Monday, June 27, 2011

Legal Representation Solicitation -- 1993 -- Alan Banov, Esq.

August 5, 1993
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alan Banov, Esq.
1920 M Street, NW
Washington, DC

          RE: Gary Freedman v. Akin, Gump, Hauer & Feld

Dear Mr. Banov:

I telephoned your office on Wednesday afternoon, August 4, 1993 to inquire about obtaining legal representation in the above-referenced matter.

My employment was terminated on October 29, 1991 by the law firm of Akin Gump three working days after I complained to members of management that I was being harassed. On February 4, 1992 I filed a Complaint with the D.C. Department of Human Rights (DOHR), which Complaint is pending. On June 30, 1993 DOHR issued a no probable cause determination, which I have appealed with the enclosed pleading.

I have obtained incontrovertible, documentary evidence (appended to the enclosed pleading) that the termination was pretextual in that it was based on evidence fabricated by my former employer that I suffered from a serious mental disorder. The termination violated both the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, as well as the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. Also, my former employer’s action in fabricating evidence that I was paranoid and potentially violent is defamatory. A coworker, unlawfully terminated on April 9, 1992, has filed an action against Akin Gump in federal court under Title VII (a copy of that employee’s Complaint is enclosed).

You may reach me at (202) 362-7064 or leave a message at (202) 363-3800.

Thank you.


Gary Freedman


Gary Freedman said...

I spoke by telephone with Mr. Banov. He declined representation. He made a peculiar comment: "I'm not declining representation because I'm afraid of going up against Akin Gump. Because I'm not afraid of going up against Akin Gump."

I also met with Mr. Banov at his office on one occasion for a free consult.

Gary Freedman said...

Mr. Banov is also a long-time active Democrat. A former chair of the District 18 Democratic Caucus in Montgomery County, in 2002 he was elected as an at-large member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. In 2006 he was re-elected to the MCDCC and was elected Vice-Chair by his MCDCC colleagues.

You can contact him at

Gary Freedman said...

Note that according to psychoanalytic theory the statement, "I'm not afraid of going up against Akin Gump" can be an instance of the ego defense of negation.