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In 1999, Richard Patrick and Maynard Henry combined their individual practices and formed the Patrick Henry Law Firm. Today, Patrick Henry has six attorneys — four partners, an of counsel and one associate — and two offices in the D.C. metropolitan area — in Alexandria, Va., and in Greenbelt, Md. The firm serves a diverse client base of corporate and individual clients in civil and criminal litigation, business transactions and government relations. Its attorneys practice in the state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Florida and New York. Richard Patrick has almost 20 years of experience handling a variety of complex labor and employment law matters for individual and corporate clients. He also represents a number of clients regarding corporate transactions, real estate and domestic matters. Maynard Henry began his legal career as a lawyer and officer in the Marine Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He focuses on criminal matters, employment litigation, personal injury, military law and business disputes. Why did you decide to start your own practice? Small businesses, and particularly those owned by African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, other minorities and women, constitute the largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S. businesses. In 1999, former Secretary of Commerce William Daley predicted that “almost ninety percent” of the nation’s future population growth will be in the minority community, and “it is clear that both Fortune 1,000 companies and minority businesses need to pay attention to this growing population.” Our goal is to develop a medium-sized (20 to 25 lawyers), racially and ethnically diverse law firm in the nation’s capital, to serve the business and individual needs of this burgeoning minority population, as well as the larger population. We want to be innovative in how we attract clients, how we assist clients and how we bill clients. Our lawyers have represented federal and state governments, some of the world’s largest corporations, and practiced at some of the country’s largest and most respected law firms. Sharon Lewis, who joined the firm as a partner in 2000, focuses her practice on complex criminal litigation, business transactions, trademarks and intellectual property, and domestic matters. In 2001, Daryle Jordan left D.C.’s Shaw Pittman, and joined the firm as a partner. Daryle, a former lawyer and officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and a former special assistant U.S. Attorney, focuses on business and litigation matters, including government procurement programs, strategic partnering agreements (teaming agreements, joint venture agreements, subcontracts, etc.), contracts litigation, and corporate transactions. Yuvora Nong, who joined the firm in 2003 as of counsel, focuses on complex immigration law matters and civil litigation. Karen Johnson, who also joined the firm in 2003 as an associate, represents and counsels clients in civil litigation and domestic law matters. We believe the diversity of our legal and life experiences give us a unique perspective for serving the business and personal interests of our clients. Tell us about your clients. We represent some of the country’s largest businesses, including some of the country’s largest businesses owned by minorities and women, in transactional and adversarial matters, as well as represent and advise individuals in the most sensitive aspects of their business and personal lives. The bulk of our practice centers around providing litigation and transactional services to business clients ( Fortune 500, Inc. 500, Black Enterprise 100 companies). For example, we provide litigation support to one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, federal procurement representation and counsel to several leading technology companies, and transactional, corporate, and litigation support to some of the D.C. area’s largest and most successful minority- and women-owned companies. In addition, we assist a number of individuals, whose person and/or property have been injured due to the negligence or malfeasance of others, in personal injury and professional malpractice cases. We also assist a fair number of clients in criminal, traffic and domestic matters, and we are capable of handling some of the most complex immigration matters. Maynard Henry also represented plaintiffs in one of the first African-American reparation lawsuits to reach the federal courts. Finally, the firm’s two former military judge advocates represent a number of service men and women in criminal and administrative matters. Most of our clients are located in the D.C. metropolitan area; however, as a result of our unique experiences and capabilities, we represent businesses and individuals from New York to California and many points in between. We appear at all levels of Washington, D.C., federal and local courts, as well as the various federal and state courts throughout Virginia and Maryland. Our lawyers are also admitted to practice before military courts, and have substantial experience practicing before federal administrative tribunals such as the General Accounting Office, which hears bid protests, the various agency boards of contract appeals and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Where do you find your clients? We are listed in several publications. In addition, several of our partners have appeared as guest panelist on national television and radio broadcasts. Our partners serve on national commissions, boards and business associations, and have been honored and recognized by local and national civic and business associations. A number of our clients are developed as a result of these relationships. Others are drawn to the historical reference in our name “Patrick Henry.” Still others have found us through our Web site — www.patrickhenry.net. The majority of our clients, however, are referred to us by previous clients and other lawyers, including former opposing counsel. As a small firm, we have to be at the forefront of bar, community and other activities, so potential clients will know who we are. We also stay in touch with existing and past clients, to stay abreast of important developments and interests in their business, professional and personal lives. Recently, we have had some success in showing potential clients what we know about structuring a business deal. How do you measure business success? We judge our success by the results we achieve for each client and each matter, the continued growth of our enterprise, the financial rewards, professional recognition and personal satisfaction we experience from a job well done, and the time we are able to devote to family, civic and personal interests as a result of our hard work and dedication to providing superior legal services. The majority of the firm’s income comes equally from corporations and individuals. The income is also divided fairly evenly between hourly and contingent fee work, although we do perform a fair amount of work on a flat-fee basis. We are very service-oriented and offer our clients a variety of billing options. In addition, we recently started accepting credit cards, offering our clients another payment alternative. As a part of our customer service orientation, we communicate often with our clients and provide them feedback on a regular and consistent basis regarding the status of their cases and any significant developments. In addition, we provide our hourly clients detailed descriptions of our services in their bills. We have found that this practice helps them understand their bills, provides them detailed information regarding the work we performed, and, consequently, substantially reduces billing controversies. We also execute a written retainer agreement with all of our clients before commencing work on their matters. At a minimum, each retainer agreement describes the work for which we have been engaged, the billing and payment arrangements, and any potential conflicts. What challenges to your practice do you foresee in the future? Our challenge is to continually strive to distinguish our firm, our experiences and our capabilities from the many other firms in the D.C. area. We have to be vigilant about continuing to educate ourselves regarding changes in the law and in our community that affect how we deliver the legal services our clients demand. Finally, as we continue to grow, we have to be mindful of our mission, and recruit lawyers, legal assistants and administrative personnel who share our dedication to client service and diversity of opportunities.

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