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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.



Greater Washington Innovation Awards Recognizes FH+H

February 14, 2018

FH+H is pleased to announce that we are a nominee for the Greater Washington Innovation Awards, which celebrates thought leadership, innovation, and creativity in individuals and organizations in the DC metro area.

FH+H was established by attorneys who wanted more autonomy and work-life balance than a traditional law firm could offer.

“We built our firm based on the belief that every lawyer should have the kind of practice they want, not the kind of practice firm managers want them to have,” Managing Partner Tom Craig said.

When FH+H expanded to a new office in Tysons last year, our partners brainstormed innovations that would strengthen this entrepreneurial culture.

“We ended up seeing an opportunity to affect the legal industry as a whole,” Mr. Craig said. “So, we created Chisel, the DC metro area’s first coworking space exclusively for lawyers.”

Chisel – Coworking for Lawyers provides its lawyer members with what they need for day-to-day operations, such as private offices, secure printing/copying, and multiple conference rooms appropriate for depositions. The workspace also has what lawyers need to grow their practices, like community events for networking, bookable event space with livestreaming and webinar capabilities, and a mentoring program.

Since the official open of Chisel in August 2017, FH+H’s culture has strengthened and business has grown tremendously.

“Welcoming attorneys who share our values of service to clients and legal entrepreneurship has re-invigorated our office environment and allowed for referrals among both FH+H and Chisel lawyers,” Mr. Craig said.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 4, at The Hamilton in DC. For information on attending the event click here

SmartCEO Honors FH+H As 2018 Corporate Culture Award Winner

February 02, 2018

FH+H is pleased to announce that SmartCEO named our firm a winner of its 2018 Corporate Culture Award, which honors companies that foster a creative and collaborative workplace.

Our firm’s corporate culture is based on two values: entrepreneurship and service to the community. In terms of entrepreneurship, we hold a strong belief that every lawyer should have the kind of practice they want, not the kind firm managers want them to have. So, we give our lawyers the modern tools they need to take charge of growing their own practices.

FH+H also strives to be more than the provider of legal services. Our lawyers don’t want a life of just billable work – they want a life of service to their causes, their community, and their country. Our office stays energized by supporting the philanthropies that are important to one another.

Building FH+H’s culture was not an accident, and maintaining it is purposeful.

“Our office’s exceptional attorneys and professional staff who share FH+H’s core values of legal entrepreneurship and service to others are key to keeping our company culture strong,” Managing Partner Tom Craig said. “I want to thank the entire FH+H team for enabling us to be named winner of SmartCEO’s Corporate Culture award.”

Government Contractors: What To Do In The Event Of A Government Shutdown

January 19, 2018

By Associate Rachel Leahey & Partner Milt Johns  -  Jan. 19, 2018  -  Washington, DC

As lawmakers work to pass a funding deal before midnight, our team offers guidance to contractors in the event of a government shutdown.

  1. Contact your Contracting Officer and ask:
    - "Is the work performed under the contract deemed an 'essential' activity necessary to protecting life and property?"
    - "Should contract performance continue in the event of a shutdown?"
  2. Don't stop working until you receive a stop work order.
  3. Document everything. Make a note of what you are told and by whom, as well as if you incur additional expenses because of a shutdown. 
  4. If you have any questions or concerns, contact an FH+H government contracting attorney. Our government contracting team has significant experience and can guide you through the maze of applicable rules and regulations to enable your corporate success.

The Department of Defense has also released guidance in case of a shutdown, which can be accessed here (go to page 6 for contractors). 

Contact Milt Johns, head of our Government Contracts Practice Group, at mjohns [at] with any questions.

GOVCON University: Non-Disclosure Agreements & Teaming Agreements

January 18, 2018

In the 4th installment of GOVCON University, FH+H Partner Milt Johns discusses the basics of non-disclosure and teaming agreements.

Watch the presentation on our Facebook page, or view the PowerPoint below.

Check out our Upcoming Events page to attend future GOVCON University courses and other free events.

Click here to download the above PowerPoint.

Bloomberg Law Quotes FH+H Partner About Sex Discrimination Case

January 03, 2018

Bloomberg Law featured an ongoing sex discrimination case in its Dec. 29 Daily Labor Report in which FH+H Partner Kevin Byrnes is representing a foreign service officer who said her State Department superior wrongly passed her over for job advancement.

The foreign service officer, who worked as director of the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, said her male supervisor didn't consider her for advancement because he thinks "action oriented" women are "too aggressive".

"When men were judged for promotion or advancement, they were judged based on their leadership abilities and their knowledge of the subject areas. In other cases involving women applicants, there was a far greater focus on their interpersonal skills," Mr. Byrnes said in the Bloomberg article.

The client also said she wasn't considered because she previously made reports of other female foreign service officers being sexually harassed by male deputies.

Read more at Bloomberg Law.

How To Position Your Company For A Successful Sale

December 11, 2017

FH+H hosted Richard Phillips, CEO of Crossroads Capital, for a lunchtime discussion on Dec. 8 about how to position your company for a successful sale.

Mr. Phillips discussed choosing the right time for exit, presented a three-step process for preparing for sale, and highlighted the benefits of preparation.

"Buyers will do their due diligence. They will rigorously examine your business from every angle you can image and discover things you may not even realize were an issue," Mr. Phillips said. "So, the key to a successful sale is preparation and starting early ... the earlier, the better."

View the full slideshow here.

Of Counsel David Delaney Researches How To Reduce Attacks By Homemade Explosives

November 30, 2017

FH+H Of Counsel David Delaney recently served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and helped publish a report outlining ways to reduce the threat of homemade explosives.

The report, which was requested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, focuses on the retail sale of explosive chemicals.

"This National Academies committee work should help the executive branch and Congress consider a variety of strategies that can meaningfully and cost effectively reduce risks," Mr. Delaney said.

The committee spent the past year gathering data, holding meetings, and taking questions from the public related to explosives and chemicals.

"Committee members brought a tremendous diversity of academic, government, and private sector experience to deliberations," Mr. Delaney said. "Experts provided valuable information on many issues, including behavioral decision making, internet sales, chemicals and explosives, and domestic and foreign threat actors."
See more information about the committee and access the report here.

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

November 21, 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.