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Monthly Archives: August 2022

08 Aug

Litigation partners Morris Kletzkin, Thomas Murphy and Lindsay Thompson won a significant recovery in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of the developer of a $58 million luxury hotel property in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. who had been sued by the general contractor tasked with building the hotel. The trial victory for the hotel’s owner against one of the country’s largest general contractors brought an end to years of litigation. “The result of the trial was a total victory for our client,” said Thomas Murphy, Esq. “Though the general contractor had sued the owner for more than $17 million, the Court found that the general contractor was not entitled to anything on its claims. In fact, the Court awarded the owner $1.5 million in damages on its counterclaims and ordered the general contractor to immediately release the $17 million mechanic’s lien it had […]

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03 Aug

In an article published by Law360, commercial litigation attorney Thomas Murphy addressed why the acquittal in the recent ”Varsity Blues” trial against defendant Amin Khoury, was not surprising and what attorneys can learn from how each side chose to present the facts during the trial. The federal investigation code-named “Operation Varsity Blues” stemmed from allegations that wealthy celebrities and corporate executives had conspired with insiders at elite universities in an elaborate pay-for-play scheme to gain admission for their children. Tom’s article focuses on the Khoury case, which alleged the defendant’s involvement with securing his daughter’s admission to Georgetown University. Tom explains, “Although most of the individuals charged in the “Varsity Blues” investigation ultimately chose to plead guilty, defendant Amin Khoury was acquitted, and the way his defense team chose to frame the facts in the trial narrative is instructive.” Notably, the defense recognized that there were certain facts it could not […]

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