Thank you for taking a moment to read our blog. We are excited to start our new firm. With over 35 years of litigation and appellate experience, the two founders of Dowd Scheffel offer the highest quality counseling. In this blog, we will be providing key updates for our clients and the bar. We will also describe our experience with different types of cases. We don't handle every type of case, but our experience as former clerks at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Feder
Mr. Dowd filed an amicus brief in an important Supreme Court case, Brott v. United States, No. 17-712. The cert petition asks the question of whether constitutional Fifth Amendment takings claims must be brought in an Article III court or if they can be litigated an Article I forum (the U.S. Court of Federal Claims). A copy of the amicus brief is here.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled favorably for the Firm's client SharLynn Foo. The district court again rejected the Federal Government's contention that Ms. Foo has to pay for the Department of State's mismanagement of funds. Mr. Dowd successfully opposed the government's request for rehearing on the issue of whether Foreign Service Grievance Board (with the Department of State) properly applied the legal standard when using on a request for a wai