ADH News

Alderman, Devorsetz & Hora Continues to Grow

Washington, DC – Alderman, Devorsetz & Hora PLLC (ADH) is excited to announce that Attorney Elizabeth Menist, Attorney Carole Briggs and Senior Legal Assistant Elena Moore are joining ADH, effective June 1, 2022 from the DC law firm of Scheuermann & Menist.

Menist has represented over one hundred condominium associations and cooperatives for the past 21 years. A graduate of Georgetown Law School, she also served as a law clerk in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Briggs brings to ADH over 30 years of experience representing community associations, as well as in real estate, commercial transactions and civil litigation matters. She is a graduate of George Washington National Law Center and received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University’s Law School.

At Scheuermann & Menist, Moore coordinated collection matters for the firm’s condominium and cooperative association clients, under the firm’s attorneys’ supervision.  Moore received her Legal Assistant Certificate from George Washington University. After obtaining Bachelors and Masters Degrees, she also holds a Certificate of English Translation and Interpreting from the University of London, Moscow, Russia.

ADH’s attorneys represent condominium associations, homeowners associations, housing cooperatives and individuals in matters related to governance, interpretation of governing documents, revisions to Bylaws, Declarations and Rules, and foreclosures. ADH keeps its community associations clients apprised of legal trends, changes in the law, and best practices with respect to community association living.

Cary Devorsetz, who manages this practice area, is active with the Community Associations Institute’s (CAI) DC Legislative Action Committee, and was selected as CAI’s DC Metropolitan Chapter’s Advocate of the Year in 2019. Devorsetz has also served as a panelist on DC community association law at CAI’s DC Metropolitan Chapter’s annual exposition. Devorsetz graduated with honors from Hamilton College and received his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Associate Attorney Emma Eckert works with Devorsetz in the community associations practice group. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Penn State University and attended law school at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Before joining ADH in October 2021, Eckert served as a law clerk for a judge in the Bucks County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas . She is licensed in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and New York, and is active in CAI’s DC Public Outreach Committee.

Collections and other matters within the community associations practice group are also handled by the Firm’s other professional staff, Tim Kovanic and Brianna Sargent-Harford. Kovanic graduated from the US Naval Academy and served as a legal officer in the United States Navy. Thereafter, he established a telecommunications company, and spent over ten years, developing skills for successfully pursuing debt collection matters. Brianna Sargent-Harford earned her BA, and soon thereafter joined ADH, where she assists ADH’s attorneys with administrative and research matters.

ADH Client, Lynn Long, Files Suit Against the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) for Discrimination and a Hostile Work Environment Based on Race and Retaliation

Les Alderman filed suit on behalf of Lynn Long, a black employee at the AOC, who states that the agency passed him up for a promotion based on his race and fostered a hostile work environment. Alderman, who has represented numerous other clients against AOC, told the Washington Post that the Architect has a sordid history of discriminatory and retaliatory workplace practices against racial and ethnic minorities and the physically disabled. Read more about it here.

Les Alderman quoted by The Washington Post in “Oily Pennies” DOL Litigation

On December 30, 2021, the Department of Labor filed suit on behalf of a Georgia man against his former employer who dumped over 91,000 oily pennies at the end of his driveway in lieu of his final paycheck. ADH Partner, Les Alderman, who is not involved in the case, was asked for his input by The Washington Post. Read more about it here.

Sundeep Hora Included in the Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in D.C. for the Second Year in a Row

Sundeep Hora was included in the Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in D.C. for the second year in a row in the Employment Law and Litigation categories.  This honor is based on peer reviews and given to just 6% of private practicing attorneys in the United States.   Alderman, Devorsetz & Hora PLLC, was also included in the 2022 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”

ADH Attorney Sundeep Hora Files Suit Against the Washington Post for Discrimination and a Hostile Work Environment

On July 21, 2021, Sundeep Hora filed suit on behalf of Felicia Sonmez, a national political reporter with the Washington Post against her employer, the Post, and her editors.  As detailed in the Complaint, the Defendants, in violation of the D.C. Human Rights Act, unlawfully subjected Ms. Sonmez to discrimination and a hostile work environment that included two coverage bans based on her gender and status as a victim of a sexual offense.

Versely Rosales-Hart Served as Co-Presenter an ABA Continuing Legal Education Panel

Versely Rosales-Hart, Associate Attorney and American Bar Association (ABA) Real Property Fellow Versely Rosales-Hart, served as a co-presenter on an ABA Continuing Legal Education panel on May 26, 2021 regarding COVID-related legal issues affecting community associations, as well as lessons learned from the pandemic. The talk was entitled, “Post-Pandemic Issues for Community Associations.”

Les Alderman Files Suit on Behalf of Brandon Pope, Against Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn

On May 13, 2021, ADH Member, Les Alderman, filed suit on behalf of Brandon Pope, against Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn (5th District) for retaliatory termination.  Lamborn and his office refused to implement health protocols, like requiring masks, allowing social distancing and permitting telework, particularly in his Colorado Springs District Office.  Brandon had the courage to stand up to those reckless practices, and the Congressman and his Chief of Staff fired him for it. The termination violated the Congressional Accountability Act, which protects employees like Brandon from retaliation when they raise workplace safety complaints like this.  The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Civil Action No. 21-1321. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/aide-sues-doug-lamborn-coronavirus/2021/05/13/851b83ba-b434-11eb-ab43-bebddc5a0f65_story.html

Cary Devorsetz to Speak at the Conference and Exposition of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Chapters of the Community Associations Institute

ADH lawyer Cary Devorsetz is scheduled to appear in June 2021 on a panel to discuss 2020-2021 legal developments affecting District of Columbia community associations, which include condominium associations, homeowners associations and housing cooperatives. The panel discussion will take place in June 2021, at the annual Conference and Exposition of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Chapters of the Community Associations Institute, the Association’s largest chapter in the country.

All ADH Attorneys Named to 2021 Super Lawyers List

ADH congratulates its attorneys Les Alderman, Sundeep Hora, Cary Devorsetz, and John F. Karl on their selection as Super Lawyers for 2021.  Mr. Hora and Mr. Alderman have been named every year since 2016 and Mr. Karl was first selected in 2017.  Associate Attorneys Versely Rosales-Hart and Savanna L. Shuntich were included for the second time on the list  as Rising Stars.

 

ADH Law is pleased to announce the selection of Versely Rosales-Hart as a Fellow to the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Fellows Program

Associate Attorney Versely Rosales-Hart was selected in September 2020 as a Fellow to the American Bar Association’s (“ABA”) Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Fellows Program. This fellowship is highly competitive, and the ABA selects attorneys from throughout the US for this role based on their demonstrated achievements and leadership as young attorneys in the areas of real property and trusts and estates law.

The two-year fellowship provides attorneys with the opportunity to serve in leadership roles within the ABA and participate in projects, such as authoring for ABA publications and presenting at seminars.

The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section is a leading national forum for lawyers, and currently has over 25,000 members. The Real Property Division focuses on legal aspects of property use, ownership, development, transfer, regulation, financing, and taxation.

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