We are a boutique law firm in Washington DC, Maryland, and New York. We focus on Estate Planning and Administration; Non-Profit and Tax-Exempt Organizations; Small Business Planning; Fraud Examination and Forensic Investigation; Federal Employment Law and Defense; and all areas of Litigation. We also have experience in Medical Malpractice, Misconduct and Investigations, and have as counsel to the firm a board-certified physician who is also an attorney licensed in Maryland, the District of Columbia and in federal court. In addition, we have, as of counsel to the firm, a member of the United Nations Global Compact Anti-Fraud Working Group, whose work has taken him around the world, to Eastern Europe, the Hague, South America and Eurasia. One our attorneys, David P. Weber, is top-rated with a “superb” ranking by AVVO, a leading consumer legal website. We, as a law firm, deeply care about providing personal, reliable and prompt service to every client. We pride ourselves on being responsive to the individual needs of each client, on each client’s schedule, and in a personalized manner. Contact us to discuss how we can help.
We are a boutique law firm in Washington, DC, New York City and Maryland. We have experience in Fraud Examination and Investigation. We are also litigators. The blend of these skills allows us to offer unparalleled representation in all manner of disputes-business and personal.
Our skilled attorneys have handled a wide variety of cases, ranging from representation of whistle-blowers, individuals accused of misconduct by federal and local authorities, to prosecution of claims in which hundreds of millions of dollars were in dispute. We also have extensive experience with banking and regulatory compliance, federal consumer protection, contract disputes, estate and trust disputes, and professional misconduct by physicians, accountants and attorneys.
Goodwin Weber PLLC attorneys have investigated allegations of misconduct by prosecutors, handled mortgage fraud cases, fraudulent mortgage flips, bid and contract fraud, and pay-to-play schemes. They have testified and litigated medical misconduct and medical practice matters. They have also testified before grand juries and juries as witnesses or experts in criminal cases for both the government and defense.
Our litigation experience is extensive.
We have successfully brought multimillion dollar consumer protection cases involving thousands of victims. We have appeared in matters involving the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (state chartered banks), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (national banks and federal thrifts), the Office of Thrift Supervision (merged into the OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (state chartered banks), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, FinCEN, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Special Inspector General for Troubled Asset Programs (SIGTARP), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We have appeared in U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeal, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, New York County Supreme Court, New York City Criminal Court, Superior Court for the District of Columbia, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Merit Systems Protection Board. We have knowledge of the operations of both Government Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as their federal regulator FHFA. We have successfully pursued claims against physicians, law firms, lawyers, accountants, real estate appraisers, settlement agents, insurance corporations, title companies, and nationally chartered and state chartered banks of all sizes.
We believe the “P” in CPA stands for public trust.
If you have a personal, financial, criminal, regulatory, enforcement, or compliance problem, we believe timely intervention with the appropriate federal or state regulator is key. If it is too late for timely intervention, we can assist you in mitigating your damages through arbitration, mediation, or criminal or civil courts.
Whether you suspect you are a victim of fraud, are a whistleblower who needs help now, or require a dispute to get resolved through court, we can help.
We advise all types of clients on their estate planning needs, from individuals with modest estates who want “simple wills” with no trusts to wealthier clients who require complex tax-savings techniques.
We represent individuals in all stages of life, from young families who need guardians and trusts for their minor children to older individuals who want to gift to grandchildren while still ensuring they have sufficient assets for their own needs. We have experience in setting up estate plans for “non-traditional families,” including same-sex couples, single-parent families, second-marriages, blended families and grandparents raising grandchildren. We also work with pet-owners to plan for future care of their pets, whether through wills or stand-alone pet trusts.
An estate plan is very individualized and we do not provide cookie-cutter documents or even approach any two clients in the same manner. Estate plans typically include, at minimum, a will (with or without trusts), a power of attorney document, and a living will/power of attorney for health care. Depending on the particular client’s needs and goals, it may also include other features, such as beneficiary designation changes for life insurance or retirement assets, stand-alone trust documents, or other instruments. We will review all of your assets to be sure they are appropriately titled and that you have proper financial and insurance vehicles in place. An estate plan encompasses many aspects of an individual’s or family’s financial plan, but also addresses non-financial components such as nomination of guardians for minor children and recipients of specific assets. For the business owner, a complete estate plan also addresses business succession and ownership issues.
The estate planning process can be a very daunting experience for many people, and we strive to make it a pleasant and personalized one. Our hope is that when you come to us, you will feel “at home” and comfortable discussing some of your most personal matters.
We start the process with an initial intake form, which will help us determine the type of estate plan that may be right for you and will also help us to determine any tax or other issues that we need to consider. Then, we will have an initial meeting in which we will ask you a series of questions and go through several hypothetical situations. This is not meant to scare you, but it is important to allow you to fully consider every aspect of your estate plan. After our initial meeting, we will send you draft documents with an explanatory letter and ask you to follow up with any questions or changes you may have. Finally, we will meet to sign the documents, which must be done with particular formalities, in accordance with local law in order for the documents to be valid.
We are available to meet with you on your time, either during business hours or in the evenings, and can meet at our office, at your home or another location preferred by you. Please contact our firm if you would like to discuss the estate planning process further or are ready to begin.
We represent the estates of deceased individuals, and counsel individuals in administering the estates of deceased loved ones. Our firm has administered estates in Maryland, the District of Columbia, the State of New York and New York City. We assist the estate’s executor, or Personal Representative, in navigating the probate system, and advise as to any necessary transactions and associated tax ramifications. We also prepare and file any necessary estate tax returns, and work with a decedent’s existing CPA and financial advisor where appropriate and requested by the executor. We can be as much or as little involved in the process as you require, thereby helping you control the cost of the administration. Above all, we are available to answer all questions and assist in all aspects of the administration, whether they are legal or nonlegal in nature. We are available to meet outside of normal business hours, and can meet you either at our office or at your home.
Our clients include interested persons in estate litigation matters involving fraud, undue influence, inappropriate transfer of assets and other questionable transactions. Where appropriate, an individual may use the courts to challenge the actions of an executor, the deceased or individuals who have mishandled estate property or committed other kinds of diminution, waste, fraud, or abuse. We have experience in identifying, tracing and pursuing missing assets, including forensic investigation, conducting accountings and undertaking other investigative measures to protect the rights of our clients.
We represent clients in all manner of disputes — business and personal. Our skilled attorneys have handled a wide variety of cases, ranging from representation of whistle-blowers, individuals accused of misconduct by federal and local authorities, to prosecution of claims in which hundreds of millions of dollars were in dispute. We also have extensive experience with banking and regulatory compliance, federal consumer protection, contract disputes, estate and trust disputes, and professional misconduct by accountants, attorneys, appraisers and title companies. We have investigated allegations of misconduct by prosecutors, handled mortgage fraud cases, fraudulent mortgage flips, bid and contract fraud, and pay-to-play schemes.
We have appeared in matters involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Credit Union Administration (federal credit unions), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (state chartered banks), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (national banks and federal thrifts), the Office of Thrift Supervision (merged into the OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (state chartered banks), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, FinCEN, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Special Inspector General for Troubled Asset Programs (SIGTARP), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We have particular knowledge of the operations of both Government Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as their federal regulator, FHFA. We have successfully brought multimillion dollar consumer protection cases involving thousands of victims. We have successfully pursued claims against law firms, lawyers, accountants, real estate appraisers, settlement agents, insurance corporations, title companies, and nationally chartered and state chartered banks of all sizes. We believe the “P” in CPA stands for public trust.
If you need resolution for a personal, financial, criminal, regulatory, enforcement, or compliance matter, we believe timely intervention with the appropriate federal or state regulator is key. If it is too late for timely intervention, we can assist you in mitigating your damages through arbitration, mediation, or criminal or civil courts. We have flexible schedules and can meet you within or outside of normal work hours and at a location of your choice.
We have investigated misconduct by prosecutors, handled mortgage fraud cases, fraudulent mortgage flips, bid and contract fraud, and pay-to-play schemes. We have successfully brought multimillion dollar consumer protection cases involving thousands of victims. We even have assisted in matters concerning the recovery of stolen art of great historical importance. If you have a personal, financial, criminal, regulatory, enforcement, or compliance problem, we can help in court, or through timely intervention with the appropriate federal or state regulator, or criminal authorities. If it is too late for timely intervention, we can assist you in mitigating your damages. Please contact us for further information; we would be happy to meet with you at a time and place convenient to you.
We have deep and extensive experience in conducting investigations concerning fraud, or financial or professional misconduct by various professionals, including attorneys, accountants, appraisers, title companies, settlement agents, physicians, and investigators. Regardless of whether your firm has suffered an embezzlement, or you have suffered fraud as a result of actions by a professional, our goal is to help make you whole. We are available to meet with you on your time, either during business hours or in the evenings, and can meet at a location of your convenience. If you are interested in engaging us or in learning more about our forensic consulting practice, please contact us.
We advise Tax-Exempt Organizations / non-profits with regard to corporate formation and existence within the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and New York. We also assist non-profit organizations in obtaining tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. This includes 501(c)(3) charitable, religious and educational organizations, 501(c)(4) social welfare groups, 501(c)(6) trade associations, and other exempt organizations. Our firm advises existing tax-exempt organizations to ensure ongoing compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations and IRS procedures and administrative decisions, and address any legal issues. We also work with 501(c)(3) organizations to review their endowment funds, planned giving strategies, and address any corporate-related questions.
Existing Small Business
We also represent existing businesses, including corporations, partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies, with regard to tax and corporate issues, including compliance, licensing, insurance, or litigation. We can assist small businesses with assessment of internal controls, and response to concerns regarding employee embezzlement, or other fraud risks suffered by small businesses in particular.
Thinking of starting a Business?
We represent individuals in setting up a small business, advising on entity choice, formation, and associated legal representation, including drafting and reviewing charters/Articles of Incorporation, bylaws/operating agreements, board resolutions, unanimous consents, employment agreements, stockholder agreements,and buy-sell agreements.
Goodwin Weber has experience investigating and consulting on medical malpractice and medical misconduct cases brought by other attorneys. Our firm includes two attorneys who have investigated misconduct by health care providers. One attorney of our firm is a board-certified physician who holds JD and MD degrees, and is licensed to practice both law and medicine. He has testified as an expert witness in dozens of medical malpractice and misconduct cases. In addition, members of the firm have years of experience investigating health care misconduct as investigators for state regulatory authorities. We consult with law firms and clients on standards of care applicable to health care providers in medical malpractice cases. We will review allegations of medical malpractice in the initial stages of attorney case intake, to determine if claims are valid.
When medical malpractice claims are found to be valid, we have assisted law firms with expert reports substantiating the malpractice, and prepared affidavits and declarations in support of cases and in opposition to dismissal and summary judgment motions. An attorney of the firm has also testified as to malpractice at trial, and have been admitted as an expert witness in various jurisdictions. Due to our experience in fraud investigation, we can also offer services in tracing and recovering assets hidden by providers after suit has commenced.
In addition to our plaintiff work, we stand ready, in select cases, to accept client engagements to represent accused health care providers in misconduct investigations, and enforcement and regulatory actions by state and regulatory authorities. We have skill in the process followed in state and regulatory investigations into health care provider misconduct. Obtaining timely and competent representation is key.
Please contact us to schedule a free consultation on the Medical Malpractice, Misconduct and Investigations Practice at Goodwin Weber LLC.
Goodwin Weber PLLC represents federal employees in all manner of employment disputes. From conduct or performance concerns, raising one’s hand as a whistle blower, to being a witness or subject of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) or other agency investigation, we can help.
We have proven experience representing and defending federal, state and private employees.
David Weber, a member of the firm, has extensive experience as the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations of a major federal agency, investigating federal employee misconduct. He has also defended federal employees from the other side of the table as an National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) officer and steward. Mr. Weber also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel Judge Advocate in the Maryland Defense Force. Mr. Weber has been involved in cases before the EEOC, MSPB, U.S. District Court, and in providing information to Congress. We offer one of the few practices in the DC metro area that has represented parties, on all sides, of federal employment disputes. This gives us unique insight in representing federal or state employees. Please contact us, so that we can discuss helping you.
Our representation of federal, state and private employees includes:
- Representation of whistle blowers;
- Representation of employees accused of poor performance or misconduct issues;
- Representation of employees who are witnesses or subjects of OIG or other agency investigations;
- Representation of employees or contractors in security or suitability clearance matters;
- Representation of employees who have been retaliated against, or subject to unlawful personnel action due to protected EEO status; and
- Representation of uniformed military service members or veterans in employment disputes, benefit claims, or criminal matters.
Goodwin Weber LLC has extensive experience in Federal bank regulatory law and defense.
We consult with and advise Federally insured depository institution officers, directors, employees and agents in matters pertaining to supervisory bank examinations conducted by each of the Federal bank regulatory agencies to assess compliance with all applicable Federal banking laws, rules and regulations governing the operations of such institutions. We also accept engagements to represent Audit or Supervisory Committees of banks or credit unions, or special litigation or investigation subcommittees. We will defend officers and directors in regulatory inquiries from the examination and investigation stage, through trial and appeal, if required. We also will conduct internal investigations at the direction of bank or credit union boards of directors as part of our services.
David P. Weber, a principal of the firm, has extensive experience in state and national bank regulatory matters. Mr. Weber previously served as the Supervisory Counsel of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Enforcement Unit I, overseeing all bank enforcement and investigations concerning state chartered banks in the Kansas City, San Francisco, Dallas, Memphis, and Chicago Regions of the FDIC. While at the FDIC, Weber helped investigate and initiate the first actions brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In addition, prior to his service at the FDIC, Mr. Weber served as the Special Counsel for Enforcement at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for more than a decade, directing investigations and enforcement actions involving national banks and their officers and directors. Mr. Weber has personally handled some of the largest enforcement actions ever brought against state and national banks, including those concerning consumer protection, alleged insider abuse and misconduct, the Bank Secrecy Act/AML concerns, and mergers, acquisitions, failures, and troubled institutions (those rated 3 or worse).
Mr. Weber has personally handled many regulatory enforcement actions including commitment letters, memorandums of understanding, supervisory agreements, cease and desist orders, prompt corrective action directives, safety and soundness orders, civil money penalties, orders of suspension, prohibition and removal orders, restitution orders, and orders placing institutions into receivership or conservatorship. His matters have been litigated before agency Administrative Law Judges, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts (discharge of civil penalty orders), U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeal. One matter has even been been argued before the United States Supreme Court (by an Assistant Solicitor General).
The firm has a nationwide practice, and represents officers and directors before all of the Federal banking agencies, including the FDIC (state chartered non member banks and state chartered thrifts); OCC (national banks and federal thrifts); Federal Reserve Board (FRB) (state chartered member banks and bank and financial holding companies); CFPB (large bank consumer matters and non bank consumer matters); FinCEN (BSA); the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) (credit unions).
If you have a matter that requires an experienced bank regulatory attorney, please contact us. Timely intervention with the appropriate federal regulator is key. If timely intervention is too late, we can also help you with crafting the appropriate response – from soft touch to heavy hand.
Goodwin Weber PLLC offers representation in National Security Law, Right to Financial Privacy Act (“RFPA”), and response to data compromise. This practice includes representing businesses served with national security letters (“NSLs”), subpoenas, summonses or requests for information, as well as private citizens who believe that their personal information has been obtained by the government using national security-related process, or in violation of the RFPA. In addition, the firm’s national security law practice includes representing employees and businesses in national security clearances and industrial security clearances for businesses engaged in contracts for the federal government. Finally, the practice also involves responding to regulatory concerns of data compromise.
A member of the firm, David P. Weber, is the former Assistant Inspector General for a major federal agency. Prior to this experience, he represented the U.S. Department of the Treasury in matters involving the RFPA, NSLs, and access to customer data based on authorities contained within the USA PATRIOT Act, as amended. He was widely regarded as the leading expert on the RFPA within the Treasury Department. He has investigated major lapses of security procedures (including allegations of foreign espionage), employees who have had their security clearances put at risk, and assisted large business organizations in crafting a response to breaches or compromises. If you have a national security, RFPA or data compromise matter, contact Goodwin Weber PLLC for assistance.
March 25, 2014
Coming towards the end of the 2014 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill on March 20, 2014, to increase the Maryland estate tax exemption over the next few years and eventually recouple with the federal estate tax exemption. It is expected, despite the election year, that Governor Martin O’Malley will sign the […]Read More...
February 27, 2014
Goodwin Weber PLLC attorney David P. Weber featured author on Maryland Military Law in the March 2014 Maryland Bar Journal
Goodwin Weber PLLC is pleased to announce that the March 2014 edition of the Maryland Bar Journal features an article authored by David P. Weber, focused on the role, history and law authorizing the Maryland Defense Force, formerly known as the Maryland State Guard. A link the article can be found below. Mr. Weber, a […]Read More...
August 28, 2013
On the day of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I have a Dream Speech, the largest settlement ever reached in a federal discrimination case was announced. In the settlement, which you can read more about here, approximately 700 current and former African American brokers at Merrill Lynch will be paid $160 million. […]Read More...
August 24, 2013
Goodwin Weber PLLC Attorney Dominic S. DePersis has returned from study of Public International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law. Mr. DePersis attended the Hague Academy during July 2013. Mr. DePersis attended the Academy at the Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands. Since its creation in 1923 with funding received from the Carnegie Foundation, […]Read More...
July 21, 2013
Recently, we lost a talented and relatively young actor, James Gandolfini, best known for his long-standing role as Tony Soprano in the HBO hit series, The Sopranos. However, that may not be the biggest tragedy. He is another example of an ultra-wealthy individual who did not engage in sufficient tax and estate planning. And when […]Read More...
July 3, 2013
Goodwin Weber PLLC announces Dominic DePersis has joined as Of Counsel to the firm. Dominic is licensed in New York, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and Minnesota. He is a member of the UN Global Compact Anti Corruption Working Group and will be an invaluable attorney to those involved in international whistleblowing and compliance […]Read More...
June 26, 2013
Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act – Major Changes Predicted to Estate, Trust and Tax Law
Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings which greatly expand gay rights, striking down a 1996 federal law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples and paving the way for California to legalize same-sex marriage. In the California case, the Supreme Court ruled that opponents of same-sex marriage did not […]Read More...
June 21, 2013
On June 21, 1964, three civil rights workers disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss. Their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later. Eight members of the Ku Klux Klan went to prison on federal conspiracy charges; none served more than six years. Later, it was determined that James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and […]Read More...
June 15, 2013
On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, a member of Goodwin Weber PLLC, David P. Weber, was interviewed by Neil Cavuto, of Fox Business News, on prime time national television. Weber was interviewed about federal whistleblower protections, and the revelations of Edward Snowden, concerning alleged misconduct by the National Security Agency, and the Obama Administration’s previously-undisclosed use […]Read More...
June 10, 2013
Weber Settlement Press Release 2013-JUN-09 Goodwin Weber PLLC, a law firm practicing in Maryland, the District of Columbia and New York, announced what is widely viewed as the third largest federal employee whistle blower settlement in US history. In the settlement, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was ordered to pay David P. Weber, a […]Read More...
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