Hamilton, Virginia Business Lawyers

Lee E. Berlik
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Virginia Business Law Attorney with 23 years experience

Lee E. Berlik is the founder and managing member of BerlikLaw, LLC. Based in Northern Virginia, BerlikLaw concentrates its practice in the areas of defamation law (libel and slander), business disputes, and intellectual... Read More »
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Jamie J. Sack
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Virginia Business Law Lawyer

The George Washington University Law SchoolMaryland, Virginia and District of Columbia
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Merritt James Green
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Virginia Business Law Lawyer with 22 years experience

Mr. Green is General Counsel, P.C.'s founder, managing partner and leads its employment law practice. Merritt serves as an outside general counsel to numerous clients providing guidance on legal issues confronting... Read More »
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Theseus Schulze
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Virginia Business Law Attorney

I am located in Fairfax, Virginia and serve the Northern Virginia area. My practice focuses primarily on Estate Planning, Criminal Law, and Personal Injury. Read More »
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Middleburg, VA Business Law Lawyer with 51 years experience
37152 Mountville Rd
Middleburg, VA 20117
Business and International
Leesburg, VA Business Law Lawyer
(703) 771-8900 602 S King St
Leesburg, VA 20175
Business and Real Estate
Herndon, VA Business Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(202) 468-4428 205 Van Buren St Ste 430
Herndon, VA 20170
Business and IP
Northwestern University School of Law
Herndon, VA Business Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(571) 306-7222 2550 Wasser Ter
Ste 9100
Herndon, VA 20171
Business, IP and Real Estate
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Herndon, VA Business Law Attorney with 20 years experience
12013 Stuart Ridge Dr
Herndon, VA 20170
Business and Estate Planning
Herndon, VA Business Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(703) 883-0870 505 Huntmar Park Dr
Herndon, VA 20170
Business and Immigration
Herndon, VA Business Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(703) 484-0526 13600 Dulles Technology Dr
Herndon, VA 20171
Business, IP and Real Estate
Herndon, VA Business Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(703) 484-0502 13600 Dulles Technology Dr
Herndon, VA 20171
Business and Arbitration & Mediation
Herndon, VA Business Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(650) 472-3605 13027 Monroe Manor Dr
Herndon, VA 20171
Business
USC Law School
Ashburn, VA Business Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(301) 807-6561 44370 Boxford Terrace
Ashburn, VA 20147
Business, Divorce and Family
Jeffrey J. Renzulli
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Virginia Business Law Attorney with 24 years experience

Boston College Law SchoolVirginia
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Philip C. Krone
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Virginia Business Law Attorney

Philip C. Krone concentrates his practice in employment law, civil litigation, and civil rights litigation. Mr. Krone is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Virginia... Read More »
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Herndon, VA Business Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(703) 726-0197 12801 Worldgate Dr
Herndon, VA 20170
Business and Real Estate
Notre Dame Law School
Reston, VA Business Law Attorney
1490 Autumn Ridge Cir
Reston, VA 20194
Business, Civil Rights and Employment
Reston, VA Business Law Lawyer
1564 Woodcrest Dr
Reston, VA 20194
Business and Employment
Sterling, VA Business Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(410) 280-1400 47539 Coldspring Place
Sterling, VA 20165
Business and Estate Planning
Herndon, VA Business Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(703) 480-6901 13880 Dulles Corner Ln
Herndon, VA 20171
Business and Communications
St. Mary's University School of Law
Katherine S. Charapich
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Culpeper, VA Business Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(540) 812-2046 219 East Davis Street
Suite 320
Culpeper, VA 22701
Business, Elder and Estate Planning
Liberty University School of Law
U Mass Amherst - University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Political Science - Undergraduate Degree

Real Estate Broker License - Commonwealth of Virginia

Juris Doctorate Degree - Law Degree - Liberty University School of Law - Lynchburg, Virginia

Virginia State Bar - Commonwealth of Virginia
Robert Cox
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Tysons Corner, VA Business Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(703) 883-9105 1921 Gallows Road
Suite 750
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Business, Antitrust and Securities
University of Virginia School of Law
For more than 25 years, I have represented Fortune 500 companies and individuals in commercial litigation and securities enforcement matters. I have also represented accounting firms and their partners and employees in government investigations and enforcement proceedings, malpractice, and state disciplinary proceedings.

As a partner in an ‘American Lawyer Top 100 firm’, I’ve represented clients in bet-the-company litigation matters involving breach of contract, business tort, antitrust, insurance coverage, and securities claims. At the PCAOB, I led investigations of Big 4, mid-size, and small accounting firms and their partners and employees.

My litigation experience includes:

• securities fraud class action in the...
Kenneth L. Samuelson
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(202) 991-8800 1405 S. Fern St., Box
#718
Arlington, VA 22202
Arlington, VA Business Law Lawyer with 47 years experience
Business, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Real Estate
University of Michigan Law School
Commercial real estate, trade secrets and technology transactions and litigation, including contracts, leases (ground, air rights, and space), financings, LLC operating agreements and disputes, teaming and licensing agreements, subcontracts, non-competes, reciprocal easements and other types of sharing agreements, and outsourcing. District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia
Robert Franklin Powers
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Vienna, VA Business Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(703) 520-1326 8133 Leesburg Pike
Suite 130
Vienna, VA 22182
Free ConsultationBusiness, Employment, IP and Trademarks
Michigan State University
Receiving his legal training at a top ten program for intellectual property law in the United States, Mr. Powers is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law. In addition to earning his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Powers holds dual specialty certifications from Michigan State University College of Law in Corporate Law and Communications & Intellectual Property Law.

Mr. Powers is experienced in transactional business and nonprofit law, intellectual property law, employment law, estate planning, and entertainment law. He has negotiated and drafted several multi-million dollar contracts involving patent licensing and assignments, business acquisitions, asset purchases, wills and trusts, and...
Merritt James Green
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(703) 556-0411 6849 Old Dominion Drive
Suite 220
McLean, VA 22101
Free ConsultationMcLean, VA Business Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
Business, Administrative, Arbitration & Mediation and Employment
Syracuse University College of Law and University of Oxford
Mr. Green is General Counsel, P.C.'s founder, managing partner and leads its employment law practice.

Merritt serves as an outside general counsel to numerous clients providing guidance on legal issues confronting businesses and non-profit organizations ranging from contracts and agreements to the structuring of corporate transactions and business formations. Merritt also represents businesses and individuals in all aspects of labor and employment law.

Merritt received his J.D., cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law (1997). At Syracuse, he was an Associate Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and was Editor-in-Chief of The Labor Lawyer, the publication of...
John C. Cook
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Virginia Business Law Lawyer with 30 years experience

John C. Cook is a founding partner of Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC, where he has practiced since the firm’s inception in 2007. Previously, John practiced in two firms in Northern Virginia. He began his career in... Read More »
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Christopher T. Craig
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Virginia Business Law Attorney with 25 years experience

Mr. Craig is a partner in the Law Firm of Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. Previously he was a partner in the firm, Sparks & Craig, LLP after serving 10 years as an associate attorney in the predecessor law firm... Read More »
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Lee E. Berlik
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Reston, VA Business Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(703) 722-0588 1818 Library St
#500
Reston, VA 20190
Business, Arbitration & Mediation, Communications and IP
American University Washington College of Law
Lee E. Berlik is the founder and managing member of BerlikLaw, LLC. Based in Northern Virginia, BerlikLaw concentrates its practice in the areas of defamation law (libel and slander), business disputes, and intellectual property litigation. Formerly with Troutman Sanders and Mintz Levin, Lee brings his big-firm background and experience to offer clients top-notch legal services at drastically reduced rates. Lee is listed among Virginia's "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business Magazine and is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell.
Sean R Hanover
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Fairfax, VA Business Law Lawyer
(800) 579-9864 2751 Prosperity Ave.
Suite 150
Fairfax, VA 22031
Business, Criminal, Employment and Family
Attorney Hanover has been working in the legal arena since graduating with double Master Degrees in Employment Law (HR) and Union Law (Industrial Relations) in 1996. He obtained his JD from the University of the District of Columbia in 2008 and maintains a vibrant practice focusing on immigration, bankruptcy, criminal defense, and business law. In a twist he never saw coming, Mr. Hanover has become accomplished at defending gang members and individuals convicted of drug offenses in immigration court. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hanover also owns an IT consulting company, HHC, Inc. based in Fairfax, VA. This company...
Juan E. Milanes, Esq.
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Reston, VA Business Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(703) 880-4881 c/o Law Offices of Juan Milanes PLLC
1831 Wiehle Ave Ste 105
Reston, VA 20120
Free ConsultationBusiness, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Stockbroker Fraud
American University Washington College of Law
Mr. Milanes has built a solid reputation for outstanding legal work and inspirational management and mediation skills. Throughout his twelve year career with the United States Department of Justice, during which time he held several positions ranging from Federal Prosecutor to trainer for the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Office, Mr. Milanes appeared as lead counsel in several hundred cases, successfully trying several. He spent years working in various capacities in both the Washington, D.C. metro area and Suan Juan districts and, in addition to having significant legal connections and being a well-respected litigator in both jurisdictions,...
Young S. Song
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Annandale, VA Business Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(703) 354-1033 7002 Little River Turnpike, Ste. E
Annandale, VA 22003
Free ConsultationBusiness, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Divorce and Bankruptcy, with Dignity. Licensed in MD, VA, and DC, with offices in Ellicott City, Maryland and Annandale, Virginia.
Richard Sternberg
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Fairfax, VA Business Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(888) 541-4020 10605 Judicial Dr, B7
Fairfax, VA 22030
Business, International, Probate and Real Estate
Center for International Legal Studies and Georgetown University
The Law Offices of Richard S. Sternberg is dedicated to the principle that bigger is not always better. Instead, it rests on a tradition that actually antedates the rise of the “mega-firm”-the solo practice. Emulating a country lawyer in a big-city environment allows Mr. Sternberg to provide more individualized service to his clients, and, at the same time, pursue more collegial relations with other members of the Bar. Since 1984, Mr. Sternberg has dedicated his practice to representing individuals and smaller businesses. For those corporate clients who have larger needs, he is affiliated with the Metropolitan Washington Law Consortium,...
Broderick C. Dunn
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Fairfax, VA Business Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(703) 865-7480 3050 Chain Bridge Rd
#200
Fairfax, VA 22030
Business, Employment and Landlord Tenant
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Broderick C. Dunn is a partner at Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. Mr. Dunn helps individuals and small businesses navigate the litigation process. He also counsels clients in dispute avoidance. Mr. Dunn focuses his practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation where he represents federal government and private sector employees as well as employers.

Mr. Dunn also focuses his practice on counseling and litigation involving business torts, creditor’s rights, traffic defense, constitutional law and commercial landlord/tenant issues. He regularly appears in state and federal courts and in front of private arbitrators, mediators and administrative agencies.

Mr. Dunn is licensed to practice...
John C. Cook
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Fairfax, VA Business Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(703) 865-7480 3050 Chain Bridge Rd
#200
Fairfax, VA 22030
Business, Employment and Personal Injury
George Mason University School of Law
John C. Cook is a founding partner of Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC, where he has practiced since the firm’s inception in 2007. Previously, John practiced in two firms in Northern Virginia. He began his career in the District of Columbia’s Corporation Counsel’s (now Attorney General’s) office.

John’s practice emphasizes the representation of executives, employees and small businesses in employment law matters, including advice and counsel regarding workplace issues; drafting, review and negotiation of severance agreements, executive contracts and employee handbooks; and litigation arising out of breach of contract, non-competition agreements, workplace assaults, theft of proprietary information, fraud, Family and Medical...
Jay M. McDannell
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Reston, VA Business Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(703) 722-0588 1818 Library St
#500
Reston, VA 20190
Business, Civil Rights, Construction and Employment
Georgetown University Law Center
Jay M. McDannell is a civil/commercial litigator with over 10 years experience in state and federal courts, both locally and nationally. Jay has successfully resolved both small cases and multi-million dollar disputes for clients over a wide range of practice areas and industries, including government contracts, construction, energy, financial services, fraud, insurance, civil rights and complex commercial disputes. Jay's clients vary as well from individuals to small business owners to multinational corporations.

In his free time Jay is helping coach his son's baseball team and plays softball and volleyball. Jay has also done award-winning work with underprivileged District of Columbia high-school...
Heather R. Steele
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Tyson’s Corner, VA Business Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
7926 Jones Branch Drive
Suite 930
Tyson’s Corner, VA 22102
Business, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
George Mason University School of Law
Heather is admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She represents businesses and individuals and helps to resolve their disputes through litigation, mediation, and negotiation of agreements. Heather handles small business representation, including contract reviews, contract drafting, entity formation (corporations, LLCs), corporate transactions (buy/sell, mergers, acquisitions), demand letters, business litigation and collections. Ms. Steele also represents homeowners associations (HOAs) and condominium associations (condos) with regard to general legal advice, drafting of resolutions, supervision and certification of elections, registration with the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation...
Bernard Crane
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Fairfax, VA Business Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(202) 429-2900 10560 Main Street
Suite 310
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free ConsultationBusiness, Criminal, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Bernard Crane graduated from George Washington University, and earned his law degree from Catholic University. He's been practicing criminal and business law in the Washington area since 1985. For over 30 years, he's zealously fought for clients accused of all types of crimes - from marijuana to murder and carjacking. There's almost nothing he's not already seen and learned to deal with, both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. He's helped thousands of people get through some of the worst times in their lives. He can help you, too.

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Before becoming an attorney, he was a private investigator,...
Charles Sickels
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Virginia Business Law Lawyer with 41 years experience

American University Washington College of LawU.S. District Court of Maryland, U.S. Supreme Court, Virginia and District of Columbia
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Lee Dixon II
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Virginia Business Law Lawyer with 14 years experience

University of Florida Levin College of Law and Case Western Reserve University School of LawDistrict of Columbia, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Montana
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Gobind S. Sethi
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Reston, VA Business Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(703) 991-1949 11260 Roger Bacon Drive
Suite 400
Reston, VA 20190
Free ConsultationBusiness, Personal Injury and Products Liability
American University Washington College of Law
Gobind Sethi has been litigating civil cases for over a decade. He is a skilled personal injury lawyer in Reston and is passionate about helping injury victims obtain the justice they deserve. He is known for his in-depth knowledge of the field, his professionalism, and his ability to get positive results. He started his career at Georgetown University, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He went on to receive a Master of Arts for International Affairs from American University and his Jurist Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law. To learn how Attorney Sethi can help you with your...
Jeffrey Scott Romanick
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Fairfax, VA Business Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(703) 273-1400 3975 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free ConsultationBusiness, Criminal, DUI and Landlord Tenant
American University Washington College of Law
C. Douglas Welty
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Arlington, VA Business Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(703) 276-0114 2300 Wilson Blvd - Ste 240
Arlington, VA 22201
Business and Estate Planning
University of Virginia School of Law
C. Douglas Welty, a full-time trusts & estates attorney, is certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist by the Estate Law Specialist Board, an autonomous body accredited by the American Bar Association and affiliated with the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. He was the first estate planning attorney in Northern Virginia to earn such certification.

Doug Welty also holds the multidisciplinary Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) designation, which is conferred by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils upon both estate planning attorneys and highly experienced non-attorney estate planning professionals (such as certified public accountants, financial planners, insurance specialists,...
Kathleen M. Stotish Esq.
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Falls Church, VA Business Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(703) 237-1200 201 Park Washington Ct
1st Floor
Falls Church, VA 22046
Business, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
American University Washington College of Law
Kathleen Marie Stotish was born and raised in central New Jersey, and has called northern Virginia "home" for nearly a decade. She focuses her practice on business transactions and commercial litigation, and also works in the areas of collections/creditors' rights law, and family law. Ms. Stotish has also been certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Guardian Ad Litem for Incapacitated Adults. Ms. Stotish graduated cum laude from the Washington College of Law at American University in 2012. During law school, Ms. Stotish worked as a Law Clerk with the Law Offices of Jonathan Gelber,...
Gary Brooks Mims
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Fairfax, VA Business Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(703) 925-0500 3925 Chain Bridge Rd
#402
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free ConsultationBusiness, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Products Liability
George Mason University School of Law
Known for consistent courtroom success, Gary B. Mims has practiced law since 1980. He was a defense litigator for 20 years, defending a heavy schedule of trials involving automobile, trucking, train and other transportation accidents and a wide variety of personal injury cases. He developed a special interest and significant experience in medical malpractice, first from the defense side, and since 1999, as a plaintiff's attorney. He has successfully represented clients in complicated medical cases involving failure to diagnose cancer, defective joint prostheses, anesthesia-related injuries and weight-loss drugs. Gary has also successfully represented clients suffering injury...
Joan Fine
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Winchester, VA Business Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(540) 722-6800 302 W. Boscawen St.
Winchester, VA 22601
Business, Construction, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Boston College Law School
Ms. Fine has practiced law for 35 years, the last 28 in Virginia. Her business law experience started immediately after graduating from Boston College Law School in 1982 when she worked at a 50-attorney Boston law firm. In 1989 she joined the Costello Dickenson firm in Winchester, Virginia, and in 1990 opened her own firm.

Ms. Fine has extensive practice drafting business contracts, including buy-sell agreements, employment agreements and non-competition agreements, and, balancing that experience, she reviews and litigates contracts drafted by other attorneys.

Her Wills, Trusts and Estates practice involves planning, drafting estate documents and probate litigation.

Her equine practice is an...
Joshua E. Bushman
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Arlington, VA Business Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(703) 845-9070 2800 Shirlington Road
Suite 503
Arlington, VA 22206
Business, Elder, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Richmond School of Law
At the Bushman Law Group, our motto is simple: "Let our attorneys deal with your legal problems while you get back to what is truly important . . . the rest of your life." We know that facing a legal problem is stressful, that is why our attorneys guide you through each step of the legal process with prompt, personal service you can trust. Our goal is to build a long-term, relationship with our clients, and we want our clients to trust us with all of their legal work. To this end, we work hard on every case,...
Kyle L. Epting Esq.
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Arlington, VA Business Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(703) 842-3025 1739 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
Business, Elder, Employment and Probate
George Mason University
Kyle L. Epting is licensed in Virginia, District of Columbia and Maryland. After graduating from law school at George Mason University School of Law in 2010, Kyle was a fellow for the National Federation of Independent Business where he worked on various federal appellate business related cases. Kyle then worked with Arlington Law Group from 2010 to 2012, handling various business, employment and litigation related issues for the firm’s clients. In 2012, Kyle took a leave of absence to gain litigation experience with the employment law group at Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott, LLC. After seeing...
Ryan A Brown
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Arlington, VA Business Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(703) 842-3025 1739 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209-2741
Business, Employment, Estate Planning and Tax
George Mason University
Ryan A. Brown was born in Kansas City and raised in California. His first job in the computer industry began at the age of eleven, building and repairing personal computers for a local store in Santa Barbara, California. In 1993 he began a computer and Internet consulting firm and started the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Santa Barbara. Ryan went on to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a BS in Computer Science with departmental and school honors and a BA in Spanish in 2000. Ryan is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon...
Mary Mikell Baker
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Reston, VA Business Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(703) 722-0588 1818 Library St
#500
Reston, VA 20190
Business, Employment and Trademarks
Georgetown University Law Center
Mary Baker is a senior litigation attorney and Of Counsel to BerlikLaw, LLC. Mary engages primarily in civil litigation, including business and commercial litigation, employment litigation, intellectual property and trademark litigation and complex litigation. She has handled litigation covering essentially every issue that affects business. She litigates primarily in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, but has litigated in federal courts in California, Georgia, Maryland, New York and Texas.

Some notable professional accomplishments and highlights include:

Winning a $5.4M verdict as lead counsel for a successful Northern Virginia internet technology company in an employment and trade secrets theft case in the...
James M. Sack
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Virginia Business Law Lawyer with 43 years experience

Boston University School of Law and Georgetown University Law CenterDistrict of Columbia and Virginia
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Andrew Tureaud
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Virginia Business Law Lawyer

Andrew J. Tureaud is an associate attorney at Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. Mr. Tureaud concentrates his practice in employment law, civil litigation, and civil rights litigation. Mr. Tureaud is licensed to... Read More »
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