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Five LeClairRyan Attorneys Named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List 2017


LeClairRyan proudly announces that five attorneys in five of the national law firm’s offices have been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hotlist 2017. Attorneys named to the list are under the age of 40 and have been deemed the most promising emerging talent in their respective litigation communities by peers and clients. Below are LeClairRyan’s attorneys who made the list.

Nicole Brakstad, a partner in Richmond, Va., has spent her entire career at LeClairRyan developing her practice, which involves litigation and counseling for corporate clients in government contract-related matters. Brakstad steps in on behalf of government contractors in bid protests, protests before the Small Business Administration in the U.S., civil and criminal investigations by state and federal agencies, and U.S. Department of Labor investigations. She also represents individuals and corporations in commercial litigation and handles issues small businesses face.

Daniel Elliott, a New Haven, Conn. partner, maintains an active labor and employment practice. Elliott represents and counsels employers in workplace-related disputes before federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies. He defends employers against claims of wrongful termination, breach of employment contract, and race, age, gender, and disability discrimination.

Carmon Harvey, a shareholder and co-leader of LeClairRyan’s labor and employment team, which is made up of more than 50 attorneys across the nation, also serves as the office leader for the Philadelphia office. She litigates a full caseload and counsels clients on a number of employment matters. In the past year, Harvey has prevailed on dispositive motions to dismiss or for summary judgement in five separate employment discrimination or retaliation cases.

Sarah Moffett, a Houston, Texas shareholder, is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment team and tackles workplace-related matters such as employment counseling, defense litigation, and independent, third-party investigations. Moffett also sets aside time to run Power of Hope, an organization that she founded to address racial issues in America.

Christopher Wiech, a partner in Atlanta, Ga., handles business matters with a concentration on technology and corporate compliance. Wiech advises clients on legal and regulatory issues facing emerging technologies such as blockchain technologies, digital currencies, and “Internet of Things” companies. He represents clients in high-stakes litigation, including class actions in federal and state courts and has extensive jury trial, arbitration, and appellate experience.