble Hill School. He went on to attend Hamilton College to receive his B.A., and attended the University of Maryland where he obtained his J.D.   He first served as a law clerk to the Honorable Austin W. Brizendine in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, and has practiced in Baltimore for over 30 years.

His clients include builders, developers, landlords, landowners, restaurants and business owners. He has negotiated and drafted hundreds of commercial contracts and leases on behalf of buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants, and is a licensed real estate broker.


Doug is well regarded as an attorney for many family owned businesses, and has assisted, on an on-call basis, these families over the years with their transaction and estate planning needs.  As a National Association of Federal Credit Union (NAFCU) certified compliance officer (NCCO), Doug has knowledge of the increasingly complex rules affecting financial institutions. He has served for over 20 years as a volunteer director of the Baltimore County Employees Federal Credit Union and as Board Chair (2005-2015).


Recognitions:  Doug has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating, the highest rating given, from Martindale-Hubbell, the preeminent review rating company in the country.

Douglas L. Burgess, of Counsel

Practice Areas: Real Estate, Business Transactions, Wills, Trusts & Estates, Liquor Law, Land Use & Zoning, Credit Union & Banking Transactions

Thomas J. Renner​​

Practice Areas: Estate Planning Law, Federal and State Taxation Law, Estate and Trust Law, Business Law.
Admitted: 1970, Maryland; 1976, U.S. Supreme Court

​​Phone: 410-870-5200

Email: tom@rennerlegal.com

Phone: 410-870-5200

Email: doug@burgesslawllc.com