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  1. Protorae Law Welcomes New Member John Monica, Jr. and Associate John Williams

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    Protorae Law PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of member John Monica, Jr. to its Business Litigation, Antitrust and Nanotechnology practices, and associate John Williams to its Business Transactions and Construction Law practices.

    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.

    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. Government Contracts Partner Devon Hewitt Appointed as SECAF General Counsel

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    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.

  3. Intellectual Property Partner Antigone Peyton Recognized Among Women of Legal Tech 2018

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    Protorae Law partner and Intellectual Property and Technology Law chair, Antigone Peyton, was recognized among The Legal Technology Resource Center’s (LTRC) Women of Legal Tech 2018.   

    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.

  4. Protorae Law Recognized Among Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Largest Law Firms for 2018

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    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.

  5. Two Protorae Law Attorneys Recognized Among the 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce that two attorneys were selected to the 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars listing: Member Antigone G. PeytonSuper Lawyer and Member 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.

  6. Member Antigone Peyton Recipient of 2018 GMU IPLS Distinguished Law Alumni Award

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    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. 

  7. Protorae Law Welcomes Associate David Johnson

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    Protorae Law PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of associate David Johnson to its Intellectual Property and Technology Law and Business Transactions practices.

    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.

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.