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Alexander C. Vincent
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
T (301) 255-0549
F (301) 230-2891
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Alexander C. Vincent is a shareholder in the Commercial Litigation Department of Shulman Rogers.  He represents both companies and individuals in a wide variety of business litigation matters, including contract and partnership disputes, hotel management agreement disputes, disputes between owners of closely held businesses, misappropriation of trade secrets, and commercial debt collection.
 
More recently, Mr. Vincent has begun developing a specialty in hotel and restaurant litigation.  In 2011, he was part of a team at Shulman Rogers that won a jury-trial verdict of nearly $3 million on behalf of a prominent hotel management company in litigation involving the hotel owner’s breach of a hotel management agreement.
 
Although the bulk of Mr. Vincent’s practice is in Maryland courts, he is licensed to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia and litigates in those jurisdictions as well.  He is also a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar.
 
Representative Cases:
  • Ongoing representation of major international bank in defending against lender liability, Truth in Lending Act, and mortgage financing-related claims in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
  • Represented popular, Washington, DC-based cocktail lounge in lawsuit by customer arising from being escorted off premises for disorderly conduct; won dismissal of suit as sanction for customer’s repeated failure to respond to discovery requests.
  • Successfully defended nationwide rating service for hotels, restaurants, and spas in lawsuit by former employer of rating service’s employee, alleging that rating service tortiously interfered with employee’s covenant not to compete with former employer.
  • Successfully defended Maryland financial professional in securities-fraud lawsuit arising out of failed investment; part of trial team that won jury verdict in favor of client, avoiding potential liability of several million dollars.
  • Represented minority owners of Maryland grocery store in lawsuit against majority owners for unlawfully using store’s profits to enrich themselves at minority owners’ expense; successfully settled minority owners’ claim early in litigation after majority owners failed to get lawsuit dismissed.
  • Helped team of engineers defeat lawsuit by former employer alleging tortious interference with contractual relations, breach of employee duty of loyalty, and misappropriation of trade secrets; helped clients avoid potential liability of up to $1 million.
  • Successfully defended California-based economic analysis and market strategy research firm in lawsuit by capital-markets database provider alleging breach of database license agreement.
  • Represented prominent Maryland hotel management company in management agreement litigation with the owner of a Baltimore hotel; part of trial team that won a verdict of nearly $3 million in client’s favor.
  • Won default judgment in favor of Maryland grocery store on claims against former employee for misappropriation of trade secrets; judgment was entered as a sanction for former employee’s intentional destruction of electronic evidence that court ordered be produced in discovery.

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Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
Education
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, 1998, J.D.
  • Oberlin College, 1987, B.A.
Past Experience
  • Prior to joining Shulman Rogers, Mr. Vincent practiced law for six years at Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, L.L.P., in Washington, D.C., a firm originally founded by Thomas Corcoran, who was a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and an adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt. At Berliner, Mr. Vincent specialized in civil litigation involving commercial disputes, insurance defense, legal malpractice, civil-rights issues, defamation, and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.  Representative cases include:
  • Raymen v. United Seniors Ass’n, Inc., 409 F. Supp. 2d 15 (D.D.C. 2006) (Won dismissal on First Amendment grounds for political strategist/media consultant sued for defamation and invasion of privacy), aff’d w/o opinion, No. 06-7013 (D.C. Cir. Nov. 15, 2006);
  • You Hao Chen v. TECRO, No. CV-04-1482-JFW (VBKx) (C.D. Cal. 2004) (Won dismissal on Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act grounds for Taiwan in suit by Taiwanese businessman alleging invasion of privacy, false imprisonment, and violation of human rights).
  • Before entering private practice, Mr. Vincent served as a legal fellow and counsel with the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. He also spent five years as a legislative aide and campaign consultant for two U.S. Senate committees, and he managed two campaigns for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Virginia
Honors & Awards
  • From 2009-2012, Mr. Vincent served as a contributor to the Business Law Developments blog of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Litigation Section.
  • Mr. Vincent is a member and former Chancellor of the Knights of Columbus, Rock Creek Council # 2797 in Bethesda, Maryland. Since 2002, he has served as master of ceremonies for the Council’s annual Catholic School Teachers Appreciation and Awards Night.