On September 1, 2005, Ms. Alden formed the Washington firm of Kraft Eisenmann Alden, PLLC, with Barbara Kraft and James Eisenmann. Now the Alden Law Group, PLLC, the firm continues its tradition of providing advice and representation to individual employees, unions, and employers.
Ms. Alden maintains the firm’s special emphasis on the law, rules and regulations pertaining to employment in the federal government, nationwide and globally. Additionally, Ms. Alden represents private sector clients in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland, in matters relating to employment contracts and agreements, civil rights, and employment law. Ms. Alden also represents members of local and state governments.
Ms. Alden has litigated and argued cases in state and federal courts, before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Office of Special Counsel, the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), and in many local administrative agencies, including the Human Rights Offices in Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax, Virginia and the District of Columbia .
In 2010, and for the first time in over 27 years, the Merit Systems Protection Board held oral argument on cases of special significance, due to their broad potential impact on the Federal civil service and the merit system. On October 18, 2010, Ms. Alden presented oral argument to the Board in one of these historic cases. Go here for more information.
Ms. Alden is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the District of Columbia Bar’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee. This appointment follows an extended term as a Member of the Committee. Ms. Alden has been deeply involved in the work of the D.C. Bar’s Labor and Employment Section, where she chaired and presented CLE and other courses. She chaired and moderated the D.C. Bar’s Employment, Labor & Benefit Section’s CLE course on the Fundamentals of Employment Law in the District of Columbia. She served as the Public Sector Chair of the District of Columbia Bar’s Labor and Employment Section from 2001 through 2004, where she prepared and presented programs on a variety of employment law topics. Ms. Alden is a frequent speaker, lecturer and moderator. She is also an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Ms. Alden is a co-author of the Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide: How to Protect and Enforce Your Job Rights, published by Workplace Fairness and Passman & Kaplan, P.C. (2004). Ms. Alden was a contributing author to Employment Discrimination Law, Third Edition, Second Supplement, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law. Ms. Alden has appeared on radio and television programs discussing current topics in employment law.
Ms. Alden received her J.D. in 1992 from the Washington College of Law of the American University and her B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1989 and attended its School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. Ms. Alden is admitted to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Michelle F. Bercovici joined Kraft Eisenmann Alden, PLLC, the predecessor of the Alden Law Group, PLLC, in May of 2007.
Since joining the firm, Ms. Bercovici has worked on a variety of employment discrimination, Merit Systems Protection Board, and labor law cases under federal and state laws. Ms. Bercovici has also worked on matters relating to ERISA compliance and employee benefit plans.
Ms. Bercovici earned her J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in May 2007. While in law school, Ms. Bercovici served as a staff member on the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Ms. Bercovici also received the Washington College of Law Award for her commitment to public service in founding a program to train college students to provide after-hours client services at a food pantry and financial assistance center in Carrboro, North Carolina. During law school, Ms. Bercovici completed a legal clerkship in the Office of General Counsel at the National Treasury Employees Union, where she worked on a variety of federal labor law issues. Ms. Bercovici also served as a summer law clerk in the Federal Sector Hearings Unit of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Washington Field Office.
In 2004, Ms. Bercovici received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History with honors and distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While an undergraduate, she participated in the Honors Program, was inducted into the Order of the Old Well (UNC’s honorary society recognizing distinguished service to the community), and was awarded the George Kachergis Memorial Scholarship in art.
Ms. Bercovici is admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
In July 2010, Ms. Bercovici was elected to serve a three year term on the Steering Committee of the DC Bar Labor & Employment Law Section (“LELS”). Ms. Bercovici also serves as the Chair of the Federal Sector Subcommittee of the DC Bar LELS.
Ms. Bercovici is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Labor and Employment Law and Section of Litigation; the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA); the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association; and the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee.
Ms. Wynter Allen graduated from the University of Chicago in 2002 with an A.B. in Sociology. Ms. Allen went on to receive her J.D. from Wake Forest University in 2006. During her time at Wake Forest , Ms. Allen was on the Staff of the Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal. Ms. Allen also received the Peggy Browning Fellowship and clerked with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 2005. In 2006, Ms. Allen started her law career as Staff Attorney for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (“IBT”). Ms. Allen was a Staff Attorney with the IBT until May of 2010. Ms. Allen received the 2009-2010 American Bar Association Labor and Employment Fellowship with the Committee on the Development of the Law under the National Labor Relations Act (“DLL”). Ms. Allen presented at the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Midwinter Conference in 2010. Ms. Allen moderated a panel at the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law’s DLL 2010 midwinter meeting. Ms. Allen also co-authored the article “The Development of Employment Rights and Responsibilities from 1985 to 2010” published in the Spring 2010 ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.
Ms. Allen volunteers throughout the Washington , D.C. area. Ms. Allen has volunteered with Suited for Change, Capital Partners for Education and sat on the Board of Directors for the organization For Love of Children (“FLOC”) from 2008-2010. Ms. Allen was rewarded with Mayor Fenty’s Community Service Award in 2009. Ms. Allen also volunteers with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.
Ms. Allen is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and of the Greater Washington Area Chapter Women’s Lawyer Division of the National Bar Association (“GWAC”). Ms. Allen serves as GWAC’s Chair of the Judicial and Executive Appointment Committee. Ms. Allen has been a member of the New York Bar since 2007, and is also a member of the DC Bar.
Timothy D. Cheng joined ALG in 2012 and brings to us a strong background in whistleblower protection, patent law, and engineering.
Prior to joining ALG, Mr. Cheng worked extensively with federal employees and whistleblowers. Mr. Cheng helped to successfully secure major monetary rewards under whistleblowing laws, including the False Claims Act (“FCA”), for whistleblowers who reported fraud against the government. These cases involved private entities engaging in fraud and deceit against the federal government in areas such as Medicare and Medicaid, government contracts, military contracts, and the mortgage industry. Among other cases, Mr. Cheng participated in case against major banks and lending institutions in February of 2012, resulting in a record-breaking $25 billion mortgage settlement.
Mr. Cheng represented U.S. Food & Drug Administration scientists who blew the whistle on Agency manipulation of its scientific findings for political purposes. He represented the scientists before the Office of Special Counsel for their whistleblower claims, in federal court on Constitutional claims, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for discrimination claims, and in their Freedom of Information Act cases.
Since joining ALG, Mr. Cheng continues to champion employee rights and has zealously represented ALG client in hearings and administrative procedures before arbitrators, the Merit Systems Protection Board (“MSPB”), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), and the Office of the Special Counsel (“OSC”). Mr. Cheng has represented federal employees in all phases of litigation under the myriad of anti-discrimination and anti-reprisal laws.
Mr. Cheng’s technical background makes him particularly capable in areas where law and science intersect. Mr. Cheng earned a Bachelor’s of Science in computer engineering from the University of Illinois in 2003.Mr. Cheng earned his juris doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law in May 2008 and became a patent attorney in May 2009.
Rachel S. Fisher joined the Alden Law Group in 2013 after receiving her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law. While in law school, she served on the American University International Law Review and as a Dean’s Fellow for the school’s Legal Writing and Rhetoric Program. Prior to joining Alden Law Group, Ms. Fisher worked as a summer law clerk at a small immigration law firm and a national nonprofit organization. During her third year of law school, she interned in the Enforcement Division at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Before law school, Ms. Fisher worked as an organizer for political campaigns and nonprofit groups, and in the field of online marketing and fundraising.
Ms. Fisher received her B.A. with Honors in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Fisher has a pending application for admission to the New York State Bar.
Philip Mueller became “Of Counsel” with the Alden Law Group in 2010. Prior to joining the firm he was a sole practitioner. Mr. Mueller worked primarily on business transactional matters and litigation, including franchise law. Mr. Mueller also represented veterans pro bono before the US Court of Veterans Appeals.
Mr. Mueller was admitted to the bar of Pennsylvania in 1993, and has been a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland and New York since 1994. He received his law degree from the Washington College of Law, American University, in 1993, where he was a staff member of the International Law Journal. While at law school Mr. Mueller was a Dean’s Fellow, researching and editing University Professor Nicholas Kittrie’s book, The War Against Authority: From the Crisis of Legitimacy to a New Social Order (1998), and other works. Mr. Mueller continued working for Dr. Kittrie following graduation.
Mr. Mueller received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from The Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. While an undergraduate at George Washington, Mr. Mueller was awarded a position with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he worked for Fellow Syed Hossein Alatas, conducting research for Dr. Alatas’ books The Problem of Corruption (1986) and Corruption: Its Nature, Causes and Functions (1990). Mr. Mueller spent two years at Kenyon College in Ohio before attending The George Washington University.