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LFVA On The Move
An Update & The Low Down 
Select, committed and service-oriented vendors serving the legal community.
June 2016
In This Issue


President’s Message  

Spring has finally sprung in Washington which means the Cherry Blossoms have bloomed, baseball is back and the LFVA has had its annual Spring Event. The events committee decided it was time to move out of the Center City area and visit another happening area of our city, DuPont Circle. Unlike the Pepco Gallery in February, the weather cooperated which contributed to another great event, this time at Urbana.

I know I speak for everyone in
the group when I tell you how much I look forward to seeing so many good friends and having the opportunity to catch up with everyone. Work and family keep us very busy so it is important to take the time to keep in touch with our many friends. It is these types of events that allow us the opportunity to stay connected over the years.
I would like to take this opportunity to put in a plug for our website, www.lfva.com. There is a lot of great content on the site such as pictures from previous events. These photos allow you to put a name with a face, even though you can’t always trust those name tags. Additionally, you can get bios on each of our members and information on the companies they represent. The In the News section has informative articles written by our members to make your job “easier, smarter and more productive”. You can also view past copies of the newsletter which contain interesting information.
I’m hearing from the Events Committee that we are planning to have two more fun outings this year with the Holiday Party being over the top! I look forward to seeing you all there.






July Quarterly Networking Lunch: Best of DC Scholarship Celebration

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Registration & Networking: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

W Washington

515 15th St., N.W.

 Washington, DC 20004
Fundamentals of Project Management for Law Firms

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lunch: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Presentation: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Sidley Austin

1501 K St., N.W.

Washington, DC 20005

LFVA Newsletter Committee 
Meghan Dunn, ADC Corp.
David Noel, MOI, Inc.
Debbie Sachs, MOI, Inc.
Matt Vester, HITT Contracting, Inc.

LFVA Spring 2016 
Living La Vita Bella 
The LFVA celebrated spring with a festive cocktail party at Urbana located in the heart of Dupont Circle. Urbana, voted one of the Washingtonian’s “Favorite Italian Restaurants”, has a décor inspired by 1920s New York and was the perfect setting for getting together with friends, new and old.

Urbana prides itself on a commitment to authentic craftsmanship in all that they do, from handmade artisan pastas to thoughtfully crafted cocktails. The menu is comprised of a Mediterranean-sunset inspired palette that is both interesting and delectable! Executive Chef Ethan McKee likes to feature the light, fresh flavors of Italy and locally sourced ingredients – including herbs from a garden on their own rooftop – in his simple preparations that allow the food to speak for itself.

Executive Chef Ethan McKee trained at Gaithersburg’s L’Academie de Cuisine in classic French and Italian culinary techniques. With more than 15 years experience, he is widely acclaimed for his healthful menus and has been at the helm of multiple kitchens. Several of the kitchens that Chef McKee has helmed have been recognized among the “100 Very Best Restaurants” by Washingtonian magazine.

Inspired by Chef Ethan McKee’s palette, guests were sent home with Artisan Tomato Sea Salt to help recreate some of Urbana’s flavors in their own kitchens. Once again, the night was a success and all had a wonderful time! As always, we all look forward to seeing everyone soon!


L to R: Lisa Benden/Wilkinson Barker Knauer; Karen Laumoli/Wilkes Artis; Brian Kellenberger/Kastle Systems
L to R: Beth Fowler/Robbins Russell; Shera Berini/Robbins Russell; Julie Tomey/Weiner Brodsky Sidman Kider


L to R: Erica White/Lerch Early & Brewer; Kristine Miller/Nixon Peabody; Gil Carpel/Washington Express
L to R: Nancy Krondstadt/Epstein Becker; Kevin Ward/NOS, Inc.

LFVA Member Spotlight
Kastle Systems 

Go Inside the Workspace of the Future
New smart building technologies, which merge intelligence, adaptability, automation, and sustainability, are dramatically altering the typical office environment. After all, the way we work is very different from 2o years ago – so it makes sense that our workspaces would be very different, too.

“Millennials will make up the majority of the workforce in the next couple of years, and they have different expectations than prior generations,” explained David McGuinness, Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Kastle Systems. “They want immediate access to information and data, the ability to perform critical functions from their mobile devices, and open, liquid working spaces instead of a hierarchy of assigned offices.” To meet their expectations, building design is getting “smarter” – meaning that all systems (lighting, heating, IT, ventilation, security, etc.) are connected in an integrated and dynamic way, allowing data to pass seamlessly back and forth. This increases the building’s efficiency, comfort, and safety while reducing the cost, energy use, and environmental impact.

In response to these new worklace trends and customers’ evolving needs, Kastle Systems has introduced KastlePresence, a brand new smart office platform that increases both building security and productivity, too. Here are some of the amenities of KastlePresence that not only make the lives of people working there easier, more comfortable, and some might even say enjoyable, but ultimately make organizations more successful.

Hands Free Access is on of the most convenient features of having integrated systems. An employee can enter the parking garage, call the elevator, grant access to their suite, open the file room, and even connect to the network – all with one credential stored on their phone.

Instant notification capabilities alert employees to social events, services and other information about your building, fostering camaraderie and open communication.

Personalized security enables an employee to send a priority signal from their phone, alerting the security team and precisely informing them of critical data (name, location, etc.) needed for best first-responder action. Help is essentially just a swipe away.

The delivery of space usage data, patterns and other occupancy insights can improve operational efficiency and reduce energy costs. For example, the platform can identify specific times of the day when occupancy drops, which means you’ll know not to waster money and energy cooling an empty office.

The bottom-line: Research has shown that happier employees perform at a much higher level than those who are not happy. If you think your organization could benefits from smart, more integrated building systems, contact info@kastle.com.





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LFVA On The Move
An Update & The Low Down 
Select, committed and service-oriented vendors serving the legal community.
October 2016
In This Issue


President’s Message  

If you did not attend the LFVA Fall event, you missed a truly special, inspiring and memorable occasion. Stacy Fishbach, Kevin Ward and the entire events committee organized a luncheon and speaker at the Hotel Monaco that will certainly be remembered as one of the more motivating affairs our group has hosted.

Retired Capt. Flourent Groberg, US Medal of Honor recipient, captivated the room as he spoke of his life and told the story of what happened in Afghanistan that eventually earned him the nation’s highest military honor for valor. Capt. Groberg made us laugh, feel angry, feel proud and certainly feel grateful for his service to our country. I am sure all in attendance believed they were in the presence of a true American hero. I also want to thank Lori DiCesare for arranging Capt. Groberg to be our speaker.
Listening to Captain Groberg, I could not help but feel incredibly thankful. Thankful for the men and women, like the captain, who risk their lives so that we can enjoy the many freedoms of our country. Thankful for my family and friends that give me so much support. Thankful for the business associates that I get to work with every day that make work so fulfilling and enjoyable.
I know I speak for all the members of the LFVA when I say thank you for your business. We appreciate each of you who take time out of your busy schedules to attend one of our events. Hopefully you enjoyed our Fall luncheon and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Holiday Event in November!




Networking Happy Hour & Silent Auction

Networking Event

Date: November 3, 2016Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Cambria Hotel & Suites
899 O St., NW
Washington, DC 20001

Contact: Jessie Davis Phone: (202) 534-1894 Email: jdavis@alacapchap.org

Mix and mingle with your Capital Chapter colleagues over drinks and hors d’oeuvres while you defend your silent auction bids! All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Toni K. Allen Scholarship Fund.


Annual Meeting/Holiday Lunch

Networking Event

Date: December 8, 2016Time: 11:45 am – 2:00 pm

Location:  W Washington Hotel
515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

Contact: Jessie Davis Phone: 2025341894 Email: jdavis@alacapchap.org

LFVA Newsletter Committee 
Meghan Dunn, ADC Corp.
David Noel, MOI, Inc.
Debbie Sachs, MOI, Inc.
Matt Vester, HITT Contracting, Inc.

LFVA Fall Luncheon 
With Florent Groberg
Our Speaker -  Florent Groberg

The LFVA almost always celebrates the turn of each season with a festive cocktail party, but this time we decided to celebrate in an entirely different way. With this being an election year, we decided to put a spotlight on what’s most important – our true American heroes, the men and women that keep us safe and protect the freedoms that we all enjoy.

On Thursday September 29, 2016 the LFVA hosted a luncheon at Hotel Monaco that featured Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg. To say that he was a captivating speaker is a severe understatement. Over the course of an hour, he told us the story of how he came to the United States from France as a child, became an American and the events that drove him from a young age to become a member of the United States Army.

Florent Groberg joined the U.S. Army in 2008 after graduating from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice. He attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA to receive his commission as an infantry officer. After completing Infantry Officer Basic Course, Mechanized Leaders Course, U.S. Army Airborne and U.S. Army Ranger Schools, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO as a platoon leader.

After a 2009 – 2010 deployment in Afghanistan, a stateside assignment as a platoon leader, and a reassignment as infantry company executive officer, Groberg was assigned as the brigade personal security detachment commander for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. In February 2012 he deployed again to Afghanistan and was promoted to Captain in July of that same year.

On the morning of August 8, 2012, Groberg and his troops served as a personal security detachment responsible safely escorting 28 coalition and Afgan National Army leaders on foot to a weekly security meeting. As the patrol advanced toward the governor’s compound they were approached by a suicide bomber. Without thought of his own safety, Groberg tackled the bomber, who then detonated his device. This action caused a second suicide bomber instantly detonated his device prematurely.

Although three U.S. military personnel and a Foreign Service Officer were killed and several others injured, Groberg’s actions prevented the bombers from detonating their devices as planned, which would have killed many more.

For his August 2012 actions, Groberg received the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor in the United States. He is the 19th recipient since the Vietnam War and the 10th living recipient. President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Groberg on November 12, 2015 at a ceremony at the White House.

Perspective can easily be lost amidst the pomp and circumstance of a Presidential election. We (the LFVA members) thought that it would be nice to remind all who could join us that political affiliation, difference of opinion, political theater, etc may divide us in some respects, but together we are all Americans. We are intrinsically patriotic and humbled by the selfless sacrifice that our military members make on a daily basis, so that we can live our lives any way we choose.

These words will never be enough, but we will continue to say them anyway – thank you to all who serve, have served and will serve. And, a very special heart-felt thank you to Captain Florent Groberg who brought the daily reality of troops on the ground to those of us that have the luxury to never fully understand.


L to R: Joanna Davis, Legal Placements, Ken Beaver, Shook ,Hardy & Bacon, Megan Heyer,  Loeb & Loeb
L to R: Karen Laumoli , Wilkes Artis, Stacey Fischbach, Keno Kozie Associates, Julie Tomey, Weiner Brodsky Kider, Emily Christianson, Relman, Dane & Colfax
Center: Debera Edwards, Davis & Harman, Right: Wendy Pierce , Davis & Harman 
L to R: Debbie Sachs, MOI, Erica White, Lerch Early & Brewer, David Anderson, Lerch Early & Brewer


L to R: Joe Alvarez, NOS, Barbara Mannix, Fish &  Richardson

LFVA Member Spotlight

National Office Systems, Inc. 

National Office Systems, Inc. (NOS) has provided affordable, comprehensive storage products and services to law firms since 1976. NOS’s storage solutions include high density mobile shelving, automated storage and retrieval, stationary shelving, biometric secure access storage, document management systems, copy/mail rooms and relocations services.

Good Storage Can Lower Real Estate Costs

For firms needing to improve space utilization without expanding their real estate footprint, NOS offers products that optimize storage efficiency within the currently available space.   A good storage solution lowers real estate costs by transforming open space into revenue generating space.

Document Tracking Can Make or Break a Case

When document tracking and archiving is vital, NOS provides systems that give clients the ability to capture, share and preserve records. If access control and storage automation is essential, NOS delivers technology that stores, identifies, and tracks records throughout the creation and distribution process.

The Services We Provide:

  • Complete drawings and elevations
  • Disassemble and relocate any and all manufacturer’s systems
  • Provide file folder relocation during the move, as well as file tracking if required
  • Provide all types of additional storage for boxes, supplies, equipment and binders
  • A crew of certified and trained installers, our own fleet of trucks, and our local warehouse with client storage, if needed

How We Serve the Legal Community

NOS successfully serves diverse clientele requirements ranging from records rooms, law libraries, secure human resources files, lateral filing cabinets, fixed shelving, high density mobile storage (manual and electric), lateral track systems and case rooms to state a short list.  Our installation company also installs glass walls which  can transform a closed workspace into to a modern, natural light enhanced environment.

As a member of ALA for years we have felt strongly about our participation in what matters most to the legal community. In a fast changing world, we understand the most crucial requirement for so many firms lies in their relationships with business partners that they can rely on in order to get to the right solutions quickly and affordably.   A core strength of NOS is our ability to collaborate with all parties involved to achieve a successful project completion

To learn more about the services and solutions we provide – click here to see a video: http://nosinc.com/videos/nos-services/

Or go to our website at www.nosinc.com