Michael W. Skerritt, Esq

Klewans & Skerritt, PC
Attorneys at Law

The practice of dentistry is an ideal sandbox for a business and transaction attorney; a dynamic, public-facing industry with many different kinds of business and legal issues arising on a daily basis.  It offers the best of both worlds, micro to macro, encompassing the full business life cycle from formation to dissolution and everything in between.  Best of all, dentists are dreamers.  As a dental attorney, my job is to help them achieve and protect those dreams.  Not a bad gig.

It has been my gig for nearly 20 years.  I started my legal career on the ground, working as a paralegal in a firm with many years of experience representing dental clients.  From early on I got a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts understanding of how the business and legal side of the practice of dentistry worked.  In 2010 I began practicing with that firm as an associate, and in November 2018 I co-founded my own firm, Klewans & Skerritt, P.C., where I practice today.  In all that time I have developed the skills which inform my practice today — working closely with clients to anticipate, identify and resolve problems, developing a business-minded, goal-oriented approach for structuring transactions, and assisting clients with understanding complex legal concepts.  And, most importantly, listening.

If I have learned anything since I began my legal career nearly 20 years ago, it is that while experience and expertise are important, an attorney’s chief asset is the ability to listen.  Without that, experience and expertise are effectively useless.  Clients often know what they want but they don’t often know what they need.  My job is to listen to help them figure that out.  I have many years of experience representing dental clients and I know my way around complicated legal documents, but most importantly, I listen.

I have built my practice around serving the dental community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and beyond.  I have represented, in some form or fashion, hundreds of dental clients of all shapes and sizes, all specialties, whether practices or individuals.  In turn I have also developed a strong network of resources and like-minded professionals that I can use to serve my clients’ various practice needs.  If I don’t know the answer (hey, it happens), I know someone who does.  I look forward to bringing my experience, expertise, and open ears to bear in serving the business and legal needs of your dental practice.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2010
  • Florida, 2013

Education

  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2000
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2010