I. MARK COHEN | Chairman

Mark Cohen

I. MARK COHEN, J.D., LL.M, CFP ®

Founding Partner and Visionary

Mark Cohen is the founding partner and visionary for both OptiFour Integrated Wealth Management, LLC, Registered ...

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I. MARK COHEN, J.D., LL.M, CFP ®

Founding Partner and Visionary
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Mark Cohen is the founding partner and visionary for both OptiFour Integrated Wealth Management, LLC, Registered Investment Advisor, and Cohen & Burnett, P.C., Attorneys and Counselors at Law, as well as the co-author of Lessons to My Children: Simple Life Lessons for Financial Success, Wealth and Abundance.

Mark is licensed to practice law in both Virginia and Arizona, and is an active member of the Legislative Committee of the Wills, Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar Association, and the Cosmos Club (distinguished in the law). Mark is a frequent lecturer and writer at attorney CLE seminars where he specializes in estate planning, financial planning, and ethics.

He has been published extensively in trusts and estates journals and magazines, and is the author of the first and only comprehensive treatise on the Uniform Trust Code, now in its second edition (Cohen, 864 T.M. 2nd, Uniform Trust Code).

He is married to his wife Leigh, with whom he has four children, Dana, Michael, Rachel, and Holly. He enjoys woodworking, guitar, and anything that involves the outdoors. He is on the board of the Potomac Conservancy and is a passionate supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

WESTON D. BURNETT

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WESTON BURNETT, J.D., LL.M, CFP ®

President and CEO

After graduating Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Philosophy ...

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WESTON BURNETT, J.D., LL.M, CFP ®

President and CEO
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After graduating Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Philosophy and Political Science, Wes pursued a law degree at the George Washington University Law School. Upon completion of his J.D., he entered on active duty with the Navy as a judge advocate. In 1983, he earned a Masters of Law Degree with Highest Honors in International and Comparative Law at George Washington University Law School. He retired from the Navy as a senior captain in May 2000 and joined I. Mark Cohen’s law practice. He has since been admitted to the practice of law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. In 2003, he became a Certified Financial Planner®.

Wes is proud to serve in various leadership roles with George Washington University and its Law School. In April of 2010, he was bestowed the George Washington (GW) University Alumni Outstanding Service Award for his exceptional service to the entire GW University community.

For the past seven years, he has served on the Law School Dean Board of Advisors. From July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of George Washington University. In April 2017, he became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation, commonly known as Vinson Hall.

Wes is married to his wife Barbara with whom he has three children, David, Edward and Jennifer and two grandchildren, Sitara and Lota. Together, they have funded a George Washington University Law Student Scholarship Fund and have endowed the Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy at the Law School.

Wes served on the St. John’s Foundation Board of Trustees for people with disabilities. He also served in a leadership role for the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. Wes enjoys hiking, biking, running, stamp collecting, history and travel.

JOE HILL

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Joe Hill, CPA, CFP®

Tax & Finance Consultant

Joe Hill joined Cohen & Burnett, P. C. as Director of Tax and Finance in 2015. ...

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Joe Hill, CPA, CFP®

Tax & Finance Consultant
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Joe Hill joined Cohen & Burnett, P. C. as Director of Tax and Finance in 2015. Prior to joining Cohen & Burnett, P.C., Joe was employed by a RIA as a Tax Manager. Joe spent 26 years employed by UPS.

After graduating, with honors, from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting, Joe earned an MBA and Masters of Science in Finance from Loyola where he was a twice honored member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

He is a Certified Public Accountant who is licensed to practice public accounting in Maryland. Joe is a member of the AICPA and MACPA. Joe is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER  professional. In his spare time Joe enjoys spending time with his family, going fishing, or working in his garden.

ANDREW VANDERHOOF

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Andrew M. Vanderhoof, J.D., LL.M

Director of Legal Services

Andrew M. Vanderhoof, J.D., LL.M in International Taxation, joined Cohen & Burnett, P.C. as an Estate ...

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Andrew M. Vanderhoof, J.D., LL.M

Director of Legal Services
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Andrew M. Vanderhoof, J.D., LL.M in International Taxation, joined Cohen & Burnett, P.C. as an Estate Planning attorney in 2007. Vanderhoof specializes in wills, trusts, estates and gifts.

He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Law degree from the Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Oregon.

After being admitted to the Virginia State Bar, Andy joined the law firm of Tate & Bywater in Vienna, Virginia. In 2001, he joined the legal publishing firm BNA Tax Management in Washington, D.C. as a Federal Tax Law Editor in the Estates, Gifts & Trusts/Exempt Organizations group. He joined the D.C. Bar in 2002 and completed his LL.M in the Law of International Taxation from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 2004.

Andy resides with his wife of over 30 years. They have two sons, both of whom graduated from Virginia Tech. Andy enjoys sky diving, and is active in Toastmasters, the William & Mary Alumni Association, and the Northern Virginia Jeepers Association.

RASHEDA NIPU

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Rasheda Nipu, J.D.

Manager of Tax

Rasheda Nipu J.D. joined Cohen & Burnett, P.C. as an Associate Attorney in 2014 after completing ...

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Rasheda Nipu, J.D.

Manager of Tax
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Rasheda Nipu J.D. joined Cohen & Burnett, P.C. as an Associate Attorney in 2014 after completing an internship with the firm. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. She spent one year teaching at the Oakland School in Troy, Virginia as a Resident Instructor after college, and then went on to pursue her J.D. with a Certification in Estate Planning at the Syracuse University College of Law.

Rasheda was admitted and sworn into the Virginia State Bar in 2014 and is active in various local Estate Planning groups. Her prior legal experience includes a Fellowship at the Manhattan Legal Aid Society, a clerkship at Taddeo & Shahan, LLP in Syracuse, New York, and working as a student attorney for the Syracuse Elder Law Clinic.

Victoria L. Hansard

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Victoria L. Hansard

First Impression Specialist

Victoria L. Hansard joined the firm on July 1, 2016 as its new First Impression Specialist. Born ...

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Victoria L. Hansard

First Impression Specialist
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Victoria L. Hansard joined the firm on July 1, 2016 as its new First Impression Specialist.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Victoria moved to New York and had a career in medical publishing before retiring to raise her daughter, Allison. Once her daughter was out of school, Victoria rejoined the workforce with other publishing jobs, including several years at Princeton University Press. She then returned to the Baltimore area, switched gears and joined a wealth management company.

In 2012 Victoria moved to Florida for “semi-retirement,” but is delighted to now be back in the mid-Atlantic, close to her daughter in Fairfax, VA, and becoming a part of the professional team at Cohen & Burnett/Optifour Integrated Wealth Management.

In her spare time Victoria enjoys reading, going to the movies, dancing, and playing Mahjong.

JO ANNA YOUNG

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Jo Anna Young

Office Manager & Staff Accountant

Jo Anna Young joined Cohen & Burnett, P.C. in 2008. In her dual roles as ...

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Jo Anna Young

Office Manager & Staff Accountant
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Jo Anna Young joined Cohen & Burnett, P.C. in 2008. In her dual roles as Office Manager and Staff Accountant she strives to ensure all facets of the company run smoothly and efficiently.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Wichita State University with a BA in History, she moved to the D.C. area where she worked in Human Resources at Grumman Data Systems (now Northrup Grumman). She transitioned to a more office managerial role when she joined Information Builders in Rosslyn.

Prior to moving to the Washington D.C. Metro Area, Jo worked in the banking industry in Wichita, KS and Tulsa, OK. She is married with one child.

Ryan R. Berges

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Ryan R. Berges

Director of Wealth Operations

Ryan Berges joined OptiFour Integrated Wealth Management in 2011 as the Director of Wealth Operations. He ...

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Ryan R. Berges

Director of Wealth Operations
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Ryan Berges joined OptiFour Integrated Wealth Management in 2011 as the Director of Wealth Operations. He is responsible for client services and performance reporting for all of OptiFour’s clients.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Speech Communications Pre-Law, with a minor in Finance. He began working in the investment field during his senior year of college, and has since specialized in investment back-office operations, performance reporting, and trading. He brings a unique blend of operational, technology, and financial skills to our operations and client services.

LAWRENCE SOLOMON

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Lawrence D. Solomon, MBA, CFP®

Director of Investments and Financial Planning

Larry joined OptiFour Integrated Wealth Management in May 2007 as Director of Investments and Financial Planning. ...

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Lawrence D. Solomon, MBA, CFP®

Director of Investments and Financial Planning
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Larry joined OptiFour Integrated Wealth Management in May 2007 as Director of Investments and Financial Planning. In this role, he provides leadership in all aspects of the organization’s financial and investment analyzes, including financial planning, investment research, investment selection and monitoring, and client reporting.

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business from SUNY Albany in Albany, New York. After working for a year, he was admitted to graduate school at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, where he earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Larry began his career in the financial services industry as a Registered Representative and Financial Advisor for Equitable Life in White Plains, New York.

In 2002, he completed the Certified Financial Planner course work and comprehensive exam and currently maintains the CFP designation. Over the years, he has contributed to and been quoted in numerous articles on mutual funds and has appeared in popular financial publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Investment News, Dow Jones Newswires, The LA Times, and others.

He and his wife Maura enjoy living in Germantown, MD, where he is an avid fisherman, weightlifter, and sports car enthusiast.

Tanya M. Blakely

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Tanya M. Blakely

Director of Client Relations

Tanya joined OptiFour Integrated Wealth Management in January 2015 as Director of Client Relations. As ...

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Tanya M. Blakely

Director of Client Relations
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Tanya joined OptiFour Integrated Wealth Management in January 2015 as Director of Client Relations. As such, she is responsible for overseeing client services for all OptiFour clients. Tanya is also acting Director of Business Development.

Tanya is a dual US-German citizen, and is bilingual. She studied International Business in Wurzburg, Germany, and holds a Bachelor’s in International Business.

Tanya began working in the financial field during her return from Europe. She started her career with Bank of America, and subsequently worked for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. After 10+ years of Operations Analysis, she joined a Registered Investment Advisory firm in Columbia, Maryland, where she specialized in Investment Operations.

Tanya is a new resident to DC/Northern Virginia. She likes to explore the area and enjoys cooking, fine dining, cycling, traveling, and spending time with her family & friends.

Ted Elkins

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Ted Elkins

Tax Preparation & Compliance Auditing

Ted Elkins joined Cohen & Burnett, P.C. in 2016. His responsibilities include tax preparation and compliance ...

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Ted Elkins

Tax Preparation & Compliance Auditing
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Ted Elkins joined Cohen & Burnett, P.C. in 2016. His responsibilities include tax preparation and compliance auditing.

He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Before joining the firm he worked on a documentary film and as a film projectionist. In his free time he enjoys seeing concerts at the 9:30 Club, brewing beer, and filmmaking.

Jeremy Laughton

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Jeremy Laughton

Associate Attorney

Jeremy Laughton joined Cohen & Burnett in 2016 as an Associate Attorney after graduating with honors ...

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Jeremy Laughton

Associate Attorney
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Jeremy Laughton joined Cohen & Burnett in 2016 as an Associate Attorney after graduating with honors from the George Washington University Law School. During law school he worked on the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and volunteered at the D.C. Bankruptcy Assistance Center. He also worked as an intern at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to attending law school he graduated from Reed College, in Portland Oregon, with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is currently a member of the Maryland State Bar.

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