Firm Overview

Gowen Silva & Winograd PLLC is a full service law firm that represents individuals and small businesses seeking aggressive, yet reasonable approaches to the law.

The firm’s core strengths are the representation of individuals in all aspects of the law including family  law, criminal law, personal injury and consumer protection litigation.

We handle cases of all sizes ranging from protecting waiters whose tips were skimmed by restaurant management to representing victims against  corporate Goliaths.

One area of law that deeply concerns our firm is the epidemic of fraudulent for-profit education providers. This booming industry takes in billions of dollars from students and from federal and state governments and far too often these “education” providers are only concerned with maximizing profits which results in a lack of education and negligent supervision of students.

Throughout the region consumers become victims of home remodel contractors, banks, and other service providers. Our lawyers represent clients seeking justice but also assit clients early on the process to prevent financial and physical injury.

Our firm is deeply concerned about the image of the legal profession, and it is our belief that the image problem stems from clients receiving outrageous legal bills for work on relatively simple matters that could have been resolved in an expedited manner.  For this reason, our firm works diligently from the start to determine a range of strategic options as well as potential equitable resolution of our clients’ disputes. However, as is all too often the case, the other side in litigation may present meritless arguments based on dishonesty, manipulation or bullying.  When this occurs, our firm aggressively but efficiently responds.  It is one of the Firm’s founding principles that whenever a opponent is acting to delay and waste time and money in litigation we will not stand idly by and allow the waste to continue.  We are committed to the timely and cost-effective resolution of our clients’ disputes and do not hesitate to seek sanctions against opposing counsel in Court.

Unfortunately, many litigants approach legal matters with a “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” mentality.  We understand responding to this litigation tactic can put a small business out of business, or can make a divorce exceedingly painful and contentious for our clients’ families.  Therefore, our firm simply does not engage with lawyers who follow this approach.  Instead, we rely on the rule of law to prevail and aggressively seek the reimbursement of legal fees for our clients incurred in responding to these attacks.

Of course whenever there is a path to avoid litigation with reasonable opponents, we will not hesitate to resolve the matter through meditation, arbitration or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

The firm has offices in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Gowen Silva & Winograd attorneys are licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland,  the United States Court of Appeals for Third Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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