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MOOSE’S MAN In his more than 30 years as a trial lawyer, Ronald Karp of Rockville, Md.’s Karp, Frosh, Lapidus, Wigodsky & Norwind has been no stranger to high-profile cases, having recently represented victims of the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. So it’s really no surprisethat he’s counseling Montgomery County, Md., Police Chief Charles Moose in the chief’s dispute with the county. Its Ethics Commission opposes the book and movie deals that have sprung from Moose’s role in the manhunt for the Beltway snipers. Karp suggests that Moose’s cause has the potential to be an important constitutional case and says he has laid out to the chief the various options available to him. Will Moose file an appeal of the Ethics Commission’s ruling in Montgomery County Circuit Court? Says the 58-year-old Karp, enigmatically: “A court challenge is going to be on the horizon. But I’m going to let him make that decision.” Karp says he has nothing but respect for law enforcement officials, whom he calls “the absolute salt of the earth,” adding, “These are people who get up in the morning and put their lives on the line for a principle.” � Joel Chineson OLD FRIENDS As a partner in a two-lawyer litigation shop, Mark London says he has the best of both worlds. He’s accountable only to himself and his partner and old friend, Christopher Mead � yet when reinforcements are needed for a major case, he has enough big-firm contacts to avoid being outgunned. London, 50, had been a partner at the old Finley, Kumble firm before it collapsed in 1987. After joining a successor firm that also failed, he went on his own in 1989 and then brought in Mead, his former law clerk, to form London & Mead in 1994. In the past, London has enlisted a team from Williams & Connolly to help on an antitrust case and has turned to Hogan & Hartson’s John Roberts Jr. for appellate work. Mead, 44, a former Williams & Connolly associate and assistant U.S. attorney, handles criminal matters, while London sticks to civil work. London has steady business handling Giant Food’s commercial litigation but likes taking a flyer on an unusual case. Last month, he lost an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on behalf of the mother of a woman killed by gunmen in Somalia. London concedes that the suit against the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the woman’s employer, was a longshot, but says it was a success if it induced the relief group to tighten security. “We don’t specialize in any type of litigation,” London says. “We take what comes down the pike.” He’s also found time for other pursuits. This summer, London, along with U.S. News & World Report Executive Editor Brian Kelly, will revisit the Brazilian jungle that they explored 20 years ago. They have a six-figure contract with Random House to update Amazon, the book that grew out of their earlier visit. � Jonathan Groner THE AGING OF AMERICA As long as baby boomers continue to grow old, elder law will continue to be among the nation’s fastest growing fields of law. Yet, according to the National Elder Law Foundation, there are only 266 certified elder law attorneys in the United States. The newest CELA in the D.C. metropolitan area is William Fralin of the Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm of Arlington, Va. In order to receive his certification, Fralin, 41, had to pass an exam administered by the NELF and demonstrate that he had handled 60 to 80 elder law cases in the last three years. Elder law cases are all that Fralin and his associate, Alicia Truitt, handle at the Arlington firm. � J.C. MILITARY JUSTICE “Criminal law without dealing with criminals” is how Middletown, Va., solo practitioner Charles Gittins describes his practice. Gittins, 46, has made military courts-martial something of a specialty. Among his past clients have been Scott Waddle, the commander of the USS Greeneville, the submarine that accidentally sank a Japanese fishing boat, and one of the Marine pilots involved in a ski gondola accident in the Italian Alps. His most recent client, Air Force Maj. Harry Schmidt, one of two pilots who killed Canadian soldiers in a friendly fire bombing last April in Afghanistan, learned earlier this month that the investigating officer in his case has recommended that he not be court-martialed. The ultimate decision to prosecute or not is up to Lt. Gen. Bruce Carlson, the commander of the 8th Air Force. Gittins expects the matter to be dropped. “Fighting a war is more important now than a court-martial,” he says. � J.C.

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