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Community Involvement

At Berenzweig Leonard, we are committed not only to the well-being of our clients, but to our communities as well.  We understand the power of local and long-distance networking, and we are proud to support our professionals’ engagement work and the causes that they champion.  Many members of our team have accepted positions of leadership with local legal and charitable organizations, and volunteer their time for the benefit of others.

Seth Berenzweig serves on the board of the Jewish Social Service Agency, which provides social, educational, and health care-related services to more than 30,000 individuals and families each year.  Seth also serves as the Chair of the Bylaws Committee for the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences, and is an avid supporter of the local jazz and instrumental music community.

Declan Leonard regularly provides pro bono advice as a volunteer attorney with the Legal Services of Northern Virginia’s Pro Bono Employment Law Project, while Terry O’Connor and Katie Lipp make time to give educational presentations to executives, government workers, and young people regarding the import of local and federal laws and regulations.

Steve Britt serves as a mentor to many young entrepreneurs, and is a Star Mentor at Virginia cybersecurity incubator MACH-37.  He also serves as a member of MIT’s Enterprise Forum Program Committee, where he helps to coordinate events that provide education and networking opportunities for executives of growing businesses.

Stephanie Wilson co-founded the Government Contracts Section of the Fairfax Bar Association and currently serves as one of its Co-Chairs. Nick Johnson serves on the alumni committee for Clemson University, and assists in planning and running events for local Clemson families.

Sara Dajani acts as pro-bono counsel for several non profit organizations, including the DC Economic Growth Action Fund.  Ryen Rasmus also provides pro bono services through Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and volunteers time with a number of charities, including the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

On the sports and media side, Frank Gulino acts as pro bono counsel for the Washington West Film Festival and gives talks to diverse groups of artists about their legal rights and business options, while Drew Smith – along with Declan Leonard, Seth Berenzweig, and Lead Program Coordinator Breelle Gouveia-Winslow – aid current and former professional athletes in their transitions to the corporate and business worlds via The Corporate Huddle.

We are a dynamic and diverse group of professionals, as our interests reflect, and we always look for ways to leverage the knowledge and connections that we continue to grow by means of our community engagement.  Our firm looks forward to continuing to support worthwhile causes as we strengthen our local communities through service.