In Washington, D.C., BakerHostetler represents the governmental and corporate concerns of domestic and foreign clients. Our legislative attorneys and advisors include former U.S. Congressmen and government officials with decades of experience serving in Congress or with various federal agencies and departments. Among our corporate counsellors are international trade attorneys and more than 30 intellectual property attorneys and staff, as well as some of the nation’s most notable litigation, employment and labor, and tax attorneys.
Government PolicyThe BakerHostetler Government Policy Practice has significant experience representing clients on legislative issues concerning tax, trade, health, telecommunications, banking, financial services, judiciary and energy. We secure government appropriations for clients, resolve complicated tax matters through legislation and negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service, and assist clients with changes in health care and pension legislation. We use our congressional and administrative experience to help clients avert federal policy-related concerns.
Our Government Policy advisors represent FORTUNE 100 companies, entrepreneurial ventures, trade associations and industry groups from financial services, sports and entertainment, media, transportation, utilities, real estate, government, higher education and health care.
InternationalThe Washington office counsels clients in more than 30 areas of international law in business transactions, litigation, and before Congress and executive agencies. Our experience is extensive, from representing a private client in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, to defending a government against 55 lawsuits worth more than $10 billion. We represent clients in complex international lawsuits, repurchasing commercial debt, resolving reinsurance disputes, negotiating compensation for expropriations, extraditing persons accused of fraud by foreign governments, and human rights issues. Our attorneys advise clients in matters concerning international discovery, the applications of treaties, complex international tax issues and recovery of assets removed wrongfully from a country. We assist foreign and domestic companies with debt and equity transactions, trade matters, and general business matters.
Intellectual Property and Patent ProsecutionMore than 30 attorneys, engineers, patent agents and staff provide intellectual property management services to consumer, industrial, multimedia and technology companies. We represent clients before federal courts, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, the Court of Federal Claims, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Our attorneys are equally experienced in copyright and trademark law, having prepared and enforced global licensing and merchandising programs for some of the world’s most recognized properties for more than 50 years.
LitigationOur Washington Litigation practice is diverse, representing significant smaller local matters to large international cases. Former federal prosecutors, district attorneys and regulatory agency officials in our practice advise clients in areas ranging from toxic tort and product liability to real estate and construction. Our Litigation Practice includes notable attorneys and experience in the areas of international trade and trade regulation, as well as media and First Amendment law.
Tax, Personal Planning and Personal Wealth AdministrationWhether it’s resolving an issue with the IRS or establishing a charitable organization, our Washington Tax and Personal Planning practice is experienced in helping individual and corporate clients navigate complex tax issues. Our attorneys’ experience covers the spectrum of tax, personal planning and wealth administration services.
Employment and LaborThe Washington office counsels clients large and small, union and nonunion, on a variety of employment and labor relations issues, including wage and hour issues, strategic planning and reorganization, collective bargaining, wrongful discharge litigation, discrimination, sexual harassment and affirmative action matters and workers’ compensation claims.
Our attorneys are skilled at resolving difficult issues to minimize the negative impact on companies. In defense of an international air-freight forwarder, our experience enabled us to forestall and resolve issues that could have derailed the start-up of a new company and caused significant lost resources in litigation. We also successfully represented employers in both in investigations by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and in litigation brought by employees and the Solicitor of Labor’s Office.
Our employment and labor attorneys have long-standing professional relationships with union officials, officials at the NLRB, the National Mediation Board, the Departments of Labor and Justice, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state civil rights commissions.
Community Commitment in Washington, DCAttorneys in the Washington office are active in a variety of civic, community and professional services. Our lawyers have been leaders in local and national government, civic organizations, pro bono practice and professional associations.
Among our Washington attorneys is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries. Several of our attorneys are members of the:
Our attorneys also sit on the boards of numerous foundations, universities and colleges, and charitable and nonprofit organizations.