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FH+H Among Nominees for Distinguished Service Award

June 19, 2018

FH+H is honored to announce that our firm has been nominated for the “Veteran Business Mentorship Award”, which is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The award honors an organization for actively integrating veteran-owned businesses and veteran entrepreneurs into the business community in the Northern Virginia and D.C. area.

As a veteran-owned, entrepreneurial law firm located in Tysons, FH+H makes a concerted effort to support those previously involved in military service.

“Our lawyers regularly represent military service members and veterans for matters including security clearance issues, administrative separations, and petitions for the correction of military records,” Managing Partner Tom Craig said. “They often do so for reduced cost and sometimes pro bono.”

For example, FH+H Senior Associate Marlena Ewald dedicates dozens of hours of pro bono legal work each year to Capitol Post, a leading business incubator that helps veterans start and grow a business or explore a new career.

The professionals at FH+H also work with organizations to help them understand the needs of veterans.

FH+H Counsel Phillip Carter contributes research and policy expertise on veteran’s issues as a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His research about issues facing veterans and military personnel informs leaders about making positive differences in veterans' lives.

“Our firm understands the importance of empowering veterans and transitioning service members through hiring, career advice, and volunteer work,” Mr. Craig said. “This understanding will continue to drive the activism and empathy that all of our lawyers exhibit towards veterans in our community.”

Read more about the award here.


ProPublica and Santa Fe New Mexican Quote FH+H Partner on Management Concerns at Nuclear Lab

June 15, 2018

FH+H Partner Dave Jonas was quoted in a recent ProPublica article titled “The Government’s New Contractor to Run Los Alamos Includes the Same Manager It Effectively Fired for Safety Problems”, and in a Santa Fe New Mexican article titled "Top bidders run Los Alamos National Laboratory have checked safety records."

The articles discuss the award of one of the largest government contracts, management of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, at approximately $2.5 billion per year. The articles note that the contract has been awarded to the University of California (in one configuration or another) in spite of concerns of safety and security violations at the New Mexico lab, which is currently run by a consortium that includes the University.

Los Alamos is now operated by Los Alamos National Security (LANS), of which the University of California is the largest part of the team. The LANS contract to manage the lab runs through September of 2018, which the Department of Energy has extended for four months.

Then, management will transition to Triad National Security, a partnership between the University of California, Battelle Memorial Institute, and Texas A&M University, in addition to other smaller entities.

According to the ProPublica article, some experts have been critical about the transfer in management to Triad and predict no change in safety standards, due to University of California involvement.

However, Mr. Jonas, who formerly served as General Counsel for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), is more hopeful, given the inclusion of Battelle, which has significant experience with lab management.

“We need to give them a chance,” Mr. Jonas says in the article. “The question is then, if nothing changes, then what? And of course I don’t have an answer for that.”

Mr. Jonas has extensive experience in Department of Energy contracting matters. The initial competitions for the NNSA Laboratories were conducted during his tenure as NNSA General Counsel.

He recently served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, after he was nominated by the President to be the General Counsel for the Department of Energy.

During the presidential transition, Mr. Jonas was one of the only transition team members to serve on two transition teams: Defense and Energy, and the Energy Landing Team.

Click here to read the ProPublica article, click here to read the Santa Fe New Mexican article, and click here to read more about Mr. Jonas’ experience.


CNN Article About Singapore Summit Quotes FH+H Partner Dave Jonas

June 12, 2018

FH+H Partner Dave Jonas, who is widely recognized as an expert in nuclear nonproliferation law, was quoted in a CNN article titled “Singapore summit: Will striking a deal with Trump risk Kim’s regime?”

The article discusses North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s confidence and power as he met with President Donald Trump in Singapore yesterday.

“Kim is about as powerful as a totalitarian can be,” Mr. Jonas says in the article. “There seem to be few, if any, real checks on his power. While he certainly depends on his loyalists to remain in charge, as would, quite frankly, any leader, he probably has more leeway than almost any other world leader.”

To read the full article, click here.


FH+H Helps Businesses Expand Abroad in VALET Program

June 12, 2018

FH+H is pleased to announce that we were once again selected to take part in the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program, hosted by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP).

Our firm is one of just 29 companies involved in the award-winning program. As such, FH+H assists others throughout Virginia in expanding their international business.

FH+H’s selection to this prestigious program reflects the strength of our International Trade + Transactions practice group, led by Partners Jennifer Huber and Adam Munitz.

Our attorneys assist domestic, foreign, and multinational clients, including individuals, small businesses, and conglomerates, in global transactions. FH+H helps build sustainable businesses in some of the most challenging operating environments in the world.

To read more about the VALET program, visit VEDP’s website.


Newlyweds Found Love at FH+H Cocktail Party

June 12, 2018

Sean and Jenny met at an FH+H event on June 3, 2015, and were married on April 29, 2018.According to a framed poster in our FH+H office, “All you need is love, and a good attorney.” A recently married couple found both at one of our law firm’s events two years ago.

Sean Naylor, a national security reporter and friend of FH+H, met his future wife in the spring of 2015 at The Palm in Tysons, where FH+H was hosting an Open House Cocktail Party to celebrate the opening of our firm’s then-new office in McLean.

Jenny Naylor (formerly Jenny Lin), an attorney for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was invited to the reception by FH+H Senior Counsel Dean Popps. As fate would have it, Jenny and Sean got to talking and immediately felt a spark between them.

“I just remember being struck by Jenny’s intelligence, poise, and, of course, beauty,” Sean recalled.

Sean and Jenny started dating within a week of that reception, and they got engaged in December 2016. From their meeting to now, their romance was full of beautiful moments.

“[The engagement happened] on top of a windswept hillside in West Cork, Ireland, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean,” Sean said.

Sean and Jenny were married April 29, 2018, at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, almost three years after their initial meeting at the happy hour.

FH+H sends best wishes to the newlyweds!


FH+H Helps Resolve Arcane Emoluments Issue for Client

June 06, 2018

The FH+H International Trade and Transactions team successfully obtained resolution from U.S. government investigating agencies regarding an arcane emoluments issue.

The case involved research and counsel from Managing Partner Tom Craig, Partner Jennifer Huber, Partner Dave Jonas, and Counsel Andy Turley.

Read about FH+H’s International Trade and Transactions group here.

 

NOTE: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS, AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS FOR FUTURE CASES.


FH+H Defends Client in Senate Foreign Relations Committee Investigation

June 06, 2018

FH+H Partners Jennifer Huber and Adam Munitz and the Government Investigations team represented a high-profile client with respect to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigation.

FH+H’s Government Investigations attorneys hold high-level security clearances and includes former Associates White House Counsel, former prosecutors, and former public defenders all with extensive experience defending against government investigations.

Read more about our Government Investigations Practice Group here.

 

NOTE: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS, AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS FOR FUTURE CASES.


FH+H Defends FBI Whistleblower before Congress

June 06, 2018

Partner Kevin Byrnes assisted an FBI Intelligence Analyst who resigned from his position after being harassed for reporting a lack of concern by the Agency over possible terrorist activity in the Balkans.

Since there is no legislation that allows FBI personnel to pursue whistleblower claims in any judicial or administrative forum, the only remedy for a whistleblower is to appeal the matter to the Bureau or seek Congressional intervention.

In this instance, the whistleblower resigned his position after a prolonged effort to first silence him, then impose discipline, and finally attack his security clearance.

After the employee was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Agency, he resigned under protest of a hostile work environment.

Mr. Byrnes assisted the employee in drafting a comprehensive letter detailing the employee’s concerns about the resurgence of terrorist groups in the Balkans. The matter is subject to Congressional inquiry at this time. 

Read more FH+H success stories here.

 

NOTE: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS, AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS FOR FUTURE CASES.


FH+H Negotiates Hard-Fought Resolution to Race- and Disability-Based Discrimination

June 06, 2018

In a matter involving an Equal Employment Opportunity failure to provide a reasonable accommodation claim against a component of the Department of Justice, Partner Kevin Byrnes and Senior Associate Samuel Adelmann successfully negotiated the resolution of a race- and disability-based claim involving the denial of telecommuting and other accommodations to a disabled veteran.

The agency initially denied any misconduct and litigated the case aggressively until the eve of a hearing before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Upon submission of initial discovery, the agency agreed to a settlement that also involved payment of attorneys’ fees and emotional distress damages.

Read more FH+H success stories here.

 

NOTE: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS, AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS FOR FUTURE CASES.


Partner Kevin Byrnes Defends Property Owner with Brain Inflammation Caused by Adjoining Building’s Construction

June 06, 2018

In a case involving a property owner who suffered brain inflammation due to an error in the neighboring building’s redevelopment, FH+H Partner Kevin Byrnes and his client obtained a six-figure verdict against the developer who negligently discharged water on the owner’s property, which resulted in harmful mold growth.

Medical testimony established that the client suffered brain inflammation and loss of employment due to mold that developed from a broken waterspout, which the developer failed to correct despite several complaints from the homeowner.

Mr. Byrnes presented physical evidence and medical testimony at trial to prove the mold was caused by the activities of the developer, and he established wage loss as well as pain and suffering on the homeowners’ behalf, which led the court to impose punitive damages of approximately twice the compensatory damages.

Read about other FH+H success stories here.

 

NOTE: CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE FACTORS, AND DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS FOR FUTURE CASES.


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