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        Paul Kiyonaga, an honors graduate of Harvard Law, practiced for several years at Arnold & Porter in the civil litigation and international practice groups, where he litigated complex corporate cases, including securities fraud and accountant liability matters. In 2004, Paul was named one of the best attorneys in Washington, D.C. in Washingtonian magazine in the area of employment law. He recently served as Co-Chair of the D.C. Barís Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section and is on the faculty at Georgetown Law where he and Debra Soltis teach a course of their own design on critical legal theory and film. Through his work in complex criminal trials, Paul has developed particular expertise in cases involving mental health issues and forensic evidence. In his civil rights and employment practice, he often represents local members of the Hispanic community as well as American executives working overseas for multinational corporations. Paul was raised in Brazil, Panama and El Salvador and speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and Japanese. He received his undergraduate degree from UNC/Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. Paul is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York.

 

 

 

       Debra Soltis is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown Law where she was a member of the Law Review and of the National Trial Moot Court Team. She was formerly an associate at Williams & Connolly, LLP where she worked on a variety of civil and criminal matters for clients including The Washington Post, Paramount Pictures, and Toyota. Her primary practice areas are criminal defense, employment/civil rights and family law. In her criminal defense practice, Debra has represented clients facing charges ranging from DWI to first degree murder and, to date, has secured acquittals at each of her criminal trials. She also has extensive experience on criminal appellate matters. In her employment practice, Debraís clients have included victims of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and personal appearance. For her corporate clients, Debra lectures on the importance of developing effective anti-harassment policies and procedures, provides ongoing advice on employment matters and oversees internal investigations. Debra has been repeatedly recognized by Washingtonian magazine as one of the best attorneys in Washington, D.C. in employment law. Debraís family law practice began while she was at Williams & Connolly LLP, where she represented Effi Barry in her divorce from former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry and other high profile media clients who found themselves embroiled in contested divorces. Since then, Debra has continued to represent clients in a wide variety of domestic and family law matters, often representing clients who need vigorous representation after a collaborative process has failed. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

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