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Elaine Charlson Bredehoft

Ms. Bredehoft, a native of Northern Minnesota, has been successfully trying cases in state and federal courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia since 1984.

Ms. Bredehoft was named in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s Legal Elite, and was selected for inclusion in the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and the 2011 and 2012 Virginia Super Lawyers. Ms. Bredehoft has been recognized in publications as one of the top attorneys in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Virginia area for the past several years, was listed as one of the top ten lawyers in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

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Peter C. Cohen

Peter Cohen, of Brooklyn, New York, joined the firm in 2003 and became partner in September of 2004. He graduated with top honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Political Science. In 1984, he received his J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cohen is admitted to practice in Virginia, Washington, D.C., the state and federal courts in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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Carla D. Brown

Ms. Brown, of Fairfax County, Virginia, joined the firm in 2006, and became a Partner in 2009. Ms. Brown earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1996 and received her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1999.

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Brandon J. Newlands

Mr. Newlands joined the firm in August, 2014 as a Senior Associate in the Employment and Commercial Litigation Practice. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Political Science in 1996 and the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1999 where he was a Junior Fellow with the Center for International and Comparative Law.
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Kathy Quill

Ms. Quill, of Menasha, Wisconsin, joined the firm in 2003. Ms. Quill graduated with distinctions and phi beta kappa, from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in June 1996, where she was co-president of the Women’s Law Caucus and participated in the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, Criminal Justice Project. After law school, Ms. Quill clerked in the Federal District Court of Massachusetts for the Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton. Ms. Quill is currently admitted to practice in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the District of Massachusetts.

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Daphne Shih Gebauer

Daphne Shih Gebauer, of Vancouver, Canada, joined the Firm in April 2010. Ms. Gebauer earned her J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 2007, where she held executive positions with the NYU Moot Court Board and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. While in law school, Ms. Gebauer interned with the World Health Organization’s Department of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Law & Justice Unit of ABC News in New York City.

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Courtney C. Williams

Courtney C. Williams joined the firm as an employment litigation associate in March 2014. Ms. Williams recently relocated from the Norfolk area where she had actively been practicing law for a highly reputable employment firm for the past three years. In September 2015, Ms. Williams was a co-presenter for the program "Sexism and the Law" at the Virginia State Bar’s 45th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law. Super Lawyers Magazine selected Ms. Williams as a "Virginia Rising Star" for 2016 in the field of Employment Law – a distinction presented to less than 2.5% of attorneys in Virginia.

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David M. Trinnes

David M. Trinnes, of Cleveland, Ohio, joined the Firm in May 2017. Mr. Trinnes handles a variety of employment and labor law matters involving business tort and contract claims and employment discrimination and retaliation claims. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Trinnes worked with a Tysons Corner law firm, where he represented a broad range of corporate and individual clients in civil litigation and appeals, including tort, business, employment, and domestic relations matters. Mr. Trinnes regularly volunteers with the District of Columbia Bar’s Community Economic Development Project, assisting small business owners with business formation, taxation, real estate leases and employment law issues.

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David E. Murphy


David E. Murphy, from Fairfax Station, Virginia joined the Firm as an Associate in September 2016. Mr. Murphy earned his BA in Philosophy and Political Science, with minors in History and Legal Studies, from the University of Pittsburgh. While in college, Mr. Murphy studied abroad at Trinity College, Dublin.

Mr. Murphy earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School with cum laude honors in May 2016. While in law school, Mr. Murphy served as an Articles Editor on the Wisconsin Law Review, mentored first year law students and pre-law students with an interest in attending law school, and participated in the Federal Appeals Project, representing an indigent defendant in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Murphy also interned for former Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice N. Patrick Crooks (deceased) of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as well as for the Special Litigation and Appeals Department at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Additionally, while in law school, Mr. Murphy interned with the firm.

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Curtis L. Charlson

Curtis L. Charlson, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft's father, was the founding partner of the Minnesota law firm of Charlson & Marben, P.A. Prior to retirement, Mr. Charlson was admitted to practice in Minnesota. While in active practice in Minnesota, Mr. Charlson enjoyed a long and successful career as a trial attorney, in all areas of civil and criminal law, on the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Charlson consulted with the firm on selected civil litigation matters from April 1991 until his death on October 30, 2010.

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