From the heart of the nation's capital, the attorneys at Dorsey’s Washington, DC, office help clients around the world meet their legal and business goals. Our clients include start-up companies, large multinational corporations, global energy companies, nonprofit entities, governments, and individuals. Lawyers in Dorsey’s DC office serve their clients in a broad range of legal matters, including those in the DC-office core practices listed below. In addition, teamwork is a fundamental value at Dorsey, and we regularly team with our colleagues around the world to deliver seamless service for all our clients’ legal needs -- regardless of location or practice-group affiliation.
Energy and Environmental Law
Our energy and environmental lawyers assist clients with litigation and rulemaking proceedings before the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, state regulatory agencies, and federal and state courts. The group also advises clients on governmental relations; business and financing transactions; strategic alliances and joint ventures; and regulatory compliance matters. Clients include domestic and international energy companies, including producers, refiners, marketers, and traders of energy; natural gas and LNG companies; crude oil and petroleum product companies; electricity generation companies and electric cooperatives; pipeline companies; and alternative fuel companies as well as large consumers and trade associations.
Litigation and Arbitration
When litigation is unavoidable, clients need attorneys with deep courtroom experience. Our seasoned DC litigators represent clients in disputes across a broad range of issues and subject matters, including commercial contracts, intellectual property rights (patent, trademark, and copyright), trade secrets, employment claims, products liability, banking law, communications and media law, constitutional law, construction/real estate disputes, defamation, securities law, tax, technology, and more. Our lawyers practice regularly in the state and federal courts in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as other courts and arbitration tribunals around the country. Our lawyers also provide advice on litigation risk management and avoidance.
Legislation and Government Relations
We help clients communicate and work effectively with policymakers and lawmakers at all levels of government. Our legal work includes strategy development, legislative bill tracking, lobbying, bill drafting, and coalition building. Our team has also been successful in helping 501(c)(3) entities through, among other things, legislative initiatives to encourage government funding of medical research at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Customs and International Trade Law
Dorsey’s DC lawyers assist our clients in complying with the many laws and regulations applicable to importing and exporting goods and services. We also assist companies that are being audited or investigated for alleged violations of customs and trade laws. Our international trade practice involves matters before administrative agencies such as the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security, the International Trade Commission, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and the Department of Commerce. Our litigation practice includes customs and international trade cases before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as import competition cases involving intellectual property rights before the International Trade Commission.
The telecommunications sector remains one of the driving engines for the U.S. economy in the information age, and the telecommunications practice in Dorsey's Washington office offers industry expertise of both a regulatory and commercial nature. We provide advice on a dynamic array of issues embracing wireline, wireless and satellite technologies. The group's expertise includes confronting the rapidly evolving regulatory regimes affecting communications and information services, as well as the emerging universe of IP-based applications. Practitioners in the group appear regularly before and interact with representatives of the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Universal Service Administrative Company, and Congressional oversight committees.
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Please contact any attorney in our Washington, DC office to learn more about how Dorsey can help you or your organization meet its goals.