David Masselli
4113 Lee Highway | Arlington, Va. | 703.741.0402

David Masselli

Professional Experience

2000-Present | David Charles Masselli, P.C.

In 2000 David opened his current, solo practice in Arlington, Virginia. Certain highlights of the practice include:

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Trade Secrets / Noncompetes Represented high value executive sued by former employer seeking injunctive relief and multi-million dollar danages. Obtained complete dismissal within one month. Emtec Corp. v. AlphaSix Corp. Case 12-cv-00827 (E.D.Va. 2012)

Federal Litigation Obtained dismissal of claims brought in the District of Columbia against Pennsylvania governmental officials. Bourdon v. Mabus, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 14329 (C.A. DC 2012)

Internet Law Obtained dismissal of claim under Digital Millenium Copyright Act for purported false takedown notice. Virginia defendant was sued in Maine. Project DoD v. Federici, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12244 (D. Me, February 11,2010)

Estate Litigation Obtained jury verdict and significant punitive damages against trustee who had dissipated assets of elderly relative. Ryan v. Sorensen, (Fairfax Cir. Court, 2008)

Identity Theft Represented victims of sophisticated identity theft, whose title was stolen and house mortgaged for $1.5 million with forged documents. Prevailed against pension fund to clear title. El-Yacoubi v. Hetrick, 379 B.R. 612 (Bankr. E.D. Va 2007)

Trade Secret Litigation | Represented California defense contractor sued for alleged theft of trade secrets by competitor. Successfully defeated motions for injunctive relief and preserved rights of client to long-term military contract. X-Com Technologies v. Chiang et al. Case No. 04-131 (E.D. Va. 2004)

Foreign Patent Rights | Represented French corporation which was threatened with patent infringement suit for importing products it had sold in Europe for many years. Brought Declaratory Action and developed extensive information on prior art. Eventually client received royalty-free license allowing distribution of products.

Forum Shopping Defense | Represented Florida company which was sued by Canadian firm for copyright infringement in Virginia. Despite significant local sales, secured transfer of case to Florida.

Creditor's Rights | Represented former owners of company which went into bankruptcy. Was able to force sale of business to clients on highly favorable terms.

Non-Litigation

Trusts and Estates Has managed, as executor or administrator, several large estates.

Internet Access Has represented clients in disputes with Google and eBay and successfully secured client access to those services.

1987-2000 | Masselli & Lane, P.C.

Partner in the firm with a primary focus on litigation in state and federal courts addressing intellectual property and commercial disputes.

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Litigation

Internet Copyright and Fair Use | Represented Internet users in cases involving conflicts between copyright protection and free speech. Religious Technology Center v. Lerma, 40 U.S.P.Q.2d 1569 (E.D.Va 1996)

Patent Litigation | Secured reversal of thirteen million dollar judgment against foreign manufacturer for violation of patent and trade rights. TF Purifiner v. Fu Sheng Industries, Inc., 690 So.2d 617 (Fla. 4th DCA 1997)

Plant Varieties Protection Act | Represented coalition of environmental and farming organizations on litigation concerning scope of Plant Varieties Protection Act. Asgrow Seed Co. V. Winterboer, 115 S.Ct 788 (1995)

Fair Use | Represented a number of prominent political satirists and performers including Mark Russell and the Capitol Steps before the Supreme Court in Luther R. Campbell aka Luke Skywalker et al. v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 114 S.Ct. 1164 (1994) a case that set the ground rules for claiming that satire and parody were a fair use under Section 107 of the Copyright Act.

Non-Litigation

Small Business | Representation of small business, including tax planning. Clients include consulting firms, and health maintenance organizations.

Failed Tax Shelter | Lead counsel for over 300 investors who were subject to potential tax penalties in excess of $45 million stemming from their investment in failed tax shelter. Negotiated global settlement with IRS in which investors retained tax credits and bulk of depreciation despite the fact that project was never completed or placed in service.

Complex International Merger | Directed tax and regulatory aspects of complex merger of three international environmental organizations.

1981-1987 | Law Office of David Charles Masselli

Chief Litigator for the environmental law firm which represented major national and regional environmental groups. Key clients included Friends of the Earth, Western Organization of Resource Councils, Powder River Basin Resource Council and National Wildlife Federation. Focus was on federal coal leasing, energy siting and synthetic fuels.


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Major Accomplishments

Berklund Preference Right Leasing Case | Lead counsel for coalition of environmental groups which sued the Department of the Interior over the granting of federal coal preference right lease applications to billions of tons of coal without adequate environmental review. Forced settlement under which more than two hundred leases granted before enactment of NEPA and other major federal environmental legislation were reviewed and subjected to mandatory environmental mitigation requirements. As a result of this review, more than a hundred leases, many in environmentally sensitive areas such as Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, the Kaiparowits Plateau in Utah and western Montana were canceled; all others were subjected to new and rigorous environmental review before any development was allowed.

Hampshire Siting Litigation | Represented environmental groups and citizens in Wyoming opposed to the proposed Hampshire Synthetic Fuel Plant in Gillette Wyoming. At months long hearing before the Wyoming Industrial Siting Board forced plant to adopt significant environmental mitigation processes over the strenuous opposition of the developer. Plant was eventually abandoned.

Abolition of Synthetic Fuels Corporation | Coordinated lobbying effort of western environmental groups which lead to the abolition of the Synthetic Fuels Corporation which had been authorized to spend over $80 billion on wasteful and environmentally hazardous coal and shale synfuels technologies. Prior to repeal of SFC legislation, led lobbying, public relations and litigation efforts which blocked almost all SFC efforts to fund specific synfuels plants.

Powder River Basin Coal Scandal | Brought to public attention, serious allegations that James Watt sale of billions of tons of federal coal at firesale prices violated federal laws governing leasing of resources. As a result of news coverage generated by our investigations, President Reagan appointed the Linowes Commission which issued a report strongly criticizing the actions of the Department of the Interior, based largely on material presented to them in hearings. This marked the end to Watt's attempts to radically alter the way in which mineral resources were handled.

1978-1980 | Friends of the Earth

Energy Policy Director for national environmental group. Directed lobbying efforts on broad range of energy matters from the Washington Office.


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Major Accomplishments

Energy Mobilization Board | Coordinated massive environmental lobbying effort which successfully defeated President Carter's misguided effort to establish an agency which could override environmental laws to build energy projects.

Energy Subsidies and Pricing | Led several successful lobbying efforts to curb energy subsidies and to establish rational pricing which would provide incentive to environmentally progressive energy use policies.

Clean Air Legislation Led successful lobbying campaign which derailed efforts to allow building of new coal-fired power plants in eastern cities such as New York.

1975-1978 | Common Cause

Issue Development Staff Formulated policies for national citizens lobby on energy policy, government ethics and national security.


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Major Accomplishments

Department of Energy Legislation | Developed public interest positions included in legislation establishing federal Department of Energy: conflict of interest, separating energy development responsibilities of DOE from land management responsibilities of the Department of the Interior, establishment of branches of DOE devoted to environmental protection and competition.

Energy Pricing | Helped develop a consensus position among public interest groups in favor of rational energy pricing. Key result of this was enactment of legislation deregulating natural gas which not only encouraged the use of this environmentally benign fuel, but also had the result of lowering prices and increasing availability.

1973-1975 | Public Citizens Health Group

Staff Attorney Represented Nader Organization before the Food and Drug Administration and the newly formed Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC").


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Major Accomplishments

Fireworks Regulation | Represented Public Citizen and coalition of public health organizations in lengthy trial type rulemaking which resulted in significant strengthening of safety standards governing fireworks.

Vinyl Chloride | As part of Public Citizen effort in response to scientific finding that this common industrial product was a carcinogen, petitioned for ban on use in consumer products before the CPSC. Also secured significantly increased safety regulation of product use in industrial processes in regulatory proceedings before the Department of Transportation and Coast Guard.


Education

Dartmouth College, A.B. 1970, Government and Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude

Yale Law School, J.D. 1973

Bar

Member of the Bars of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits, United States Tax Court, and federal District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.