Michael Kalish

Michael has worked primarily with the firm’s litigation, business dispute resolution and commercial transaction practice groups representing businesses, non-profits and individuals. Michael has representative experience with commercial and complex litigation in the State and Federal courts of Virginia, general corporate representation, construction disputes, real estate, zoning and other real property disputes, and transactional work.

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Business Transactions in the Age of Wire Fraud

by on March 19, 2018
Business Transactions  in the Age of Wire Fraud

Our judicial system often plays catch-up to our ever-changing society and practices. Despite hundreds of years of prior existing legislation and jurisprudence, our courts and lawmakers must often create laws in reaction to new and unforeseen problems created by a changing world. Likewise, we must all change our habits to react to new hazards and […]

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Two Parties, Three Opinions

by on December 14, 2017
Two Parties, Three Opinions

“Of course, what confuses us is the uniform appearance of words when we hear them spoken or meet them in script and print. For their application is not presented to us so clearly. Especially when we are doing philosophy!”[1] The Austrian-born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951) wrote extensively on the failure of language, both written and […]

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Understanding the Pitfalls of the Memorandums of Understanding

by on April 19, 2017
Understanding the Pitfalls of the Memorandums of Understanding

It is common practice for individuals and businesses involved in any form of transaction to memorialize the status of their negotiations to ensure there is no misunderstanding between them as to their expectations moving forward. These documents are often referred to as “Letters of Intent” or “Memorandums of Understanding” and are sometimes considered by the […]

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A Right-to-Work State: Virginians Decide With Their Vote

by on December 13, 2016
A Right-to-Work State: Virginians Decide With Their Vote

Virginia has been a right-to-work state since 1947, meaning that it is illegal, pursuant to statute, for an employer to require an employee to be a member of, or pay dues to, a labor union. On Election Day, Virginians cast their ballots to determine if this law should become a part of the Virginia Constitution. […]

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U.S. Federal Court Issues Injunction to Deny Proposed Revisions to FLSA’s “Salary Basis Test”

by on December 6, 2016
U.S. Federal Court Issues Injunction to Deny Proposed Revisions to FLSA’s “Salary Basis Test”

In June of this year, Land Sense published an article about the change the U.S. Department of Labor announced in May for determining overtime eligibility. That rule change, which was set to go into effect on December 1, 2016, raised the minimum salary test for determining overtime eligibility to $47,892 annually. In other words, the […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Redefines Exemptions for Overtime Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

by on June 13, 2016
U.S. Department of Labor Redefines Exemptions for Overtime Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

This change in federal law significantly increases the minimum salary threshold for overtime pay ineligibility. Thus, many employees currently ineligible for overtime pay will soon be entitled to premium pay for any hours worked beyond 40 hours in a week. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay their employees premium pay for any […]

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Sellers and Buyers of Real Property Advertised “As Is” Should Beware

by on March 12, 2015
Sellers and Buyers of Real Property Advertised “As Is” Should Beware

Buyers and sellers of real estate should take note of a recent opinion from the Supreme Court of Virginia that clarifies the line between “buyer beware” and fraud. In the matter of Devine v. Buki, the seller of a 200-year-old residential property in Northumberland County known as “Rock Hall” undertook renovations of the structure in […]

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FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office Send Clear Message to Contractors

by on February 2, 2015
FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office Send Clear Message to Contractors

On December 15, 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office issued a press release announcing an agreement between the United States and Forrester Construction Company whereby Forrester admitted to certain abuses of the District of Columbia’s Certified Business Enterprise Program and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program. […]

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