Over 35 years of experience representing high technology international and domestic businesses in contractual, technology and business related matters. Specialized knowledge includes Federal, State and local Government Procurement, complex business contracts, international cooperative ventures, business development, and negotiation of strategic alliances in the innovative technology, telecommunications and IT sectors.
Entered private practice after retirement from the US Air Force as a full Colonel. Retired as a Command Pilot with over 5,000 hours of flying time in high performance jet fighter aircraft. His career in the US Air Force concluded with assignments at Air Force Systems Command and the Pentagon as Chief of the Electronic Warfare Division at Air Force Systems Command responsible for all R&D for strategic and tactical electronic warfare systems, including the EF-111 and the F-4G Wild Weasel dedicated aircraft and in the Pentagon as an R&D Staff Officer responsible for advocacy and management of all USAF R&D Quick Reaction Capability Development Programs.
Mr. Klimek had a storied flying career including USAF Flight Instructor, Tactical Fighter Pilot (over 5,000 hours of flying time), Operations Staff Officer and Engineering Test Project Officer.
Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society
Eta Kappa Nu - National Electrical Engineering Society
Sigma Gamma Tau - National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society
Bachelors of Science Electrical Engineering University of Colorado
Juris Doctorate Georgetown University
Masters of Science Administration Georgetown University
Lucia E. Casale specializes in the representation of international and domestic businesses in matters related to U.S. Export Compliance, both “EAR” - Export Administration Regulations and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, "ITAR,” Office of Foreign Asset Control, “OFAC” compliance, U.S. National Industrial Security Program “NISP” agreements and security clearances for companies working in sensitive U.S. Government programs and contracts, U.S. Immigration law for foreign national workers, executives, technical personnel and their dependents. Ms. Casale has experience ranging from large multinational companies to the innovative start-up as well as representing universities in matters of export compliance, particular for research departments and technology transfer matters. Ms. Casale has negotiated SSAs (“Special Security Agreements”), has been the ITAR/EAR counsel as well as immigration counsel for the M&A teams of multinational companies navigating both the CFIUS (“Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States,”) filing process and the complexities of retention of foreign national employments following acquisitions, mergers and restructuring.
Ms. Casale has lectured on the topics of U.S. export control and immigration law for various organizations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Netherlands Defense Manufacturing Association in conjunction with the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Juris Doctorate Syracuse University
Bachelors with honors in chemistry from Wells College, and attended the London School of Economics and Warwick University in England.
Government Contracts specializing in Construction Practice.
Leonard’s goal was to own a construction company. His practical knowledge of the construction business is a strategic advantage in his practice.
Leonard’s experience and expertise is in construction and contract litigation. Leonard has appeared before the Maryland State Courts, the District of Columbia courts and administrative tribunals including the District of Columbia’s Contract Appeals Board, Office of Administrative Hearings, Office of Workers Compensation, and the American Arbitration Association. His construction contracts experience includes complex Federal Procurement issues, commercial contracts, Occupational Safety and Health Administration cases as well as appearances before the State of Maryland Public Service Commission.
Juris Doctor from the Catholic University Law School in Washington, DC
Masters of Science and a Bachelors of Arts from Boston College, where he played football.
Edward is an attorney who excels in research and writing and, among his areas of practice, has a particular interest in admiralty law. He became interested in this area while he was working as a paralegal with a commercial law firm in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he gained experience in all manner of litigation support activities, while developing his sailing, snorkeling and diving skills.
Edward has a varied background and experience in Federal statutory and regulatory law, corporate governance, and admiralty matters. Examples of Federal statutory and regulatory matters include: Federal contracting disputes, including bid protests and terminations for default or terminations for cause; a potential multi-district dispute involving a commonly used product heavily regulated by the Food & Drug Administration under a complex statutory and regulatory regime; export control matters, including the impact of reforms on cross border manufacturing; and various visa issues.
Corporate governance matters have included the provision of general corporate governance advice, such as extensive counseling and advice with respect to litigation-related issues surrounding a highly disputed election of corporate directors and officers at a non-profit and access to disputed bank accounts; as well as general corporate formation and dissolution matters. Examples of admiralty matters include: drafting admiralty contracts and vessel collision and allision cases, and Limitation of Liability Act matters.
Juris Doctor, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC
Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
International and cross-border business transactions
Energy, oil and gas law
Sheryl is an attorney with extensive international experience, having advised foreign governments and multinational companies in over a dozen countries on commercial law reforms, international legal best practices in a variety of industries and economic development issues.
Sheryl’s international expertise is both a product of her numerous years working as an Attorney-Advisor in the US Department of Commerce’s Office of the General Counsel and her personal background growing up overseas. At the US Department of Commerce, she advised foreign governments and international clients on a variety of legal and regulatory matters, such as the intersection between technology transfer, intellectual property law, energy law (including oil and gas matters and power purchase agreements), project finance, government contracts (including suspension and debarment procedures) and international franchising to emerging markets. Currently, in addition to continued work on international private investment, Sheryl handles a variety of civil litigation and regulatory compliance matters in the construction, insurance and immigration sphere. She has appeared before the Maryland State courts.
She regularly provides pro bono legal services to human rights and democracy organizations. In law school, she clerked for the Honorable Lynn A. Battaglia on the Maryland Court of Appeals and served as the Vice President of the Immigration Law Students Association. Sheryl is fluent in French, conversant in Spanish and has lived, traveled and worked extensively throughout Africa (including the Maghreb), Latin America and Western Europe.
Juris Doctor, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
Bachelor of Arts (International Relations), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
District of Columbia (pending) and State of Maryland.