I have formed hundreds, if not thousands, of new businesses. I have watched mom and pop businesses achieve family goals, and have seen small businesses with big dreams implement legal and business solutions to become major players in their industries.
My positive client interaction with business owners who are trying to achieve their goals is a strong motivator in my decision to focus his practice on business and commercial law. I regularly work with optimistic, upbeat, and aggressive entrepreneurs and business owners to create short and long-term business strategies and legal needs. I have the experience to provide the practical legal solutions to complicated business situations. Time and again I have found that the pure legal analysis and legal courses of action may not be the best solution for businesses and business owners. Rather, seeking win-win solutions, which involve a balancing of the legal positions against the monetary and non-monetary costs leads to alternative, non-litigation solutions.
Business owners usually want cost effective solutions, not legal positions that lead to polarization and the loss of business deals and transactions. A transaction should never fall through because of attorneys advocating positions that create adversity. Rather, a lawyer should always seek solutions that will allow transactions to be consummated and problems to be resolved.
When dealing with employees and employment situations, I have found that employers want solutions that will minimize or remove the threat of litigation. With the cost of defending major employment suits averaging over $125,000, most business have to find solutions to employment problems that protect the business interests while bringing closure to the problems.
Admitted to the Virginia bar in 1978 and to the District of Columbia bar in 1994, I bring considerable experience to the practice of business and commercial law in Northern Virginia.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1978||03/31/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Martindale Hubbell||AV rated||N/A|
|Partner||Hale Carlson Baumgartner PLC||2009 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Robert B. Baumgartner & Associates, PLC||1985 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Lord of Life Lutheran Church||President||1993 - Present|
|Bar Association of the District of Columbia||Member||1992 - Present|
|united states court of appeals fourth circut||Member||1990 - Present|
|U.S. Supreme Court||Member||1990 - Present|
|united states district court eastern district of virginia||Member||1980 - Present|
|united states bankruptcy court virginia||Member||1980 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar||Member||1978 - Present|
|West Virginia State Bar||Member||1978 - Present|
|Fairfax Bar Association||Member||1978 - Present|
|Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce||President||1980 - 1985|
|Bankruptcy WDVA, 93 (BR 1984)||secured recovery for client|
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|University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Wittenberg University||Psychology and sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1973|
|Virginia Bar Association, Elder Law Section||Succession Planning for Businesses||2015|
|Bar Association of the District of Columbia||Foreclosures||1998|