Who we are

Berenzweig Leonard, LLP is an aggressive and creative business law firm located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that helps companies, executives, entrepreneurs and HR professionals address significant legal issues impacting their businesses. The firm assists clients throughout the United States in solving complex legal problems to grow their business and revenues, emphasizing a federal sector practice geared to help clients capture and successfully perform government contracts. The firm’s attorneys provide experienced representation, and serve as trusted advisors to assist clients in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Berenzweig Leonard Team

Berenzweig Leonard Team

The firm also elevates executives’ business profiles and helps them collaborate to grow revenues, with unique programs that are not offered by traditional firms. For example, Berenzweig Leonard runs the Corporate Huddle, bringing together preeminent C-Level business executives and professional sports legends to collaborate and learn from each other’s successes on the playing field and the corporate world. Berenzweig Leonard also sponsors premier awards programs that publically highlight the accomplishments of companies, executives and HR professionals. We also frequently provide television, radio and print commentary on breaking business news, as the dynamic environment and laws impacting companies evolve.

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IN MEMORIAM:

Jaime Rowley, Office Manager of Berenzweig Leonard

jaime_rowleyBerenzweig Leonard lost a critical member of its team and an all-around wonderful person with the passing of its Office Manager, Jaime Rowley, on March 12, 2014.  Jaime’s death at an all-too-young age is a tragedy to all who knew her smiling face and positive attitude.  She will be remembered here at the firm for all that she did on a daily basis to make this place run so smoothly and be such a great place to practice law.  She will also be remembered for making our clients feel so welcome and appreciated, and we have heard from so many of you over the past days offering condolences and great memories you had of Jaime.  An education fund has been set up to benefit her two teenage daughters at http://www.gofundme.com/7hy03o and contributions are greatly appreciated.

Real-World Law Blogs

  • Employment Law Blog | Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Daughter’s Facebook Post Reveals Father’s Breach of Settlement, Costing Dad $80,000

    Confidentiality clauses are typical in settlement, severance, and separation agreements, as employers typically want to avoid a situation where a former employee openly discloses the amount of a settlement or severance payment. Employers often offer significant monetary consideration in exchange for, among other things, the employee’s discretion. Recently, a Florida appeals court found that a former school headmaster violated the terms of a confidential age discrimination settlement with the school, after his daughter jokingly mentioned the settlement in a Facebook post saying “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” The settlement required the employee and his wife not to reveal the existence and terms of the settlement agreement to anyone other than their attorneys or professional advisers. As a result of his daughter’s gleeful disclosure, the employee’s payout was reduced by $80,000!For employers, this case highlights the importance of including confidentiality language in settlement agreements which clearly communicates what conduct is prohibited and who can learn information about the settlement. In addition, if an agreement indicates that others are expressly permitted to learn of the agreement’s terms, such as a spouse or immediate family member, it is prudent to also specify that a breach by any of those individuals will be considered a breach by the employee, and as a result, will subject the employee to the same penalties. Moreover, adding an express reference to social media may be worthwhile. The agreement at issue in the Florida case did not, and it took two courts to finally determine, much to dad’s chagrin, that disclosure on Facebook constituted a breach.The case also shows a willingness of courts to enforce reasonable confidentiality terms, especially in a situation where the result of the breach is exactly the type of harm the company sought t...
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