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  1. Protorae Law Welcomes Counsel Ben Kacher and Associate Brian Wotring

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    Protorae Law PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of counsel Benjamin L. Kacher to its Government Contracts practice and associate Brian M. Wotring to its Business Litigation practice.

    As a member of the Government Contracts and Business Transactions practices, Ben Kacher represents government contractors in a broad range of matters. Ben has advised clients extensively on all aspects of contracting with the United States Government. Having gained experience in roles with the government, in-house, and as outside counsel, Ben offers a unique and well-rounded perspective into government contracts matters. Before joining Protorae Law, Ben worked as lead counsel for BAE Systems’ ordnance systems business unit. Prior to working in house, Ben worked for both the United Department of Defense and Navy, assigned to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program in Arlington, Virginia. Ben earned an LL.M. in Government Procurement Law from the George Washington University Law School and his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.

    “We are very pleased to have Ben Kacher join our firm’s robust Government Contracts practice. Ben’s in-house experience broadens our ability to identify with GovCon clients to better understand their operations, assist them with meeting objectives, and advocate on their behalf,” said Managing Member James Kinsel.

    As a litigator, Brian Wotring represents sophisticated clients through discovery, motions practice, settlement negotiations, and trial. Before joining Protorae Law, Brian clerked for the Honorable Charles S. Russell of the Supreme Court of Virginia, where he assisted the Justice with resolving complex legal issues on appeal. Prior to clerking at the Supreme Court, he clerked for the Honorable Charles E. Poston and the Honorable John R. Doyle of the Norfolk Circuit Court in Virginia.  Brian received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. Brian is also a veteran of the United States Army with decorated service in Iraq.

    “Brian is another excellent addition to our firm’s growing litigation practice. Brian’s clerkship with the Supreme Court of Virginia gives our firm added perspective into the court system,” said Kinsel.

    Established in 2010, Protorae Law is a Tysons, Virginia based business law firm which focuses its practice on Government ContractsCorporate & Business EntitiesEmployment LawIntellectual Property and Technology LawReal EstateCommercial LendingConstruction LawTrusts and Estates and Business Litigation.

  2. Eight Protorae Law Attorneys Recognized Among 2017 Virginia Legal Elite

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    Virginia Business magazine, in association with the Virginia Bar Association, has named eight Protorae Law partners across six practice areas to its 2017 Virginia Legal Elite listing.

    Attorneys throughout the state were asked to nominate their peers in 18 practice categories.

    “Our firm is honored to have attorneys recognized among the Virginia Business Legal Elite for a third consecutive year. We continually strive to address our clients’ sophisticated legal needs in business transactions and disputes, and we appreciate being recognized for our services,” said Managing Member James Kinsel.

  3. Protorae Law Expands Its Litigation Practice with New Associates Dinner and Marfut

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    Protorae Law PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of associates Scott M. Dinner and Bret C. Marfut to its Business Litigation practice.

    As a member of the Business Litigation and Government Contracts practices, Scott Dinner is a litigator who represents businesses in commercial disputes as well as bid protests.  He has dedicated much of his career to litigating complex, bet-the-company cases, including numerous cases with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.  Scott draws on his experience in such high-risk matters to not only help his clients strategically navigate disputes but also vigorously advocate for their interests. Scott received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University.

    An experienced litigator, Bret Marfut represents sophisticated clients through discovery, motions practice, settlement negotiations, and trial.  Before joining the firm, Bret clerked for the Honorable Elizabeth K. Dillon of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and worked as a litigation associate at a boutique government litigation firm in Salem, Virginia.  He has experience representing municipalities and state actors in constitutional, employment, procurement, and tort litigation in state and federal courts throughout Virginia.  Bret graduated from Washington and Lee School of Law and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Christopher Newport University.

    “We are very excited to add Scott and Bret to our litigation and government contracts practices.  These additions allow the firm to meet its increasing demands for Litigation and Government Contracts support on complex matters,” said Managing Member James Kinsel.

    Established in 2010, Protorae Law is a Tysons, Virginia based business law firm which focuses its practice on Government Contracts, Corporate & Business Entities, Employment Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Real Estate, Commercial LendingConstruction LawTrusts and Estates and Business Litigation.

  4. Protorae Law Recognized Among Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Largest Law Firms for 2017

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    Protorae Law, which was founded in 2010, was named one of “Virginia’s Largest Law Firms” for 2017 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. This annual survey identifies the 75 largest law firms across Virginia.

    Over the past year Protorae Law has added nine attorneys across five practice areas.  This growth also included the addition of three practice areas: Commercial Lending, Construction Law, and Intellectual Property and Technology Law.

  5. Four Protorae Law Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Virginia & Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Star Listings

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce that four attorneys were selected to the 2017 Virginia & Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists: Member Antigone G. Peyton, Super Lawyer; Member Rebecca Bricken Segal, Rising Star; Senior Counsel Alison R. Mullins, Rising Star; and Associate Aaron C. Cummings, 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 IP litigation and portfolio management including growth strategies involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. Her litigation and counseling practices also include unfair competition, DMCA violations, computer fraud, and technology law issues including social media, IoT, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.

    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.

  6. Protorae Law Announces Launch of Intellectual Property and Technology Law Practice Along with Four New Attorneys

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce the launch of its Intellectual Property and Technology Law practice along with the addition of five new attorneys.  The practice, led by new member Antigone Peyton, also includes member Kandis Koustenis, of counsel Jennifer Atkins, and associate attorney Amanda Hebert, all former attorneys of Cloudigy Law PLLC which was based in McLean, VA.

    The firm’s new IP and Technology Law practice focuses on Patent, Trademark, and Copyright services in addition to Cybersecurity and Privacy, Trade Secrets, and IP Litigation for clients ranging from large corporations to startups.  The group’s experience includes practicing law in some of the largest firms in the world and roles as former innovators, having been scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, brand consultants, and in-house counsel.

    “The addition of the IP and Technology Law practice broadens our firm’s ability to offer clients strategic counseling and litigation services to protect their brands and intellectual property.  Our new attorneys provide a unique combination of scientific credentials and legal experience that enable them to guide clients on an array of intellectual property issues. We are thrilled to offer this additional portfolio of services to new and existing clients, and are already seeing positive results from matching our new IP attorneys to our existing client base,” said Managing Member James Kinsel.

    Regarding their transition to Protorae Law Antigone Peyton said, “Great results flow from a proactive, collaborative, and strategic evaluation of each company’s position relating to IP protection. Our new colleagues share our philosophical approach, which guides us naturally to recommend creative solutions that match a client’s goals as well as their budgets.”

    Antigone Peyton focuses on intellectual property litigation and IP portfolio management and growth strategies involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. Her litigation and counseling practices also include unfair competition, DMCA violations, computer fraud, and technology law issues including social media, IoT, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. She worked for the former Chief Administrative Law Judge Paul Luckern at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Honorable Kimberly Moore at the  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Peyton received her Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law, her Masters of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary.

    Kandis Koustenis focuses her practice on trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution, and enforcement. Her counseling practice includes the strategic review and management of multi-national trademark portfolios as well as transactional matters such as licensing and due diligence. Kandis also has experience in advertising review, false advertising disputes, and domain name enforcement. She clerked for the Honorable James C. Cacheris in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center.

    Jennifer Atkins represents clients in civil litigation and appellate matters involving intellectual property, unfair competition, contract disputes, products liability, discrimination, antitrust, consumer protection, and constitutional challenges. Her commercial litigation and appellate clients come from a variety of industries including construction, architecture, software, brand consulting, insurance, energy, telecommunications, food and beverage, broadcasting, and pharmaceutical products. She clerked for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law.

    Amanda Hebert focuses her practice on intellectual property portfolio management, dispute resolution, and technology related contracts. She is also a member of the Business Litigation practice team. Her experience includes trademark clearance and prosecution; copyright filings; and preparation of TOS, EULAs, and privacy policies. Hebert received her law degree from William and Mary Law School.

    Established in 2010, Protorae Law is a Tysons, Virginia based business law firm which focuses its practice on Corporate & Business Entities, Government Contracts, Employment Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Commercial Lending, Real Estate, Construction Law, Trusts and Estates, Business Breakups, and Business Litigation.

  7. Member Kathleen Kelley Appointed to Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce the appointment of member Kathleen Kelley to the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2017.

    Kelley has played an active role in the Chamber serving on the Government Contracting Council, in addition to the annual Chamber Charity 5k Committee, and as a Chamber representative for the Fairfax County Planning Commission Tysons Committee.

    “I have always admired the work of the Tysons Chamber in the Tysons business community and am honored to be joining the Board.  I have great respect for the other Board members and look forward to working with them to expand business opportunities in the Tysons region,” said Kelley.

    The Chamber’s 2017 Board of Directors will be sworn in on Wednesday, February 15th at the Annual Chairman’s VIP Breakfast hosted at The Tower Club with guest speakers, Attorney General Mark Herring and Dr. Gerald Gordon, President and CEO of the Fairfax County EDA.  Guests may register here.

  8. Protorae Law PLLC Announces the Addition of Senior Counsel Jerry William Boykin

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    Protorae Law PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of Jerry William Boykin as Senior Counsel.

    Boykin brings over 30 years of legal experience to Protorae’s Business Litigation and Business Transactions practice groups.  His experience in complex litigation includes over 40 jury trials in areas such as antitrust issues, restaurant franchise matters, constitutional questions, energy-related litigation, trademark infringement, and business torts.  In addition, Boykin represents clients in corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional matters.

    “We are delighted to add Jerry to our team.  Jerry brings with him a depth and range of legal experience that few other attorneys can match.  He has been a great friend of the firm for many years, and we look forward to the positive effects he will have on our firm for the years to come,” said the firm’s Managing Member James B. Kinsel.

    Boykin is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, New York, the Supreme Court of the United States, in addition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, and District of Columbia Circuits, the U.S. Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the U.S. Court for the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of New York. In 2015, Boykin was inducted into the Virginia Trial Attorneys Hall of Fame. Boykin is also a Vietnam veteran having received the Bronze Star and Air Medal and is a retired Naval Reserve Officer.

    Established in 2010, Protorae Law is a Tysons, Virginia based business law firm which focuses its practice on Corporate & Business Entities, Government Contracts, Employment Law, Commercial Lending, Real Estate, Construction Law, Trusts and Estates, Business Breakups, and Business Litigation.

  9. Protorae Law Launches Commercial Lending Practice with New Member David Hannah

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    Protorae Law PLLC is pleased to announce the recent formation of its Commercial Lending practice and the addition of David C. Hannah as the firm’s newest member and practice team leader.

    The firm’s Commercial Lending practice represents international, national, regional and community banks, large financial institutions and private and other non-traditional loan providers throughout the full lifecycle of the lending process – from commitment to closing.  The practice focuses on real estate and asset-based financing, construction lending, mezzanine and junior capital loan structuring and negotiating and documenting loan participation agreements and syndicated credit facilities, as well as corporate mergers and acquisition financing.  The practice team will also provide counseling to lenders in loan forbearance, workout and restructuring agreements, foreclosures and litigation matters.

    “We are tremendously excited to launch our Commercial Lending practice,” said Managing Member James B. Kinsel. “Commercial financing is a significant economic driver for the Washington Metro area, and forming this practice team furthers our ability to be a leader in the business community. “David brings with him a breadth of knowledge regarding commercial finance and lending and we look forward to the level of sophistication that he will bring to our clients.”

    With over 20 years’ experience, David focuses his practice on complex commercial transactions.  He will lead the firm’s Commercial Lending practice and is also a member of the Real Estate, Construction Law, and Business Transactions teams.  David comes to Protorae from a regional law firm and as a previous principal and president of his own title and settlement services firm.  He is also a LEED Accredited Professional for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.  David received his Juris Doctorate from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College.

    Established in 2010, Protorae Law is a Tysons, Virginia based business law firm which focuses its practice on Corporate & Business EntitiesGovernment ContractsEmployment Law, Real Estate, Construction Law, Trusts and Estates, Business Breakups, and Business Litigation.