A Litigation


We have extensive trial and appellate experience in the federal courts as well as the courts in Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio.  Please visit the “Litigated Cases” page for more information.  Many, but not all, of the types of cases we have handled can be found on the “Cases Litigated by Subject” page located under the “Litigated Cases” page.

In addition to suits involving the United States or its federal agencies under a variety of statutes, we have extensive experience in commercial and business disputes, including cases involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, professional malpractice (directors & officers, accountants, appraisers, and other professionals), negligence, fraud, misrepresentation, interference with contract rights, and covenants not to compete.

Our white-collar-crime practice includes cases involving “official acts” by public officials that allegedly constitute “honest services” fraud and Hobbs Act extortion within the meaning of McDonald v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 2355 (2016).

Our financial-institution practice includes:

  • Enforcement actions initiated by the federal banking agencies—the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB or FED), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)—against insured depository institutions (banks), bank holding companies, and their institution-affiliated parties (directors, officers, agents, lawyers, accountants, and appraisers);
  • Financial-institution receivership issues under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, including contract, tort, and equitable claims asserted against the receiver, and the defense of breach of fiduciary-duty claims brought by the receiver against directors & officers of a failed financial institution and professionals who provided services to a failed bank such as the failed bank’s lawyers, accountants, and appraisers;
  • Challenging final decisions and regulations of the federal banking agencies;
  • Suits and enforcement actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under various federal and state financial consumer-protection statutes and regulations; and
  • Suits under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and other similar statutes.

Our government-related practice includes suits against the United States and its federal agencies under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the Tucker Act (contract and Fifth Amendment takings cases), the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and independent agency sue-and-be-sued clauses.