Bruce A. Kaufman was one of the founders of Kaufman, Ries & Elgin, P.A. He died suddenly at age 50 in September, 1997, of pancreatic cancer. At the time of his death, Bruce was Chair of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. He was nationally recognized as an exemplary matrimonial lawyer and was often referred to as the “dean” of family law in Maryland. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and served as President of the Maryland Chapter at the time of his death. Bruce also served as the first Chair of the Maryland Judicial Compensation Commission, and was a board member of the House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women in Baltimore.
Both Tom Ries and Susan Carol Elgin have continued the legacy of family law leadership established by Bruce Kaufman. Among many other professional accomplishments, Tom and Susan are Past Presidents of the Maryland State Bar Association Family and Juvenile Law Section, the Maryland Chapter of the AAML, and each has served on the National Board of Governors of the AAML. Tom was Co-Chair of the AAML Institute for Family Law Associates training program from 2006 to 2018. Susan co-authored the AAML Maryland Chapter’s amicus brief to the Court of Appeals of Maryland regarding the issue of same-sex marriage in Maryland.