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DISCLAIMER: SPECIFIC RESULTS IN ANY CASE ARE NOT PREDICTIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. EACH CASE IS UNIQUE.

June 26, 2017 — Our office reviewed the legal basis, or lack thereof, for all 13 demands presented to Qatar on June 23, 2017. A Legal Analysis of the Demands Presented to Qatar by George R. A. Doumar, Raj Patel, and Michael J. Smith.

January 30, 2017 – The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia granted our motion to dismiss our client, a plumbing contractor, from a multi-million dollar lawsuit claiming fraud and conspiracy in connection with the purchase and resale of a residential home.

December 30, 2016 – We successfully argued for the denial of a motion for reconsideration and the denial of a motion to amend complaint in the $42 million business conspiracy case brought by a government contractor against our client and other defendants.

December 7, 2016 – We successfully argued a plea in bar in Arlington County Circuit Court to dismiss a $42 million breach of duty, conspiracy, and unjust enrichment lawsuit brought by a government contractor against a government subcontractor, its officers and owners, on grounds of the statute of limitations.  Approximately 20 depositions took place in the month prior to the hearing.

June 21, 2016 – We helped our client, a manufacturing business, successfully resolve claims relating to the mismanagement of our client’s health insurance program at a mediation at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.  The mediation occurred after the U.S. District Court declined to grant in full motions to dismiss filed by defendants and after some depositions had taken place.

February 23, 2016 – We successfully resolved a dispute for a real estate settlement company and its principals brought by a former business partner. This case involved three lawsuits brought over two years, including one non-suit by the opposing party on the last business day before trial after the Court dismissed conspiracy claims on our motion, and an appeal by the other side that was dismissed by the Virginia Supreme Court.  These lawsuits also included derivative claims brought in the name of a corporate entity.

February 19, 2016 – Our office resolved at mediation a lawsuit brought against our client, a light manufacturing business, for overtime wages brought by a technician.

December 10, 2015 – Our office negotiated the settlement of an overtime and minimum wage lawsuit, brought in the Eastern District of Virginia, for a restaurant chain.

December 1, 2015 – Our office negotiated an executive compensation agreement for the President of the U.S. subsidiary of an overseas, international corporation.

October 8, 2015 – Our office overcame pretrial efforts at dismissal and tried a case before a jury in the D.C. Superior Court, claiming tortious interference against the D.C. government in connection with the revocation of certain rooming house licenses for our client. The jury found tortious interference but did not award damages.

September 14, 2015 – Our office closed the sale of two-thirds the ownership of a private school for our clients, the sellers.

July 20, 2015 – Our office resolved a Virginia lawsuit for our client, a commercial business, which involved multiple claims and counterclaims over a lawsuit brought by our client involving a non-compete violation.

May 1, 2015 – Our office released from escrow stock certificates to a client meeting financial milestones after the sale of their staffing business to a national entity. This transaction was documented by our office.

April 14, 2015 – Our office resolved a federal court lawsuit in the District of Columbia for overtime wages for our client, an energy business.

April 5, 2015 – Our office, having filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Superior Court, resolved claims by our client, a trustee for a disabled person, regarding the mismanagement of accounts by a fiduciary dating to the early 2000’s.

March 6, 2015 – Our office, having filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Virginia, resolved claims for our client, a manufacturer, against a major pet food distributor for the termination of a manufacturing contract regarding certain poultry fat byproducts.

August 14, 2014 – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted our motion to transfer a RICO/fraud/breach of contract/intentional infliction of emotional distress case against various persons (the case actually involved a total of 14 counts against 22 separate defendants including John Does) to the Southern District of Florida, reserving judgment on various 12(b)(6) motions.

August 8, 2014 – The Fairfax County Circuit Court sustained our plea in bar to dismiss a corporate breach of fiduciary duty case, on the grounds that plaintiff, a minority shareholder, had not made a pre-filing claim to the company to remedy the situation. Plaintiff unsuccessfully argued for a futility exception to the demand requirement.

July 31, 2014 – We represented the purchaser in a real estate transaction that closed on July 31 for the acquisition of a strip shopping mall for $4.4 million in Virginia.

July 30, 2014 – The Arlington County Circuit Court granted our motion to strike (dismiss) plaintiff’s case in a matter where the plaintiff sought to maintain control over a non-profit local college. Our client immediately resumed management of the school on the afternoon the court granted our motion.

July 11, 2014 – We represented the purchaser in an acquisition that closed on July 11 of a 48-unit apartment building complex in Virginia.

July 1, 2014 – Roya Vasseghi was elected to serve in the D.C. Bar’s Law Practice Management steering committee.

May 6, 2014 – We obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court that arose out of an altercation among patrons outside of a restaurant in the Falls Church area. Though our client, the primary defendant, suffered a criminal conviction based on the incident, he was found not liable civilly and prevailed on his counterclaim.

December 5, 2013In The News – George Doumar interviewed regarding the U.S. Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC ) federal lawsuit.

January 29, 2013In The News – George Doumar commenting on the fallout from the real estate crisis.

October 15, 2012In The News – George Doumar cited in the press on a national security and First Amendment issue.

August 31, 2012 – We represented the seller in the asset sale of a health care staffing company that closed on August 31, 2012.

June 5, 2012 – After argument, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed an ERISA-based claim for benefits against our client, a doctors’ group, based on failure to exhaust administrative remedies.

May 25, 2012 – In a case in which we represented the condemning party, a Fairfax County Circuit Court after trial awarded a landowner less in damages than the amount included in the certificate of take filed by the condemning party before the commencement of litigation.

November 4, 2011 – The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted in part a motion to dismiss we filed on behalf of a corporate defendant in Doe v. New Leaf Brands, et al, 2011 U.S. Dist. Lexis 127763 (D.D.C., Nov. 4, 2011), ruling that an alleged employee was not acting within the scope of employment when engaged in an alleged late-night sexual assault, and also ruling that liability could not exist under an apparent authority theory. The court left the door open to a possible instrumentality theory.

March 3, 2011 – The Eastern District of Virginia Bankruptcy Court found that our clients, a mortgage lender and foreclosure law firm, could potentially have liability for violation of an automatic stay provision for filing a generally worded foreclosure complaint that mentioned a possible deficiency judgment, after debtor made a bankruptcy filing, in In Re Robinson, 2011 Bankr. Lexis 822 (E.D. Va., Mar 1, 2011). The court relied on a “least sophisticated consumer” theory and its ruling points out the hazards of any action taken against bankruptcy debtors. The Court nevertheless made clear that the debtor may not have suffered any damages, and the matter settled promptly.

August 1, 2010 – We successfully negotiated a new ten-year commercial lease for one of the few remaining — if not the only remaining — longtime Asian restaurants left in the central Clarendon business district in Arlington.

July 29, 2011 – We obtained an IRS private letter ruling allowing our client to obtain “S” corporation status retroactively for a medical practice.

July 14, 2010 — Ralph Martin secured a landmark victory before the Foreign Service Grievance Board (“FSGB”), which held that longstanding practices of the State Department’s Bureau of Human Resources so lacked integrity that they invalidated a key component of the Department’s promotion and grievance process. The FSGB found that these practices raised such serious concerns about accuracy that it threw out the findings of six “Reconstituted Selection Boards,” which the Department uses to rate officers who have successfully challenged the fairness of the Department’s regular Promotion Boards.

March 30, 2010 — George Doumar collected $150,000 in life insurance payments on a policy issued by a credit card, after decedent’s widow hired him to determine whether she could pursue dormant claims after her husband’s death two years ago. The widow had tried to collect previously, but been unsuccessful.

March 24, 2010 — George Doumar represented a District of Columbia non-profit in drafting and finalizing a separation agreement signed by the non-profit with a longtime employee, with minimal negotiation.

March 9, 2010 — George Doumar resolved for corporate defendants a business tort case in U.S. District Court involving claims initially for intentional infliction of emotional distress, conspiracy, negligent hiring and retention, breach of contract, and tortious interference with multiple contracts. An initial motion to dismiss was granted with leave to amend, and a subsequent motion to dismiss was granted in part, leaving tortious interference with one contract, limited conspiracy claims and breach of contract claims in the case. The case resolved on the eve of a pretrial conference and just before the filing of a motion for summary judgment.

March 2, 2010 — George Doumar documented a $250,000 private loan between business entities, the proceeds of which were used as collateral for the borrower’s bank loans.

January 26, 2010 — George Doumar negotiated a subcontract to a prime government contractor for a contracting entity that involved over a million dollars of business between 2010 and 2012.

January 14, 2010 — George Doumar drafted a separation agreement for a District of Columbia company for a longtime employee, which agreement was signed amicably.

December 31, 2009 – We negotiated a commercial lease for a government contractor for the top floor of a Rosslyn high rise office building.

December 31, 2009 — George Doumar negotiated contracts effectuating the buyout of a minority corporate shareholder’s interests in a government contractor, including a stock redemption agreement, a short-term assignment of an existing lease and ultimately a new lease with a landlord. George Doumar represented the government contractor.

April 6, 2009 — Ralph Martin has joined the Doumar Law Group from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), and the name of the firm has changed to Doumar Martin, PLLC.

March 6, 2009 — George Doumar, representing a commercial property owner, obtained Fairfax County court approval for release of over $4.9 million deposited into the Fairfax County court registry by the Commonwealth of Virginia, for payment to the owner’s lender, to help resolve a U.S. District Court case with the lender.

January 9, 2009 — George Doumar successfully tried a case to conclusion in Chesapeake Circuit Court. Plaintiff challenged our client’s mortgage on property, claiming that the mortgagor, who died soon after execution, allegedly lacked capacity to sign the closing documents. The Court upheld the mortgage and other closing documents after a two-day trial that included over one dozen witnesses, citing specifically to bench memos submitted by our office and holding that plaintiff failed to meet the applicable standards for proving lack of capacity.

July 29, 2008 — The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment for George Doumar’s client, a seasonal pool services company, in a claim by summer lifeguard workers that they were entitled to overtime wages. As a seasonal business, the court ruled that the pool services company was exempt from overtime requirements.

July 28, 2008 — George Doumar tried a case in Fairfax County Circuit Court in which a jury returned defense verdicts today in favor of George’s clients, a transportation services company and its primary officer, on breach of contract and conversion claims. Before the case went to the jury, the trial judge dismissed breach of warranty and punitive damages claims on motions to strike made by George.

June 13, 2008 — The Fairfax County Circuit Court granted a demurrer with prejudice in favor of our client, a mortgage company, on a claim by a title insurance company that certain payments made to the mortgage company were improper voluntary conveyances under Section 55-81 of the Virginia Code. George Doumar was nominated by counsel for four other lender defendants in the same case to make the primary argument in court, which resulted in a demurrer being granted as to all five lender defendants.

May 30, 2008 — Garnishment proceeding were dismissed against our client, a securities firm, involving bank accounts in Europe. A Fairfax County Circuit Court earlier had ordered disclosure of information relating to accounts held at an overseas affiliated entity, but reversed itself on jurisdictional grounds on May 30, dismissing any remaining proceedings against our client.

May 29, 2008 — We closed the sale of a restaurant in Arlington on behalf of our client, a buyer. Carefully drafted closing documents have helped to protect our client from a possible dispute between prior owners.

May 23, 2008 — We defeated a motion to stay proceedings in Fairfax County Circuit Court based on the pendency of related proceedings in bankruptcy court.

April 25, 2008 — We defeated a demurrer in state court seeking dismissal of a claim under a guarantee, arising out of proceeds due after the sale of a restaurant.

September 19, 2007 — We obtained summary judgment after depositions and discovery in a Fair Credit Reporting Act case for our client, a California-based mortgage lender, in the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond.

September 14, 2007 — We beat back efforts to dismiss a case in the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, which involved a motion brought pursuant to an “abstention doctrine” because there was a prior proceeding involving allegedly related issues in New York. The court denied the motion to dismiss generally, and denied the motion to dismiss most counts on the merits; the only exception was that that it did grant the motion as to one fraud count against a corporate officer, with leave to replead.

February 26, 2007 — We resolved a case in the Eastern District of Virginia for an exporter, allowing for certain funds to be paid back to a Japanese company over an eighteen month period.

January 21, 2007 — We reached a settlement of a lawsuit requiring a majority owner of a restaurant corporation to buy out our client, a minority owner.

January 12, 2007 — We resolved a trade secret misappropriation case in the Eastern District of Virginia for our clients, defendants who allegedly misappropriated certain secret elements of a machine. The case was resolved without any monetary payment.

December 15, 2006 — A non-profit client received certification of its Section 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. Our office had prepared and filed the appropriate forms early in 2006, and the client received no requests for follow-up information.

October 3, 2006 — We completed a corporate merger of a Delaware LLC into a Virginia corporation.

September 14, 2006 — We resolved a case in the Western District of Virginia for Florida-based distributors of pet and fish-food products who were terminated as distributors and then sued on alleged outstanding balances.

July 21, 2006 — We obtained dismissal of two of three remaining counts, against one remaining defendant, in a securities matter involving viatical settlements. Lubin v. Beneficial Assurance, Ltd, et al, 2006 MDBT 10, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, opinion available on the court’s business and technology case website.

August 4, 2006 — We obtained summary judgment for our client, an attorney, in a contentious four-year old legal malpractice action in D.C. Superior Court.

July 9, 2006 — We obtained a federal court order compelling discovery in ERISA litigation, in addition to the administrative file. Hurley v. Life Insurance Company of North America, WL 1883406 (D.D.C. 2006).

January 9, 2006In the News — George Doumar in the news on January 9, 2006 discussing a Supreme Court Appeal. Click here to read the article >>

December 30, 2005 — George Doumar represented the overseas seller in a real estate transaction that closed today for the sale of residential property and land in Fairfax County that is to be rezoned and developed into multiple housing units by the purchaser.

December 19, 2005 — A Baltimore City Circuit Court granted summary judgment in favor of George Doumar’s client, a former executive of a company accused of securities fraud by the Maryland Securities Division of the Attorney General’s Office, because the primary violator, the company itself, was not named as a defendant. The Securities Division had sought millions of dollars of fines and penalties in its own summary judgment motion.

December 12, 2005 — Washington Post today included a feature article on the front page of its business section about long-time Doumar Law Group client NewsUSA, Inc., a Fairfax County company specializing in media placements. George Doumar has drafted employment, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, and handled various corporate and litigation matters for NewsUSA over the years, helping NewsUSA grow in to one of the leading companies in its field.

October 17, 2005 — George Doumar prevailed at trial in Prince William County Circuit Court today in an action to enforce prepayment provisions in installment sales contracts for real estate. The Court ordered specific performance of the contracts after a trial at which George Doumar represented the plaintiff, a real estate development company that purchased the properties at issue.

August 3, 2005 — The Fourth Circuit, in an opinion by Judge Wilkinson, upheld the dismissal of a claim by a CIA employee against the agency, based on the CIA’s assertion that the case would necessarily involve disclosure of state secrets. George Doumar was on the brief for the employee, in a case that is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

May 30, 2005 — A Latin American soft drink distributor resolved its claims against a soft drink manufacturing company following the termination of the distributor. The settlement occurred after negotiations in Miami among the distributor, Ecuadorian and Peruvian soft drink representatives, the soft drink company’s lawyers from New York, Ecuadorian counsel, and Mr. Doumar. George Doumar was U.S. counsel to the distributor.

April 6, 2005 — A federal judge in Maryland granted a Maryland real estate title company a preliminary injunction requiring a competing title company to change its name, based on the similar names of the two companies, which created a likelihood of confusion and caused irreparable harm to Plaintiff under the trademark laws. George Doumar successfully argued the case for Plaintiff at an evidentiary hearing on April 4, 2005.

January 17-30, 2005 — George Doumar negotiated and drafted leases and licenses for offices, warehouses, parking, and polling sites for Iraqi expatriates who registered and voted in five metropolitan areas in the United States. Mr. Doumar provided U.S. legal advice in connection with expatriate voting and negotiated U.S. liability insurance issues. The Doumar Law Group, as U.S. legal counsel for the intergovernmental organization supervising Iraqi expatriate voting, is proud to have played a role in this historic event.

November 1, 2004 — A foreign family invested their retirement funds in the United States through an old “family friend” in the 1990’s. By 2003, the family friend had indicated that the investors had lost their money in the stock market. An investigation showed that the family friend had withdrawn significant funds from the account, and after George Doumar filed a lawsuit, most of the claimed funds were returned.

September 30, 2004 — A family placed a six-figure deposit to buy real estate in northern Virginia, but before the closing found significant undisclosed problems with the property. The sellers wanted to enforce the contract. The buyers hired our firm, and we drafted a strong lawsuit overnight against various parties, who agreed within a few days to refund 98% of our clients’ deposit.

July 11, 2004In the News — George Doumar in the news on July 11, 2004 discussing a $2.5 million case brought by the Maryland Securities Commission. Click here to read the article >>

June 22, 2004 — A corporate officer resolved a securities claim brought against him in Baltimore City Circuit Court by the Maryland Securities Division of the State Attorney General’s Office, in exchange for a $50,000 payment. The Securities Division initially sought $134 million in the lawsuit from the corporation itself as well as from the officer, but dismissed the claim against the corporation. George Doumar represented both the officer and the corporation in these proceedings.

May 14, 2004 — George Doumar obtained an injunction at a hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court against a former employee of a Virginia corporation that prohibited that employee from contacting existing and former customers of the corporation for any business purpose.

March 9, 2004 — A restaurant with a fifteen-year lease obtained a defense judgment barring its landlord’s attempt to evict the restaurant for allegedly damaging the landlord’s property, after a trial in D.C. Superior Court. George Doumar successfully represented the restaurant.

February 4, 2004 — A Virginia chemical company successfully fought an effort by a competitor to transfer venue of a contract and tort case from Portsmouth City Circuit Court, at a hearing before the court in Portsmouth. George Doumar represented the Virginia company.

January 8, 2004 — A Maryland internet retailer completed a merger and reorganization into a Virginia internet retailer under common ownership. George Doumar documented the transaction.

December 19, 2003 — A Virginia media relations company today obtained a preliminary injunction in Fairfax County Circuit Court prohibiting an ex-employee from disclosing confidential company information to third parties and requiring such ex-employee to return company documents. George Doumar successfully argued the motion for the company.

November 17, 2003 — A publicly-traded Virginia technology company represented by George Doumar acquired most of the assets, but not the liabilities, of a venture capital-funded software company based in Virginia.

November 6, 2003 — A venture capital-funded Maryland technology company represented by Mr. Doumar consummated the settlement of a wide-ranging dispute with one of its former officers.

October 29, 2003 — A magazine publisher and a printing house resolved a dispute over the printing of a series of magazines, in a federal court mediation in Richmond, Virginia. George Doumar represented the magazine publisher.

October 10, 2003 — George Doumar argued in federal court for a preliminary injunction requiring the return of certain documents from a U.S. government agency that removed the documents from opposing attorneys’ offices in a discrimination case brought by a government employee. The government claimed that the documents were classified and had to be returned on national security grounds. The court took the employee’s motion, argued by Mr. Doumar, under advisement.

September 8, 2003 — A federal court in Alexandria ruled today that it did not have jurisdiction over an English bank that issued a $19.5 million letter of credit in favor of a Virginia beneficiary, in a case involving the shipment of gasoline to Venezuela. George Doumar represented the Virginia company, which is appealing the Court’s ruling to the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

July 22, 2003 — A federal court in Alexandria today ruled that it had jurisdiction over a New Jersey clothing wholesaler sued by a Virginia software company claiming that the New Jersey company misappropriated certain software and trade secrets belonging to the Virginia company. George Doumar argued the case for the Virginia company.