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Veteran D.C. landlord/tenant lawyer Kenneth Loewinger and his firm, Loewinger & Brand, will try to convince a three-judge panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals this week that they should not have been found in civil contempt for allegedly violating a court order in a receivership case. Loewinger and the firm are appealing a 2006 decision by D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz that found that Loewinger, his firm, and former client Lanier Associates ignored a court order that forbade Lanier from collecting “rents or payments” from tenants in an apartment building in Northwest Washington. At the time, Lanier owed more than $30,000 in unpaid bills to Washington Gas Light Co. and a Superior Court judge had appointed a receiver to collect rent money from tenants. “Despite its admitted knowledge of the receivership order, Loewinger & Brand, PLLC repeatedly filed and prosecuted nonpayment actions,” Kravitz wrote in his July 27 ruling. Loewinger’s lawyers say the terms of the 2001 receivership order were ambiguous and did not prohibit them from filing the nonpayment suit. “We think that the decision was wrong and an example of judicial overkill,” says Loewinger’s attorney, Robert Corn-Revere of Davis Wright Tremaine. Loewinger has practiced law in Washington for more than 50 years. His book, Loewinger on DC Landlord and Tenant Law, is sold by the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and provided to judges in the Landlord and Tenant Branch of Superior Court. Oral arguments are scheduled for March 6 before Judges Noel Kramer and Inez Smith Reid and Senior Judge Frank Schwelb.
W.J. Hennigan can be contacted at [email protected].

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