DC Associate David Zetoony was presented with the 2010 Commitment to Justice Award for his exceptional contribution and initiative in combating the abuses of the unauthorized practice of law known as "notario fraud." The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) held its 29th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Ceremony Oct. 7, where Zetoony and two other honorees were recognized for their dedication to strengthening their communities by valuing dignity, respect and fairness for the most vulnerable in the Latino community.
Zetoony first received attention through his ground-breaking pro bono litigation that addressed the problems of legal consulting fraud – a situation in which a person misrepresents him or herself as an attorney to a non-English speaker seeking legal advice. Argueta v. Mejia was the first suit of its kind brought in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia and one of the first such suits brought nationally. His work on that project, and subsequent success in leading civil suits in Virginia and Maryland courts, has been recognized by the ABA Commission on Immigration and by various legal publications including The National Law Journal, LawDragon and the Daily Business review.
CARECEN also honored Clark Construction Company for its role in strengthening communities by giving back through hands-on projects in the community and Jonathan Tycko, who was presented with the Civil Litigation Excellency Award for protecting the rights of tenants under threat.
Zetoony’s practices focuses on consumer protection litigation in federal and state courts and in responding to consumer protection investigations initiated by the Federal Trade Commission or states’ attorneys general. In addition, he routinely counsels companies on how to comply with state and federal laws that regulate advertising, data security, and privacy.