NOTE: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS FOR FUTURE CASES.
FH+H Partner Milt Johns and Associate Marlena Ewald successfully negotiated a settlement which allowed the client to obtain the relief it requested, with no liability, prior to trial. The client, a local business, was the plaintiff in a suit in Prince William County, and the defendant had counterclaimed for breach of contract damages. The FH+H litigation team was able to settle the matter so that the plaintiff received all of the relief it had requested, and the counterclaim was dismissed with prejudice with no payment made to defendant.
FH+H Partner Craig Guthery successfully defended a software company in litigation involving an accusation by a former customer that FH+H’s client developed and delivered faulty and unfinished software. Through Craig’s efforts, the former customer non-suited (withdrew) his state court complaint and is no longer pursuing the action.
FH+H Partner Milt Johns and Associate Marlena Ewald worked with a client to expand its contracting capability by assisting with its certification as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and an Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB). The WOSB and EDWOSB programs allow women owned businesses which meet specific qualifications to compete for government contracts that are set-aside for certain industries where women are underrepresented. The FH+H team was able to evaluate the client’s current status and provided assistance in navigating the government contract realm.
Managing Partner Tom Craig and the FH+H litigation team successfully concluded arbitration on a breach of contract claim in a construction matter by negotiating a favorable settlement. FH+H’s client filed suit in arbitration pursuant to the parties’ agreement for outstanding payments and damages, while defendant counterclaimed and alleged that it was due more than it owed plaintiff. Together the claims were in the seven figures. Tom’s attention to detail, negotiating skills, and zealous representation of the client during arbitration compelled opposing counsel to increase its initial settlement offer by over 60%. In the end, the FH+H litigation team was able to obtain a substantial settlement for the client and a release of all liability related to the counterclaim.
FH+H partner Craig Guthery assisted a closely held corporate client to structure its internal documents for succession planning. The current ownership of a mid-sized corporation sought to create a structure that would allow the current owners to pass the value they had built in their company on to the next generation, while simultaneously providing for a smooth transition and continuous operation of the company. Managing partner Tom Craig assisted in drafting and structuring a shareholder agreement and related documents that allowed for the desired wealth transfer without disrupting the operation or control of the company.
FH+H Partner Milt Johns and Associate Marlena Ewald worked with a client to successfully obtain its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification. The client, a government contractor, had applied and been denied DBE status by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBSD). After a successful appeal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the client was denied once again by the DSBSD on remand. FH+H submitted a reconsideration letter and packet to DSBSD which strongly advocated on the client’s behalf. Within a couple weeks of the submission, the client received notification from DSBSD that it had been granted its well-deserved DBE certification.
The FH+H Government Contracts Team, led by Partner Milt Johns, filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on behalf of a Department of Defense government contracts client. The client was a long standing incumbent on a large, multimillion dollar national security contract. During the proposal evaluation process for the re-compete of the contract, the client was notified by the agency that they were eliminated from the competitive range of offerors for the proposal. The FH+H Government Contracts Team filed a protest at the GAO on behalf of the client. Based on the filing, the Government agency took corrective action and rescinded the notification of elimination, returning the client to the competition.
FH+H Partner Tom Craig assisted a closely held corporate client to structure its internal documents for succession planning. The current ownership of a mid-sized corporation sought to create a structure that would allow the current owners to pass the value they had built in their company on to the next generation, while simultaneously providing for a smooth transition and continuous operation of the company. Tom Craig assisted in drafting and structuring a shareholder agreement and related documents that allowed for the desired wealth transfer without disrupting the operation or control of the company.
The FH+H Litigation + Investigations Team, led by Partner Milt Johns, successfully argued on behalf of a commercial client before an American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitrator. The client brought a claim in arbitration against a prime contractor for failure to pay invoices. The prime contractor lodged a six figure counterclaim against the client. After a one-day hearing (hosted at the FH+H Woodbridge office), the counterclaim against the FH+H client was completely dismissed, and the FH+H client received a 5 figure award for its unpaid invoices.
The FH+H Government Contracts Team, lead by Partner Milt Johns, filed a bid protest complaint in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on behalf of a Department of Defense government contracts client. Based on the filing and the results of the initial status conference the Government agency rescinded a contract award to our client's competitor and agreed to reevaluate all proposals.