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Senior Counsel Dean Popps Discusses National Security and Rare Earth Elements

October 11, 2017

FH+H Senior Counsel Dean Popps, who formerly served as US Army Acquisition Executive, discusses the future of US national security in an op-ed piece for Scout Warrior titled “US Military Needs Rare Earth Elements for Future Wars.”

Mr. Popps explains that every one of the current and next round of “super and unimaginable” military weapons relies on rare earth elements (REEs), to which the US does not have domestic access.

“After 25 years of misguided US globalization policies, our Achilles heel will be our failure to domestically source REEs, for which we are wholly reliant on one of our primary adversaries: China,” Mr. Popps said in the article.

Mr. Popps goes on to describe the US’ history of national security and discuss what he thinks the government must do today to establish a coherent rare earth policy to end our dependence on China.

Read the full article here.

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.



FH+H Named Finalist for 2017 Moxie Award

September 29, 2017

FH+H is pleased to announce that our firm has been named a finalist for the 2017 Moxie Award, which celebrates boldness in business.

Our firm was evaluated on innovation, growth, industry leadership, community service, and local achievements.

“I want to congratulate our team for enabling us to be recognized as among the boldest and most innovative organizations in the D.C. metro community,” FH+H Managing Partner Tom Craig said.

Finalists were recently announced by Katie Jordan, the 2017 Moxie Award executive chairwoman.

“We received an unprecedented number of entries,” Jordan said. “We look forward to revealing the winners at the 2017 Moxie Award celebration on Nov. 8 at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner.”

A complete list of finalists can be found at

Jury Consultant Discusses the Psychology of Being a Witness at Lunch Seminar

September 28, 2017

Justin Bieber. An experienced doctor. Bill Gates.

What do these individuals have in common? They make for great examples of what not to do as a witness during trial, according to experienced jury consultant Rachel York Colangelo.

Magna Legal Services visited The Forge at FH+H on Sept. 27 for a “Witness Communication Training” lunch with its National Managing Director of Jury Consulting, Dr. Colangelo, leading discussion.

Dr. Colangelo discussed how to properly prepare a witness for deposition and trial, including how to encourage a witness' best performance in front of the jury.

“Teaching the witness to think of themselves as educators – whether they are an expert or not – often helps,” Dr. Colangelo said. “So, rather than being upset at what they may think is an inappropriate question by opposing counsel, the witness should calmly take a breath, turn to the jury, and act like a professor – educate the jury.”

Properly preparing witnesses is crucial, according to Dr. Colangelo, because they are the key storytellers for a case during trial.

“As trial attorneys, your goal should be to tell a compelling story to the jury, and it’s not always easy to do when witnesses don’t understand, ‘What is the story here?’, ‘What’s the bigger picture?’, or ‘Where do I fit in?’,” Dr. Colangelo said.

During the lunch seminar, Dr. Colangelo showed video examples of witnesses who perhaps hadn’t been trained properly for trial, including an uncooperative Justin Bieber, a rambling doctor, and a combative Bill Gates.

Magna LS offers in-person and online witness prep services, as well as other work such as in-person and online jury focuse groups/mock trials, voir dire and jury selection assistance, graphics design, translation and interpretation, and more.

FH+H's International Trade & Transactions Team Explores FCPA Compliance in Webinar

September 26, 2017

FH+H Partner Jennifer Huber and Senior Associate Adam Munitz participated in a Strafford Publications webinar titled “Drafting Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Compliance Provisions in Cross-Border Distribution Agreements” on September 20th.

Ms. Huber and Mr. Munitz provided 10 recommendations on specific anti-corruption verbiage that should be included in all cross-border distribution agreements.

“Whenever conducting business overseas, and particularly in emerging markets, corruption and non-compliance with the FCPA are significant risks,” Ms. Huber said. “We are always happy to leverage our experience in cross-border transactions to help businesses navigate these risks.”

Ms. Huber and Mr. Munitz were joined on the webinar by senior practitioners in New York and Washington, DC. See more information about the webinar and its participants here.

FH+H’s team of attorneys advises domestic and international entities on how to conduct lawful and ethical transactions in some of the most complex, emerging economies in the world. Read more about FH+H’s International Trade and Transactions practice. 

Winning the Battle without Losing the War: Partner Milt Johns on Bid Protests

September 25, 2017

FH+H Partner Milt Johns explored key issues an individual should consider when filing a bid protest during his GOVCON University Lunch Series on Sept.  21 (see full recording here).

“Why protest?”  is the most important question to consider, according to Mr. Johns.

“We probably file one out of every three potential protests that are presented to us by clients,” Mr. Johns said. “The other two-thirds of the time, frankly, we’re focusing on that ‘Why not file?’ issue. What is going to be in the client’s best interest? Sometimes the answer is you’re better off not protesting. We work through those issues with our clients to come to the best decision.”

Mr. Johns also discussed if an individual or business can file a protest without the help of a lawyer.

“The answer is yes, [but] I always say I wouldn’t recommend pulling your own tooth,” Mr. Johns said. “Could you do it? Sure, if you had a handful of aspirin … and a pair of pliers, you could extract a bad tooth. But you probably don’t want to do that.”

Beyond gaining the expertise of a lawyer, Mr. Johns explained working with a law firm to file a bid protest is necessary to access procurement documents.

“Even if you have an in-house attorney … they will not be admitted to the protective order,” Mr. Johns said. “Those documents can’t be shared with the principals.”

To learn about other issues to consider when filing a bid protest, watch Mr. Johns’ full presentation

FH+H Hosts Veteran Entrepreneurs for Pitch Competition and Mentoring

September 19, 2017

FirstWave, Bunker Labs, and Capitol Post bring veteran-owned start-ups and investors to The Forge at FH+H.

FH+H hosted more than one hundred veteran entrepreneurs and investors at the FH+H Forge for the FirstWave Pitch Competition on Friday, September 15.  The event was run by Bunker Labs and Capitol Post and sponsored by FirstWave.

The event included business pitches from five veteran-owned start-up companies: True Made Foods, Armaments Research Company, re:3D, Tokken, and ORCA. Outside judges included David Jones, Bull City Ventures; Ben Britt, Route 66 Ventures; Steven Witt, DataTribe; Scott Campbell; Wes Blackwell, Angel Investor; Doug Doan, Hivers & Strivers; and Kay Parry, Square 1 Bank.

Winning first place and a prize of $10,000 was Samantha Snabes, cofounder of re:3D Inc., which is a company that aims to provide large-format 3D printing at an affordable price.

FirstWave is comprised of service academy graduates who are also executives and professionals with a superior track record of career progression and good citizenship. Each year, FirstWave members gather for a leadership weekend to provide education and inspiration on three leadership themes of business, community, and military service. The weekend also leverages FirstWave member networks, resources, and energies to help a non-profit organization that supports military members or their families. For 2017, FirstWave chose to work with Bunker Labs and Capitol Post.

FH+H is proud to have hosted FirstWave, Bunker Labs, and Capitol Post and join them in supporting veteran entrepreneurs.

See the FH+H FirstWave Pitch Competition album for pictures of the event.

Partner Milt Johns Explains How to Certify as a Veteran-Owned Business

September 18, 2017

Partner Milt Johns discussed the Veteran Business Certification Process during a webinar on Sept. 18 as part of a government contracting video series.

Mr. Johns explained the history and laws surrounding the process, requirements and eligibility for certification, and issues businesses may face when certifying.

View a recording of the webinar here.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Official Open of New FH+H Headquarters

September 11, 2017

FH+H celebrated our headquarters' relocation to Tysons, VA, as well as the opening of Chisel, the DC area's first coworking space for lawyers, during an Open House and Ribbon Cutting event on Sept. 7.

The newly finished office, located at 1751 Pinnacle Dr. Suite 1000 in Tysons, is 10,500 square feet with 23 private offices, 32 desks, a quiet room, five conference rooms, four telephone booths, and more. The new workspace also includes The Forge, a sizable event space and kitchen/bar area.

“We are very excited about the new Tysons office, in part because it gives us the space and resources to better meet client needs,”FH+H Managing Partner Tom Craig said. “It also aids in our efforts of attracting and recruiting the top attorneys in the DC area.”

See the FH+H Open House Facebook album for pictures of the event, and go to our events page to register for upcoming events. 


Partner Rich Gross Accepts General Counsel Position at Janus Global Operations, LLC

September 01, 2017

FH+H Partner Rich Gross recently accepted the position of General Counsel at Janus Global Operations, LLC, an international stability operations company located in Lenior City, Tennessee.

"The new position was an incredible opportunity, with a chance for my wife and me to both be closer to our families, but the decision was made difficult by the great team I'm leaving behind at FH+H,” Mr. Gross said. “This is an amazing law firm, and that made the decision tough. I'm going to miss it!"

JGO Chief Executive Officer Matt Kaye said Mr. Gross is a great addition to the company's management team because of his previous “success in implementing strategic plans at the highest levels of business and government.”

“Our work is carried out globally in some of the world’s most difficult environments and situations,” Kaye said in a press release. “These responsibilities require a … general counsel of exceptional ability … We’re very pleased to have [Mr. Gross] join us.”

FH+H wishes Mr. Gross success in his next venture.