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Effective | Flexible | Results

History

Lee Dougherty, Bryan Short and Paul Murphy joined forces in 2017 to continue their combined 30+ years of service to their clients after partnering in a prior firm together. Our unique skill sets, complementary practice styles and "bedside manners," means that we are able to provide a wealth of rich and effective services and guidance to our clients in a wide range of areas. 

 
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Attorneys

 
 

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Lee Dougherty

Extended Bio

Mr. Dougherty concentrates his practice in the area of Government Contract Law.  He has extensive experience in every phase of government contracting at the Federal, state and local levels, from contract formation through contract administration and conclusion.

Mr. Dougherty’s experience includes bid protests, negotiated procurement disputes, terminations for convenience, and defaults and litigation. He specializes in government fraud investigations and DCAA audits, False Claims Act investigations, Contracts Disputes Act issues, suspension and debarment, Qui Tam cases and other administrative and criminal investigations and litigation. He also has extensive international procurement law expertise both in Europe and in Asia.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
B.A.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Director, Operation Rally Point (aka "ORP")

Bar Admissions

Florida, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 

 
 

 
 
 

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Paul Murphy

Extended Bio

Paul Murphy concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, business transactions, civil tax controversies, criminal tax enforcement, and defense of financial crimes. A former federal prosecutor, he brings specialized investigative skills, practical knowledge of federal law and procedure, and extensive trial experience—both civil and criminal—to every matter. Mr. Murphy has conducted internal corporate investigations for regulatory compliance and represented entities in administrative matters, often involving government contracts issues. He is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor

WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY
A.B.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Special Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, Criminal Section
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney, EDVA
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney, District of Maryland

Bar Admissions

Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC

 
 

 
 
 

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Bryan Short

Extended Bio

For the past 15 years, Bryan Short has focused representing clients in three main areas: Venture Capital, Commercial Real Estate, and International/LATAM Businesses. Bryan helps entrepreneurs achieve their goals by focusing on their broader business’ needs and not focusing on the client’s mere legal needs. Bryan brings practical, efficient, cost-effective solutions to meet your particular needs. Whether you are a landlord, tenant, investor, a business owner, or a fund manager, Bryan can craft intelligent, sophisticated, and efficient solutions to your most troubling issues.

 

Education

WILLIAM AND MARY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor

BOSTON COLLEGE
B.A. 

Activities & Affiliations

  • Member, Greater Washington DC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Member DC Hispanic Contractor's Association

Bar Admissions

Virginia, Washington, DC 

 
 

 
 
 

Senior Associate

Katherine Saphier

 Extended Bio

Katherine Saphier represents, advises, and counsels businesses in a wide variety of matters, with a particular focus on the unique challenges facing government contractors. Areas in which she advises clients include: business formation, reorganization, and governance; corporate transactions, contracts, and agreements; small business programs, including 8(a), WOSB, and SDVOSB; and protests and other disputes before the Government Accountability Office, Court of Federal Claims, Office of Hearings and Appeals, and numerous federal agencies.

 
 

Education

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
Juris Doctor

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
B.A. 

Activities & Affiliations

Volunteer Counsel at the Community Business Partnership

Bar Admissions

Virginia, Washington, DC