As Founder of FH+H, Joseph E. Fluet was a leading attorney who routinely handled highly complex and sensitive legal and financial matters both nationally and internationally. He specialized in high profile and sensitive affairs that required comprehensive coordination of legal, media, political, and consulting efforts. Mr. Fluet has served as lead attorney on a wide variety of matters, including complex international mergers and acquisitions, government contract negotiations, internal financial investigations, high profile criminal defense cases, complex civil litigation, and corporate formation overseas.
His clients ranged from technology and professional services firms to the nation’s largest aerospace, defense, and intelligence contractors. He routinely advised clients in all aspects of business and financial operations both domestically and abroad. Mr. Fluet also represented local small business and individuals, and has sat on several corporate boards. Earlier in his career, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th ...
Jennifer S. Huber is widely-recognized as an elite international trade and business transactions attorney with an exceptional ability to bring creative business and legal solutions to fast-paced, high-risk environments. She has particular experience negotiating and closing complex international transactions involving numerous parties, complex regulatory requirements, corporate formation overseas, and the interplay of foreign and domestic law in emerging economies.
Ms. Huber routinely counsels corporate clients in all aspects of cross-border transactions, including export control, anti-bribery and corruption, international joint ventures negotiation, structuring, and documentation, and establishment of foreign subsidiaries. Her practice also includes counseling in international compliance support, including ITAR, EAR, OFAC, FCPA, foreign ownership, control and influence (FOCI) mitigation, and the review of transactions requiring approval by the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Ms. Huber has specific expertise in the defense, intelligence, and security...
As a Partner with FH+H, Francis "France" Hoang represents, advises, and counsels middle market companies on a wide variety of matters, including sensitive government inquiries and internal investigations, corporate compliance, corporate governance, and government contracts law. Holding an active security clearance, Mr. Hoang has unique and extensive experience with the defense, intelligence, and homeland security industries.
Before joining FH+H, Mr. Hoang served as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States. In this capacity, he represented the White House in a myriad of investigations and other sensitive matters before Congress, the GAO, and other government agencies; and provided legal counsel to the Homeland Security Council.
Mr. Hoang's prior experience also includes brief service as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as practice at Williams & Connolly LLP. He was also a judicial law clerk to Judge Thomas Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and summer law clerk to Judge Jamie Baker of the...
Thomas Craig is the Managing Partner with FH+H. Mr. Craig represents, advises, and counsels individuals and entities in a wide variety of matters, including complex civil litigation, sensitive government inquiries and internal investigations, government contracting, export and other regulatory compliance, structuring business transactions, and criminal defense. Mr. Craig specializes in high profile and high risk matters that require comprehensive coordination of legal, media, political, and consulting efforts.
Mr. Craig has extensive experience representing government contractors in high stakes litigation. Mr. Craig assisted a major defense manufacturer in obtaining a nine figure judgment from its principle subcontractor in a case involving allegations of overcharging and trade secret violations. His other matters include breach of contract claims against the government, enforcement of work share agreements, violations of non-competition agreements, bank fraud claims, grand jury subpoenas and alleged trade secret violations. He also has extensive employment law experience, including...
Jack White’s litigation and appellate expertise spans the range of state and federal venues in several states through the United States Supreme Court. Mr. White counsels companies, board of directors, municipalities, and a variety of individual and corporate clients on a wide array of matters, including corporate structuring, governance, and business transactions, litigation for Indian Tribes, employment matters, civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and ordinances, and individual rights under both the federal and state constitutions, including 42 USC Section 1983. Having testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. White has extensive experience representing clients and preparing them for congressional testimony.
Mr. White also provides clients with broad experience at all stages of litigation and alternative dispute resolution, as well as regulatory inquiries. He has experience in government investigations, discrimination claims, constitutional matters, security claims, white collar matters,...
Milton C. Johns has been in private practice for over 17 years and has spent almost 30 years in government and defense contracting arenas in a variety of roles. He is an adjunct professor of Business Law at Northern Virginia Community College, and a former adjunct professor of business law at Strayer University in Woodbridge, Virginia and of legal research and writing at George Mason University School of Law.
Mr. Johns’ primary areas of practice are in business litigation, corporate law and formation, government contracts and serving as counsel for government contracting companies. This practice includes drafting and review of nondisclosure agreements, teaming agreements, contracts (prime and sub), compliance review and advice (FAR, DFARS, ITAR, EAR, SBA), novations, mergers and acquisitions, GSA Schedules, NISPOM security matters and employment law. Mr. Johns prosecutes and defends bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and at the Court of Federal Claims. He assists clients with establishing Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses, Woman Owned Small Businesses...
Craig A. Guthery is a skilled and experienced general commercial litigator, having represented clients in diverse matters involving private and government contracts; business torts; fraud; employment; and regulatory issues. He has practiced before numerous federal and state courts, federal agencies, and domestic and international arbitration panels. Mr. Guthery also leads the firm’s Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secrets practice, counseling and representing clients in trademark prosecution, copyright registration, trade secret protection, licensing, infringement actions, and other related litigation. Mr. Guthery has well-recognized expertise in matters involving science, technology, and the Internet and has significant experience working with experts on highly complex matters in fields ranging from the operation of commercial Internet web sites to biopharmaceutical drug development.
Mr. Guthery received a J.D. from...
Hugh P. Quinn brings a unique skill set to every matter in which he is involved. In addition to being an attorney, Mr. Quinn holds an M.B.A. and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. This exceptional combination of abilities puts Mr. Quinn in a small universe of attorneys that truly understand the business ramifications of legal decisions.
Mr. Quinn has provided business and litigation consulting services to a variety of clients, including individuals and Fortune 100 companies for over 30 years. Mr. Quinn represents, advises, and counsels these entities in a wide variety of matters, including litigating complex civil litigation before both Federal and State Courts, advising on government inquiries and internal investigations, assisting in the formation of business entities both here and abroad, and structuring complex transactions. He currently focuses his practice on matters involving the appropriate internal controls of a corporation including those subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as well as the proper accounting treatment associated with...
Stephanie S. Olson has achieved an impressive reputation as a transactional attorney with a unique blend of business, compliance, leadership, negotiation and drafting skills. Her experience in guiding clients through all stages of corporate endeavors is both broad and deep, covering the full spectrum of negotiated transactions. Clients consistently rely on Ms. Olson for her high-level guidance and collaborative approach, which reflect the critical training and discipline of a large NYC law firm, as well as the practical perspective and insight of in-house counsel.
During her 13 years as in-house counsel, the last four as General Counsel of a start-up firm that grew into a NYSE-traded billion dollar company, Ms. Olson became adept at structuring business combinations that satisfied a web of related, yet often conflicting objectives. Ms. Olson’s innovative solutions and straightforward advice reflect the breadth of her legal experience, insight and business acumen.
Ms. Olson offers sophisticated and coordinated real-time legal advice across the full range of corporate...
David S. Jonas most recently served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, after Mr. Jonas' nomination by the President to be the General Counsel of the Department of Energy. He withdrew his nomination, after being favorably voted out of committee, to focus on his practice due to the lengthy wait for a full Senate vote. During the presidential transition, Mr. Jonas served on the Defense and Energy Transition Teams and was also appointed to the Energy Landing Team.
His major practice areas are Department of Energy matters, government contracts, litigation, employment law (including proposed terminations, administrative leave, whistleblower, EEO issues, and security clearance matters), international and national security law, administrative/regulatory law, ethics, legislation, compliance, internal investigations, military law, and digital currency law, including Bitcoin.
Mr. Jonas has extensive experience in national security issues and is recognized as one of a handful of experts worldwide in nuclear nonproliferation law (he has been published regarding the...
Kevin E. Byrnes is an experienced civil and criminal trial attorney and current member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bar. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and was first licensed to practice law in 1985. Mr. Byrnes has worked as a Judge Advocate in U.S. Navy, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, a line attorney with the Department of Justice, and he has been in private practice since 2001 in both small and large firm settings.
Mr. Byrnes has effectively handled criminal and civil investigations of law enforcement personnel charged with misconduct, use of excessive force, misuse of property, violations of policy and procedures, matters affecting their ability to testify in court, security clearance and access issues, alleged failures to mention evidence or follow rules and procedures and tort liability issues out of their employment.
Mr. Byrnes, a veteran himself, represents active duty and drilling combat veterans, and he often works with private groups like the VFW to address issues ranging from medical...
Adam Munitz is a partner with FH+H. Mr. Munitz represents, advises, and counsels companies and individuals in a wide variety of matters including foreign investment, export compliance, international business transactions, foreign ownership, control and influence, reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), and government contracting. Holding a security clearance, Mr. Munitz has spent years supporting agencies and corporations in the defense and national security sectors.
Mr. Munitz’s practice focuses on solving clients’ complex legal and business challenges in the following areas: foreign investment; foreign ownership, control, and influence mitigation; export compliance; anti-corruption; federal contracts; defense contracts; suspension and debarment; corporate transactions, contracts, and agreements; international transactions; and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Munitz attended The Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University,...
FH+H Partner Cheri Bennett has almost 20 years' of experience as legal counsel working with nearly all areas and aspects of business law, with particularly deep and broad experience in the corporate, securities, investment management, and general business areas.
She has spent her entire legal career advising at the executive level of companies — large and small, public and private — as both outside counsel and inside the company. She has also advised individual investors in companies about their investments, individual Board of Director members on issues requiring independent counsel, and the investment banks who facilitate both raising money as well as buying and selling the companies.
Ms. Bennett started her career working at one of the key financial regulators, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where she advised the CEOs, CFOs, General Counsels and lead outside counsels of publicly held companies in their capital raising activities, M&A transactions, periodic reporting, and corporate governance obligations. She honed that experience at large AmLaw 100 ranked...
Jonathan (“Jon”) Spaeth has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years. Mr. Spaeth brings a unique blend of law firm and in-house experience to FH+H.
Mr. Spaeth was a Partner for many years at the Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, where he conducted high-profile litigation for Fortune 100 and other large corporate clients.
Following his law firm experience, Mr. Spaeth held a variety of senior in-house positions at private and public companies in the defense industry, including Raytheon. Most recently, Mr. Spaeth served as General Counsel to the largest division of Zebra Technologies Corporation, where he negotiated the company’s highly publicized contract with the National Football League, and as General Counsel to two technology start-ups.
Mr. Spaeth’s principal areas of expertise are civil litigation, commercial transactions and contracts, government contracts, regulatory compliance, and labor and employment matters.
A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Spaeth obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of...
Melissa Cross is a Partner with FH+H. Ms. Cross specializes in intellectual property and technology licensing and transactions with a focus on trademark law and branding.
Prior to joining FH+H, Ms. Cross was an attorney with Arnold & Porter’s Intellectual Property and Technology group both in New York City and Washington, D.C., where she represented many high-profile clients from a wide variety of industries, including digital media, software, sports, food and beverage, insurance, political and charitable organizations, clothing and jewelry designers, and more.
Ms. Cross then went on to form Cross Intellectual Property Law, where she offered strategic counseling in identifying and protecting valuable intellectual property assets and maximizing their value through development, licensing, commercial distribution, and protection to promote and maintain brand recognition.
At FH+H, Ms. Cross advises clients on a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including promotional and licensing agreements; e-commerce, reseller, and distribution agreements; trademark and...
As Partner at FH+H David Delaney focuses his practice on clients’ cyberspace needs. He 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. Mr. Delaney holds the ANSI/ISO-accredited CIPP/US Private Sector certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.* He is licensed in Maryland and North Carolina.
As Deputy Associate General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security until 2013 Mr. Delaney represented the Department in discussions with the White House, Congress, federal agencies, and state governments on cybersecurity, national security communications, emergency management, chemical facility security, law enforcement, intelligence, and other programs. He advised senior political appointees and career officials on legal, policy, regulatory, operational,...
Samuel "Sam" Adelmann is a Senior Associate at FH+H and part of our Litigation + Investigations, Employment Law, and Corporate and Business Transactions teams. Mr. Adelmann has extensive experience litigating throughout the courts of Northern Virginia with issues involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of trade secrets, tortious interference with business, false advertising and employment matters, among others.
Prior to joining FH+H, Mr. Adelmann had developed a breadth of litigation experience including commercial litigation, personal injury, and criminal defense working with a small law firm in Arlington County.
Mr. Adelmann graduated from the Antonin Scalia Law School (formerly George Mason University School of Law) in 2011, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law,...
Marlena F. Ewald is a Senior Associate with FH+H. Ms. Ewald represents, advises, and counsels companies and individuals in a wide variety of matters including government contracting, commercial contracting, sensitive government inquiries, internal investigations, corporate transactions, and employment matters.
Ms. Ewald has had first-hand experience working as in-house counsel at a government contractor company that provided financial management technology services to various government agencies. Ms. Ewald has experience with commercial contracts, government contracts, subcontracts, teaming agreements, consulting agreements, licensing, settlement agreements, separation agreements, employment agreements, asset sales, novations, and corporate formation and transactional work.
Ms. Ewald earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Hispanic Studies from the College of William & Mary, and she graduated from Georgetown University Law Center while working full-time.
Marzia Momen is an Associate with FH+H. Ms. Momen represents, advises, and counsels companies and individuals in a wide variety of matters including corporate transactions, regulatory compliance matters, and business transactions.
Ms. Momen has experience with contracts, settlement agreements, real estate, business formation, development, and acquisition, and complex litigation.
Ms. Momen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Relations from George Mason University, graduating magna cum laude, and received her J.D. from Antonin Scalia Law School (formerly George Mason University School of Law) in 2013.
Rachel Leahey is an Associate with FH+H. Ms. Leahey represents, advises, and counsels companies in government contracting matters.
Ms. Leahey is an honors graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Ms. Leahey began her legal career with a two-year appointment assisting an Administrative Law Judge through the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program. She subsequently held positions as a Staff Attorney with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Office of Special Masters, and a Judicial Law Clerk at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
During law school, Ms. Leahey held internships or law clerkships with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Marion County (Indiana) Prosecutor’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the S.D. of Indiana, and The Honorable William T. Lawrence, U.S. District Court for the S.D. of Indiana. Ms. Leahey was on the editorial staff of the Indiana Law Journal, a member of the Sherman Minton Moot Court Board, and was recognized for meeting the recommended goal of 60 hours of pro bono work during law...
Emily Spence is an Associate at FH+H. Ms. Spence represents, advises, and counsels clients in a wide variety of matters including government contracting, corporate transactions, internal investigations, trust and estate, and employment matters.
Ms. Spence has also worked for the Department of Justice and at the Virginia Department of Transportation. Ms. Spence’s prior experience also includes being on several successful government contracting bid presentation teams and working with local small businesses to optimize business operations.
Ms. Spence received her Juris Doctorate from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in 2018. While at Scalia Law, she was a member of the George Mason Law Review and served as Production Editor in 2017-18. Ms. Spence also served as a member of George Mason Moot Court Board, winning “Best Brief” at Howard University’s 2018 Bryant Moore Moot Court Competition. Ms. Spence also holds a Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Dean G. Popps, Senior Counsel to FH+H, provides strategic advice and legal counsel to a wide variety clients, assisting them with their most demanding and challenging legal, business, and financial challenges. He previously served with distinction at the highest levels of government and is an experienced business executive with strong ties to the defense, intelligence, and telecommunications industries.
Mr. Popps’ many accomplishments are highlighted by his leading the 42,000+ person Army acquisition workforce, as the Service Acquisition Executive (SAE) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (Acting), with 600+ Programs of Record and by his being the first appointee (by House Speaker John Boehner) to the Commission on Wartime Contracting (CoWC), an independent, bipartisan legislative commission established in 2008 to study wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Strategic Materials Council, a public policy group dedicated to the security of the nation’s critical supply chains.
Mr. Popps was...
As Counsel with FH+H, Phillip Carter represents and counsels companies on matters involving government contracts, corporate and national security law, based on his extensive expertise and experience at the intersection of law, business, and national security.
Prior to joining FH+H, Mr. Carter managed Caerus Associates, a strategy and design firm, responsible for a diverse array of corporate functions including accounting, finance, human resources, legal, and contracts, as well as overall corporate operations. Mr. Carter also practiced government contracts and national security law with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (now part of Dentons). In that role, Mr. Carter assisted clients with design and implementation of compliance systems; conducted compliance audits and internal investigations; represented clients in bid protests and government contracts litigation; assisted government contractor clients with prime contract and subcontract issues; counseled clients on national security regulations relating to export controls and classified information; and assisted clients with merger and...
Jill F. Helwig is Counsel with FH+H focusing primarily on litigation matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Helwig was associated with the New Jersey law firm of Tafaro & Flynn, PA where she specialized in professional liability defense. During her tenure with the firm, Ms. Helwig gained significant experience in all phases of the litigation process defending physicians and hospitals in complex medical malpractice matters, appearing before both the trial and appellate courts in New Jersey.
Since first joining FH+H as an associate, Ms. Helwig has continued to develop an expertise in litigation with an expansion in to other types of matters including corporate and partnership disputes, employment law, intellectual property and others.
Ms. Helwig graduated from Montclair State College and received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law while working full time.
F. Andrew “Andy” Turley enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the federal government prior to joining FH+H as Counsel. He is a retired Air Force Major General and retired Senior Executive with the Department of the Air Force.
Mr Turley received his BA summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts and JD cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He is also a graduate of the Air Force’s Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.
In his military capacity, Mr. Turley was commissioned a first lieutenant in 1985 and served in a wide variety of judge advocate (military lawyer) positions, both Active Duty and Reserve, at the Wing, Major Command, and Pentagon levels, culminating his 27 years of military service as the Ninth Air National Guard Assistant to the Air Force Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon. He also served for many years as an adjunct faculty member at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School at Maxwell AFB, AL. Mr. Turley retired in the grade of Major General. His highest military award is the...
Mary Beth Long is the first-ever Senate confirmed female Assistant Secretary of Defense and worked directly with Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates on the Department’s highest priority issues. As the Defense Secretary’s principle advisor on the Middle East, Europe and Africa, including Iraq and Afghanistan, Ms. Long represented the Department of Defense at the National Security Council, the White House, and with foreign Ministers of Defense. Ms. Long also served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as the Western Hemisphere. She also was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Narcotics where she had direct responsibility for a budget in excess of $1 billion. Ms. Long for decades has worked closely with the highest levels of the military services, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of National Intelligence (DNI), and the National Security Agency (NSA).
Ms. Long adds to her credentials over a decade of operations experience at the CIA, where she worked on targeting narcotics, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and...
Kate Cooper heads up our Tampa, Florida office and specializes in litigation and alternative dispute resolution and is an accredited Veteran's Affairs Attorney. Ms. Cooper has successfully used mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, and collaborative law for over a decade and has represented thousands of clients in both civil and criminal practice. As a civil litigator, Ms. Cooper represented and advised clients on a wide variety of matters relating to business law including helping clients form a new company or protect their current venture. Ms. Cooper has represented start-ups, established businesses large or small, and employers. She also handles cases involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), family law, and landlord/tenant disputes.
In her government practice Ms. Cooper has served in Florida as both an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit and as an Assistant Public Defender in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. She has appeared before almost every judge in the Thirteenth Circuit and in one year alone argued and won over $600,000 in bond...
William S. Aramony’s expertise in employment law and personnel security clearance matters has been refined over three decades of representing federal civilian employees, military officers, and members of the intelligence and Foreign Service communities. He has unique and particular expertise defending individuals in response to non compete and proprietary information lawsuits, disciplinary actions and the taking of pay, professional credentials, and security clearances, but also unique expertise initiating legal actions to enforce employment discrimination laws, military Reservist rights, and to enforce other protections against unlawful employment actions. To defend individuals and initiate actions, Mr. Aramony has litigated before multiple, different Courts, and before virtually each federal agency charged with deciding employment and security clearance matters.
In addition to being Of Counsel to FH+H, Mr. Aramony owns the Law Offices of William S. Aramony and served 30-years as a Judge Advocate with the Navy Reserves. In his Judge Advocate capacity, he commanded Reserve Legal...
Doug O’Connell represents companies and individuals under investigation or charged with administrative failures, regulatory violations, and white-collar crimes. He has more than two decades of experience dealing with issues such as grand jury subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and federal “target letters.” Mr. O’Connell has particular expertise in investigating cases and negotiating with prosecutors or other government officials to mitigate potential liability and exposure. He has extensive jury trial experience having first-chaired more than 100 jury trials in both federal and state courts.
In addition, Mr. O’Connell handles select civil law matters, including defending collateral civil actions, representing whistle blowers, and bringing lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs seeking justice. He regularly represents military service members and veterans unwittingly caught in the legal system, including security clearance issues, administrative separations, and petitions for the correction of military records. Mr. O’Connell also defends service members subjected to courts martial....
Tarek El-Khoury works as Of Counsel at FH+H, bringing 18 years of experience in corporate and commercial law across the Middle East. Prior to that, he spent four years in sales and brand management capacities working for commercial conglomerates on market segmentation and marketing of new products.
Mr. El-Khoury is a senior associate with a leading local law firm in the UAE with 8 years of experience in the GCC. His main area of expertise is advising on corporate and commercial law matters, cross-border transactions, joint ventures and partnerships, capital market, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, commercial contracts, and related regulatory matters with extensive experience on education and environmental law matters.
Mr. El-Khoury holds a Masters in International Private Law from the Université Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, and he attended international financial law seminars at Churchill College - Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Mr. El-Khoury is fluent in Arabic, English, ...
Mark V. Huber is widely recognized as an expert in financial analysis, financial systems design, financial evaluation, mergers and acquisitions, and asset valuation. He has national and international experience working with entities ranging from corporate conglomerates to “Mom and Pop” growing businesses. Mr. Huber routinely establishes and redefines financial strategies for complex and emerging firms, designs and implements financial systems and processes, and identifies unique asset and target valuation.
Mr. Huber has extensive experience in specialized asset valuation, financial analysis, and corporate mergers and acquisitions. He has operated in a wide variety of industries including government contracting, information technology, legal, professional services, non-profit charitable organizations, and management consulting.
Stephanie Benavides received her Associates of Science in Business Administration from Northern Virginia Community College. A Dean’s list student at NVCC, Ms. Benavides went on to pursue her Bachelors in Accounting at George Mason University graduating in May of 2012. Ms. Benavides has worked full-time in administrative positions prior to FH+H, honing a wide array of practical business skills and experience while continuing her education.
Ms. Benavides fluency in Spanish and English make her a valuable asset to multiple practice areas within the firm. She has become the newest member of our financial department providing support in accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting and financial reporting. In addition to a financial role, Ms. Benavides continues to provide administrative and paralegal services to FH+H attorneys and clients. Ms. Benavides is a proud first-time mother of daughter, Isabella.
Joel Westphal has over twenty years of experience managing and supporting comprehensive, complex legal practices, including maintaining client relationships, overseeing books and records, managing human resource and staffing matters, and providing paralegal support.
Mr. Westphal work touches nearly every aspect of the firm. He believes that the keys to a successful law practice is listening to clients, earning their trust, and serving their needs. His unparalleled ability to offer clients a big picture solution to their problems, while never losing sight of the details, truly allows FH+H to set itself apart.
Mr. Westphal also coaches his sons in baseball and soccer, counsels special needs children in athletic endeavors, and serves on several Boards and Committees in the local community.
Natasa Kosutic received her Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management from Virginia International University and was on the Dean's List of Honor Students. Ms. Kosutic received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business.
Prior to joining the firm as a Human Resource Generalist, she worked in Human Resources in the Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry. Ms. Kosutic is responsible for FH+H's recruiting efforts, new hire and benefits orientation, employee relations and compliance with labor laws and regulations.
Ms. Kosutic is fluent in her native Croatian language, Bosnian and Serbian language. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management.
Bridget Rudolphi is a law clerk at FH+H. Mrs. Rudolphi assists partners and associates in a wide variety of practice areas including corporate litigation, employment law, contracts, business dissolution claims, business conspiracies, trust and estates, breaches of fiduciary duties and fraud at both the trial and appellate levels.
Among other things, Mrs. Rudolphi provides extensive support through complex legal research, drafting legal memoranda and other pleadings, and attending client meetings, depositions, status conferences, mediations, and trials.
Mrs. Rudolphi attended the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, receiving her Juris Doctorate with a litigation concentration. While attending Columbus School of Law, Mrs. Rudolphi was honored with the First Lap Award, which recognizes a law student’s dedicated service to the school community during their first year of study. In addition, she was awarded Pro Bono High Honors at graduation for her commitment to pro bono service throughout her law school career.
Mrs. Rudolphi also practiced as a Certified...
Lidiya Kurin is a law clerk with FH+H. Ms. Kurin assists partners and associates in advising companies and individuals in a wide variety of matters including foreign investment, export compliance, international business transactions, foreign ownership, control and influence, reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), and government contracting.
In addition to her law firm experience, Ms. Kurin has interned at the United States Court of Federal Claims, working on matters relating to tax policies and government contracts.
Originally from Ukraine, Ms. Kurin studied political science and public policy at the Macaulay Honors College in New York before attending The George Washington University Law School to concentrate on international trade law and government contracts.
*Bar admission pending
As FH+H's Paralegal Manager, Fadley Charles is responsible for the management and administration of the paralegal and support staff team. Ms. Charles is also responsible for capacity planning, determining office procedures, expediting workflow, and the continuous training and development of her team. Ms. Charles provides full litigation support in the areas of civil litigation, criminal law, family law, corporate and business law, contracts, civil rights, employment law, intellectual property, and real estate law.
Ms. Charles also has notable experience in multifaceted office management and has assisted with establishing legal practices in both Florida and Washington, D.C. Ms. Charles has consulted on numerous areas of practice management including human resources, practice management software, effective workflow structure, accounting, marketing, and maintaining compliance with ethics codes. In the practices that Ms. Charles has helped to establish and/or manage, all have reported more than double profits in the following year.
Michael "Mike" M. De Robbio is the firm’s Admin Support Specialist. In this capacity, Mr. De Robbio provides administrative support to paralegals, which includes document management and retention, and courier service. He also manages small cases ranging from warrants in debt to simple divorces, and he assists with filings. Mr. De Robbio has worked as an executive assistant for a variety of firms and individuals, from small firms to those on Wall Street, and from lawmakers to Presidential candidates.
Having worked on Capitol Hill with the powerful Oversight & Government Reform Committee, Mr. De Robbio was tasked with staffing high-profile hearings, from matters of domestic policy to national security, while also assisting the Chairman and his Staff. He has also worked for Financial Advisor teams at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and he is the former Field Investigator and Executive Assistant at Patriot Consulting Group, Inc., a government consulting group in his native New Jersey.
Mr. De Robbio attended Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. He currently attends...
Yosselin Bu Vega is a Legal Administrative Assistant for FH+H. In her role, Ms. Bu Vega is responsible for providing auxiliary support to Partner Kevin Byrnes. In her role, Ms. Bu Vega maintains and manages schedules, travel, client meetings, and any day to day clerical support, which allows Mr. Byrnes to focus on providing excellent legal services to his valued clients.
Ms. Bu Vega’s primary focus as a representative for Mr. Byrnes is to work with key team members and his clients to maximize his time and efficiency. Ms. Bu Vega also provides administrative support to FH+H paralegals and various team members by assisting in word processing, typing, and data entry, organizing and preparing binders, and some client and business partner correspondence.
Ms. Bu Vega is a D.C. Metro Area native, residing in the city of Arlington. She has a passion for music, enjoys long scenic walks, as well as good laughs and anything small and dainty. Ms. Bu Vega is also an avid traveler and loves any opportunity for adventure....
Connie Fluet is a Legal Nurse Consultant and brings extensive expertise in both Education and Nursing to FH+H and its clients. A registered nurse for over 16 years, Ms. Fluet specializes in critical care and emergency nursing and has maintained board certification in Emergency Nursing for over 13 years. Her experience in teaching nursing to students ranging from elementary school through college allows her to bridge the medical and legal worlds. She is is a tireless and effective advocate for FH+H clients in legal matters involving medical issues.
Ms. Fluet continues to work in Emergency nursing and brings that unique blend of calm-in-a-crisis, no nonsense practicality to case management for client matters as well as a compassion that comes from years of caring for those injured or ill.
Victoria "Tori" Moses is the firm's Marketing Manager. As such, she handles the firm's social media by creating and posting content, engaging with users, and managing the firm's brand, all while being mindful of the ethical rules associated with the practice of law. Ms. Moses also plans, sponsors, and attends events for the firm.
In charge of all physical and digital marketing materials, Ms. Moses produces a monthly newsletter that is distributed to thousands of firm contacts. She is also responsible for materials such as white papers, brochures, banners, and more.
Ms. Moses also functions as the Community Manager for Chisel, a coworking space that was launched by FH+H. In this position, Ms. Moses handles matters concerning business development, marketing and sales, community management, event planning, and more.
Born and raised in central Illinois, Ms. Moses received her Bachelor's Degree from Bradley University in Business Management and Leadership with a minor in Spanish. She enjoys exploring the DC Metro area, as well as reading, practicing piano, playing video...
Michael L. DeBerry, Jr. is FH+H's Director of Information Technology. In this capacity, Mr. DeBerry work touches many aspects and departments with the firm at all levels. His experience in information technology began at Northern Virginia Community College where he functioned as an IT Administrative Assistance, and it reaches to Enterprise level IT roles while working with The Carlyle Group.
Mr. DeBerry's highlighted experiences include working as IT Administrator Consultant for The Carlyle Group, in which he was tasked with documenting and testing computer applications, compiling logs and generating reports, image deployment, Windows 10 Migration, determining issues with critical systems, drafting IT solutions for complex problems for management, and coordinating joint efforts with various teams and IT vendors. Additionally, Mr. DeBerry enjoys taking a hands-on approach to IT and will assist employees with any technical issues they may have.
Mr. DeBerry obtained his B.S. in Cybersecurity Strategy and Risk Management from George Washington University. He had previously obtained...
Michelle Burnett is the Administrative Assistant for FH+H. In her role, Ms. Burnett is often the first point of contact on the phone or in person for FH+H clients, potential clients, business partners, and other individuals.
Ms. Burnett maintains orderliness in the office by preparing conference rooms for meetings and depositions, stocking office supplies, and performing other administrative tasks. Ms. Burnett is also the coordinator for outside vendors, and she handles calendar scheduling for some FH+H partners.
Before joining FH+H, Ms. Burnett spent many years in sales management and real estate sales. In the workplace, Ms. Burnett is always willing to lend a hand where it is needed.