Practices

Legal and Business Consulting

Communications

Copyright/Trademark

Intellectual Property

Wills, Trusts, Estates

Agency Representation:

  • Federal Communications Commission

  • Food and Drug Administration

  • Environmental Protection Agency

Capabilities:

 

Legal and Business Consulting Practice

Viewing ourselves as business-oriented, we practice in various commercial fields to assist clients in creating, facilitating and increasing their markets for products and services. Representative clients have included publicly held companies, some international in scope, as well as smaller and new entrepreneurial companies, joint ventures and individuals, common and private carriers, and utilities. Also represented are trade associations, educational institutions and support associations, not-for-profits, charitable, foundations, and service organizations. The firm advises on and deals with matters of commercial and general business, transactional, transitional (including business succession planning/implementation), commercial real estate/leasing, government contracting, franchising, partnerships, joint ventures, legislation/government relations, issue advocacy, litigation services, business negotiations/dispute resolution, operational, and employment issues. We also counsel and advise Internet, communications and related service providers, equipment manufacturers/distributors, program and service networks/suppliers, authors, musicians, entertainers, artists, publishers and media. Mr. Pellegrin has also served as corporate counsel to various for-profit and non-profit organizations. He also functions as a financial resource facilitator.

 

Intellectual Property

The firm’s IP practice includes trademark, copyright, patent coordination, Internet, domain name, and computer related issues. The firm deals with contracts and disputes involving IP rights, computer and information technology (IT), regulatory compliance matters, litigation, and legislation, including matters within the purview of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Copyright Office, and U.S. International Trade Commission. We can also serve as project managers, coordinators, and/or agents in the entertainment, literary, music, artistic, publishing, media, and sports fields, as well as offering promotional services.

 

Communications

The firm practices before the FCC, as well as other regulatory agencies, including state Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) and local community/county franchising authorities. All facets of communications and communications entities and service providers to the communications industry are dealt with – including authorizations, modifications and transactional. Our scope of available services includes broadcast, cable television, common and private carriers, microwave, PCS, cellular, paging, SMR, equipment and experimental authorizations, as well as policy and political communications matters before various government agencies. We also serve as expert witnesses in these fields, and assist clients in their efforts to secure and maintain their communication facilities.

 

Food and Drug Administration; Environmental Protection Agency

The firm advises consultants and companies subject to FDA and/or EPA regulations on respective agency policies, issues, rulemakings, as well as compliance and transactional matters.

 

Wills, Trusts, Estates

We advise and assist individuals as well as clients having interests in closely held companies in establishing as well as reviewing, coordinating with Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), and making recommendations as to clients’ business succession and individual estate plans. This includes drafting and/or review of Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERPs), Rabbi Trusts, Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, and Advanced Medical Directives (AMDs).

 

Of Counsel Areas of Expertise and Referral Sources

Through our current Of Counsel relationship with the Fairfax, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Rockville, Maryland firm of Allred, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PC, additional areas of expertise are available to our clients. These include: complex litigation, bankruptcy, real estate, insurance, collections, HOA/condominium associations, securities, commodities, lender liability, family/domestic relations, personal injury and medical/legal malpractice, product and pharmacological liability, trust and estate administration, elder law, corporate governance, shareholders’ rights, land use, landlord-tenant disputes, criminal, and traffic issues involving clients in the greater metropolitan Washington, DC area. We also maintain working/referral relationships with other firms across the region, as well as nationally and internationally.

 

Firm’s Approach to Client Matters

Our expertise and involvement with the client either on a continuous and/or as-needed basis positions us to better help define the scope of risk/reward for our clients. Alternative approaches developed help maximize and achieve the client’s potential and the client’s goals. This also helps clients budget for and control legal fees and costs, while allowing them to quickly and cost effectively establish and expand their operations. Our practice philosophy and approach as a full business, consulting, and legal services firm can be characterized as “E to E—Entrée to Exit” and “Let Us Help You Grow Your Business.”

 

Practice Area Categories

Business

Formation/Establishment/Succession Planning-Implementation

Contracts (Private Business and Government)

Negotiations

Transactional (Purchase and Sale) and Transitional

Commercial Real Estate/Leasing/REITs

Operations

Franchising

Employment

International

Non-profit associations/entities

Business Succession Planning

Litigation/Legislation/Issue Advocacy

Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation/Arbitration

Intellectual Property

Trademark

Copyright

Patent and other IP Coordination

Internet, computer and information technology (IT)

Social Media, Entertainment, Literary, Music, Artistic, Sports, Publishing and Media

Project Management/Coordination, Consultancy, Agency, and Promotional Services

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Copyright Office

U.S. International Trade Commission

Government Contracting

Bids, Responses to RFPs/RFQs, Protests and Defense

Contracts and Compliance

Prime and Subcontractor Issues

Review and Appeals

Federal Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency

Regulations, rulemakings, compliance and transactional issues

Communications

Federal Communications Commission

International; Common Carrier; Broadcasting; Policy/Rule-making

Cable TV, Private Cable and Wireless, Land Mobile

License Transfers/Assignments/Transactional

Equipment Registration/Authorization/Type Acceptance/Approval

Wills, Trusts, Estates

Planning and Drafting, Establishment, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Review

Representative Clients

Public and Closely Held Companies; International Entities

Entrepreneurs and Start-Up Companies

Patent, Trademark and Copyright Holders

FCC Licensees and Applicants

Universities, Colleges and School Support Associations

Government Contractors and Subcontractors

Consultants (including FDA and EPA); Service Companies

Non-profit Associations, Foundations and Organizations

Authors, Musicians, Artists, Sports, Entertainment, Publishers

 

Educational Background/Degrees; Community Participation, Honors/Recognition/ Awards

John Pellegrin, principal in the firm, holds the highest rating (AV Preeminent) from Martindale Hubbell – the international law directory. He is admitted to practice in Virginia, District of Columbia, New York, various federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. He holds a B.S.B.A. degree in Management from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctoris degree from Fordham University School of Law.

 

Mr. Pellegrin is involved with various business, non-profit, charitable, community and service organizations, including the Fairfax County Small Business Commission (appointed an At Large Commissioner by the Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and currently serving as the SBC’s Chairman); MVLE, Inc. (Board and Board Governance Committee Member); Rotary Club of West Springfield (past Board Member and Vocational Services Chair; Chartering Organization Representative to local Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack; Eagle Scout and Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow); participation in Ethics Day and Leadership Day for high school students; conducting mock trials for 8th grade Honors students; Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (former President/Chairman and Board Member), Springfield Golf and Country Club (former President and Board Member), and membership in several Chambers of Commerce through the SBC; member of the Purveyors Club.

John and his firm have been honored with a Corporate Citizen of the Year Award, Membership Award and Prism Award for Leadership by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, as well as a Volunteer Fairfax Benchmark 500 Award. He is the recipient of the 2017 Springfield District Community Champion Award, having been nominated by Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity. He has also received Rotary International’s Vocational Service Leadership Award (one of only 50 awarded throughout the world amongst 1.3 million Rotarians), and the Rotary Club of West Springfield’s President’s Award and Distinguished Service Award, among other honors. He served as President of the Chamber (2008) and on various standing Chamber committees, being recognized with the Prism, Corporate Citizenship, and Membership Awards. John has presented/chaired panels on various business/legal topics for numerous organizations, including nonprofit associations; Center for Nonprofit Success; Women’s Business Center/Community Business Partnership; Fairfax County Vendor Forum; Networking Executive Women; McLean Estate Planning Council and Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (Business Succession Planning). He has also taught business/legal subjects in the Fairfax County Adult Education Program. John serves as the COR (Chartering Organization Representative) to a local Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack, having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, inducted into the Order of the Arrow, and serving as a former Scoutmaster.

Also Of Counsel to Allred, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PC

Focus on the following areas:
Fields of Expertise:

Agriculture & Energy

Commercial Real Estate

Computer & Technology

Environmental

Life Sciences

Medical Devices

Telecommunications

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