President: Courtney Moates Paulk
Chairman: James L Weinberg
Number of lawyers: 78
Hirschler is a national-caliber law firm based in Virginia. Invested in its clients and their success, the firm’s attorneys deliver smart solutions to important and often-complex legal issues. The firm is distinct in its deliberate service focus, partner involvement in client matters, and ability to deliver legal excellence and business efficiency.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Business Services:
Drawing on deep experience working with private companies, Hirschler’s closely held businesses practice group provides sophisticated corporate and transactional advice throughout the business life cycle. Often called upon to serve as outside general counsel, firm lawyers advise on business entity formation, tax-efficient business structures, employment matters, compensation and benefits, financing, intellectual property, strategic partnerships, data privacy and security, government contracting, business succession and exit planning, reorganizations and workouts, and business owner services such as estate and tax planning.
Mergers & Acquisitions, Finance & Capital Markets:
Hirschler was recognized as The M&A Advisor’s ‘Law Firm of the Year’ for four consecutive years (2013-16). The firm’s M&A practice group advises a full array of participants in M&A transactions, including purchasers and sellers (both strategic and financial, as well as management groups), lenders and investment banking firms. The firm also counsels private equity portfolio companies through all growth stages. Maintaining a dedicated focus on middle market M&A, firm lawyers advise on all aspects of these transactions, including financing, due diligence, federal and state taxation, securities, intellectual property, employment, employee benefits, environmental matters and real estate.
Hirschler’s investment management practice group is one of the larger legal teams in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States focusing on the investment management industry. The group’s clients include active institutional investors as well as respected investment managers and broker-dealers. With experience developed from representing both investors and managers over two decades, the group offers unique insight and perspective across a wide variety of investment industry engagements. Group members include a former general counsel of a large university endowment; a trustee of a municipal pension plan; and lawyers with experience in the US and foreign offices of the world’s leading law firms.
Commercial Real Estate:
Top ranked by Chambers since 2003, the firm’s real estate practice group is involved in many of Virginia’s most significant real estate developments, transactions and financings. With an office in Northern Virginia, the firm’s reach extends to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Firm lawyers represent developers, property owners and tenants in connection with the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of income-producing property and raw land for office complexes, corporate headquarters, planned unit developments, hotel properties, retail projects and mixed-use urban development projects. The group represents lenders in construction and permanent financings, including syndicated financings, and in the resolution and recovery of problem loans, including restructurings, repositionings, foreclosures, collections and bankruptcies. The firm has deep experience representing lenders in first-mortgage and mezzanine financing transactions as well as EB-5 lenders in real estate financing transactions secured by hotels, apartment buildings and retail properties. Firm clients benefit from the firm’s niche practices in hospitality; land use/zoning; shopping center/retail transactions; PACE transactions, and loan pool sale transactions (both the buy and sell sides).
Complex Litigation & ADR:
Hirschler’s litigation practice group advises clients on a broad range of business disputes, including breach of contract claims, fraud and conspiracy, unfair and deceptive trade practices, intellectual property disputes, misrepresentation claims, breach of fiduciary duties and business torts. The group also focuses on highly specialized litigation involving zoning and land use, mergers and acquisitions, healthcare, insurance coverage, securities and fiduciary matters, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, class actions and employment law. Hirschler trial lawyers have handled some of the largest and most complex litigation matters in the courts of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The group has also handled complex shareholder and other disputes, with the assistance of local counsel, in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Firm litigators are well versed in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and private adjudication.
Owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and design professionals equipment manufacturers engage the firm’s Virginia-based construction practice group for its commanding expertise in bidding, negotiations, project management and dispute resolution. When dispute resolution becomes necessary, the group pilots projects through mediation, arbitration, trial and the appellate process. Members of the construction group are active in the Associated General Contractors of Virginia and represent a large percentage of the general contractors and subcontractors in the Virginia/mid-Atlantic region. The team includes two AAA Certified Arbitrators and a licensed professional engineer.
Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights:
Recognized by Chambers as one of the top bankruptcy practices in Virginia, the firm’s bankruptcy team includes a past chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Richmond Bar Association, a past president of the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, a former bankruptcy trustee for the District of Columbia, a past chair of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the District of Columbia Bar and two judicial law clerks. In addition to handling cases throughout Virginia, firm lawyers also frequently appear in the bankruptcy courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia and have represented clients in bankruptcy proceedings in New York, Texas, Arizona and California. The group advises troubled businesses and business owners, lenders, creditors’ committees, bankruptcy trustees and other key participants in the bankruptcy and restructuring process.
Bertram Capital; Bristol Group Inc.; Virginia Retirement System; New York State Teachers’ Retirement System; Harris Williams & Co.; HHHunt Corporation; Oxford Properties; Southern States Rappahannock Electric Cooperative; sPower; ZOM Mid-Atlantic; Marriott International, Inc.; TowneBank.