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Susan Richards SalenSusan Richards Salen
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Civil Litigation
Club Sports Group
Corporate & General Business
Employment Law
Estate Planning and Wealth Management

Phone: (703) 790-1911
Fax: (703) 848-2530
SSalen@reesbroome.com

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For more than twenty years, Susan has helped closely-held businesses, particularly professional practices, navigate the legal issues that affect them. Classic examples are:

• The formation of start-up companies The sale and purchase of established businesses and business assets
•  Reviewing the financing agreements involved in key business transactions
•  Employment matters, ranging from creating initial personnel policies and manuals to handling unemployment, termination and discrimination problems
•  Training and advising corporate boards on their fiduciary responsibilities
•  Drafting, negotiating and then working with contracts between businesses, between businesses and owners and between businesses and their vendors, employees and customers
•  Advising on regulatory audits
•  Advising non-profit and not-for-profit organizations
•  Serving as litigation counsel when lawsuits are involved

Susan has an unusual legal background: she works as a litigator, corporate attorney and employment law practitioner, an exceptionally broad range of skills. In essence, she serves as a General Counsel to her clients, which range from start-ups to long-established national government contractors. She also has considerable expertise representing community associations, particularly in the area of employment law and contracts. She describes her key focus with clients as working to evaluate and minimize the inevitable risks they face as entrepreneurs and business owners.

She has worked with a veterinarian purchasing a clinic who needed bank financing to complete the deal; defended clients against unemployment and discrimination claims before regulatory agencies and courts; developed software services licensing agreements between high-tech companies and teaming partners; advised senior managers who have left employers on their non-compete agreements and advised businesses on drafting effective non-competes with key personnel; and litigated cases as to who actually owns controlling interest in a corporation. She can point to experience on both sides of the table with drafting, negotiating and enforcing executive and staff employment agreements.

Susan also uses her broad litigation, employment law and corporate transactional background to work with individual clients seeking estate planning advice and assistance. Her services include preparation of wills and trusts, estate administration, creation of advance medical directives and general powers of attorney.

Professional Credentials


•  Graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania
•  Graduate of George Washington University School of Law
•  Barred in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia state and federal courts
•  Member of many business and employment law organizations, including The Society of Human Resource Management, Success In the City and the Women Lawyers’ Alliance
•  Lecturer on employment law for the Virginia Bar Continuing Legal Education program, for community association groups and, most recently, for medical residents at George Washington University Medical Center
•  Featured interviewee, Smart CEO Magazine, January, 2011,  “The Target,” on employment termination
•  Peer-rated 'distinguished' by Martindale-Hubbell, 2011.
•  Named to the “Top Lawyers” list for Landlord/Tenant Law by Northern Virginia Magazine (2011, 2016)
• Named one of the area's "Women Leaders in the Law" in the Washington POST Sunday Magazine (March 2012)
• Speaker, "Estate Planning When There Is an Addict in the Family," through CARON, January, 2015

Presentations

• Speaker, Virginia CLE tele-seminar, "Drafting Basic Employment Agreements in Virginia," July, 2011
• Key speaker, Community Associations Institute, “Managing in the Workplace” (February 2012)
• Speaker, NBI Seminar, “Employment Laws Made Simple” (July 2012)
• Co-presenter, NBI Seminar, “Applying the Rules of Evidence” (September 2013)
• Co-faculty, “Employment Law: 2015 Comprehensive Guide,” February, 2015, presented by NBI
• Speaker, "Estate Planning When There Is an Addict in the Family," through CARON, January, 2015

Articles

• It’s Time to Stop Reimbursing Employees on a Tax-Free Basis for Individual Health Insurance Premiums (July 2015
• Crude Comments Alone May Create An Actionable Hostile Work Environment (January 2015)
• District of Columbia Enacts New Law Providing Increased Protections for Pregnant Workers and Nursing Mothers (November 2014)
• Keeping Employees’ Emails and Phones (KEEP) Secure Act Virginia’s New Worker Privacy Law Takes Effect July 1 (July 2013)
• Promulgation and Enforcement of Policies Prohibiting Unlawful Harassment (including Sexual Harassment) Is Not Only Good “Policy,” but is an Employer’s Best Defense (July 2013)
• The Fair Labor Standards Act and Internships and Why Most Interns Must Be Paid (July 2013)
• Why Is A Federal Estate Tax Case Before The United States Supreme Court Important To Employers? (March 2013)
• New Federal I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) (March 2013)
• Are Your Sex Discrimination/Sexual Harassment Policies and Practices Up to Date? (March 2013)


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