The lawyers and professional staff in our firm are highly experienced in managing clients on an international basis. Our lawyers hold advanced degrees in international law and our firm is multi-lingual, including English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. We have collaborative relationships with local counsel in virtually every member state of the European Union, Russia and Ukraine. We work closely with our clients to provide the highest quality of legal service through cost effective and efficient billing arrangements. Our firm is staffed in both Europe and the United States and is available to clients regardless of location or time zone.

Our Practice

Our firm handles multi-million dollar transactions involving technology and corporate sale agreements, license agreements, private equity investments, debt financing, government funded contracts, litigation settlements and legislative and regulatory representation in both Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium. We represent clients in government investigations and audits. We have extensive experience in the high-technology, biotechnology, medical device, oil & gas, and renewable energy industry areas. We provide counsel to clients in both private sector and government sponsored programs. We work closely with our clients to understand their industry and long term business objectives in order to develop legal strategies that assist them in achieving their goals and add value to their business. 

 Clients First

We practice law because we love working with our clients. Many of our core clients have been with our attorneys for over ten years. Our clients include European government agencies, oil and gas companies, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing companies and import/export companies. We believe that professional client service begins with listening to our clients, and when needed, helping them solve complicated problems or to develop strategies that enable them to achieve their business objectives. Client service is our highest priority. 


Collectively, our firm has substantial experience representing clients on a wide range of legal matters. Our attorneys have years of experience in practice, including government service. The following highlights some areas of expertise.

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Our Team

Christopher Ott, Esq.


Mr. Ott is admitted to practice in Washington, DC, Maryland, Missouri and the Federal Courts.

James M. Steinwinder, Esq.

Contract Attorney

Attorney James M. Steinwinder represents clients in the energy, financial services and healthcare industries.

Dr Joseph Bielitzki

Director Government Research & Development Programs (Non-Attorney)

Joseph Bielitzki, MS, DVM, works to solve science and technology problems by developing interdisciplinary teams and paradigm shifting concepts.

Laura O'Neill Ott

Director Legislative Affairs (Non-Attorney)

Laura O´Neill spent ten years on Capitol Hill working in both the Legislative and Executive Branches of Government focusing on health care-related issues.

Gerald Straughn, C.P.A

Chief Financial Officer

Gerald Straughn, C.P.A., is the Firm´s Chief Financial and Administrative Officer.Mr. Straughn has over thirty-five years of experience.

Col. (ret.) David Pedersen

Director Government Relations

Colonel David Pedersen retired with more than 32 years of service in the U.S. Air Force skilled in international diplomacy and national security policy making and able to articulate complex air, space and cyber issues to senior international leaders.

Thomas W. Ferguson, III

Senior Policy Adviser, National Security & Defense

Mr. Ferguson retired with over 23 years of service as a national security professional with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  He began his career as a Special Agent in September of 1996 where he was first assigned to the Chicago Field Office...