NICOLE COBER, ESQUIRE
PRINCIPAL MANAGING PARTNER
As a trailblazer in the small business community for nearly a decade, Nicole Cober is an advocate for the small business community. For eight years, Ms. Cober owned and operated a day spa and hair salon chain that served as a revitalization catalyst in a developing area of the nation’s capital. During that time, she received national media coverage regarding small business management and entrepreneurism in various publications such as People, Essence, Allure, Entrepreneur, The Washingtonian, The Washington Post, Upscale and Black Enterprise. Ms. Cober was also featured on the CBS Morning News, BET and the reality show, “Ambush Makeover.” The salon and spa received recognition by the Washington City Paper as “The Best Stylist” and “Best Spa” and Ms. Cober’s commitment to the community was on display annually when she used her business for philanthropy by provided complementary services to Rachael’s Women’s Shelter.
Ms. Cober blends both her legal and business skills together to offer a uniquely powerful list of services for clients. Affectionately known as “The Lawyer-preneur,” she now seeks to empower start-ups and local small businesses with by creating effective business, branding and growth strategies.
Ms. Cober is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley as well as Howard University School of Law. She was a judicial law clerk for the Chief Judge of the DC Court of Appeals and worked for a number of years at Dickstein Shapiro as a litigation attorney, specializing in employment and insurance coverage law. Currently, she is a regular contributor to Black Enterprise and Citibank’s Women and Co. as well as a legal consultant for NewsChannel 8 WJLA. Ms. Cober is also a public speaker, coach, a contributor to Pulse Magazine, a publication devoted to international spa management, and soon to be author who will publish a book later this year titled “CEO of My Soul”, which chronicles the do’s and dont’s of her early days as an entrepreneur.
She is also a Contributing Writer for American Express OPEN Forum.
- Small Business Law 50%
- Intellectual Property & Licensing 25%
- Brand Management 25%
HAROLD W. JOHNSON, II
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Johnson is a veteran in the asset management and commercial real estate development industries. He is the quintessential definition of a powerbroker and his resume is one that business legends are made of. Before he was 30, he was appointed as a Director of the Washington DC Convention Center Authority where he held fiduciary responsibility for the oversight of planning, financing, and development of the $800 million, 2 million sq. ft. facility. Further, he was also second-in-command to the Chief Operating Officer for the DC School Board, and also served as one of the first program managers to implement the landmark HOPE/HUD program under the Reagan administration, which transitioned tenants to first time home buyers throughout the nation. He was instrumental in the planning, creation and sale of the Westphalia Urban Town Center and the Villages of Westphalia in the Washington DC suburbs; a project which included 2 million sq. ft. of commercial and retail space and 3,000 new residential homes. The project is valued at build-out at over $2.5-$3 billion. Moreover, Johnson has advised three out of the total of six DC mayors as well as assisted with the Obama campaign for his first bid for president. Currently, Johnson consults regional, state, and international leaders on land development deals, including both the Prince Georges County, Maryland government on a ground breaking, $300 million new mixed use town center development project as well as the Grenadian government on a first of its kind medical tourism campus. He has trained the Nigerian National Legislative Aid Corps in democratic leadership and management. Mr. Johnson is actively meeting with other African country leaders to discuss development opportunities that build upon the African Growth and Opportunity Act (“AGOA”).
- International Business & Govt. Relations 20%
- Real Estate & Land Use 40%
- Construction Project Counseling 20%
- Licensing & Brand Management 10%
- Strategic Business Planning 10%
- CAMBRIDGE PLACE
- THE VILLAGES OF WESTPHALIA
- THE WASHINGTON DC CONVENTION CENTER
- WESTPHALIA TOWN CENTER A $3 BILLION NEW URBAN TOWN CENTER
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NORMAN ROMNEY, P.E., ESQUIRE
Being both a civil engineer and an attorney with more than 30 years of experience makes Our CJ&R partner a uniquely qualified professional in the claims analysis industry. His claims and dispute resolution experience includes the performance of schedule analyses, entitlement analyses, damages calculations and loss of efficiency analyses on construction contract disputes ranging from several thousand to many millions of dollars. He has prepared and presented technical expert reports on such diverse issues as: delay analysis; constructive acceleration; change order impacts; differing site conditions; third part interference; and other outstanding post contract issues. He is also experienced in many forms of dispute resolution and has provided litigation support services to attorneys on engineering/construction disputes in various forums including international arbitration and U.S. government Administrative Law Boards. As a professional engineer, he has experience in the structural design of industrial facilities and has served as an expert witness during licensing proceedings for nuclear power plants. He has extensive experience on both domestic and international assignments.
- Govt Contracts 40%
- Construction Project Counseling 40%
- Commercial Real Estate 10%
- General Corp Practice 10%
- IRAQ COMMON SEAWATER SUPPLY PROJECT (CSSP)
- RIYADH PUBLIC TRANSPORT PROGRAM
- EMIRATES NUCLEAR ENERGY PROGRAM
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