Accolades And Notable Cases

Representative Cases

  1. Diep N. Vu v. Everbank, MERS Inc et al., Case No 2015-10247, Fairfax County Circuit Court. Defended title company president in multi-party title suit seeking $250K+ in damages for fraud, breach of warranty & contract, and unjust enrichment. Case settled for about $6,240 payable in the form of a four-year non-interest bearing note. Secured client a full release from Commonwealth Land Title Association. Case was covered by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Verdicts & Settlements Section.
  2. 408 E. 73rd St Housing Corporation v. RVP Management Inc., Heinrich Wilcke, Walker et al, Case No. 2015-653814, New York County Supreme Court. Represented board of directors of real estate cooperative in complex breach of director and officer fiduciary duty suit. Case was settled favorably for the client.
  3. Harriet & Dexter Frost v. Reyes Services LLC, The Reyes Group LLC et al, Case No.: 2016 CA 005647B (D.C. Superior). Representing DC-based developer in construction dispute involving foundation damage issues and specialized construction expert testimony matters.
  4. The Audrey v. O.E Ramirez et al, Case No.: GV1600131700, Arlington County Circuit Court (2016) (unlawful detainer). Represented developer in complex eviction suit involving tenants damaging the premises. Obtained eviction and additional damages for client.
  5. Lai-Dang Real Estate LLC v. Gloria Berry, Case No.: GV-16007898-00, Fairfax County General District Court. Complex leasing dispute requiring assignments and eviction of tenant for rent and non-rent related issues.
  6. LL & LM v. Arlington Realty Inc and Colin Place LLC, Case No.: CL16-2171, Arlington Circuit Court. Mold Litigation. This was a complex mold related case that was eventually settled after several months of discovery.
  7. Liyeh Su v. White Oak Tower Condominium Unit Owners Association, Fairfax County. Medical Use Permits - we were retained by the unit owner wanting to sell his unit to a purchaser wishing to utilize the property for medical use. However, the board of directors of the association refused to issue a medical use permit due to multiple convoluted reasons, including the Town of Vienna’s disputed calculations related to medical use square footage in the condo association. We were eventually able to overcome the Board’s resistance and initiate the process of securing the medical use permit for our client’s property.
  8. The Unit Owners Association of Hawthorn Condominium v. KS, MT et al, Case Number CL16001471-00, Arlington County Circuit Court. We were retained by full equity owners of a condominium trying to prevent a foreclosure of their unit due to outstanding HOA fees owed to the Condominium board. We were able to successfully negotiate a compromise and settle the case without clients undergoing strict forfeiture of their property.
  9. Verma v. Khatib, Case No. GV16-16615, Fairfax County General District Court. Complex unlawful detainer action involving unlawful occupancy, mold and failure to maintain issues. Client was facing approximately $25,000 in liability. We were able to obtain a verdict in favor of our client on most counts, resulting in liability for only two months of past due rent.
  10. Lee, Morris et al v. Ghassemi, Case No. GV17-04, Arlington General District Court. Mold Litigation – complex mold related suit involving a range of other landlord tenant issues.
  11. Wende Enterprises LLC v. David Lynch, Case No. GV17000457, Fairfax General District Court. Represented owner of burger truck in breach of contract suit for failure to remit payments per the terms of the promissory note. Obtained judgment in favor of client.
  12. Red Lava Investments LLC v. Ivonne Cedeno, Case No. 16025467, Fairfax County General District Court. Foreclosure-related Eviction. Client-Investor sought services to evict tenant at sufferance on recently purchased investment property. Successfully obtained result desired by client.
  13. Mover et al v. Peabody Residential et al, Case No. GV16-5155;5169; 5727, Loudoun County General District Court. Challenge to Applicability of Non-Disparagement Clauses in Standard form Consumer Contracts – this was an interesting case involving the enforcement of a non-disparagement clause in standard form consumer contracts, a property rental agreement.
  14. Daniels v. Wiltz, Case No. CL-16-9338, Prince William County Circuit Court. Defamation and Injunction – we were able to obtain an immediate injunction barring the ex-boyfriend from posting insulting or derogatory remarks online, and also cooperate in the removal of all defamatory content that was posted online. All disparaging remarks were soon removed from all online fora.
  15. Wiltz v. Daniels, Case No. GV16016596, Prince William General District Court. Detinue action filed by ex-boyfriend to recover alleged personal property. We filed several motions to dismiss the case before trial. Case is still pending.
  16. Cumberledge v. King (Case No. GV16-4168, Stafford County General District Court, 2016) – Lead in the water. This case won through some creative lawyering aimed at blocking the introduction of any evidence related to lead in the water.

Complex Business Workouts/Resolutions:

  • Mate LLC v. Georgetown Millennium Trust Co - We were retained by a prominent sushi restaurant and bar in Georgetown to negotiate a leasing dispute with Landlord stemming from the Landlord’s billing practices for water usage. Negotiated compromise by invoking specific Tenant rights under the complex commercial lease, which involved the installation of a direct billing meter on Tenant’s premises.
  • Pinehills Properties LLC v. Advanced Structural Concepts Inc - Represented well-known real estate investment firm in breach of contract dispute with a construction and engineering consulting firm. Successfully obtained disgorgement of more than $30,000 in damages from defendant and its principals.
  • Bahram Shahand v. House Buyers of America Inc - This was a complex title related issue related to real property conveyance in the District. Successfully obtained disgorgement of more than $30,000 in security deposit monies wrongfully withheld from our client.

DISCLAIMER – PAST RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT FUTURE OUTCOMES. EACH CASE IS UNIQUE AND THE OUTCOME OF DEPENDS ON THE FACTS OF THAT PARTICULAR CASE.

Within a few years of beginning our practice, our firm and its attorneys have already established their mark and been recognized in the industry for their accomplishments. Our accolades include:

  • Selected To The Exclusive League of Super Lawyers In Litigation for 2016 & 2017!
  • Honored As One of Only 2.5% of Lawyers Considered "Rising Stars" In Virginia!
  • Selected to the "Best Lawyers and Law Firms in America" in Business & Commercial Litigation!
  • Awarded AVVO's "Clients Choice" Award in Litigation & Business Law!
  • Our Case Victories Have Been Profiled In the Virginia Lawyers Weekly!
  • Mehalko and Moghul PLLC has also received national and international news coverage related to one of the firm's high profile defamation cases (O'Brien v. Bloomberg LP et al, Case No. 2014-162746)

Complex Real Estate And Business Litigation

Diep N. Vu v. Everbank, MERS Inc et al. (Case No 2015-10247, Fairfax County Circuit Court) (2015) - Successfully defended title company president in complex multi-party suit seeking $250,000+ in damages for fraud, breach of warranty & contract, and unjust enrichment. Settled case for less than $6,000 payable in the form of a four-year non-interest bearing note. Secured client a full release from Commonwealth Land Title Association. Case was covered by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly's Verdicts & Settlements Section.

O'Brien v. Bloomberg L.P., et al (Index No.: 2014-162746, New York County Supreme Court) (2014) - Representing one of the world's biggest antique dealers, an Irish Traveller, in major defamation suit against Bloomberg Businessweek, its editor in chief Josh Tyrangiel, and New York Times reporter Adam Higginbotham.

Daniels v. Wiltz, (Case No. CL 16-9338, Prince William County Circuit Court, 2016): We were retained by a successful dentist whose recent breakup with her ex-boyfriend had caused him to publish numerous defamatory comments on the internet, including Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and other social media fora. We filed for an immediate temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction. After a hearing in front of the Honorable Judge Craig Johnston at Prince William Circuit Court, we prevailing in obtaining a court order enjoining defendant from any further defamatory postings and mandating defendant in cooperating in removal of all such publications online. All defamatory and derogatory remarks regarding our client were soon removed!

408 E. 73rd St. Housing Corporation v. ALH Properties Four LLC, RVP Management Corporation et al. (Index No.: 2015-653814, New York County Supreme Court) (2015) - Representing board of directors of real estate cooperative in complex breach of director and officer fiduciary duty suit.

Harriet & Dexter Frost v. Reyes Services LLC, The Reyes Group LLC et al , (D.C. Superior Court Case No.: 2016 CA 005647B) - Representing prominent real estate development group in an ongoing construction dispute related to a property located at 10th St NW in Washington DC.

Unit Owner v. White Oak Tower Condominium Unit Owners Association, (Vienna, Virginia) - we were retained by the unit owner of a condo who has contracted to sell his unit to a purchaser wishing to utilize the property for medical use. However, the board of directors of the condo association refused to issue a medical use permit due to multiple convoluted reasons, including the Town of Vienna's disputed calculations related to medical use square footage in the condo association. We were eventually able to overcome the Board's resistance and initiate the process of securing the medical use permit for our client's property.

Pinehills Properties LLC v. Advanced Structural Concepts Inc (Fairfax, Virginia) - Represented well-known real estate investment firm in breach of contract dispute with a construction and engineering consulting firm. Successfully obtained disgorgement of more than $30,000 in damages from defendant and its principals.

Landlord-Tenant Litigation

Mate LLC v. Georgetown Millennium Trust Co. (District of Columbia): We were retained by a prominent sushi restaurant and bar in Georgetown to negotiate a leasing dispute with Landlord stemming from the Landlord's billing practices for water usage. Negotiated compromise by invoking specific Tenant rights under the complex commercial lease, which involved the installation of a direct billing meter on Tenant's premises.

The Audrey v. O.E Ramirez et al (Case No.: GV1600131700, Arlington County General District Court, 2016) - Successfully evicted multiple tenants in unlawful detainer lawsuit on behalf of prominent Arlington County developer and real estate investor/landlord.

Lai-Dang Real Estate LLC v. Gloria Berry (Case No.: GV-16007898-00, Fairfax County General District Court, 2016): Successfully represented LLC in complex unlawful detainer suit involving issues related to lease assignment, agency authority and disputed rent amounts.

Verma v. Khatib (Case No. 16-16615, Fairfax County General District Court, 2016) - We were retained by the tenant in an unlawful detainer proceeding in which our position was not strong. Landlord was claiming more than $20,000 in damages, including past due late fees, and unauthorized occupancy charges. We were able to maneuver a dismissal of all these charges by pointing to the Landlord's contradictory conduct that diverged from the terms of the lease.

Cumberledge v. King (Case No. GV16-4168, Stafford County General District Court, 2016): We represented the Landlord whose tenant has filed suit for back rent and damages after the discovery of lead in the water. We prevailing after some creative lawyer was able to accomplish blocking the other side from introducing key pieces of evidence. Landlord prevailed as a result.

LL & LM v. Arlington Realty Inc and Colin Place LLC, Case No. CL-16002171, Arlington County Circuit Court, 2016) - Complex mold litigation. We were retained by tenants in a condominium complex to take action against the Landlord and property manager who failed to properly remediate toxic mold on the premises. This case is ongoing.

Arhancet v. Thompson et al (Case No. GV1602055800, Fairfax County General District Court, 2016): Represented prominent CEO of worldwide e-sports company, Team Liquid, in eviction suit in Annandale. Since time was of the essence, we were able to resolve the case before the return date by incentivizing the tenants to move quickly and avoid any further liability.

Lichtenstein v. Lerner Corporation (Fairfax County): We were retained by the owner of a sea shells company who was improperly being required by the Lerner corporation to pay rent for an alleged roommate whose name should not have been on the Lease. After notifying Lerner Corporation of the law on lease modifications, and their duties pursuant thereto, we were able to resolve the problem without the need for court intervention.