Attorneys

Adam S. Apatoff

Adam S. Apatoff counsels emerging and established businesses on Technology and Corporate matters and leads the firm's practices in those areas.  Mr. Apatoff’s clients include information technology companies providing products and services to the health care, wireless communication, enhanced RF device, property management, clinical research, software development, supply chain management, energy and financial services industries, as well as, biotechnology and life sciences companies developing advanced diagnostic, therapeutic, theronostic and bioinformatic technologies.

Mr. Apatoff provides full life-cycle representation to the firm’s U.S. and international corporate clients. He negotiates, structures and documents technology licensing, marketing and development agreements and transactions, and general commercial, employment, and corporate organization and governance matters. Mr. Apatoff’s practice includes serving as lead counsel for several market-leading information technology firms which provide mission-critical enterprise software solutions to Fortune 1000 companies and many of the largest healthcare insurer carriers in the U.S. on mutliyear, multi-million dollar enterprise software licensing transactions.

Mr. Apatoff regularly represents emerging companies seeking venture capital, private equity and strategic and working capital debt financing, as well as advising investment groups financing emerging companies. He counsels U.S. and global clients on U.S. and international corporate structuring, domestic and cross-border commercial and corporate transactions, and advises international financial services firms on financial products and services offerings in the U.S. and abroad.  He has represented several market-leading software firms in merger and acquisition transactions with both publicly-traded companies and private ventures.  In the life sciences industry, he was previously General Counsel to a venture-backed biotechnology company.

In 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009, Mr. Apatoff was recognized as one of the Washington, DC-area’s  top three attorneys in the area of Technology Transactions by the Washington Business Journal.  He is the founder and serves as Chairman of the Healthcare IT Committee of the Technology Council of Maryland, the state’s leading technology industry and advocacy organization.

Mr. Apatoff attended the MBA program at The George Washington University and received his Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware. He earned his BBA in Finance and Political Science from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. He is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland and before the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. District Court for Maryland.

Andrea L. Stephenson

andreaAndrea L. Stephenson is an associate at Apatoff | Peters |   Ebersohl.  She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and received her J.D. from The Washington College of Law of American University. She advises clients on corporate, non-profit, and estate planning and administration matters. Ms. Stephenson is a member of the Maryland Bar.

 

Craig M. Peters

Craig M. Peters, JD, LL.M, CPA is a tax attorney specializing in Corporate Tax, Tax Accounting, Research and Development Tax Credit reviews, Corporate and entity formation, Business law, and Estate Planning. He spent 8 years as a tax attorney and manager with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young where he specialized in tax consulting for high technology and Fortune 500 companies. As a principal in Apatoff | Peters | Ebersohl, Mr. Peters provides Corporate and Tax advice  to clients in a broad range of industries and continues to represent Fortune 500 firms on specialized tax matters.  Mr. Peters  leads the firm's Tax and Estate Planning and Administration practices.

Mr. Peters’ practice assists corporate taxpayers in identifying tax saving strategies and implementing tax advantageous corporate structures. He counsels companies on solutions to minimize the income tax implications that may arise during corporate mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and other transactions. He also specializes in assisting companies evaluate complex Corporate Tax, Tax Accounting Method and Research & Development Tax Credit issues. Mr. Peters has a particular expertise in structuring the operations of foreign companies entering the U.S. market and serves as U.S. counsel for tax and corporate matters to companies based in Australia, England, and France.  His corporate tax practice additionally includes representation on tax controversy matters, including state and local sales tax audits, particularly those against technology firms and government contractors to defend the exemption of such services from sales and use tax assessments in multiple jurisdictions.

For emerging and small businesses, Mr. Peters has extensive experience in entity selection, formation and associated tax and corporate planning and structuring transactions across a wide variety of industries, with a particular focus on healthcare, including physician practices and large integrated provider practice groups.  For individual clients, Mr. Peters develops tax efficient Estate Planning and wealth transfer strategies to preserve the business and personal legacy earned over the years by the firm’s clients.

In 2006, Mr. Peters was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as the top tax attorney in Washington, DC under 40.

Mr. Peters received his LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He graduated from Emory University with a BBA in Accounting, and acquired his Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland Bar, admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court, and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Maryland.

Lori Vaughn Ebersohl

Lori Vaughn Ebersohl is a Co-Managing Principal of the firm resident in the Falls Church, Virginia office.  Chair of the firm’s Litigation practice, she has over 20 years of experience counseling entrepreneurs, investors, boards of directors, officers and their companies and other entities and individuals primarily on commercial litigation matters.  Her cases have involved various issues, including contract, corporate, business tort, franchise, banking, real estate, tax assessments, property, construction, employment, unfair competition, trade secret and intellectual property infringement and internet and technology matters.

She has litigated extensively and successfully in state, federal and appellate courts throughout the United States as well as before arbitration tribunals and mediators.  She has successfully conducted jury and bench trials as well as injunction hearings.  She also counsels clients on best practices to minimize litigation risks.

For 14 years before joining the firm, Ms. Ebersohl practiced in the Commercial Litigation Section of a large national law firm where she managed complex commercial litigation matters involving a broad range of large multi-national businesses and emerging companies.

Ms. Ebersohl also is engaged as counsel on the most personal and sensitive domestic relations matters, including issues of divorce and custody.  On a pro bono basis, Ms. Ebersohl advises several charitable organizations in both Northern Virginia and Maryland on general legal matters, and she represents individuals through Potomac Legal Aid Society.

Ms. Ebersohl received her Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School, with highest honors, Order of the Coif, where she was a member of The George Washington Law Review and chaired the Moot Court Board.  She received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from McNeese State University.  She is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Maryland, the District of Colorado and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Ms. Ebersohl is a member of the Virginia Women Attorney’s Association.

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