Our Attorneys

  • Shannon K. Nash

    Of Counsel

    Tax; Non-Profit; Sports/Entertainment Law Head


    (703) 865-8699

    Shannon King Nash heads the Firm’s Tax and Non-profit/Exempt Organizations Practices within the Firm’s Transactional Group. She is a CPA, tax attorney, and adjunct non-profit law professor.   She is the former Secretary of the American Bar Association (ABA) Tax Section and also former chair of the National Bar Association’s Tax Committee.  She is a highly-respected finance and legal expert with almost seventeen years of providing sound business advice to clients. Ms. Nash started her legal and finance career as a venture fund and tax lawyer for the law firm of Cooley LLP (formerly Cooley Godward LLP) and as a tax and corporate attorney for the law firm of K&L Gates LLP (formerly Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP).   She was also a Senior Attorney with Amgen (the world’s largest biotechnology company) in Thousand Oaks, CA and Lucerne, Switzerland and counsel for the Amgen Foundation. Ms. Nash also has served as the Executive Director of several major nonprofit organizations including “The Debbie Allen Dance Academy” and “The Carmelo Anthony Foundation.”

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  • Daryle A. Jordan

    Managing Partner



    (703) 865-8699 or (202) 554-6060

    Mr. Jordan counsels and represents companies in government contracts, small business development, general corporate services, and corporate diversity.

    Mr. Jordan’s government contracts practice includes: counseling and representing defense contractors and federal civilian contractors concerning contract formation issues, including bid protests, contract administration…

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  • Edsel J. Guydon




    (202) 554-6060 or (703) 865-8699

    Edsel Guydon heads the Firm’s Transactional Group. Mr. Guydon is a skilled commercial lawyer with experience in the fields of corporate, corporate finance, banking, structured finance, bankruptcy, commercial transactions, securities, real estate, municipal finance and related litigation. Mr. Guydon has practiced law for over 25 years and is licensed in and in good standing with the bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia and Wisconsin (inactive status)….

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  • Karl L. Chen


    Personal Injury; Litigation; Employment


    (202) 554-6060 or (301) 358-3981

    Mr. Chen concentrates his practice in the areas of general corporate and litigation, including personal injury.

    Mr. Chen focuses on helping businesses and individuals minimize risks and maximize business and legal opportunities. Whether it is a start-up seeking business formation advice, funding or securities litigation or development and implementation…

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  • Richard E. Patrick

    Of Counsel

    Employment; Labor; Litigation


    (703) 865-8699

    Mr. Patrick is a nationally known employment litigation lawyer. He represents companies and individuals in a variety of employment and labor law matters.

    Mr. Patrick began his legal career in the communications practice of a major Washington, D.C. law firm. Mr. Patrick has also worked as an aide to a U.S. Congressman, as well as general counsel to an international export-import company, among others…..

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  • Howard G. Cooley

    Of Counsel

    National Security/Military Law; Litigation


    (703) 865-8699

    Mr. Cooley, a retired Army colonel, believes in a strong America as evidenced by his many years of exemplary service in the U.S. Army, and as tempered by his family’s tradition of service in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Mr. Cooley practices national security and military law, as well as government contracts and personal injury law.

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  • Frantz Jacques

    Of Counsel

    Corporate; Securities; Real Estate


    (202) 554-6060

    Mr. Jacques practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, corporate governance, and securities regulation. He has advised clients in all aspects of the business lifecycle, from: business formation; capital formation; buying, selling and divesting assets; to executing exit strategies. Mr. Jacques provides value added legal counsel to a myriad of complex transactions…

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  • Chalin A. Smith

    Of Counsel

    Intellectual Property Law


    (703) 865-8699 or (703) 549-7691

    Ms. Smith has over twenty years of intellectual property experience, with a concentration in patent prosecution, licensing and opinion matters. She has worked with a broad range of chemical, biological and mechanical technologies, developing particular expertise in the fields of biotechnology, drug discovery and development, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.

    Ms. Smith’s background includes a clerkship with the International Trade Commission Office of Unfair Import Investigations as well as seven years with the USPTO where she served as a Patent Examiner in the surgical and medical arts, acquiring a unique expertise in mechanical, chemical and bio-technical disciplines. Ms. Smith also served as chief patent counsel for the Office of Research and Development at the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, where she advised faculty inventors from the Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Dentistry, the Center for Vaccine Development and the Institute of Human Virology.

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