David J. Tecson

David concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation in state and federal court. He has successfully tried diverse cases to verdict and judgment. His experience includes commercial claims, healthcare, insurance coverage, employment, ERISA, director and officer liability, and class-action litigation.

He is also a former prosecutor for the Illinois Secretary of State. His clients include hospital systems, medical providers, schools, manufacturers, a wide range of business ventures, and international corporations based in Europe and South America. Notable trial work includes David’s successful prosecution of a complex managed care cases, multiple arbitrations on behalf of hospitals, a successful three-week federal jury trial, qui tam litigation, medical staff corrective action hearings, the prosecution and defense of director and officer claims, and international litigation.

He frequently counsels clients on employment issues. When necessary, he litigates employment claims before the U.S. District Court, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission and other administrative agencies.

David lectures and writes on various topics arising out of his practice. The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education selected him to co-author (with Ryan Haas) a chapter (Remedies) of the 2018 Practice Handbook on Employment Discrimination.

David worked in Argentina and Brazil prior to starting his practice in Chicago, and he is proficient in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.

He served as a guest professor in the healthcare section of DePaul University College of Law (2018), as an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law teaching a course in healthcare litigation (2016) and as a guest professor at Wheaton College where he taught a course on international dispute resolution and litigation (2013-2015).

David currently serves on Chuhak & Tecson’s Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Chuhak & Tecson:

Chuhak & Tecson offers more than just solutions. Since 1987, our experienced lawyers have served our clients not only as counselors but also as valued partners. With Chuhak & Tecson you will find a collaborative team of legal advisers who share a genuine interest in your success—professionals whose entrepreneurial spirit and vision are compatible with your own. All our attorneys are self-starters who maintain a holistic view of your goals, inspiring us to be creative in our solutions and driving us to remain a step ahead in moving your needs forward.

Chuhak & Tecson is built on the values that inspired the firm’s founders over 30 years ago—hard work, honesty and integrity. We position ourselves to attract attorneys with these values. As a team and as individuals, we do what’s right for the people we represent and the communities where we live and serve. Unlike many law firms where layers of bureaucracy impede direct contact with counsel, we connect our clients with experienced lawyers right away. It’s how we show we’re right there with you. This synthesis of experience and accessibility enables us to deliver high-quality service and solutions at a fair price.

Our home in Chicago is an advantage, too, and not just as a venue of Midwest values. Our Loop address places our firm in close proximity to local clients and in a prime central location for clients from across the United States.

 

 

David J. Tecson

David concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation in state and federal court. He has successfully tried diverse cases to verdict and judgment. His experience includes commercial claims, healthcare, insurance coverage, employment, ERISA, director and officer liability, and class-action litigation.

He is also a former prosecutor for the Illinois Secretary of State. His clients include hospital systems, medical providers, schools, manufacturers, a wide range of business ventures, and international corporations based in Europe and South America. Notable trial work includes David’s successful prosecution of a complex managed care cases, multiple arbitrations on behalf of hospitals, a successful three-week federal jury trial, qui tam litigation, medical staff corrective action hearings, the prosecution and defense of director and officer claims, and international litigation.

He frequently counsels clients on employment issues. When necessary, he litigates employment claims before the U.S. District Court, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission and other administrative agencies.

David lectures and writes on various topics arising out of his practice. The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education selected him to co-author (with Ryan Haas) a chapter (Remedies) of the 2018 Practice Handbook on Employment Discrimination.

David worked in Argentina and Brazil prior to starting his practice in Chicago, and he is proficient in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.

He served as a guest professor in the healthcare section of DePaul University College of Law (2018), as an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law teaching a course in healthcare litigation (2016) and as a guest professor at Wheaton College where he taught a course on international dispute resolution and litigation (2013-2015).

David currently serves on Chuhak & Tecson’s Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Chuhak & Tecson:

Chuhak & Tecson offers more than just solutions. Since 1987, our experienced lawyers have served our clients not only as counselors but also as valued partners. With Chuhak & Tecson you will find a collaborative team of legal advisers who share a genuine interest in your success—professionals whose entrepreneurial spirit and vision are compatible with your own. All our attorneys are self-starters who maintain a holistic view of your goals, inspiring us to be creative in our solutions and driving us to remain a step ahead in moving your needs forward.

Chuhak & Tecson is built on the values that inspired the firm’s founders over 30 years ago—hard work, honesty and integrity. We position ourselves to attract attorneys with these values. As a team and as individuals, we do what’s right for the people we represent and the communities where we live and serve. Unlike many law firms where layers of bureaucracy impede direct contact with counsel, we connect our clients with experienced lawyers right away. It’s how we show we’re right there with you. This synthesis of experience and accessibility enables us to deliver high-quality service and solutions at a fair price.

Our home in Chicago is an advantage, too, and not just as a venue of Midwest values. Our Loop address places our firm in close proximity to local clients and in a prime central location for clients from across the United States.

 

Merritt J. Green

In 2004, Merritt Green founded General Counsel, P.C. Under his leadership, General Counsel, P.C. has steadily grown to become a full-service law firm providing comprehensive legal services for businesses ranging from start-up to multi-billion dollar organizations.

Merritt serves as an outside general counsel to clients by providing guidance on legal issues confronting businesses, non-profit organizations and executives ranging from contracts and agreements to the structuring of corporate transactions and business formations. Merritt also represents businesses in all aspects of labour and employment law, including employment agreements, discrimination, wrongful termination, and harassment matters. In this regard, Merritt is a frequent lecturer on labour and employment law issues for human resource professionals and business executives.

Merritt, and other General Counsel, P.C. attorneys, also serve as U.S. Counsel for numerous foreign clients.

Merritt received his J.D., cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law (1997). At Syracuse, he was an Associate Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and was Editor-in-Chief of The Labor Lawyer, the publication of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. He was a College of Law Scholar and was inducted into the Justinian Honorary Law Society. Merritt received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College (1992) and spent a year as a student of Wadham College, Oxford University. Prior to opening General Counsel, P.C., Merritt was an associate with Venable LLP.

Merritt is married with three children.  He lives in Arlington, Virginia.  He has been honoured with numerous awards, including 2018 Top Lawyers in Virginia (The Legal Network); Client Champion – Gold (Martindale Hubbell); and as a 2016 National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Recipient.

Located in McLean, VA, just miles outside Washington, D.C., General Counsel, P.C. represents businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and throughout the United States.

Firm Description:

With a team of ten attorneys, General Counsel, P.C. represents clients in four (4) core areas of law.

  1. Employment Law: General Counsel, P.C. represents local, national and foreign entities as employment law counsel.  Our employment counsel encompasses the entire breadth of the employment relationship – from hiring to firing (and beyond).  We strategically work with clients to structure their employment relationships to comply with local, state and federal laws while balancing business goals.  We assist with any/all employment documentation from offer letters, employment agreements, restrictive covenants (non-compete agreements), employee handbooks, employment policies and procedures, and severance/separation agreements.  We work with clients on day-to-day employment matters ranging from compliance with employment laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (“Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) or the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), to state and local employment laws.  We help clients navigate and avoid employment-related obstacles during the employment relationship and, when necessary when terminating employees.  General Counsel, P.C. truly serves as a trusted advisor on employment matters to our clients regionally and throughout the United States.
  1. Corporate / Business Law: General Counsel, P.C. provides comprehensive corporate / business law representation to businesses within the Washington, DC Metro area and across the United States.  Our attorneys represent clients for the entire business lifecycle.  We help with business formation matters from determining where the entity should be established (Virginia or Delaware) to entity selection and drafting organizational documents (shareholder agreements, bylaws or operating agreements).  We help our clients with day-to-day business representation related to conducting business.  We draft and prepare business contracts, review and negotiate non-disclosure agreements, and help clients navigate federal and state and local regulatory and administrative requirements.  Finally, we advise our clients on business transactions including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.  We serve as the outside general counsel to our clients.
  1. State/Federal Litigation: General Counsel, P.C. has a strong team of attorneys that represent clients in state and federal court litigation, in arbitration and mediation proceedings, and before state and federal administrative agencies and regulators.  Importantly, whenever possible, our attorneys proactively work with clients to avoid and amicably resolve disputes.  Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, our strongest litigation presence is within Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.  However, as appropriate, we serve as counsel for clients in litigation and/or arbitration proceedings throughout the United States (either as lead counsel or finding and managing local counsel).
  1. Government Contract Law: General Counsel, P.C. represents businesses doing business with the United States Government.  Government contractors need legal counsel with specialized knowledge and experience working with state and federal government agencies.  Our attorneys have the knowledge and skills to represent clients in contract formation and contract performance. We resolve government contract disputes at all levels, draft documents such as teaming and subcontractor agreements, and counsel clients through all issues related to contract administration.  Our attorneys are able to resolve disputes with government customers without resorting to costly litigation that can damage ongoing business relationships.  But, when necessary, we file bid protests and pursue contract claims against the government. We have been involved in numerous bid protests and know what it takes to succeed at every available forum, including state and federal courts.

For more information on how General Counsel, P.C. can assist, please contact its Founder/Managing Partner, Merritt Green at 703-556-0411 or mgreen@gcpc.com or visit our website: www.generalcounsellaw.com or www.gcpc.com.

 

Marilyn Klinger

Marilyn Klinger serves as the Managing Partner of SMTD Law’s Los Angeles office. She is involved in all aspects of construction law on a state and national level, representing the full spectrum of the construction industry, from owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties. Ms. Klinger’s practice includes time-related claims and litigation (e.g., delay/impact), legal advice and counsel regarding the contracting process (e.g., bidding and contract disputes/performance bond claims), payment enforcement/defense (e.g. payment bonds/mechanics liens/stop payment notices), administrative and scope claims and litigation (e.g., differing site conditions, change and extra work orders/inadequate plans and specifications and subcontractor substitutions) and counseling and transactional services to the construction industry (e.g., general advice and counsel, including contract preparation, evaluation and negotiation). In addition, she has extensive experience in dispute resolution including litigation, trial, appeals, arbitration and mediation.

Ms. Klinger is a hard-working “straight shooter.” Early in her career, she became a pioneer in construction law, being one of the first women attorneys to practice in the primarily male field. Through her passion and unique intelligence she has established a vital, nationwide practice involved in all aspects of construction law and a career marked by increasingly prominent leadership positions. She is recognized as an innovator in legal problem-solving and as a thought leader who is a frequently published author and sought-after speaker for professional legal, construction and educational publications and organizations. Marilyn loves humor and thinks everyone is way too serious.

Awards & Recognition:

  • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, 2018
  • Martin J. Andrew Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fidelity and Surety Law, 2017
  • Chambers USA — individually recognized and ranked for Construction Law (2013-2016)
  • Sedgwick Law 2015 Ernest “Bud” Arnold Mentor Award for Commitment in Expertise in Mentoring and Counseling
  • “Who’s Who in Law: Angelenos to Know in Real Estate Law,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2013
  • 2010 James Acret Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction Law Legal Writing

Firm Overview:

SMTD Law is a boutique law firm concentrating in construction, surety and business litigation. The Firm’s attorneys are highly experienced in handling disputes unique to the construction and surety industries and they understand the rigors and challenges of litigation. Because of the Firm’s experience, our attorneys are well prepared to work with our clients to achieve their goals. We take pride in knowing that our clients trust us to handle all of their legal needs, and, as a result, we do everything in our power to help our clients succeed.

The Firm handles all facets of federal and state public works construction projects, and commercial and private works projects. The Firm counsels owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in a broad range of transaction and litigation matters. With decades of collective experience handling construction disputes, our attorneys are uniquely qualified to address the complex issues that arise in the construction industry.

Prior to the start of construction, our attorneys found that negotiating appropriate contract terms and counseling our clients’ project team regarding the legal requirements of a particular project often make or break the project. Our attorneys frequently counsel construction clients with matters involving:

  • Preparing and negotiating contracts
  • Interpreting regulatory requirements, including licensing issues, set aside qualifications and the Federal Acquisition Regulations
  • Creating project specific form documents to comply with legal, contractual, and statutory requirements
  • Analyzing, prosecuting and defending bid protests
  • Analyzing subcontractor listing requirements

Once construction has commenced, our clients demand prompt, accurate and experienced responses to their questions. Our attorneys are well versed in handling:

  • Subcontractor substitutions
  • Payment disputes
  • Work stoppages
  • Stop notice and bond claims
  • Delay and productivity claims
  • Labor and prevailing wage claims with the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and others
  • Change order and extra work disputes
  • Termination disputes
  • Submittal, scope, and design disputes

Many projects are successfully closed out without the need for experienced counsel. When disputes arise, the Firm is positioned to effectively and efficiently address our clients’ claim needs. Avoidance of unnecessary litigation costs and expenses is important, and, as such, the Firm assists with analyzing and quantifying claims prior to litigation and providing upfront risk analysis. By doing so, we are able to provide our clients with workable solutions to avoid litigation.

If prosecuting or defending a claim is necessary, our attorneys are experienced and have a tremendous record of success. Our attorneys have successfully handled trials and claims in state and federal courts, various Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, arbitration’s, and other tribunals.

Marc René Deschenaux

We are international financial jurists because we believe going into litigation is already a failure. We do not believe in solutions arising from the courts of law.

Our legal team is entrepreneurial and tends to avoid litigation as much as possible.

We firmly believe that making money on the misery and strife of others is not a harmonious lifestyle.

This positive attitude allows us to be credible to our customers on important business, because they know they engage a representative without enemies from past disputes unrelated to them.

We believe that the modern lawyer must join forces with other professions and skills such as finance, marketing & communication.

Our practice as international financial jurists is exactly the opposite to that of attorneys-at-law.

We are builders making money on our clients’ achievements and successes not on their woes and failures.

Generally we do not deal with disputes and litigations.

We do not appear in court except for the companies we administer or for free idealistic causes.

Ximena Solano Suarez

Ximena Solano Suarez specializes in patent and trademark protection and enforcement. She has worked on numerous patent and trademark litigation matters, including serving as co-counsel for a trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement case before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

She also advises clients on a variety of trademark issues, including U.S. and foreign intellectual property portfolio management, brand strategy, and licensing. She has particular expertise in the apparel, beauty, fashion, food and beverage, sporting goods and retail industries.

Ms. Suarez has considerable experience in drafting and negotiating contracts, such as distribution, franchise, joint venture, manufacturing, marketing, non-disclosure, private label agreements, sales, services, sponsorship and supply agreements.

Ms. Suarez also has experience as in-house counsel, as well as outside general counsel for companies in the food and beverage, beauty and apparel industries.

In addition, Ms. Suarez maintains an active pro bono practice. She is currently representing two clients in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status proceedings, and another client in an Asylum proceeding.

Firm Overview:

Sheppard Mullin is a full service Global 100 firm handling corporate and technology matters, high stakes litigation and complex financial transactions. From our 16 offices in North America, Europe and Asia, we offer global solutions to our clients around the world, providing seamless representation in multiple jurisdictions.

Nickolas Kajca

Nickolas Kajca represents lenders and borrowers in a wide range of debt financing transactions as a member of the firm’s Corporate and Financial Transactions practices. He works on debt financing matters involving all aspects of commercial finance, real estate finance and asset-based lending transactions, including senior secured and unsecured credit facilities, single-bank and syndicated revolving and term loan facilities, acquisition finance, real estate mortgage loans and construction loans.

Nick frequently drafts and negotiates loan and credit agreements, mortgages and other collateral and ancillary credit documents. He also advises on transaction structure, deal terms and corporate governance matters, and analyzes title, survey and other due diligence items.

Firm Overview:

Consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing cities in America, Seattle is home to some of the world’s most respected companies in new technology and traditional markets. Our first office opened in 1912 in Seattle, and our lawyers have served many market-leading companies since their inception, helping them grow into brand name, successful corporations. We are proud to represent companies such as Amazon, Boeing, Costco, Microsoft and Zillow.

Our Seattle lawyers provide legal counsel and representation to national and international clients in many industry sectors: aerospace, technology, clean-tech, retail and consumer goods, manufacturing, finance, natural resources, healthcare, transportation and more. Our partnership with clients includes providing practical, business-oriented legal advice in every major area of commercial and regulatory law and litigation.

With nearly 300 lawyers in downtown Seattle, we are home to the largest law office in the city. We have more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei.

Lynn B. Bayard

A partner in the Litigation Department, Lynn B. Bayard has a diverse practice in the media, sports and entertainment industries, representing songwriters and music publishers, sports leagues, and media companies, with a focus on copyright and trademark matters.

Firm Overview:

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 900 lawyers who collaborate with clients to help them solve their most challenging legal problems and achieve their business goals.

Widely recognized as having leading litigation and corporate capabilities, the firm has developed equally strong practices in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, finance, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The firm has an unwavering dedication to representing those in need, and its pro bono efforts continue to benefit individuals and society.

Nicole Figueroa

Nicole Figueroa represents clients in complex commercial litigation, investigations, and regulatory proceedings throughout the United States. Her practice frequently involves the defense of public accounting firms and professionals in a broad range of matters, including federal and state civil litigation, and investigations and regulatory proceedings by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and state regulators. In addition, Nicole also regularly advises clients in connection with a variety of risk and compliance matters, including matters involving licensing and reporting issues.

Following law school, Nicole served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jane J. Boyle in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Firm Overview:

In the end, it’s all about quality. About an uncompromising commitment to legal excellence, extraordinary client service and a high-performance culture. About helping clients achieve stellar legal and business results—today, and well into the future.

We are an integrated, international law firm with recognized strength in tax, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, health care, high-stakes litigation, and many other key areas of transactional and regulatory law. We emphasize and foster long-term, industry-focused client relationships with multinational companies, rising entrepreneurial firms, investors and capital providers, and many of the world’s wealthiest families and individuals.

In word and deed, we value integrity, efficiency, diversity, and pro bono and community service.

We are McDermott Will & Emery.

Shivani Agarwal

Shivani Agarwal practices corporate law with a focus on emerging companies across a broad spectrum of industries and stages of development. She has experience with corporate formation, venture capital financings, M&A, capital markets and general counselling.

Education:

  • Harvard Law School
    JD, cum laude, 2017
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    BS, Brain and Cognitive Science and Political Science, 2013

Firm Overview:

Cooley LLP is an American international law firm, headquartered in Palo Alto, California. The firm has offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Seattle, Colorado, Virginia, London, Beijing, and Shanghai.