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.
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.
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.
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, SaulLaw.com.
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.