Associate Attorney Versely Rosales 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.
ADH congratulates its attorney Sundeep Hora for being recognized in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This honor is given to just 6% of private practicing attorneys in the United States.
ADH congratulates its attorneys Les Alderman, Sundeep Hora, Cary Devorsetz, and John F. Karl on their selection as Super Lawyers for 2020. Mr. Hora and Mr. Alderman have been named every year since 2016 and Mr. Karl was first selected in 2017. ADH is proud to announce that associates Versely Rosales and Savanna L. Shuntich were included for the first time on the list and designated as Rising Stars.
In July of 2019, ADH Member Les Alderman won an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for Sunday Iyoha, on Mr. Iyoha’s national origin discrimination claim against the Architect of the Capitol. The Client was rejected for a promotion by managers who had previously discriminated against him and others who spoke with foreign accents. After successfully winning the appeal, Mr. Alderman secured a favorable settlement from the Architect, which included, among other things, a promotion for Mr. Iyoha and a total payment of $330,000.
ADH Member, Les Alderman, filed suit against the Architect of the Capitol on behalf of Justin McGuire for, among other things, disability discrimination and retaliation resulting in Mr. McGuire’s termination from his job as a high voltage electrician with the Architect of the Capitol. After the completion of discovery, the Architect made an Offer of Judgment in the total amount of $280,000. Such judgements, in which the defendant voluntarily accepts a judgment against it, are highly unusual in civil litigation.
In November 2019, the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) awarded ADH Member, Cary Devorsetz, the District of Columbia Public Advocate of the Year Award. The ceremony took place at the Chapter’s Annual Awards gala. Mr. Devorsetz received the award for his work as chair of the subcommittee that is drafting the District of Columbia homeowner’s association statute.
ADH Member, Les Alderman, on behalf of his client Sunday Iyoha, prevailed in an important appeal before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on a national origin discrimination claim. The client was rejected for a promotion by managers who had previously discriminated against him and others who spoke with foreign accents. The Court of Appeals agreed with many of Mr. Alderman’s arguments, including that biased managers can influence even unbiased interview panelists into making a discriminatory employment decisions. Read an article from Roll Call on the successful appeal here.
On April 29, 2019, Les Alderman on behalf of his client, sued Omni Resorts & Hotels as well as one of its executives for sex discrimination, Equal Pay Act violations and retaliation. Mr. Alderman’s client complained about a two-tiered pay scale that resulted in male executives in similar positions being paid more than female executives. After she complained, the client was terminated on false grounds. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for violation of the D.C. Human Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act. The suit seeks, among other things, economic damages, pain and suffering damages and punitive damages against both defendants.
Mr. Alderman, who represented Hill staffer Lauren Greene in her sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employer Congressman Blake Farenthold, was recently interviewed by Newsy about changes to the Congressional Accountability Act. The Act protects Hill staffers and other employees of the legislative branch against harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Mr. Alderman expressed his concerns that the reforms were incomplete and that Congress would declare victory and move on to other legislative goals without making much needed further changes to the Act. Listen to the complete interview here.
ADH law member, Les Alderman was interviewed on All Things Considered by reporter Kelsey Snell about proposed changes to the Congressional Accountability Act. The Act provides protections for Hill staffers and other employees of the legislative branch against harassment, discrimination, and retaliation but has been the target of much criticism since the rise of the #MeToo movement for providing inadequate protection. Mr. Alderman previously represented Congressional staffer Lauren Green in a lawsuit against her employer Congressman Blake Farenthold, which was brought under Congressional Accountability Act. Ms. Green was also featured on the program. Listen to the full story here.