Carla Brown

Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C.
11260 Roger Bacon Drive
Suite 201
Reston, VA 20190

Ms. Brown, of Fairfax County, Virginia, joined the firm in 2006, and became a Partner in 2009. Ms. Brown earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1996 and received her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1999.

Ms. Brown has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Virginia, as well as in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Ms. Brown handles contractual matters, including the negotiation and review of severance agreements, covenants not to compete, and employment agreements. Ms. Brown also counsels employees who are subjected to workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

Ms. Brown has been recognized as a rising star in Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, a Super Lawyer in 2013, and was recognized as a Washington, D.C. Rising Star in 2013.

Recent judgments in business, employment and discrimination/civil rights cases include: York v. DynCorp International, LLC., C.A. No. 2011-4995 (Fairfax Cir. Ct. 2012) (Breach of Contract - $5.4 million verdict, including prejudgment interest); Crowe, et al v. Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC, Civil Action 1:10cv1016 (E.D. Va. 2011)(Represented individuals and successor employer, Lockton in obtaining ruling by Court, striking covenants not to compete and confidentiality provisions as invalid, May, 2011); Grissom v. The Mills Corporation, Civil Action 06-961 (E.D. Va. 2007) (Sarbanes-Oxley wrongful termination, breach of contract, and defamation per se - $459,566 judgment, fees and costs awarded).

Reported decisions include: Zeng v. EDS, 2007 U.S. Dist LEXIS 44412 (June 12, 2007) (denying a motion to dismiss the plaintiff's claims of tortious interference and intentional infliction of emotional distress); Duckett v. District of Columbia, et al., 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 32523 (D.C. Cir. May 23, 2006) (dismissing claims against physician who was falsely accused of violating the civil rights of an inmate).

Recent presentations by Ms. Brown include: "Effective Uses for Magistrates" (the Virginia Bar Association Forty-Second Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law, September 20, 2012); "Plaintiff's Perspective in Federal Court: 'New' Pleading Standard, Discovery, Experts, Mediation and More" (the Virginia Bar Association, May 2010); "Plaintiff's Perspective: What's the Plan? Issues That Arise in State, Federal, or ADR Forum" (Virginia Bar Association Annual Employment Law Update, May 13, 2010); "Hot Topics in Employment Law and Ethical and Professional Mediation Guidelines to Resolve Cases Early" (Fairfax Bar Association, Las Vegas, October 6, 2009); "Hot Topics in Employment" (The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, July 28, 2009); "Careers in Labor Employment" (D.C. Bar Labor & Employment Section, July 26, 2007); "Strategic Thinking in Settlement Negotiations" (the Virginia Bar Association Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law, October 6, 2006); "Careers in Labor & Employment" (D.C. Bar Labor & Employment Section, July 26, 2007).

Ms. Brown is currently admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. Ms. Brown is also admitted to practice in the federal trial courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Ms. Brown is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Law Association, the Fairfax Bar Association, the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association, and the Federal Bar Association. She is also a Barrister of the George Mason American Inn of Court.