OUR PRACTICE AREAS

Our firm focuses on a limited number of practice areas in state and federal courts, including employment law, commercial torts, and qui tam litigation under the federal False Claims Act and state false claims statutes such as the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.

EMPLOYMENT LAW PRACTICE

The body of law that governs the employment relationship from start to finish is a disparate framework of common law principles (such as contract and tort) and local, state, and federal statutory requirements.  As a result, employment law is a specialized area of practice. Our firm represents and counsels both employers and employees in the full range of employment law matters, including wrongful termination, wage and hour litigation, covenants not to compete and other restraints on trade, executive compensation, and many others.  We represent both employers and employees in these matters, and feel that this gives our lawyers a unique perspective on employment-related litigation.  To read more about employment law in Virginia, check out our memo entitled Foundations of Employment Law in Virginia in our Reading Room.

QUI TAM LITIGATION

Qui tam litigation under the federal False Claims Act and various state false claims statutes is a natural corollary to our employment law and business torts practice and is an ever-growing part of our work.   A qui tam action is a case brought by a private individual with non-public, first-hand information about false claims or fraud on the government.  Such cases can only be brought pursuant to a state or federal false claims statute that grants standing (in the technical, legal sense of that word) to any “person.”  Such persons must be represented by counsel, and are entitled to receive a percentage of the government’s recovery.

The lawyers of our firm have prosecuted state and federal qui tam actions across the country, and in the process have returned more than $67 million $79 million to the public fisc.

COMMERCIAL TORTS

Our business tort practice (sometimes called “commercial torts”) is a natural corollary to our qui tam and employment law practices.  These claims often, but not always, arise out of an employment relationship when a departing employee steals trade secrets, misappropriates a business opportunity, or otherwise engages in unfair competition with his or her former employer.  These matters also sometimes arise between competitors, or former business partners.

While we strive to offer a variety of interesting and useful information on our website, these materials are offered solely for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice.  Furthermore, while you can also find information about our past successes on these pages, you should understand that past success does not guarantee a good outcome in any particular case.

You can read more about some of the more specific types of cases within these three broad categories by clicking on a link below.  If you are interested in learning more about whether you have a case we might be interested in, you can click here or give us a call at 703-649-5500.