Chip Molster has had extensive experience as a trial lawyer in federal and state courts around the country for the past 32 years. He began his career as a Law Clerk in the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Rocket Docket”), and after 30 years in the Washington D.C. office of two large law firms, including 20 years at the global law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP from 1996 to 2016, Chip launched his own law firm in early July, 2016.
Chip’s main areas of practice have included complex commercial litigation, patent infringement litigation, antitrust litigation, corporate governance/shareholder and securities litigation, employment litigation, trade secrets litigation, trademark and copyright litigation, and numerous matters involving arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
Chip currently serves as President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and Chair Emeritus of the Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on Technology and the Practice of Law.
He is a Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, a member of the Planning Committee for Eastern District of Texas Bench-Bar Conference, and a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Committee on Federal Judgeships in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Chip also serves as a Faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (regularly teaching trial advocacy for NITA at Georgetown University Law Center and privately), regularly conducts CLE programs regarding various legal topics, including in the Eastern District of Virginia, the Eastern District of Texas, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Japan and Mainland China.
Carla D. Brown, of Fairfax County, Virginia, joined the firm of Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C. in 2006, and became a Partner in 2009. Ms. Brown earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1996 and received her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1999. Ms. Brown has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Virginia, as well as in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Ms. Brown handles contractual matters, including the negotiation and review of severance agreements, covenants not to compete, and employment agreements. Ms. Brown also counsels employees who are subjected to workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
In 2014, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association recognized Ms. Brown as “Lawyer of the Year – In recognition of outstanding dedication to Civil Rights, Equality, and Justice.” In 2015, the Washingtonian rated Ms. Brown a “Top Lawyer” in the area of Plaintiff’s Employment Law. Ms. Brown has been recognized as a rising star in Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, a Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014, 2015 (named as one of the Top 50 Women in Virginia), and 2016. She was recognized as a Washington, D.C. Rising Star in 2013 and a Super Lawyer in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Ms. Brown was invited to membership in The National Trial Lawyers Organization, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the area of Civil Plaintiff Law and Top 40 Under 40.
Ms. Brown is currently admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. Ms. Brown is also admitted to practice in the federal trial courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.