Philip M. Musolino is the firm’s senior partner. He practices extensively in three areas: complex civil litigation in the United States, principally in the District of Columbia; international law, with a focus on Africa, Eastern Europe and Western Europe; and, domestic and international transactional work.
In the federal and national arena, Mr. Musolino has been lead counsel in disputes with various agencies of the US Government, foreign states, major banks, insurance companies and developers. He has litigated mass tort claims, as well as actions involving international transactions, fraud, fiduciary duty, negligence, wrongful death, contract breaches and federal procurement for small, mid-size and large companies, trustees, high net worth individuals and families, and for clients who could not otherwise afford to pursue their claims. The Firm’s multi-plaintiff cases include representation of hundreds of Kenyans in litigation arising out of terrorist attacks, has represented the Herero tribe in Namibia in an African tribe in its human rights claims, and was approved as counsel for a 40,000 member pyramid scheme class action.
In the international arena, Mr. Musolino has represented clients on matters in or involving Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, the Cameroon, Sudan, Iraq, Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Spain, Greece, Germany and the Netherlands. He has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial transactions, and has also represented clients in international arbitrations in Switzerland, Paris and New York. The Firm and Mr. Musolino have been committed to the pursuit of human rights, particularly in Africa. He was a speaker before the District of Columbia Judicial Conference on the subject of reparations claims in the United States, and has been active in human rights litigation in the United States.
Lisa J. Dessel is the managing partner of the Firm. She practices extensively in the District of Columbia in a variety real estate related areas, as well as on matters related to non-profit organization formation, administration and compliance. She is consistently recognized as one of the premier attorneys in her fields, and regularly provides judicial training for judges in the Civil Division of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.
In the area of real estate law, Ms. Dessel represents many local property management companies, as well as property owners, and developers. She regularly litigates disputes involving residential and commercial landlord-tenant law, subsidized housing, purchase and sale, including statutory and regulatory purchase rights, and discrimination. Ms. Dessel has developed and taught training programs for property managers and staff covering all aspects of local real estate law.
Shortly after the Firm’s formation, Ms. Dessel and the Firm were firm was retained as landlord-tenant counsel to the court-appointed receiver for the District of Columbia Housing Authority. In part through her effort and expertise, the receivership was lifted, and she has since continuously served as counsel for the Authority.
Ms. Dessel also enjoys a strong reputation on matters related to non-profit organization, and devotes considerable time to her work with those organizations, including the Robert A. Shuker Memorial Fund operated by judges and members of the District of Columbia Bar for the benefit of the District of Columbia students.
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The Firm's Washington office contains the most state-of-the-art facilities and it is located in a beautifully renovated office building boasting high-end amenities including overflow conference space and Michelin-star restaurants. But, the Firm's greatest support comes from its extraordinary staff. The firm is pleased that its paralegals and interns consistently elect to become lawyers. These young women and men have been admitted to law schools including: Brooklyn, Columbia, Fordham, Georgetown, Northwestern, Harvard, University of Chicago, University of Miami, American, George Mason, and Yale. They have gone on to succeed as federal judicial law clerks, attorneys at the Department of Justice and other well-regarded federal agencies, general counsel of a prestigious Los Angeles bank, and as attorneys at major law firms in Washington and New York.