75 Years Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP
Law Firm
Washington, DC, USA

Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP

is a boutique law firm focused on international law, export controls and sanctions, litigation, government contract, and corporate and intellectual property law.

With offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, we serve an international, national, and local clientele including foreign governments, major corporations, small and emerging businesses, and individuals.

We are known for our commitment to high-quality work, creativity, and cost-effective service.

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1 202 293-5555
Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP
Suite 1100
1101 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC, USA 20036


Thomas G. Corcoran Jr. FSIA Litigation, Appellate Litigation

Clemens Kochinke Business, IT, IP, International, Embassy Law

John A. Ordway ITAR, Space Law, Export Controls

Benjamin H. Flowe OFAC, Export Controls, Encryption

Bruce Zagaris International Compliance, Enforcement, Treaties

Daniel Fisher Owens Export Controls, Encryption

William F. Coffield White Collar Litigation, Political Investigations

Philip S. Kaplan Ambassador (ret.): Legislative, Executive, Diplomacy

Babak Hoghoohi Corporate, International Projects, Transactions

Laina C. Lopez Sovereign Immunities Litigation, Corporate Litigation

Melvin White Complex Litigation, Internal Investigations

Perry S. Bechky Economic Sanctions, Regulation of Busi­ness Transac­tions, Inter­national Trade, Dis­pute Re­so­lu­tion

Keith A. Rosten Commercial, Corporate, Transactional, International Law

David Baron Domestic and international commercial litigation

Dale Eppler Diplomacy, Government Relations, International Law

John B. Sandage Diplomacy, Government Relations, International Law

Jared R. Butcher Commercial and International Complex Litigation

Sharon A. Rose Commerce and Finance Litigation

Ray Gold Export Controls

Jason A. McClurg Export Controls

Michelle T. Roberts Export Controls

Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP's corporate practice provides comprehensive advice and representation to individuals and entities organized in the United States and abroad, in connection with their business and investment activities. BCR's corporate clients span all phases of development, from seed stage start-up ventures to mature corporations, and are based around the globe.

Public and Private International Law

Our attorneys have extensive public and private international law experience, ranging from international development and trade to international arbitration and dispute resolution to extradition.

Intellectual Property

Berliner Corcoran & Rowe's IP practice complements its transactional and dispute resolution practice. The firm advises on trade secret law, trademark law and copyright law but not patents.

Government / Regulatory

Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP represents and counsels companies and individuals selling products and services to federal, state, and local governments as prime contractors and subcontractors.

Export Controls and Sanctions

Our Export Controls and Sanctions Team is among the most experienced in the world. Seven attorneys focus on export controls and sanctions, providing over a hundred years of collective experience, with other attorneys in the firm supporting the practice with transactional and litigation expertise.

Civil and Criminal Litigation

The firm's litigation group offers sophisticated brief-writing and cost-effective representation across a broad spectrum of civil litigation and white collar criminal matters.

Business / Transactional

Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP's business practice provides comprehensive advice and representation to individuals and entities organized in the United States and abroad, in connection with their business and investment activities as well as embassy construction and contract matters. BCR's corporate and embassy clients span all phases of development, including seed stage start-up ventures and mature corporations, and are based around the globe.

Merged in 1990, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP is named for Hank Berliner, Thomas Corcoran and James Rowe, three former prominent Washington DC attorneys. However, the firm's story begins many years earlier, in the early years of Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency.

Thomas Corcoran made a name for himself as co-engineer of the second New Deal. After serving as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and working as a corporate lawyer in New York, Corcoran made the jump into writing legislation after President Roosevelt took notice of his efforts at the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. Along with Benjamin Cohen, Corcoran, nicknamed Tommy the Cork by Roosevelt, wrote the Securities and Exchange Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, among other laws.

Cohen and Corcoran became known as the Gold Dust Twins, and the Hot Dog Boys (the latter from being under the tutelage of Felix Frankfurter). Their efforts even landed them on the cover of TIME Magazine's September 12, 1938 edition. However, such success did not come without sacrifice. The men worked tirelessly round the clock, very often throughout the night. James Rowe, who later joined Corcoran in private practice, recalled being criticized for needing a lotta sleep after announcing to Cohen and Corcoran that, at 3:00 am, he could not continue working through the night, on a client's behalf.

Corcoran was known among his peers as being ebullient, and a brilliant, personable and witty individual. His ability to tackle difficult matters while keeping his charm and affability intact extended beyond selling New Deal legislature. As a lawyer in private practice, Mr. Corcoran was known for defending clients such as giant oil companies and pharmaceutical firms in investigations by Congress.

The tradition of tackling tough cases with exuberance, charm and expertise lives on in Mr. Corcoran's son, Thomas Corcoran, Jr., senior Partner at Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP, who characterizes the spirit of the firm.

The Berliner branch of the merged firms continues in the spirit of Hank Berliner, Jr., adviser to presidents, chairman of the Pennsylvania Avenue Department corporation, banker, businessman and lawyer who, in turn, embodies the virtues of his grandfather Emil Berliner, the inventor of the flat record, the helicopter and with Alexander Graham Bell, the functional telephone.

Hank's lineage translates to openness to new technologies, evolving markets and business models — principles to which the firms' lawyers subscribe in representing private and public sector clients in the United States and world-wide.
The law firm serves clients from many countries, and the lawyers speak German, Spanish, Farsi, Russian and Portuguese.

Located close to the White House, the firm manages its costs well and efficiently provides quality services at reasonable rates.

Our clients are served on the traditional hourly-rate basis with prompt monthly documentation of services rendered and lawyers involved. Our rates reflect the experience of each lawyer.

As a rule, each client receives partner-level attention, but whenever possible, we realize cost savings for our clients by using our experienced associates and paralegals.

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