Edward S. Clay

Ed was born in Baltimore and educated in the Baltimore County Public Schools. Ed graduated from Loyola College with a B.A. in Political Science. He attended law school at the University Of Baltimore School Of Law, where he graduated with a J.D.  After spending his first five years of professional life as a litigator, Ed ended his litigation practice, beginning his exclusive focus on Estate Planning and Administration.  By the end of the 1990s, the firm had become Bregel, Kerr, Clay & Alatis, LLC before he parted for his own independent location in Lutherville in 2001 that he maintains to this day. 

Ed is a Charter Member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, an interactive alliance of law firms nationwide, dedicated to creating estate plans that work at the outset while maintaining their viability over time through a formal process of updating and family education.  Within the National Network, Ed serves as a Mentor Coach for new and transitioning attorneys as well as co-Chair of the Pro Active Elder Law Co-Development Team that works to make late in life personal health and financial issues less of a crisis and more of a transition.  Ed is a member of the Estates and Trusts and Elder Law Councils of the Maryland Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and he sits on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Chapter of the Society of Financial Services Professionals. Ed provides continuing education courses for Maryland insurance professionals and Certified Financial Planners┬«, both at their locations and in the learning center in our building. 

Ed is a former member of the Board of Directors of The Highlands School, a private remedial school dedicated to teaching children who learn differently so that upon completion of the temporary instruction, they can re-enter their original school track in the appropriate grade with others their age.

Ed and his wife have been together over 35 years, and they, along with their two children reside in Harford County.  Having grown up in the Baltimore area, he is a fan of the Orioles, Ravens, and Baltimore Colts.  He enjoys golf, umpiring baseball/softball, and photography.

Donna Clay

Donna Clay is the Settlement Coordinator for Edward S. Clay, P.A. Donna joined our firm in August 2011.  Donna was born and grew up in Baltimore County, earned a B.S. degree and her Masters in Finance from Towson University.  Her prior work history includes Dean Witter/Morgan Stanley where she became intimately familiar with the financial services world and financial transactions in particular.  Most recently, she worked for 8 years as the head of the Student Affairs Department for a private, for-profit training school.  She also has held Microsoft network certification. Since joining the Service Team at Edward S. Clay, P.A., her primary focus has been serving clients by coordinating the funding and settlement process in connection with Living Trusts as well as probate matters. She is very meticulous and combines her experience in the financial world with that in the information technology world to bring a non-legal but detail-oriented perspective to her work. Donna lives in Baltimore County.