It is with great sadness that Pessin Katz Law, P.A. says farewell to esteemed Member Gerald M. Katz who passed away on November 3, 2014 at age 76.

Mr. Katz was widely recognized in the Baltimore legal and business communities as one of the Baltimore area’s preeminent business and tax attorneys.  A certified public accountant and an attorney, Mr. Katz received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware in 1959 and his J.D. from Georgetown Law Center in 1963.  He was a member of the Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia Bars and practiced law for over 50 years, 22 of those years at PK Law and over 20 years at Venable LLP where he was Chairman of the firm’s Tax Group.

Mr. Katz served as a Board Member and officer of the Chizuk Amuno Congregation, and as Chairman of Krieger Schechter Day School.  Mr. Katz was also Chairman of the Maryland Bar Association Insurance Trust and served as trustee of many individual trusts.

“I don’t know if words can express how sad we are over the loss of such a dear friend, mentor and leader of our firm,” said Drake Zaharris, Managing Director of PK Law.  “Jerry’s passing is a huge loss for our Firm, but his leadership legacy will help guide us through this difficult time.”

Jerry was the beloved husband of Suzanne Katz (nee Sayer); loving father of Neil (Bonnie) Katz, Alise (Tor) Alden, and Michael Katz; devoted brother of Barbara (late John) Donaghy and the late Gordon Katz; beloved brother-in-law of Dale Sayer; and loving grandfather of Alex Alden, Kelsey Alden, Jordan Katz and Alyson Katz.

Services were held on Wednesday, November 5 at 1:00 p.m. at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane. Interment Garrison Forest Cemetery of Chizuk Amuno Cong. Owings Mills.

The firm closed on Wednesday, November 5th in honor of Gerald M. Katz.

Professional Experience

Mr. Katz was widely recognized as one of Baltimore’s preeminent corporate, partnership and business tax planning attorneys.  Mr. Katz had over 50 years of experience representing individuals, business entities and major developers in a broad range of real estate and business transactions.  A certified public accountant and an attorney, Mr. Katz was able to provide complex legal and tax analysis and insight with regard to the merger, purchase and sale of businesses, and the acquisition, development, leasing, construction and financing of commercial and residential real estate, as well as other complex business transactions.

For many years, Mr. Katz served as a Board Member and officer of the Chizuk Amuno Congregation, and as Chairman of Krieger Schechter Day School.  Mr. Katz was also Chairman of the Maryland Bar Association Insurance Trust and serves as trustee of many individual trusts.

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Personal Information


  • Georgetown Law Center, J.D.,LL.M. 1963
  • Certified Public Accountant, 1963
  • University of Delaware, B.S., Accounting, 1959

Bar Admission

  • Maryland Bar, 1963
  • Virginia Bar, 1963
  • District of Columbia Bar, 1963

Bar Associations

  • Member, The Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Sections on Taxation and Real Property
  • Former Chairman, Maryland Insurance Trust


  • Mr. Katz has three children; one son is an attorney representing abused children, a daughter who is a residential real estate broker, and a son who is a commercial real estate broker.

Published Articles

  • Author of Various Tax Publications, Including Taxes MagazinePractical Accountant and Tax Advisor

Community Involvement

  • Krieger Schechter Day School, Past Chairman
  • Past Member of Trustee Committee of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools

Additional Information

  • Voted one of Maryland’s Top Lawyers, 2008
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, 2007-2014
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America®, 2014 for Real Estate Law
  • Member, Baltimore Association of Tax Counsel
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Lecturer, Tax and business matters to various groups including Maryland Bar Association, Maryland Association of GM Dealers, Baltimore Estate Planning Counsel, and Maryland Municipal League
  • Instructor, Maryland Law School – Continuing Legal Education for Attorneys, “Business Planning
  • Co-Instructor, University of Baltimore, Masters Program in Business Administration
  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell

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