I provide legal counseling, compliance and litigation services to small and medium-sized businesses primarily in the industries of food and alcoholic beverage service, and real estate in the District of Columbia.
I've represented business owners in the District for more than 17 years, from creation/set-up through sale or wind-down of operations and everything in between, including litigation. Call now or schedule an appointment online for more information.
1402 Meridian Pl., NW
Washington DC 20010
I offer fixed fee services on a variety of business start-up, compliance and, transfer issues. Additionally, I provide flat fee regulatory compliance services for Bars, restaurants and other establishments with liquor licenses as well as for rental housing businesses. Full details are available on the services page of my website.
If you are starting or running a real estate business and need to ensure all of your registrations, licenses, and documents are on-point, I can help. I also represent parties who are already embroiled in disputes and litigation involving real estate.
I offer a wide range of services for real estate business including Commercial and Residential Landlord & Tenant matters; Commercial lease negotiation, enforcement, termination; Regulatory and rent control compliance; Tenant purchase (TOPA) compliance and enforcement; Condominium & cooperative creation and governance
I believe that to be most effective as a lawyer, I need to be intimately familiar with my clients' business environment. Every week, I walk to my downtown DC office at least once. The walk gives me time to think about the day ahead, sometimes return phone calls, but, mostly, observe, from the ground, the day-to-day realities of a small business owner in our city. I see deliveries to restaurants, watched by a bleary-eyed owner, to ensure nothing "falls off the truck." I see new franchises and "superstores," making margins even tighter for the family-owned business. Construction cranes are everywhere, and new buildings are rising, seemingly overnight, as developers vie for disappearing real estate stock. I also see other people like me, scurrying to their offices early in the morning. It is no surprise that burnout and depression among professionals are increasing exponentially. The swell of need, coupled with insurance laws, has increased the pressure on behavioral health care providers. The corporate competition and regulatory environment in the District cause small businesses to fail at an alarming rate. As an owner, you need to focus all of your time and energy on serving your clients to build your business. In order to do that, you need a professional on your side, to handle legal compliance. I am here to help you navigate the regulations so that your business can thrive.
I realized very early on in my career that there is no such thing as a legal cookie cutter I can apply to every case. Every person that comes into my office has different needs, expectations, and desires surrounding the representation. I do not feel like I am doing my job, unless I clearly explain, up front, how I intend the matter to progress. It is likewise important that I give the client an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, express their preferences and make them feel like they are being heard.
From the first time that I meet with a new client, I make it my business to find out how you want to receive communications (secure web portal? email? fax?); how you prefer to talkÂ (Face-to-face in my office? Phone or video conference? Chat feature in a document sharing app? Text message?); what billing frequency works for you; what payment options you want to use; how much time you think we need to spend developing strategy before moving forward; how we approach settlement. These are just a few examples of things that should simply be a ÂmustÂ for all lawyers in today'Âs legal marketplace.
I am not saying that we need to start from scratch on everything. There are certain similarities among cases that can be used to capture efficiency in the process. However, I do not believe in cutting the client out of the process in the name of efficiency. It is important that the representation is about you.
I believe that clients should be active participants in their matter, and not be made to feel like they are children in a room where the Âadults are talking.Â
As an advocate, my job often requires confrontation. While I reserve acrimony for the opposing parties, sometimes I must have difficult or unpleasant conversations with clients. At those times, I focus on the fact that advocacy, is only part of my job. I am also a counselor. That means, it is my duty to explain the "lay and break" of each matter and what the next steps might be in a given situation. My goal as a lawyer is to ensure that you have all of the information you need to make the best decisions for your business.
I went to law school, graduated, took the bar exam, started practice, and now here I am, seventeen (17) years later. While that is intended somewhat tongue-in-cheek, there is not much more to it. Some lawyers like to dress it up, but at the end of the day, their story is the same. If you want to know where I went to law school, Rutgers-Camden, the jewel of South Jersey. I graduated in 2001 and started litigating cases in D.C. Superior Court and before agencies of the D.C. Government right away.
As a young lawyer, I worked at a tiny law office, which gave me the opportunity to spend every possible moment in court, learning cases from the ground-up. Additionally, for several years, I was a court-appointed panel attorney for Child Abuse and Neglect cases. While the subject matter was emotionally difficult, Abuse/Neglect cases were an excellent way to get courtroom experience that I would not have gotten at an established firm.
Additionally, the time I spent as a panel attorney led to my appointment on the D.C. Social Work Licensure Board. There I confronted regulatory problems, proposed laws and regulations governing the practice, and adjudicated ethical complaints against social workers. Thereafter, I taught ethics and legal aspects of counseling to masters students and Doctoral candidates.
Bar Number: 475319
District of Columbia, 2001
Rutgers School of Law
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