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CSCI’s General Counsel named finalist for 2008 Corporate Counsel Awards

09.22.2008  |  admin

Springfield, Va. – September 22, 2008 – Brett Coffee, General Counsel for CSCI, a unique defense industry-orientated software and systems development company, was chosen as a finalist for Washington Business Journal’s “Top Washington Lawyer” Awards.

Four years ago, Coffee organized the start-up of the SemperComm Foundation, a 501(C)(3) charity dedicated to supplying morale-building communications and entertainment equipment to remote U.S. military bases and was appointed General Counsel. Soon after setting up SemperComm, he became General Counsel for CSCI and has simultaneously held both positions since 2005. Brett sets an example as a community champion, through his leadership and activism in the community and was nominated by CSCI. “I’m thrilled to be nominated for this award. Being selected as a finalist among such an esteemed group of attorneys is even more of an honor,” said Coffee.

In the last year Coffee has worked on three major initiatives for CSCI in addition to providing pro bono services to the SemperComm Foundation. “Brett has worked on some very challenging projects this year but regardless of his demanding schedule, he still finds time to lead and serve in the community. I’m very pleased that he is being recognized for his hard work and dedication to both CSCI and the community,” says CSCI CEO Linda LaRoche.

Some of Coffee’s community leadership activities include:

  • Serving on the board of directors of Leadership Fairfax and being involved in a strategic review, reorganization, and planning process for the next five years.
  • Appointed to the Virginia General Assembly Joint Commission on Technology and Science-2008 Transportation Technologies Advisory Committee.
  • Named to the leadership of the U.S. Chamber’s Corporate Leadership Advisory Council.
  • Devoted over 570 hours to outside charitable, political and professional activities this year through June 2008.
  • Awarded the Community Champion award by Volunteer Fairfax for volunteering over 800 hours to the Springfield District in 2007.
  • Chairs the Governance Tack Force on Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Coffee was recently named on Virginia Super Lawyers 2008 Rising Stars List, an honor bestowed on just 2.5% of Virginia attorneys under the age of 40. He is an active member of Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA), the West Springfield Rotary Club and the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

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