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Welcome New Partners To The Firm

Bagley & Rhody, P.C. is pleased to announce the promotion of Jon F. Watson, Esquire and Brittney A. Grizzanti, Esquire, as partners to the firm effective as of January 1, 2023.  Jon and Brittney’s exceptional legal skills and commitment to delivering outstanding results for their clients have made each a valuable member of the B&R team.

Jon joined the firm as an associate in 2015, and currently serves as head of the firm’s Business Department where he represents small to middle market business owners with a variety of different matters including, formation and operational matters, succession planning, and mergers and acquisitions (both buyers and sellers).  Jon’s experience with the firm is not just limited to corporate law, having also gained experience in estate planning and wealth preservation for high net-worth clients to ensure consistency between a client’s individual and business planning needs.  Jon’s broad range of experience and practical approach to problem solving has allowed him to facilitate even the most complex transactions, leading to his recognition as a Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in the area of mergers and acquisitions.

Jon earned his Bachelor of Science in Business degree in 2009 from Virginia Tech, where he graduated Cum Laude, majoring in Accounting and Information Systems.  In 2013, he graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law with a Business Law concentration. During his time at Maryland Law, Jon also obtained his license as a Certified Public Accountant (since inactive).  After graduating from law school, Jon was an associate at a public accounting firm for several years where he gained experience in tax and corporate compliance matters.

“I am thrilled to join the B&R partnership,” Jon said.  “B&R is a special place, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with such a talented and dedicated team of legal professionals.  Throughout my time at the firm, I have been driven by a commitment to providing the highest quality legal services to our clients, and am thrilled to have the chance to continue this work as a partner.  I look forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of the firm, and to serving our clients with distinction.”  — Jon

Brittney joined B&R in 2016, and currently heads up the firm’s Estate Planning Department where she works directly with clients and their families to establish individualized estate plans. In her practice, Brittney handles a variety of client needs, ranging from clients who are looking to establish a simple estate plan for the first time, to clients with more complex needs, such as probate avoidance, estate and gift tax planning, business succession planning for estates containing closely held businesses, charitable planning and planning for individuals with special needs.

Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Brittney obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Wilkes University in 2013.  She then moved to Baltimore, Maryland to pursue law school where she went on to graduate Cum Laude from University of Baltimore School of Law in 2017.  During her time in law school, Brittney chose to concentrate on estate planning by serving as a research assistant to Professor Angela Vallario, focusing on the Spousal Elective Share in Maryland, as well as working full-time at B&R. Since becoming an attorney with the firm, Brittney has been recognized by Maryland Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in 2022 and 2023 for estate planning.

“I am excited and proud to transition to my new role as partner at B&R.  The firm is a special place that I consider myself very lucky to have found so early in my career. Having joined B&R while still in law school, I have had the unique opportunity to build long-standing relationships with my clients, all while learning and growing my practice with the unwavering support and encouragement from everyone here – I could not have asked for a better team of people to work with if I tried.  I look forward to continuing to provide our clients with exceptional service and helping our team at B&R continue to grow.” – Brittney

Make sure you tell Brittney and Jon “Congratulations!” next time you talk to them! 

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