Meet Our DC Real Estate Lawyers & Support Staff

Morris Battino – Partner

MorrisMorris has over 30 years of experience practicing real estate law in the District of Columbia. With over 20 published Court of Appeals’ decisions, Morris has helped shape Washington, DC’s current landlord and tenant and real estate laws. He is a tenacious litigator who is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, the United Stated District Court, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. Morris has frequently lectured on landlord and tenant and real estate law in Washington, DC, and is a prior chairperson of the Rental Housing Committee of the District of Columbia Bar. Morris can be reached by email at

Aaron Sokolow – Managing Partner

IMG_1393Aaron has litigated landlord and tenant and real estate cases before judges and juries in the District of Columbia Superior Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Appeals sitting en banc, Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Rental Housing Commission. A graduate of Tufts University and American University’s Washington College of Law, Aaron advises clients on a wide array of landlord and tenant and other real estate matters. His advice helps clients balance the costs and benefits of a particular approach to find a resolution that makes the most business sense.  Aaron can be reached by email at

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Peggy Marquardt – Attorney

Peggy MarquardtPeggy is an experienced attorney who has been specializing in Washington, DC real estate and real property litigation since 2008. She focuses her practice on civil litigation, including residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters, contract disputes, and condominium cases. Prior to working at Battino & Sokolow PLLC, Peggy was a named partner of Brand, Marquardt & Callahan, PLLC. Peggy earned her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. She attended the undergraduate program at the University of Maryland, College Park earning both a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English. Peggy can be reached by email at

Rachel Sullivan – Attorney

Rachael SullivanRachel graduated from The College of Wooster and The George Washington University Law School. Thereafter, she completed a two-year clerkship, working in the civil division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the Honorable Jason Park and the Honorable John M. Campbell. There, she handled a variety of issues of civil law, including mortgage foreclosures, landlord and tenant cases, contract disputes, the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, and the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act. Rachel can be reached by email at

James Younger – Paralegal, Director of Operations

IMG_1170James has been with Battino & Sokolow since 2012.  After receiving a bachelor of arts degree in government from the College of William & Mary, James obtained his paralegal certificate from the Paralegal Institute of Washington. James is adept at preparing a range of pleadings, complaints, and documents, and he has expertise in condominium and homeowners’ association foreclosures and collections. James can be reached by email at

Shakira Schuyler – Paralegal

Shakira Waring-BrownPrior to joining Battino & Sokolow, Shakira served as the Lead Deputy Clerk and Acting Case Processing Supervisor of the DC Superior Court Landlord and Tenant Branch where she processed and helped oversee unit operations, electronic filing, and administration of the entire branch. Shakira now oversees all landlord and tenant operations of the firm to ensure we are acting as efficiently as possible so that our clients obtain the best results. Shakira earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Norfolk State University and a legal assistant certificate from Tidewater Community College.  Shakira can be reached by email at