Virginia Business magazine, in association with the Virginia Bar Association, has named eleven Protorae Law partners across seven practice areas to its 2018 Virginia Legal Elite listing. The firm’s selected attorneys include:
This marks the fourth consecutive year Protorae Law has been recognized among the Virginia Business Legal Elite. For their 19th edition, Virginia Business polled more than 14,000 attorneys in the commonwealth, asking them to select from their peers the best lawyers in a total of 18 practice categories.
Protorae Law is pleased to announce the publication of the 2018 edition of Nanotechnology Law published by Thomson Reuters which is authored by firm member John Monica. The full-length reference text is also available on Westlaw and provides comprehensive treatment of the law related to nanotechnology with an emphasis on the environment, health, and safety. The 2018 edition features updated sections on EPA and FDA regulation of nanoscale materials, as well as an updated summary of NIOSH industrial hygiene efforts. The book is divided into 12 chapters that cover federal development efforts, potential environmental, health, and safety concerns, environmental regulatory issues, food and drug regulatory issues, nanoscale materials in the workplace, consumer products and insurance issues, municipal, regional, and state development and regulation, standards and nomenclature, the intellectual property landscape, and regulatory efforts in Massachusetts and California.
As head of the Trusts and Estates practice, Dave focuses on estate planning and administration, while also practicing in the areas of Corporate and Business Entities, and Business Transactions where he assists clients with business succession planning. Prior to joining Protorae, Dave founded and ran his own law practice, at Dominion Legal PLC, focused on estate and business law. Dave has a passion for assisting business owners create integrated plans for their families, personal wealth, and businesses. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned both his B.A. and J.D. degrees.
Justine’s estate planning practice includes wills, revocable living trusts, powers of attorney, and advance Medical directives. She has extensive estate administration experience in Fairfax and Arlington Counties, with decedent’s estates ranging in value from several million dollars to insolvency. Prior to joining Protorae, Justine worked at Dominion Legal PLC in addition to serving as a Trust Officer for The Northern Trust Company in Chicago, Illinois. Justine earned an LL.M. in Taxation from DePaul University College of Law, a J.D. from Marquette University School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from Marquette University.
“Dave’s 25 years of experience offers clients the opportunity to align their personal and business objectives—whether its strategic business succession planning, or personal family planning,” said managing member James B. Kinsel. “We are pleased to welcome Dave and Justine’s talents and expertise to serve as the driving force for this practice area.”
The firm’s Trusts and Estates Practice provides estate planning services that include wealth transfers, business successions, and spousal support, along with incapacity, charitable, special needs, and legacy protection planning. The Trusts and Estates team also works closely with our Business Transactions practice to ensure that both personal and business objectives are aligned for clients who require strategic business succession planning. The Trusts and Estates Practice offers administration services in addition to trusts and estates litigation.
With over twenty-five years’ experience, John Monica’s practice is concentrated in complex civil, multi-party and multi-district litigation. He focuses on commercial litigation and antitrust matters. John Monica is nationally recognized for his nanotechnology and chemical regulatory expertise. He advises clients on nanotechnology regulatory compliance and legislative issues, and monitors trade association activities to ensure adherence to state and federal laws.
Prior to joining Protorae Law, John was the managing partner of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. John earned his Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Northwestern University.
“We are extremely pleased to add another seasoned litigator to our litigation practice,” said Managing Member James Kinsel. “Experience counts when handling the complex litigation matters that our firm routinely handles. John’s background perfectly aligns with the Protorae Law’s vision of managing litigation to match each client’s business interests. We are also excited to offer John’s nanotechnology practice to our technology clients.”
John Williams joins the firm as an experienced corporate attorney whose practice focuses on guiding companies through complex business transactions, including drafting and negotiating ownership agreements, professional service agreements, and real estate development contracts. John has an extensive background strategically advising businesses and business owners on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, executive compensation matters, and compliance with government procurement and contracting programs. John earned his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech.
“John Williams deepens Protorae Law’s bench strength in the corporate and business transactions practices. We are excited to add John to our firm’s already robust transactional law practice, and we look forward to integrating his architecture and engineering clients with our firm,” said Kinsel.
On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Protorae Law’s Government Contracts partner Devon Hewitt was appointed as the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum’s (SECAF) General Counsel for the upcoming 2018 – 2019 year. Prior to her appointment, Hewitt has served on the SECAF Board of Directors for five years, playing an active role in the organization’s annual Government Contractor Awards Gala which the firm also sponsors.
“I am honored to have been appointed SECAF’s General Counsel. SECAF champions the “little guy” which is essential in an industry dominated by giants. I’m happy that I get to continue to be part of that mission in this new role,” said Hewitt.
Founded in 2001, SECAF enables small and emerging government contractors to achieve maximum growth rates in a highly competitive marketplace. Providing members with access to government agencies, thought leaders and industry experts as well as advocacy opportunities and education, the group is an important resource for a growing company. SECAF also serves medium to large government contractors, providing invaluable introductions to specialized small businesses that enable the overall contracting community to work successfully together. With more than 350 members, the organization boasts one of the highest retention rates in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.
LTRC’s Women of Legal Tech initiative is intended to encourage diversity and celebrate women in legal technology. Now in it’s third year, this initiative launched in 2015 with a list of innovators and leaders in legal technology and with this year’s additions, that list now includes over 80 talented and influential women leaders.
Antigone’s spotlight interview from this year’s nominees can be found here.
For the third consecutive year Protorae Law, which was founded in 2010, was named one of “Virginia’s Largest Law Firms” for 2018 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. This annual survey identifies the 75 largest law firms across Virginia.
Over the past year Protorae Law has added five attorneys across three practice areas and recently completed an office expansion to accommodate its rapid growth.
Protorae Law is pleased to announce that two attorneys were selected to the 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars listing: Member Antigone G. Peyton, Super Lawyer andMember Rebecca Bricken Segal, Rising Star. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Antigone Peyton leads the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Law practice. She focuses on complex privacy and cybersecurity issues, and data management projects for billion dollar corporations, in addition to IP portfolio management and growth strategies which include patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights.
Rebecca Segal is a seasoned attorney focuses on business litigation, advising large, mid-tier, and small companies on business disputes by facilitating problem solving both inside and outside the courtroom. Segal Co-Chairs the firm’s Business Litigation practice.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.
Intellectual Property and Technology Law chair Antigone Peyton to be recognized by the George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School Intellectual Property Law Society as the recipient of the 2018 GMU IPLS Distinguished Alumni Law Award. Peyton will be honored at an Alumni Reception on Wednesday, April 4th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Hazel Hall Atrium. Peyton is a 2002 graduate of the GMU Antonin Scalia Law School.
David focuses his practice on trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution, and enforcement. He also works on a wide variety of technology matters, including social media and advertising, privacy, and intellectual property related transactions. Drawing on his in-house legal and business experience, David partners closely with clients to help them plan for their long-term business goals and tolerances for risk in strategically managing, building, and protecting multi-national intellectual property portfolios. His experience includes advising clients ranging from pre-launch start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.
“David Johnson is a talented IP and technology attorney with significant experience advising clients on the full range of trademark, copyright, privacy, and other technology topics, with a particular focus on drafting and negotiating licenses and commercial contracts. He brings a practical approach to his counseling and transactional practice and helps companies balance legal risks and business needs. We’re delighted that David has joined our team,” said Intellectual Property and Technology Law Chair, Antigone Peyton.
Before joining Protorae Law, David was Counsel at a NYC-based intellectual property and business strategic advisory firm, where he worked closely with the internal business and legal teams to counsel clients on the strategic development, protection, and monetization of their U.S. and foreign trademark, copyright, and domain portfolios as well as advising on social media and advertising issues. David received his Juris Doctorate from William & Mary Law School and graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.