TOBY N. BYRD
Toby N. Byrd, managing attorney and senior partner at Byrd & Byrd, LLC received his JD Summa Cum Laude from the District of Columbia School of Law, where he was on the Law Review and graduated second in his class. Admitted to the bar in 1992, Toby has become a well-known Bowie attorney, as well as a long-time member of the Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland Bar Associations.
He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals, fourth circuit. Toby received his undergraduate degree in 1971 from the University of Maryland where he received a BS in Civil Engineering, and earned membership in Chi Epsilon, the honorary civil engineering fraternity.
Toby has lived in Bowie since 1968, and has been active in church and community activities for more than forty years. He serves on the Grace Christian School Board, past Chairman of the Board for the Grace Christian School, past president of the Westview Homeowner’s Association, and serves on the Deacon Board at Grace Baptist Church. Additionally, he has served on the Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and serves on the Board of Directors of Wabanna Camp and Conference Center.
An effective litigator, Toby particularly excels in areas of construction, engineering, dispute resolution, real estate and contract law as well as a wide range of business law matters including business formation.
JACQUELINE D. BYRD
Jackie joined her husband Toby as Partner in the firm in 1999 and immediately launched the firm’s Elder Law practice. This was the start of a “second” career for Jackie, who before she entered the University of Baltimore School of Law, completed twenty-five years of service at the United States House of Representatives, holding several management positions. As an Elder Law attorney, Jackie immediately became a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).
Shortly after joining the firm, Jackie started writing the weekly column called Senior Moments for the Bowie Blade-News and other local newspapers. The column continues to be a way for Jackie to combine her passions – writing and educating about elder law issues. Based on the columns, Jackie has published two books: Senior Moments: A book for Seniors and Those Who Love Them, and Senior Moments 2: Help for Seniors and Those Who Love Them.
Jackie has been recognized for her commitment to Elder Law as the recipient of numerous awards including: Outstanding Chapter Member for NAELA’s Maryland/DC Chapter, the “President’s Award” from the Prince George’s County Bar Association for outstanding contributions to the Bar and to the community, and she has four times been named in Washingtonian magazine’s list of Top Washington Elder Law Attorneys.
As the firm’s Elder Law practice has grown to include two additional Elder Law attorneys, Jackie’s focus now is turned towards advocacy and service to the community. Recently, Jackie was appointed by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, and confirmed by the County Council, to the Advisory Commission on Aging, a 24-member board that advises the Executive and the Council on issues related to aging. Jackie also serves on the Bowie Health Center’s Institutional Board of Directors, and on the Board of Directors for the Prince George’s County Senior Providers Network. Jackie continues to serve local organizations as a guest speaker on a range of topics related to aging.
Jackie’s undergraduate work was done at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas where she received a BA in Speech and Drama, and earned membership in the honorary forensic fraternity, Phi Kappa Delta. A graduate of the University Of Baltimore School of Law, Jackie received an alumna Dean’s Citation as Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Administration newsletter, “The Official Reporter.” While in law school, she was a Teaching Assistant for two years in the Legal Analysis, Research and Writing program.
Jackie has been married to Toby for over 40 years; they have two children and seven grandchildren.
TIMOTHY P. LEAHY
Timothy P. Leahy, a partner at the firm, practices law in Maryland and the District of Columbia and is a member of the American, Maryland, D.C, and Prince George’s County Bar associations. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore Law School in May 2000, earned his M.B.A. in 1993 at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and his B.S. in Transportation & Logistics at Maryland in 1990.
Timothy brings over 10 years experience in business to his practice of the law and focuses on civil litigation, family law, criminal law, and general practice matters. A former home improvement contractor and army reservist, he volunteers with Christmas in April and has coached for the Bowie Boys & Girls Club. He is a Board member and President of his homeowners association and pro bono counsel for Bowie CLAW. He is an M.S.B.A. certified Mediator and has been a volunteer Mediator for the District Court of Maryland since 2009. Timothy moved to Bowie in 1982 and lives there with his wife of 24 years and two sons.
JOSHUA D. WINGER
Joshua Winger practices law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Maryland, D.C., Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County Bar Associations. Joshua received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore Law School in 2007, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2004 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Joshua started with the firm in 2001, first as a law clerk. While a student and continuing as a graduate, Joshua worked for multiple trial judges and an appellate judge in the Maryland judiciary. After a law clerkship in the Circuit Court for Kent County, Maryland, Joshua returned to the firm as an attorney in 2008. At Byrd & Byrd, LLC, Joshua primarily handles estate planning, elder law, postmortem administration and contract litigation matters.
Joshua served for four years on the Board of Directors for the Anne Arundel Senior Services Provider Group, Inc. and also served as its Treasurer for three years. In 2018, Joshua was selected to serve as a Section Council member for the Maryland State Bar Association Elder Law and Disability Rights Section, and served a two-year term. Joshua has a strong desire to help others and has volunteered for multiple local outreaches. He is married to his beautiful bride, Lindsay. Joshua and Lindsay have three wonderful children, Luke, Grant and Max. Joshua enjoys long-distance running and is also a passionate fan of soccer and the arts.
R. ANTHONY PASCIUTO
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2006
J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 2009
Tony Pasciuto joined Byrd & Byrd in 2017 as a Maryland barred attorney. Tony focuses his practice on Elder Law and Estate Planning, encompassing a range of services such as Long-Term Care Medical Assistance, Guardianship, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Deeds. As a lifelong Maryland resident, Tony supports many community groups as a frequent guest speaker on Elder Law and Estate Planning topics. A hallmark of these forums, and Tony’s approach to client relationships, is that practical knowledge is exchanged in an interactive setting. Tony is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and participates in local Senior Provider Networks.
Before joining Byrd & Byrd, Tony clerked for the Honorable Nicholas E. Rattal in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. After his clerkship, he worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Charles County, Maryland handling a varied case load of misdemeanor criminal, traffic, juvenile, and felony cases from 2010 -2014. Following his experience in criminal practice, Tony entered civil litigation where he focused on obtaining benefits for injured workers before the Maryland Workmen’s Compensation Commission and protecting creditors’ rights and other breach of contract/debt collection cases in both the District and Circuit Courts.
Tony currently resides in Anne Arundel County with his wife and two daughters.
EMILY C. CRUIKSHANK
Emily C. Cruikshank was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2018. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar, the Maryland State Bar Estates & Trusts and Elder Law & Disability Rights Sections, the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Frederick County Young Lawyer’s Section.
Emily graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She attended law school at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she was involved in the Student Bar Association, the Black Law Students Association, and the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial team. During her time in law school, she also clerked for a state senator and a prominent Maryland lobbying firm. Upon graduation in 2018, Emily served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Julia A. Martz-Fisher of the Frederick County Circuit Court. This experience allowed her to develop a thorough analysis of many different areas of the law while also refining her litigation skills.
Prior to joining Byrd & Byrd, Emily was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Charles County, Maryland. She was responsible for representing the state of Maryland in criminal prosecutions. Because of the nature of the types of cases she handled, she learned to remain objective and composed regardless of the severity of facts before her.
Emily is a proud, life-long Marylander. Although she currently resides with her husband across the river in Alexandria, Virginia, she does not waste the opportunity to wear her Maryland flag gear wherever possible. In her spare time, she likes to attend live sporting events and is an avid Denver Broncos fan.
Patricia Cleary joined Byrd & Byrd in 2017 as Of Counsel and is a member of the Maryland State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before US District Court for the District of Maryland.
Patty brings over twenty years’ experience as a general practitioner providing sound advice and representation to her clients, whether they are individuals or businesses. She has a particular interest in real estate issues, employment/wage and hour, personal injury/medical malpractice and business counsel.
Patty earned her J.D. cum laude from the University of Baltimore and has a B.S. in Management Studies from the University of Maryland-University College. She has served as adjunct faculty teaching first year law students research and writing as well as teaching legal skills and employment law to paralegal students. She also has spoken to various groups on starting a business, negligence, and real estate issues.
Patty and her husband Buddy enjoy travelling in their spare time and are devoted to their mini-dachshund, Soupie. A current resident of Frederick County, both Patty and her husband grew up in Hyattsville and Patty will always consider Prince George’s County her home.