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Don Grove 

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Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1998; Tennessee, 1999; Washington D.C. 2001; U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1998 ; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2003; United States Supreme Court, 2003.

Education: B.S., summa cum laude, International Business, University of Maryland (1993). Juris Doctor, cum laude, American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. (1997). During law school, Mr. Grove served on the editorial board of the Administrative Law Review and represented clients before the IRS as a student attorney.

Mr. Grove serves as a member of the United States Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council and as co-chair of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association´┐Żs Indian Law Committee and Rules Committee.

Mr. Grove is a partner in the Nordhaus Law Firm's D.C. Office where he is engaged in federal practice including litigation in the United States Court of Federal Claims involving tribal trust funds and asset management; participation in amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court; proceedings in federal district courts, federal courts of appeals, and administrative proceedings.  Mr. Grove represents tribal clients in timber management, oil and gas, gaming, tribal recognition, and legislative matters.

Prior to joining the Nordhaus Law firm, Mr. Grove clerked for Chief Judge Loren Smith of the United States Court of Federal Claims and for Court of Federal Claims Judge Eric Bruggink. Mr. Grove's work at the court included claims involving federal regulation, patent infringement, Fifth Amendment taking claims, coal mining, grazing and water rights, federal taxation including Indian gaming revenues, and government contracts including timber harvesting, disposal of spent nuclear fuel, construction, and manufacturing.

As a law student, Mr. Grove clerked for the Reporter of Decisions at the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Bill Frist and for Congressman Bob Clement. He served on the board of directors of U.S. China Educational Ventures and as a language instructor for that organization in China's interior. Mr. Grove entered the practice of law from a background in engineering and heavy industry including the manufacture of trucks for municipal fleets and the design and prototype field testing of rough-terrain tractors in Australia.

In Sydney, Australia, and later in the United States, Mr. Grove served as international manufacturing consultant and product development manager for JTL Ltd. He drafted patent specifications and managed JTL patents and pending applications in nine countries, serving as liaison between patent attorneys and the board of directors. He was responsible for supervising design and development to assure compliance with intellectual property constraints. His work for JTL included contract negotiation and lobbying trade committee members of the Australian Parliament for legislation affecting export duties and tariffs.  

Mr. Grove owned and managed Delmarva Engineering in Rockville, Maryland. His company contracted for the design and manufacture of customized trucks for municipal fleets throughout the United States. The company's services included the assembly of imported German and Italian truck bodies on American truck chassis, and the design and installation of customized hydraulic, electrical, and pneumatic systems. Mr. Grove negotiated contracts with municipal governments, trained clients' staff, and directed public relations.

Mr. Grove's enterprises have extended to management of residential and commercial properties and rural land management. His work on 67 acres of forest in Strasburg, Virginia. included negotiating for rights-of-way over adjoining properties, timber harvesting, management of waterways, and road construction.  He is a certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.


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