Three Venable Attorneys Named Counsel in Northern Virginia

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Attorneys from firm's Government Contracts, Real Estate and Commercial Litigation practices elevated to Counsel

Tysons Corner, VA – January 27, 2015 – Venable LLP is pleased to announce that three attorneys from its Northern Virginia office – James Y. Boland, Lauren T. Coapstick, and Nicholas M. DePalma – have been promoted to counsel.

"These senior associates have done consistently outstanding legal work, have received superior evaluations and have demonstrated the required productivity, character and commitment to the Firm and their clients to warrant this elevation in status," Venable Vice-Chairman Brian L. Schwalb said in a firmwide email. "We will continue to expect great success from each."

A member of the firm's Government Contracts Group, Mr. Boland's practice covers a broad range of federal procurement counseling and litigation, including bid protests, claims and requests for equitable adjustments, Federal Circuit appeals, prime/subcontractor agreements and disputes, small business matters, teaming and joint venture agreements, suspension and debarment, compliance and internal investigations, security clearance appeals, and intellectual property issues. Mr. Boland advises clients in the pre- and post-award source selection stages of procurements. He has successfully challenged and defended solicitations, evaluations, contract award decisions and offeror size/status eligibility before numerous defense and civilian agencies, the Government Accountability Office, the Small Business Administration, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the FAA's Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition.

Ms. Coapstick focuses her practice on real estate acquisition, development, financing, leasing and disposition as well as asset-based financing. She has experience representing lenders, investors, developers, landlords and tenants in connection with all aspects of real estate matters, including land acquisition, development and construction loans. Ms. Coapstick also performs pro bono work on behalf of various community arts organizations and nonprofit groups in Northern Virginia.

Mr. DePalma is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Group where he assists clients in business litigation matters, including disputes involving fraud, breach of contract, false advertising, unfair competition and tortious interference. He has served as first chair in jury trials, directed and cross-examined expert witnesses, handled mediation and arbitration matters and negotiated settlement agreements. Mr. DePalma also has an active pro bono practice in which he regularly represents indigent criminal defendants.

These three attorneys were among 31 across Venable's California, Maryland, New York, Virginia and Washington, DC offices promoted to Counsel. The new Counsel represent a broad cross-section of the firm with individuals from the firm's Business, Government Intellectual Property and Litigation practices.


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