General Counsel

Employing outside general counsel services on an as-needed basis, either as main legal counsel or to supplement the work of in-house attorneys, helps organizations remain flexible and responsive to legal demands. In addition to providing counsel on specialized legal matters, outside general counsel services can also provide guidance on corporate governance, regulatory issues, as well as transactional support and litigation representation. 

Van Ness Feldman’s general counsel team regularly provides diverse representation for public, private, and emerging companies.  The firm is highly regarded for its ability to provide guidance as sole-legal counsel or as an extension of our clients’ in-house groups -- providing a seamless, team-oriented approach with other counsel and consultants as is often necessary in the role of general counsel. 

Key areas of focus include: 

  • Formation of businesses, non-profits, and public entities
  • Developing and advising on authorities,  bylaws, and policies
  • Advising governing bodies of public agencies/boards of non-profit organizations
  • Organizing decisions (policy development; public code development)
  • Open government/best practices
  • Public ethics and gifts
  • Preventive litigation counseling
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Corporate compliance programs
  • Internal Investigations
  • Government agency investigations
  • Security  
  • Contract basics / constitutional constraints
  • RFQs/RFPs/use of contract operators, rosters and on-call contracts
  • Procurement and contracting
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Risk management related to cybersecurity and other catastrophic events
  • Asset management of facilities and premises
  • Indemnification and insurance coverage
  • Infrastructure assessments 


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Professionals

Richard A. Agnew

Partner and Chairman

Washington D.C.

202.298.1815

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John J. Buchovecky

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1887

jjb@vnf.com / vCard

Maranda S. Compton

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202-298-1806

mcompton@vnf.com / vCard

Jay P. Derr

Partner

Seattle

206.623.9372

jpd@vnf.com / vCard

Michael D. Farber

Partner

Washington D.C.

202-298-1803

mfarber@vnf.com / vCard

Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming

Partner

Washington D.C.

202-298-1928

gfleming@vnf.com / vCard

Joshua D. Krebs

Associate

Seattle

206.623.9372

jkrebs@vnf.com / vCard

Ray Liaw

Partner

Seattle

206.623.9372

hrl@vnf.com / vCard

Marlys Palumbo

Partner

Seattle

206.829.1810

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Terese (T.C.) Richmond

Partner

Seattle

206.623.9372

ter@vnf.com / vCard

Susan A. Shyne

Partner

Seattle

206.623.9372

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