IREM Global Summit Explores Trends in the Real Estate Industry


IREM Global Summit pic

IREM Global Summit

Business lawyer and transaction attorney Ira Saul manages his own practice in Virginia with four decades of experience. Outside his responsibilities to the firm, Ira Saul delivers lectures on business and real estate topics for organizations such as the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). IREM will host its 2017 Global Summit this October.

The IREM Global Summit will explore all facets of the real estate industry with a particular focus on how the elements of collaboration, innovation, and differentiation are incorporated into successful business practices. It features a collection of industry leaders and provides managers of commercial and multifamily properties and assets with the opportunity to expand their knowledge base. Attendees can also learn strategies for implementing new practices and ideas that differentiate their businesses from others and drive innovation.

From business meetings to continuing education courses, the IREM Global Summit offers something for managers of every level. Events include the Industry Leaders Lunch and a keynote speaker presentation on achieving success through talent, trust, and teamwork. Additionally, the conference will host the IREM Inaugural and 2017 REME Awards, which will celebrate the inauguration of IREM’s 2018 president.

The IREM Global Summit will take place at the Hilton Chicago Hotel on October 10 through October 13, 2017. For more information on registration rates and packages, visit


NVAA Hands Out Founders Awards

Northern Virginia Apartment Association pic

Northern Virginia Apartment Association

For more than four decades, Ira Saul has maintained a private practice in Fairfax, Virginia, where he specializes in representing business and real estate clients as well as creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. In addition to his work as a litigator, Ira Saul maintains membership in the Northern Virginia Apartment Association.

Last February, the Northern Virginia Apartment Association presented its Founder’s Awards to several individuals who have served in the field with distinction and excellence throughout their careers. This is the fifth consecutive year in which the NVAA has given out these awards, which are based on stringent selection criteria.

There were 18 total winners in a number of different categories. Paradigm Management was selected by the NVAA as the Management Company of the Year, which is one of the organization’s most prestigious honors. Kara Permisohn served as this year’s committee chair for the event, leading the group of NVAA leaders who chose the award winners.

Intellectual Property Disputes


Intellectual Property pic

Intellectual Property

The founding president of his own law firm, Ira Saul possesses more than 40 years of experience representing clients in the Fairfax, Virginia, area. Ira Saul has served as a litigator in a wide array of legal cases, including those involving intellectual property disputes.

As intellectual property increases in value so does the importance and difficulty of protecting it. The rise of the Internet has led to a number of intellectual property disputes, such as Amazon’s 1-Click technology, which allows consumers to make online purchases with a single click as opposed to entering their billing and shipping information every time. Amazon has filed a number of infringement lawsuits to protect their patent for this technology, most notably against Barnes and Noble.

Other examples of intellectual property litigation include Google’s sale of trademarked names as keywords, thus allowing competitors to appear in search results for a specific brand or company. Perhaps the best known intellectual property case involved Napster, a file-sharing site that allowed people to download music, which they didn’t own the rights to, at no charge. Napster was sued by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Some Public Services Offered by the Fairfax Bar Association

Fairfax Bar Association pic

Fairfax Bar Association

Ira Saul focuses on business litigation and transactions at his private practice in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to representing small business clients, Ira Saul serves as chairman of the Fairfax Bar Association’s Law Library Committee.

The Fairfax Bar Association provides a number of services to assist the public. One such service is the Public Law Library, which allows individuals to access to over 35,000 books and other legal resources to educate themselves on legal issues. Meanwhile, the association’s Law Related Education Programs teach students throughout the county about the legal system, inform them of their constitutional rights, and educate them on pertinent legal issues, such as the legal consequences of gang activities or discrimination.

Outside of education-related initiatives, the Conciliation Program connects people to experienced lawyers who have volunteered to help opposing parties resolve issues. Trained conciliators can assist in a variety of cases, from visitation orders to civil discovery disputes, and they offer their services as a neutral party. For low-income individuals living in Fairfax Country, the association’s Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center can give free legal help with family law issues.

Transactional Law

Transactional Law

Ira Saul, an attorney with more than 30 years of experience, practices law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In one area of specialization, Ira Saul focuses on multiple aspects of business law, including transactional law and business litigation.

In his Virginia transactional law practice, Ira Saul represents small- and medium-sized companies in an array of industries, including Internet content creators, government contractors, information technology companies, and others.

For more information, visit Mr. Saul’s website,

Ira Saul’s Former Victories: Federal Tort Claim for Medical Malpractice

Jack R. Snead, a Civil Engineer for the State Department’s Agency for International Development met and married his wife, Yen L. Snead, in Vietnam. Shortly after their marriage, the Sneads moved to Yemen and later to Egypt, where Mr. Snead was stationed. While in Cairo, Mrs. Snead began complaining about abnormal menstrual bleeding. While on leave in the United States, she sought medical attention from two State Department Health Clinic physicians, Drs. Joseph Sheffery and Thomas Wilson, after receiving a referral. The Clinic grants clearances for international travel, examining well over 5,000 employees and spouses each year. At the time of Mrs. Snead’s appointment, the two gynecologists failed to give her a Pap smear, which would have detected a tumor in her cervix. With early treatment, Mrs. Snead would have had a range of options and a much better chance of recovery. Instead, the two physicians prescribed her a drug that merely masked the presence of the tumor. Drs. Sheffery and Wilson cleared Mrs. Snead to return to Egypt with her husband. The following year, however, doctors discovered the tumor when symptoms persisted. As a result, Mrs. Snead underwent a radical hysterectomy at Alexandria Hospital in Virginia.

Three years after her hysterectomy, doctors found a cancerous spot on her lung during another routine examination. Medical professionals believe the cancer spread from her cervix and could have been prevented had Drs. Sheffery and Wilson caught the initial tumor. After this diagnosis, Mrs. Snead underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, in addition to taking several prescriptions for the mental anguish caused by the cancer. At the time of the trial, doctors gave her less than a year to live.

United States District Judge Joyce Hens Green ruled in favor of Mrs. Snead, ordering the federal government to pay Mrs. Snead money damages and to pay her husband for loss of consortium. The judgment amount totaled $1.4 million.

The Early Years of Baseball

Known as America’s favorite pastime, the game of baseball as we know it originated in the 18th century. The documented, first known occurrence of a baseball-like game from 1791 shows New York Knickerbockers as the first team to play under modern baseball rules, beginning in 1845. The Knickerbockers invented the rule that required field players to tag the runner with the ball for an out. Previously, baseball players could oust a runner from the game by hitting him with a thrown ball.

About a decade after the Knickerbockers were formed, the club joined with 15 other New York teams and formed the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) in 1857.

By 1867, more than 400 teams were a part of the organization, from states as far away as California. The inception of the NABBP established baseball as a national sport, and as more teams popped up around the country, the association started to shy away from the purely amateur category under which it previously worked. A professional grouping was instituted in the NABBP, although the organization later separated to form amateur and major leagues.

During this time, in the late 1800s, many associations strived to become a national baseball league. Many of these groups lasted for one or two seasons, though the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (what we now know as Minor League Baseball) established the first World Series in 1903.

After the founding of a professional league, baseball rose in popularity throughout the country. The 20th century brought new teams from all over the country, and many rising stars and teams have won national and world championships in a sport established many years ago for amateur play.