Commercial Litigation in Washington DC
1101 Seventeenth Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C., DC 20036
Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP is a boutique law firm focused on international law, export controls and sanctions, litigation, government contract, and corporate and intellectual property law. With offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, we serve an international, national, and local clientele including foreign governments, major corporations, small and emerging businesses, and individuals. We are known for our commitment to high-quality work, creativity, and cost-effective service.
Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP's corporate practice provides comprehensive advice and representation to individuals and entities organized in the United States and abroad, in connection with their business and investment activities. BCR's corporate clients span all phases of development, from seed stage start-up ventures to mature corporations, and are based around the globe.
BCR provides advice regarding general corporate transactional and commercial matters (including both complex and straightforward business transactions, projects and project financing, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing, corporate restructuring and recapitalization, and acquisition and disposition of assets), protection and exploitation of intellectual property, real estate issues, and employment matters. BCR also provides advice to corporate directors on governance matters to help them understand and fulfill their fiduciary duties. BCR advises not-for-profit and tax-exempt entities on general corporate matters, as well as with regard to regulatory and compliance issues.
BCR's corporate clients operate in a broad range of industries, including trade, software development, technology product development and manufacturing, government contracting, publishing, food and beverages, education, alternative energy, “green” products development, architecture, construction, real estate investment and development, life settlement and other domestic and overseas investment funds, public charities, professional and trade associations, and health sciences manufacturing.
Representative transactional matters include:
- Represented a privately held thermoplastic advanced composite parts manufacturing company in a convertible preferred stock and convertible debt offering;
- Served as local counsel to a realty trust in an offering of 5,750,000 common shares;
- Represented a major Philippine telecommunications company in an international investment and satellite transponder lease transaction;
- Represented a real estate investment firm (and affiliated management company) in the financing and acquisition of the xxx and xxx;
- Represented a public charity in its formation and qualification for tax exemption under IRC 501(c)(3)
Our attorneys have extensive public and private international law experience, ranging from international development and trade to international arbitration and dispute resolution to extradition.
We handle a variety of international transactions and have advised companies and individuals based in Canada, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Malta, the Philippines, Burma, Taiwan, Burundi, the Commonwealth Caribbean, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bolivia, Panama, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Capo Verde, Liberia, France, Sierra Leone, England, Senegal, Dubai, Russia and elsewhere.
Our attorneys also have in-depth experience representing foreign sovereigns, including matters involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and related common law immunity doctrines. We advise governments in the negotiation of offshore and investment treaty networks, and as well various parties regarding international tax issues, international trade, proceedings before the United States Trade Representative, international white collar and political offenses, investigations by The World Bank and other multilateral finance institutions and international agencies, and U.S. export controls in connection with international arbitrations. In addition, the firm advises a number of foreign government representatives, embassies, consulates and other missions in the United States.
Many of our attorneys have worked outside of the United States in a legal capacity. Clemens Kochinke, is also admitted in Germany. Bruce Zagaris, advises Lusophone (Portugese-speaking) clients on a variety of issues and has, since 1981, been an agent under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.
Some representative matters include:
- Long-term representation of Asian and European foreign sovereigns on a variety of public and private international law matters, including litigation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, as well as construction, IP and employment matters arising at missions.
- Long-term representation of a Commonwealth Caribbean sovereign on financial services and tax and investment-related issues.
- Long-term representation of Middle East foreign sovereign on litigation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
- Made voluntary disclosure to World Bank for foreign company doing an internal investigation for a U.S. oil company with operations in Mexico.
- Represented Asian company in acquisition of satellite company and related federal litigation.
- Advised Lusophone African government on the establishment of a ship registry.
- Advised regarding management of U.S. export controls in connection with numerous international arbitrations, as well as in connection with litigation in a foreign sovereign court and litigation in U.S. courts involving foreign parties.
Dennis Boyle joined Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP in 2020. Mr. Boyle is an accomplished white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation attorney who practices throughout the United States and internationally. Prior to joining Berliner, Corcoran and Rowe, he was a partner in the Commercial Litigation Department of an AmLaw 100 law firm with offices throughout the United States. He focuses his practice on helping corporations and individuals find solutions to the most complex civil and criminal legal issues.
He has been the recipient of many awards, including an American Bar Association award for Professional Merit. He has an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbel and has been selected by Thompson Reuters Super Lawyers on multiple occasions. Mr. Boyle is certified as a criminal trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Alaska as well as numerous federal courts. He is also admitted to practice before the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands and the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in the Hague, Netherlands..
Mr. Boyle has tried over 200 criminal jury trials in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. including cases involving allegations of Securities Fraud, Banking Fraud, Money Laundering, Tax Fraud and Evasion, Health Care Fraud, Medicare Fraud, Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud. His most successful matters, however, have been those where he has resolved matters with no criminal charges, no civil penalties and no adverse publicity. He lectures frequently at national and international venues on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bank Secrecy Act, International Emergency Economic Powers Act (Sanctions) and Anti-Money Laundering.
In addition to his extensive white-collar criminal law experience, Mr. Boyle has also litigated multiple complex civil matters both in courts and before arbitration panels. He regularly represents investors in securities arbitrations before FINRA arbitration panels. Mr. Boyle has won a number of landmark cases in the areas of criminal and white collar criminal law, commercial litigation, civil procedure and constitutional law.
- AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale Hubbell
- Listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2011-2014, 2016 - present
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney's Award
- American Bar Association Award for Professional Merit
- Heusler Honor Society
Memberships & Activities
- Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
- International Bar Association, Business Crimes Section
- American Bar Association, International Law Section
- American Society of International Law
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Business Litigation
- White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations
- International Sanctions
- University of Baltimore School of Law, 1987, J.D., cum laude
- Elizabethtown College, 1983, B.A.
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