Success Stories


FH+H International Trade and Transactions Team Successes

February 20, 2018

The FH+H International Trade + Transactions team, led by Partner Jennifer Huber and Senior Associate Adam Munitz, was recently successfully in serving the needs of many clients.

Our team:

  • Counseled a government contractor during negotiations to close a $250 million direct commercial sales contract from a friendly foreign government.

  • Successfully defended a corporate client in complex contract litigation.

  • Helped a client obtain licensing and approval for exports of more than $50 million in controlled defense articles and services.

  • Assisted a government contractor with registering to do business and finalizing corporate structure for performance of a complex direct commercial sales contract in the Middle East.

  • Represented a senior executive in a dispute with corporate business co-owners.

FH+H Attorneys Help Dismiss Unfounded Claim of Workplace Discrimination

February 15, 2018

FH+H Partner Milt Johns and Senior Associate Marlena Ewald worked with a client - a small, disadvantaged, service-disabled, veteran-owned business - to have a claim of unlawful discrimination dismissed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

A former employee of the client filed a complaint of unlawful workplace discrimination against the client. The FH+H team worked with the client to compile pertinent facts and draft the response to the complaint. The EEOC thereafter dismissed the complaint, finding no information upon which they could conclude a statute was violated.

FH+H's attorneys represent employers in all aspects of employment-related matters and have been successful in helping business entities of all sizes. For more information on our Employment Law Practice Group, click here.

Partner Jack White and FH+H Team Assist State Department Attorneys

December 06, 2017

FH+H Partner Jack White, the head of our employment practice, alongside members of the FH+H team, recently assisted the State Department in defeating the claims of a former State Department subcontractor.

FH+H had already successfully gotten its client out of the underlying employment litigation; however, the State Department had not been released from the underlying litigation. Because of the merits of this litigation, FH+H, alongside its client, assisted the Department of State in providing information that resulted in the withdrawal of the surviving claims against the State Department.

FH+H continues to serve the needs of its clients and the government in every way possible. 

FH+H Protects International Trademark

October 27, 2017
For the second month in a row, FH+H Partner Craig Guthery settled an international trademark dispute for a long-time client with an international presence.
Having initially obtained trademark registration of the client’s company name in Australia (among many other countries around the globe), Mr. Guthery enforced the mark against an infringing Australian company who claimed to have registered the same mark through a dubious broker and was using it to compete with FH+H’s client in the marketplace. 
Mr. Guthery led the negotiation of a settlement that resulted in the abandonment of the mark by the competitor and required no involvement by Australian or U.S. courts.

Partner Milt Johns Successfully Represents Whistleblower in $2.6 Million Settlement

October 20, 2017

FH+H Partner Milt Johns and a small team of attorneys represented a whistleblower in a significant and successful False Claims Act dispute with a large government contractor.

The Department of Justice intervened in the case, and eventually the matter settled for $2.6 million. The prosecution of the matter involved two successful arguments before the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Contractors must be held accountable for their actions, especially when the safety of government personnel is at stake,” Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (where the suit was filed), said in a WTOP article. “This settlement should remind contractors of the high value we place on safeguarding our personnel abroad.”

Mr. Johns and FH+H are leaders in the subject matter, representing whistleblowers and defending individuals and companies wrongly accused in False Claims Act cases.

Partner Craig Guthery Protects Client's Intellectual Property

October 02, 2017

After swiftly and aggressively pressing an infringement claim against the foreign owners of a mobile telephone application on behalf of a domestic client, FH+H Partner Craig Guthery successfully convinced the owners to remove their infringing app from the United States’ largest online app store. 

Mr. Guthery’s vigorous efforts to protect the client’s intellectual property resulted in total and immediate compliance by the foreign infringing party without resort to litigation.

Partner Milt Johns Aids Small Business in Federal Claims Court Bid Protest

August 21, 2017

Partner Milt Johns, on behalf of  GOV Services Inc., a small, disadvantaged business filed a bid protest suit in the Court of Federal Claims  on Aug. 15. The suit alleges the National Institutes of Health (NIH) fabricated an emergency situation in order to improperly award janitorial services contracts to a corporation on a sole-source basis.

The NIH said it hired Akima Support Operations LLC on a sole-source basis to avoid a gap in service after another janitorial services company suddenly walked off the job. GOV Services argued the other company had been forced off the job by NIH, and thus the emergency was NIH’s own creation.

In just one of several disputes related to this issue, the Government Accountability Office found the NIH had wrongly delayed taking corrective action and should reimburse GOV Services for the costs of its initial protest at the GAO.

GOV Services is now asking the Court of Federal Claims for an order that it is entitled to bid for the disputed work under the Small Business Administration’s section 8(a) regulations.

 “Our client simply wants a level playing field and an ability to compete for work according to fairly implemented procedures and regulations,” Mr. Johns said.

Counsel David Delaney Successfully Advises Government Contractor Working with Cyber Forensics Company

June 28, 2017

Working with a cyber forensics company, FH+H Counsel David Delaney helped a mid-sized government contractor assess and respond to an unauthorized disclosure of sensitive personal information. Specifically, he was uniquely capable of identifying the legal and regulatory requirements of the company in reporting and responding to an invasive ransomware attack.

Mr. Delaney focuses his practice on clients’ cyberspace needs and advises on a wide range of business issues arising under international, federal, and state law, including data security, privacy, breach response, product development, contracts, internal policies, and regulatory compliance.

Mr. Delaney can also advise officers and directors on strategic risk management, corporate governance, and leadership programs.

To read about our government contracts practice group, click here.

FH+H Successfully Defends Client Award of $100 Million SOCOM Contract

June 14, 2017

Partners Tom Craig and Rich Gross, along with Associate Marlena Ewald, successfully defended a bid protest on behalf of a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) corporate client.  

The bid protest, filed with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), involved a U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) contract, worth over $100M, for knowledge-based services. An unsuccessful bidder protested the award at the GAO, challenging SOCOM’s evaluation of the proposals and its source selection decision. As counsel for the intervenor, Craig, Gross, and Ewald ensured the client’s interests were protected, to include arguing for the redaction of the client’s sensitive and proprietary information from the publicly-released version of the GAO decision. GAO’s denial of the protest cleared the way for the client to begin its work for SOCOM. 

For more information on FH+H’s Government Contracts Practice, visit our website.

FH+H Recovers More Than $18,000 for an Active Duty Military Service Member

June 07, 2017

FH+H Partner Rich Gross, Associate Marzia Momen, and Paralegal Abby Cannon recently won an appeal at the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), helping an active duty military service member recover more than $18,000.

The service member, through no fault of his own, had been overpaid in basic allowance for housing (BAH) funds over a three-year period because of an accounting error (an erroneous zip code for his duty location in the Defense Financing and Accounting Service, or DFAS, pay system). The service member had inquired about the zip code several times, and each time was assured the BAH was correct; however, DFAS went back and collected almost three years-worth of overpayments. 

The service member sought a forgiveness of the debt on equitable grounds but was denied relief by both DFAS and DOHA. He retained FH+H to make his final appeal and won. Given that FH+H is a veteran-owned law firm, nothing is more gratifying than successfully assisting military service members and their families.