Elaine Charlson Bredehoft

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Elaine Charlson Bredehoft

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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 has been recognized in publications as one of the Best Lawyers in Virginia and one of the Best Attorneys in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore, as selected by her peers, for the past several years, including most recently in 2015, was listed as one of the top ten lawyers in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area in 2009 – present, including most recently in May 2014 (as published in The Washington Post and DC Magazine), was named in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s Legal Elite (as published in Virginia Business Magazine), was recognized as one of the “Top Attorneys in Washington,” (selected by peer recognition; published in Washingtonian Magazine, December 2015); was recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C.” (selected by peer recognition; published in The Washington Post, October 2015); and was selected for inclusion in the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and for Virginia Super Lawyers in 2006 – present, was recognized as a Legal Eagle in Virginia Living in April 2012, was named as one of Top Virginia Lawyers in Virginia, Richmond-Times Magazine for 2011 – present, was listed as one of the Top Virginia Lawyers in Virginia, Richmond Magazine for 2017, was listed in Best Lawyers Employee Lawyer of the Year in the Washington DC Area in 2011, was recognized in Labor & Employment magazine’s “Top Lawyers” 2010 and 2011 editions, is listed by Law Dragon in the “Top 500 Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America,” was named one of the top 20 “Legends of the Bar” in the Washington area in 2007 by Washingtonian magazine, which also recognized Ms. Bredehoft as one of the “Fifty Best Lawyers in Washington” in 1997, one of the “Forty Top Lawyers Under 40” in 1998, one of the “75 Best Lawyers” in 2002, one of the “Top Employment Lawyers” in 2004 and one of the “Best Employment Lawyers” in 2009. In April 2009, Ms. Bredehoft received the honor of being selected as one of Virginia’s Most Influential Women by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Also in 2009, Ms. Bredehoft was selected as one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area and in 2006 she was featured in Virginia Super Lawyers and listed as one of the “Top 10 Virginia Super Lawyers.” In 2008, Ms. Bredehoft was featured in the in The Legal Times’ Almanac of Leading Lawyers, and as one of 12 top Employment Lawyers in the Washington Metropolitan Area in April 2004. Ms. Bredehoft has been honored to be included in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1997. In 2003, Ms. Bredehoft received the honor of being inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor limited to the top 1% of attorneys in each state; in 2005, Ms. Bredehoft was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a membership limited in the United States to 500 trial attorneys under the age of 70; and in 2007, Ms. Bredehoft was chosen for Fellowship in Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. In 2013, Ms. Bredehoft was named one of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Attorneys. In 2016, Ms. Bredehoft was named a Senior Fellow for the International Academy of Trial Lawers.

Ms. Bredehoft’s trial history has led to the vast majority of her cases now settling before trial. Because of the confidentiality requirements generally accompanying settlement agreements, Ms. Bredehoft cannot disclose the details of the specific settlements, but these cases have involved a wide range of claims, and in many cases have led to complex, multi-million dollar settlements. Verdicts Ms. Bredehoft has obtained on behalf of her clients include: 
Holman v. Dominion Mechanical Services, Inc., C.A. No. 2016-12483 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2017) (Breach of Contract – Judgment of $1,462,500); Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, LLC v. Namir El-Akabi, et al., C.A. No. 2016-08277 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2016) (Fraud, conspiracy, and piercing the corporate veil – Judgment of $19,823,777.07/$350,000 punitive damages; Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, LLC v Sabre International Security, C.A. No. 2015-00445 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2015)(Breach of Contract and Actual/Constructive Fraud – Judgment of $10,161,089.47 compensatory/$350,000.00 punitive damages); Taylor v. Republic Services, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 1:12cv253 (E.D. Va. 2013)(Title VII Sexual Harassment/Retaliation – $853,084.36 judgment (including $620,559.36 fees and costs awarded); York v. DynCorp International, LLC., C.A. No. 2011-4995 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2012) (Breach of Contract – $5.4 million judgment, including prejudgment interest); Sara K. Payne v. Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC, Civil Action 1:12cv1 (E.D. Va. 2012)(Represented individual and successor employer Lockton in successfully defending against temporary restraining order in dispute challenging validity of covenants, February 2012); Crowe, et al v. Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC, Civil Action 1:10cv1016 (E.D. Va. 2011)(Represented individuals and successor employer, Lockton in obtaining ruling by Court striking covenants not to compete and confidentiality provisions as invalid, May, 2011); Shannon v. Randy Andrews, et al., C.A. No. 2010-2895, (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2011) (Breach of Contract – $856,653.54 jury verdict); Mazich v. Sevatec, Inc., C.A. No 2010-1799 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2010) (Breach of Contract – $257,000 jury verdict); Grissom v. The Mills Corporation, C.A. No. 1:06cv961 (E.D. Va. 2007)(Sarbanes-Oxley wrongful termination, breach of contract, and defamation per se – $459,566.82 judgment, fees and costs awarded, appealed and settled); Ivarone v. CACI Commercial, Inc., et al., Claim No. 16 160 00761 05(AAA Arbitration, March 2007)(defamation per se, $300,000.00); Hyland v. Raytheon Company, et al., At Law No. 221038 (Fairfax Cir. Ct., Oct. 2005)(Represented former Senior Vice President in defamation, fraud and tortious interference – $3.5 million verdict, reduced to $1.875 million, reversed and remanded (twice) for retrial, settled while on appeal);Jackson v. Government Micro Resources, Inc., et al., At Law No. 57849 (Prince William Cir. Ct., Dec. 2004) (Represented former President and CEO in defamation and breach of contract – $6.2 million jury verdict; reduced to $1.5 million, $5.5 million judgment reinstated by Virginia Supreme Court, Jan. 2006); Scott v. Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 03-1435-A (E.D. Va. 2004)(pregnancy discrimination, retaliation, FMLA and constructive fraud — jury verdict valued at $2.2 million; reduced to $675,000; $350,000 awarded in attorney’s fees and costs); Luba v. Motient Corporation, Claim No. 16199 00077 03(AAA Arbitration, May 2003)(Breach of Change in Control Agreement, $203,625.27); Moore v. United International Investigative Services, C.A. No. 01-1886(E.D. Va. 2002)(Defamation and Conversion – $254,460.01 verdict, conversion claim dismissed on post-trial motions, $200,000 defamation verdict upheld by Fourth Circuit ); Swinton v. Broadwing Communications Services, Inc., C.A. No. 00-1605(E.D.Va. 2001) (Breach of contract – change in control provisions for Internet backbone Chief Architect transferred to work on the Last Mile – $350,854.15 verdict – value of vested stock options at time of attempted exercise); Pasko v. Broadwing Communications Services, Inc., C.A. No. 00-1631(E.D.Va. 2001) (Breach of contract – change in control provisions for Internet backbone Manager and Designer transferred to work on the Last Mile – $290,335.44 verdict – value of vested stock options at time of attempted exercise); Stiles v. Town of Leesburg, et al., C.A. No. 00-628 (E.D.Va. 2000) (Section 1983 Whistleblower action by former Chief of Police of Town of Leesburg terminated for reporting illegal acts of Town Manager and Council Member–$3.1 million jury verdict, $261,000 awarded in attorney’s fees and costs); Davison v. FastComm Communications Corp., At Law No. 159733 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 1998) (Represented former COO and Director in breach of contract for stock options – $1.288 million jury verdict); Shaw v. Titan Corporation, C.A. No. 96-325-A (E.D.Va. 1998) (Gender, age and race based discrimination of white male, $465,000 verdict, reduced to $415,000); Hetzel v. Prince William County, et al., C.A. No. 94-919 (E.D.Va. 1995, 1998)(Race and sex discrimination and retaliation in the Prince William Co. Police Dept. — $750,000 verdict, $186,000 court award of attorney’s fees, liability upheld, on remand from U.S. Supreme Court retrial on damages, $45,000 damages, $69,000 attorney’s fees and costs); Grier v. Titan Corporation, C.A. No. 95-900-A (E.D.Va.1996) (Retaliation and wrongful termination/ constructive discharge — $635,000 verdict, after second trial $829,500 verdict, reduced to $27,500, $95,351.94 awarded in fees and costs); Robinson v. The Hill, C.A. No. 1:96CV02067 (D.D.C. 1998) (Race based termination, $100,000 verdict, $118,000 attorney’s fees and costs award); Berman v. The Washington Times Corporation, C.A. No. 92-2738 (D.D.C. 1995) (Sex discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation in advertising department — $789,000 jury verdict, October 24, 1997, $200,000 awarded in attorney’s fees).

Significant medical malpractice verdicts include Tyler v. Molchon(Fairfax Co. Cir. Ct. 2000) ($1.3 million verdict for wrongful death “suicide by cop” against psychiatrist who prematurely released decedent, upheld by Virginia Supreme Court, 2001); and Johnson v. Kaiser Permanente (Fairfax Cty. Cir. Ct. 1993) ($950,000 verdict for emotional distress where grandmother was misdiagnosed with AIDS).

Ms. Bredehoft is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education seminars sponsored by Virginia Supreme Court, Virginia State Bar, National Employment Lawyers’ Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Virginia Bar Association, Fairfax Bar Association, Virginia Law Foundation, Southern Methodist University Labor and Employment Conference, and other organizations. Recent presentations by Ms. Bredehoft include “Top Ten Tips on Effective Cross Examination” (MWELA Trial Boot Camp, April 2017); “Effective Trial Techniques for the 21st Century” (MWELA Annual Conf. April 2014); “Changing Currents: Restrictive Covenants in Employment Context and Trade Secret Law” (DC Bar Oct. 2013); “Taking and Defending Depositions of the Plaintiff and Alleged Harasser in a Harassment Case” (VBA Labor & Emp. Law Annual Conf, Oct. 2013); “Employment Law Update” (FBA, October 2010); “Looking Behind the Curtain” (The Virginia Bar Association, 40th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law, October 2010); Sexual Harassment (VTLA Annual Convention, October 2010); Annual Employment Update (VA CLE, May 2010); “Top Ten Employment-Related Torts” (VTLA Annual Convention, March 2010); “Preparing for Oral Argument on Appeal” (NELA, Dallas, March 2010); “What Every Civil Defense Lawyer Needs to Know About Employment Law” (VADA Annual Convention, October 2009); “Hot Topics in Employment Law” (FBA, October 2009); “Punitive Damages after Exxon v. Baker (VA CLE, March 2009);“Damages: Maximizing Your Client’s Recovery” (National Employment Lawyer’s Association “NELA,”, Chicago, Oct. 2008); “A Comprehensive Analysis of Fraud Claims/Business Torts” (VA CLE, August 2008); “17th Annual Employment Update: Evolving Theories of Recovery” (VA CLE, May 2008); “Successful Trial Techniques: Effective Cross Examination” (NELA, March, 2008); “25th Annual Business Law Seminar – Business Torts Update” (VA CLE, October 2007); “Virginia Business Torts” (VA CLE, October 2007; 2009); “Trial Tactics: Litigating Employment Cases – A View from the Bench” (Georgetown Law Center, November 2006); “Wrongful Termination in Virginia – the past 25 Years” (VWAA, October 2006); “The Plaintiff’s Guide to a Successful Jury Trial” (National Employment Lawyer’s Association “NELA,” June 2006); “Trial Tactics in Employment Litigation” (Virginia CLE, May 2006); “Effective Closing Arguments” (Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Annual Convention, April 2006); “Ethics in Litigation” (VWAA, March 2006);“Litigation Strategies and Trial Tips in Employment Law Cases” (Georgetown Univ., November 2005); “Lessons Learned” (VA CLE, November 2005); “Discovery & Effective Settlement Strategies” 14th Annual Employment Update (VA CLE, May 2005); Defamation and Fraud in the Business context, 23rd Annual Business Torts Update” (VA CLE, April 2005); “The Significance of the Human Resources Investigation in a Hostile Environment Claim: The Plaintiff’s Perspective” (SMU/Virginia Bar Association, Labor Relations and Employment Law Annual Conference, June 2004 and Virginia Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, September 2004); “Winning Employment Trial Tactics” (VA CLE, May 2004); “Rapid Fire Motions in Limine” (National Employment Lawyer’s Association “NELA,” June 2003); “Whistleblowers: Public Servants or Public Leeches?” (SMU/Virginia Bar Association, Labor Relations and Employment Law Annual Conference, June 2003); “Virginia Point and Counterpoint – 2003: Friendly Adversaries Exchange Fire on Current Litigation Strategies” (Virginia Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference September 2003); “Hot Topics: 15 Things You Should Know About Recent Developments in Employment and Labor Law and Have Been Afraid to Ask” (VA CLE, Fall, 2002); “Trial Tactics in Employment Litigation” (Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, April 2002); “Sexual Harassment in the Millennium” (Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, April 2002); “How Plaintiff’s Lawyers Choose Cases” (CLE presentation, February 2002).

Recent legal chapters or articles authored or co-authored, in addition to CLE outlines, include a contribution to Larry King’s Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (December, 2006); “Defamation” and “Fraud” Chapters of Tort Law in Virginia – Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook (2005-present); “Tort Actions” Chapter of Employment Law in Virginia — Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook (Virginia Law Foundation, 1997 to present); “The Law of Wrongful Termination in Virginia,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Fall, 1996); “Appellate Litigation Strategies,” Employee Rights Litigation, (John Wiley & Sons, 1997).

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