Thomas   W. Repczynski
Principal

Contact

Phone: 703.745.1801
Fax: 703.745.1835
Mailing: 8000 Towers Crescent Drive ,
Suite 1500 , Tysons Corner , VA   22182
Linkedin: Thomas Repczynski

“In his Art of War, Sun Tsu notes of the ’way to victory’ that it is key to know both when one can fight and when one cannot. Understanding both one’s own strengths and weaknesses and that of one’s enemies is the way to victory because one can effectively choose when and when not to fight thereby leaving little if anything to chance. The effective legal strategist appreciates that knowledge is power. As Tsu summarizes: ‘Know the enemy and know thyself.’”

— Thomas Repczynski

Practice Focus

Thomas Repczynski is an Estates and Trust litigator, business litigation lawyer, and Principal with Offit Kurman’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice Group. Thomas’s practice emphasizes fiduciary disputes, creditors’ rights enforcement, business disputes and real estate related matters of all types. Thomas represents an array of lenders, businesses, and individual clients from across the country in federal, bankruptcy, and state courts as well as ADR and administrative proceedings reflecting a broad range of primarily inheritance related disputes and general business contract and tort issues. Tom's bankruptcy-related experience has most recently emphasized non-debtor spouse priority claim matters (advising and assisting divorce/family law counsel), commercial landlord and Chapter 7 panel trustee representation, and includes nearly 20 years of preference claims defense, and other secured, unsecured, and priority creditor representation in Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings with both local and national implications.

 Awards and Points of Distinction

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Northern Virginia Magazine and Richmond Magazine recognized Tom among Virginia's "Top Litigation Lawyers" for the past two years, and Tom has been selected annually since 2014 to the Super Lawyers®  list of Virginia Estate and Trust Litigation attorneys. Additionally, Tom's work as a creditor's bankruptcy attorney has been recognized on the SmartCEO® Legal Elite list (December 2010). He is a two-time recipient of the Fairfax Bar Association's President's Award and a member of the Leadership Fairfax Class of 2010.

Publications/Speeches

Prior Work

Prior to receiving his law degree, Tom served the Office of the Independent Counsel (Starr) as Law Clerk and interned at both the Department of Justice and for the Honorable Christine Odell Cook Miller, U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Before law school, Tom worked as the Staff Aide to the President of the National Insurance Crime Bureau and its predecessor, the Insurance Crime Prevention Institute.

Representative Cases

  • Successful 2015 trial defense of alleged fraud on the court during 1999 divorce proceedings.
  • Secured pretrial ruling upholding right of attorneys-in-fact under Power of Attorney to file claim for elective share of surviving spouse.
  • Secured favorable pretrial summary case disposition denying former spouse’s constructive trust claim against decedent spouse’s federal employee life insurance proceeds.
  • Appellate win after assisting in successful defense of business owner/seller of having allegedly defrauded buyer’s lender.
  • Successful trial defense of spouse/fiduciary’s self-transfer of approximately $1.5 million in liquid assets.
  • Confirmed arbitration award (including legal fees) of nearly $10 million against former investment fund manager.
  • Successful opposition of fiduciary’s petition for writ to Virginia Supreme Court challenging trial court’s holographic will interpretation and fiduciary’s removal (appellate representation only; writ denied).
  • Successful trial court victory voiding substantial default judgment (writ denied).
  • Successful trial court removal, replacement of fiduciary -- including disgorgement and recovery of all legal fees (writ denied).

Education & Admissions

  • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1991
  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 1996
  • Virginia - State, Federal District, and Bankruptcy (Eastern, Western)
  • Maryland - State, Federal District, and Bankruptcy
  • District of Columbia - Federal District and Bankruptcy
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Activities

  • President, Fairfax Bar Association
  • Chairman, South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
  • Committee Member, BSA Troop 688
  • Umpire, WSLL/Virginia Umpire’s Assn.
  • Referee/Starter, VHSL/NVSL
  • Announcer, SCHS

Is THAT Legal? Spotted Skunks

By Thomas Repczynski, Esq. | September 13, 2017

“Is THAT Legal?” spotlights laws that might make you scratch your head and wonder why lawmakers even bothered to take…

Is THAT Legal? Spitting in Public

By Thomas Repczynski, Esq. | August 30, 2017

“Is THAT legal?” spotlights laws that might make you scratch your head and wonder why lawmakers even bothered to take…

Is THAT Legal? Blue Ducks

By Thomas Repczynski, Esq. | August 16, 2017

“Is THAT legal?” spotlights laws that might make you scratch your head and wonder why lawmakers even bothered to take…

Is THAT Legal? Reptiles

By Thomas Repczynski, Esq. | August 2, 2017

“Is THAT legal?” spotlights laws that might make you scratch your head and wonder why lawmakers even bothered to take…

Is THAT Legal? – Arkansas

By Thomas Repczynski, Esq. | July 20, 2017

“Is THAT legal?” spotlights laws that might make you scratch your head and wonder why lawmakers even bothered to take…

Is THAT Legal? – Police Radars

By Thomas Repczynski, Esq. | July 5, 2017

“Is THAT legal?” spotlights laws that might make you scratch your head and wonder why lawmakers even bothered to take…

Is THAT Legal? – Animal Hunting

By Thomas Repczynski, Esq. | June 21, 2017

“Is THAT legal?” is designed to bring awareness to the crazy and wacky laws that still exist in the United…

FBA Annual Luncheon Honors Thomas Repczynski

By Thomas Repczynski, Esq. | June 19, 2017

Offit Kurman attorney, Tom Repczynski, was honored at the Fairfax Bar Association’s Annual Luncheon on Monday, June 12, 2017. The…

Offit Kurman’s Attorney Thomas Repczynski Appears on The Probate Nation “Is This a Will?”

By Thomas Repczynski, Esq. | February 3, 2017

Offit Kurman’s principal attorney Thomas W. Repczynski appeared on The Probate Nation segment “Is This a Will?” which aired in…

Thorsen v. RSPCA Exposes Big Potential Third-Party Estate Planning Liability Risks, But Simple Fixes

By Thomas Repczynski, Esq. | July 19, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court recently upheld a legal malpractice judgement against James B. Thorsen, an estate lawyer whose error in…

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