What Problems Do We Solve and What Industries Do We Serve?
Lipp Law guides businesses and executives through difficult employment and corporate matters in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Lipp Law solves legal problems stemming from new business opportunities, challenges, and employment separations. We have experience with both corporate and employee matters, representing both management and select individual clients, which means that we know legal strategies and best practices inside and out.
When litigation is necessary to resolve a business or employment dispute, Lipp Law’s litigation team protects and advances its clients’ rights and interests before courts, arbitration tribunals and government agencies throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. With over 20 years of combined experience and satisfied clients, Lipp Law is pleased to serve the DMV area’s legal needs.
PROBLEMS WE SOLVE
- Forming businesses
- Resolving business disputes
- Resolving noncompete issues (noncompete, litigation, enforcement, responding to cease and desist letters)
- Navigating toxic employee issues
- Defending against employee lawsuits
- Reducing legal liability when terminating employees
- Addressing drug/alcohol issues in the workplace
- Helping with severance agreements (review, drafting, negotiation)
- Copyrighting and trademarking intellectual property
- Selling your company
- Mergers, acquisitions and business transactions
- Licensing agreements for software, code, and SaaS products
INDUSTRIES WE SERVE
- Technology companies (Cybersecurity, IT)
- Government contractors
- Professional services (Legal, Consulting, Medical)
- Pet sitting
- Women-owned businesses
Commercial litigation includes basically every type of legal dispute that could potentially arise in the process of doing business with either individual consumers of other companies. Examples of the most common causes of commercial litigation include:
- Breach of contract
- Partnership disputes
- Shareholder issues
The legal services of an experienced commercial litigation attorney may eventually be required in any of these common scenarios. In most cases, the sooner an attorney gets involved, the better the outcome will be for your business. You may not expect or hope to ever need a commercial litigation lawyer for your business. However, if you run into any sort of trouble between co-owners, members, or shareholders, you’ll be very glad to have one properly representing and protecting your company. The savvy commercial litigation attorneys at Lipp Law will stand up for your business interests in the Washington, DC area.
Copyright law gives the authors of original, creative works certain exclusive rights, including:
- Preparation of derivative works
- Public performance or display
- Digital transmission of recordings
If any of these rights are infringed, the author may bring a copyright action against the infringer.
Under a rule known as the “first sale doctrine,” any person who buys a copy of an original work can normally dispose of the copy they own by selling it to another person. However, this doctrine will not protect someone who makes unauthorized copies of a work and then distributes them.
One exception to this rule is the doctrine of “fair use,” whereby copyrighted works may be used for certain, limited purposes. A book reviewer, for example, is allowed to quote from a book in order to summarize and evaluate it. Works may also be reproduced for certain educational, religious, political, and parodic purposes.
Copyright matters can quickly become complicated, and often require the expertise of a business and intellectual property attorney to navigate effectively.
Trademark Prosecution & Policing
A trademark is a combination of words, images, or both that are used to market specific goods and services. While some trademark rights arise organically through the regular use of a mark in commerce, a mark owner gains far more protection if the mark is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The process of applying for federal protection of a mark, called “prosecution,” can be complicated, and the decision to engage knowledgeable counsel can often speed up the process and make it more likely that the mark at issue will ultimately register.
One the prosecution process ends, it is important both to maintain federal protection by making certain required post-registration filings, and to police your mark – that is, ensure that others are not using your mark or a mark that is confusingly similar. Failure to do so may lead to your loss of some or all federal trademark protection, so being vigilant and engaging counsel to assist when necessary is highly advisable.
Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
Trade secrets are a lesser known type of intellectual property. Under both federal and state law, a trade secret is defined as material that derives value from its secrecy.
Some potential trade secrets:
- Survey methods used by professional pollsters
- Internal pricing schemes and strategies
- The recipes for unique food items
- Inventions for which patent applications have not been filed
- Lists of vendors or customers
- Manufacturing techniques
- Computer algorithms
Unlike more well-known forms of intellectual property, like copyrights and trademarks, you do not need to disclose or register material in order for it to qualify for trade secret protection. All you must do is use reasonable means to keep the information secret from other companies and the public at large. Trade secret protection can also last as long as the material at issue is kept confidential. However, once you make a trade secret available to the public, trade secret protection ends. It is usually a good idea to consult with a knowledgeable attorney in order to identify material that may qualify for trade secret protection and develop an effective trade secret protection plan.
“Katie was fantastic with dealing with my employment issue. She was honest, caring, and dedicated. I also really liked how she gave me several options on how to handle my situation and explained each of them in detail. Overall, I'm very happy with my experience with her and I highly recommend her.”
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Labor Laws & Employment Termination
The experienced labor attorneys at Lipp Law provide sound business advice to both employees and employers in the Washington, DC area when it comes to the legal standards around employment that have been set by the local, state, and federal governments. We can help to ensure that all employees are treated in a fairly in a consistent manner, whether that entails writing and reviewing employee handbooks, assisting with wage law issues or claims, representing employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or providing advice on National Labor Relations Board issues.
Our compassionate and knowledgeable employment attorneys also work hard to protect Virginia employees’ and employers’ rights by helping with the transition that occurs when an employee is terminated from their employment position and moves on to new opportunities. Whether you are an employee or an employer, Lipp Law is here to assist you with all your employment and labor related legal needs.
Together, our attorneys have over twenty combined years of experience providing legal assistance with commercial litigation, intellectual property, software law, employment and labor issues, business formation, discrimination, education law, and more, and we continue to learn each and every day. We accept initial consultations by appointment only in order to provide each client with the time and attention that they deserve for their legal matters. Call Lipp Law today to schedule a meeting with a true professional, who will take the time to listen to all your unique business and employment concerns and provide you time-tested and legally sound guidance to get you back on the path to success.