Margaret A. O’Reilly is an estate planning and elder law attorney with over thirty-five years of legal experience. Attorney O’Reilly graduated from Duke University with a degree in psychology, and received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. For over 15 years, Attorney O’Reilly focused her practice on personal injury and medical malpractice litigation, representing injured persons in claims for compensation and benefits. Because of her work with the families of her clients, she developed an interest in end-of-life decision making and the ethical issues – both biomedical and legal – confronting families who are faced with these decisions. She studied health law and bioethics, and redirected her practice to the area of elder law. She continues to have a particular interest in health care decision-making and the difficult issues confronted by families in caring for an elderly relative.
Born and raised in Fairfax County, Attorney O’Reilly practiced law in the Boston area for 25 years before returning to northern Virginia in the fall of 2003. She is active in several community and non-profit groups, and serves on the board of directors for the Herndon Rotary Club, the Council for the Arts of Herndon, and the Herndon Village Network. She is a frequent instructor for both legal and community groups, including Virginia Continuing Legal Education, the National Business Institute, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of George Mason University.
Attorney O’Reilly is certified as a specialist in elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation, and has been selected as a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer” and as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of elder law, and as one of the top elder law attorneys in the greater Washington DC area by Washingtonian Magazine.
She focuses her practice in the fields of estate planning, elder law, trust and estate administration, guardianships, and special needs planning.