Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C.

Washington, D.C. Commercial Law and Civil Litigation Law Firm

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Firm Overview

Serving businesses and individuals throughout the D.C. metro area

The law firm of Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C. represents businessescontractors, entrepreneurs, real estate companies, lenders, and other financial institutionsfamilies, and individuals throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area including Maryland. The hallmark of our firm is providing personalized legal representation that meets the needs of each client.

Focusing on our clients

Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C. fosters close relationships with clients, and our brand of responsive, helpful legal service keeps clients coming back for assistance with additional legal matters. Every client is treated with dignity and respect. Our goal is to fully understand each client's goals and expectations, and to spend as much time as needed to educate our clients as to their rights and options to remedy their legal issue. The firm also makes sure that every client receives copies of every legal document, and attorneys and staff keep clients informed of the progress of their cases every step of the way.

As a part of our objective to cater to the client's needs and the nature of the legal representation required, we offer services on an hourly basis, a flat fee basis, or on a contingency basis whereby we receive an agreed percentage of the client's recovery.

Our satisfied clients are the basis of our growth and development. Please see our client testimonials page for more information on the client experience with Georgetown law firm Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C.

Adapting to suit your best interests

Since most cases actually settle, for litigation matters, the firm works diligently to prepare the case for trial in order to put the client in a position to negotiate the best possible settlement. However, if negotiations fail, litigation is vigorously pursued. Whether settlement or trial, we are committed to doing everything possible to achieve the best result for our clients.

Our Georgetown office accommodates clients between the hours of 9:00am and 5:30pm, but also makes appointments after hours. Our lawyers' flexibility allows them to meet clients at their offices as well.
Main Office

Main Office
4400 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Suite 205
Washington  DC  20007

Phone
  • 202-342-8000
Child Custody
Emotional issues require a personal touch.
At Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C., we pride ourselves on the individualized service we provide and the strong rapport we develop with all of our clients, especially in family law. Our in-depth knowledge of Washington, D.C. and Maryland domestic laws allows us to fully protect your interests through every step of your family matter:

-Pre-nuptial agreements
-Post-nuptial agreements
-Separation agreements
-Adoption
-Divorce
-Property division
-Child custody
-Child support and enforcement
-Name changes
-Post-divorce modifications
Commercial Real Estate
Real estate transactions and litigation require a thorough knowledge of the laws in the area.
Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C. has established a presence in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland real estate legal communities. The firm's lawyers can assist you with your real estate transactions as well as any litigation matters that arise related to your property.

Transactions
-Buying
-Selling
-Leasing
-Renting

Litigation
-Mechanic's liens
-Property and contract disputes
-Property damage claims
-Landlord/tenant disputes
Divorce
Emotional issues require a personal touch.
At Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C., we pride ourselves on the individualized service we provide and the strong rapport we develop with all of our clients, especially in family law. Our in-depth knowledge of Washington, D.C. and Maryland domestic laws allows us to fully protect your interests through every step of your family matter:

-Pre-nuptial agreements
-Post-nuptial agreements
-Separation agreements
-Adoption
-Divorce
-Property division
-Child custody
-Child support and enforcement
-Name changes
-Post-divorce modifications
Family
Emotional issues require a personal touch.
At Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C., we pride ourselves on the individualized service we provide and the strong rapport we develop with all of our clients, especially in family law. Our in-depth knowledge of Washington, D.C. and Maryland domestic laws allows us to fully protect your interests through every step of your family matter:

-Pre-nuptial agreements
-Post-nuptial agreements
-Separation agreements
-Adoption
-Divorce
-Property division
-Child custody
-Child support and enforcement
-Name changes
-Post-divorce modifications
Litigation
Civil litigation refers to any legal case affecting a person, family, or business.
These include real property issues, contract disputes, probate, personal injury claims, divorces, and many other matters. Our experience in civil litigation means we have handled a variety of legal actions from start to finish, with the results ranging from successful trial verdicts to negotiated settlements. No matter the process, attorneys at Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C. guarantee that you receive personal service, and that your rights and best interests are protected throughout the duration of your case.

If you feel you have an actionable claim, contact the firm to schedule an initial consultation.
Real Estate
Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C.'s litigation attorneys work with clients who are facing threatened or pending real estate litigation.
Litigation involving real property can arise out of a variety of transactions or from the careless or purposeful actions of others. We provide skilled real estate litigation services for many issues:

-Nuisance or trespass
-Partition actions
-Specific performance
-Quiet title actions
-Boundary disputes
-Disclosure disputes

Call Georgetown law firm Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C. at 202.609.8342 for an initial consultation today.

Vanessa Carpenter Lourie

Vanessa Carpenter Lourie obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Howard University in 1975. She graduated magna cum laude. She was also chosen as a member of the Academic Honors Society, Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Lourie obtained an academic scholarship to attend Georgetown University Law School where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 1978.

In 1978 Ms. Lourie was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. As a result of the expansion of her practice, in 1996 she applied for and was granted admission to the Maryland Bar. She is currently authorized to practice before the following courts:

-Supreme Court of the United States
-District of Columbia Superior Court and Court of Appeals
-United States District Court for the District of Columbia
-United States District Court for the District of Maryland
-District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals
-State of Maryland Circuit Court and Court of Appeals
-Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

After law school Ms. Lourie worked as general counsel for a local government consulting firm involved in technology transfer to developing countries. However, in 1982 she decided to open her own private law practice, and has been engaged in the private practice of law continuously since that time.

Her business has included both transactional and civil litigation representing both individuals and businesses involved in a myriad of commercial enterprises such as

-Government contractors
-Real estate ventures
-Banks
-Mortgage brokers
-Churches
-Charitable organizations
-Accounting firms
-Medical practices
-Child care centers
-Other wholesale and retail operations

She provides representation in general civil litigation matters including commercial disputes, commercial collection, contract disputes, creditors' bankruptcy protection, real estate, and landlord and tenant matters. She also provides representation in the preparation of wills and trusts and in the administration of estates.

Ms. Lourie has been active in various community and legal organizations. Included among the organizations she has been involved in and the positions she holds or has held are:

-Master, The Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court
-President, Board of Directors, 4400 MacArthur Condominium, Inc.
-Member, Board of Directors, Sunshine Early Learning Center, Inc.
-Co-Chairperson, Southeast Children's Fund, Inc.
-Delegate Member, 36th Annual District of Columbia Judicial Conference

Member
-Prince George's County Bar Association
-Maryland State Bar Association
-District of Columbia Bar Association
-American Bar Association
-Association of American Trial Lawyers
-Washington Bar Association

As part of her commitment to giving back to her community, upon referral by community, legal, or religious organizations, Ms. Lourie provides pro bono services to individuals who cannot afford legal counsel. She also provides reduced-fee services for low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations.
Education
  • University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1978

Maria A. McCree

Marcia Alexis McCree is an Associate in the law offices of Vanessa Carpenter Lourie, P.C. Since joining the firm in 2011, Ms. McCree has been actively involved in handling collection matters, contract and tort litigation, probate matters, and real estate matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McCree graduated cum laude with a double major in Political Science and Economics from the University of Georgia. In 2009, Ms. McCree obtained her Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School.

Prior to working for the firm, Ms. McCree worked as an intern for the Honorable Magistrate Judge Ronald M. Ellis of the Southern District of New York. Ms. McCree also worked for the New York Attorney General's Office as a Summer Associate. Ms. McCree has also worked as a law clerk with Finkelstein Thompson, LLP, and as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the Commercial Finance Bureau of the District of Columbia Attorney
General's Office.

Ms. McCree was admitted to the New York Bar in February 2010, and admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in November 2010.
Education
  • George Washington University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2009
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