Patricia Payne

Patricia Payne

Payne & Associates
  • Business Law, Employment Law, Arbitration & Mediation ...
  • District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
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Patricia Payne - *Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale–Hubbell®™*

Patricia Payne received her B.A. from the University of Michigan,J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center (serving as an Editor on the Journal for Law and Policy in International Business) and her MBA from Johns Hopkins University in 2004.

Ms. Payne heads the firm's practice and serves as outside general counsel to over 30 area businesses and non-profit organizations in the Washington Metropolitan area. Providing comprehensive representation in civil and commercial litigation matters, Ms. Payne also counsels and represents clients in transactional matters (including new business formation , finance and securities and transactional work) preparation and negotiation of contracts (employment, buy-sell, shareholder, operating, licensing), internal operational issues (including employment/labor disputes), litigation and arbitration of employment disputes and business wind-downs/dissolutions.

Ms. Payne has also represented hundreds of individuals in business and contract disputes, labor and employment matters (before the EEOC and in state and federal courts) and in addressing business, commercial and estate planning needs.

Ms. Payne began her career with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and formed her practice in 1992.

In addition to membership in the DC, Maryland and Virginia Bar Associations, Ms. Payne is also a member of: The American Bar Association, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC), the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), the Fairfax Bar Association).

Ms. Payne is also an Ambassador Member of Hope Connections for Cancer and a Member of the Board of Directors of Signature Theatre and MWELA.

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Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Arbitration & Mediation
Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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Professional Experience
Payne & Associates
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The Firm is a broad-based, general business and litigation practice serving businesses, individuals and non-profits in transactional, commercial, employment and labor matters. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in, and regularly appear before, the federal and state courts of the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. FOR BUSINESSES: The firm represents business clients in commercial and civil litigation matters, sophisticated business and finance matters, including organizational structuring, federal and state securities matters (i.e., capital formation, primary and secondary offerings, debt financing, etc.), corporate governance, insurance and liability matters, purchase, sale and lease of commercial real estate, intellectual property issues (i.e., tradename, trademark, and domain name issues), contract preparation and review (i.e., stock purchase, asset purchase, licensing, and lease agreements), labor and employment matters (i.e., employment and consulting contracts, termination, unemployment, EEOC and ADA), tax, business dispute and dissolution, windown and estate/succession planning. FOR INDIVIDUALS: The firm represents individuals in employment and labor disputes involving federal, state and local anti-discrimination statutes (i.e., Title VII, ADA, ADEA, etc.), business disputes (i.e., shareholder, partnership and employment contracts), negotiation of employment/consulting agreements, consumer matters, personal injury and estate planning.
Johns Hopkins University
Honors: Capstone Selection: International Expansion of Drug Research Facilities in Developing World
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
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2101 L Street, NW
Suite #400
Washington, DC 20037
Telephone: (202) 835-1610