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About me

As a trusted business advisor and legal counsel, I counsel senior leadership at client businesses about operations, governance, growth, and risk management. My clients include: technology and telecommunications companies, consulting firms, federal government contractors, associations, national and regional financial institutions, and insurance companies.

I am the Leader of the Litigation Department at LeClairRyan.

When not practicing law, I enjoy golf, sailing, fishing, and tennis, particularly with my family.  The alternative to practicing law would have been to be a charter captain.  I crewed on a tall ship for several summers.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 40%
    25 years
  2. Chapter 11: 30%
    25 years
  3. Litigation: 30%
    25 years



Hourly ($425-655/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info


Suite 1100
2318 Mill road
Alexandria, VA, 22314-6834


DCActive 199307/06/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law199203/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / InsolvencyBest Lawyers in America2013
Local Litigation Star - Commercial/BankruptcyBenchmark Litigation2013
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / InsolvencyBest Lawyers in America2012
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/InsolvencyThe Best Lawyers in America2011
Insolvency LawThe Best Lawyers in America2011
Litigation - BankruptcyThe Best Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyer, Bankruptcy & Creditor's RightsBest Lawyers in America2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLeClairRyan2001 - Present
PartnerBean, Kinney & Korman1996 - 2001
PartnerLudwig, Pohlman & Gustafson1995 - 1996
AssociateFoley Hoag1991 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bankruptcy InstituteN/A2007 - Present
USLAW NetworkBoard of Directors2004 - Present
USLAW NetworkMember2001 - Present
Arlington County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Virginia Chapter)N/A1996 - Present
Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Arlington County Bar AssociationPresident2002 - 2003
Arlington County Bar AssociationBoard Member1998 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re: Ellison; Airlines Reporting Corporation v. Ellison, 296 F.3d 266 (4th Cir. 2002)In favor of client holding individuals nondischargeably liable for debts
Airlines Reporting Corp. v. Michael Pishvaian, 155 F. Supp. 2d 659 (E.D.Va. 2001)Clients claims recognized for purposes of subsequent trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Defense Research Institute (DRI)Facing the Consquences: Personal Liability of Corporate Officers2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
College of William and MaryHistory and GovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1988