The firm specializes in advising governmental and quasi-governmental clients in connection with complex procurements, in particular, those for large construction and infrastructure projects. Since 1996, Leftwich has worked with various governmental and quasi-governmental entities to successfully manage a wide range of procurements in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Our team has successfully managed the procurement and legal aspects of more than $4 billion in new construction work put in-place in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including consulting on project planning and the development of project delivery methods; drafting solicitations and managing the procurement process; supporting and documenting source selection; negotiating resulting contracts and supporting contract administration through project close-out.
Construction and Development Advisory Services Practice
Unlike many construction advisory groups, our practice is the outgrowth of a transactional real estate practice rather than a claims based practice. Approximately 85% to 90% of our construction and development practice (both legal and consulting) involves the representation of owners. Our approach focuses on understanding the unique goals, challenges and requirements of each specific project and client in order to develop a holistic and cohesive approach — accordingly, our approach begins with listening. We start every project by carefully reviewing the available information, asking questions and listening to the client so we can better understand its needs and goals. Then, we analyze the information to develop a business case that sets forth how the project can best be delivered in light of the unique goals, challenges and requirements of the client as well as the project, and in doing do so, focus on the business relationships between the parties, and the goals and interests of each of those parties (owner, contractor, architect and end-user).
Through this approach, we focus on structuring procurements, contracts, and projects in a way that aligns the interests of the parties in order to maximize the chance that projects are delivered on-time, on-budget and in a manner that meets the needs (both aesthetic and operational) of our clients. In this way, we take a proactive approach to the alignment of the parties’ desires and view litigation as a failure in and of itself — even if our client ultimately prevails.
As real estate development professionals, we understand that construction is about more than bricks and mortar. Often the most challenging aspects of projects are not the brick and mortar, but rather the practical realities of the environments in which the project must be implemented. This is particularly true when building on an occupied facility — where issues related to swing space, coordination with end users and ongoing operations and security are likely to be paramount. Whether it is the needs of end users (both during construction and after substantial completion), the requirements of regulatory authorities, or other unique requirements of projects, we strive to develop holistic and cohesive approaches to projects — not just buildings. As active participants in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s construction and development industry, we have established relationships with key decision-makers in most of the large construction companies that serve the Washington, D.C. market. We have found that these relationships are often key in managing successful projects.
Over the past fifteen years, we have helped governmental, quasi-governmental and institutional clients put in place more than $4 billion in new construction in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Over the last 7 years, we have managed more than 125 procurements in excess of $1 million on behalf of various governmental and non-governmental clients. During the same period, we have negotiated in excess of 100 construction contracts as well as contracts for construction related services, such as design and engineering services, utility relocations, program management, traffic consultants, and environmental and planning consultants to name a few. Some of our notable projects include:
- Dunbar Senior High School
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
- DC United Soccer Stadium
- Washington Nationals Ballpark
- Walter E. Washington Convention Center
The firm specializes in public/private partnerships and government development projects.
Real Estate Transactions Practice
The firm helps clients to realize their goals in a wide range of real estate transactions. Our real estate development practice has extensive experience with public/private partnerships and government development projects. For the last fifteen (15) years, the firm has been involved in the District of Columbia’s major development projects, including the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Washington Nationals Ballpark, the Convention Center Headquarters Hotel, the revitalization and reconstruction of the District’s libraries, and the transformation of the District’s public school facilities.
Our attorneys are well versed in the real estate issues and have represented clients in connection with the acquisition and disposition of a wide range of real estate assets. In addition to negotiating and drafting agreements relating to the sale of real estate, we are adept at preparing development and construction contracts and provide the legal support to effectively manage those contracts during the course of a specific project.
The firm specializes in assisting private companies, associations, government agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions in strategically navigating the government legislative and regulatory environment to achieve the client’s goals.
Local Government Affairs Practice
Leftwich is fortunate to have professionals with extensive experience in governmental affairs and government relations work. Our professionals have served in elected public office, Senate-confirmed federal appointments, senior executive government affairs positions, and as senior advisors to elected and appointed government officials. In addition, the firm has been engaged by government entities to assist in solving difficult and challenging issues and to bring a measure of private sector thinking to these issues. These engagements provide the firm with a unique insight into how the government functions at a relatively granular level and can be key in the successful implementation of a legislative or regulatory strategy.
As a result of this breadth and depth of experience, the firm advises clients on array of government affairs issues ranging from proposed legislation and regulations to representing clients in their interactions with government agencies. Based on our thorough understanding of how governments work, we can both advise on the impact of changes to laws or regulations to clients’ business interests and assist clients in managing their affairs under any new legal or regulatory framework.
In addition, our professionals have experience lobbying elected officials, assisting clients in drafting legislative and rulemaking initiatives, preparing testimony, representing clients in appearances before legislative or regulatory bodies, and monitoring hearings and governmental developments of interest to clients.
Professionals at the firm have experience working closely with clients’ internal government relations teams to manage public relations and other related issues that may arise due to government investigations and regulatory matters, white collar criminal investigations, or other potentially adverse or controversial developments.
The firm specializes in advising and representing public utilities is regulatory and business matters.
Utility Regulation Practice
Leftwich has advised both competitive and highly regulated local utility companies on a wide range of regulatory matters, including competitive regulation proceedings, divestiture proceedings, mergers, least cost planning proceedings, base rate applications, code of conduct and other rulemaking, tariff filings, pricing plans, rate filings for new services, and issues relating to the need for a certificate of public convenience and other licensing requirements.
The firm specializes in providing advice to entities and negotiating transactions in the renewable energy markets, including wind, solar and other emerging technologies.
Renewable Energy Practice
As an outgrowth of our construction and development practice, Leftwich has assisted the District of Columbia in several of its progressive and novel renewable energy transactions. Relying on experience gained representing the Washington Convention Center Authority in connection with a public-private-partnership for the financing and construction of the central plant for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the firm represented the District’s Department of General Services in its innovative renewable energy efforts.
Under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) negotiated by Leftwich, Iberdrola Renewables, LLC will supply 35 percent of the District government’s electricity with wind power. At the time, this PPA was the largest wind power deal entered into by an American city and projected to save District taxpayers $45 million over 20 years. For this innovative PPA, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group awarded the District of Columbia its global award for Green Energy at 2015’s 21st Conference of the Parties and Climate Summit for Local Leaders.
Leftwich also represented the District’s Department of General Services in connection with PPAs to install solar facilities on District facilities. This PPA with Nextility Inc. increased the District’s total solar generation capacity by roughly 70 percent through the deployment of 11.4 megawatts of solar photovoltaic systems on the roofs and parking lots of 34 District-owned facilities.
Through our continuing strategic relationship with Clear Rock, a leading renewable energy, clean tech, and energy data company, the firm represents Georgetown University and other entities in connection with their renewable energy portfolios.
The firm specializes in insurance defense, white collar criminal defense, civil, and employment litigation matters.
The firm has an extensive insurance litigation practice; representing insurance companies, self-insureds, and individuals. The practice includes insurance liability defense, insurance coverage analysis, fraud investigation, breach of contract claims, first-party defense, medical malpractice defense, declaratory judgment actions, and subrogation claims.
Our insurance litigation attorneys are licensed in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and have successfully tried hundreds of jury trials in both jurisdictions. They have also litigated cases in the Court of Special Appeals in Maryland and the Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The firm also participates in mediations and arbitrations.
With more than 40 years of combined insurance litigation experience, the attorneys at Leftwich, are often retained by major insurance companies to defend complex liability and medical issues, and to provide advisory opinions with respect to existing laws and regulations, and their applicability to insurance policies.
The Leftwich team includes AV-rated litigators who have an in-depth understanding of the local, state and federal courts in the area. Our attorneys handle a broad array of civil litigation cases, while understanding that the first best option for many clients may be alternative means of resolving a dispute. With that in mind, Leftwich lawyers are well-versed in creating legal solutions through mediation and arbitration, as well as through traditional judicial venues. Our attorneys have successfully represented both private sector and government clients in a wide range of matters, with a particular emphasis on commercial disputes.
Leftwich has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including providing advice and representation in state and local courts on a wide range of employment-related issues, such as those involving labor/management disputes, discharge issues, and employee discipline. We have successfully defended clients in jury trials in various employment-related disputes, including federal civil rights law cases, Title VII and Section 1981 claims, Equal Pay Act cases, and cases involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act. In providing legal services in the employment context, Leftwich primarily focuses its practice on assisting businesses and units of local government in taking proactive steps regarding their employees. To that end, we also assist employers to develop and implement preventative measures to avoid workplace claims, and we can provide on-site training on sexual harassment awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, workplace violence and bullying prevention, and other areas of concern for employers and employees. Our attorneys are highly skilled and experienced in conducting workplace investigations into matters that may allege, among other things, sexual harassment, workplace violence, retaliation, wrongful termination, failure to promote or hire, or discrimination based upon age, sex, disability, or religion.
The firm specializes in providing business counseling and advice to entities on the development and operation of sports and entertainment facilities. The majority of our experience has been representing government and quasi-government facility developers and operators, but our work also includes working with event presenters and service providers.
Sports and Entertainment Practice
Through Leftwich professionals’ participation in the development, construction, and operation of many of the District’s major sports and entertainment facilities, including the Nationals Ballpark, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the new D.C. United soccer stadium, RFK Stadium, the D.C. Armory, the Lincoln Theater, and the new Wizards practice facility, we have developed experience in a broad array of sports and entertainment issues.
Leftwich has a robust construction and development advisory practice that has assisted clients in putting over $4 billion of construction in place in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. As several of the high profile development project engagements, including the Nationals Ballpark, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and the new D.C. United soccer stadium, are sports and entertainment facilities, we have developed a particular expertise in sports and entertainment facility development. We recognize the schedule and design scrutiny on these high public profile projects and have developed solutions for managing projects to address these issues. We also recognize that bricks and mortar facility construction is only one component of successful sports and entertainment facility projects and that planning, developing, managing and coordinating financing plans, public support campaigns, legislative strategies and other supporting efforts are equally vital.
With respect to venue events, Leftwich professionals have negotiated deals with a host of content presenters, including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, Women’s United Soccer Association, Live Nation concerts, US Soccer Federation/FIFA, Don King Enterprises, Cirque Du Soleil, and the American Le Mans Series auto racing. With Leftwich professionals serving in both legal and finance capacities in structuring event deals, we have a unique ability focus on the components of an event that are necessary for it to be financially successful and to minimize the operational and legal risk for the client.
As for facility operations, we recognize that sports and entertainment events are unique in that you only get one chance to get them right and our experience has shown that developing a strong relationship with facility and event service providers is critical. Leftwich professionals have structured and negotiated agreements for all manner of facility services, including maintenance, crowd control, security, parking, food and beverage, advertising and sponsorship, and transportation. We believe that agreements can be structured to be financially advantageous while creating the type of relationship that is vital to ensuring that service providers are true event partners.
- Served as Construction and Development Advisor to the District of Columbia for the Walter E. Washington Convention;
- Represented Construction and Development Advisor to the District of Columbia for the Nationals Ballpark development;
- Represented District of Columbia in connection with Development Agreement, Ground Lease, site acquisition and infrastructure work for D.C. United soccer stadium;
- Represented event developer in connection with hosting and operating events
The firm specializes in helping entrepreneurs and small business owners access the knowledge, resources and opportunities needed to succeed. We provide customized solutions to help you solve problems, identify opportunities, manage risk, and unlock your potential for growth.
Small Business Advisory Services Practice
As a premier minority-owned and woman-owned law and consulting firm in Washington, DC, the firm has been an integral part of the District of Columbia and its surrounding communities, managing complex development projects, providing advice on sensitive and critical legislative and regulatory initiatives, and offering a full range of management consulting and legal services to private companies, associations, government agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions.
With this background, Leftwich is uniquely positioned to provide valuable services to small and mid-sized companies, particularly those doing business in the District of Columbia. As a small business, Leftwich understands the need to focus on core business issues. Leftwich’s Small Business Advisory Services provides the small business owner with access to resources that cannot be maintained in-house. Our goal is to help our clients achieve success by helping small and mid-sized firms analyze business transaction and then assisting them in structuring those transactions in the most appropriate manner.
With the array of structuring options, including corporations, subchapter S corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships and general partnerships, Leftwich LLC attorneys counsel clients on the advantages and disadvantages of particular business structures and help select the business entity that is most suitable for each client’s needs and goals. In addition to planning and implementing the appropriate business structure, Leftwich has experience in developing business pro formas and other new business planning materials to assist new business launch and early stage businesses grow.
Successful small and mid-sized businesses are good at managing their core business, but may require support when evaluating new business opportunities, considering a sale or acquisition or reacting to a changing business environment. We provide consulting and counseling services to analyze such issues and develop strategies for addressing them. Then we work with clients to negotiate the appropriate contracts to implement those strategies, including joint venture agreements, management agreements, distribution agreements, leases, service agreements and other commercial agreements.
Governance and Risk Management
Periodic review of and attention to business governance matters will ensure that the business entity (whether it is a corporation, LLC or other form) is adequately structured to protect the owners, mitigate risks, and provide the most advantageous and flexible form. We review the form of business entity, advise on any changes that might be beneficial and make sure that entity governance matters are up to date. In addition, we can provide guidance materials and on-going assistance to make certain that the business governance issues remain up to date. The choice and management of the form of business entity is only one aspect of risk assessment and mitigation and we work with businesses and insurance professionals to make sure that insurance programs and other risk mitigation measures are adequate and up to date.
Most businesses have a thorough understanding of most general regulatory requirements and those requirements specific to their particular line of business. When new regulations are imposed, there are changes to existing regulations or businesses expand into new areas, there is often a need for advice and counseling on how to navigate these areas. Leftwich has both a long history of dealing with regulatory issues and maintains contacts within the government to allow us to get actionable answers to issues that may arise. Using our regulatory experience and business expertise, we assist clients to develop and implement strategies for overcoming legal and regulatory hurdles.
We help small and mid-sized employers develop and implement preventative measures to avoid workplace claims and provide counseling and training on issues, including sexual harassment awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, workplace violence and bullying prevention, and other areas of concern for employers and employees. We also provide advice and representation in state and local courts on a wide range of employment-related issues, such as those involving labor/management disputes, discharge issues, and employee discipline.
Leftwich has assisted clients to conduct internal investigations. Our professionals have helped clients effectively manage matters that pose sensitive political and public relations risks, assisting with crisis management and media relations in high-profile investigations. The Leftwich team is adept at guiding clients through difficult and often highly-publicized investigations before tribunals ranging from state and federal grand jury investigations and trials, to Congressional investigations. The Leftwich team is adept at not only identify problems but also developing practical solutions and remedies to address them. We have provided businesses guidance on strengthening their internal procurement policies, developing or revising employee handbooks, training employees on ethics and workplace conduct, and implementing successful diversity policies.
The firm provides business consulting services specializes in the areas of organizational development and performance, strategic planning and execution, and financial analysis of business opportunities.
Management Consulting Practice
We provide a full service management consulting practice that connects vision with executable strategy to deliver transformative results.
Marie C. Johns, founded the Leftwich consulting practice in 2004 with the mission to build a consulting firm that delivers sound objective advice and creative solutions for our clients. We focus on strengthening collaborative relationships between the government and private sector entities helping leadership and executive management enhance business performance.
We do not have a “cookie cutter” approach to working with our clients. Leftwich prides itself on providing customized solutions to help government entities, educational institutions, businesses, and nonprofit organizations navigate risk, attain profitable growth, and strategically manage expansion and change. Our team brings deep and diverse industry experience and a pragmatic mindset that helps each client reach their business objectives. The combined knowledge, skills and expertise of the Leftwich team allows our firm to help organizations devise and implement successful strategies for innovation, expansion and broader impact.
Leftwich can help you identify opportunities to strengthen governance and address specific challenges. By focusing on established best practices, board structures, strategic planning, and positive and mission-centered board dynamics, Leftwich delivers solutions for even the most challenging situations.
Communications and Public Affairs
With expertise in all areas of public affairs, Leftwich is your go-to, get-it-done team for high quality communications results. Our job is to help you tell your story by creating and deploying integrated communications strategies that help you achieve your objectives.
Leadership and Executive Coaching
We help our clients attain the leadership skills needed to meet today’s challenges and create successful strategies for tomorrow. Our team of experts guide leaders and managers toward higher performance, higher standards, greater accountability and routine excellence.
Small Business Advisory Services
Leftwich helps entrepreneurs and small business owners access the knowledge, resources and opportunities needed to succeed. We provide customized solutions to help you solve problems, identify opportunities, manage risk, and unlock your potential for growth.
Strategic Planning and Management
The Leftwich management consulting team can transform your company at every level. Whether you need to boost morale, enhance performance, or introduce leading edge tools and techniques, we bring our experience and judgement to support your vision and success, including evaluating business programs/strategies, reviewing corporate ethics programs, and assessing work flow and time management for all levels of management.
Supplier Diversity Sourcing Solutions
Strategic sourcing helps build and maintain relationships between diverse suppliers and major buyers. These mutually beneficial relationships optimize conditions for sustainable economic development, small business growth and job creation.
Business and Financial Analysis
With professionals that have served in corporate executive positions, finance roles in Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, Leftwich has the skills and experience to assist clients in executive management and financial planning and analysis.
We are especially adept at analyzing and managing special projects, proposed developments and new business opportunities. Leftwich professionals have developed business cases and pro forma support documents for numerous sports and entertainment events, proposed facility developments, and business start-ups. The value we provide goes beyond accessing and populating a financial model and focuses on obtaining a thorough understanding the client’s business and developing a well-supported and reasonable business case.
- Clear Channel Communications
- DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- DC Department of General Services
- DC Office of the People’s Counsel
- DC Public Service Commission
- Goldman Sachs/Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
- Legal Services Corporation
- Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Reagan National/Dulles International Airports)
- Verizon Washington
- Washington Convention and Sports Authority
- Washington Gas