Recognized as one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business Magazine (2007-2009), and a "Rising Star," by Virginia Super Lawyers & Rising Stars, Ms. France is highly regarded for her legal counsel to businesses and clients in the Washington Metropolitan area.
Ms. France is a seasoned litigator, who regularly appears in state and federal courts on behalf of business clients in complex commercial disputes, business torts, and employment actions, including the well-known "Rocket Docket" of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Additionally, Ms. France offers a wealth of corporate transactional experience on a wide-range of legal disciplines, including business contracts, corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, employment matters, bankruptcy, and creditor's rights. Prior to joining PCT, Ms. France was a partner at one of Virginia's largest law firms.
Ms. France is a respected lecturer and author. She has lectured at the National Business Institute and served as a guest lecturer at the George Washington University Law School. Her writing credits include articles in Atlantic Coast In-House and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Ms. France is a primary contributor and the Co-Editor of the Virginia Business Law Update Blog, which is published by PCT Law Group.
Litigation counsel for businesses in various industries regarding contractual, business torts, trademark infringement and other intellectual property disputes.
Appears regularly in the federal and state courts located in Virginia and the District of Columbia on behalf of clients.
Represented local business against a global conglomerate in its defense of a multi-million dollar trade secret dispute, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
Represented a large professional association in Canada in its defense of a trademark action, which resulted in the dismissal of the case on jurisdictional grounds.
Represented real estate developer in its defense of a contract action filed by an architect, which resulted in the dismissal of the case.
Represented government contractor in its defense of a patent infringement claim, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
Represented creditor in a multi-jurisdiction collection of a multi-million dollar judgment against an architect and real estate business, which involved novel legal issues such as the use of computer data obtained from seized computers.
Represented trustee in an adversary bankruptcy matter in its prosecution of a multi-million dollar fraudulent conveyance matter against the debtor, which resulted in a favorable trial verdict.
Represented client in an employment matter before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which resulted in a favorable appellate ruling.
Successfully resolved employment matters and obtained dismissals of employment discrimination charges.
Represented one of the top 100 largest U.S. government contractors in connection with its acquisition of a Virginia technology company.
Represented a government contract company in a multi-million dollar sale of a business division’s assets.
Represented and advised clients on business formation and governance issues, including C corporations, S corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, articles of incorporation, bylaws, partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, employee incentive programs, stock plans, and fiduciary responsibilities.
Represented government contractors and other business entities in the preparation of various commercial agreements, non-disclosure agreements, executive employment agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, severance agreements, licensing agreements, SBA issues including minority-owned and women-owned business set-asides and mentor-protégé relationships, teaming agreements, strategic alliances, and joint venture agreements.
"7th Circuit: FMLA, ADA Claims Fail Where Employee Violated Company’s Substance Abuse Policy," Society for Human Resource Management Court Report (January 2011)
"7th Circuit: Employer Not Required to Maintain an Existing Position to Accommodate Employee," Society for Human Resource Management Legal Report (April 2010)
"9th Circuit: Settlement by Class Representative Does Not Bar Certification Appeal," Society for Human Resource Management Legal Report (January 2010)
"State Statutes of Limitations Apply to Federal Whistleblowers Claims," Society for Human Resource Management Court Report (July 2005)
"Cell Phone Use While Driving Can Pose Real Problems for Employers," Atlantic Coast In-House, A Quarterly Publication of Lawyer's Weekly, Inc. (January 2005)
"Decision-Maker's Hate Speech was Direct Evidence of Discrimination," Society for Human Resource Management Court Report (March 2004)
"Mental Disorders did not Substantially Limit Major Life Activity," Society for Human Resource Management Court Report (July 2004)
"Employer Not Liable for Nondecision-Maker’s Influence on Employment Action," Society for Human Resource Management Court Report (January 2004)
"Mental Disorders did not Amount to Disability: Rohan v. Networks Presentations LLC, 4th Cir.," HR Magazine (October 2004)
"Workplace Monitoring: Balancing Business Interests with Employee Privacy Rights," Society for Human Resource Management Legal Report (May-June 2003)