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Lorenger & Carnell PLC

Address:
Lorenger & Carnell PLC
651 South Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 684-1800
Fax: (703) 684-1805
Web site: lorengercarnell.com
Firm Size: 3 Lawyers
Primary Contact:
Susan Carnell
scarnell@lorengercarnell.com

Firm Description

Lorenger & Carnell PLC was founded in February 2007 in order to provide employers with top notch legal services at small-firm rates. Since its inception, the firm's practice has been focused on representing employers in both litigation and counseling.

Before striking out on their own in 2007, Susan Carnell and Mike Lorenger served as partners in the Labor & Employment Group of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP, where they represented national and international companies in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, counseling and training. Over the course of their “big firm” practice, Susan and Mike found that the ever-increasing cost of legal services limited the preventative advice companies sought and made it cost-prohibitive to defend against even meritless claims. In response to these changing market forces, they opened a small boutique law firm dedicated solely to the representation of employers in employment-related matters and disputes.

Lorenger & Carnell has recently expanded with the addition of Christine M. Burke as Counsel. Christine came to the firm from Hogan Lovells (formerly Hogan & Hartson), where she spent over a decade in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group. Drawing on close to fifty years of combined experience, acquired in representing employers ranging in size from a few employees to a few hundred thousand, Lorenger & Carnell provides its clients with the same capable training, practical advice, and aggressive litigation defense offered by the largest law firms, but at a fraction of the cost
 

Attorney Biographies

Susanne Harris Carnell

Susan has focused on representing Lorenger & Carnell clients through all manners of employment related issues and disputes, in roughly equal split between preventative counseling and management-side litigation. Before co-founding Lorenger & Carnell PLC, Susan was a partner in the Labor & Employment Group of Hogan & Hartson, where she had practiced since May 2001. Earlier in her career, Susan represented companies in employment and other civil litigation with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

Raised in Norfolk, Susan graduated from the University of Virginia and then the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Virginia Law Review and the Order of the Coif. Between law school and entering private practice, Susan clerked for then-Chief Judge J. Frederick Motz, United States District Court for the District of Maryland in Baltimore.

Susan, her husband Bill and their two children reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

Education: B.A., with high distinction, University of Virginia; J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Virginia School of Law, Virginia Law Review

Bar Admissions: Virginia (1997); District of Columbia (1998); Maryland (2006)

Court Admissions: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Memberships: American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section; Virginia Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section; Alexandria Bar Association; Fairfax Bar Association

Awards/Rankings: Virginia Super Lawyers, Labor & Employment, 2012-2015



Michael J. Lorenger
During the past twenty years, Mike has represented employers in court and before federal and state agencies in more than twenty-five states, before at least four U.S. courts of appeal, and in several state supreme courts. Before co-founding Lorenger & Carnell, Mike was a partner in the Labor & Employment Group of the global law firm Hogan & Hartson (now HoganLovells).

Mike graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa in 1991 where he majored in journalism. In 1995, he received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the editorial and managing boards of the Virginia Law Review.

Mike, his wife Carrie and their three children reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

Education: B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, University of Iowa; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, Virginia Law Review (Editorial and Managing Boards)

Bar Admissions: Virginia (1995); District of Columbia (1997); Maryland (2006)

Court Admissions: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Memberships: American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section; Virginia Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section; Alexandria Bar Association; Fairfax Bar Association

Awards/Rankings: Virginia Super Lawyers, Labor & Employment, 2012-2015
 

Christine Burke
Christine Burke joined Lorenger & Carnell PLC in 2015 after more than 10 years with the Labor & Employment Group of Hogan Lovells (and its predecessor, Hogan & Hartson), initially as an associate and later as Counsel. Christine has extensive experience representing employers in litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, and in arbitration. She also provides counseling to employers on topics ranging from day-to-day workforce management to complex legal requirements, and has significant experience in traditional labor law, advising employers facing unionization and representing clients in collective bargaining negotiations.

Christine received her B.A. from Yale University, and later graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review. Between law school and entering private practice, Christine clerked for the Honorable J. Frederick Motz, United States District Court for the District of Maryland in Baltimore.

Christine, her husband Chris, and their two children reside in Arlington, Virginia.

Education: B.A., cum laude, Yale University; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, Virginia Law Review

Bar Admissions: Virginia (2003); District of Columbia (2005); Maryland (2014)

Court Admissions: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Memberships: American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section; Virginia Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section

Awards/Rankings: Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Employment & Labor, 2012-2014; Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Employment & Labor, 2013; Virginia Business, “Legal Elite,” Labor/Employment Law, 2014

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