Charlene Bofinger is our partner primarily responsible for our EEOC and administrative employment practice. Ms. Bofinger began her legal career with the Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State, where she had substantial responsibility for personnel and discrimination complaints, and worked closely with the General Counsel and Administrator of AID in high profile cases involving issues of first impression about the application of Title VII to Foreign Service Officers stationed abroad. Ms. Bofinger spent about 20 highly successful years in the corporate world after leaving the federal government, holding Executive and General Counsel positions in Fortune 500 companies. In her corporate counsel positions, Ms. Bofinger took great pride in often being her clients’ “conscience” and now has brought her considerable skills and commitment to working for individuals aggrieved by and in the government and corporate world. During her time with the firm, Ms. Bofinger has represented many clients pursuing claims of discrimination and defending against suspension, demotion, and removal.
1999-2004: General Counsel and Senior Director, Sun Microsystems Inc. – US Sales Organization, Mclean, Virginia
Ms. Bofinger was responsible for leading and managing a group of 40-plus attorneys supporting the sales, service, and delivery organization of Sun Microsystems in the United States and Latin America (a multi-billion dollar business unit), including responsibility for the negotiation of complex technology contracts. In her position at Sun Microsystems she gained significant experience in the following areas:
Litigation and Risk Management – Responsible for managing litigation and disputes in the US and the disposition of such disputes. Insured that all disputes were managed properly, including counseling the business units on internal communications as well as communications with the customer and evaluating the contractual and legal risks present in each situation, and made recommendations to corporate executives relative to the disposition of such matters.
Leadership – Recruited, hired, trained, promoted, and retained highly qualified and expert staffs that were considered integral to Sun’s business. The team was made up of leaders in the organization who handled the complex legal issues that arose in Sun’s fast-paced and ever-changing business. Personally engaged in each team member’s professional development and strove to maximize the individual’s potential and job satisfaction, providing great value to Sun.
Counseling and Training – Provided counseling and training on a wide range of legal and business issues to business employees and human resources personnel, including ethics, business conduct, EEO, contract negotiation, intellectual property ownership, protection of confidential information and contract interpretation.
1997-1999: General Counsel and Secretary, Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc. – McLean, Virginia
Ms. Bofinger managed the Legal Department functions of Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, including a staff of 8 legal professionals. She was the primary coordinator within Sun for all legal matters arising from Sun’s participation in the highly regulated government markets. She provided advice to the corporation on all aspects of international, federal, state, and local government procurement laws and regulations. In her position she also directed and managed all litigation and protests actions filed against, or on behalf of, the corporation in federal court and the General Services Board of Contract Appeals.
1991-1997 General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, MCI Systemhouse Corp. (formerly Systemhouse Inc.) – Reston, Virginia
Ms. Bofinger was the Chief legal officer for MCI Systemhouse Corp., a large systems integration and consulting corporation of approximately 2,000 employees. She managed the legal and contracts department and was responsible for providing advice to all levels of management on various legal and contractual issues; managing all potential and actual commercial and government contracts disputes; drafting and negotiating all commercial agreements and managing all contract nd employment disputes and litigation.
1989 –1991: Corporate Counsel, Systemhouse Inc. – Reston, Virginia
Ms. Bofinger had primary responsibility for the review and negotiation of all commercial and government contractual documents. She handled the preparation and defense of many complex contract claims by the corporation against federal and state government agencies. She represented the corporation in several key procurement litigation protests. She also worked closely with the Vice President of Human Resources and senior management on matters relating to employment law and personnel issues.
1985–1989: Assistant Regional Counsel, Amdahl Corporation, Federal Region – Washington, DC
Ms. Bofinger advised the corporation on all matters relating to federal government procurement law including representing the corporation in federal court and in bid protests filed on behalf of the corporation. On behalf of the corporation she argued the first appellate case brought before the Federal Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in connection with the Competition In Contracting Act. She also advised the corporation on matters concerning employment and potential discrimination issues.
1982–1985: Attorney Advisor, Office of Litigation and Enforcement, Office of the General Counsel, Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State, (USAID), Washington, D.C.
Ms. Bofinger’s had substantial responsibility for the review of personnel and discrimination complaints and providing counsel to the General Counsel and Agency Administrator on the recommended disposition of such complaints. In addition, she had responsibility for handling claims brought against USAID by international and domestic contractors as well as initiating claims against contractors by USAID.
1982: J.D. The American University, Washington College of Law
Recognition – Semi-Finalist, Moot Court Competition, 1980
Moot Court Judge, 1982
1982: Candidate for M.A. The American University, School of International Service
Candidate for Master of International Relations, completed all course work for M.A.
Focus – East Asia, with emphasis on China, and International Law
1978: B.A. Indiana University –
Double Major – Philosophy and Forensic Studies
Honors – Honors dean’s list six semesters; advanced placement in graduate and honors course work junior and senior years