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Philip J. Harvey is a partner at Harvey & Binnall. He has represented businesses and individuals in civil litigation matters for over 35 years.

As lead trial and appellate counsel in state and federal courts, Mr. Harvey represents clients in cases in Virginia and the District of Columbia. His experience in some of Virginia’s fast paced courts, such as the “Rocket Docket” in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, also makes him a popular choice to serve as local counsel in these jurisdictions.

Previous Results

Every case is unique and previous results do not predict or guaranty similar results in other cases.

  • Represented Romanian construction firm in breach of contract case concerning work in the Green Zone in Baghdad
  • Defended national law firm successfully against breach of contract claims brought by former partner through summary judgment, affirmed on appeal by the Virginia Supreme Court
  • Defended law firm successfully against claims of professional malpractice and breach of fiduciary through trial and appeal
  • Won plaintiffs’ verdict in multi-million dollar federal securities fraud case
  • Represented investor in successful suit against start-up technology company in federal court in Virginia
  • Represented owner in suit in federal court in Virginia concerning construction of $500,000,000 corporate headquarters
  • Represented national law firm in breach of fiduciary duty and business tort case brought by former partners in the District of Columbia
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against Am Law 100 law firm and former partner for breach of fiduciary duty and patent infringement
  • Represented clients in class actions involving securities fraud and ERISA, obtaining favorable settlements or outright dismissal
  • Defended national real estate developer successfully in multi-million dollar broker’s fee trial in the District of Columbia
  • Helped lead internal investigation of officers of publicly traded company after allegations of accounting fraud and subsequent bankruptcy of company and parent
  • Represented national accounting firm in investigation conducted by bankruptcy trustee of defunct securities broker
  • Successfully defended lender liability cases for financial institutions through trial and appeal and successfully prosecuted fraudulent conveyance action for commercial lender in federal court in Virginia
  • Represented restaurant franchisor in national trademark infringement action, achieving very favorable settlement

Credentials

Education
Purdue University, B.S.I.M.
Harvard University, J.D.,  cum laude

Bar Admissions
Virginia
Washington, DC

Court Admissions
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Practice Areas


Business and Commercial litigation
Trust and Estate Litigation
Local Counsel

Other Experience


Venable LLP – Vienna, Virginia
Partner, Litigation Division 2000 to 2006
Shaw Pittman, LLP (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP) – Washington, DC
Partner, Litigation Group 1987 to 2000
Associate, Litigation Group 1978 to 1987

Philip J. Harvey

Partner

Jesse R. Binnall is a partner at Harvey & Binnall, PLLC.  He has tried cases in state and federal courts in various jurisdictions throughout the United States. Mr. Binnall’s practice focuses on civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, international disputes, business and non-profit law, appellate litigation, election law, virtual currencies (i.e. Bitcoin), parliamentary law and procedure, and alternative dispute resolution (i.e. arbitration and mediation).  He also is proud to help companies develop innovative legal strategies to combat overregulation and government cyber-snooping. Many of Mr. Binnall’s clients use his knowledge to take active steps to avoid the courtroom entirely.  He advises entrepreneurs on business formation, contractors on complex construction negotiations, and political candidates and committees on election law matters. He also is proud of his accomplishments working as a productive and collaborative member of civil and criminal joint defense teams.

Mr. Binnall has been a featured guest, discussing law and technology issues, on various new and traditional media outlets, including the Huffington Post, the New York Times, Wired, Forbes, DemocracyNow, the Ron Paul Channel, and Lawyer2Laywer. He has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Only 2% of Virginia lawyers are selected to receive this honor. He is also received the highest rating available, 10 out of 10 by Avvo.com.

Mr. Binnall is also a professional parliamentarian.  He continues to advise organizations large and small on meeting procedure (including Robert’s Rules of Order), bylaw drafting and interpretation, and other parliamentary matters. His clients have included several presidential campaigns and national political and professional organizations. Mr. Binnall is an avid private pilot. He also enjoys sailing, and SCUBA diving.

Previous Results

Every case is unique and previous results do not predict or guaranty similar results in other cases.

  • Successfully represented an entrepreneur who overcame a freeze out attempt by a majority shareholder in a cyber-business in a multi-day trial.
  • Won a judgment and defeated a counterclaim on behalf of a sales executive who obtained over $300,000,000 in contracts for a defense contractor but was not paid his full commissions.
  • Won defense award in a contract dispute for a website development company at a multi-day arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
  • Represented a presidential campaign executive in a federal criminal trial, which resulted in a favorable jury verdict.
  • Represented an email provider in resisting gag orders and overbroad warrants for encryption keys
  • Represented a small business in litigation with its previous accountants in a professional malpractice case that resulted in a favorable settlement
  • Represented investor in a real estate business in litigation with her partner that resulted in a favorable settlement
  • Served as parliamentarian to four presidential campaigns

Credentials

Education
George Mason University, B.A., Communications
George Mason University School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions
Virginia
Idaho

Court Admissions
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of Idaho
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Honors and Service
Selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2016 and 2017. This distinction was awarded to no more than 2% of Virginia lawyers.
Rated “Superb” with a score of 10 out of 10 by Avvo.com
Vice President, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University Alumni Association
Director and Senior Counsel, American Institute for Law and Liberty

Practice Areas

Business and Commercial Litigation
White Collar  Criminal Defense
Internal Investigations
International Disputes
Appellate Litigation
Political and Election Law
Virtual Currencies (such as Bitcoin)
Business/Non-Profit Law
Parliamentary Law and Procedure
Local Counsel
Joint Defense Teams

Other Experience


Bronley & Binnall, PLLC – Fairfax, Virginia
Partner, 2010-2014
Fairfax County Circuit Court – Fairfax, VA
Law Clerk to the Hon. Jonathan C. Thacher, 2009-2010

 

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Jesse R. Binnall

Partner

Louise Gitcheva is an associate at Harvey & Binnall, PLLC. Ms. Gitcheva’s practice focuses on civil litigation, international disputes, and white collar criminal defense.

Previous Results

Every case is unique and previous results do not predict or guaranty similar results in other cases.

  • Part of multi-firm trial team that represented an entrepreneur who successfully overcame a freeze out attempt by a majority shareholder in a cyber-business in a multi-day trial
  • Part of multi-firm trial team that represented an email provider resisting gag orders and overbroad warrants for encryption keys
  • Successfully represented homeowner in litigation against plumber for breach of contract and violations of consumer protection laws
  • Won jury verdict for IT professional who was hurt in a car accident by a negligent driver

Credentials

Education
George Mason University, B.A.,
George Mason University School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions
Virginia

Court Admissions
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Practice Areas

Business and Commercial Litigation
International Disputes
Appellate Litigation
White Collar Criminal Defense
Political and Election Law

Other Experience


Bronley & Binnall, PLLC – Fairfax, Virginia
Associate, 2013-2014

 

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Louise Gitcheva

Associate Attorney

Sarah York is an Associate at Harvey & Binnall. She joined the firm directly from the Department of Justice’s Securities and Financial Fraud Section where she worked on criminal litigation pertaining to white collar crime. She also previously spent 18 months assisting the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction with their efforts to prosecute fraud, waste, and abuse in the war zone.

During law school, Ms. York worked with the Lewis B. Puller Veteran’s Benefits Clinic for two years and served as the vice-president of the Student Bar Association. As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Ms. York was a member of the Varsity Fencing Team and the Out of State Student’s Association. She was on Franklin Street after the Tar Heels won the NCAA Championship in 2009, and remains an avid Carolina fan. Prior to her decision to attend law school, Ms. York worked with the USO in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and then with the University of Colorado-Boulder as the Campus Alcohol Agent and as a Student Conduct Officer.

Ms. York’s practice focuses on white collar defense, business litigation, employment, and labor law.

Credentials

Education
The University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, B.A. in Peace, War, and Defense
The College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law

Bar Admissions
Virginia
District of Columbia

Court Admissions
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Practice Areas

White Collar Defense
Business and Commercial Litigation
Local Counsel
Employment Litigation

Other Experience

Law Clerk, United States Department of Justice’s Securities and Financial Fraud Section
Vice-President, Student Bar Association, College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law Member, Lewis B. Puller Vetran’s Benefits Clinic
Duty Manager, USO in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Sarah York

Associate Attorney

Britta Venneman is the firm Executive Director. She manages the administration of the law firm and client relations.

Credentials

Education

George Mason University

Other Experience


Bronley & Binnall, PLLC – Fairfax, Virginia
Firm Administrator, 2012-2014

Britta Venneman

Executive Director