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Name and Location: Bardyl R. Tirana, Washington, D.C. Bona Fides: Columbia Law School, 1962. Admitted in Washington, D.C., 1962; New York, Maryland and Virginia, 1986; Pennsylvania, 1992. Type of Practice: In more than 40 years of practice, Tirana has handled myriad types of litigation including fraud, commercial, patent and trademark, First Amendment, aviation, regulatory and matrimonial. Getting Started: Tirana became a trial attorney during the Kennedy administration in the Admiralty and Shipping Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after graduating from law school. He tried cases all over the South, where, unlike other lawyers from the Kennedy DOJ, he was welcomed rather than reviled — because he represented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and was not involved in civil rights cases. After that, he was in and out of private practice, doing stints as transportation manager during the campaigns of Robert F. Kennedy and George McGovern (he was with him at the infamous Democratic convention of ’68 and “came home smelling like tear gas”) and Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. He also planned the Carter inaugural, and served as chairman of Civil Defense in the Carter administration, an institution Tirana was viscerally opposed to, and subsequently set about dismantling. In his spare time, he became the first white person to hold a citywide office in Washington, D.C., when he was elected as an at-large member of the school board in 1970. Gross Revenues: $101,000 or above. Tirana bills his time by a combination of hourly and contingency fees. He also uses a noncontingent results-oriented approach — the reasonableness of the total fee compared with the final result in the case. Start-Up Tip: Tirana suggests that those wishing to go solo “learn everything, regardless of the fee produced.” Support Employees: A former secretary presently works for Tirana on an occasional, consulting basis. Key Research Tools: Tirana uses the library at Howard Law School, “which is an excellent, national working library.” Most Useful Legal Book: The Restatements of the Law series. Tirana does not care for online research. Square Footage of Office: 700. Monthly Rent: None. He works from home — an 1804 farmhouse — in a room with a walk-in fireplace built in 1840. Hardware/Software: He uses Micron computers, a Xerox photocopier and a Hewlett Packard fax machine. He uses WordPerfect and Profit Source for time recording and accounting. Family Profile: Married to Anne Bell, an artist. Between them, they have two daughters and three sons from previous marriages, and eight grandchildren. He drives a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible. Shining Moment: Looking back on a lifetime of public life and private practice, the highlight was when he “abolished” the office of Civil Defense. Tirana believed the office — a Cold War operation aimed at protecting the public from nuclear attack — was a waste of public money. He disbanded the office with the support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and redirected his office’s resources to what is now the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Had it to Do Over? He would not go solo again. “Management of a solo practice, including large cases in urban courts, is difficult and risky.” At present, Tirana is winding down his practice and is thinking of moving to New York with Anne, who owns a loft in Soho.

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