Victor Klingelhofer

portraitSenior of Counsel

Admitted to bar, 1983 (Virginia); 1990 (Maryland).

Education: Randolph-Macon College (B.A., 1973); Catholic University (J.D., 1983). Law Review.

Member: Virginia State Bar; U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; District of Columbia Bar (1988).

Experience: U.S. Army (1973-1979); Associate, Faulkner, Shands & Stupar (1983-1985); Associate, Cohen Mohr (1985-1988); Partner, Cohen Mohr (1989-present).

“Law should be an adjunct to a company’s business strategy — not the other way around. My clients are in the business of selling products, not filing lawsuits. They’re tired of the shoot-from-the-hip, high-decibel antics that typified the ’80s. Instead of funding protracted litigation, companies want quick, fair resolution of disputes. As their lawyer, my business is finding legal positions that will help clients make sales. Litigation can be counterproductive to business goals unless its purpose is to enforce specific rights, protect intellectual property, or defend a company’s good name. We have been successful over the years in resolving disputes outside the courtroom, and this is our first objective in every case.”

“Today more than ever, companies have to fight to preserve their trade secrets and other intellectual property. They need employment contracts and non-compete agreements that bind key employees, teaming agreements and other contracts that prevent business partners from misusing shared information, and copyright or similar protection for intangible assets. One of the firm’s principal roles as counsel to innovative businesses has been to put these safeguards into place to protect proprietary information.”

“We’ve watched libel and defamation issues take on increasing importance in business competition, with enormous implications for companies. In today’s frenzied environment, some companies will say almost anything about the competitors. To close the deal, to get a sale, to protect their customer base, sales, and other employees, they will cross the line from selling their products to defaming the competition. While the damage from such statements can be costly and virtually impossible to overcome, we have been able to help clients defend against such acts by competitors and to help their own employees avoid crossing that line.”

“We try to provide a quick read on the legal problems our clients encounter. When clients need a short answer, they get a short answer. When there’s a bigger issue, we identify it. When a client’s position is weak, we help evaluate alternative courses of action that may make sense of a given business objective.”

— Victor Klingelhofer