Areas of Expertise
Commercial and Complex Litigation
There are two ways to become embroiled in commercial litigation — initiating it and responding when someone else initiates it. At Durrette, Arkema, Gerson & Gill, we have a wealth of experience with both. Our track record before judges and juries speaks for itself.

We have prevailed in cases described by one law professor as “one of the most complex cases litigated in the modern era” and another classified as a leading case on Virginia’s business conspiracy law. Our attorneys have won precedent-setting cases involving age discrimination, attorney fee awards, application of the Uniform Commercial Code, and interpretation of the statute of limitations in certain shareholder disputes.
Like buildings themselves, navigating the complexities of today’s construction industry requires a strong foundation. Our foundation includes years of experience in building codes, structural issues, workmanship issues, mechanic’s lien and payment bond issues, change order controversies, warranty issues, scope of work issues, drafting contracts and subcontracts that protect our clients, protesting and defending against protests on awards of public contracts, and dealing with state and federal contracting officers. We also help those in the construction industry that are faced with bankruptcy-related issues.

Whether you are an owner, general contractor, subcontractor, material supplier, engineer, architect, developer, lender or an investor, we can deliver a no-nonsense, practical solution to the construction-related issues you face. We have extensive experience in construction mediation, arbitration, litigation and settlement negotiations when the need arises. We are with you every step of the way.
Current economic times are making bankruptcy issues more complex—and more common. Whether you are a business owner, unsecured creditor, bankruptcy trustee or financial institution, our attorneys understand you need strategic solutions and innovative, individualized counsel to guide you through the legal process and help you achieve your goals.
Commercial Real Estate
Whether your company is local, regional or national in scope; whether your project is for retail, office, residential, hotel, industrial or mixed use; whether you’re a developer, buyer, seller, investor or end user; DAGG attorneys can guide you through every aspect of commercial real estate transactions, literally from the ground up. 

Our commercial real estate attorneys know the ins and outs of land use, from due diligence to permitting, zoning and variances, the full range of legal and environmental approvals. They can help you cost-effectively and innovatively negotiate acquisitions, sales and leases. To finance your project, they can represent you in securing construction loans, bridge loans, and securitized loans, among other types of financing. To reduce your overall costs, they can help you obtain historic rehabilitation, new markets, enterprise zone, low income and affordable housing and other applicable tax credits. 

And they can represent you ably in any real estate related dispute mediation, arbitration or litigation.
Business and Taxation
Businesses come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the legal needs associated with them. Whether you need counsel regarding general business matters or complex transactional issues, our team of attorneys is ready to assist you with individualized, innovative counsel.

Tax considerations drive many business decisions, and with the increasing complexity of the tax code we know how important it is to have someone on your team with experience in that area. Our clients rely on us to protect them from unnecessary tax exposure, inform them about tax and regulatory changes and support business growth while watching for potential risks and rewards.
Intellectual Property
Your company's intellectual property – your brand names, tag lines, packaging graphics and colors, photos, songs, films or videos, software applications, trade secrets, even your company name itself – can be just as valuable an asset as your buildings, your computers, your machinery or anything else tangible.  

DAGG's attorneys can help you keep your intellectual property yours – with everything from IP due diligence to protect your intellectual property and make sure it doesn't infringe on anyone else's, to trademark and copyright protection, licensing and related transactions, trade secrets, software and electronic commerce, employee mobility and restrictive covenants, and, when necessary, Intellectual Property litigation. All efficiently, cost-effectively, and with respect for your specific needs.
Personal Injury
Recovering from an injury is hard enough, without also having to file a claim and possible lawsuit. That’s why our experienced personal injury attorneys will work directly with you from day one – shielding you from further stress, protecting your rights, contending with insurance companies, fighting for you until your case is resolved, and letting you focus solely on getting back to full health.
Medical Malpractice
Medical negligence cases can be long, complex and expensive. Medical malpractice insurers can prolong, complicate and drag out negligence claims until the victims either give up or accept unreasonably low settlements. That’s why too many lawyers don’t want to take on insurance companies. The attorneys at DAG&G will – persistently and aggressively. 

We understand the pain and struggles that inaccurate diagnoses, wrong treatments and other forms of negligence can cause. So we marshal a team of legal and medical professionals dedicated to fighting for the justice and compensation that malpractice victims deserve.