United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Noah Fontanez is pleased to announce expanded service within the United States District Court for the District of Columbia located in Washington, DC.  This Court has a storied tradition from its inception.  Generally, our federal courts hear matters of diversity and federal questions.  Diversity is based on a case or controversy that exceeds the jurisdictional amount over $75,000 between parties of different states.  The other way involves cases that relate to federal questions.  A federal question case is basically a question that arises under federal law usually involving the Constitution of the United States and other statutory requirements.

The uniqueness of the DC District Court is obviously its location in the heart of the United States Capitol.  As such, it comes with a storied tradition of presiding over some of the most pivotal cases.  One example is Marbury v. Madison involving the establishment of courts and judges within the United States.  At that time, Justice William Marbury was appointed as Justice of the Peace in the District of Columbia over the consternation of the incoming executive administration, Secretary of State, James Madison.  The ordeal ended up in a lawsuit.  The United States Supreme Court ultimately ruled that Madison’s refusal was illegal.  Most importantly, the Marbury case represents a seminal decision giving the Supreme Court the power of “Judicial Review” to decide whether a law or executive action is constitutional.

Presently, cases within DC District Court often involve the review of actions of the President, administrative agencies, or cases of the most incredible Constitutional importance.

Sullivent & Fontanez, PLLC is a veteran owned law firm with experience in handling Administrative Procedures Act (APA) cases.  The APA found under 5 U.S.C. §551 governs the process by which federal agencies develop and issue regulations.  Importantly, the APA provids standards for judicial review if a person has been adversely affected or aggrieved by an agency action.  Often, this highly important access to the Courts gives our Veterans of Military Service the opportunity to seek review of Department of Defense actions that may be deemed to be arbitrary of capricious.  For example, the DC Court frequently reviews the actions of the Army Board of Corrections of Military Records (ABCMR).

If you believe you have a case involving matters in excess of $75,000 between parties of different states or a case that needs a federal action reviewed, Sullivent & Fontanez, PLLC can represent you within the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  Contact us today!

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