Recent Cases & Results

Glassman & Michael, PLLC, is an established law firm serving clients in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. areas. Our highly experienced attorneys represent clients in family law, business law, military law, security clearance matters, and many other areas.

If you are interested in learning more about our results and experience, or to discuss how we may be able to help you settle your matter, please contact one of our three law offices to speak to an attorney. Otherwise, read the information below to learn about our unique experience and record of results.

$1.58 Billion Freddie Mac Loan Closing Is Centerpiece For The Firm

Glassman & Michael, PLLC served as borrower's counsel in a closing of a $1.58 billion portfolio of loans through Freddie Mac. This occurred at the end of last year (2012). Serving as general counsel for Southern Management Corporation, Steven Michael, a partner in the firm, with the able support of the accountants for Southern Management, the lawyers and accountants for Freddie Mac and lender's counsel guided this closing for Southern Management to a successful and noteworthy conclusion. Sixty-nine apartment communities, controlled by Southern Management, were involved. They consisted of approximately 25,000 apartment units.

Security Clearance Questions Not A Stumbling Block For DOD Contractor CEO's

In a series of cases before the Department of Defense Legal Agency, Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals, Glassman & Michael, PLLC was able to convince the government or the administrative law judge that questions regarding security clearances of chief executive officers of DOD contractors should be decided in their favor. In a published opinion the arguments presented by the firm were adopted in full by the judge. In another case, the government withdrew its case when it reviewed the evidence to be presented at the hearing by the firm.

Security clearances continue to be a serious problem for government contractors and their employees and Glassman & Michael, PLLC are regularly meeting community needs in this area of law.

Professional Association In The Financial Industry Which Regulates And Certifies Its Members Through Tests And Other Screening Devices Is Held To A Due Process Standard By Federal Judge

Glassman & Michael, PLLC in collaboration with Steve Glassman's first law clerk of thirty plus years ago, now a prestigious Seattle attorney, litigated against an internationally recognized professional association which regulates and certifies members who work in an important area of the financial industry. Upon the Federal District Court's ruling in favor of our client a favorable settlement was achieved and the actions of the Association to bar our client from being a member of the Association and being certified by it were nullified. Our client now pursues his career with the certification which was required for him to do so.

NBA Pro Achieves Victory By Minimizing Investment Losses Through Short Sales

An NBA player, who, in the hay days of the real estate market, found himself with investment properties which were significantly under water. Through litigation and arduous negotiations with lenders over a two year period our client was able to minimize his losses and, all the while, keep shooting.

Board for Correction of Military Records Finally Grants Relief To A Career Reserve Air Force Pilot Dogged By His Commanding Officer Bent On Ending The Pilot's Career

Glassman & Michael, PLLC has regularly represented military personnel before military courts and boards including the Board for Correction of Naval Records, the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records and the Army Board for Correction of Military Records. In a case beginning in 2007 and ending in 2013, where legal work was required in Florida, California, Washington, D.C. and Virginia the firm was able to assist our client in restoring his pulled security clearances, remove his letter of reprimand from his record, negate false allegations of drug use, restore his qualification in the aviation service, nullify assignment to NARS, remove his suspension of access, credit him with reserve points lost during the pendency of his case, set aside his non-selection for promotion and represent him in multiple filings with the Board for Correction of Military Records and in the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Military, International, And Multistate Divorce And Custody Issues Dominate The Family Law Practice

Our client leaves a mid-eastern country where she lived with her government contractor husband and moves to Maryland. To preserve jurisdiction she serves her divorce complaint at BWI Airport where her husband is travelling through.

Our military member client returns from deployment, having been deployed from California to overseas and returned to a new duty station in Maryland. He had residential custody when he was divorced from his former spouse in South Carolina; however, he delivered the two children to his former spouse in Texas when deployed. The former spouse files for custody in Texas.The Member contemplates an action in Maryland where one of the children has resided with him for more than six months under the original custody order from South Carolina and under a temporary bench ruling from Texas.

Former military member lived in Maryland separately from his wife. She sues him in Maryland for divorce but drops the suit the day before trial. She moves to California and after he returns from Afghanistan where he was working for his government contractor employer, wife sues husband in California for child support. The case is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Wife sues husband in District of Columbia for child support where husband moved after returning from Afghanistan. An order is entered. Wife sues husband in California for divorce. The Court there holds no jurisdiction for spousal support or division of pension.

State Department husband is in the Netherlands and spouse is in Thailand. They want a separation and divorce along with division of husband's State Department, Diplomatic Corps pension. They do not want a Netherland or Thai divorce.

Father and mother both reside in England when their child is conceived. They never marry and live separately in London. Mother suddenly moves to Virginia with the child born in England. She seeks custody and child support. Will the Virginia Court have authority over our British client?

These are the types of problems which confront the firm with greater and greater frequency. Through collaboration with counsel overseas and in other states the firm has regularly resolved these multi-jurisdictional situations.

Military Survivor Benefit Plans Prove A Battlefield In Military Divorces

Stephen Glassman, a partner of the firm and a retired Navy Judge Advocate, continues to serve as consultant to attorneys throughout the country and overseas on the workings of military pension law. In recent times he has confronted issues such as who pays the Survivor Benefit Plan premiums, how should it be divided or should the parties consider alternative means such as life insurance or annuities.

Despite the good works and published materials of many who practice in the area of military divorce, mistakes are made by attorneys and their clients. The firm continues to consult with those who have been subject of such mistakes and continues to provide corrective action.

The age old issue in military pension law continues to raise itself; whether a former spouse should be limited to recovering a portion of the pension equivalent to retirement for a military member at the rank he or she achieved when the parties separated or divorced or should the former spouse receive his or her portion of retirement based upon the rank and service when the service member actually retires. It often makes a significant difference.

Despite the fact that the Former Spouses Protection Act is over twenty years old, the complexities seem to becoming enhanced with time and absorb more and more energies of the firm.

Typical of the type of case raising Survivor Benefit issues is a case arising in Prince George's County Maryland where the military member failed to comply with a court order requiring that the member provide survivor benefits to his former spouse. Instead, the member provided the benefits to his second wife who would not give them up. Upon the testimony of the former's spouse's financial expert the Court ordered that the member provide a non-lapse insurance policy premiums payable over seven years in the amount of $405,000.00. The Court also awarded attorneys' fees to the former spouse.

Another recent Survivor Benefit case involved a retired military member whose first wife was awarded full survivor benefits as a former spouse when the parties were divorced. The military member remarried, his first wife died and his second wife now wants to receive full survivor benefits now that the second marriage is going through a divorce. Can this be done? Yes, if certain unforgiving filing time requirements are met. They were in this case.

Construction Litigation Continues To Confront Design and Construction Flaws Of The Building Envelope

Glassman and Michael, PLLC have been confronted with legal issues related to cases where damage has resulted from water migration through the building envelope and building air flow has caused damage through condensation. These problems appear to be significant reoccurring issues of architectural and engineering design, adequacy of supervision of construction managers and general contractors, obligations of suppliers of building products and adequacy of performance by the construction trades.

A regular part of the firm's work focuses on these and other areas of construction claims and litigation.

Equine Law Problems Continue To Keep The Firm On The Scent

The Firm continues to deal with breach of contract claims, potential claims against animal care givers and investigations and actions involving mistreatment of animals. Land use matters related to horses and syndications have also been part of our recent history as well as business advice to businesses providing services or products to the equine industry.