Samuelson Law, LLC

Samuelson Law, LLC

Commercial real estate, LLC & tech transactions, bankruptcies, financings, & litigation (including Chapters 7 & 11, single asset real estate, foreclosures, & evictions) in Washington, DC, Maryland and northern Virginia.

Firm Overview

Example cases:

(a) Commercial real estate and business bankruptcies:
(1) A commercial real estate developer came to us, from another law firm, after (i) his company had been thrown out of Bankruptcy Court on the merits; and (ii) he had lost on the liability issues, and was otherwise losing, in a suit brought against him personally on his loan guaranty. We got the Bankruptcy case re-instated, with the result that the lender sold the loan at a substantial loss (leaving room for the buyer to re-negotiate the loan), the client was able to negotiate a re-financing on favorable terms, the project is back under construction and creating jobs, units are being sold and rented, and the client became able to move forward with other projects.
(2) On the other hand, we represented a lender in foreclosing upon commercial real estate. The borrower entity filed several bankruptcies, both corporately and personally, to try to stop the foreclosure proceedings. Furthermore, the president of the borrower was indicted for health care fraud with respect to the property. There, we got all of bankruptcy cases dismissed with prejudice and we successfully completed the foreclosure sale.
(3) We restructured a proposed refinancing to save the client over $600,000 in state and local recordation and transfer taxes.
(4) We represented an owner in selling a hotel, for $17,100,000, on the eve of bankruptcy, including getting title insurance against, and resolving litigation to fight-off, mechanics' liens and other claims against title.
(5) A company wanting to purchase a manufacturing facility came to us from other counsel. Opposing counsel told us that the proposed acquisition was on "life support". We successfully turned-around the negotiations and completed the purchase.
(6) We designed packages of procedures and form contracts for auctions of commercial real estate, and handled the negotiations, seller financings, and settlements resulting therefrom.
(7) We designed a package of lease forms, with alternative clauses, for a developer's leasing team.

(b) Technology:
(1) We designed a package of employment agreements, non-competes, and confidentiality agreements for a company's HR department.
(2) We have structured a number of operating agreements for LLC's among members having different interests, and have negotiated a number of disputes among LLC members.

We provide additional depth and niche expertise, as and when needed, through Ken's long-term working relationships, with various attorneys. Those relationships have been developed in practice, on the lecture circuit, and in national bar associations.

Ken was a partner at mid-sized law firms and has presented programs before the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C., the American Bar Association, the American College of Real Estate Attorneys, and the American Inns of Court.

We take VISA and MasterCard and handle some matters on a fixed fee basis.

This firm practices in Washington, DC, Maryland and northern Virginia. Ken Samuelson is also admitted to practice in New York.

See www.samuelson-law.com, or call 202-494-0848, for details

Main Office

Main
2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
#417
Washington DC 20006

Phone

(202) 991-8800

Fax

(240) 499-8939

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, but only for the purpose of determining whether it is the type of matter for which this firm can offer representation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We do quote fixed fees for specified work, particularly for producing first drafts of documents, or initial demand letters, and for various specified follow-up actions desired by the client.

Hourly Rates

$260 (primarily for non-profits) - $475 / hour for attorneys; and $150 -195 / hour for paralegals.

Office Information

Office Hours

24/7/365

Office Manager

Marlene Samuelson.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Other Offices

Samuelson Law, LLC
325 Ellington Blvd.
Gaithersburg

Samuelson Law, LLC
1405 S. Fern Street
Arlington

Commercial Real Estate

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

The major opportunities that were presented to the firm's founder, Ken Samuelson, throughout the years, were in commercial real estate and bankruptcy. Therefore, we were able to focus upon those practice areas, particularly the relationship between them, and adopt to the economic cycles over the years. Ken became active in the Real Property Section of the American Bar Association and, through that, receive a number of national referrals in those areas. The disputes, that are we could not resolve through negotiations, turned into litigation and, thus, we developed that area of the practice. Our non-profit practice developed out of Ken's service as a member of the Board of Directors of a local 501(c)(3). Our technology practice is merely an application - of that transactions, bankruptcy and litigation experience - into the laws, standards, and industry practices applicable to info- and bio-technology.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

As the Syms's slogan used to state: "An educated consumer is our best customer." I generally refer clients and potential clients to websites (such as those for the various Bankruptcy Courts) or to the articles on our website, so that they can become familiar with what is involved, figure out how much they can do on their own, and start gathering the necessary documents.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We review client-prepared documents, but only if the client agrees to a number of disclaimers.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

We do that, but only if the client (a) appears capable of handling the all of part of the transaction or case involved; and (b) agrees to a number of disclaimers.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

I think that, for both short term and long term purposes (and, perhaps, even trying to "make the pie bigger"), disputes are best handled through negotiation. Court-sponsored mediation is often helpful, at least in narrowing the issues and letting each side get a better understand of the pros and cons of its and the other side's position. However, I find that mediation and arbitration, all too often, deny necessary discovery and result in undue pressure to settle quickly by splitting the claims in half. My experience is that collaborative proceedings (without each side being separately represented) often do not bring-out all of the relevant issues and challenges the way advocacy tends to do.

Kenneth Samuelson

Samuelson Law, LLC

I served, for four years, as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland. I have also worked at mid-sized law firms, and at commercial real estate law and at bankruptcy law boutiques, including as a partner at most of those firms. I have negotiated hundreds of large and small transactions and financings, handled bankruptcies, and litigated a number of cases when negotiations broke-down in those practice. Furthermore, I was actively involved in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American Inns of Court, and was a Council member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association.

In terms of style, I believe in the Golden Rule, but in preparing thoroughly and in keeping in touch with everyone involved throughout the prepared.

License

Bar Number: 88541
Virginia, 2015

Bar Number: 302455
District of Columbia, 1980

Bar Number: 197201010181
Maryland, 1972

Bar Number: 5439575
New York, 2016

Education

University of Michigan
J.D., 1971

University of Pittsburgh
B.A., 1968

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