General Litigation/Trial Practice

At McCool Law PLLC, we can resolve difficult cases before or early in the litigation process, because our opponents understand that we will not hesitate to go to trial to fight for our clients. We counsel clients on the options and advantages of arbitration, formal and informal mediation, and adjudication in Federal courts, state courts and administrative agencies. We skillfully use technology to search databases and identify critical information in document-intensive cases. We provide realistic budget plans, and we are committed to integrity in our client relations.

Our Professional Reputation & Credentials

Steven McCool is named in Chambers & Partners as a nationally recognized litigator. He has served as lead counsel in more than 75 criminal and civil jury and bench trials. Mr. McCool is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Julia Coleman has been recognized by Super Lawyers® as a rising star in 2020 and 2021. Ms. Coleman has also been recognized as “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers in America® by U.S. News & World Report in 2021.

Selected Representations

  • Lead counsel for an international sports broadcasting company executive in civil RICO action arising out of FIFA investigation
  • Lead counsel for a Federal Judge before a Judicial Special Committee relating to a charge of judicial misconduct
  • Lead counsel in defending All Native, Inc., a security training firm, in a negligence lawsuit brought by a Federal agent who claimed he suffered injuries during a training exercise at the U.S. State Department, Diplomatic Training Facility at Fort A.P. Hill. Case was dismissed on All Native Inc.’s motion. Special Agent Ryan Foreman, et al., v. All Native Inc., et al., 16-CV-272 (E.D. Va.)
  • Lead counsel for Patton Boggs in a discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee. Following extensive discovery, Plaintiff dismissed her case with prejudice just prior to her scheduled deposition. She received no remuneration. Colombo v. Patton Boggs, LLP, et al., 2012 CA 00321B (D.C. Super. Ct.)
  • Lead counsel for an officer and executive of a national healthcare provider at depositions pursuant to civil investigative demands issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in a multi-state False Claims Act investigation
  • Co-Lead counsel for a relator in a False Claim Act litigation against FedEx Corporation for misuse of delivery codes to withhold reimbursements to government customers. As part of the settlement agreement reached in the case, FedEx agreed to pay the United States $8 million, $1.44 million of which was awarded to Mr. McCool’s client. S. ex rel Garofolo v. Federal Express, et al., Civ. No. 06-815 (D.D.C.)
  • Lead counsel for an owner of a well-known nightclub, who was arrested for murder in the District of Columbia. Prosecutors dismissed all charges, after the Metropolitan Police Chief announced on television that Mr. McCool’s client would be convicted. United States v. William Spieler, 2010 CF2 019482 (D.C. Super. Ct.). Mr. McCool was also lead counsel for the owner in a civil suit brought by the decedent’s estate. Estate of Ali Ahmed Mohammed, et al. v. William Spieler, et al., 2011 CA 0008167B (D.C. Super. Ct.)
  • Lead counsel for an America Online officer at a deposition in connection with a civil suit brought against AOL LLC in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Kasadore Ramkissoon, et al. v. AOL LLC, Case No. C 06-5866 SBA (N.D. Ca.)

Victims of Abuse / Personal Injury

At McCool Law PLLC, we effectively help victims who have suffered abuse at the hands of clergy, teachers, law enforcement officers, and others. We are equally effective in handling complex personal injury and death cases involving automobile, truck, bus, and motorcycle accidents. Our attorneys work with medical and mental health specialists to determine the extent of the damage caused by the perpetrators of these offenses. We work with investigators to find evidence and witnesses to build strong cases and obtain justice for our clients.

Selected Representations

  • Lead counsel for elementary school students who were sexually abused by their teacher. John Doe 1, Jane Doe 1 Minor Child 1, et al. v. Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, Civil Case No. 18-cv-0006 (D.D.C.)
  • Lead counsel in a survival and wrongful death action for the estate of a woman who died after being struck by a Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority bus. Mr. McCool convinced a Federal judge in Maryland that the Maryland Tort Claims Act is not incorporated into the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority’s blanket waiver of sovereign immunity for harm caused by its employees’ negligence. The parties subsequently reached a settlement. Gregory Lyons v. WMATA, Civil No. 03-1066 (D. Md.)
  • Lead counsel in a federal civil rights suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for a Catholic University student whose skull was fractured by a member of the Metropolitan Police Department. Following extensive discovery and settlement negotiations, the District of Columbia agreed to pay Mr. McCool’s client an undisclosed amount. Gregory Hernandez v. District of Columbia, et al., Civil No. 06-442 (D.D.C.)