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  1. Protorae Law Expands Litigation Practice with New Associate Siobhan Canty

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    Protorae Law PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of associate Siobhan Canty to its Unfair Business Practices and Business Litigation practice teams.

    Prior to joining Protorae Law, Siobhan was a Visiting Fellow with the National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute (NAGTRI) at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). During her fellowship, Siobhan conducted research on state and territory attorneys general legal issues and authored materials for attorney general offices. She worked closely with the NAGTRI Center for Consumer Protection (CCP) to develop seminars and trainings for attorney general staff and wrote articles on consumer protection news and legal updates published in the CCP’s monthly newsletter.

    Siobhan also has prior experience working in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Washington, D.C. Field Office and in the Division of Legal Services within the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program at the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. She also worked at a labor and employment law firm in her home state of Michigan.

    “We are very excited to add Siobhan to our litigation practice.  This addition allows the firm to meet its increasing demands for Litigation support on complex matters,” said Managing Member James Kinsel.

    Siobhan received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

    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 and Land Use, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Law,  Trusts and Estates, Tax Law and Business Litigation.

  2. Three Protorae Law Attorneys Recognized Among the 2021 Super Lawyers Honorees

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce that three attorneys were selected to the 2021 Virginia and Washington DC Super Lawyers listing: Brian Chandler, Devon Hewitt, and James Kinsel. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

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    Brian Chandler leads the firm’s Employment Law practice and is chair of the firm’s Transactional Law practices. Brian focuses his practice on employment matters, resolving business disputes, breach of contract actions, and corporate control matters. He has represented business before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

    Devon Hewitt heads the firm’s Government Contracts practice and represents emerging, small, mid-size and large government contractors located across the United States and abroad.  She is best known as a bid protest attorney, having participated in well over 100 bid protests lodged at various federal agencies, including the Small Business Administration and the Government Accountability Office.

    James Kinsel co-chairs the firm’s Business Litigation practice defending and presecuting hundred of business disputes involving breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation and other business tort claims in federal courts, as well as Virginia and Maryland state courts.

    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.

  3. Devon Hewitt Recipient of 2021 SECAF Advocate of the Year Award

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    Protorae Law is proud to congratulate our Government Contracts partner Devon Hewitt who was the recipient of the 2021 Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) Advocate of the Year Award at their 13th annual Government Contractor Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 6th, 2021.

    For more than a decade, SECAF’s flagship event has honored small and emerging government contractors by recognizing the key role these firms have in creating innovation and advancement within their industry.  The SECAF Advocate of the Year award is bestowed upon a member who tirelessly champions the organization’s mission.  Ms. Hewitt has been a member of SECAF for over ten years, has served on their Board of Directors for over five years, and was appointed as their General Counsel in 2018.

    The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) enables the small and emerging government contractor to achieve maximum growth rates in a highly competitive marketplace. Providing members with business resources, access to influencers and government agencies, and advocacy opportunities and education, SECAF 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 in tandem.

  4. Seven Protorae Law Attorneys Recognized Among 2020 Virginia Legal Elite

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    Virginia Business magazine, in association with the Virginia Bar Association, has named seven Protorae Law partners across six practice areas to its 2020 Virginia Legal Elite listing.  The firm’s selected attorneys include:

    This marks the sixth consecutive year Protorae Law has been recognized among the Virginia Business Legal Elite.  For their 21st 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.

  5. Government Contracts Partner Devon Hewitt Reappointed to SECAF Board of Directors

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    The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF), the premier organization for the small and emerging government contractor community, announced today the appointment of their Officers and Board of Directors for 2020-2021. We are honored to announce Protorae Law’s Government Contracts partner Devon Hewitt will be reappointed to serve for a seventh year as a member of the Board of Directors. She will join a talented team committed to the needs of the community of small and emerging government contractors.

    SECAF enables the small and emerging government contractor to achieve maximum growth in a highly competitive marketplace. Providing members with business resources, access to influencers and government agencies, SECAF is an important resource for a growing company. SECAF also serves the medium to large government contractors, providing invaluable introductions to specialized small businesses that enable the overall contracting community to work successfully in tandem. For more information, visit www.secaf.org.

  6. Protorae Law Welcomes Tax Law Attorney Robert G. Trott

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce the addition of Senior Counsel Robert G. Trott to its Tax Law and Business Transactions practices.

    Rob focuses his practice on tax controversy and planning while helping businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities and individuals navigate the often subtle and complex tax implications of their transactions. He has extensive experience representing clients in tax matters, with an emphasis on creative solutions and effective negotiation that drive the best resolutions, in the shortest amount of time, and in a way that minimizes any unnecessary waste of resources. Rob has counseled and represented private U.S. and international clients, as well as foreign, federal, state, and local governmental entities, to resolve a broad array of matters in every type of forum, including IRS and other administrative hearings, courts, appeals procedures, and other legal forums and types of proceedings.

    “We are excited to have Rob join our transactional team. His sophisticated tax law practice is a complement to our existing corporate and business services and will be beneficial in providing our clients with more in depth tax planning and controversy services,” said co-managing member Brian Chandler.

    Rob began his career in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he supported senior attorneys in a wide variety of practice areas. He then joined Nixon Peabody, where he was a member of the Tax, Global Transactions, and Corporate practice groups, before going into private practice. Rob received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law school. He earned his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law, cum laude, an M.F.A. in English from Queens University, and a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia.

    Established in 2010, Protorae Law is a Tysons, Virginia based business law firm which focuses its practice on Government ContractsCorporate & Business EntitiesBusiness LitigationEmployment Law, Data Privacy, Intellectual Property and Technology LawReal Estate and Land UseArchitecture, Engineering & Construction LawTrusts and Estates and Family Law and Domestic Relations.

  7. Four Protorae Law Attorneys Recognized Among the 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers Honorees

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce that four attorneys were selected to the 2020 Virginia and Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars listing: Super Lawyers Brian Chandler, Devon Hewitt, and James Kinsel; and Rising Star John Williams. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

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    Brian Chandler leads the firm’s Employment Law practice and is chair of the firm’s Transactional Law practices. Brian focuses his practice on employment matters, resolving business disputes, breach of contract actions, and corporate control matters. He has represented business before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

    Devon Hewitt heads the firm’s Government Contracts practice and represents emerging, small, mid-size and large government contractors located across the United States and abroad.  She is best known as a bid protest attorney, having participated in well over 100 bid protests lodged at various federal agencies, including the Small Business Administration and the Government Accountability Office.

    James Kinsel co-chairs the firm’s Business Litigation practice defending and presecuting hundred of business disputes involving breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation and other business tort claims in federal courts, as well as Virginia and Maryland state courts.

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    John Williams is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions practice. John is an experienced corporate attorney who focuses on advising clients on complex business transactions, including drafting and negotiating partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, real estate development agreements, and design/construction contracts.

    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.

  8. Eleven Protorae Law Attorneys Recognized Among 2019 Virginia Legal Elite

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    Virginia Business magazine, in association with the Virginia Bar Association, has named eleven Protorae Law partners across nine practice areas to its 2019 Virginia Legal Elite listing.  The firm’s selected attorneys include:

    This marks the fifth consecutive year Protorae Law has been recognized among the Virginia Business Legal Elite.  For their 20th 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.

  9. Three Protorae Law Attorneys Recognized as Top Attorneys by Arlington Magazine

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    Protorae Law is pleased to congratulate the following attorneys who were recognized as Top Attorneys in their respective practice areas by Arlington Magazine for 2019.

    Arlington Magazine‘s Top Attorneys recognizes the most respected attorneys in our area, as nominated by their peers in the legal community. Top Attorneys reflects the results of a survey conducted by Arlington Magazine in which local attorneys were asked to nominate their peers in 21 practice areas.