Business and Commercial
Real Estate Litigation
Personal Injury Claims
should expect from me:
Innovative and sound legal advice that is in the best interest of
four plus decades of experience, I have handled hundreds of
transactions and contracts, and am well-versed in both the
business and legal factors required for securing well-negotiated
deals for my clients.
If stable business relationships and
successful results are important to you, I can help by working
with you to ensure that your ideas and goals will be carefully and
thoughtfully incorporated throughout the process of contract
negotiation and drafting. This collaboration will help address and
resolve your key business relationship issues.
My business transactions
•Contract negotiation and drafting;
•Nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements;
•Personal property sales and purchase agreements;
•Asset and stock purchase and sales agreements;
•Negotiation and settlement of contract disputes.
If you have questions about my business
transaction services and experience, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Business and Commercial
litigation strategies in the context of my clients’ business
objectives. From negotiating an out-of-court settlement to
litigating a matter at trial, I am focused on how to best achieve
your business’ goals.
is a multi-dimensional endeavor, one that demands flexibility,
creativity, and persistence. I begin each representation by
reviewing my client’s goals, and then methodically develop a
strategy to achieve them. During each and every stage of the
litigation process, I remain committed to strategically working
with you to realize your business objectives.
is an intensive and time-consuming process. I
appreciate this, and remain open to exploring potential methods to
resolve commercial disputes outside of litigation, including
arbitration strategies, an area in which I have significant
My Experience Counts
My years of
experience in litigating business and commercial disputes in both
state and federal courts can greatly assist you. In addition to
courtroom litigation, I have extensive experience arbitrating
complex disputes. This expertise enables me to devise workable
litigation strategies in a host of complex legal matters.
Some of my
business and commercial litigation experience includes the
•Representing an individual seeking the
proceeds of a life insurance policy against a national life
insurance company and other parties.
•Representing a parking garage operator
tenant in its claim for damages against the landlord of a
commercial office building as a result of the landlord blocking
some of the parking spaces resulting in the tenant’s loss of
income in violation of the lease.
•Defending an individual against a claim by
his former attorney for legal fees, and prosecuting a malpractice
counterclaim against the former attorney.
•Representing a corporate client seeking
damages in the form of a commission under a professional service
•Representation of an individual
professional medical services provider in her claim for damages
against her former corporate employer.
•Representation of a developer seeking to
evict a commercial tenant in breach of both its lease and local
statutes, all as part of the developer’s plan to construct a new
office building on the site.
I recognize that no two commercial
transactions are alike and that most anything is possible, if not
negotiable, in a commercial setting. My vast experience provides my clients with the peace of mind and
confidence that each transaction will be handled with the focus
and attention to detail that each unique matter requires. Over
the years, I have dealt with a wide spectrum of issues including
•Drafting & Negotiation Commercial Leases
•Drafting & Negotiation Commercial Purchase
is a client’s first home or an investor’s purchase of a property,
I provide representation to individuals and entities who actively
and/or passively invest in residential real estate. I can assist
clients with a myriad of residential issues including the
•Drafting and Negotiating Purchase and Sale
•Drafting and Negotiating Leases
to drafting real estate related documents, I assist my clients
with complex real estate litigation matters. I have represented
clients in a vast array of real estate matters that have made
their way into the courtroom, ranging from injunctions and breach
of contracts to the appeal of commercial real estate assessments.
sample of the real estate litigation matters I have handled
include the following:
•Representation of a real estate broker
suing the owner of a large tract of land for a real estate
•Representation of the owner of real estate
to enforce the “limited use” provision contained in a commercial
property lease by seeking a temporary, preliminary, and permanent
•Representing a regional parking garage
operator seeking payment under a Garage Operating Agreement for
monies due from the apartment building ownership.
•Representing the owner of industrial
property for eight (8) consecutive tax years against the proposed
inflated real estate assessment by the taxing authority.
•Representation of landlords seeking
possession of commercial real estate pursuant to breach of lease
I have also defended:
•A purchaser of commercial real property
against a claim by a tenant that it had a right of first refusal
from the seller.
•A homeowner’s right to cancel a Design-Build
Agreement with a contractor, and asserting a counterclaim based
upon the contractor’s breach of contract and violations of state
and federal statutes.
•Tenants defending suits brought by landlords
who were seeking possession of commercial real estate pursuant to
alleged breach of lease agreements.
This area of law may include, but is not
necessarily limited to, the following matters. As you will see
below, my experience in this field may be able to assist you in
your employment status or contractual concerns:
Wrongful Termination: Frequently involves allegations of
employment contract breaches.
Employment Contracts: May involve drafting employment
contracts for employers or employees as well as enforcing
provisions contained in employment contracts.
Non-Competition Agreements: When dealing with non-competition
agreements, it is critical to know how to draft a non-compete
which meets legal requirements, as well as to have the ability to
enforce non-compete contracts.
Non-Solicitation Agreements: Attempts by former employees to
solicit customers or clients frequently results in significant
business costs, both monetarily and otherwise. A properly drafted
non-solicitation agreement may assist you in protecting your
important business relationships.
Confidentiality Agreements: Employees frequently have access
to highly sensitive proprietary information about their employers.
Confidentiality agreements are often helpful in preventing
employees from disseminating proprietary information.
The following represent some of my employment law experience:
•Representing an at-will employee seeking
damages against his employer resulting from the employer’s
termination of employment without prior reasonable notice to the
•Representing a regional courier service in
its claim that an employee breached a covenant not to compete, and
requesting damages and an injunction.
•Defending an individual and corporate
client against a wage claim of a former employee of the corporate
Personal Injury Claims
the Injured in Virginia and Washington D.C.
your options with Allen E. Hirschmann, trial lawyer
with extensive experience in personal injury law.
If someone else's action - or
negligence - caused your injuries, then you may be legally
justified in seeking monetary compensation for your injuries and
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I have the experience and negotiating savvy
to obtain the maximum compensation on your behalf.
represented personal injury victims throughout Northern Virginia
and the Washington, D.C. area for more than 40 years.
Auto Accidents — I will fight to
recover full and fair compensation for your losses from the
negligent driver and insurance companies.
— If you were injured in a slip and fall accident
because of negligent conditions, you may have a case for monetary
damages against the property owner.
— If law enforcement officers have arrested you without
probable cause or employed excessive force, you may have a claim
for monetary damages against the officer.
Contact me for a case evaluation. I take
personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis— I collect no
attorney fees unless I obtain compensation for you.
I have been a commercial arbitrator for the
American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) for over twenty (20)
years. Arbitration is a cost-effective alternative to litigation,
and each of the AAA’s commercial arbitrators possess years of
category specific knowledge and experience. As an arbitrator, I
act as a judge, making the final determination in the form of an
Award where the parties and their attorneys have selected me to be
the arbitrator for their specific case.
All of the cases in which I was chosen as
the arbitrator involved some form of business dispute, and most
required the interpretation of a written agreement by the
disputing parties. Some of the cases in which I have been an
arbitrator include the following:
•The interpretation of whether certain
accounting functions of the landlord were a reimbursable operating
expense based upon the definitions contained in the parties'
•The interpretation of certain provisions of
an operating agreement of an LLC, and its applicability to the
purchase of a restaurant.
•The interpretation of a fee sharing
agreement between lawyers dealing with the splitting of fees.
After several days of the hearing, the lawyers entered into a
settlement agreement. However, several years later, the lawyers
resumed arbitration to interpret the applicability of the
settlement agreement to certain fees collected.
•I have been selected to act as the
arbitrator in numerous cases involving a national motel chain and
the interpretation of provisions of its franchise agreement. In
each case, the franchisor was claiming damages as a result of a
breach of the franchise agreement.
•A claim for damages resulting from the
interpretation of certain provisions of a long term lease
involving a large automobile dealership.
•A case involving the buy-sell provision
contained in the operating agreement of an LLC, and my
determination of the value of each member’s interest based upon
the factual testimony as well as the testimony of the accounting
experts provided by each party.
•A fee dispute between a large law firm and
one of its clients based upon the retainer agreement which
contained a provision for the assessment of fees in the event the
firm pursued collection of its attorney’s fees as set forth in the
retainer agreement. One of the issues was the client’s request for
a set off based upon a malpractice claim.
•A contract dispute between a national
association that had contracted with a fund raising entity in
which the amount in dispute exceeded One Million Dollars.