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Lee E Berlik

Litigation Attorney at Reston, VA

4.7   17 reviews
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Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 25 years
    Virginia - VA 28 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Lee

Learn Lee’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    50%
    General civil and commercial litigation, including disputes involving business contracts, intellectual property, and employment matters.

    29 years

  2. Libel and slander
    40%
    Litigation of defamation claims (both plaintiff and defendant).

    26 years

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    10%
    Resolution of business disputes, including litigation where necessary.

    29 years

OBTAINING RESULTS FOR OUR CLIENTS THROUGH ZEALOUS ADVOCACY & COST-EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES.

Lee regularly represents individuals, emerging and established technology companies, and other small and large businesses in complex commercial litigation involving contracts, defamation, trade secrets, business torts and various statutory violations in both state and federal courts.

Lee formerly practiced with Boston-based Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, where he worked for six years. Prior to working for Mintz Levin, Lee was a litigator in the Tysons Corner office of Troutman Sanders.

Lee grew up in The Netherlands and spent some time in upstate New York before settling down in Northern Virginia, where he has stayed since 1993. He now lives with his wife and three children in western Loudoun County, Virginia.

In his spare time, Lee can be found playing tennis, skiing, biking, or dabbling in photography.  He has coached several Loudoun Soccer teams and is currently a volunteer sponsor of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail.

 

 

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

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Location

BerlikLaw, LLC
1818 Library Street
Suite 500
Reston, VA, 20190
BerlikLaw, LLC
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1500
McLean, VA, 22102
BerlikLaw, LLC
312-F E Market St
Leesburg, VA, 20176
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by Sharon | September 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing, effective lawyer and expert on internet libel, slander, disputes
Surprising to me, a person I did not know and who did not/does not know me --though she knew my boyfriend of three years -- anonymously pursued a four month online campaign to get me fired posting thousands of heinous libelous false statements about me professionally and personally. Professional colleagues, my boss, and board members of the nonprofit where I worked all read the lies and character defamation. When my boss brought the posts to my attention, I researched and called 'experts' in cyber law including a Harvard Law professor I know who had successfully prosecuted a cyber case in front of the Supreme Court. They all said the same thing, 'The law is unclear in these cases, and web sites hide behind the freedom of information law to avoid accountability for taking down false, hateful posts'. I then came upon a lawyer who was the victim of a similar character attack posted on one of the same bottom-feeder, lowest-common-denominator websites, based in Fairfax, where some of the posts about me were. This bright young woman stood up and got the law changed in Virginia to help victims, mostly girls and women, from this type of online sociopatholgy. While she could not take me on as a client, she referred me to Lee Berlik, a very experienced, competent libel and cyber lawyer and litigator in Northern Virginia. Lee turned out to be amazing. I provided him with the evidence, and he immediately gave me excellent legal counsel, and we pursued a case. The disturbed perpetrator, an online bully, in what amounted to, in pejorative terms, a 'slut shaming' case, admitted to all counts of culpability including willingness to be named in the court order/injunction enabling us to effectively make the case to websites to remove the hate crime from the Internet. Each step of the way, Lee's competency, skills, compassion and responsiveness provided relief from and victory over being a victim of cyber crime. I unequivocally recommend him as a lawyer, particularly for those victimized by cyber libel. There is a solution, and Lee helps you get to it with your dignity in tact. While I won the case because of Lee's counsel, the story does not have a happy ending. A month after the cease and desist letter was filed, I was let go from my organization, the reasoning given 'half the board does not want to work with you' -- even though I didn't work with the board and they were not relevant to my job performance, which, by the way, I was told by the VP of HR had been stellar. There was, however, internet records that at least half the board had, in fact, seen these heinous, false online statements about me. On one level, the perpetrator, who admitted an intent to attack me professionally and personally, won. Thank god, I was in the hands of an extraordinary lawyer, and I won on legal grounds and the perpetrator, this criminal, who turned out to be a previously convicted Felon to boot, was required to remove the defamation. The Internet provides wonderful access to opportunity, but unfortunately, it also provides the tools necessary for a sociopath to damage lives often without impunity. Lee was a Godsend during this difficult, painful chapter in my life which, as was intended by the perp, caused me serious emotional and financial damage. I give him an A+++++ and am so grateful to him for his expertise and help. When no one else would, Lee took my case on and won the case, securing both a legal victory and some financial relief for the legal and court costs. Signed Sharon, a grateful former client of Lee Berlik
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Defamation Lawyer In Nova
I consulted with several lawyers regarding a defamation case filed against me, and Lee was the only one to throughly read and understand my case for the consultation. During the consult he was able to quickly explain the accusations and put my mind at ease with a few defense strategies right off the bat. Lee worked quickly and was able to get it dismissed by dismantling the entire case through an email before things progressed beyond the initial complaint. In addition, he managed to seal the case from the public in order to protect my privacy. If you're involved in a defamation case, I would highly recommend consulting with Lee. He's a straight shooter and will tell you like it is. Check out his blog too to get an idea of his extensive knowledge of defamation law. Invaluable resource when trying to understand defamation law in Virginia.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top-notch legal services
An individual with a history of physiological issues; well-beknown to us; suddenly decided without cause to take to online websites and commit several acts of harassment, libel, slander, and defamation of several of our family members and their businesses. This individual shamelessly created countless fake online personas and launched a smear-campaign to hurt us with no provocation from us whatsoever. I hired Lee Berlik and his partners to assist us with this complicated case spanning multiple states clear across the country and ultimately requiring filing of a lawsuit in US Federal court. Lee and his partners thwarted this individual's several failed attempts to evade process servers and brought the individual to justice. They managed to do so by working with a wide network of private detectives and process servers across the country, and after having done so successfully, subpoenaed web-hosting companies to bring the individual's nefarious online activity into light. Through their continued counsel and strong understanding of the complicated federal/local legal systems, we were able to get the resolution we sought to include removal of the perpetrator's fake online posts about us and our businesses, and furthermore obtain protections above and beyond what the courts alone were willing to grant. We strongly recommend Lee Berlik and his partners to assist in all matters of civil litigations, especially those concerning online and digital offenses. Together, they were able to help us piece our lives together again after a painful emotional experience.
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Posted by Julie | December 31, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Defamation Defense
In my experience with Mr. Berlik, he was very professional. He is also very knowledgeable about the laws that pertained to my specific case. Mr. Berlik was easy to retain, his payment methods to retain his services were quick and easy. Mr. Berik listened to my legal issues without presuming I was guilty until proven innocent, as the plaintiff had alleged. Mr. Berlik was able to get my lawsuit dismissed before it even got started due to the opposing side had 1) missed their filing statute of limitations, and 2) Had no real evidence that that warranted a cause of action. I think a great lawyer stops a lawsuit before it even gets started. Mr. Berlik potentially saved me anywhere between 30,000-50,000 in legal fees by knowing Virignia laws and how to apply them correctly. Mr. Berlik saved me from the nightmare of dealing with a frivolous lawsuit in which the plantiff was seeking upwards of $850,000+ I am truly appreciative of Mr. Berlik, and would highly recommend him to anyone. I researched several lawyers before retaining Mr. Berlik, and most of them charge an initial consultation fee, plus with attorneys, you get what you pay for, and it is a small price to pay for getting you the best outcome.
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Posted by Sankar | March 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Very rarely does any judge sustain a demurrer. A demurrer says a complaint is not grounded in law and should be dismissed outright. In this case, unable to handle getting dumped by his ex, Plaintiff - Mr. Atchuthan Sriskandarajah (an attorney himself) - filed a defamation complaint against his ex & two other parties. The complaint was rather stupid and had very little substance. Mr. Lee Berlik represented the Defendants and absolutely crushed the Plaintiff. In fact, during discovery, when the Plaintiff realized that the case was backfiring on him, it was hilarious to see the Plaintiff cave in so quickly from his original request of $2.5 million down to 10,000 dollars. In the end, Plaintiff did not get even a penny & his case didn't make it past the demurrer. Plaintiff even tried going to the supreme court but the supreme court did not even want to listen to such a stupid complaint. Lee is the best defamation attorney & knows the law inside out. I would highly recommend Lee!
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful and insightful
I consulted Mr.Lee for defamation case. It took a while trying to setup an online meeting via app but he was very patient and professional about it. I was disappointed to learn that about my case but I appreciated his honesty and he was very informative as well as understanding. In addition, he gave me tips and other alternatives regarding my situation which was really appreciated. I highly recommend Mr.Lee and will seek for his advice again if I get a chance.
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome lawyer!
I consulted with Lee on a legal case. He is very knowledgeable. During legal consultation, we got good rapport. He takes time to learn the cases, talk in plain English, break down the complex legal issues, cover all possible outcomes. I followed his advices to cover my bases. After several days, he still replied my emails. He went above and beyond. His service worths every penny. If you are looking for attorney on Litigation, Libel and slander, Lawsuits and disputes then you might want to speak this lawyer who specializes in the subject. I highly recommend Lee E Berlik.
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Posted by Donna | October 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real-life Atticus Finch
After a few months, Mr. Berlik, due to the unique nature of my case, offered to waive his fees and represent me pro bono for the remainder of my case, and, out of the kindness of his heart, also wrote off several thousand dollars I owed him. I have been privileged beyond words to have such a capable, brilliant, thoughtful and kind attorney, and if you Virginia folks ever find yourselves in need of civil legal assistance, I can't recommend BerlikLaw highly enough. Lee Berlik is a gem among lawyers -- and among human beings. Thank you again and again, Lee, for believing in me, for standing up for me, my good character and my good intentions, for First Amendment rights, and for the rights of victim advocates and victims everywhere. Most importantly: Thank you for being you. You're the closest thing to a real-life Atticus Finch that the legal profession has ever seen.
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Posted by ST | November 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done
I was slightly skeptical that any lawyer would do the job for the price quoted and was prepared to be asked for more money. Not only did he not ask me for further money, he did the job as promised, and got results I wanted. I highly recommend Lee for any Internet slander case. Well worth it. ST
Posted by James | May 12, 2015
Great Litigator!
Lee was detail oriented, assertive and thorough with the litigation work that he provided on a patent case on which we both worked. Being with a small law firm helped to allow him to provide personal attention to the case that would not generally be available from a larger firm.
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2011
Superior contract/litigation attorney!
I had the privilege of being represented by Lee over the last 16 months in a drawn out contract dispute/lawsuit with a large supplier for our company. He was incredibly responsive and knowledgeable, and most importantly, obtained the best possible outcome in the case. I couldn't be happier with his services and would highly recommend him to others.
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Posted by Lili | December 5, 2009
Best Lawyer in Virginia!
I am so glad I hired Berlik Law to fight an insurance company on my behalf. Lee Berlik, who handled my case, provided valuable insight, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and clearly knew how to present the facts of my case in the best possible light. (I have a huge damages award to prove it!) His expertise, communication, and professionalism were truly exceptional. As far as I'm concerned, Lee Berlik is the best lawyer in Virginia!
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Posted by mahshid | October 12, 2009
having and trustable lawyer is the best
"It was a great pleasure working with Lee Berlik and his firm. He achieved exactly the result I was hoping for, and charged me only a low fixed fee. He answered all my questions quickly and thoughtfully. I will stay with his firm forever!"
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2009
Personal Experience
I’ve only had the pleasure of working with Lee on one occasion. However, I walked away from that experience feeling that I had been well represented. Lee was extremely knowledgeable regarding the subject matter. He took the time to understand the specifics of my case, he digested in the information in a timely manner and then came back and presented me with a number of viable options to include the pros and cons of each. Based on my experience, Lee seems to be a very proactive attorney. He engages with the client and plots a rational course of action. If needed, I would happily seek Lee’s services again. In addition, I would recommend him to my family and friends. He reminds me of the All-State slogan …. “You’re in good hands”
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2009
Great Representation - Hands Down
I run an entertainment company and have used DG&W for many issues since 2005. I have worked with (and in some cases spent considerable time with) Tom Dunlap, Jeff Weaver, Lee Berlik, and Mike Whitticar and found them all to be top notch. In one particular matter with Lee, the term "above and beyond the call of duty" aptly describes his effort. In the end, Lee helped us gain a favorable outcome in that matter even though the other side utilized a larger firm, more attorneys, and a battery of dirty tricks. That particular process was tedious, but we're happy to have had Lee hold our hand throughout it all. Through DG&W we've gotten the quality and effort of big-firm representation, with the attention, service, and cost of a smaller firm. I regularly recommend them to other businesses searching for legal assistance. They've always come through for us, and from what I've heard, for others too.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good Initial Consultation
I had an initial consultation with Lee for $250 dollars. He gave me some useful background information and referrals on the legal issue I needed guidance on. I had a consultation with two other lawyers after this (no charge for either) and they did provide ideas/information which did not come up in the initial consult, but all the same, I found Lee's legal expertise to be helpful.
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Posted by Dan | May 17, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
$350 initial legal consultation
If you are looking for a one hour general overview and standard lecture on defamation and libel, then by all means, pay Lee Berlik $350.00 for his one hour initial legal consultation. However, if you are looking for an attorney to review your specific case and to provide a legal opinion based on your case, I would save the $350.00 and look elsewhere for an attorney. There are PLENTY of great attorneys that do not charge the initial legal consultation fee and who happen to actually review the evidence that you provide them, and provide an opinion specific to your case. In short, we thought we were paying $350.00 for Lee Berlik to review the evidence that we provided, and we would receive a legal opinion specific to our case. Lee Berlik did not review the evidence we provided, and we spent $350.00 for a general overview and standard lecture on defamation and libel, that had absolutely nothing to do with our specific case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 390-495 per hour
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • BerlikLaw, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, PLLC
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Mintz Levin
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Troutman Sanders
  • 1998 - 2000
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Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • J.D., cum laude
  • 1995
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • B.S., high honors
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • World Mission Society Church of God v. Colon et al.
  • Dismissal
  • Yeager v. Tavenner
  • Judgment for Plaintiff
  • Edenfield v. Iceweb
  • Judgment for Plaintiff for all amounts claimed
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Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Parliamentarian, 2008; Member, other years
  • 1997 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Dutch

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer, Employment Law
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2019
  • Client Champion - Gold
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rated (preeminent)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rated (preeminent)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Peer Review Rated (preeminent)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rated (Preeminent)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • 2002
  • Outstanding Newsletter Award
  • American Bar Association
  • 2002
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Publications

  • Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation
  • Employment Law (contributor)
  • 2006
  • National Law Journal
  • ABA Proposal Muddies Pretrial Publicity Waters
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (7)
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Litigation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lee is a very smart lawyer and his website has a ton of information that you should review before deciding to hire a lawyer for your business litigation disputes. He had developed particular expertise in the law of defamation, libel and slander"
Litigation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Lee several times while practicing in Loudoun County. And each time I saw him in court, I was impressed with his calm, thoughtful approach. Lee is a fine attorney and I endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lee has been an invaluable resource for me and for my clients. I have a strictly transactional intellectual property practice, so I rely on Lee when I have questions about the details of litigation and when clients come to me with litigation issues. Lee is a great litigator with an emphasis on intellectual property litigation and reasonable fees, so his practice dovetails nicely with mine. He has always given good counsel to me and to my clients. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lee is a meticulous lawyer. More generally, he is a very thoughtful person. Lee carefully analyzes client goals. He then develops a plan to achieve those goals efficiently. He would be a valuable asset to any client in need of his services."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lee provides fantastic client service and is a model of efficiency. He is smart, quick on his feet, and has all the skills that make for a brilliant trial lawyer. He is one of the most professional litigators I have ever worked with and a nice guy to boot!"
Litigation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Lee pays attention to detail and gets the work done with great alacrity and verve. I would recomend him as an attorney."
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Reston Litigation Lawyer Lee E Berlik
Lee E Berlik
Litigation Attorney
Reston, VA
Licensed for 28 years
Virtual consultation available