Fairfax circuit court jury returned a unanimous verdict awarding punitive damages on behalf of clients represented by Jon D. Pels. The punitive damages amounted to approximately 50 times the actual compensatory costs incurred by Mr. Pels’ clients. This is the second jury trial in a row in which Mr. Pels has obtained punitive damages on [...]
[Originally published in the Montgomery County Sentinel, February 8th, 2019] ROCKVILLE – The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a financial assurance plan that indicates it is on track to fund certain water-quality programs, to the chagrin of some county residents. The financial assurance plan, or FAP, stated that the county has enough funds to meet [...]
Jury returns a unanimous 12 to 0 resounding verdict for the Pels Law Firm client SRM Arms and Jeffrey Hajjar
The trial in Boise, Idaho, started on October 2, 2018 and ended on October 18, 2018 and included 343 exhibits related to a business dispute, including allegations of fraud. The jury returned their verdict on Friday, October 19, 2018. “The jury got it," stated Jon D. Pels, who served as lead counsel on the case. "It is rare that you get a 12 to 0 unanimous verdict, but there were tears in the courtroom as the verdict was being read."
Jon Pels Wins Victory Over Federal Highway Administration In Case Related to Fatal Crash on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway
A Maryland federal judge on Thursday denied the federal government’s bid to dismiss a suit alleging its failure to maintain the painted white lane line, or fog line, on the side of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway caused an accident that killed a man and injured his fiancee. Jon Pels, representing the plaintiffs, said: "The government tried to argue that they didn't have the resources to put the fog lane lines down," he added. "Obviously we did not find that argument to be well-received by our side and I don't think the court believed it either."
The Pels Law Firm, which is representing 25 Montgomery County property owners in litigation challenging the County's imposition of the Water Quality Protection Charge (WQPC) upon them and/or denying statutorily-required credits against the Charge, testified at the Montgomery County Council's public hearing on March 6 on Bill 1-18, which amends County law regarding what some call the "rain tax." Attorney Maria Leonard Olsen testified at the hearing and suggested additional changes to the WQPC in writing.
The Pels Law Firm is pleased to announce that Katerina Newell has joined our firm. Ms. Newell is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. While at UVA Law, Ms. Newell was an Articles Editor for the Virginia Journal of International Law and clerked at the Legal Aid Justice Center, where she [...]
The following article was originally published in The Daily Record by their Legal Affairs writer, Heather Cobun, on April 21st, 2017: The denial of tax credits to most members of a homeowners’ association in Montgomery County that manages its own stormwater runoff was remanded to an administrative appeal board Thursday where attorneys say they will [...]
Firm attorneys Jon D. Pels and Maria Leonard Olsen have been representing the Lindbergh Park Owner’s Association (LPOA) in their fight against Montgomery County and its “rain tax” policies. On April 20th, 2017, the Montgomery County Circuit Court reversed an earlier decision in a major victory for the LPOA. Montgomery County’s “rain tax” has had [...]
The Pels Law Firm is pleased to announce that Brian West has become "Of Counsel" to the firm. Likewise, Jon D Pels has become "Of Counsel" to the law firm of Sandground, West, Silek & Raminpour, PLC. Brian West began practicing law in 1985 and has a reputation as being one of the toughest [...]
Many of us have been injured either while on the job or by some sort of criminal negligence. Not only is it painful, but situations like these could incur serious economic consequences for you and your family if not dealt with correctly. It’s difficult to navigate litigation without proper legal representation- thus, it’s in your [...]
When economic times threaten the stability of your finances, it’s tough to know how to proceed. Do you struggle through the mounting pile of debt or do you file for bankruptcy? If the debt is manageable, hiring a financial adviser could be worth it, but if your accounts are looking to bleak to handle, declaring [...]