The SBA’s Guide to the Ostensible Contractor Rule

By Grace Mahan In a recent size appeal decision, Emergent, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5875, the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) reinforced the criteria it uses to evaluate the “ostensible subcontractor” rule. The rule provides that when a prime contractor is unusually reliant on a subcontractor or when a subcontractor is […]

New SBA Mentor-Protégé Program Creates Opportunities for Small Business

On July 25, 2016, the federal Small Business Administration issued a final rule – effective August 24, 2016 – establishing a mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns. Although this new program resembles the existing mentor-protégé program for 8(a) firms, it is a distinct program that permits all small business concerns to participate in mentor-protégé […]

Our Client, Dr. Kimberly Brown, Featured in Newspaper Profile

Our client, Dr. Kimberly Brown, who is president and CEO of Baltimore-based Amethyst Technologies, was featured in an article in the Baltimore Times on May 13, 2016. Dr. Brown founded the company in 2006, and it now has annual revenue of about $2 million and clients that include the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, […]

Congratulations to Rath Enterprises, Inc.

Congratulations to Rath Enterprises, Inc.  DC’s Department of Transportation has certified  Rath as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.  DC-based Rath Enterprises, Inc. ( is capable of performing all aspects of environmental remediation and demolition services, including asbestos & lead removal, along with the remediation of mold, contaminated transformers, batteries, ballast, PCB oil and more.  It already […]

Social Media: A Whole New Type of E-Service

There are a few different ways your business could be served with legal process. For instance, a corporation can be served through service on its officers, directors, or registered agents. A corporation can also be served through service on certain state officials. But your business should be aware of the possibility that it could be […]

M. Luis Construction Opens New Facility

The O’Riordan Bethel Law firm congratulates its client the M. Luis Construction Co. on the opening of a new asphalt facility in Glen Burnie, Md. For the owners of the M. Luis Construction Co., Cidalia Luis-Akbar and Natalia Luis, this marks their second asphalt manufacturing facility in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The new plant will […]

Our Clients at M. Luis Construction Receive Small Business Accolade

The O’Riordan Bethel Law Firm is proud to join the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Cidalia Luis-Akbar and Natalia Luis of M. Luis Construction Co. on being awarded the Chamber’s Small Business Leader of the Year Award for 2015. The award will be presented at the MCCC’s 2015 Business Awards Dinner on November […]

Risk Allocation for Utility Contractors: Some Twists and Turns

By Carol L. O’Riordan Taimur Rabbani and Anthony J. Marchese, associates at the firm, just published an article in Utility Contractor magazine’s October 2015 issue on risk allocation provisions in contracts entered into by utility contractors. The risk allocation provisions that Taimur and Anthony discuss take two forms: indemnification provisions and “additional insured” provisions that […]

O’Riordan Bethel Receives Award for Its Work for Virginia Agency

At the 2014 Annual Breakthrough Breakfast of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) at D.C’s .J.W. Marriott Hotel on December 4, 2014, O’Riordan Bethel received the Access Public Sector Award in recognition of its work with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Minority Business Enterprise. The WPEO is a national women’s business organization that promotes […]

Harold Charles of CEEPCO Receives 2014 Award From SBA

We are delighted to say that one of our clients, Harold Charles of CEEPCO, was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s D.C.-area office as the Small Business Person of the Year for Maryland. Here is the release announcing this honor. SBA’s Washington, DC District Office Selects CEEPCO President Harold Charles as Small Business Person of […]