Jenny Brody has practiced family law in Washington, DC for more than ten years. As the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, from 2008 to 2016, Ms. Brody provided legal assistance to hundreds of domestic violence survivors in Civil Protection Order cases, as well as in divorce, custody and child support matters. As a member of the DC Superior Court Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect Panel, Ms. Brody represented children as a court-appointed Guardian ad litem and also represented adoptive parents in adoption petitions.
Ms. Brody has devoted substantial time to improving the court system, as a participant in the DC Superior Court Domestic Relations and Domestic Violence Implementation Committees. She also played a role in promulgating Guardian ad litem Practice Standards, through the Council for Court Excellence and in DC Superior Court.
Ms. Brody is a recognized expert in domestic violence and family law issues, presenting numerous training programs in these areas for lawyers, judges, social workers, medical professionals and domestic violence advocates.
Prior to practicing family law, Ms. Brody worked in private practice, at Rogovin, Huge & Schiller and at Powers, Pyles & Sutter. She also served as an attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Appellate Staff. She clerked for the Hon. Irving L. Goldberg, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
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Stuart G. Nash
Stuart Nash is a Washington, D.C., litigation attorney and co-chair of the firm’s national White Collar Defense and Investigations Team. In addition to his extensive experience in white collar criminal defense and governmental investigations, Mr. Nash has handled a wide variety of civil litigation, including shareholder derivative suits, false advertising claims and general commercial litigation.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Nash served for six years as a presidentially appointed associate judge for the District of Columbia Superior Court. In that capacity, he presided over nearly 400 trials, including a full range of criminal and civil matters.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Mr. Nash served in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for more than 13 years, rising to the position of associate deputy attorney general, with responsibility for a wide variety of financial crimes, including money laundering, violation of export controls and pharmaceutical frauds. As an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, Mr. Nash tried dozens of cases to final verdict, in diverse areas such as murder, public corruption and financial fraud.
In 2000-2001, Mr. Nash was detailed from the U.S. Attorney’s Office to a position as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In that capacity, he advised the committee on criminal policy and assisted in the drafting of several significant pieces of criminal legislation, including the USA Patriot Act.
Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Nash began a clerkship for the Honorable Samuel J. Ervin III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The following year, Mr. Nash began a second clerkship for Judge T.S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Following his clerkships, Mr. Nash worked at a Washington, D.C., law firm for four years, focusing on white collar criminal defense, commercial litigation and antitrust cases. During that time, Mr. Nash represented corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of criminal and civil matters in federal courts throughout the country.
Mr. Nash has been awarded two special achievement awards by the Department of Justice for his work on particular cases, and in 2005, was awarded the Department of Justice medal for his overall contribution to the Department.
Addy R. Schmitt
Addy R. Schmitt, Vice Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, represents individuals and corporations, including trust services companies and trustees, in criminal and civil litigation. Ms. Schmitt has significant trial experience, including recent trials in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland federal courts, as well as extensive experience representing clients facing parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. In 2016, she represented an individual who was found not guilty on all counts in a federal criminal bribery and defense procurement fraud jury trial in Virginia. That year, the Corporate Crime Reporter named Ms. Schmitt to the list of “150 Women in White Collar,” a list of distinguished leading female white collar practitioners in the United States. In addition to white collar matters, Ms. Schmitt focuses on complex civil litigation involving the federal government. She is also often called upon to conduct sensitive internal investigations for a variety of clients, including a prominent labor union.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Schmitt served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia from January 2010 to January 2014, where she represented federal executive agencies and employees at all stages of litigation in matters pending before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ms. Schmitt’s cases involved a wide range of legal issues, including employment discrimination, administrative procedure, tort, fraud, and Freedom of Information Act claims.
Ms. Schmitt began her legal career as an Associate for Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, where she handled a wide range of civil cases at all stages of the litigation process. Ms. Schmitt also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Ms. Schmitt is very active in the community at both the national and local level. In 2018, Ms. Schmitt was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2017, President Barack Obama appointed Ms. Schmitt to the District of Columbia Judicial Nominations Commission, the body that recommends candidates for judicial positions on the District of Columbia Superior Court and Court of Appeals to the president and appoints the chief judges for those courts. She has also chaired the selection panels for magistrate judges for both the U.S. District Court and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She recently completed two terms on the District Court’s Committee on Grievances and is a member of a number of local legal organizations, including the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court and the Lawyers’ Club of Washington. Since 2012, Ms. Schmitt has been an Adjunct Professor at the American University Washington College of Law, where she has cotaught courses in criminal trial advocacy, white collar crime, and taking and defending depositions. Since 2006, Ms. Schmitt has served on the board of directors of the Abramson Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships and mentoring to DC public school graduates attending college.
Prior to law school, Ms. Schmitt worked as a staff assistant in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and as a lobbyist for a large national non-profit organization.