Isaias “Cy” Alba
Cy Alba counsels clients in a broad range of government contracting matters before government agencies and Federal courts that includes overall regulatory compliance with all of SBA’s Small Business programs. Mr. Alba represents small and mid-sized companies looking to structure compliant teaming, joint venture, and mentor-protégé agreements. He handles the prosecution and defense of small business size and status protests and appeals before SBA and OHA, as well as bid protests before GAO, COFC, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Alba’s work for the firm’s federal contractor clients also includes preparation, negotiation, and prosecution of Contract Dispute Act claims, Requests for Equitable Adjustments, termination for convenience settlements, defense of suspensions and debarments, the preparation of Organizational Conflict of Interest (“OCI”) mitigation plans and counseling related to OCI issues, as well as FAR/DFARS Data Rights issues, IP licensing, copyright, and trademark issues.
Mr. Alba also counsels clients with complex corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and equity and employee incentive plans, where small business and other federal regulations play a critical role in the transactions, especially in situations where the avoidance of affiliation or ongoing compliance with federal procurement rules are paramount.
General Counsel Business Growth Associates
Kenneth J. Allen is General Counsel with Business Growth Associates. He practiced law for the federal Government for over 32 years, mostly in contracting and fiscal law. His assignments while in Government included Defense and Army information systems commands, medical research and materiel commands, and the Defense Business Management University, where he served as a legal advisor on fiscal law, as well as on fiscal law training and syllabi requirements. For the past fifteen years, Ken has also taught in the Government and private sector, and has authored over thirty course manuals on several subjects including Government contracting, federal appropriations and fiscal law, contract interpretation, federal grant practice, trial advocacy, and leadership and management. Ken is the author of the West Publishing Company books, How to Read a Government Contract, A Manual on Contract Interpretation for Acquisition Professionals and Federal Grant Practice.
President Allen Federal Business Partners
Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners. He has over 20 years’ experience in GSA and VA schedule contracting. He has represented hundreds of companies on schedule issues, including over 95% of the top 25 schedule contract holders. Larry served as President of the Coalition for Government Procurement, the leading association of GSA and VA contractors, working with leaders in and out of Government to shape today’s schedule rules and regulations. He served on the MAS Advisory Panel that made several key recommendations to keeping schedule contracts updated and reasonable to manage. Larry is the primary author of “Secrets of Schedule Sales Success” and a contributing author to “Multiple Award Schedule Contracting.” He currently works with several major federal contractors on their GSA and other Government business.
Partner Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP
Jonathan S. Aronie is the Co-Managing Partner of Sheppard Mullin’s Washington, D.C. office and a Partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group. Mr. Aronie counsels and represents large and small clients in some of the country’s largest and most prominent classified and unclassified Government contracts matters, including bid protests, claims, self-disclosures, internal investigations, and DOJ investigations. Mr. Aronie has authored more than 60 articles and co-authored what is regarded by many as the leading treatise on the GSA Multiple Award Schedule Program, published by ThompsonWest. He also is a regular speaker at national and international forums and CLE programs. He is an active member of the Public Contracts section of the ABA, and recently served on the ABA Task Force charged with drafting formal guidance regarding the FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule.
Nichole D. Atallah
Nichole Atallah counsels clients in a broad range of employment matters, including compliance with Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA/wage & hour, FMLA, wrongful termination and reduction in force. Ms. Atallah advises clients in general business matters including interpreting and drafting employee compensation and benefit arrangements, confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and separation agreements. When necessary, she zealously defends clients faced with a wide range of lawsuits and claims, from wrongful termination to contract disputes.
Ms. Atallah has worked extensively with clients in complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act, Service Contract Act, the Davis Bacon-Act and associated labor regulations, many unique to government contractors. She assists clients through Department of Labor compliance audits and investigations and works proactively with clients to establish and maintain effective human resource policies that discourage employment disputes and lawsuits. Additionally, Ms. Atallah vigorously advocates on behalf of her clients that have a unionized workforce, assisting them during collective bargaining, labor-management disputes, and disputes pending before the National Labor Relations Board. Her goal in representing employers is to help retain management rights and avoid costly disputes.
Director, Baker Tilly
Rob Austin has over 10 years of experience providing specialized pricing, compliance, contract negotiation, audit and litigation support services to government contractors across a variety of industries. With a focus on Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracting, Rob frequently assists clients with proposal and option extension efforts requiring complex historical pricing analyses; preparing/updating Commercial Sales Practice (CSP) disclosures; developing optimal pricing and Basis of Award strategies; and facilitating contract negotiations. Rob has also supported clients through Inspector General audits, government investigations and mandatory disclosures.
Vice President, Government Accounting and Contract Compliance, Harris Corporation
Paul Bailey is Vice President of Government Accounting and Contract Compliance for Harris Corporation based in Melbourne, FL. Mr. Bailey has broad experience with federal procurement rules and regulation through combined industry and “Big 4” public accounting experience. Over the course of his 30 year career, Paul has provided expert advice and testimony for government contractors and their counsel, government agencies and Inspector General and the Department of Justice on the administration of contracts and resolution of complex government accounting and compliance disputes. Mr. Bailey earned his B.B.A – Finance degree from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Ohio and Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, associate member of the American Bar Association and the current Chair of the Contract and Acquisition Management Committee and Procurement Executive Committee Board Member of the National Defense Industry Association. Publications include Predicting the Unpredictable; Protecting Aerospace & Defense Companies against Fraud, Reputation and Misconduct Risk and Exploring IFRS, Practical Business Guidance – Government Contract Considerations.
Legal Counsel, Sierra Nevada Corporation
Tyson Bareis is a Legal Counsel at Sierra Nevada Corporation. Mr. Bareis provides counseling to clients concerning all aspects of the contract formation, administration, and disputes process. He has substantial experience developing and reviewing corporate compliance systems and guiding client through the government audit process. Other areas of special focus include contract formation and negotiation, cost and pricing issues, export control regulations, intellectual property issues, and the Freedom of Information Act.
Managing Consultant, Berkeley Research Group
Ms. Bautista joined Berkeley Research Group in 2014 with experience in government contracts and grants, program and financial management, and process development. Her industry expertise includes profit, not-for-profit, and NGO clients relative to contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements, and global operations. Ms. Bautista has managed contracts and grants with various types of funders, and managed the associated indirect cost recovery and constraints, and donor restrictions. She has also led corporate financial analysis, planning, budgeting, and performance management. Ms. Bautista has experience triaging complex and high profile problems. Ms. Bautista has recent consulting experience in program management of multiple disciplines at a $200+ million NGO. Her experience includes developing policies and procedures, associated trainings, and review mechanisms for diverse areas to include: unallowable costs; cost structure; subaward management, timekeeping and labor distribution, work plan management and budgeting; and field office operations. In addition, she consulted on the organizational structure for Operations and Development. She has extensive knowledge of the international development community, as it relates to managing organizations and diverse funding portfolios. Ms. Bautista has directed the financial and operations administration of regional offices and managed organizational changes and implications on staff. She has led desk reviews and site visits to grantees, providing recommendations on findings, capacity building, and training. Additionally, she has experience in financial system selection and implementation, and procurement system implementation and rollout.
Special Counsel, Covington & Burling, LLP
Hunter Bennett focuses his practice on contract formation and disputes issues, with a particular emphasis on bid protests. Mr. Bennett worked with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, National Courts Section. During his time with the DOJ, Mr. Bennett primarily focused on defending the United States against bid protests filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In addition, he successfully briefed and argued multiple cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
President, Benson Advisory Services, LLC
President of Benson Advisory Services LLC, which provides advice and assistance to a variety of clients on Federal Government contracting and healthcare-related matters. Prior to establishing the consulting firm, Rod served as Counsel in the Washington D.C. Office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Rod retired from Federal service in 2010, after a 35 year career with the Federal Government. At the time of his retirement, Rod was a member of the Senior Executive Service and served as the Director of the Office of Acquisition and Grants for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He was responsible for all of CMS’s contracting and grant activities. Previously, Rod served as a Senior Attorney in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the General Counsel. In that position, he represented the Health Care Financing Administration and the Social Security Administration in contracting and other administrative matters.
Ivan Bilaniuk is a member of the litigation department and the international practice group. Ivan engages in complex civil litigation and international arbitration covering a broad range of areas. Ivan is experienced in various aspects of litigation and dispute resolution including preparing pleadings and motion papers, coordinating multi-phase document productions, preparing factual and expert witnesses, offensive and defensive discovery, trial, appellate, and arbitration briefing, and removal of state cases to federal courts. As part of his international practice, Ivan regularly advises US companies on compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), economic and trade sanctions imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Anti-Boycott Regulations, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Ivan develops export compliance policies and training programs, and also conducts internal investigations for clients concerning violations of these regulations and statutes. In addition, Ivan works on applications to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and related export control audits. He holds a Secret Security Clearance from the US Department of Defense and Suitability Determinations from the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration.
CEO & Managing Director Capital Edge Consulting, Inc.
Chad Braley is the CEO and Managing Director of Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., in the firm’s Reston, VA office. Mr. Braley’s area of expertise includes the CAS, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), agency supplement regulations, Truth in Negotiations Act, Government accounting requirements, Earned Value Management (EVM), Material Management & Accounting Systems (MMAS), DCAA audit and regulatory non-compliance support, business systems, ICAPs, ERP systems, risk mitigation. Mr. Braley has successfully supported clients in developing and implementing compliance controls, policies, processes, and procedures to successfully mitigate the risk of regulatory noncompliance and has assisted over 75 companies in successfully completing Government audits. Mr. Braley has extensive experience in the Cost Accounting Standards and has successfully supported companies in developing their CAS Disclosure Statements, changing cost accounting practices, developing cost impact statements, and defending allegations of noncompliance.
Jason Branciforte has litigated on behalf of management in connection with all types of employment and labor disputes, including wrongful discharge and defamation claims and claims. He has particular experience assisting government contractors with all aspects of their operations and ensuring compliance with the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act, and related federal and state statutes. Jason regularly appears before state and federal courts throughout the United States and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor. Additionally, he has an active labor relations practice and regularly represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings, strikes, union election campaigns, and strategic labor relations planning matters. He has experience in a wide variety of industries utilized by the federal government in contracting, and has negotiated many collective bargaining agreements for government contractors covered by the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act.
Principal, Baker Tilly
Bill Bressette has over 18 years of experience in government contracting and corporate compliance including contract analysis and administration, rate development and analysis, development and management of contracts and compliance organizations, corporate policies and procedures, organizational risk management, cost estimating and proposal development. Bill has extensive experience helping contractors with virtually all aspects of GSA Schedule contracting, including feasibility assessments, strategic pricing analysis, proposal preparation, contract administration, compliance and audit support. He also helps contractors implement GSA Schedule contract administration and compliance program best practices.
Mark has over 20 years of experience in providing auditing and consulting services to Government contractors. Mark’s recent activities include helping companies comply with the business system criteria established by the Department of Defense and working through complex cost accounting issues to maximize the benefits associated DCAA audits, The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). Prior to joining Dixon Hughes Goodman, Mark was a Director in the Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP responsible for performing services for a wide range of Government contractors and non-profit entities. Mark has broad experience in helping companies respond to audit findings, including improving cost submissions and other responses to meet the expectations of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), where Mark was a Senior Auditor previous to his time at Deloitte.
Corporate Counsel, Public Sector Sales and Marketing, Amazon.com, Inc.
Keith Byers is a Corporate Counsel with Public Sector Sales and Marketing at Amazon.com, Inc. In his former Position at McKenna, Long & Aldridge, Mr. Byers’ government contract financial practice focused on counseling clients facing Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and cost and accounting issues. He routinely worked with clients to develop responses and defenses to onerous DCAA audits, cost disallowances and unfavorable accounting and internal controls systems determinations. His DCAA and cost and accounting experience includes counseling and defending government contractors facing allegations of fraud or related misconduct. In addition to these financial focus areas, Mr. Byers also has significant experience in the areas, Mr. Byers also has significant experience in the areas of claims and disputes, state and federal bid protests, False Claims Act (FCA) violations, Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) violations, state procurement, organizational conflicts of interest (OCI), compliance and mandatory disclosures, overseas reconstruction contracts, domestic construction and security clearances.
Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group
Mr. Byrd is a Managing Director with BRG in Washington, D.C. and provides consulting services in the field of government contract accounting, administration, and compliance. He has experience providing consulting, financial advisory, and audit services to companies and organizations that range from middle market to the Fortune 100. Mr. Byrd has in-depth experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”), the Cost Accounting Standards (“CAS”), Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) Circulars and other Federal government procurement regulations. His expertise includes working with companies in a variety of industries, including professional services, aerospace, defense, manufacturing, information technology, telecommunications, biotech, higher education, health insurance and not-for-profit organizations, all of whom receive Federal funds. He has advised numerous commercial companies how to adapt practices to conform to the unique government contracting regulated environment. Mr. Byrd has experience with all forms of government contract acquisition matters, from competitive procurements to commercial item exemptions. He assists throughout the entire life cycle of government contracts, as well as providing expert advice on a myriad of complex government contract accounting and contract administration related matters.
Dave has over 33 years of experience in Government contracting, at both the working level and as a Senior Executive for the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including five years with the DHS Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, nine years with the Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP), and eighteen years with DCAA. During his tenures at DHS and DPAP, he served as the Department’s chief price analyst, providing expert pricing consultation to senior management and contracting personnel, and delivering training in contract pricing matters to Government contracting personnel. With DCAA, he worked in a variety of positions, including field auditor, comprehensive labor team auditor, supervisory auditor, and Headquarters program manager. Dave holds a B.A. in accounting from Virginia Tech and an MBA from George Mason, and was previously a licensed CPA in Virginia for 32 years, currently electing to not maintain or hold a CPA license or use the CPA title. He also spent ten years as an adjunct professor of accounting, including five years teaching at the University of Virginia, where he taught cost/price analysis, Principles of Accounting, and Intermediate Accounting. Since his retirement from the Government in August of 2012, he has worked as an independent contractor, which includes teaching at PCI, and providing expert cost accounting/contracting consultation to both the Government and private industry.
President, Capitano Consulting
Ki Capitano is a Consultant with Capitano Consulting providing consultation, advice, assistance, and training on Government contract financial and other regulatory compliance matters. Ki began his career in Government contracting in 1976, working as a contract auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). While with the DCAA, he performed a full range of contract audits of Government contractors and contract audit functions. He worked as an instructor at DCAA’s contract audit institute in Memphis, TN designing, developing, and delivering training courses to DCAA auditors and managers in both technical and managerial subjects, as well as supporting briefings to industry and other Government agencies, and worked at DCAA headquarters as program manager, responsible for a variety of audit initiatives. Ki also worked for KPMG Peat Marwick as a manager responsible for designing, developing, and delivering training courses and providing expert advice to clients regarding Government contract regulatory compliance issues in a wide variety of areas.
Partner, Covington & Burling, LLP
Jay Carey has counseled clients on all aspects of federal, state and local Government procurement and grant law, including ethics requirements, GSA schedule contracting requirements, the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts, cost and pricing data requirements, and other contract administration issues. As part of his counseling practice, Jay regularly advises clients regarding strategies for protecting and preserving intellectual property rights when entering into and performing contracts, grants, and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) with the federal Government. He has provided counseling on intellectual property issues to numerous biotechnology firms entering the Government marketplace, as well as other high-technology clients. Mr. Carey also advises clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and export control laws and regulations. Jay regularly represents Government contractors in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims. He has prosecuted and defended dozens of bid protests involving defense, biotechnology, telecommunications, information technology, and healthcare procurements, among others.
Senior Procurement Law Attorney
Louis A. Chiarella is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. area with 20 years of experience specializing in all aspects of Government contracting. In addition to his current position, Mr. Chiarella’s previous experiences include: Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Virginia; Chief of Administrative and Civil Law, Fort Carson, Colorado; and Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division, Arlington, Virginia. He continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law at the Army JAG School, and lectures frequently on a wide variety of Government contract law subjects. Mr. Chiarella received his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, a law degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, a Master of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America, and a Masters of Laws degree from the Army Judge Advocate General’s School.
Jeffrey M. Chiow
Associate, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC
Jeff Chiow is an Attorney with Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC focusing on government contracts and government investigations. He understands the complex business, legal and regulatory considerations that uniquely affect government contractors. He helps clients to evaluate and achieve results that protect and grow their government business. Mr. Chiow’s work also includes a mix of investigations and litigation work including federal bid protests at GAO and the Court of Federal Claims as well as claims at the Court and the Boards of Contract Appeals. Mr. Chiow has assisted clients in a broad array of investigations by Inspectors General, Congress and the Department of Justice and has False Claims Act experience. He also has conducted many sensitive internal compliance investigations, advising clients about potential civil and criminal liability and disclosure obligations.
Mr. Chiow is a USMC Combat Veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan having served as an F/A-18D Weapons and Sensors Officer. He has litigated military pay and benefits cases before the Court of Federal Claims and the Federal Circuit.
Principal, Baker Tilly
Jeff has over 15 years of industry and consulting experience in both government contracting and commercial environments. He advises contractors on various aspects of Federal Supply Schedule and commercial item contracting, including proposal preparation, commercial pricing and compliance strategy, contract option extensions, Trade Agreements Act compliance, Inspector General audits, and Department of Justice investigations. Jeff’s experience also includes supporting companies and counsel during litigation, identifying and mitigating compliance risks, addressing government contract cost accounting issues, and developing compliance and contract management programs.
US Army JAG Attorney specializing in Government Contract and Fiscal Law
Mr. Cora is an 18-year U.S. Army officer and JAG attorney specializing in government procurement and fiscal law, and is currently an Army Civil Schooling student at The George Washington University School of Law to earn an LL.M. in Government Procurement Law and Policy. Contract and fiscal law assignments include: Command Judge Advocate and Senior Legal Advisor for the 411th Contract Support Brigade (Army Contracting Command-Korea) in Seoul, South Korea (2010-2012); Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law at the US Army JAG School in Charlottesville, Virginia (2007-2010), and; Command Judge Advocate and Senior Legal Advisor for the Joint Logistics Command (JLC), Operation Enduring Freedom 6 in Bagram, Afghanistan (2005).
Director, The Claro Group
Bob Craig is currently the Director of The Claro Group. Mr. Craig has more than 25 years of experience providing compliance solutions on a wide range of matters related to Federal Government contracting involving the Federal Acquisition Regulations and Cost Accounting Standards. Bob has supported Government contractors with litigation and claims; incurred cost proposals; cost allocation matters; contract compliance; and strategic planning and new business development. Bob has supplied these services in a wide range of industries including aerospace and defense, manufacturing, professional services, and the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. He specializes in providing technical Government accounting and contracting advice to clients contracting with the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Health and Human
Services (DHHS), and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). Bob has been in the consulting business since 2010, prior to which he held a variety of financial management positions for Government contractors and a large pharmaceutical firm. Bob’s experiences include: designing cost allocation structures; drafting and revising disclosure statements; assisting with proposal efforts; preparing, submitting, and negotiating multiple years of final indirect rate submissions; designing and implementing contract compliance functions and providing analysis in defense of Qui Tam actions. His clients range from small start-up biotech firms through large, publicly-held multi-national organizations.
Candy is currently an Independent Consultant in the area of Property Management. She recently retired from United Launch Alliance as the Property Manager. She has over 30 years of Property Management experience with various companies including Boeing, URS, Bechtel and Lockheed Martin. Her responsibilities included ensuring an approved Property Management business system; developing processes and procedures; managing metrics; developing self-assessment processes; mentoring/training employees; briefing customers and executives on property updates, and more. Ms. Crudup is an active member of the National Property Management Association (NPMA) where she obtained her Certified Professional Property Management Certification (CPPM) over 20 years ago. She is currently a Consulting Fellow (CF) through NPMA. In addition to her Property Management certification, she obtained a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) certification from Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Candy has experience working property with many government entities including DoD (including Navy, AF, AFCEE, NRO, DCMA), EPA NIEHS, DOE, NASA, etc. and remains updated on current Federal Acquisition Regulations and supplements that relate to Property Management. She continues to make herself available for teaching courses for lifecycle property outcomes (from proposals to disposition), assisting companies with property challenges, and mentoring key personnel.
Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight
Eric Crusius is a Tysons attorney who focuses his practice on a wide range of government contract matters, including bid protests, claims and disputes, compliance issues and sub-prime issues.
Mr. Crusius has extensive experience in government contract litigation, including successfully prosecuting and intervening in numerous bid protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Government Accountability Office (GAO), boards of contract appeals and other federal agencies. He counsels clients regarding the Service Contract Act (SCA) and other labor issues, trade agreements, export controls, subcontracting and teaming agreements, and compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Mr. Crusius also represents contractors in investigations, suspension and debarment proceedings, and in federal and state courts.
Vice President Legal, Contracts and Compliance, Iridium
Stephen Daoust currently is the Vice President Legal, Contracts and Compliance, Iridium Satellite LLC. Throughout his 25-year career, Steve has worked as a Chief Government Contracts Counsel, Director of Contracts, and Chief Compliance Officer for both publicly traded companies like Iridium and Affiliated Computer Services and large accounting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was asked on a daily basis to provide expert advice and counsel on the negotiation and administration of contracts with federal, state, and local Governments as well as international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank. Steve has written and has provided extensive training materials to corporate audiences on topics involving, marketing and selling services to the Federal Government, federal outsourcing, ethics and compliance, business management, commercial contracting practices, mergers and acquisitions of federal contractors, GSA multiple award schedule contracts, TINA, contract claims, insider trading, anti-trust, organizational conflicts of interest, teaming agreements, effective review of Government solicitations, and drafting effective solicitation questions.
Director at PwC
Mark Dostal is a Director at PwC. He has over 32 years of extensive and diversified experience in government contract accounting and auditing, including 8 years with PwC, 8 years with another Big 4 national government contracting practice, and 16 years with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). He specializes in the requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Agency Far Supplements, and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). Mark began his career conducting DCAA audits, directing field office operations, and managing Agency responsibilities at large and medium sized defense contractors from locations in the Midwest, Southwest, and Agency Headquarters. After leaving Federal service, Mark leveraged his unique experiences and relationships to develop consultative approaches with clients that support compliant, yet practical considerations for meeting government contracting and cost accounting practices. He has also assisted many commercial market-based clients with transitioning to and navigating the FAR/DFARS and CAS requirements when entering the federal marketplace. As a member of defense and space industry associations, he actively promotes open dialogue of perspectives and issues affecting industry and senior government acquisition officials. Mark is a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois and Iowa, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Defense Industrial Association, and National Contract Management Association.
Senior Policy & Acquisition Professional
Mr. Drabkin is currently the Director of Acquisition Policy with Northrop Grumman Corporation. There he works with Congress, Executive Agencies and Industry Associations to evaluate and promulgate acquisition policy for Federal programs ensuring the interests of the Northrop Grumman are represented in the process. He translates acquisition laws and regulations into operational requirements within Northrop Grumman. He serves as a resource to all corporate sectors in acquisition matters relating to existing programs and future business capture opportunities. Previously, as Deputy Associate Administrator for Acquisition Policy and Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer and Senior Procurement Executive for the Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer, Mr. Drabkin lead a number of different, but inter-related, activities pertaining to Acquisition. Those activities are the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI), the Federal Procurement Data Center, the Catalog for Domestic Federal Assistance, and the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council. He served as the Head of Contracting Activity for GSA, GSA spends over $10 billion per year for goods, services, construction and real estate, the GSA representative to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council, the GSA Debarment and Suspension Authority, the GSA Agency Protest Official and the Ombudsman for Multiple Award Task and Delivery Order contracts.
Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Ms. Duncombe practices in the area of Government Contracts Law, representing clients regionally and nationally. For over 25 years, Barbara has worked with clients to address questions or problems with public contract formation, performance, administration, payment and dispute resolution. She has represented prime contractors, subcontractors and public buyers. Her experience focuses on analysis of contract problems and their resolution through discussion, claims and other dispute forums/processes, including Alternative Dispute Resolution as well as litigation before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Boards of Contract Appeals and federal and state courts.
Formerly the Director of the George Washington University Law School Government Contracts Program, Barbara lectures nationally and internationally on government contract and procurement issues for the law school’s continuing legal education program, the United Nations, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Panama Canal Commission as well as providing in-house representation for many corporate clients. She practiced in Washington, D.C., after she clerked before the then-U.S. Court of Claims, until she moved to Dayton. Barbara is a member of the American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Committee including the Procurement Fraud and Debarment & Suspension Committees. She earned her undergraduate degree from American University, School of International Services, and her law degree, with honors, from the George Washington University Law School.
Senior Consultant, Reed Integration, Inc.
Lyle Eesley is a Management Consultant/Trainer with over 30 years of acquisition and leadership experience. He is the former Director of the Learning Center of Excellence for Services Acquisition at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Lyle wrote the “DOD Guidebook for the Acquisition of Services” incorporating a comprehensive seven-step process. He pioneered the development and launch of new DAU courses and innovative user tools focused on improving the acquisition of services. As the Director of Contracting for three Air Force Major Commands, Lyle obtained competitive outsourcing experience by building a dramatically new and comprehensive business strategy to support a $2.5 Billion competitive outsourcing program. He held an unlimited warrant as a Contracting officer and served as National Director on the Board of Directors for the National Contract Management Association. Lyle has authored several articles for Contract Magazine on service acquisition.
Associate Chief Counsel, FEMA
Brett is currently the acting Associate Chief Counsel with the Procurement and Fiscal Law Division, Office of the Chief Counsel with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS. Prior to joining FEMA, Brett was an Associate Legal Advisor for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In that capacity he advised the agency on all aspects of government contracts in acquisition formation and administration phases, as well as advising on issues relating to the use of appropriated and non-appropriated funds for ICE operations. He was also the Senior Debarment Counsel for ICE which entails being the primary advisor to the Suspension and Debarment Division (SD) and Suspending and Debarring Official (SDO) on all matters involving contractor and participant responsibility. Prior to joining ICE, he served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Acquisition Integrity Program of the Office of the General Counsel at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C from 2006 to 2010. At NASA, he handled acquisition, suspension and debarment, remedies coordination, training, and policy related matters. In addition, he is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves and is currently assigned as an International Law Attorney with the International and Operational Law Division, Office of The Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon.
Manager, Baker Tilly
Julia Ewart has over 6 years of experience managing FSS proposal preparation, contract modifications, option extensions, audit and litigation support and contract compliance. Julia serves a wide range of clients in the information technology services, computer software and hardware, healthcare, staffing, engineering, manufacturing and professional services industries. Her efforts require complex historical pricing analyses, Basis of Award and pricing strategy development, preparation of commercial sales practices disclosures, contract negotiations, and compliance program development. She has also provided GSA FSS training to executives, sales operations, and contract administrators.
Principal Construction Consulting Practice, Exponent
Mr. Robert Freas is a Principal with Exponent’s Construction Consulting practice. Mr. Freas advises clients on a range of topics including risk management, project controls, change management, project scheduling, process improvement, change order negotiations, dispute avoidance and the preparation or defense of construction claims. He has participated in the preparation and presentation of a number of major construction and contract claims and disputes. His experience with construction disputes includes the development, analysis and defense of construction claims related to delays, inefficiencies, and cost overruns. Specifically, he has prepared as-planned schedules, updates and time impact analyses, prepared and analyzed as-built schedules, and prepared delay and performance related analyses, productivity-impact and acceleration analyses, and cost and damages claims. Mr. Freas has provided risk analysis services to large construction owners and contractors including contract risk assessments, probabilistic scheduling, Monte Carlo simulations, and schedule and cost assessments. He also has provided project management oversight and construction management services, developed project control systems, and prepared project status reviews. Mr. Freas’ construction project experience includes power, industrial and oil process facilities; water and waste water treatment plants; pipelines; hospitals and health-care facilities; educational and laboratory facilities (to BL4 level); sports complexes, government and military-related facilities; hotels, resorts and casinos; high-rise office, mixed use and condominiums; apartments; luxury residences; retail and restaurants; airports; highways and bridges; parking structures; correctional facilities; museums, performing art centers and theaters; and tenant improvement build-outs. Mr. Freas has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil, Environment, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University and he frequently lectures on project controls, construction claims avoidance and preparation, and risk management and mitigation strategies.
Eric A. Frechtel
Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Eric Frechtel practices in the area of construction and government contracts. He represents general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and owners, in both the prosecution and defense of claims on large public and private construction projects. He has significant litigation experience before both state and federal courts, including both bench trials and jury trials, and he has considerable experience in construction arbitration as well. Eric’s practice also includes substantial work in the preparation and prosecution of, as well as the defense against, delay and impact claims, mechanic’s liens, and surety bond claims. In addition, he has successfully mediated, negotiated, and engineered numerous complex and multi-party settlements, and he has been successful in appellate work before both state courts and federal circuits.
Eric emphasizes practical realities over the academic or theoretical. He prioritizes the goals of his clients rather than litigation for sport. In every matter, and continually during his handling of cases, Eric examines his client’s risks, costs, and potential reward, and maintains his focus on what is most important: the best interests of the client. Eric has enjoyed much success along the spectrum of disputes – from avoidance of escalation to informal settlement and mediation to arbitration and litigation.
Eric has handled all types of construction disputes on both public and private
projects throughout the country, including in Maryland, the District of Columbia,
Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, Louisiana, South
Carolina, and Hawaii.
Member, Dickinson Wright
Jacob S. Frenkel is a Member with Dickinson Wright. Clients hire Jacob because his aggressive, tenacious, creative and proactive strategies often put the other side on its heels, and because he gets successful results in investigations and litigation. Jacob has secured superior results for his securities enforcement, white-collar criminal defense, FCPA and internal and government investigations clients. Jacob brings his experience and outstanding reputation, including for creative strategies and solutions, to the defense of investigations, litigation strategy and governance counseling. Jacob’s clients view him as a trusted advisor who understands the needs of their business. A former Senior Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, US federal criminal prosecutor of corruption and financial crimes and New Orleans Assistant District Attorney, Jacob has practiced in the private sector for 15 years. He has obtained favorable results for individuals, including auditors and attorneys, and for corporations and their officers, directors and other senior officials in federal and state securities, financial crimes, FCPA, export, government contracts, public corruption, and other government investigations, including Inspector General investigations. Jacob conducts internal investigations for public and non-public companies and represents officers, directors and employees in internal investigations. He successfully defends parties in white collar criminal investigations by federal and state authorities, and investigations by securities regulators, stock exchanges and capital markets self-regulatory organizations. Jacob practices regularly before all offices of the SEC, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section, United States Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country, FINRA, state securities regulators, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). His clients consistently cite his ability to take challenging facts, advocate effectively and secure very favorable outcomes – cost effectively. Jacob is retained as an expert witness in high stakes litigation. He frequently appears in national and local print and broadcast media commenting on white collar, securities and governance issues. His clients find his media experience of particular value in managing the public policy and public relations aspects of their legal matters.
Principal and Co-Owner, Successful Proposal Strategies, LLC
Dr. Robert S. Frey is Principal and Co-Owner in the consultancy, Successful Strategies, LLC, in Northern Virginia. In this capacity during the past 7 years, Dr. Frey has been instrumental in supporting customers attain $3.938 Billion in funded, multi-year contract awards within defense, civilian, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies. He is a dynamic and highly productive proposal professional with 27 years of significant, trend-setting accomplishments, and demonstrated thought leadership in solution development. His competencies span proposal solution strategizing and architecture development; proposal management; end-to-end proposal design and review; business planning and capture management; and business leader and executive consulting, coupled with 31 years of writing and publication-related success. Dr. Frey also brings broad technical awareness in IT, engineering, scientific support services, and telecommunications. He is conversant in industry best practices such as The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) Version 9.1 (Certified July 2013), PMBOK 5th Edition, ITIL V3, SEI CMMI ML 3, ISO 9001:2008, Six Sigma, and Agile principles.
Founder, One Nation Analytics
Brian Friel is the founder of One Nation Analytics, an independent research, analytics and consulting firm for the federal market. He s a leading federal contracts market analyst with two decades of experience analyzing the business of government. Prior to founding One Nation in 2016, Brian pioneered Bloomberg Government’s IDIQ research, compiling the most comprehensive analysis of more than 1,800 multiple-award contract vehicles across government. He created the BGOV200 annual federal contractor rankings and wrote the annual National Contract Management Association-Bloomberg Government federal contracts market report. Brian has been a regular commentator for events and articles with NCMA, the Coalition for Government Procurement, Federal News Radio, Government Executive and other associations and news outlets.
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP
David S. Gallacher is a Partner in the Government Contracts, International Trade and Investigations practice group in Sheppard Mullin’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Gallacher’s practice involves counseling companies – both large and small, in the defense and civilian markets, doing business in both the U.S. and international markets – regarding the complexities of federal procurement laws and the difficulties inherent in doing business with the U.S. Government. He has extensive experience on a wide range of issues including, among other things, teaming agreements, subcontract administration and flowdown requirements, prime/subcontractor relationships, country of origin preferences, export controls, commercial item exceptions, merger and acquisition due diligence, cost accounting, suspension and debarment, and small business requirements. He also has broad based litigation experience relating to defending False Claims Act cases in the U.S. District Courts, prosecuting claims before the Boards of Contract Appeals, pursuing bid protests before the GAO, and litigating in numerous other administrative settings. He regularly assists companies by conducting internal reviews relating any number of federal compliance issues, allowing companies to implement internal controls as well as assisting companies in making disclosures to the appropriate government authorities, when appropriate. In 2007, he successfully arbitrated a dispute between two prominent government contractors relating to the validity and interpretation of a teaming agreement and its proprietary data provisions. He is a prolific writer and can be followed at www.governmentcontractslawblog.com.
James Gallagher is a Partner in the law firm’s Government Contracts & Disputes practice and is located in the Los Angeles office. As a nationally renowned litigator, Mr. Gallagher has been representing government contractors, including the largest aerospace companies, for more than three decades. His experience includes the full range of government contract financial issues, including civil and criminal fraud investigations and litigation, defective pricing, terminations, claims, breach of contract and cost allowability. Mr. Gallagher has served as lead counsel in more than three dozen False Claims Act cases, most of which were qui tam matters. Of those, both Schumer vs Hughes Aircraft and Allison Engine vs United States, et al, were decided favorably for the defendant by the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Gallagher has been lead counsel for contractors regarding claims against or by the federal government that totaled over $5 billion in the past 30 years. Prior to joining Pillsbury, Mr. Gallagher was a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP for many years. Previously, Mr. Gallagher was a trial attorney for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s National Office. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Georgetown University Law Center (1973-1975) and the Columbus School of Law (1973-1977), teaching Government Contracts.
Special Counsel, Covington & Burling
Justin M. Ganderson is Special Counsel in Covington & Burling LLP’s Washington, DC office and a member of the Government Contracts Practice Group. Mr. Ganderson focuses his practice in the areas of claims and disputes resolution, internal investigations, public and private partnerships, utility privatizations, and general federal government contract counseling. Mr. Ganderson has extensive experience in preparing and crafting requests for equitable adjustments and Contract Disputes Act claims, and resolving disputes with government agencies prior to the commencement of and through litigation and ADR. Mr. Ganderson has conducted large and extensive internal investigations analyzing various allegations, including those in response to IG and Federal Grand Jury subpoenas, and has negotiated favorable settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice stemming from these investigations. Finally, Mr. Ganderson regularly counsels contractors in pursuing and performing contracts with U.S. government agencies and contractors at other tiers, and has extensive experience in drafting and/or negotiating a variety of agreements, including contracts with the U.S. government agencies (e.g., contracts for supplies and services, construction contracts, utility privatization contracts and utility areawide agreements) and a variety of subcontracts.
Senior Counsel Steptoe & Johnson
Fred Geldon is currently Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson, where he advises clients concerning a wide spectrum of government contract matters. Until January 2009 Mr. Geldon was an attorney at Electronic Data Systems for 21 years, where he served as counsel and as Director of the Contracts and Legal Division and was responsible for handling or supervising all contract and legal matters involving EDS’ federal government customers. Prior to his EDS tenure, Mr. Geldon was a partner at two law firms and Assistant Director of the Torts Branch of the Department of Justice. Mr. Geldon is currently an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at George Mason University and regularly lectures on government contracts subjects.
Scott Gentry is an Independent Contractor with more than 30 years of experience in Contract Cost, Pricing and Finance and is recently retired from his position at the Department of Homeland Security, Headquarters, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer. Prior to Homeland Security, he worked in the Accounting and Finance Policy Directorate, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller); and as the Executive Officer, Office of the Director, Defense Contract Audit Agency. Throughout his career Mr. Gentry developed and conducted training on a wide range of cost and accounting issues, which included Contract Auditing, Cost and Price Analysis workshops, Cost Realism, Evaluating Contractor Proposals, and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). He provided Cost and Price subject matter expertise on a variety of complex and sensitive cost/pricing issues and business system/internal control adequacy. He has advised in areas such as types of audit support and Truth in Negotiations Act compliance, in addition to developing, interpreting and providing guidance on Defense Department finance and accounting policies and DoD finance issues. Mr. Gentry received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a Masters in Administration at Central Michigan University.
David J. Goldstein
David J. Goldstein devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting employers with the preparation and approval of affirmative action plans and to representing government contractors in connection with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), state, and local compliance reviews. He also routinely works with in-house counsel, business leadership, and human resources to proactively identify and implement creative solutions for effectively utilizing human resources, complying with legal and regulatory requirements, avoiding liability, and resolving internal and external disputes. Areas in which he provides advice include wage and hour law, employee selection procedures, test validation, protection of intellectual property, and enforcement of non-compete agreements.
Van Allyn Goodwin
Van Goodwin’s extensive experience covers the full range of employment and labor laws, particularly as they apply to government contractors. He regularly works with government contractors on all aspects of their business to ensure compliance with the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act, and related federal and state statutes. His focus is on representing management in matters involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour issues, leaves of absence and personnel/HR issues. Van also devotes a significant amount of his practice to collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, union organizing and NLRB proceedings.
Partner Wiley Rein, LLP
Mr. Graham is a Partner with Wiley Rein. He was recognized by Chambers USA as a “rising star” and an “exceptionally strong” (2010) litigator who clients note is “incredibly in tune with the laws and regulations” (2011), counsels and represents government contractors on a broad range of legal matters including commercial litigation, bid protests, claims preparation and litigation, mergers and acquisitions, compliance with ethics and procurement integrity laws, procurement fraud investigations and suspension/debarment proceedings. Approximately half of Mr. Graham’s practice involves litigation, primarily before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Boards of Contract Appeals. He also litigates cases involving government contractors in Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals across the country, including prime/subcontractor disputes. The remainder of Mr. Graham’s practice involves counseling clients on potential contract disputes and protest challenges, internal investigations, legal issues stemming from accounting changes, business restructures and reorganizations, and contract administration matters. In particular, Mr. Graham often advises clients on compliance with ethics laws and regulations, including post-employment restrictions applicable to government employees. Mr. Graham has also assisted clients in performing due diligence for large transactions involving government contractors. Mr. Graham actively participates in Wiley Rein’s pro bono program, and has successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in several Veterans’ benefits cases.
Associate General Counsel, Department of Defense
Richard M. Gray is Associate General Counsel in the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of the General Counsel, where his primary duties include advising senior DoD officials on cyber and information law, intellectual property, information and technology acquisitions, and technology transfer; chairing the Patents, Data, and Copyrights Committee of the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council; and serving as a subject matter specialist for the Federal Acquisition Regulation Teams. Mr. Gray previously held positions in the Air Force Office of the General Counsel and the Navy Office of General Counsel. In his personal capacity, Mr. Gray is an adjunct professor at the George Washington (GW) University School of Law and a frequent lecturer and author, including (with James G. McEwen, David S. Bloch, and John T. Lucas) Intellectual Property in Government Contracts: Protecting and Enforcing IP at the State and Federal Level (2d ed. 2012). Mr. Gray is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and a member of the Illinois Bar. Mr. Gray’s contributions to these materials are made in his personal capacity, not in connection with his official duties at DoD or GW.
Allen Green has engaged in extensive litigation and counseling on a wide range of international matters. He represents clients in international arbitration and court litigation, focusing on those involving governmental parties. Mr. Green counsels and represents clients before federal agencies concerning the U.S. government’s regulation of exports, including, in particular, U.S. export controls, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and trade embargoes. He has testified before the Congress on FCPA amendments and has worked on all aspects of international government contracting over the years, including foreign military sales, direct “FMF” sales and US AID contracts and regulations.
Principal, Grossman Law Group, P.C.
Garry S. Grossman, of Grossman Law Group, represents a wide range of government and commercial contractors and subcontractors in all aspects of contracting with the Federal and state governments and with commercial entities. His practice includes, among other capabilities:
• Protection of contractors’ intellectual property rights
• GSA schedule
• Negotiating joint ventures
• Negotiating prime and subcontracts
• Government contract compliance
• Bid protests
• Buy American Act
• Security clearances
• Homeland Security contracting
• Small and small disadvantaged business procurements
• Contract and subcontract disputes
• Teaming agreements and joint ventures
He also represents companies engaged in technology transfer and commercialization, including technology licenses with federal laboratories, universities and commercial entities. Mr. Grossman advises clients about leveraging their research and development activities to generate and protect intellectual property under federal programs using:
• Patent and technology licenses
• Procurement contracts
• Cooperative agreements
• Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
• Small Business Innovative Research programs (SBIRs)
• Small Business Technology Transfers (STTRs)
• Advanced Technology Program (ATP) funding
Kurt J. Hamrock
Of Counsel, Washington
Kurt Hamrock has over 20 years of experience as a trial and appellate litigator. He represents corporate clients in complex product liability matters and regulatory litigation. Mr. Hamrock has particular experience in representing government contractors that provide products and services in support of military and contingency operations. This experience includes the successful assertion of specialized federal doctrines such as federal officer removal, the political question doctrine, derivative sovereign immunity, the act of state doctrine, combatant activities preemption, and the government contractor defense.
In addition to his product liability work, Mr. Hamrock is deeply involved in a wide variety of government contract litigation and counseling, including representation of clients in government investigations and congressional inquiries, client claims against the government, the protection of client proprietary data, and bid protest work. Additionally, Mr. Hamrock counsels clients on a broad range of topics to assist them in mitigating risk and avoiding litigation.
Mr. Hamrock also has considerable expertise in successfully representing defendants in complex litigation, including multidistrict litigation and class actions. For example, he served as a case manager in the “fen-phen” diet drug litigation and was responsible for coordinating the discovery phase in multidistrict federal proceedings and overseeing the actions of local counsel in thousands of state court actions. He also defeated class certification and successfully resolved a lawsuit against a manufacturer of military radar systems by potentially thousands of plaintiffs.
At the appellate level, Mr. Hamrock has participated in the drafting of both principal and amicus curiae briefs, as well as petitions for certiorari, before the Supreme Court of the United States. He has appeared and argued before many federal Courts of Appeals in cases involving a broad range of subject matters, including the Administrative Procedure Act, the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Lanham Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Jeffrey “Jeff” Hetrick retired in 2013 after 34.5 years of Federal Service where he worked for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). During his career, Jeff held numerous positions with DCAA, including comprehensive labor auditor, supervisory auditor, EDP auditor, DCAA Headquarters Program Manager, and Branch Manager. From October 2003 until his retirement, he was the Branch Manager of the Fairfax Branch Office where he managed an audit staff of approximately 40 auditors. He was responsible for all DCAA audits performed at both large major defense contractors and numerous smaller contractors under his cognizance. These audits included annual audits of incurred costs, business system audits, audits of forward pricing proposals and rate agreements, CAS compliance, financial capability, claims and equitable adjustments, and defective pricing.
During his time as a DCAA Headquarters Program Manager, Jeff was selected to participate in the LEGIS program and spent 6 months working on Capitol Hill for Congressman John Spratt (D-South Carolina). He provided accounting and auditing advice and research to the Congressman in raising the TINA threshold. In addition, he helped prepare the DCAA Director and Deputy Director for numerous testimonies before both House and Senate Committees.
In early 2003, Jeff was selected by the DCAA Director to lead a team to review the Iraq Reconstruction Contingency contracting efforts of the Department of Defense. He presented the team’s findings and recommendations to the DOD Comptroller resulting in contingency contracting reforms. These efforts earned Jeff the DCAA Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the second highest award given by DCAA.
Jeff holds a CPA License in the state of Virginia. He graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting) and an M.S. in Information Systems. He also has an M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University.
Senior Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
Sandy Hoe has more than 41 years in the practice of government contracts law. His expertise includes issues of contract formation, negotiation of subcontracts, the structuring of complex private financing of government contracts, preparation of complex claims, and the resolution of post-award contract disputes through litigation or alternative dispute resolution. His clients include major companies in the defense, telecommunications, information technology, financial, construction and health care industries. For several years, he also practiced telecommunications regulatory law, appearing before numerous state public utility commissions in hearings to open the local exchange markets for new entrants under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. For many years, he has been active in the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association, where he was an author of the Section’s original publication of “Subcontract Terms and Conditions.” Since 1999, he has co-chaired the Section’s committee on Privatization, Outsourcing and Financing Transactions and from 2005-2008 served on the Section Council. Prior to his service in the ABA, for six years he was on the Steering Committee of the Section on Government Contracts and Litigation of the District of Columbia Bar, including three years as co-chair of the Section. Currently he is pro bono counsel to the Government of Liberia in the drafting of a new procurement code. Super Lawyers 2013 recognized Mr. Hoe as one of the nation’s leading government contracts lawyers. In 2009, Mr. Hoe was named “Top Washington Lawyer” in Government Contracts by the Washington Business Journal.
John G. Horan is in the Firm’s government contracts, litigation, and white-collar criminal defense practice groups. Mr. Horan is a seasoned trial lawyer and litigator who has been lead counsel in over thirty jury trials and hundreds of criminal, civil, administrative and arbitration hearings. He has also presented oral arguments on eight appeals before Federal and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Mr. Horan focuses his practice on representing companies and individuals in litigation with the government, internal investigations of contract, regulatory, civil, and criminal violations, and counseling to ensure compliance with contractual, regulatory, civil and criminal requirements.
Shareholder, Butzel Long
Ira E. Hoffman is a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of Butzel Long, a prominent multi-state law firm. Mr. Hoffman is also Director of the Public Contracting Institute, and frequent lecturer on small business contracting and subcontracting, plus the Export Administration Regulations, the International Traffic in Arms Regulation, and Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions. In addition, he was the editor of The Annotated Export Administration Regulations Desk Reference (West, 2010-13); author of “U.S. Law and International Cooperation in Combating Cyberthreats,” 31 Computer & Internet Law. No. 4 at 15 (Apr. 2014); and co-author of “International Compliance: Mitigating Risk in FCPA and Other Cross-Border Transactions,” 43 MD Bar J. No.4 at 33 (July 2010); and of “Export Controls and Economic Sanctions,” 42 Int’l Law. 301 (2008). He has also taught International Trade Law and European Union Law at the George Mason University School of Law. Mr. Hoffman received his Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was an editor on the Law Review; earned an M.Sc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, where he also taught; and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Co-Chair Government Contractors Industry Group, Littler
Linda Jackson is a first-chair trial attorney with significant experience representing clients in industries including government contracting, professional services, associations, airlines, law firms, technology, health care, telecommunications and commercial and residential development. Her practice focuses on: Non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure negotiation and litigation; Civil business conspiracy, tortious interference, and other business competition issues; Executive contracts and compensation; Shareholder litigation; Whistleblower and retaliation investigations and litigation; Trade-secret disputes; Business torts, including defamation, breach of fiduciary duties and duties of loyalty; and Employment discrimination and wrongful discharge. Linda previously served as a major in the U. S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Reserve Corps. In 2009, she was named to the advisory board for the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law.
Managing Director, Capital Edge Consulting
William J. Keating has over 35 years of consulting experience, and is a government contracts expert with a strong background in accounting, business systems and compliance advisory for aerospace and defense clients, and other government contractors. Bill’s areas of expertise include Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Federal Agency FAR Supplements, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Super Circular, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Federal Supply Schedules. He has advised organizations on government audits, business systems compliance, claims preparation, contract disputes and investigations.
Director, Capital Edge Consulting
Anthony Kim is a Director with Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. He has more than 15 years of experience in various cost accounting and compliance issues related to government contracts. Specifically, he is knowledgeable in the areas of government contract procurement regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, OMB Circulars, Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP
Marko W. Kipa is an Associate in the Government Contracts and Regulated Industries Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Kipa’s professional experience focuses on government contracts, administrative law and litigation. He is cleared at the highest levels and frequently handles classified matters related to national security. Mr. Kipa regularly represents clients before government agencies, the Government Accountability Office, and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Kipa also counsels clients with respect to a wide range of government contract issues, including bid protests, claim preparation, cost issues, contract administration, performance disputes, and mandatory disclosure obligations. As a member of the Aerospace and Defense team, Mr. Kipa frequently assists government contractors undertaking M&A transactions.
Member, Smith, Pachter, McWhorter
Mr. Knight has practiced government contract law in excess of 35 years, counseling and litigating on behalf of clients in all aspects of that specialized practice. He has significant experience in claims and disputes, with special emphasis on costing and pricing issues involving cost allocability and allowability, Cost Accounting Standards, defective pricing under the Truth in Negotiations Act, and government audits. Mr. Knight has substantial experience in compliance issues pertaining to government contractors and frequently assists clients in evaluating the requirement and manner of making disclosures to the government. He has conducted compliance reviews for clients, assisting in reviewing and evaluating internal controls, conducting training and evaluating specific compliance issues such as business systems and socio-economic requirements in government contracts. Mr. Knight represents prime contractors as well as subcontractors, and is experienced in ascertaining the necessary government contract requirements for inclusion in subcontracts.
Mr. Knight also has significant experience in representing clients during Inspector General audits and investigations, as well as procurement fraud investigations. This experience includes grand jury and civil fraud investigations pursuant to the criminal and civil False Claims Acts, involving accounting, quality, conflicts of interest, and socio-economic requirements.
For over twenty years, Mr. Knight has served as an adjunct professor with the Masters in Procurement Law Program at The George Washington University School of Law, teaching Costing & Pricing. He holds the Sy Herman Professorial Lectureship at that law school.
Assistant General Counsel National Reconnaissance Office
Jonathan H. Kosarin is Assistant General Counsel with the National Reconnaissance Office. Mr. Kosarin previously served as Associate Counsel of the Naval Supply Systems Command; Associate General Counsel and Director of Procurement Law, Federal Home Loan Bank Board; European Trial Attorney and Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Army Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany; Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Contract Law at the Army Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, VA; and as an Adjunct Instructor of Procurement and Contracting at the University of Virginia. Mr. Kosarin received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University; a Juris Doctor degree, from Brooklyn Law School; and a Master of Laws degree in Government Procurement Law, from the George Washington National Law Center.
Partner, Larkin Ferrell LLP
Sharon Larkin has nearly 20 years of experience handling complex government contract matters. She represents government contractors in the full spectrum of procurement matters, with particular emphasis on bid protests, claims litigation, prime/sub disputes, and dispute resolution – areas where she has unique insights from her prior role in adjudicating contract disputes. Sharon litigates matters before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Court of Federal Claims, Federal Circuit, District Courts, Boards of Contract Appeals, and other tribunals. She also counsels clients on how to avoid litigation, collaborates with clients to develop strategies to avoid or mitigate risk, and guides clients through the contractual and regulatory maze of compliance to minimize their exposure to litigation. She handles matters for clients covering all aspects of the procurement process, from formation to performance to close out. Sharon represents both large and small contractors, and her particular areas of industry focus include health care and biotechnology, aerospace and defense, information technology, and construction.
Sharon takes a pragmatic approach to solving the legal problems of her clients, drawing on her years of law firm and government experience. Most notably, she spent 12 years at the GAO as a Judge on the GAO Contract Appeals Board and an Assistant General Counsel in the Procurement Law Division. During her time at the GAO, she heard more than 1,600 cases (protests and appeals), issued more than 425 public decisions, presided over more than 40 hearings and trials, and conducted more than 65 alternative dispute resolution sessions. Sharon uses this experience to formulate effective strategies and develop creative solutions to resolve legal disputes in ways that best achieve the business objectives of her clients.
Sharon chaired the ABA Section of Public Contract Law from 2013 to 2014, when she led the Section through the federal government shutdown. She is a frequent lecturer on government contracting matters and has taught numerous classes on contract formation and administration, litigation practice, and alternative dispute resolution.
Vice President, Contracts and Procurement, Capital Edge Consulting
Stephen “Chase” Kunk is Capital Edge Consulting, Inc.’s Vice President, Contracts and Procurement and a Senior Manager. Chase specializes in U.S. Government contract and subcontract negotiations, administration, management and purchasing system compliance. His expertise stems from his legal education, former certification as a National Football League contract advisor to professional athletes, and in-depth experience as a contracts and procurement administration manager for an international contractor serving Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC) and civilian agency customers. He holds a B.A in Communications from Purdue University and a J.D. (cum laude) from Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Chase’s support to Capital Edge Consulting clients is predominantly in the areas of contract and subcontract administration, purchasing system compliance and Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) readiness and risk mitigation. He also leads all contract and subcontract negotiation and administration for Capital Edge Consulting’s internal business operations.
Marci A. Lawson is a contract attorney practicing in the Washington, D.C. area with over seventeen years of legal experience—mostly specializing in all aspects of government contracting. In addition to her current position, Ms. Lawson’s previous legal experiences include: Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Virginia; Contract Attorney, Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan; Chief of Contract Law, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico and Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas; Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California; and Area Defense Counsel, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. Ms. Lawson recently retired from the Air Force as a Judge Advocate (attorney). Ms. Lawson received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the Ohio State University, a law degree from the University of Toledo, and a Masters of Laws degree from the Army Judge Advocate General’s School with a specialty in procurement law.
Stacia Davis Le Blanc
My Grant Lawyer, Law Offices of Stacia Le Blanc
Stacia Davis Le Blanc specializes in the areas of government grants, cooperative agreements, federal audit defense, and administrative law. Ms. Le Blanc had a long and distinguished career in the Office of General Counsel within the U.S. General Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that capacity, she represented these agencies in actions in federal district court, the Court of Federal Claims, Government Accountability Office, and the General Services Administration Board of Contract Appeals, as well as cost disallowances, audit resolutions and appeals, and nonprocurement debarments. Of special note, is her work on the implementation of Public Law 106-107, the Federal Grants Streamlining Act, where she participated on the interagency committees drafting the new proposed grant regulations, terms, and conditions to be codified in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Ms. Le Blanc is a recognized leader in federal grant law, providing training to grantees and contractors, several Congressional committees, grants officers, program officers, and contracting officers, as well as speaking engagements and moderating panel discussions for the National Grants Management Association, National Grants Partnership, Federal Publications Seminars, Public Contracting Institute, National Contract Management Association, Federal Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She represents all types of grant recipients, including for-profits, non-profits, educational institutions, state, local, and tribal governments before a variety of funding agencies. Ms. Le Blanc has expertise in grant compliance, drafting vendor contracts and subrecipient agreements, training, preparing grant policies and procedures, grant protests, disputes, terminations, audit resolutions and appeals, cost disallowances, conflicts of interest, suspensions and debarments, eligibility determinations, federal real, personal, and intellectual property rights under grants, subcontractor and subgrantee rights and responsibilities, statutory construction, regulatory interpretation, legislative earmarks, appropriations law, and legal challenges under the Administrative Procedures Act.
Tom Lemmer is a Partner with Dentons. Mr. Lemmer routinely counsels clients on federal contract formation, contract administration and dispute resolution. In the area of federal government procurement, Mr. Lemmer has significant experience in numerous areas including contract cost allowability under the Cost Principles in the FAR, DFAR, and OMB Circulars, the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)and Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA). In the areas of CAS, Mr. Lemmer has been involved in issues involving compensation, particularly pensions, post retirement benefits and employee stock ownership plans; restructuring issues; asset valuations in the context of mergers and acquisitions; independent research and development (IR&D) and bid proposal (B&P) issues; legal costs; and environmental cost recovery issues.
Eric W. Leonard
Partner, Wiley Rein
Eric represents clients on all aspects of federal, state, and local procurement matters, including government contracts compliance issues, compliance with federal labor initiatives such as the Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis-Bacon Act (DBA), bid protests, contract disputes and termination litigation, mergers and acquisitions, government investigations, suspension and debarment matters, and False Claims Act actions. His experience includes representation of clients before federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and spans virtually all industries involved in contracting with the federal government.
Richard D. Lieberman
Mr. Lieberman is a procurement consultant and retired government contracts attorney. He is the author of eight books including The 100 Worst Government Mistakes in Government Contracting,; The 100 Worst Mistakes in Government Contracting (with Jason D. Morgan), and Elements of Government Contracting. His published articles include “10 Big Mistakes in Government Contract Bidding, “10 Big Mistakes in Government Contract Administration,” “Incorrect Government Advice – Whom Should You Heed” and “The Ten Big Mistakes Made by Small Businesses and New Government Contractors.” Mr. Lieberman is a former Deputy Inspector General and Assistant Inspector General of the Department of Defense. He served as a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He has taught government contracts courses for the Public Contracting Institute, Federal Publications Seminars, LLC, the George Washington University Law School, the University of Maryland and numerous military, aerospace and information technology contractors.
Managing Director Capital Edge Consulting
Mr. Lowe is a Managing Director of Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., based out of the firm’s San Diego, CA office. Mr. Lowe joined Capital Edge Consulting after spending more than 20 years in industry as CFO / VP Finance for aerospace and government contracting companies ranging in size from $35M to $1.5B in revenue. His industry experience includes commercial electronics manufacturing, contract manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and government services (technical, engineering, program management) with major prime contractors as well as tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers. His experience has included various organizational structures, various business mix models (commercial and government), various contract mix models, and international operations. Ken’s government contracting experience includes a broad range of financial matters including: strategic planning; mergers and acquisitions; organizational design and structure; and turnarounds. His government contracting expertise includes: Cost Accounting Standards, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Business Systems implementation (e.g. Accounting, Estimating); Truth-in-Negotiations Act; contract terminations (Request for Equitable Adjustments); Incurred Cost Submissions; developing internal control systems to mitigate government contracting non-compliance; DCAA audit and regulatory non-compliance support.
Alexander W. Major
Partner, McCarter & English
Mr. Major is a partner and co-leader of the firm’s Government Contracts & Export Controls Practice Group. Mr. Major focuses his practice on federal procurement, cybersecurity liability and risk management, and litigation. A prolific author and thought leader in the area of cybersecurity, his professional experience involves a wide variety of litigation and counseling matters dealing with procurement laws and federal regulations and standards . His diverse experience includes complex litigation in federal court under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act and bid protest actions. He counsels all sizes of companies on issues relating to compliance with government regulations including, among other things, cybersecurity (NIST, FIPS, FedRAMP, and DFARS) requirements, multiple award schedule compliance, Section 508 issues, country of origin requirements under the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts, cost accounting, and small business requirements. He also regularly conducts internal investigations to assist companies ensure that they are in full compliance with the law. He is an editor of and contributing author to the Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook (Thomson Reuters), an annual publication addressing cloud computing issues and solutions for commercial and government end users and suppliers. Mr. Major is a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer who most recently served as a U.S. Air Force Academy Admissions Liaison Officer for the state of Maryland in the Air Force Reserves. Mr. Major has experience handling commercial and government contract compliance and litigation matters, including cases involving False Claims Act, fraud, embezzlement, and RICO. Mr. Major has also managed complex electronic discovery and pre-trial civil matters on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and individuals in diverse state and federal civil and criminal proceedings.
Ernst & Young
Mr. Malaveetil is a Partner at the Government Contract Services practice at Ernst & Young and an expert in the field of government contract accounting, administration, and compliance. Sajeev Malaveetil has over 17 years of experience providing business consulting, financial advisory, and litigation support services to companies and organizations of all sizes. Mr. Malaveetil has in-depth experience with the FAR, CAS, OMB Circulars, and other federal government procurement regulations and guidance. Mr. Malaveetil has assisted clients in the implementation of compliant accounting practices and business systems. In addition, he has assisted clients during Government audits and investigations and in negotiations of audit findings. He has prepared expert reports for voluntary disclosures and performed complex analyses related to contract cost and pricing – including detailed CAS cost-impacts as well as price reductions analysis for GSA Schedule contracts.
Senior Manager, Dixon, Hughs, Goodman
As a Senior Manager in the Government Contracting Advisory Group, Mr. Mardesich uses his management consulting and federal government contract consulting experience including knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) guidance, to assist small businesses, government sponsored enterprises (GSE), Fortune 100 companies, and top 100 government contractors. He is a speaker and author on current government contracting issues. He is the host of DHG’s Fundamentals of Government Contracting webinar series.
Steve Masiello is a Partner with Dentons. Steven M. Masiello’s practice focuses on client counseling and litigation concerning federal, state and commercial contracts, technology agreements and related regulatory matters. He represents both large and small companies across diverse industries including aerospace and defense, construction and engineering services, information technology, health care, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy. Mr. Masiello possesses extensive experience assisting clients with government contract cost accounting, cost allowability and contract estimating and pricing matters. Specifically, he advises clients on resolving audit findings and disputes arising out of the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Cost Principles in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and OMB Circulars and the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA). Additionally, he handles client bid protest concerns, equitable adjustment or breach of contract claims, reverse-Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases, intellectual property (patents, software and data rights) matters and other contract and regulatory disputes.
Manager, Capital Edge Consulting
Michelle Massarini is a Manager with Capital Edge Consulting, Inc., based in Reston, Virginia. Her focus is on providing full contract lifecycle professional support to government contractors and government agencies in the areas of compliance, accounting, contracts, and training. Since joining Capital Edge in 2010, Ms. Massarini has provided guidance to companies in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, the creation and preparation of incurred cost submissions, forward pricing models, the development and maintenance of CAS Disclosure Statements, cost impact studies as required for making changes to cost accounting practices, accounting system reviews, booked to billed reconciliations, contract closeouts, and ongoing efforts of DCAA audits. Ms. Massarini has designed reports in Deltek Cognos and Impromptu to support booked to billed reconciliations, incurred cost submissions and related audits as required by DCAA. She has initiated and assisted in the implementation of policies and procedures, and provided recommendations that allow for efficiency and precision in day-to-day activities for various levels of accounting and contracting personnel. Ms. Massarini has also served as a subject matter expert in the design and implementation of Deltek Costpoint. Additionally, Ms. Massarini speaks at training seminars on the topic of incurred cost submissions for both Federal Publication Seminars (Fed Pubs) and Public Contracting Institute (PCI). She is also a member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and Professional Services Counsel (PSC).
Director, Capital Edge Consulting, Inc.
Norm McCord is a Senior Manager with Capital Edge Consulting, providing services to companies performing contracts with the Federal Government. Prior to engaging in Government contract consulting in the private sector, Mr. McCord was employed for 23 years with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) in several capacities. Mr. McCord has significant knowledge, experience, and training in the Federal Government audit and acquisition process, including both defense and nondefense sectors. His work experience includes analyses of company costs accounting systems for compliance with Federal acquisition requirements, interpretation of Government regulations and cost principles, resolution of disputed contract issues, litigation support, and other disciplines relevant to Federal Government acquisitions. He has held positions in DCAA field offices, and a regional office, as well as with DCAA Headquarters. During his DCAA career, Mr. McCord has testified as an expert witness on contract matters in trials, grand jury proceedings, and depositions. Mr. McCord developed and regularly presented, training on accounting and audit matters to Special Agents undergoing training at the U.S. Government’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
A former administrator of the wage and hour division at the U. S. Department of Labor, Tammy McCutchen is a leading authority on federal and state wage and hour laws who now represents and counsels management clients in connection with all types of labor and employment matters. She focuses her practice on compliance with the FLSA and state wage-hour laws; conducting audits of overtime exemption classifications, non-exempt pay-practices and independent contractor status; implementing compliance programs designed to avoid wage and hour disputes and lower potential litigation liabilities; and representing employers being investigated by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division and similar state agencies.
Government Contracts Specialist Leader, Deloitte
Experienced in managing and directing multiple areas of government contracting operations, including:
- Program management
- Business development
- Proposal operations
- Contract management
- Contract accounting, billing and reporting,
- Contract compliance
- Mergers & acquisition due diligence and integration
Experience in establishing, enhancing and improving government contracting capabilities, including low-cost government contracting service segments, and analyzing acquisition targets. Additional experience in organizational strategy development and risk management. Experience in the aerospace & defense, healthcare and service industries.
Jeremiah J. McIntyre III is an associate in Dentons’ Denver office. He is a member of the Government Contracts department. Prior to joining Dentons, Mr. McIntyre was a legal intern for the United States Soccer Federation where he analyzed the Federation’s rights and obligations under various contracts and provided guidance under multiple state licensing, privacy and disclosure laws. Mr. McIntyre received his JD from Northwestern University School of Law in 2014 where he was an associate editor of the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. In 2011, Mr. McIntyre received his undergraduate degree from Carleton College with a degree in Classical Languages.
Michael McGuinn’s practice focuses on all aspects of government contracts law including bid protests, procurement fraud and compliance under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
Prior to joining Dentons, Mr. McGuinn was an associate at a large Washington DC firm where he focused on numerous government contracts matters including bid protests, qui tam actions, suspension and debarment proceedings, and government contracts compliance issues. He also represented clients in commercial civil litigation and white collar proceedings in both federal and state courts, and assisted corporate clients with internal investigations.
Mr. McGuinn received his J.D. cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2007 where he served as editor of the American Criminal Law Reviewand the Annual Survey of White Collar Crime. During law school he was also a member of the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic. Mr. McGuinn received his B.B.A. cum laude from the College of William & Mary.
Senior Associate, Covington & Burling, LLP
Luke Meier is a senior associate in the firm’s Government Contracts practice group. He represents and advises clients in all aspects of government contract law, and has experience with a wide variety of matters including contract disputes and claims, bid protests, domestic sourcing requirements, internal investigations, and fraud disclosures.
Managing Associate, Dentons
Gale Monahan is a member of the firm’s Government Contracts Department where he focuses on all aspects of Government Contracts counseling and litigation. Mr. Monahan represents government contractors in traditional contract disputes, in claims against the government at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, in bid protests before the GAO and the Court of Federal Claims, and in False Claims Act investigations and litigation. Mr. Monahan also counsels clients in the areas of cost and pricing and domestic preference compliance requirements, including the Buy American Act, the Trade Agreements Act and the Balance of Payments Program. Mr. Monahan is a board member for the National Contract Management Association-Denver Chapter and a faculty member for the Public Contracting Institute’s FAR Cost Principles webinar series. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Monahan served as an officer in both the US Air Force and US Army.
Senior Counsel at Steptoe Johnson
Michael W. Mutek brings clients a wealth of practical knowledge and experience in government contracts, intelligence, and national security law. His practice spans the areas of government contracts, compliance and ethics, bid protests, claims, internal investigations and disclosures, formation and dissolution of teaming agreements, and dispute resolution. Additionally, Mr. Mutek counsels clients on matters related to the intelligence community and national security issues. Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Mutek served as the vice president and general counsel of Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business, a $6 billion business unit of Raytheon Company. In this capacity, he was responsible for all the legal affairs of the business, and worked on several successful acquisitions in order to help create a cybersecurity business at Raytheon. During the 26 years Mr. Mutek spent at Raytheon, he held several other business unit general counsel and vice president positions, including vice president of contracts. In his early career, he served as senior trial attorney on the Air Force’s Trial Team. Nationally recognized, Mr. Mutek is a frequent writer and lecturer on government contracts and corporate law topics, and has testified on government contract issues before Congress.
Partner, Dentons, LLP
Christopher Myers is a Partner with Dentons LLP. Christopher Myers focuses on all aspects of government contracts litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on FCA litigation and related investigations, as well as complex claims and disputes. He has extensive experience preparing requests for equitable adjustment and litigating contractor claims in federal court and at the boards of contract appeals. His work also focuses on government contracts compliance issues, including domestic preferences, cost accounting, specialty metals, counterfeit parts, organizational conflicts of interest, commercial item contracting and service contracting. In addition, Chris has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims.
Ralph C. Nash, Jr.
Professor Emeritus of Law The George Washington University
Ralph C. Nash, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of Law of The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., from which he retired in 1993. He founded the Government Contracts Program of the university’s National Law Center in 1960, was Director of the Program from 1960 to 1966 and from 1979 to 1984, and continues to be actively involved in the Program. He was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research and Projects, of the Law Center from 1966 to 1972. Professor Nash has specialized in the area of Government Procurement Law. He worked for the Navy Department as a contract negotiator from 1953 to 1959, and for the American Machine and Foundry Company as Assistant Manager of Contracts and Counsel during 1959 and 1960. Professor Nash is active as a consultant for government agencies, private corporations, and law firms on government contract matters.
In recent years, he has served widely as neutral advisor or mediator/arbitrator in alternate dispute resolution proceedings. He is active in the Public Contracts Section of the American Bar Association, is a member of the Procurement Round Table, and is a Fellow and serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Contract Management Association. During the 1990s, Professor Nash was active in the field of acquisition reform. He served on the “Section 800 Panel” that recommended revisions to all laws affecting Department of Defense procurement, the Defense Science Board Task Force on Defense Acquisition Reform, and the Blue Ribbon Panel of the Federal Aviation Administration. He was the coauthor with John Cibinic, Jr. of a casebook, Federal Procurement Law (3d ed., Volume I, 1977, and Volume II, 1980). He and Professor Cibinic also coauthored five textbooks: Formation of Government Contracts (4th ed. 2011) (with Christopher Yukins), Administration of Government Contracts (4th ed. 2006) (with James Nagle), Cost Reimbursement Contracting (3d ed. 2004), Government Contract Claims (1981) and Competitive Negotiation: The Source Selection Process (3d ed. 2011 (with Karen O’Brien-DeBakey)). He is coauthor with Leonard Rawicz of the textbook Intellectual Property in Government Contracts (6th ed. 2008), coauthor with seven other authors of the textbook Construction Contracting (1991), coauthor with Steven L. Schooner and Karen O’Brien-DeBakey of The Government Contracts Reference Book (4th ed. 2011) and coauthor with Steven Feldman of Government Contract Changes (3d ed. 2007). He has written several monographs for The George Washington University Government Contracts Program monograph series, and has published articles in various law reviews and journals. Since 1987 he has been coauthor of a monthly analytical report on government contract issues, The Nash & Cibinic Report.
Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
Jeff Newman is a Partner with Thompson Coburn LLP. Jeff’s practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts, federal and state procurement, and administrative law and litigation. Over the course of his career, he has represented government contractors and commercial vendors before the Department of Defense and virtually all other civilian agencies. He regularly counsels clients on agency acquisitions, prime-subcontractor arrangements, intellectual property, compliance and related best practices, procurement fraud, merger and acquisition due diligence, GSA Schedule contracting, contract/grant performance and disputes, biodefense and cleantechnology procurements, industrial security, R&D opportunities, commercial item contracting, and risk assessments for various federal/state procurements and commercial transactions. In 2011, Jeff was appointed to the first Law360 Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board. Jeff has particular and significant experience in safeguarding the intellectual property of companies that conduct business with the federal government either as a prime contractor or subcontractor. He has negotiated numerous agreements to protect rights in technical data and computer software and preserve patent rights in various contracting and licensing contexts. Jeff’s broad experience with compliance matters has enabled him to manage internal investigations, defend against government and international agency actions (including FCA matters), and develop corporate compliance programs.
Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
Tim is a Partner in Thompson Coburn LLP’s Business Litigation Department. A former trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Tim focuses his practice on commercial disputes, claims and compliance issues involved with the federal government, as well as work with health care firms in litigation, compliance and regulatory issues. He represents quasi-governmental entities involved in litigation, particularly those involved with transportation issues. He also represents commercial firms, focusing primarily on litigation. Tim also has extensive experience with civic institutions and nonprofit governance on a local and national level.
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP
Mr. Northcutt is a Partner in Sheppard Mullin’s Corporate Practice Group and the Finance & Bankruptcy Practice Group in the firm’s Washington, DC office. He is also a member the Private Equity Team, the Life Sciences Team and the Healthcare Team at the Firm. Mr. Northcutt practices in the areas of corporate law, corporate finance, securities law and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Northcutt is an advisor to companies and private equity firms in corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings and financings. He has extensive experience in acquisition and financing transactions on behalf of private equity firms and companies in the government services, aerospace and defense, life sciences, information technology, financial services and media industries.
Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
Ms. Nucci is a Partner with Thompson Coburn LLP. Kym works with companies in their dealings and contractual relationships with Federal government agencies. She regularly counsels companies that provide supplies and services to the U.S. Government on issues related to competing on government solicitations, protesting the terms of solicitations and agency contract awards, meeting performance/compliance requirements and assisting with related disputes, teaming and subcontracting with other companies, and handling claims by and against the government. She also advises clients on labor-related issues uniquely applicable to government contractors, particularly Service Contract Act compliance matters. She has considerable experience addressing government contract issues pertaining to small and minority-owned businesses, including small business size status protests and appeals, affiliation issues, and mentor-protégé and joint venture relationships under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Section 8(a) Program. Kym also counsels clients on the rules related to the various small business programs, such as the 8(a) Program, the Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Program, the HUBZone Program and the Women-Owned Business Program. Kym routinely represents clients before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) pursuing and defending against bid protests; the COFC, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and Civilian Board of Contract Appeals concerning contract claims and disputes; and the SBA’s Area Offices and its Office of Hearings and Appeals pursuing and defending against small business size status protests and appeals. She has also represented clients before the U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.
Mr. O’Brien focuses on international arbitration and litigation in complex government contracts and commercial disputes. Mr. O’Brien has extensive experience litigating before numerous major international arbitral institutions and U.S. courts involving among other issues, breach of contract disputes, cross-border enforcement of arbitration awards, treaty issues, foreign sovereign immunity, defense against allegations of fraud or corruption, and handling of multi-jurisdictional matters. From 2013-2015, Chambers Global: USA recognized Mr. O’Brien as one of the nation’s leading practitioners in international arbitration, and noted that clients describe him as “extremely capable,” “very personable,” “an excellent leader with perfect oratory skills,” and “a very good writer and trial lawyer who is very good at cross-examination.” He has also been recognized by Super Lawyers in the field of International Business & Transactions.
Of Counsel, Wiley Rein, LLP
Mr. O’Keeffe is Of Counsel with Wiley Rein and has more than 15 years of experience handling all aspects of federal procurement matters. He is well-versed in all stages of federal contract law and litigation, including terminations, procurement disputes, protests, procurement integrity and suspensions and debarments.
Partner Wiley Rein, LLP
Ms. Owren-Wiest is a Partner with Wiley Rein. She was recognized by Chambers USA (2011) for her expertise in government contract accounting and bid protests, counsels and represents government contractors on virtually all aspects of government contracting. With a practice that encompasses counseling and transactional work, as well as litigation, Ms. Owren-Wiest regularly provides training to and advises government contractors on cost allowability issues and compliance with the Cost Accounting Standards; Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) audits; data rights and intellectual property issues; ethics and compliance matters, including compliance with the rules regarding organizational conflicts of interest (OCI); subcontract, teaming, and licensing agreements; and contract administration matters. Ms. Owren-Wiest also represents contractors in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and in connection with claims preparation and negotiation; terminations for convenience and default; contract disputes before the Boards of Contract Appeals; and commercial litigation and arbitration. Ms. Owren-Wiest is a frequent lecturer regarding data rights and DCAA audits and cost accounting issues and is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contract Law, Accounting, Cost& Pricing Committee. She is also Senior Editor and incoming Editor-in-Chief of The Procurement Lawyer, the Section’s quarterly newsletter, and an Advisory Board Member of the Government Contract Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report.
Darrell J. Oyer
Darrell J. Oyer & Co.
Prior to forming his own firm in 1991, Mr. Oyer was a partner with Deloitte & Touche, an international accounting firm. He had approximately 9 years of experience with Deloitte & Touche, Touche Ross and Peat Marwick. Before that Mr. Oyer served nearly 20 years in the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) in various capacities. As a field staff auditor, he was involved in the large contractors’ price proposals and review of direct and indirect incurred costs. As a DCAA Headquarters program manager he specialized in quantitative auditing techniques, statistical sampling, computer auditing techniques, judicial and quasi-judicial cost accounting decisions and Cost Accounting Standards. Mr. Oyer was also Assistant Regional Director in the Atlanta Region, DCAA with responsibility for ten audit offices. Mr. Oyer served as Assistant Director, DCAA in all three functional areas: Operations and Professional Development, Resources, and Policy and Plans. He has represented the U.S. Government in dealings with foreign Governments in the audit of multinational procurements. Mr. Oyer is editor of the texts “Accounting for Government Contracts—Cost Accounting Standards” (2006, updated annually) and “Accounting for Government Contracts Federal Acquisition Regulation” (1985, updated annually), is author of the book “Pricing and Cost Accounting—A Handbook for Government Contractors” (2000, 2005, 2011, third edition) and authored the chapter on Activity Based Costing in government Contracts for the “Handbook of Cost Management” (1990). He wrote the lead article in the initial publication of “Government Contract Costs, Pricing, and Accounting Report” (1989) on the subject of Uncompensated Overtime and has contributed numerous articles since then. He co-authored the Deloitte & Touche “A Guide to Truth In Negotiations (Defective Pricing, PL 87 653″ (1986) and “Basic Cost Accounting Considerations in Government Contracting” (1989). Mr. Oyer was editor of the discontinued newsletter “Contract Pricing Advisor.” He is also a frequent speaker and lecturer on contracting subjects and teaches graduate level accounting courses for the University of Houston—Clear Lake.
Mr. Papson is an experienced litigator and bid protest lawyer, focusing on business litigation relating to government contracts. His practice includes conflict of interest and ethics matters, contract disputes, trade secrets misappropriation and unfair competition claims, Administrative Procedure Act and Freedom of Information matters, contract and tort claims against the United States, and protest of both state and federal government contract awards. Chambers USA 2012 recognized Mr. Papson as one of the nation’s leading government contracts and protest lawyers. A past chair of the Bid Protest Committee of the ABA Public Contract Law Section, Mr. Papson has prosecuted and defended major bid protest cases involving telecommunications, information technology, healthcare, and aerospace/defense procurements in the federal courts and before the Government Accountability Office. He also has litigated several major cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets in the employment context.
Principal Consultant, Road Map Consulting
Michael Perch is the founder and Principal Consultant for Road Map Consulting, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in federal and state government procurement strategic advisory services and training support. Mr. Perch is an expert in the field of federal government procurement, administration, and compliance. Mr. Perch has over 25 years of experience providing business consulting and training to companies and organizations that range from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations. Mr. Perch has in-depth knowledge and experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), OMB Circulars, International Trade Agreements and other federal government procurement regulations. Mr. Perch owned and operated a successful systems integration federal contracting firm for over 17 years before selling it in 2006. Since 2006, Mr. Perch has been engaged in consulting with the federal government representing his firms’ client base, while earning a Master’s Degree in Government Contracting from George Washington University School of Law.
Property Management & Facilities Manager, ULA – United Launch Alliance
Kyleigh Perkins is the lead for Property Management at United Launch Alliance, supporting six sites across the country in maintaining compliance across three different federal agencies. Kyleigh has expertise with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) related to Property, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Business System requirements, NASA FAR Supplement requirements, and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Acquisition Manual (NAM). Kyleigh has extensive real world experience with how to create and implement processes that meet the property requirements associated with Government contracting. Kyleigh has worked in Property Management in a defense contracting environment for 8 years, with a strong emphasis on audits during that time, both crafting internal reviews and passing customer audits.
Of Counsel, Vedder Price
Marques Peterson is Of Counsel with Vedder Price. Mr. Peterson focuses his practice on government contracts, claims and investigations, and litigation with an emphasis in international government contracting. Marques represents large and small businesses on all aspects of federal and international government procurement law including contract formation issues, post-award contract disputes and claims, ethics and compliance, expeditionary issues, and export control regulations. Additionally, he serves as a contributing writer for various publications on such issues as trade barriers, emerging markets, global procurement, the Buy American Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Trade Agreements Act and the World Trade Organization.
Owner, Applied Federal Contract Associates.
Ron is the owner of Applied Federal Contract Associates, LLC; a professional consulting firm assisting businesses with practical solutions to complex government contracting matters. He is also the current Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Small Business Division.
Prior to starting his business in April 2017, Ron served as Executive Vice President for
Contracts and Business Development for Advanced Concepts and Technologies
International, LLC (ACT I), a successful small business that provides financial, engineering,
program support, cyber and logistics services to the Department of Defense, Department of
Homeland Security, U.S. allies and related industries including the F-35 Joint Program
Office. He also led business development for the company.
Ron retired from federal Civil Service in February 2015 after 12 years as a member of
the federal Senior Executive Service (SES) with over 33 years of federal service in
contracting and acquisition management for major systems, services, institutional support,
policy and governance at DoD, Air Force and NASA.
Prior to his federal retirement, Ron served as the Director of Contract and Grants
Policy, Headquarters National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Ron also served in senior Air Force and DoD positions including the Director of the
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Should Cost Review, the Air Force Director of
Small Business Programs, the Air Force Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Combat and
Mission Support Services and Deputy Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition
Policy where he served as the Director of the DAR Council.
Ron has held contracting officer warrants and has graduate degrees from
Georgetown University and the National Defense University, Industrial College of the
Armed Forces (in residence). He is a graduate of Northeastern University.
Ron is active in the Knights of Columbus and other charitable volunteer activities.
Partner, DLA Piper
Rich Rector chairs DLA Piper’s Government Contracts practice.
Rich litigates contract actions and bid protests before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of Federal Claims, federal district courts, state and federal boards of contract appeals and the US Government Accountability Office. He also represents prime contractors and subcontractors in breach-of-contract and protest actions in state and federal courts, and he advises contractors on the preparation and avoidance of contract claims and disputes.
Rich also counsels clients on a broad range of federal and state procurement matters, including IT contracts and transactions, audits and investigations, False Claims Act issues and potential disclosures, state procurement issues, commercial-item contracting, terminations for convenience, US Postal Service procurement, and compliance with procurement integrity and ethics laws.
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Michael Rizzo is a Partner in the law firm’s Government Contracts & Disputes practice and is located in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Rizzo helps clients avoid disputes and government investigations. He designs government contracts compliance programs that, once implemented, reduce legal department expenditures on disputes and litigation in future years. When government or commercial disputes cannot be avoided, Mr. Rizzo defends his clients in both the public and private sectors. He represents defense contractors, design/build firms, and companies in the transportation and information technology industries who perform federal, state government, local government, and private contracts. Mr. Rizzo has served as lead counsel in defending lawsuits filed under the Civil False Claims Act and in contract dispute matters before the ASBCA, the CBCA, the American Arbitration Association, and in California State and Federal Courts. Mr. Rizzo has 23 years of experience in resolving termination disputes at the federal, state and local government levels. He has prepared and litigated successful claims against the Departments of Defense, Energy and NASA for contract changes, defective specifications and delay and disruption arising from the government’s administration of major weapon systems and infrastructure contracts. He frequently represents clients under investigation for alleged quality assurance and pricing improprieties and is experienced in developing and managing internal investigations.
Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP
Mr. Roberts is a Partner with Wiley Rein. He has 35 years of experience advising businesses on a broad range of legal issues. He represents clients on commercial, federal, state and local procurement matters, including internal ethics and compliance programs, bid protests and contractor and government claims, including defense of False Claims Act matters, disputes, responding to audits and investigations and proposed debarment and suspension. Mr. Roberts’ practice includes international trade issues such as ITAR, export control and investigations related to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Director, Grant Thornton LLP
Julian is a Director in Grant Thornton LLP’s Government Contractor Services practice where he specializes in consulting and assisting companies to comply with rules, regulations, guides and auditor interpretations required of Federal and State Government contractors. Julian’s professional work experience spans over 30 years during which time he has been with many types and sizes of companies, primarily Government contractors. During this time he has been immersed in all aspects of Government contract accounting, management accounting, cost accounting, cost analysis and system implementation work. He has been part of the solution to many issues that businesses and Government agencies encounter, including business management of operations, ERP systems, pricing and negotiating contracts, labor and timekeeping problems, technology management, dissolution of operations, IT outsourcing, assistant controllership and compliance with Government regulations and requirements.
Consultant, M & M H Design, Inc.
Phil Salmeri CPCM, NCMA Fellow has over 40 years of Government contracting experience with the Navy and the Air Force as a negotiator, contracting officer, branch head and a program manager in addition to commercial consulting support. Mr. Salmeri was an associate Professor for the College of Southern Maryland. He is the founder and first president of the Dahlgren Chapter of NCMA. He received the Meritorious Service Award in Scholarly Research from the South Eastern Consortium for Electrical Engineering Education (SCEEE). He is a recognized expert on Performance Based Services Acquisition and Best Value Procurement. He is the president and CEO of M & M H Design, Inc., Potomac Executive Suites, LLC, and PES HOMES, Inc. He is the author of Negotiations – Strategies, Tactics and Countermoves, Management Concepts’ Action Packs on Best Value Procurement, and Performance Work Statements. He assisted in the rewrite of the OMB guidebook for services acquisition. His latest efforts have been in support of DAU‘s SAW (Service Acquisition Workshops). He was the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the development of DAU’s Service Acquisition Mall (SAM), a website that facilitates performance based services acquisitions. He was the SME for the development of the automated tool, Acquisition Requirements Roadmap Tool (ARRT), a computer based tool which produces a template for a PWS, PRS and a QASP. He is presently developing for DAU a Source Selection Criteria tool, a Performance Assessment tool and an Independent Cost Estimating tool which will be tied to the ARRT.
Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law, George Washington University
Before joining the Law School faculty in 1998, Professor Schooner was the associate administrator for procurement law and legislation at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget. He previously served as a trial and appellate attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice. He also practiced with private law firms and, as an active duty Army judge advocate, served as a commissioner at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Until his retirement as an Army Reserve officer, he was an adjunct professor in the Contract and Fiscal Law Department of the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army, in Charlottesville, Virginia. His scholarship focuses primarily upon federal government contract law and public procurement policy. His dispute resolution experience includes service as an arbitrator, mediator, neutral, and ombudsman. Dean Schooner is a fellow of the National Contract Management Association and a certified professional contracts manager (CPCM). He is the faculty adviser to the ABA’s Public Contract Law Journal and also serves on the Procurement Round Table and the advisory board of the Government Contractor. He served as senior associate dean for academic affairs of the Law School from 2006 to 2008.
Executive Director, Ernst and Young
Robin is an Executive Director in the EY Government Contract Services practice, where she assists clients with Government contract accounting, administration, pricing, and compliance matters. She has over 27 years of diverse acquisition experience, including 23 years working in various leadership positions at Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP), Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). Robin has in-depth knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and other federal government procurement regulations, policies, and guidance. Robin has provided advisory services to a vast array of large and small government contractors. In her last federal position, she was the Director of Contract Policy at DCMA and was responsible for the Agency’s policies on CAS administration, allowability of costs, contractor business systems, forward pricing and final overhead rates, pricing and negotiations, contract debts, financing payments, Government property, contract closeout, and terminations. In that role, she was the chair of the DCMA Board that reviewed and approved precedent-setting or high-dollar contracting actions and was responsible for resolving issues between the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and DCMA. Robin has written and spoken extensively on various government contract accounting and compliance issues.
Phillip R. Seckman
Mr. Seckman is a Partner with Dentons where he counsels clients and litigates on their behalf concerning a wide range of government and commercial contract matters, focusing his practice primarily in the area of federal procurement law and complex federal regulatory issues. He takes great pride in helping clients make wise choices early that help minimize risks and reduce or avoid the expenses associated with litigation. Phil’s work on issues relevant to government contractors constitutes the bulk of his practice. He has significant experience regarding issues that arise in the context of GSA schedule contracting, cost allowability, proper cost accounting, and cost and pricing, as well as the assessment, presentation, and litigation of complex contract claims. In the recent past, a significant component of his practice has been in support of counseling and litigation on behalf of large stability operations contractors performing in the Middle East war zones. A notable component of Phil’s practice is his work relating to internal investigations and counseling regarding contract and regulatory compliance, control and monitoring issues as well as the defense of claims arising under the Civil False Claims Act. Phil frequently writes and lectures regarding cost accounting, business system, and FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule issues. He also has significant experience assisting clients in establishing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with these requirements. When potential non-compliances have been identified, Phil assists in the internal review and assessment of these issues and has aided clients in the preparation of appropriate disclosures when required. Phil has additional experience pursuing and intervening with regard to federal and state bid protests. He recently authored and published an updated Chapter regarding Colorado State bid protests, which appears in the Colorado Procurement Handbook, by West. He has also lectured regarding Colorado bid protest issues. Phil has also litigated contract disputes in various federal and state courts, and federal government contract administrative boards. His work on these matters has recently resulted in a number of notable outcomes. Mr. Seckman co-authored the appellate briefs submitted at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit relating to the landmark case regarding IR&D costs. See ATK Thiokol v. United States, 598 F.3d 1329 (Fed. Cir. 2010). Additionally, Mr. Seckman contributed to the trial and took the lead on the subsequent briefing that produced a victory in the recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals decision of American Ordnance, LLC, ASBCA No. 54718 (Feb. 17, 2010).
Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP
John Shane is a Partner in the International Trade Practice Group at Wiley Rein LLP, a Washington, D.C. law firm. While at the firm he has worked extensively on export control issues, representing various clients before the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce and Treasury, on export control, national security, foreign policy and compliance matters. He also has particular expertise in drafting complex technical assistance and manufacturing license agreements, developing export compliance programs, conducting export control due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and handling voluntary disclosures. Mr. Shane also frequently counsels businesses on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters, including internal audits and investigations, compliance programs, training and acquisition due diligence. Mr. Shane has written and lectured extensively on export control and FCPA issues as they relate to particular industries and technologies. Mr. Shane received his B.A. degree at Bucknell University, magna cum laude, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.
Erin B. Sheppard is a member of the Government Contracts practice group at Dentons. Ms. Sheppard has extensive experience counseling clients on a broad array of contracts matters including: bid protests, performance disputes, claims, terminations, regulatory compliance, cybersecurity, data rights, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) responses, and internal investigations. She is skilled in drafting and negotiating subcontract, subaward, and teaming agreements on behalf of prime contractors, subcontractors, and federal grant recipients for both defense and civilian contractors. Ms. Sheppard has litigated a broad range of disputes including contract terminations, requests for equitable adjustment, prime/sub disputes, and cost allowability issues. She regularly represents contractors prosecuting claim appeals before both the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASCBA); prosecutes and defends bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Court of Federal Claims, and the FAA Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA); and defends size protests before the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals. Ms. Sheppard has deep proficiency representing clients in Alternative Dispute Resolutions before the ASBCA and CBCA. She also has state and local bid protest experience. As an active member of the Firm’s cross-practice cybersecurity team, Ms. Sheppard counsels clients on breach response, cybersecurity legislative and regulatory developments, and in development of cybersecurity compliance programs. She is an active commentator in this area and was recently named a “Young Gun” in cybersecurity. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a judicial clerk for Chief Judge Andrew S. Effron on the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Special Counsel, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP
W. Bruce Shirk is Special Counsel in the Government Contracts and Regulated Industries Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Shirk focuses his practice in the areas of Medicare and Medicaid contracting and related areas of law including Medicare coordination of benefits and data sharing requirements, government and construction contract law and litigation, including cost accounting issues, and defense and aerospace contracting. His experience as a counselor includes review of contracts and provision of advice to clients in both the public and private sectors in negotiation and administration of contracts and grants; administrative prosecution of claims against the government and defense of civil claims and criminal proceedings brought or instituted by the government, including claims arising under the Medicare statutes and regulations; defense of claims against public sector entities; conduct of internal inquiries related to contract and regulatory compliance, the latter including government claims for reimbursement of Medicare payments.
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrow Shaw Pittman
Kevin Slattum is a Partner in the law firm’s Government Contracts & Disputes practice and is located in the Los Angeles office. For over 15 years, Mr. Slattum has successfully assisted a broad array of government contractors in resolving disputes and solving legal challenges arising from the life-cycle of federal government acquisition. In particular, he is recognized for his extensive experience and pro-active approach to successful resolution of CDA contract disputes, FAR cost allowability issues, DFARS business system determinations, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) questions, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) challenges, subcontract disputes, contract terminations and fraud/false claims defenses.
Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
Tim Sullivan is a Partner in the law firm of Thompson Coburn LLP, where he serves as the Chairman of the firm’s Government Contracts department. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a member of the Georgetown Law Journal, Mr. Sullivan’s career began as a contract negotiator with the Central Intelligence Agency. Since 1975, he has focused his law practice on Government contract matters. Mr. Sullivan is member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and he has been a member of the National Contract Management Association since 1975. He is a frequent lecturer on Government contract matters and has authored several articles.
Principal, Law Office of David J. Taylor, P.C.
David J. Taylor is the Founder and Principal of the Law Office of David J. Taylor, P.C. He has been in private practice since clerking on the D.C. Circuits, practicing in the fields of Government contracts, complex civil litigation, construction, international arbitration and commercial and trade law, communications and technology law. Currently, David counsels clients and litigates in the field of government contracts, with particular emphasis on bid protests, requests for equitable adjustment and claims, compliance programs, ADR and contract terminations. He has counseled a variety of both large and small businesses and not-for-profits on the full range of federal procurement issues. He has litigated many cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the GAO, the Boards of Contract Appeals (both Armed Services and Civilian Boards) and various agencies. He is an advocate of and very experienced in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques. David has counseled clients and/or litigated in a variety of government contracts issue areas including: contract formation, “best value” analyses, contract changes and claims, teaming and joint venture arrangements, co-operative agreements, subcontracting, non-disclosure agreements, FOIA and Joint Venture requests, representations and certifications, commercial item contracting, foreign content regulations, suspension and debarment, Buy American Act issues, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, novations, and a wide variety of small business and socioeconomic issues. David co-founded the HUBZone Contracting National Council (HCNC) in 2000 and has served as its General Counsel and on the HCNC Board of Directors since. He has experience in the development and implementation of internal compliance programs and internal investigations. He has also effectively employed the government contractor defense to protect contractor clients from claims made by third parties. David teaches courses on “Negotiation – ADR – Litigation” and “Terminations and Close-Outs” at PCI’s Masters’ Academy. He is also on PCI’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.
Franklin C. Turner
Partner, McCarter & English
Mr. Turner is a Partner and Co-Leader of the Government Contracts & Export Controls Practice Group at McCarter & English. He is an innovative business lawyer with significant experience resolving complex government contracts issues for a broad array of companies – ranging from multinational, multibillion-dollar Fortune 500 corporations in the aerospace, defense, technology, health care and industrial supply sectors to small business intelligence and security services providers. Mr. Turner’s multifaceted practice includes assisting companies with comprehensive claims for payment, prosecuting and defending bid protests, conducting internal investigations to ensure his clients’ compliance with federal procurement regulations and related statutes, preparing and submitting mandatory and voluntary disclosures, counseling prime contractors and subcontractors regarding disputes of all types and sizes, defending companies against False Claims Act allegations, counseling companies regarding issues of cost allowability, allocability and reasonableness, designing and implementing comprehensive regulatory compliance programs, and assisting government contractors in connection with mergers and acquisitions due diligence. Mr. Turner lectures and writes frequently regarding various issues of interest to the federal procurement community. Over the course of his career, Mr. Turner has represented clients in connection with disputes involving a multitude of federal government entities, including the: General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Navy, Department of the Air Force, Department of the Army, Department of State, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, Department of the Coast Guard, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Defense Information Systems Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, United States Postal Service, Defense Contract Audit Agency and Defense Contract Management Agency.
Associate, Smith Pachter McWhorter, PLC
Mr. Vadiee is an Associate with Smith Pachter McWhorter. His practice focus is government contracts, commercial contracts and construction matters. Mr. Vadiee provides counsel to domestic and international clients on a wide range of contracting issues including contract negotiation, contract terms and conditions, bid protests, contract changes and claim preparation, contract termination settlements, regulatory audit and compliance and contract litigation. Mr. Vadiee has experience litigating contract disputes in federal and state courts and administrative bodies including before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the United States Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to law school, Mr. Vadiee was a contracting officer for a Department of Energy research laboratory and during law school clerked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Mr. Vadiee is an active member of the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law and the Federal Bar Association’s Government Contracts Section.
Director, Forensic Services, PwC
Mr. Viksnins is Director, Forensic Services at PwC. Peter has been with PwC, in Washington, D.C., since 1998 and has extensive U.S. and international investigations, litigation/arbitration support, and compliance consulting experience. Upon joining the Firm, Peter was immediately posted to Switzerland for one year for the Holocaust Asset Search in Swiss banks, the largest Forensic Accounting Investigation in history at that time. Peter has since performed forensic accounting investigations and compliance consulting engagements in a number of industries and on several continents. These include US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigations, acquisition-related FCPA due diligence, and anti-corruption compliance assessments/remediation engagements in the energy, manufacturing, technology, and health care industries, among others, in Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. Peter was seconded to PwC Singapore from July 2005 to July 2007 and led both local and regional investigations during that time.
Peter is a Certified Fraud Examiner and member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Peter holds a Master’s degree in International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Georgetown University School of Business. Peter regularly presents seminars to clients, industry groups, and legal counsel, on FCPA and fraud-related topics, and has taught Corruption & Bribery, Post-Crisis Remediation, and both Basic and Advanced Investigations courses to PwC personnel. Peter’s articles on corruption, fraud, and computer forensics have been published in both PwC and external publications.
President, Coalition for Government Procurement
Roger serves as president of the Coalition for Government Procurement and brings more than 25 years of high-profile government contracting experience. In his role as president, Roger promotes common sense in government procurement and works to ensure the procurement system provides sound business opportunities that deliver best value for customer agencies and the taxpayer.
Roger has extensive experience in GSA Multiple Award Schedule and IT GWAC Programs including 20 years with the General Services Administration. During his time at GSA Roger held several positions including Senior Assistant General Counsel, Director, Acquisition Management Center, and finally, as Acting Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer, where he was responsible for the development, issuance and monitoring of acquisition policies and procedures governing GSA’s $60 billion procurement operations. While at GSA Roger was selected by the Executive Office of the President, to serve on the 14 member Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA) Acquisition Advisory Panel, which provided extensive recommendations to Congress and OMB on effective and efficient procurement of commercial services.
Prior to joining the Coalition Roger was counsel at Mayer Brown LLP, where he advised clients on all aspects of government contracting including review of solicitations, contract compliance issues, subcontracts and teaming agreements, data rights, organizational and personal conflicts of interest, ethics, suspension and debarment, performance disputes and audits. In addition, Roger participated as litigation counsel in several major GAO bid protests including the Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, NASA’s GOES-R and the FBI’s Next Generation Identification contract awards.
Roger is the host of the WFED radio show Off the Shelf, and the leading contributor to the FAR and Beyond blog. He has also appeared on Executive Leaders Radio, a program dedicated to honoring individuals who have risen to leadership roles through hard work and dedication. Roger also serves as a Director on the Procurement Round Table.
Roger holds an AB from Bowdoin College and a JD from University of Richmond. Roger is a member of the bar in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
Partner, Government Contracting Consulting Services Group Dixon, Hughes, Goodman LLP
Bill Walter is a Partner with Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP. He holds a BS degree in Accounting from Penn State University and has more than 25 years of experience in cost accounting and financial management systems. He has an extensive background in the application and interpretation of rules, regulations, and standards applicable to Government contractors, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation, individual agency supplements to the FAR, the Truth in Negotiations Act and the Cost Accounting Standards. He began his career as an auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), where he was responsible for implementing micro-computers and training his fellow auditors and administrative staff to use major application software packages. As a faculty member of the GWU Government Contracts Program, he has developed and taught courses on Cost Reimbursement Contracting, Accounting for Cost on Government Contracts, Defective Pricing –
Hazards and Defenses, Government Contract Audits, Contract Pricing, and Contract Performance Management Tools. A member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Walter also presents to groups on current issues in the Federal procurement arena.
Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC
Jon Williams is a partner with PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group. Mr. Williams has over 16 years of experience advising clients on a wide range of government contracting matters, including all of the federal procurement programs for small businesses. Mr. Williams regularly represents clients in bid protests, size and status protests, and appeals. He helps contractors navigate government audits and investigations. He also assists clients in forming teaming, subcontract, joint venture, and mentor-protégé relationships. Mr. Williams is a frequent author and speaker on government contracting issues and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.
Group Vice President/Director, SimVentions
Matt Wilson is the lead architect, original developer, and Program Manager of the Acquisition Requirements Roadmap Tool (ARRT) Suite and the DAU Service Acquisition Mall (sam.dau.mil). Mr. Wilson has helped lead the charge to develop this game-changing resource by working closely with recognized leaders in the acquisition community from the academic to the contracts practitioner informed by his considerable experience in private industry responding to a wide variety of government requirements. Mr. Wilson is the Group Vice President for Tools and Technology. He has over 20 years of experience as a project manager, software developer, and systems engineer. He has conceived of, designed, developed, and led many software projects for the US Government and has participated on a variety of technology-centric international standards bodies. Mr. Wilson currently supports various US Government customers in the area of program management, technical leadership, software development, systems engineering, and technical analysis. Mr. Wilson leads teams of interdisciplinary professionals to achieve the system objectives establishing effective tools for real-world use. Author of many papers and publications on Human Systems Integration and tools and holds a degree Computer Science and Mathematics.
Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
Jason Workmaster focuses his practice on government contracts-related litigation, including civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases, contract disputes, and bid protests. He has represented a host of clients in these types of cases in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). A nationally recognized leader on FCA issues, Mr. Workmaster has appeared on NBC’s The TODAY Show and Canadian TV’s National News to discuss the highly publicized FCA case against the cyclist Lance Armstrong. Mr. Workmaster is also recognized as an expert on the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules program. He regularly lectures on the schedules and appears on Federal News Radio to discuss issues related to the Schedules.
Steven Young is Managing Director at Healthscape Advisors. Mr. Young has over 25 years of experience assisting healthcare clients with complex financial, contractual and regulatory compliance, systems and government contracting issues. His work focuses upon the quantification of the impact of historical contractual or regulatory compliance issues; investigations and disputes associated with those contractual or regulatory issues; preparation of proposals and pricing submissions under competitive and commercial pricing contracts; and various operational consulting projects related to process improvement or compliance within the healthcare industry. Young has had significant involvement in the Medicare, CHAMPUS and TRICARE programs since the early 1990’s and has assisted his clients in preparing successful bids for over a dozen major health related contracts valued in excess of $30 billion.
Mr. Stephen J. Yuter is currently the Chief Contracts Strategist at Deloitte. In his position, he provides senior advisory contracts support to account leadership to shape and strengthen win strategies on Federal engagements for the firm. Prior to his time at Deloitte, Mr. Yuter was the Director of Capture Strategy and Principal Consultant at Red Team Consulting where he led strategic capture and business development efforts for a wide spectrum of government contracting clients. Before joining industry, he was the Director of Acquisition Management and Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service, and has held senior acquisition and contracting leadership positions at HUD, USDA, DHS, and DoD. His roles and responsibilities across the civilian and defense sectors included providing leadership for contracting operations, acquisition policy, and workforce development, as well as being source selection authority on over $10B of contracts. Mr. Yuter holds a B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, an M.S. in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. In addition, Mr. Yuter is a member of the NCMA Board of Directors, a regular panel member on the Public Contracting Institute’s “Fun with the FAR” series, and an Adjunct Professor of Procurement and Contracts Management at the University of Virginia. He holds professional certification as a CPCM, CFCM, PMP, and ICCM-F Level III, and is a Fellow of both NCMA and ACT-IAC.
Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP
Ms. Zucker is a Partner with Wiley Rein. She represents clients on all aspects of federal procurement law, including bid protests, contract disputes and claims, contract formation and administration, government investigations, suspension and debarment matters, False Claims Act actions, mergers and acquisitions, teaming and subcontract agreements, small business matters and federal marketplace opportunities. Her experience covers a wide variety of industries, including defense, intelligence, technology and software, government services, management consulting and private equity investment in government contractors.
President Contracting Matters, LLC
Gary B. Zura is currently a freelance consultant, specializing in training and advisory services in all aspects of contracting with the Federal Government. He leads his own consulting firm, Contracting Matters, LLC and has over forty years of experience in federal acquisition and contracting, having served in critical leadership positions for both Government and industry. He completed a 30-year career as a U.S. Air Force officer, retiring at the rank of Colonel, and served in a variety of positions in the United States and overseas, in several System Program Offices, in field Plant Representative Offices, and on several Headquarters’ acquisition policy staffs. Most recently, he retired from the Sandia Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center operating Sandia National Laboratories, where he provided the contracting leadership to manage the Management and Operating contract with the National Nuclear Security Agency. In 2003–2004, Mr. Zura served as the National President of the National Contract Management Association and is currently a member of its Executive Advisory Council and the Contract Management Leadership Development Program Committee. He is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager and an NCMA Fellow. Mr. Zura also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Public Contracting Institute.