Elaine Charlson Bredehoft
Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C.
Ms. Bredehoft, a native of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, has been practicing law for thirty-four years. Ms. Bredehoft is admitted to practice in Virginia and in the District of Columbia, and in the federal trial and appellate courts for those jurisdictions. Ms. Bredehoft has also served as counsel in matters before the United States Supreme Court, and has served as an Arbitrator and Mediator at the request of counsel in multiple jurisdictions. Ms. Bredehoft regularly provides litigation, business and employment advice to corporations, high level executives and employees, relating to employment, severance, restrictive covenant and stock agreements, and other issues that arise. Ms. Bredehoft continues to actively litigate in the federal and state courts in the Metropolitan Washington DC Area.
In 2003, Ms. Bredehoft received the honor of being inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, recognizing the top 1% of attorneys in each state; in 2005, Ms. Bredehoft was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, recognizing the top 500 trial attorneys in the United States under the age of 70; and in 2007, Ms. Bredehoft was chosen as a member in the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, and was named a Senior Fellow in 2015.
Ms. Bredehoft served by invitation of the Virginia Supreme Court as a faculty member of the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Committee; was an invitee by a Federal Court Judge to the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference in 1997, 1998 and 1999, resulting in her becoming a permanent member; was a ten year member of the Boyd-Graves Conference – a group comprised of judges, legislators, and lawyers advising the legislature on legal ramifications of statutory construction; was a member of the governing Council of the Virginia Bar Association Section on Labor and Employment Law from 1994-2008; served as vice-chair of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting in 1997 and 1998; and is a Master of the George Mason Inns of Court, now emeritus. Formerly a principal of the McLean, Virginia firm of Walton & Adams, P.C., she has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; has served on the Virginia Governor’s Commission On Women and Minorities In the Legal System; and was Chairperson of the Virginia Model Judiciary Program.
Ms. Bredehoft has been honored for many years with recognition in multiple publications, including being voted by her peers as one of the “Top Ten Attorneys in Washington,” “Top Ten Attorneys in Virginia,” and one of the top ten “Super Lawyers” in the Washington, Baltimore and Virginia areas. Ms. Bredehoft has been a frequent lecturer for Continuing Legal Education programs all over the country, but primarily in Washington DC and Virginia, covering topics addressing all aspects of trial, business and employment law practice.