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  1. 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.

  2. 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 Litigation, AntitrustEmployment Law, Data Privacy, Intellectual Property and Technology LawNanotechnologyReal Estate and Land UseArchitecture, Engineering & Construction LawTrusts and Estates and Family Law and Domestic Relations.

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

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce that ffour 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.

    Super Lawyers

    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.

    Rising Star

    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.

  4. Protorae Law Elects John Williams as Its Newest Member

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce the election of its newest member, John Williams, effective January 1, 2020.  Williams, who joined the firm as an associate in August of 2018, is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions, Real Estate and Land Use, and Construction Law practices.

    “We are very happy to see John Williams join the ranks of partnership at Protorae Law.  Since his arrival at the firm, John has been singularly focused on providing excellent client service and developing the Firm’s Corporate and Real Estate practices and we look forward to his continued involvement in these efforts,” said co-managing member Brian Chandler.

    An experienced corporate attorney, John’s 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 extensive background strategically advising businesses and business owners on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, and executive compensation matters. In addition, John has advised clients on corporate governance, deferred and equity-based compensation plans, and compliance with government procurement and contracting programs. John is a member of the Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia Bars.

    Prior to joining Protorae Law, John was an attorney at Lee/Shoemaker PLLC, representing many of the region’s preeminent architecture and engineering firms on a wide array of corporate and transactional matters.  John is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and Virginia Tech.

    Established in 2010, Protorae Law is a Tysons, Virginia based business law firm which focuses its practice on Government ContractsCorporate & Business EntitiesAntitrustEmployment LawIntellectual Property and Technology LawNanotechnologyReal Estate and Land Use, Construction LawTrusts and Estates and Business Litigation.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Protorae Law Welcomes Real Estate and Land Use Member Karen Cohen

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce the addition of member Karen Cohen to its Real Estate and Land Use, Construction Law, and Business Transactions practices.

    Karen focuses her practice on the commercial real estate industry, representing developers, individuals, and businesses in connection with land purchases and sales, due diligence, zoning analysis, the entitlement process, commercial leasing, and the preparation of deeds, easements and covenants. Karen’s experience includes a prior career in architecture and a master’s degree in Real Estate Development.

    “We are delighted that Karen elected to join Protorae Law. Karen’s land use and zoning practice is the perfect complement to Protorae’s existing real estate practice and expands the services we offer our client base. In addition, Karen is extremely respected throughout the legal community. We look forward to watching Karen’s practice continue to grow with us,” said co-managing member Jim Kinsel.

    Karen joins the firm with over twenty years of experience in private practice and was recently recognized among the 2019 inaugural class of “Influential Women of Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.  She received her Juris Doctorate magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and clerked for the Hon. Leonie M. Brinkema in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  She earned her Master of Science in Real Estate Development from George Mason University, graduating first in her class. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

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

  8. Four Protorae Law Attorneys Recognized Among the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers Honorees

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce four attorneys across three practice areas were selected to the 2019 Virginia and Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars listing: Super Lawyers Brian Chandler, James Kinsel, and Antigone G. Peyton; and Rising Stars, and Rebecca Bricken Segal. 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.

    Super Lawyers

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Rising Stars

    Rebecca Bricken Segal co-chairs the firm’s Business Litigation practice.  She is a seasoned trial attorney who focuses on business litigation, advising large, mid-tier, and small companies on business disputes by facilitating problem solving both inside and outside the courtroom.

    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.

  9. Eleven Protorae Law Attorneys Recognized Among 2018 Virginia Legal Elite

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    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.