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  1. 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.

  2. Six Protorae Law Attorneys Recognized Among the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers Honorees

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce five 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 Scott Dinner, 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

    Scott Dinner is member of the firm’s Business LitigationAntitrust and Unfair Business Practices teams. Scott focuses on litigation involving business disputes such as breach of contract, tortious interference, business conspiracy, trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, and other unfair business practices. He also assists clients in navigating federal and state antitrust laws.

    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.

  3. World IP Review Recognizes Two Protorae Law Attorneys as 2019 WIPR Leaders

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    Protorae Law is pleased to announce that two of the Firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Law partners, practice chair Antigone Peyton, and Kandis Koustenis, have been recognized in the 2019 World IP Review Leaders, a comprehensive guide to the top intellectual property lawyers in the areas of patents and trademarks across the globe.

    The WIPR Leaders research team seeks out expert IP professionals to nominate peers exceptional in their field. Through their research, they have contacted more than 12,000 IP professionals, both in-house counsel and private practice attorney.  Each participating individual is examined to ensure valid nominations through vetting of the nominees practice history, notable cases and their involvement in the wider IP community such as writing and teaching responsibilities, which have allowed the lawyers to shape and influence other and future IP practitioners.

    All Leaders profiled in the World IP Review Leaders guide are based entirely on merit for their expertise in their domain.  We congratulate our professionals for this recognition.

  4. 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.

  5. Protorae Law Member John Monica Authors Thomson Reuters Book Nanotechnology Law, 2018

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    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.

    The book may be found here.

  6. Protorae Law Welcomes New Attorneys David Knasel and Justine Sennott to Trusts and Estates Practice

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    Protorae Law PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of new member David M. Knasel and staff attorney Justine M. Sennott to the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice.

    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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.