Cases & Results

PGD Law PLLC, is an established law firm serving clients in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. 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 resolve 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.

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, PGD Law PLLC convinced 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 one 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 presented by the firm.

Security clearances continue to be a serious problem for government contractors and their employees. PGD Law 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

PGD Law PLLC, in collaboration with Glassman's first law clerk—now a prestigious attorney in Seattle—litigated against an internationally recognized professional association which regulates and certifies members who work in an important area of the financial industry. The Federal District Court ruled in favor of our client, and the attempt to bar our client from being a certified member of the Association was 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

In the hay days of the real estate market, an NBA player, 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

PGD Law 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 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 immigrated to Maryland from the Middle East, where she lived with her government contractor husband. To preserve jurisdiction, she served her divorce complaint at BWI Airport where her husband was travelling.

Our military member client returned from deployment, having been deployed overseas from California 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 filed for custody in Texas. The Member contemplated 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 sued him in Maryland for divorce but dropped the suit the day before trial. She moved to California and after he returned from Afghanistan where he was working for a government contractor. Wife sued husband in California for child support. The case was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Wife then sued husband in District of Columbia for child support where husband moved after returning from Afghanistan. An order was entered. Wife sued husband in California for divorce. The Court there held no jurisdiction for spousal support or division of pension.

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

Father and mother both resided in England when their child is conceived. They never married and lived separately in London. Mother suddenly moved to Virginia with the child born in England. She sought custody and child support. Our team, with assistance from a solicitor in the United Kingdom, successfully navigated the Trans-Atlantic dispute to create a favorable resolution for both parents.

These are real-life examples 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 whether the parties should consider alternative means of reimbursement 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.

Recently, Congress enacted a major change to the laws governing division of military pension to former spouses. The National Defense Authorization Act Fiscal Year 2017, as it modified Title 10, USC Section 1408, the amount of retired pay payable to former spouses of service members is limited to that portion of the former spouse's share of the pension which the service member would have been entitled to if he or she had retired at the time of divorce. This policy shift sent ripples throughout the community of lawyers who specialize in military law. As well-known leaders in the field, our firm has been on the forefront of interpreting and enacting the new law.

Despite the fact that the Former Spouses Protection Act is over twenty years old, the issues which arise from the FSPA are increasingly complex 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 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 wanted to receive full survivor benefits now that the second marriage was going through a divorce. Could this be done? Yes, if certain unforgiving filing time requirements were met. Our firm ensured every deadline was met in this case.

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

PGD Law PLLC has been confronted with legal issues where damage has resulted from water migration through the building envelope, which, in combination with building air flow, caused damage through condensation. These problems appeared 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.