Meet Stephen Wallace

Laurel Associate Attorney

Stephen Wallace is an Estate Planning Attorney who lives and works in the Historic District of Laurel, Maryland.  Stephen and his wife Meta have five (mostly) wonderful children: Laura, Joseph, Francis, Sally, and Tim.  He enjoys his “long” commute to our office on Main Street (a few hundred yards down Fetty Alley from his home), and Meta and the kids are excited that Dad can come home for lunch or order delivery from the “Wallace Deli.”  

Stephen’s family worships at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church in Laurel and are often found playing or coaching CYO basketball and soccer or participating in kid’s groups, the men’s and women’s faith groups, and the Knights of Columbus.

Stephen and Meta met during their undergraduate studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville and were married shortly after their graduation.  He graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, then clerked for Chief Judge Alice Batchelder on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He then joined Drinker Biddle & Reath’s commercial litigation practice in Washington, D.C.

Stephen served for seven years as Executive Director of Gabriel Network, a nonprofit that provides church-based support and maternity housing to pregnant women in Maryland and D.C.  Through his leadership and the generosity of many good people, the ministry grew to serve twice as many families each year and opened a third maternity home.  Franciscan University awarded Stephen its Alumni Citizenship Award for his work at Gabriel Network in 2017.

Stephen practices in Maryland and Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Maryland Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. He is affiliated with Wealth Counsel and ElderCounsel, national networks of estate planning lawyers. Read more about What Does an Estate Planning Lawyer Really Do?

Stephen served as Leadership Council Chairman for the National Maternity Housing Coalition, a Board Member and Board President for the TeenSTAR Program, and earned an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. 

A few words from Stephen:

“I am grateful to serve the many friends who trust us to protect their legacies alongside Tom and the Downs Law Firm Team.  I appreciate the opportunity to spend my days living and working with the end in mind and to help our clients to do the same for themselves and their loved ones.”