Ms. Dessel is the managing partner of the Firm. She practices extensively in the District of Columbia in a variety of real estate related areas, as well as on matters related to non-profit organization formation, administration and compliance. She is consistently recognized as one of the premier attorneys in her fields, and regularly provides judicial training for judges in the Civil Division of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.
Ms. Dessel has been a speaker at the Legal CLE Conference held by the Housing and Development Law Institute, and at the HUD Office of the Inspector General Task Force training for illegal activity cases involving public and assisted housing. She was a member of the award-winning District of Columbia Bar Implementation Committee, and a member of the D.C. Bar Public Services Activities Corporation. She has been appointed to the faculties of the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Training Program in Landlord-Tenant practice, and the Metropolitan College of Catholic University, and she is a member of the Superior Court Landlord-Tenant Rules Committee, the Housing Conditions Court Committee and the Paperless Initiative in the Civil Division Committee.
In the area of real estate law, Ms. Dessel represents many local property management companies, as well as property owners, and developers. She regularly litigates disputes involving residential and commercial landlord-tenant law, subsidized housing, purchase and sale, including statutory and regulatory purchase rights, and discrimination. Ms. Dessel has developed and taught training programs for property managers and staff covering all aspects of local real estate law.
Shortly after the Firm’s formation, Ms. Dessel and the Firm were retained as landlord-tenant counsel to the court-appointed receiver for the District of Columbia Housing Authority. In part through her effort and expertise, the receivership was lifted, and she has since continuously served as counsel for the Authority.
Ms. Dessel also enjoys a strong reputation on matters related to non-profit organizations, and devotes considerable time to her work with those organizations, including the Robert A. Shuker Memorial Fund operated by judges and members of the District of Columbia Bar for the benefit of District of Columbia students.
She has regularly practiced in the courts of the District of Columbia since 1979, including the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; the United States Court of Federal Claims; the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and various administrative agencies.