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Federal Litigation in Washington, D.C.

Initiating or defending a case in federal court is a daunting task. There are special rules, processes, and procedures that govern each stage of federal court litigation. If you're looking for an experienced and knowledgeable attorney in Washington, D.C. to represent your interests in federal court, then look no further. We have extensive experience with the procedures, strategies, and processes of litigating under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and with resolving multi-faceted disputes in federal court.


We provide both affirmative and defensive legal representation services for a variety of federal civil litigation matters, many of which are listed below. Contact us to speak with an experienced federal litigation attorney about your specific circumstances and legal needs in Washington, D.C.

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Federal Litigation Practice Areas

Section 1983 Litigation

Section 1983 of Title 42 of the United States Code allows an individual to sue state and local government officials for constitutional violations. The individual must be able to show that the state or local government official acted under the color of state law in engaging in conduct that deprived the individual of rights, privileges, or immunities guaranteed by federal law. Relief may include compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorney's fees. Contact us if you were the victim of inappropriate conduct on the part of a state or local government official and you incurred losses.

Federal Tort Claims Act Suits

A plaintiff injured by a defendant’s wrongful act may file a tort lawsuit to recover money from that defendant. The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) authorizes plaintiffs to obtain compensation from the United States for the torts committed by its employees. We represent individuals in FTCA suits against the United States to ensure those injured by federal employees receive compensation and justice. Contact us to discuss your specific situation and legal needs.

Title VII Employment Law Issues

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers are prohibited from discriminating against a person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), or national origin. The law also protects employees from retaliation if they complain about discrimination, participate in an employment discrimination proceeding, or reasonably oppose discrimination. We represent both individuals and businesses involved in employment discrimination disputes that are or may be actionable under Title VII.

Actions to Recover Personal Property

Federal civil forfeiture laws grant the FBI and other federal law enforcement entities the ability to seize property that they allege is involved in the commission of a crime. Surprisingly, owners of seized property do not ever need to convicted of a crime or even arrested to permanently lose the property to civil forfeiture. Many of these cases require an experienced attorney to navigate the proper legal procedures and processes for recovering seized property. We can help enforce your rights to recover wrongfully seized property through litigation in federal court. Contact us today to discuss your specific situation and legal needs in Washington, D.C. 

Fair Labor Standards Act Disputes

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, and recordkeeping standards for full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and the government. The FLSA generally requires that employers: (1) pay nonexempt workers on a regularly scheduled payday for all hours worked in a single pay period; (2) pay nonexempt workers time-and-a-half for any hours worked over 40 during a single pay period; and (3) only deduct from employee wages the amounts that are legally required (e.g., taxes) or those amounts the employee expressly consented to in writing. Additionally, the FLSA prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who engages in certain protected activity. We help current and former employees recover the full amount of wages they’re entitled to receive under the law. Contact us to your specific wage or retaliation matter with a knowledgeable legal representative.

Post-Judgment Debt Collection

Collecting a monetary judgment entered by a court can be complicated. There are several formal procedures and processes that must be complied with prior to collecting any funds against the judgment. In many cases, a creditor will need to issue post-judgment discovery to determine what assets are available to satisfy the judgment. An experienced collections attorney can be of significant value in successfully collecting against a judgment, and we can provide that attorney.

Tax Controversy

The last thing any taxpayer wants is a notice that they are being audited by the IRS or sued by the United States for not paying taxes. We represent all types of taxpayers in federal, state, and local administrative tax disputes involving the Internal Revenue Service or state departments of revenue, and we also represent taxpayers in litigation in both federal and state courts. Contact us to discuss your specific tax situation and legal needs in Washington, D.C.

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