A lawyer is either a social engineer – or a parasite on society - A social engineer is a highly skilled, perceptive, sensitive lawyer who understands the Constitution of the United States and knows how to explore its uses in the solving of problems of local communities and in bettering conditions of the underprivileged citizens.
Charles Hamilton Houston
Dean Howard University School of Law, 1929 - 1935
I am a trial attorney the majority of my legal experience has involved litigation, either civil litigation or criminal defense. Related to litigation I also have significant experience drafting appellate briefs and post conviction relief petitions.
I believe the fundamental purpose of a lawyer is to assist his clients in the expeditious resolution of their legal problems. The core purpose of my office is to be an honest, reliable, compassionate, and trustworthy advocate for my clients.
After completing Howard Law School I worked as a Public Defender in New York City, and later as an associate with an employment law firm in Manhattan. When I opened my practice in 1982 I represented clients in various areas such as employment discrimination, contract disputes, arbitration, police misconduct, criminal defense and appeals. For three years I served as an Assistant Attorney General and later Director of White Collar Crime with the Virgin Islands Department. Since moving to the District of Columbia my practice has focused on police misconduct litigation, arbitration, employment discrimination, criminal defense and appeals.
Over the years as my legal skills and interests have expanded I have included transactional matter into my practice such as business formation, partnership agreements, joint venture agreements for small to medium sized businesses.
My objective is to provide high quality legal services at affordable rates, and to earn the continued loyalty of my clients by demonstrating why we are the first choice for quality, service, and value.
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Billing is determined by the particulars of the case, in most instances I bill at an hourly rate. To retain my services an initial deposit is required. The deposit is placed in a trust account, and the client is required to maintain a specified balance. Monthly invoices are sent as work progresses to keep the client informed. Any funds remaining in the account at the completion of the case are returned to the client.
Prospective clients should also know that there are expenses normally associated with litigation that are not covered by the fee agreement. In such instances it is the clients responsibility to cover those expense. Such expenses may include the cost of an expert, or private investigator in a criminal case. Filing fees, deposition transcripts, and other expenses are associated with civil litigation.