LFVA October 2016 Newsletter


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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