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  • Larry Allen
    President, Allen Federal Business Partners
    Larry Allen has over 20 years' experience in government acquisition. Larry has written or contributed to three books on government contracting, including Multiple Award Schedule Contracting (contributing author), The Secret of Schedules Sales Success> (primary author), and Business to Government (contributing author). He has written numerous articles on the state of federal acquisition in periodicals such as "Federal Computer Week" and "The Federal Times". He regularly teaches classes on government acquisition and has been a guest of the governments of South Korea, Canada, and Great Britain speaking on the topic of how foreign companies can do business in the US government marketplace.

    Larry is an expert in GSA and VA Multiple Award/Federal Supply Schedule contracting, as well as GWAC and IDIQ contracts. He served as a member of the Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel and the "Federal Contracts Report" Board of Advisors. He has testified often before committees of the US Senate, House of Representatives, and several state legislatures. He hosts his own radio show on government procurement, "Off the Shelf" on Federal News Radio in Washington, DC.
    Emory University
  • Bob Ameen
    Director, BDO Project Controls
    Bob is a Director at BDO Project Controls. He has 20+ years of experience in a variety of engineering and Government contracting environments, specializing in Project Control and Earned Value Management.
    Virginia Tech
    BS, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering

    Old Dominion University
  • Edmund Amorosi
    Partner, Haynes Boone
    Edmund Amorosi represents clients in the government contracts and construction industries. He has appeared on behalf of clients in federal and state courts, before administrative agencies and boards, and in alternative dispute resolution settings including mediation and arbitration, both domestic and international.

    His practice also includes commercial litigation and counseling relating to the government contracts and construction industries, including disputes between prime contractors and subcontractors, teaming and confidentiality agreements, joint ventures, and non-compete and non-disclosure agreements.

    J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2001
    B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1987
  • Teddie Arnold
    Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
    Teddie Arnold is an Partner in the Government Contracts group in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

    Mr. Arnold focuses his practice in all areas of government procurement, including bid protests, contract claims, procurement fraud, ethics & regulatory compliance, suspension & debarment, internal investigations, small business regulations, and contract drafting. Mr. Arnold regularly represents clients prime contractors and subcontractors in litigation before the Government Accountability Office, the Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, and state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Arnold also has expertise in the False Claims Act, suspension & debarment proceedings, and other matters related to procurement fraud. He also routinely represents federal construction contractors in the defense and prosecution of claims against the Government.

    Mr. Arnold is designated as a Next Generation Partner by Legal500®. He is currently pursuing is LLM in Government Procurement from George Washington University Law School.

    Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Arnold served as law clerk to the Honorable Glen M. Williams in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia during the 2008-2009 term.

    JD, Washington & Lee University School of Law
    MA, Johns Hopkins University
    BA, Washington & Lee University
  • Katie Arrington
    CISO A&S at the United States Department of Defense
    Katherine “Katie” Arrington currently is the Chief Information Security Officer, CISO(A) to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, ASD(A). In this position, she serves as the central hub and integrator within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, OUSD(A&S), to align acquisition cyber strategy.

    As the CISO (A), Ms. Arrington is responsible to ensure the incorporation of integrated security/cyber efforts within USD(A&S) with the purpose of providing a focused and streamlined governance approach and to provide a central coordination point and common compliance standard that serves to synchronize the various existing disparate cyber security efforts and standards across the Department and Industry as it relates to A&S equities.

    Ms. Arrington is leading efforts that will help to ensure a robust Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM), establish Defense Industrial Base Security and Resilience, and establish a common standard in Cyber Security Standards. She also meets with key Cyber personnel (across both DoD and Federal Agencies) as well as legislators to ensure that changes made in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are supportive in reaching the goals of decreased spending and increased compliance with current and future standards.
    Before assuming her position in OUSD(A&S), Ms. Arrington had an extensive career as a legislator and senior cyber executive. Ms. Arrington was a candidate for South Carolina US House of Representative 2018 and a South Carolina State Representative for 2 terms. She has substantial experience and capabilities in cyber strategy, policy, enablement and implementation across a wide range of domains, including DoD, Federal, Healthcare and State. She acquired her experience in cyber over the past 15 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, Centuria Corporation and Dispersive Networks. This has given her the unique experience of working at a large business, small business and non-traditional contractor for the government.

    Katie attended Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
  • Paul Bailey
    Partner, Capital Edge Consulting
    Paul Bailey is a Partner for Capital Edge Consulting. Mr. Bailey has broad experience with federal procurement rules and regulation through combined industry and public accounting experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. Over the course of his 30-year career, Paul has provided expert advice and testimony for government contractors and their counsel, government agencies including Inspector General and the Department of Justice on the administration of contracts and resolution of complex government accounting and compliance disputes. While in public accounting, Paul was responsible for the Department of Energy’s outsourced contractor audits to KPMG, including Incurred Cost and Price Proposals, CAS compliance and Business System adequacy. Paul has conducted audits for and on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice and Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General.

    Paul joined Capital Edge Consulting from Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida where he was Vice President of Government Accounting and Compliance. In the accounting and compliance role, Paul was responsible for the oversight and approvals of the Business Systems to satisfy DCAA/DCMA surveillance and adequacy determinations. Paul orchestrated and directed an External Restructuring of CAS segments to align cost allocations and synergies following a major acquisition. Paul has been an industry leader in settlement of indirect rates based on past company experience foregoing the DCAA Incurred Cost Audit process. In addition to extensive accounting and compliance experience, he has held Vice President roles leading Contracts, Subcontract Administration, and Procurement functions.
    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.
  • Ed Bassett
    Chief Information Security Officer, NeoSystems
    Mr. Bassett is a senior Cyber Security and Risk Management subject matter expert with over 32 years of experience in all aspects of security and privacy program architecture, design, management, and operations. His experience spans Government, Health Care, Financial Services and other industries and includes risk management, program planning, application and software security, security assessments and audits, and security operations.

    He built and led a global security consulting practice specializing in security strategy, assessment and testing, and managed security services. He has been the principal advisor to many Fortune 500 and government clients on information systems security, responsible for securing their critical information assets for e-commerce transactions, sensitive health records, and classified military communication. Ed is a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of Clarkson University where he earned a degree in computer science.
  • Lauren Belknap
    Senior Manager, BDO Project Controls
    Laura is a senior manager at BDO Project Controls.
    Business & Information Systems, MBA
    Le Moyne College
  • Jon Bencivenga
    Senior Manager, Capital Edge Consulting
    Jon Bencivenga has 12 years of experience providing professional support to government contractors in the areas of compliance, accounting and training. Jon’s areas of expertise include the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), agency supplement regulations, Incurred Cost Submissions (ICS), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), DCAA audit support and preparation, dispute resolution, litigation support, and other regulatory non-compliance support.

    Jon serves government contractors ranging in size from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies with full contract lifecycle support in the areas of accounting, contracts, compliance and training. His industry experience includes architecture and engineering, aerospace and defense, construction, manufacturing, information technology, not-for-profits and higher education.

    Jon’s areas of expertise include the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), agency supplement regulations, Incurred Cost Submissions (ICS), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), DCAA audit support and preparation, dispute resolution, litigation support, and other regulatory non-compliance support.

    Jon has extensive experience with preparing indirect expense rate structures, models, and submissions in accordance with FAR Subpart 31.2. He has also assisted numerous clients in resolving allegations of non-compliance and lead contract indirect and direct cost settlement negotiations with both DCAA and cognizant Contracting Officers. He has assisted contractors and their outside counsel to resolve disputes arising under the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Cost Accounting Standards, Truth in Negotiations Act, and other accounting-related rules and regulations. He has conducted independent forensic accounting investigations to evaluate allegations of fraud, accounting errors and irregularities, and cost mischarging. Jon has also led compliance infrastructure and indirect rate restructuring efforts to ensure meeting organizational compliance requirements while minimizing impacts to operational efficiencies and maximizing efficiency.
    Jon graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting.
  • Dr. Joseph Bentz
    Deputy Director, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)
    Mr. Joseph P. Bentz was appointed as the Deputy Director, Defense Contract Audit Agency on March 17, 2019. He is responsible for assisting the Director, DCAA in leading the agency’s worldwide operations, which includes nearly 5,000 personnel, and an annual operating budget of approximately $650 million.

    Prior to his selection as the Deputy Director of DCAA, Mr. Bentz was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Management and Budget) (DASA (M&B)) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA (CW)). As the DASA (M&B), Mr. Bentz served as the principal advisor on management and budget issues to the ASA (CW), and was responsible for all matters related to the development and
    implementation of the Civil Works budget and the reimbursable international and inter-agency support activities of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    Mr. Bentz was selected for the Senior Executive Service in May 2009. From July 2013 until December 2017, Mr. Bentz served as the Principal Deputy Auditor General for the U.S. Army Audit Agency. His responsibilities included developing and overseeing the execution of the Army’s Internal Audit Plan and overall management of audit operations to include prioritizing audit workload, allocating audit resources, and optimizing audit processes.

    In addition, Mr. Bentz directed the planning, execution, and reporting of the Army’s most sensitive and significant audit efforts. Prior to being selected as Principal Deputy, he served in Agency executive positions as Deputy Auditor General, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Audits, Deputy Auditor General, Installations, Energy and Environments Audits, and as Deputy Auditor General, Policy and Operations Management. Starting with the Army Audit Agency in 1987, Mr. Bentz held a variety of staff auditor and leadership positions in the Northeast Region and National Capital Region.
    MBA, Syracuse University
    BS, Accounting, University of Scranton
  • David Berteau
    CEO, Professional Services Council (PSC)
    Mr. Berteau became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Services Council (PSC) on March 28, 2016. Prior to PSC, Mr. Berteau was confirmed in December 2014 as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. He oversaw the management of the $170 billion in Department of Defense logistics funding.

    Previously, Mr. Berteau served as Senior Vice President and Director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). His research and analysis covered federal budgets, national security, management, contracting, logistics, acquisition, and industrial base issues.

    Mr. Berteau is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, a Director of the Procurement Round Table, and an Associate at the Robert S. Strauss Center at the University of Texas.
    Mr. Berteau graduated with a B.A. from Tulane University in 1971 and received his master's degree in 1981 from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

    He is a recipient of the 2020 Federal100 Award. The Federal 100 Awards are presented to government and industry leaders who have played a pivotal role in how the federal government acquires, develops, and manages IT.
  • Laura Bier
    Project Manager, PLAN+WRITE+TRAIN+SOLVE
    Laura is a project manager by profession, focused on implementing PM best practices, and deploying practical solutions that help get teams humming. She is judicious in selecting and implementing PMI advocated and Agile processes. She has twenty years consulting experience with 11 of those in Earned Value Management. She sets up and helps administer performance management and performance measurement processes using industry tools such as Atlassian Jira, Confluence, MS Project, Deltek Cobra, and others. She has a proven track record in helping businesses transform their project management approach to win work, identify process efficiencies and generate cost savings.
  • Courtney Black
    Senior Manager, Ernst & Young
    Courtney has more than 15 years of experience in government contracting with EY advising clients on considerations spanning the government contracting lifecycle. She specializes in assisting clients in conducting business with the federal government, including determining compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulation, Cost Accounting Standards, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars and contract-specific requirements. She holds Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certifications.
  • Mary Beth Borgwing
    President, Co-founder at The Cyber Guild
    Digital Transformation Technology & Security Leader
    Mary Beth Borgwing is an accomplished Senior Executive, Advisor, and Board Member with more than 30 years of success across the information services and technology, government, insurance, non-profit, and management consulting industries. Her broad areas of expertise include strategic management, business development, enterprise business and information technology strategy, change management, and human capital resource planning and optimization.

    Mary Beth Borgwing has over 20 years of finance, technology, and security industry experience. Her experience with Wall Street insurance leaders, MMC, Willis Towers Watson in combination as an executive in technology companies for 15 years, empowers Mary Beth to work as an impactful change agent for growth in our current state dynamic fast-paced global economy.

    Mary Beth serves on the board of Red Lambda, a privately held EDR company and serves an advisor to ClearForce, Security Scorecard, and Bluewater International.

    In 2019 she co-founded The Cyber Guild [a 501c6] not-for-profit focused on cybersecurity workforce and diversity; and in 2018 founded the Uniting Women in Cyber annual conference in Washington, DC.
  • Stacy Bostjanick
    Chief Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity, Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer
    Ms. Stacy Bostjanick is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Chief Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity (DCIO(CS)), Office of the Chief Information Officer. In this position, she serves as the focal point within the DoD CIO to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program across the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).

    As the CMMC Director, Ms. Bostjanick is responsible for shepherding this critical program though the Code of Federal Regulation System rulemaking process for both the CFR 32 and 48 and ultimately implementing the program across the more than 220,000 companies that make up the DIB. This includes collaborating across the Federal Government with partners such as the Department of Homeland Security and the other members of the Federal Acquisition Security Council, to standardize this process and truly federalize it. In this role, she also directs the Department’s efforts to educate DIB partners on programatic requirements and ensures that DoD implements risk information sharing though the program’s execution. Additionally, Ms. Bostjanick is responsible for ensuring the Defense Acquisition community is trained and capable of including these requirements in their Programs and Acquisitions.
  • Derek Boyd
    Partner, Baker Tilly
    Derek Boyd is a partner in the government contractor advisory services practice of Baker Tilly.

    Derek has more than 15 years of experience working with and for government contractors in a variety of industries, including technology, professional services, aerospace and healthcare. Derek assists government contractors on a wide range of business issues and regulatory compliance matters. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Derek was the director of government compliance for a major government contractor.
    James Madison University
    Bachelors of Business Administration, Accountancy and Finance
  • Jamie Brabston
    Senior Legal Consultant and Director, Redstone Government Consulting, Inc.
    Jamie Brabston is a Senior Legal Consultant and Director with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. (Redstone GCI), specializing in Labor and Employment Law, with an emphasis on government contract law and compliance. Prior to joining Redstone GCI, Jamie was Senior Counsel with Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson, P.C., a boutique labor and employment law firm based in Birmingham, AL. Jamie assists employers with compliance, problem prevention, the analysis of complex employment law and contract related issues, and in conducting investigations to address employee complaints.

    In addition, Jamie advises federal government contractors with contract specific requirements such as affirmative action compliance, Service Contract Act issues, CoBEC, the Drug Free Workplace Act, record keeping, and in performing mock compliance assessments and other issues specific to employers working with the federal government. Jamie is a proficient trainer and speaker and is a primary instructor for Federal Publications Seminars course, “HR for Government Contractors.” Additionally, Jamie regularly conducts training and education for individual employers and their employees on non-discrimination and anti-harassment, as well as training sessions for executive and non-executive management on a wide variety of overall management leadership skills, and government contract specific topics. Jamie also specializes and advises clients on a wide range of employee benefits issues including ERISA welfare benefit plans, HIPAA, wellness plans, COBRA, the Affordable Care Act, and other federal and state laws, including related reporting requirements. In addition, Jamie works with employers in responding to complaints filed with external agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor and the Department of Industrial Relations and provides litigation support as needed.
    Jamie received her undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Alabama. During law school, she served as editor of THE LAW & PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW and a member of the Order of the Barristers, the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, and the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team, where her team received the Dillard Award for Best Brief in the world.
  • Chad Braley
    CEO and Founder, Capital Edge Consulting
    Chad Braley is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. Since its inception, Capital Edge has grown into the country’s leading firm, focusing solely on serving both foreign and domestic contractors who do business with the US Government.

    Chad’s areas of expertise include the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), agency supplement regulations, Contractor Accounting, Purchasing, Estimating, MMAS, and EVM Business Systems, Truth in Negotiations Act, government accounting requirements Incurred Cost Submissions (ICS), DCAA Audits support and preparation, other regulatory non-compliance support, Terminations, Requests for Equitable Adjustment (REA), ERP systems and risk mitigation.
    Chad graduated from the Williams School of Commerce at Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, with a major in Business Administration.
  • David Cadman
    Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense
    Mr. David S. Cadman is currently serving as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Enablers. He also serves as the Director for Acquisition Data and Analytics (ADA) where he is responsible for the development and implementation of acquisition portfolio based analytical methods focused on data analytics which includes but is not limited to data mining, simulation, machine, and statistical learning, probability theory, mathematical optimization, and visualization of results. ADA establishes a program management policy that applies these methods as appropriate to acquisition portfolios, Major Defense Acquisition Programs, and business systems and functions.

    Before the A&S reorganization, he served as Director for Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA) and Deputy Director, Root Cause Analyses (RCA). Where he identified root causes on Major Acquisition Programs that had a critical Nunn-McCurdy cost breach or upon request of the Secretary of Defense.
    Mr. Cadman holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Mr. Cadman is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University Advanced Program Managers course and has Acquisition Workforce Level III certifications in Program Management; Systems Planning, Research and Engineering; and Production Quality and Manufacturing.
  • Dennis Callahan
    Shareholder, RJO
    Mr. Callahan represents government contractors on a broad range of litigation matters, including false claims investigations and actions in the defense, construction, and medical industries; bid protests and contract claims at the federal, state and local levels; and prime/subcontractor disputes in state and federal court, arbitration and mediation. Mr. Callahan also counsels government contractors and grantees regarding their compliance with contract and legal requirements, accounting standards and audit practices.

    Mr. Callahan has significant experience in the government contracts and construction industries. He has prosecuted and defended bid protests of contract awards involving major civil and facilities construction projects. He has investigated, prepared, and litigated requests for equitable adjustment, termination settlement proposals, and other claims involving billions of dollars of costs whose cause is disputed. In these matters, Mr. Callahan often works closely with forensic accounting firms, and he counsels client leadership on the timing, framing, and tone of the submissions and legal filings, and on negotiation and litigation strategy.

    Mr. Callahan frequently contributes to bar publications and scholarly journals. Among other publications, his articles have appeared in the Procurement Lawyer, A.B.A. false claims acts and construction books, William & Mary Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, The Government Contractor, Legal Times (Washington), New York Law Journal, and The Federal Lawyer.
    J.D., William & Mary Law School
    M.B.A., William & Mary Graduate School of Business
    B.A., University of New Hampshire
  • Todd Canni
    Partner, Pillsbury
    Todd is innovative and offers clients strategic and “outside-the-box” solutions to resolve their most complex business issues. Todd has deep experience in handling bid protests, investigations, disputes/claims, contractor disclosures, False Claims Act litigation, contractor ethics and compliance matters, M&A, and suspension and debarment. Todd has broad knowledge in nearly all aspects of government contracting based on his Masters in Procurement Law and his federal sector experience as an Air Force official and law clerk at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

    Todd has represented successfully scores of government contractors through suspension and debarment proceedings, including individuals (owners, officers, executives, engineers and other employees) and companies of all sizes, including large publicly traded companies, mid-sized companies and small businesses. Todd has appeared before nearly every active civilian and DoD Suspension Debarment office, including the Air Force, Army, DLA, Navy, EPA, GSA, DHS, HHS, Interior, NASA, NSF, SBA, OPM, HUD, DOT and Veterans Affairs.
    LL.M., Government Procurement Law, The George Washington University Law School
    with highest honors

    J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
    magna cum laude, Catholic University Law Review, Associate Editor on the Editorial Board

    B.A., Hofstra University
  • Tara Cannon
    Product Marketing Manager, Deltek
    Tara Cannon is a Product Marketing Manager at Deltek for the Costpoint Product Line, Deltek’s flagship Enterprise Resource Planning tool for Government Contractors. She brings her 18 years of experience working for both small and large firms in the Aerospace and Defense Industry to Deltek’s Product Strategy organization. Tara works to further Costpoint’s mission of helping businesses navigate and succeed in the complex compliance landscape that is Government Contracting. She considers her work a success if she can help move the needle to ensure that customer and market needs continue to be met by Deltek’s Government Contracting software products.
  • Ki Capitano
    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.
  • David Carlino
    Principal Security Consultant, Neosystems
    David provides tailored information security program consulting for clients across a wide cross section of industries, attacked by varying level of skilled attackers, and falling under a variety of regulatory frameworks such as PCI, HIPAA, and FISMA. He designs programs and solutions that focus on finding and addressing information security risks. He schedules, scopes and manages security tests with outside vendors and works with internal teams to remediation findings, and maintains strong documentation for auditors.
    Bachelor of Science, Information Science and Technology, Penn State University
  • Mike Carter
    Director, Capital Edge Consulting
    Michael is a Director at Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. and a member of the firm’s CPSR Compliance Practice. He is an expert in the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) process.

    Michael’s areas of expertise include contractor business systems compliance, with an emphasis in DCMA CPSR readiness, execution, and compliance. He is also versed in FAR and DFAR regulations, DCMA processes and procedures pertaining to purchasing system reviews and contract administration, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS), proposal analysis and evaluation, cost modeling and estimating, forward pricing rate recommendations (FPRR) and agreements (FPRA), and he is fluent in Spanish. Michael has experience conducting CPSR-related training to DCMA CPSR Group procurement analysts as well as to dozens of Federal contractors.
    As a DCMA CPSR Procurement Analyst, Michael was the “Team lead” for nearly 15 DCMA CPSRs in the last 3 years and served as the procurement analyst in nearly 15 additional reviews during the same time period. Michael was one of the few procurement analysts with experience in reviewing small business concerns and Ability One contractors. His experience covers a complete spectrum of contractors from A&E service providers to foreign manufacturing firms.

    During his tenure as a DCMA CPSR Group Procurement Analyst, Michael developed a tool for use by all CPSR Group procurement analysts (for all four CPSR Teams) in performing CPSRs. Also, Michael developed a tool that all DCMA Administrative Contracting Officers (ACO) are currently required to use in their annual surveillance of contractor purchasing systems responsibilities. Michael was personally selected by the DCMA CPSR Director to represent the Phoenix CPSR Team at the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) World Congress (2015).

    Prior to his time with the DCMA CPSR Group (Phoenix), he was a DCMA ACO and managed all activities related to Base Life Support on three US Military and US State Department installations in Iraq. Michael was responsible for approving or denying all work requests in accordance with US Government contracts, and managed all aspects of Government Prime Contract Administration with contracts in excess of $3.1 billion. He assisted DCMA Cost/Price Analysts in proposal analysis and evaluation cost modeling and estimating, forward pricing rate recommendations (FPRR) and agreements (FPRA), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) allocation of allowable and accounting for unallowable costs, and administered contracts for DCMA with the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world.
    Michael graduated from Arizona State University, WP Carey School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a certificate in International Business Studies. He also earned a Level II Career Field Certification in Contracting from the Defense Acquisition University.
  • Debbra Caw
    Deputy Director, DCAA
    Ms. Debbra M. Caw, a member of the Senior Executive Service since June 2015, assumed the position of Deputy Director, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) in January 2023. She is responsible for assisting the Director, DCAA in leading the Agency’s over 4,000 personnel as they execute the Agency’s worldwide operations and managing an annual operating budget of approximately $650 million.

    Ms. Caw was formerly the Assistant Director of Operations. In this role, she strategically led a workforce of 150 personnel providing data analytics support, investigative support services, financial liaison advisory services, and support to Agency Information Systems. A catalyst for change, she moved the Agency toward becoming a data centric organization by transforming existing data into dashboards to better manage the audit workload. She also championed the use of data analytic techniques to improve the efficiency of the audit process across the entire Agency
    Ms. Caw holds a Masters of Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is a licensed Certified Public Account in the State of Virginia. She obtained Level III certifications in the DoD Financial Management Certification and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) – Auditing. She has received numerous awards and recognition of excellence performance throughout her distinguished career with the Department of Defense.
  • Justin Chiarodo
    Partner, BlankRome
    Justin Chiarodo is Partner at BlankRome and is the Chair of the Government Contracts Practice Group. Justin focuses his practice on all aspects of federal, state, and local procurement law. He has spent his entire career helping leading and emerging government contractors successfully navigate high-stakes litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters. Recent engagements include the successful defense of a $300 million sole-source award under a requirements contract for a major tactical wheeled vehicle program, managing the government contracts aspects of the $380 million sale of a defense electronic systems manufacturer, and defeating a $10 million False Claims Act suit based on the public disclosure bar.
    University of Virginia School of Law, JD

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BA, summa cum laude
  • Jeffery M. Chiow
    Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Jeffery M. Chiow represents clients in litigation and government investigations related to government contracts, including federal and state bid protests and claims. Many of the bid protests that he litigates involve enterprise critical matters with billions of dollars at stake. Jeff has deep experience in the aerospace and defense sectors, as well as cybersecurity, technology services contracting, and schedule contracting. Prior to entering private practice, he was a U.S. Marine Corps weapons and sensors officer in the F/A-18D Hornet. This experience informs Jeff’s work with cutting-edge technology in the areas of space systems, cloud computing, weapons platforms and IT systems. Jeff also advises businesses on compliance matters, working with government contractors to develop tailored strategies for addressing complex business, legal, and regulatory issues. In particular, he is a recognized leader in the constantly-evolving area of cybersecurity, including compliance with DoD’s cyber and supply chain requirements and the CMMC initiative and related investigations and disclosures.

    Jeff’s False Claims Act experience includes advising on alleged fraud involving federal grants, DOJ Civil Fraud investigations, and qui tam suits alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. He conducts sensitive internal compliance investigations and counsels defense, health care, construction, and technology clients about potential civil and criminal liability as well as potential disclosure obligations.
    J.D., The George Washington University Law School
    B.S., U.S. Naval Academy
  • Ryan Connell
    Director, DCMA
    Ryan Connell is Director, DCMA.
    Webster University
    MBA, Finance

    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
    Bachelor's Degree, Business

    University of Kassel Germany
    Marketing, Business
  • Chris Cornillie
    Federal Market Analyst, Bloomberg Government
    Chris Cornillie is a federal market analyst with Bloomberg Government, focusing on information technology, cybersecurity, cloud, and modernization. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he was an analyst with Gartner, where he advised C-suite clients on best practices in information security. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago.

    Follow him on Twitter at @ChrisCornillie
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Bacherlor of Arts, Economics, Classics and Political Science

    University of Chicago - Committe of International Relations
    Master of Arts, International Relations
  • Robert Craig
    Principal, Saggar & Rosenberg, P.C.
    Bob’s clients benefit from his thirty-plus years of experience working with government contractors leading Accounting, IT, and Contract Management departments. All the situations he navigated and problems he solved have uniquely qualified him to help his clients solve technical accounting and regulatory reporting issues.

    Bob is a leader in the Consulting practice at Saggar & Rosenberg and focuses on helping clients with government contracting regulatory topics and issues. Bob’s clients appreciate his practical approach when analyzing problems and proposing solutions. His clients rely on him to articulate complex topics in a simple and straightforward manner.

    Bob’s clients include small, medium, and large businesses contracting with the U.S. Federal Government in a wide range of industries including aerospace and defense, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, manufacturing, and professional services. He has also worked with numerous departments within the Federal government, including the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and many others.

    Bob regularly teaches classes about Federal Acquisition Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, and current industry trends such as cost estimating and indirect rate structures. He is known for adding levity and humor to complicated rules and regulations.

    You’ll likely find Bob on a golf course outside the office. He also enjoys time with his wife and three dogs, Woodford, Tinka, and Leo. His two bucket list trips include fly fishing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and exploring Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley of the Inca in Peru.
    Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in finance from La Salle University. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has been involved in various professional organization, including the American Bar Association, Federal Publications Seminars, National Contract Management Association, Professional Services Council, Association of Government Accountants, National Defense Industry Association, and the Maryland Tech Council.
  • Eric Crusius
    Partner, Holland & Knight
    Eric, a Partner at Holland & Knight specializing in Government Contracts, Internet/Technology Law, and representing businesses of all shapes and sizes, was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. This honor is only given to the top 2.5% of attorneys who meet certain criteria. Eric has appeared as a guest on Fox News, Government Matters, NPR, Federal News Radio and has been quoted in numerous publications including Newsweek, Washington Lawyer and the Washington Business Journal.

    Eric is a proven trial attorney in state and federal court.

    Aside from his recent accomplishments, Eric has extensive experience in litigating all stages of complex multi-million dollar matters in various state and federal courts from commencement through trial and verdict. In addition, Eric has successfully represented contractors before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the Department of Labor and various governmental boards. Eric has also briefed and argued appeals in state and federal court.

    Eric frequently speaks to industry groups regarding government contract, business, and technology issues and related litigation and intellectual property issues.

    Focus Areas: Government contracts litigation (including bid protests, subcontractor/prime contractor disputes, DOL litigation including Service Contract Act (SCA) & FLSA investigations), technology and Internet law, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, employment litigation, and appellate law.
    B.A., Social Science, Hofstra University
    J.D., Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • Brian A. Darst
    Attorney, Odin, Feldman & Pittleman
    Mr. Darst specializes in legal matters involving Government construction and service contract law and has extensive experience in the areas of contract formation and administration issues, bid protests, claims preparation and litigation, internal investigations, voluntary disclosures, procurement fraud investigations, various suspension and debarment proceedings, matters related to Small Business Administration, and other issues involving the award and administration of federal and state government contracts. Mr. Darst has represented clients in various matters before the Government Accountability Office, the Postal Service, Armed Services, and General Services Administration Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, the Small Business Office of Hearing and Appeals, and various agency-level proceedings. Mr. Darst's practice includes assisting clients with matters related to the sale and acquisition of firms involved in Government contracting, software licensing issues, other corporate governance matters, and civil litigation in Virginia and District of Columbia.

    Mr. Darst is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of West Virginia.

    Mr. Darst earned his B.A. from Marshall University and a J.D. from West Virginia University. After graduating from law school, Mr. Darst worked as an attorney with the United States Navy's Office of General Counsel and represented the Navy in matters involving the acquisition and administration of service and supply contracts for the Naval Sea Systems Command.
    Mr. Darst earned his B.A. from Marshall University and a J.D. from West Virginia University. After graduating from law school, Mr. Darst worked as an attorney with the United States Navy's Office of General Counsel and represented the Navy in matters involving the acquisition and administration of service and supply contracts for the Naval Sea Systems Command.
  • Buddy Dees
    Director of CMMC within Office of CISO, Office of (OUSD(A&S))
    Buddy Dees is the Director of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) within the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)).

    His current responsibilities include oversight of the CMMC program, development of the model and associated cybersecurity assessment guides, implementation of the CMMC infrastructure, and the phased rollout of the CMMC requirement across the defense industrial base.

    His current responsibilities include oversight of the CMMC program, development of the model and associated cybersecurity assessment guides, implementation of the CMMC infrastructure, and the phased rollout of the CMMC requirement across the defense industrial base.

    Mr. Dees began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was commissioned in 1985 after graduating from the University of South Carolina and served on active duty for 20 years. He has extensive staff and operational experience in tactical and strategic nuclear operations; command, control, and communications; acquisition oversight; and program and resource management.

    His previous experience in the Office of the Secretary of Defense includes serving as a Senior Acquisition Analyst within the offices of Networks and Information Integration (NII) and Acquisition Technology and Logistics (AT&L). In this role, he was responsible for overseeing both Major Defense Acquisition Programs and Major Automated Information Systems.
  • Merle M. DeLancey Jr.
    Partner at Blank Rome LLP
    Merle DeLancey’s practice focuses on a wide variety of government procurement law. He represents clients contracting with federal and state governments, with an emphasis in the healthcare industry. Merle has experience in a broad spectrum of government contracting issues and litigation.
    Furman University, BA
    Wake Forest University School of Law, JD
  • Nick DelRosso
    DIBCAC Director for the Defense Contract Management Agency
    As the DIBCAC Director for the Defense Contract Management Agency, Nicholas (Nick) DelRosso Jr. oversees DCMA's cybersecurity assessments of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) based upon DFARS 252.204-7012. Prior to this position, he served as a Team Chief for the DIBCAC. In this capacity, he supervised a team which conducted cybersecurity assessments of the DIB. DelRosso has also served as Software Surveillance Specialist, Computer Engineer, and Support Program Integrator within DCMA. He has software development experience with a defense contractor and program experience as part of a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).
    DelRosso earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The University of Scranton and his Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Villanova University.
  • Jon DePerro
    Chief Compliance Officer
    CMMC Pro
    Member, American Bar Association
    Special Agent, US Army Counterintelligence (retired)

    Jon has over two decades in security and risk management. Most of this time was with the US Army where he served as a Counterintelligence Special Agent. Jon's various global assignments involved advanced security and threat management roles at the Army's Intelligence and Security Command and the NSA in support of the national intelligence and US Special Operations communities. He was also selected to serve as a founding member of NATOs first ever military cyber-defense working group.

    Jon has spent the past three years working with MSPs helping them understand security, compliance, and risk management. His guiding work principle is: security and compliance should enable business operations by allowing senior leaders to make informed risk decisions while
    protecting critical business functions. He also volunteers his time with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) where he helps companies
    recruit veterans into IT and other hard to fill roles.
  • W. Jay DeVecchio
    Partner, Washington, Morrison & Foerster
    W. Jay DeVecchio is a litigator and former Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. Clients from the aerospace, technology, and health care sectors seek his representation in all facets of government procurement law, from bid protests to complex claims and disputes through suspension and debarment. He also represents clients in related issues such as criminal and civil fraud, qui tam actions, and internal investigations

    Jay’s litigation successes include defeating a major qui tam action in a jury trial, prevailing in one of the largest defective pricing appeals tried to date, enjoining the Department of Defense for an improper debarment, winning the leading case on latent defects in government contracts, and achieving victory in the Eleventh Circuit's decision on false claims immunity for Medicare contractors.

    He has been a guest instructor at the University of Virginia and the George Washington University Law School Government Contracts Program, and the American University Washington College of Law. Jay also conducts seminars on diverse subjects including claims, disputes, terminations, and data rights.
    Duke University
    (B.A., 1974, cum laude)
    The Catholic University School of Law
    (J.D., 1978)


    Chambers USA [2005 – 2022]

    Who’s Who Legal [2015]
    Public Procurement

    The Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyer [2009-2022]

    The Washington Business Journal [2008]
    A Top Washington Lawyer in Government Contracts

    Washington DC Super Lawyers [2013-2015]
    Government Contracts
  • Linda Diaz
    CMMC Registered Practitioner
    Linda Diaz is a CMMC Registered Practitioner with 20+ years Functional and Technical hands-on experience in both GovCon and Commercial shared Accounting and IT Services which includes approximately 10+ years as a technical lead in Application Hosting and Cloud Services.
  • Jim Duffy
    PMP, Raytheon Technologies
    Jim is a senior manager and PMP at Raytheon Technologies.
    BS, General Science
    Providence College

    BSEE, Computer Engineering
    University of Notre Dame
  • Kellen Dwyer
    Partner, Alston & Bird
    Kellen Dwyer is co-leader of Alston & Bird’s National Security & Digital Crimes practice. He previously served in the Justice Department in several cyber and national security roles. As an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, he obtained a computer hacking indictment against Julian Assange and represented the United States at Assange’s extradition hearings in London. He received the Attorney General’s Award for the trial of a Russian hacker who helped develop malware used in one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history. Kellen also prosecuted Aleksey Burkov, a Russian hacker whose arrest in Israel triggered a high-profile tug-of-war between the U.S. and Russia.

    As deputy assistant attorney general in the National Security Division, Kellen led the department’s national security and cybersecurity policy on issues such as encryption, cryptocurrency, ransomware, GDPR/Schrems II, breach notification, supply-chain security, and foreign election interference. He testified before Congress, represented the DOJ on the National Security Council, advised Cyber Command, approved sanctions, and helped coordinate a whole-of-government response to major cyber incidents, including the SolarWinds breach. Kellen also oversaw the division’s appellate unit, which advised on sensitive investigations and litigated before the Supreme Court, the circuit courts, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.

    Kellen teaches cyber-crime at George Mason Law School. He clerked on the Ninth Circuit and the Southern District of New York.
    BA, Gettysburg College
    JD, Yale University
  • Joseph Dyer
    Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw
    Since 1989, Joseph has been practicing primarily in the areas of government contracts, export controls, and international law. Joseph has participated in litigation before the federal courts, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and other administrative tribunals and agencies. Joseph was one of 15 recipients nationwide of the Burton Legal Foundation Award for Legal Achievement for 2000 and is also an NCMA Fellow.

    Prior to joining Seyfarth, Joseph held a variety of legal and managerial positions with a major defense company.

    JD, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
    Cum laude
    International Trade Law Journal, associate research editor

    BA, University of Maryland
  • Robert Eason
    Division Chief for the Policy Accounting and Cost Principles (PAC) Division, DCAA Headquarters
    Robert Eason has over 20 years of experience with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and has held a wide variety of positions in DCAA. He is currently the Division Chief for the Policy Accounting and Cost Principles (PAC) Division at DCAA Headquarters, and is responsible for audit policy for a number of program areas including contractor business systems and Cost Accounting Standards.
  • Courtney Edmonson
    CPA, CEO, Redstone Government Consulting
    Courtney has extensive experience with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) compliance, evaluation and preparation of Cost Presentations, cost accounting systems setup and reviews, and policy and procedure preparation. Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Courtney served as a financial statement auditor for large and mid-tier government contractors.

    Courtney works with small and large contractors in pro-actively preparing contractors for government contracts challenges as well as resolving complex DCAA and government procurement issues. Courtney’s expertise includes establishing and/or evaluating job cost accounting structures; management and preparation of complex incurred cost and forward pricing rate proposals; evaluation of internal controls most often evaluated by DCAA to include billing and estimating systems; preparation/evaluation of policies and procedures; development of cost allowability evaluation programs, and; preparation of corrective action plans for overcoming DCAA audit findings.

    Courtney is a lead instructor for the Federal Publication Seminars course, “Government Contractor Accounting System Compliance”, and provides class instruction for other compliance courses and webinars such as “Preparation of Incurred Cost Submissions”, “Cost Accounting Standards”, and “Cost and Price Analysis”.
    Ms. Edmonson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Jacksonville State University and obtained her Master of Accountancy Degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • John A. Ellis
    Director for DCMA's Software Division
    John A. Ellis is currently the Director for DCMA’s Software Division, responsible for the Policy, Training, and Tools used by the Agency’s software professionals in the conduct of their software surveillance activities, including the application of cybersecurity contract requirements and policies.

    Mr. Ellis, a retired Army Colonel, served on active duty for more than 30 years. Commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery in May 1985 and becoming a member of the Army Acquisition Corps in 1995, he served in a variety of assignments until his retirement 1 June 2015.

    John held assignments both stateside and abroad. Mr. Ellis’ DCMA experience began as the Commander of the Future Combat Systems (FCS)/Army Modernization Programs (AMP) contract management office in St. Louis, MO and he culminated his active duty career as DCMA’s Central Region Commander.
    John is a graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management and earned a Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems Management from AFIT and a MS in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. He is a graduate of the Advanced Program Management Course (APMC). Mr. Ellis is a Member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified in 3 disciplines: Information Technology; Program Management; and Engineering. John is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

    His significant military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal (with silver oak leaf cluster). As a civilian, John received DCMA’s 2019 Leadership Award.
  • Erin Estevez
    Partner, Holland & Knight Law
    Erin Estevez is a partner in Holland & Knight's Corporate, M&A and Securities and Government Contracts practice groups in the firm's Tysons office. Ms. Estevez has broad government contracts experience and focuses her practice on advising companies ranging from innovative startups to large, established contractors on regulatory and contractual requirements for doing business with the U.S. government.

    Ms. Estevez has substantial experience with mergers and acquisitions and financings involving government contractors, including conducting due diligence, negotiating transactional documents, and assessing industrial security and foreign ownership, control and influence (FOCI) issues, as well as navigating post-transaction matters such as novations. She also regularly advises clients on compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and agency FAR supplements, intellectual property and data rights, small business programs, cybersecurity requirements, obtaining facility security clearances and FOCI mitigation, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and responses. In addition, Ms. Estevez negotiates the terms of government contracts, subcontracts, and teaming agreements.
    George Mason University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
    University of Maryland, B.S., Psychology, and Criminology/Criminal Justice, summa cum laude

    Bar Admissions/Licenses District of Columbia Virginia
  • Don Featherstun
    Partner, Seyfarth Shaw
    Government contract clients comply with a myriad of complex statutory and regulatory requirements at the federal, state, and local levels of public procurement. Many also have to comply with complex cost requirements unique to government contracts. They also need training in a myriad of contractual programs required by both federal and state agencies.

    Don helps clients at every step of the procurement process. He prepares proposals, negotiates contracts, files or defends protests, and advises and trains clients. Don also supports claim preparation, negotiation, and litigation at both the prime contract and subcontract level. He helps with terminations for convenience or default, and eventually contract close-out. Additionally, he assists on the numerous audits that the government conducts.
    For more than 40 years, Don has practiced government contract law. He started at the Office of General Counsel, Department of the Navy where he handled litigation for the Navy at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in 1979. Don then went into private practice at a well-recognized government contract firm, where he worked on major claims for the top government contract companies for 13 years. He joined Seyfarth in San Francisco in 1995 and has been with the firm since that time. Throughout his career, Don has represented aerospace, construction, service, and information technology companies in major claims and litigation with either the government or other contractors. He has also helped prepare proposals on major procurements, negotiate the contract, and handle the audits and close-out procedures. Furthermore, he has advised government contractors on virtually all areas of government contract law, such as intellectual property, export control, mandatory disclosure requirements, cost-accounting matters, audits, bid protests, and training programs.

    Throughout his practice, Don has committed himself to a wide range of matters and reached successful outcomes. He supported a client for 13 years in dispute with the DCMA over the proper charging of IR+D and capital costs on the development of a new radar system for the F/A-18 aircraft. The amounts in dispute cover more than a decade of indirect costs, the total of which was in excess of $700 million. Eventually, based on arguments he helped to develop, the government dropped the case with zero recovery. Besides litigation, he has counseled small, medium, and large contractors in multiple industries. For example, he helped a small, $20 million-a-year training contractor prepare its proposal on a six-month $100 million training contract for baggage handlers on bomb detection equipment. He also helped to negotiate the contract, helped to ensure proper performance, and supported audits and close-out efforts.

    Don relies on Seyfarth's team of attorneys and professionals, as well as the firm's technology, to enhance his service and cut costs. He sold one of the first SeyfarthLean representations to a large client, an arrangement that has continued for more than 12 years. Don has used SeyfarthLean concepts to evaluate a contractor's export control processes between its headquarters in the US and subsidiaries in Canada. He has also used SeyfarthLean to evaluate a food manufacturer's government contract risks and helped to develop a training program for them, based on the risks identified. In addition, Don once teamed with the in-house counsel of a missile to try a case at the ASBCA. The in-house counsel served as associates to minimize costs and worked well with outside counsel throughout the trial.
    Don enjoys having a fast-paced practice at Seyfarth with clients in different parts of the country, because he never knows what's coming in the door each day. He has always enjoyed the practice of government contract law, because it frequently involves complex technology, large procurements, and large-dollar disputes.
    BA, Columbia College

    JD, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    International Moot Court team
    Moot Court board
  • Patrick J. Fitzgerald
    Director, Baker Tilly
    Pat Fitzgerald is a member of Baker Tilly’s government contractor advisory services group. He joined the firm in 2015, bringing with him over 35 years of experience in government auditing and acquisition, including expertise in enhancing the cost effectiveness of business operations, resolving compliance challenges, improving business system effectiveness, conducting internal investigations, preparing for negotiations, and improving relationships between contractors, auditors and contracting officers.

    Pat is the former director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) for the Department of Defense (DoD). There, he oversaw the agency’s $600 million budget and the 5,000 professionals providing contract audit and advisory services. His background also includes advising soldiers on effective and efficient mission completion practices, making recommendations to army leaders for resolving varied issues and directing the internal audit function as the U.S. Army’s auditor general reporting directly to the secretary of the Army. Pat possesses extensive knowledge of government contracting processes, including cost accounting standards. His experience includes serving on the five-person OMB Cost Accounting Standards Board representing the DoD. An exceptional communicator, having testified before members of congress on several occasions, Pat often advises clients on how to employ effective communication strategies to help resolve issues.
  • John Foley
    Mr. John Foley has been with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) since 2008. He has been with the Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) Group since 2012 and has worked as Procurement Analyst, Team Supervisor, and is currently in the role of Group Director at Hanscom AFB in Bedford Massachusetts.
    John received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
  • Daniel Forman
    Partner, Crowell & Moring
    Dan's practice focuses on a wide variety of government procurement law, including bid protests, False Claims Act and qui tam litigation, investigations of potential civil and criminal matters, ethics and compliance, contract claims and disputes, GSA schedule contracting, and small disadvantaged business contracting. Dan is also experienced in negotiating and drafting teaming agreements and subcontracts, as well as providing counseling on the interpretation of FAR clauses and solicitations. Dan's practice also focuses on state and local procurement matters, including State False Claims Act issues, lobbying and contingency payment compliance. He has been involved in bid protest litigation in six states and the District of Columbia. Dan is ranked as a Band 1 ranked attorney by Chambers USA, listed as a two-time Law360 MVP (2015, 2020), was named to Legal 500’s “Hall of Fame” for Government Contracts in their 2020 Guide, is an Acritas Star and was previously named to BTI’s list of “Client Service All-Stars.
    Vassar College, B.A. political science (1994) Men's Varsity Soccer
    Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. (1997) cum laude, Law Review, Order of the Coif
  • Kirk Foster
    Assistant General Counsel, Huntington Ingalls Industries Mission Technologies
    Kirk A. Foster is an Assistant General Counsel and the Director of Compliance and Privacy for Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Mission
    Technologies. In this capacity, he advises the President and senior leaders of HII Mission Technologies on compliance and legal matters,
    and supports the HII Mission Technologies business operations counsel and compliance managers on legal, regulatory, and strategic issues. He also supports the HII Mission Technologies Chief Information Officer on cyber and technology matters.

    Prior to joining the HII Law Department in 2019, Kirk served a 28-year career with the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he served in a variety of senior legal advisor and leadership positions in the Pentagon, and at various Navy and Joint commands, including two sea deployments and deployments to Iraq and Pakistan.
    Kirk earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from Villanova University School of Law, and a master’s degree in environmental law from the George Washington University School of Law. Kirk also supports various non-profit organizations, and serves as a volunteer official on the Board of Directors for Navy Federal Credit Union, where he also serves on the Planning, Risk, and Strategic Direction Committee.

    Bar Admissions:
    Pennsylvania and Virginia (Corporate)
  • Matt Gilbert
    Principal, Baker Tilly
    Matt is a principal in Baker Tilly's risk advisory practice. Matt joined Baker Tilly in 2020 . He leads our Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and Government Contractor IT Risk suite of services. He has led IT audits and cybersecurity assessments for large primes down to smaller 8A contractors. Matt’s expertise includes internal auditing, SOX compliance, information technology controls, business process controls, and ERP risk and controls. Examples of these engagements include CMMC Readiness assessments, 800-171 implementation projects, 800-53 based ATO readiness reviews, IT Risk assessments, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, internal audit, pre- and post-implementation assessments, and privacy assessments for clients.

    Matt is actively engaged in supporting government contractors, grant recipients, state and local governments and federal agencies navigate the CMMC requirements but has extensive experience supporting NIST 800-171 and 800-53 related assessments. Matt has also run fully co-sourced internal audit engagements for large clients (multi-billion dollars in revenues) in the government contracting industry.
    Bachelor of Science in decision information systems
    Bachelor of Science in accounting
    University of Maryland
  • Nick Goodman
    Partner, CPA, Baker Tilly
    Nick, a partner in our Tysons, Virginia office, has been with Baker Tilly since 2006. Nick specializes in financial statement attest and financial advisory engagements. He works with clients in numerous industries, including government contracting, assisting in matters pertaining to corporate financial accounting issues, U.S. GAAP reporting matters, key business processes and strategies to improve the design and effectiveness of internal controls.
    West Virginia University
    Masters in Professional Accountancy
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance
  • D.J. Halpaus
    Experienced Manager, MBA, Baker Tilly
    D.J. is a manager in the government contractor solutions practice of Baker Tilly. He has been working in government compliance and contracting for 12 years with expertise in monitoring contractor business systems, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), final incurred costs and forward pricing rate agreements. He has extensive experience as a warranted corporate and divisional administrative contracting officer and has developed numerous policies and procedures related to government compliance. Additionally, he works with federal auditors to resolve findings for all types of audits and has experience reviewing policies and procedures for government contractors of all sizes.
    Virginia Commonwealth University - School of Business
    Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
    Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Matthew Haws
    Partner, Jenner & Block
    Matthew Haws is a partner in the Government Contracts Practice. He represents clients ranging from defense manufacturers to IT systems integrators on government contract and grant law issues, including claims, compliance, and investigations.

    Mr. Haws guides contractors through complicated issues in their relationship with the government, including significant bid protests, Inspector General investigations, mandatory disclosures, False Claims Act (FCA) litigation, suspension/debarment proceedings, DCAA audits, and claims against the government. He conducts internal investigations, develops requests for equitable adjustment and claims, and provides guidance to contractors on their most complicated problems.
    Harvard Business School, 2015; Credential of Readiness (CORe), business analytics, financial accounting, economics for managers; with honors
    George Washington University, JD, 2002
    University of Florida, BA, 1998; cum laude
  • Ryan Heidorn
    Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Steel Root
    Ryan Heidorn is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Steel Root, where he leads the firm’s cybersecurity compliance practice. Ryan’s expertise includes helping government contractors implement and operationalize cybersecurity requirements under DFARS 252.204-7012 and NIST SP 800-171.

    Ryan teaches cybersecurity at Endicott College and serves on the board of directors of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) New England chapter.
  • John Hindman
    Director, RSM US LLP
    John is seasoned government contracting expert who assists contractors with regulatory compliance requirements throughout the government contract lifecycle. John works with government contract and grant recipients of all shapes and sizes and provides strategic advisory services to some of the largest US Federal Government contractors in the world. He works with contractors serving a wide-ranging customer base including Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DOE), Health & Human Services (HHS), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), various intelligence agencies, and many others. John brings a thoughtful and strategic approach to solving complex compliance challenges while keeping his clients’ unique business interests and needs at the forefront. John has an in-depth understanding of the federal compliance environment, procurement process, and implications to contractors. He has extensive, practical knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), other agency FAR supplements, and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Information Systems
    Bachelor of Science in Finance, Insurance and Business Law – Corporate Finance
  • Jen Horner
    Tecolote Research, Inc. supporting OUSD(A&S)/AAP
    Jen is supporting OUSD(A&S)/AAP (EVM-CR Deputy Program Manager) for Tecolote Research.
  • Jerry Howe
    Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Leidos
    Jerald S. Howe, Jr. is a Leidos executive vice president and the company’s general counsel. Howe has responsibility for legal, contracts, corporate governance, environmental health and safety, and administrative oversight of the ethics and compliance and internal audit functions. He joined Leidos in July 2017 after serving as partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP (Fried Frank) where he was a member of the firm’s government contracts, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and aerospace and defense practices.

    Howe is an accomplished leader with nearly 35 years of experience advising and representing clients in government contracts litigation, investigations, and bid protests as well as in M&A and private equity transactions. His experience includes the aerospace, defense, intelligence, and government services sectors.
    Howe received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review; his honors M.A. in modern history and economics from Oxford University, where he was a Sachs Scholar; and his A.B. from Princeton University and its School of Public and International Affairs.
  • Barbara Hunt
    CEO, Cutting Edge Consulting Associates
    Ms. Barbara Hunt is a retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Executive Technical Expert and program manager with over 20 years of experience in the fields of cyber, information, and telecommunications technology and operations. Her last position in the Intelligence Community (2008-2012) was as Director of Capabilities for Tailored Access Operations at the National Security Agency (NSA’s offensive cyber mission). As a member of NSA/TAO's senior leadership team, Ms. Hunt was responsible for end-to-end development and capabilities delivery for a large-scale computer network exploitation effort. She provided the technical and operational foundation for computer network operations.

    As the Senior Technical Advisor for the National Clandestine Service, CIA, Ms. Hunt created an ovearching strategy for technology management for the National Clandestine Service (NCS). This activity helped provide strategic direction to operational components for their use in developing and implementing coordinated plans of action, which bolstered innovation, common vision, collaboration, resource management, and information sharing.

    Ms. Hunt founded Cutting Edge Consulting Associates (Cutting Edge CA) in 2012 to provide leading-edge, innovative, identity-protected access to the Internet and cyber threat mitigation capabilities. Cutting Edge CA’s flagship offering is NetAbstraction, a “carrier” class network service that protects your identity and provides additional security for your communications on the Internet. Ms. Hunt is the inventor on two patents for the unique network architecture and design that allows NetAbstraction to both protect your identity and improve your performance when operating on the Internet or in the cloud.
    Ms. Hunt has a BE in Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
  • Alex Iftimie
    Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
    Alex Iftimie is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Risk and Crisis Management group and routinely advises Fortune 500 and high-growth clients on all aspects of breach preparedness and response, including counseling executives on cybersecurity governance and risk management, and responding to cyber incidents ranging from ransomware attacks to nation-state sponsored economic espionage. Drawing on his experience at the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Alex also advises global entities on legal obligations related to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA); foreign investment transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); and laws related to material support to terrorism, sanctions, and export controls.

    Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Alex held multiple senior positions at the DOJ, including Counselor to the Attorney General, Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. Throughout his time at DOJ, he advised the Department leadership on national security, intelligence and cyber matters, including policy and legal issues arising in the National Security Council process, CFIUS matters, complex issues involving FARA, and engagements with non-U.S. officials. He also represented the Department on the Export Control Reform Initiative that sought to strengthen national security and the competitiveness of key U.S. manufacturing and technology sectors, and before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on issues involving novel questions at the intersection of law and technology. Most recently, as a prosecutor in the National Security and Cybercrime Units of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alex brought the Department’s charges against Russian efforts to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections. During his time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he also investigated, and/or prosecuted, federal crimes ranging from espionage, trade secret theft, and national security cyber matters, to fraud, firearm, and drug offenses.

    University of Southern California, B.A.

    Yale University, J.D.
  • John Infantolino
    Principal, Technology+, CohnReznick
    John Infantolino is a principal in CohnReznick’s Technology+ practice. Based in Tysons, Virginia, John has extensive experience in government contracting advising mid-sized contractors on large ERP Implementations. He has also led more than a dozen mid-size (100-200 million) to large (500 million) Deltek implementations focused on optimum GAAP and government accounting to maximize business benefits.

    John’s experience includes directing all aspects of an ERP implementation. This includes conceptualizing & formulating comprehensive project plans, implementing systems, conducting tests, system rollout, and providing end-user training. He also has a strong background in executing, sustaining, and continually enhancing ERP systems with multiple interfaces such as Costpoint MES.

    Before joining CohnReznick, John was Vice President (EBS) for a global defense manufacturing company. In this role, he was responsible for leading and delivering complex $200-300M Oracle to Deltek ERP implementations with various interfaces.
    The City University of New York – College of Staten Island
    BS, Finance
  • Stuart Itkin
    Vice President, CMMC and FedRAMP Assurance
    As Vice President of CMMC and FedRAMP Assurance at Coalfire Federal, Stuart Itkin has responsibility and oversight of the company’s CMMC RPO Advisory Services and C3PAO Assessment Services, and for its FedRAMP 3PAO Assessment Services for Federal. Stuart previously served as Vice President of Product Management at Exostar, a Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Technologies, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce formed joint venture company, where he had responsibility over the company’s compliance management, supply chain risk management, and secure collaboration platforms, and for establishing its CMMC practice area. Stuart has served in leadership roles with cybersecurity companies PivotPoint Risk Analytics, SAIFE, and ThreatTrack Security, as lead mentor at the Virginia State Government funded MACH37 cybersecurity product accelerator, and as an advisor and board member to several early and growth stage cybersecurity companies. Stuart was recruited to the Washington DC area by the Corporate Executive Board, now a subsidiary of Gartner, where he served as Global Chief Marketing Officer. Stuart earned a BA and an MA and is an ABD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Coalfire Federal has 20 years’ experience providing cybersecurity services to a wide range of government and commercial organizations enabling and protecting their mission-specific cyber objectives. As the leading FedRAMP 3PAO, one the first authorized CMMC C3PAOs and a CMMC RPO, the company is able to perform CMMC Assessments for OSCs and provide advisory services to organizations preparing for CMMC Certification. The company, in addition, also offers a full spectrum of cybersecurity services including cyber program management and operations, technical security assessments, cyber automation, engineering and orchestration, and security compliance and advisory services. For more information, visit:
  • Michelle Jones
    Analyst, Program Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton
    Michelle Jones is an analyst, program manager, and researcher on space and software-intensive programs for National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). She led Schedule Execution Metrics Thresholds Study, establishing data-driven predictive analytics for program schedules, and co-authored the Joint Space Cost Council Better Earned Value Management (EVM) Implementation Study, recommending EVM system (EVMS) improvements in acquisition programs.
    The George Washington University
    Bachelor of Arts

    The George Washington University
  • Perry Keating
    Managing Director, Protiviti
    Perry Keating is the Managing Director at Protiviti, a global consulting firm in areas of analytics, financial audit and advisory, risk and compliance, technology and performance improvement.

    Mr. Keating was previously the COO and partner of Blue Canopy until its acquisition by Jacobs Engineering. He also was the VP of Services for Avaya Government Solutions, among other companies.

    BS in Computer Science from Tulane University
    MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
  • Dan Kelly
    Partner, McCarter & English
    Dan Kelly is a partner at McCarter & English. He brings over 30 years of experience to the firm’s government contracts group, combining both counseling and acting as an advocate on behalf of clients doing business in the government marketplace. Dan’s practice extends to a broad spectrum of industries and federal and state authorities for whom they supply research, products, and services, including emerging and established businesses working under prime and subcontracts, SBIRs, CRADAs, OTAs, and grants for DoD and civilian agencies.

    Dan serves on the Board of Directors for the Boston Chapter of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and as vice president for the New England Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and is a frequent speaker Dan is a frequent lecturer for Federal Publications on U.S. domestic preference statutes, regulations and executive orders as they apply to the U.S. Government supply chain.
    JD, George Washington University Law School, with honors
    BA, College of the Holy Cross, magna cum laude, with honors
  • Michael Killham
    Experienced Corporate Counsel
    Michael A. Killham is a California attorney specializing in U.S. Government procurement and subcontracting support. He provides legal advice, training, and assistance concerning all aspects of federal and commercial contracting and fiscal law, including but not limited to subjects relating to Contract Formation and Administration, Legal Compliance, Subcontracting, Negotiations, Bid Protests, Contract Disputes, Commercial Item Contracting, Contract Terminations, Export/Import Compliance, and Source Selection.

    Mr. Killham served as corporate counsel for major U.S. government contractors following his military career as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate. These assignments included Director, Legal Operations, for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Advanced Development Programs (a.k.a. “Skunkworks”) in Palmdale, California; General Counsel for a U.S./French joint venture - Thales-Raytheon Systems Company, LLC - and MD Helicopters, Inc., in Fullerton, California and Mesa, Arizona, respectively; Senior Business Counsel for Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems in El Segundo, California; and Division Counsel for two operating divisions of Litton Industries, Inc. While in these positions, he was responsible for identifying, advising on, and resolving a wide variety of legal and business-related issues, including those relating to government and commercial contracting and subcontracting, export/import compliance, corporate governance, labor/employment law, government cost accounting, intellectual property rights, litigation management, and more.
    United States Military Academy at West Point - Bachelor of Science degree
    Notre Dame Law School - Juris Doctor degree
    The Judge Advocate General's School - Master of Laws degree
  • Anthony Kim
    Partner, Capital Edge Consulting
    Anthony Kim has more than 20 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 Uniform Guidance, Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.

    Anthony’s industry experience includes architecture and engineering, aerospace and defense, construction, manufacturing, information technology, not-for-profits, and higher education. He has assisted clients with complex cost accounting matters, cost representations, business system implementations, expert testimonials, proposal assistance, audit support, and other regulatory compliance matters.

    Prior to joining Capital Edge, Mr. Kim was a director at BDO USA, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, and Navigant Consulting. He has also worked for KPMG as a manager for over seven years. Recently, he assisted in developing an annual DCAA conference seminar, conducted numerous training for Federal Publication Seminars, held webinars with clients and prospects on various government contract compliance matters, and served as a member of the National Defense Industry Association Contract Finance Committee in charge of regulatory and legislative updates.

    He has assisted contractors and their outside counsel to resolve disputes arising under the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Cost Accounting Standards, Truth in Negotiations Act, and other accounting-related rules and regulations, and conducted independent forensic accounting investigations to evaluate allegations of fraud, accounting errors and irregularities, cost mischarging and defective pricing.

    In addition, Anthony is a nationally recognized speaker who teaches classes through Federal Publication Seminars, National Contract Management Association, Virginia Society of CPAs. He has lectured on a number of topics, including Government Contract Accounting, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, Cost & Price Analysis, Incurred Cost Submissions, Introduction to Government Contracting, and Government Contractor Business Systems Compliance. He is a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).
    Anthony Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from George Mason University.
  • Stephen Knight
    Senior Counsel, Haynes Boone
    Stephen Knight has practiced government contract law for more than 40 years, counseling and litigating on behalf of clients in all aspects of that 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. Stephen 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. Stephen represents prime contractors as well as subcontractors in the manufacturing and services sectors and is experienced in ascertaining the necessary government contract requirements for inclusion in subcontracts.
    J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1978
    B.A., University of Virginia, 1975, with honors
  • Jonathan Kosarin
    DoD, IWTSD
    Jonathan H. Kosarin, Associate Counsel, Special Projects Division, is assigned to the Department of Defense Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office. He has over 40 years’ experience in acquisition, government contracting, and fiscal law. Mr. Kosarin previously served as Assistant General Counsel at the National Reconnaissance Office; Deputy Counsel, Special Projects Division; and, Associate Counsel, Naval Supply Systems Command. While on active duty as a JAG with the Army, he served as European Trial Attorney and Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Army Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, and as Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division.

    As an Army Reserve JAG, Mr. Kosarin served as Adjunct Professor of Contract Law/Chairman Contract and Fiscal Law Department at the Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, VA; Acting Chief, Contract Law Division, U.S. Army Headquarters in Heidelberg Germany, and as Deputy General Counsel, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Colonel.

    Mr. Kosarin is an Adjunct Instructor of Procurement and Contracting at the University of Virginia and also teaches at the joint UVA/Virginia State Police’s National Criminal Justice Command College. He is an instructor with Federal Publication Seminars teaching courses in contracting, procurement and negotiations.
    Mr. Kosarin received his Bachelor of Arts degree (History), magna cum laude, from Syracuse University; his Juris Doctor degree, from Brooklyn Law School; and his Master of Laws degree in Government Procurement Law, from the George Washington National Law Center. Mr. Kosarin is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He is licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

    Mr. Kosarin serves as a Volunteer Information Specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He is a certified football referee and has officiated high school football games for 44 years, including 2 Virginia High School League State Finals. Mr. Kosarin also volunteers at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Mr. Kosarin is married to Gayle Kosarin, a retired special education teacher and resides in Reston, VA.
  • Kim Koster
    VP Industry Marketing, Unanet
    Kim is currently the VP of Industry Marketing for Unanet. She concentrates on thought leadership and market positioning specifically in the areas of project management, accounting and government contracting. She started her career working for Raytheon where she held multiple management positions such as the Javelin Joint Venture Controller and Product Line Business Manager. Her love of Earned Value Management (EVM) developed in the early years of her career and today still enjoys talking about it and providing direction on best practices. After 17 years at Raytheon she joined ATK where she held the positions of Director of Business Systems, EVM Focal Point, and Finance Director.

    Over the years Kim led multiple large ERP system implementations. She has been a trainer in her organizations and has provided guidance to many project and executive teams.
    University of North Texas - BBA, Finance
  • Stephen "Chase" Kunk
    Managing Partner, Capital Edge Consulting
    Stephen “Chase” Kunk is a Managing Partner Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. 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. 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.
    Stephen holds a B.A in Communications from Purdue University and a J.D. (cum laude) from Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
  • Lindy Kyzer
    Director of Content,
    Lindy Kyzer is the director of content of, the largest career site for individuals with an active federal security clearance. ClearanceJobs has registered more than 1 million candidates with an active federal security clearance and has been helping government contractors find cleared talent since 2002. As senior editor Lindy covers the defense industry, intelligence community, government and contracting trends for the ClearanceJobs news site, newsletters and media partners. She also manages ClearanceJobs’ social media. Prior to working for ClearanceJobs, Lindy was a Department of Army employee at the Pentagon and the U.S. Army’s first social media manager (she credits teaching hundreds of Army senior leaders to Facebook and Tweet as one of her claims to fame).
    Lindy graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs with a Concentration in Conflict and Security and a minor in Creative Writing.
  • Noah Leiden
    Partner, CPA, Baker Tilly
    Noah Leiden has been with Baker Tilly since 2010. He has worked in government contracting consulting since 1991 serving manufacturing, engineering, professional services, information and communications, healthcare, higher education, and not-for-profit organizations. Noah has extensive experience providing a range of government contract accounting, pricing, business system and internal control oversight, and regulatory and contract compliance to his clients.
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Judy (Jake) Leishman
    Jake Leishman is an experienced government contracts attorney who develops and delivers instruction, legal consultation on legal, contract administration, acquisitions, policy implementation, and compliance issues.

    Jake began as a social worker then moved to education, serving as the Director of Continuing Education at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning. In addition to continuing education, Jake taught graduate and undergraduate courses in social policy and social administration.

    After receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland, Jake spent a few years in private practice but made the decision that corporate law, focusing on government contracts was her preferred arena. She worked at Federal Data Corporation as Corporate Counsel and at Electronic Data Systems (now HP Enterprise Services) as Senior Counsel for EDS’ Contracts with the United States Government. In addition Jake developed and delivered training to all EDS contract professionals who handled federal procurement, subcontracts under the FAR, and state and local contracts.

    Jake's instructional approach focuses on two elements; the need for common sense and a good sense of humor when addressing problem solving, policy analysis and implementation, all aspects of contracting, and working in the Federal arena.
    Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland
  • Bill Leonard
    Senior Manager, CPA, Baker Tilly
    Bill is an assurance senior manager in Baker Tilly’s D.C. commercial practice who joined the firm in 2012. He specializes in providing audit and accounting services to clients in the government contracting, software and technology, manufacturing and media industries. Bill has extensive experience assisting clients with U.S. GAAP financial reporting, internal controls over financial reporting and key business processes.
    University of Maryland
    Bachelor of Science, Accounting
    Bachelor of Science, Finance
  • Drew Lewis
    CPA, CFE, Director, Baker Tilly
    Drew is a director in Baker Tilly’s Government Contractor Solutions practice. He has been with the firm since early 2012 and began his career with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) working primarily with a multibillion-dollar contractor and providing various types of audit functions throughout the contracting lifecycle. He also has broad knowledge of rules and regulations surrounding the FAR, DFARS, CAS, and TINA. Drew is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a licensed Certified Fraud Examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
    Bachelor of Science, Accounting
    Liberty University
  • Crystal Lister
    President, Cyber Threat Intelligence Omniangle Technologies
    Ms. Lister has more than 16 years of dedicated experience in the private and public sectors focusing on cyber risk to business operations at the intersection of security and technology. She is currently leading Omniangle Technologies’ early warning cyber threat intelligence capabilities, expanding Omniangle’s strategic partnerships in multiple sectors, and driving innovation throughout the cyber intelligence community. Ms. Lister leverages her background in advanced cyber adversaries and insider threats to help executive clients protect intellectual property, data, and other critical assets from theft, industrial espionage, information technology sabotage, abuse, and financial fraud. She previously served as a Cyber and Counterintelligence officer for the CIA, leading cyber threat analysis teams protecting enterprise operations and critical assets worldwide. More recently, she led cyber and insider risk management at Global Professional Services Group where she served as a trusted cyber risk advisor for executive clients and Boards.
    Ms. Lister holds B.A. degrees in Finance and International Business from the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business and a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa’s Tandy School of Computer Science. She regularly contributes to multiple cybersecurity websites and can be reached on LinkedIn here and Twitter at @crystal4lister.
  • Andrea Little Limbago
    Vice President, Research and Analysis at Interos Inc
    Andrea Little Limbago is a computational social scientist specializing in the intersection of emerging technology, national security, and information security. As the Vice President of Research and Analysis at Interos, Andrea leads the company’s computational modeling and methodology regarding global supply chain risk. Andrea is also a Co-Program Director for the Emerging Tech and Cybersecurity Program at the National Security Institute at George Mason, an industry advisory board member for the data science program at George Washington University, a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, and a board member for the Washington, DC chapter of Women in Security and Privacy (WISP). She has presented extensively at a range of academic, government, and industry conferences such as Black Hat, RSA, SXSW, SOCOM’s Global Synch, BSidesLV, and Enigma.

    Her writing has been featured in numerous outlets, including Politico, the Hill, Business Insider, War on the Rocks, and Forbes. Prior to Interos, Andrea was the Chief Social Scientist at Virtru, Endgame, and Berico Technologies. She also taught in academia and was a technical lead at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, where she earned the Command’s top award for technical excellence.
    Andrea earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA from Bowdoin College.
  • Dismas Locaria
    Partner, Venable LLP
    Dismas (Diz) Locaria is a member of the firm's Government Contracts Group. Mr. Locaria's practice focuses on assisting government contractors in all aspects of working with the Federal government. Mr. Locaria has extensive experience assisting clients with regulatory and contract/grant term counseling, compliance (including ethics and integrity compliance), responsibility matters, such as suspension, debarment and other contracting/grant exclusions, small business matters and GSA Federal Supply Schedule contracting. Mr. Locaria also represents and counsel’s clients with the peculiarities of the Homeland Security Act, including obtaining and maintaining SAFETY Act protections. Government Contract and Grant Counseling and Compliance: Mr. Locaria has a wealth of knowledge regarding applicable contract (e.g., the Federal Acquisition Regulation) and grant (e.g., OMB Circular A-110 and A-122) regulations, including the application of these regulations to both prime contractors/grant recipients and subcontractors/subgrantees.
  • Kristin Lovejoy
    Global Cybersecurity Leader, EY

    Kris leads EY’s Global Cybersecurity practice in Advisory.

    Kris has over 20 years of experience serving large, diversified organizations implementing managed and professional security services. She is leading EY’s work with clients in corporate security and risk management. In previous roles, Kris was responsible for development and delivery of managed professional security services and for managing, monitoring and testing corporate resiliency functions globally at a global information technology company.

    Kris is a recognized expert in the field on security, risk, compliance and governance with appearances at RSA, InfoSec, InterOp, CyberTech, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), SecTor, and Hack-in-the-Box as well as appearances in Fortune, the Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. Within the past few years, she has been recognized by Washington Business Journal as a Top 25 Woman in Business, EWF as Entrepreneur of the Year, SC Magazine as one of Top 5 Managers in the Security Industry (Reboot 25 quarter century retrospective) and Top Woman in Security, as CSO Compass award in reflection of demonstrated excellence, achievement and leadership in the security field, as a Top 25 CTO by InfoWorld, Top 25 Most Influential Security Executive by Security Magazine, and as Top Woman in Security by eWeek. Kris holds U.S. and EU patents for Object Oriented Risk Management Models and Methods.
  • Lenee Lyte
    Principal, CPA, Withum
    Based in our Washington, DC office, Lenee is a Principal in the firm’s Government Contractors group. She has over 18 years of experience in Accounting. She services clients across a broad range of industries such as Government Contracting, Banking and Financial Services, and Manufacturing industries.

    Lenee’s role includes Internal Audit, SOX Compliance, FAR/DFARS Compliance, General Ledger Accounting, and SEC Financial Reporting responsibilities. She has implemented ERP and Financial Systems using SDLC best practices which included documenting business and data requirements, system integration testing, and user acceptance testing.
    BS, Accounting & Finance, University at Buffalo
    MBA, International Finance, Canisius College
  • Alexander Major
    Partner, McCarter & English, LLP
    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.

    Mr. Major is a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and remains a U.S. Air Force Academy Admissions Liaison Officer for the state of Maryland.
    J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, cum laude
    B.S., Montana State University
  • Sajeev Malaveetil
    Partner, Ernst & Young
    Sajeev is a Partner and co-leader of the Forensics Government Contacts Services Practice at Ernst & Young LLP, based in the Washington, DC area. Over his 25 years of experience in industry and serving clients and counsel, Sajeev has served as the lead on several high profile matters related to government contract pricing, compliance, accounting, and financing. These include matters related to alleged violations of the False Claims Act, defective pricing under Truthful Cost or Pricing Data, Cost Accounting Standards, Service Contract Act, Procurement Integrity, and Anti-Kickback Act.

    Sajeev leads a team of professionals across the country in assisting clients with performing internal investigations, audits and mandatory disclosures and directing forensic accounting analysis and preparing expert reports in matters related to alleged fraud, contractor claims, arbitrations, and government investigations. In addition, he has lead several bid protest matters related to price reasonableness and cost realism.
    Sajeev provides advisory services to the firm’s clients, across all sectors, to help improve their understanding and compliance with regulatory and statutory government award requirements. This includes designing and implementing business process and internal control enhancements to address these requirements.
    Bachelor of Science in Accounting, George Mason University
    Certified Public Accountant, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Timothy Manning
    Senior Manager, Ernst & Young
    Timothy is a Senior Manager on the Government Contracts Solutions team at EY (Ernst & Young). He has been with EY for close to 15 years and has spent the last 10 helping clients understand a host of government accounting and compliance issues. This has ranged from understanding requirements related to FAR, CAS, and 2 CFR 200 to understanding Other Transactions (OTs), trade complaince rules, and cybersecurity requirements (NIST 800-171). He have executed a variety of proactive and reactive projects to assess, develop, and implement controls, systems, and processes. He have significant experience related to business systems, cost & price analysis, cost accounting, and a variety of other topics that affect governemnt contractors from a variety of sectors supporting different agencies and departments of the Federal government. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Information Systems Auditor.
  • Sachin Mathur
    PMP, CSM - Vytal Solutions, Inc.
    Sachin Mathur has 20+ years of project management and software development expertise. Sachin is a practicing professional and the President of Vytal Solutions, Inc.

    Sachin started leading technical teams in various industries and settings in partnership with public and private sector clients, such as CMS, NIH, NASA, US Navy, Boeing, Medtronic, and more.

    He prefers to utilize a mix of traditional and agile management frameworks in a practical setting. Sachin considers the practicalities of the organization’s culture and the project environment. His clients have seen results such as a 50%+ reduction in decision-making time, a 25%+ productivity improvement, and additional government investment for contract expansion.
  • John McGahan
    EVM-CR Program Manager, Tecolote Research, Inc.
    John is EVM-CR Program Manager, at Tecolote Research, Inc.
    SUNY at Fredonia
    Mathematics & Computer Science, BS

    Dartmouth College
    Mathematics, Master's Degree
  • Martin (Marty) McGann
    Owner, Premier Consulting & Integration
    As a former CFO and Controller for growing government contractors, Marty has had vast experience in government contract accounting. In 2009, Marty started his own business (PCI), in effort to provide best-in-class implementation, training and accounting support for small to mid-sized government contractors.
  • Matthew McKelvey
    President, McKelvey Group
    Matthew McKelvey has over twenty-five years’ experience in Finance/Accounting, Government Contracting, Business Valuations, Process Optimization, and Training. Matt is President and CEO of The McKelvey Group and is widely respected as a subject matter expert in both commercial and Federal marketplaces. He brings his extensive experience working with large, medium, and small companies to help his clients achieve the growth objectives of their owners.

    As a consultant and CFO, he is well known for his expertise in working with organizations as they seek to create or improve their relationships with the Federal Government through price and proposal strategies, compliance, accounting, and training. In addition to direct client consulting in these areas, Matt demonstrates his comprehensive expertise through various speaking engagements and the Government contracting courses he instructs, including Cost/Price Proposal Workshops, DCAA Audit Preparation, Earned Value Management Systems, and Incurred Cost Submissions. Matt teaches his courses through several venues including training companies, conferences, and for individual clients. The McKelvey Group is a National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) recognized Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program sponsor providing CPE credits in accordance with nationally recognized standards.

    Matt holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing and a BS in Finance. He is a Six Sigma Certified Black Belt, a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).

    University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business, MBA Marketing & Finance

    Penn State University, BS Finance
  • Michael McLaughlin
    Cyber Counterintelligence, Department of Defense
    Lieutenant Commander Michael McLaughlin is the former Senior Counterintelligence Advisor for United States Cyber Command, where he managed all counterintelligence activities and support to DoD cyberspace operations worldwide. He presently serves as a Research Affiliate for the University of Maryland Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security. His work focuses on the intersection of military and intelligence cyberspace operations, domestic and international law, and defense industrial base security. LCDR McLaughlin routinely advises senior Department of Defense officials on cyberspace and counterintelligence operations and policy.
    J.D. Candidate, University of Maryland School of Law, 2022
    B.S., United States Naval Academy, 2010
  • Patricia A. Meagher
    Ms. Meagher concentrates in the areas of government contracts, litigation and construction law. Her practice includes counseling both prime contractors and subcontractors in a wide variety of procurement matters, including commercial item acquisitions, technical data rights, submission of claims, bid protests, small business issues, terminations, teaming agreements and joint ventures. She also represents firms involved with performing state and local public works projects and has particular expertise in protests, claims and payment disputes. Her practice includes providing strategic legal advice to federal grant recipients. In addition, Ms. Meagher advises clients on compliance issues and conducts internal investigations.

    Ms. Meagher has litigated government contracts and construction cases and bid protests in state court, federal district court, the Boards of Contract Appeals, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Government Accountability Office and private arbitrations. Representative matters include: prosecution of claims for delays and changes; litigating claims arising from renovation of the historic federal prison facility at Alcatraz Island; termination for convenience of major weapon systems in development phase; defense of national construction contractor and its pipe supplier against latent defect claim on a significant federal aqueduct project; providing advice and counseling to Department of Energy grant recipients on electric and solar projects; protest of award of major federal hurricane protection project in and around New Orleans.
    Ms. Meagher is ranked by Chambers as a leading government contracts attorney. She is a past chair of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law (2007 – 2008), the Section’s liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Section of Public Contract Law. She is a National Partner of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a public policy organization that advocates for women-owned small businesses, and a member of the Board of Directors of the WIPP Foundation. Ms. Meagher is a former Adjunct Professor of Evidence Advocacy at UC Hastings College of the Law.
  • Geoff Merritt
    Industry Specialty Services, Principal, BDO
    Geoff Merritt is a Principal in the Industry Specialty Services Group at BDO with a focus on Government Contracts. This group of more than 100 professionals provides unique business solutions to organizations across a wide array of industries including government contracting, life sciences, not-for-profit, manufacturing, technology, and construction, among others.

    He has over 16 years of professional finance experience with focus on Government Finance & Compliance in the Aerospace & Defense sectors. Geoff has held management positions with small and mid-sized divisions of large corporations, bringing extensive hands-on experience with compliance matters relating to Federal Acquisition Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, TINA, and Government Business System controls.
    Geoff has extensive experience in corporate restructuring focusing on government contracting aspects, including disclosure statement development, cost accounting changes, and external restructuring proposal development. Additionally, Geoff has developed and delivered training programs for small operations entering into new compliance requirements to FAR and CAS.

    He has also led various government contracting business processes including development of direct and indirect rate structures, forward pricing rate proposals, proposal cost volumes, DFARS business system descriptions, Estimate at Complete (EACs), and cost-type and progress payment invoicing.
    M.B.A., Bentley University
    M.S., Accountancy, Bentley University
    B.S.B.A., Finance, Minor in Statistics, University of Vermont
  • Robert Metzger
    Shareholder, RJO
    Bob Metzger heads the Washington, D.C. office of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, PC, a firm that has specialized in government contracts for over 40 years. Chambers USA 2022 placed RJO in “Band 2,” among the “Elite” group of government contracts law firms nationwide. Chambers describes RJO as:
    Well-respected government contracting boutique capable of handling a diverse array of federal, state and local procurement mandates on behalf of domestic and foreign clients. Notable litigation and regulatory capabilities, which include internal investigations, false claims proceedings and bid protests. Possesses particular expertise in technology matters, regularly representing clients in this space.

    Chambers USA 2022 ranked Bob in Band 2 for Government Contracts – Nationwide and said that he is “routinely called upon by clients in cybersecurity matters, assisting clients with high-stakes contract procurements, qui tam litigation and compliance issues.” The Legal 500 (2022) describes him as a “key contact for data rights and cybersecurity issues, as well as procurement fraud and national security matters.” Who’s Who Legal (2022) again identifies Bob as among “Global Leaders” in Government Contracts, and in 2021 commented on his “wide-ranging” expertise in government contracting and technological issues.”

    Bob was Counsel of Record for Microsoft in the 2019-2021 litigation at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims defending the protest brought by Amazon Web Services to the DoD award of the “JEDI” cloud services contract to Microsoft. He also was lead counsel in the successful 2021 GAO protest brought by Microsoft to the award by the National Security Agency of the “WildandStormy” cloud services contract to AWS.

    Bob is recognized for subject area leadership in cyber, supply chain and related security matters. As a Special Government Employee of the Department of Defense, Bob was on the Defense Science Board task force that produced the “Cyber Supply Chain Report” (April 2017) which subsequently received the SANS Institute “Difference Maker” award. He is a co-author of August 2018 MITRE “Deliver Uncompromised” Report that is widely credited with significant influence on a broad range of security initiatives of the Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies. The Report team received a “Program Recognition Award” from MITRE in 2019. Bob has participated in several other MITRE projects on national security and public policy subjects, with subjects including ransomware, digital asset crimes and cyber insurance. He was named a 2016 “Federal 100” awardee by Federal Computer Week which cited his “ability to integrate policy, regulation and technology” and said of him: “In 2015, he was at the forefront of the convergence of the supply chain and cybersecurity, and his work continues to influence the strategies of federal entities and companies alike.”
    Bob graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where he was an Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. After graduation from law school, he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Science & International Affairs (presently, “Belfer Center”) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he focused on European security.
  • Jennifer Morris
    Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig
    Jennifer Morris’ practice areas include Government Contracts, Corporate Transactions, Cybersecurity, National Security, and Regulatory Compliance. Jennifer brings 23+ years of practice in the Washington D.C. metro area to her clients’ matters including a unique 360° perspective from prior U.S. Government civilian, military and commercial industry positions. Jennifer has served as a Senior Associate General Counsel in the Department of the Navy’s Office of General Counsel, an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps., an Honors Attorney with the Central Intelligence Agency and as General Counsel/Deputy General Counsel with both large and small businesses.

    Jennifer’s practice includes working closely with business partners to analyze and mitigate legal & business risks that stem from technology transactions and doing business with federal and state government entities. She helps her clients with government contracts, cyber-security risks & investigations, managing cyber data breach events, conducting compliance investigations & audits, advising C-Suite executives and Boards on regulatory and contractual requirements, establishing & maintaining systems of internal control including a full spectrum of corporate policies and training, preparing companies for contractor purchasing system reviews (CPSR), software licensing, reseller and channel management, best practices for protection of intellectual property, employment law, conducting international public sector business, Foreign Military Sales (FMS), and helping clients drive growth.

    Adept at analyzing internal policies & procedures, identifying risks, and proposing streamlined and creative solutions to various aspects of business in small, mid-tier and large multi-national corporations, Jennifer’s business experience boosts her legal practice. She excels at working as an integrated business partner, finding practical business solutions to mitigate risk and navigating the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) procurement rules and acquisition regulations including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). She has maintained an active Top Secret (TS) U.S. Government security clearance since 1998.

    Jennifer’s 16+ years in-house with commercial companies provides her with a unique skillset of establishing and managing contracts and purchasing departments. This hands-on transactional and management experience dovetails with her legal practice and she helps clients manage, administer & negotiate contracts, manage & guide contracts and purchasing professionals, write & review bids, proposals and compliance matrices to improve competitive positions, and organize and restructure contract & supply chain file management to ensure compliance. Her transactional skills quickly provide negotiation results and accelerate business growth.
  • Matti Neustadt Storie
    Matti Neustadt Storie is a cloud-focused cybersecurity and data governance attorney advising on areas such as cybersecurity, incident response preparedness, investigations and response to cyber events, global privacy law and compliance, and global public sector regulations applicable to cloud computing. When not wholly subsumed by matters of cybersecurity and privacy in information technology, she advises on global compliance issues, such as FedRAMP, ISO, GDPR, NIS, and others.
    Matti holds a BS in Applied Physics from Purdue University and a JD from Lewis and Clark Law School as well as CIPP/US, CIPP/G, and CISSP certifications.
  • James Newland
    Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
    James Newland is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, a licensed architect, and his law practice focuses on major construction and public works projects and includes a mix of non-contentious and contentious matters. He is ranked by Chambers USA which describes him as “very well versed in construction law and construction related issues.” He began practice in 1998.

    In his practice, James drafts and negotiates construction contracts and procurement documents and helps clients resolve major complex claims involving construction and design issues on domestic and international projects. He represents national and international contractors and project owners in transactional work, mediation, arbitration and litigation. He has significant experience in vertical construction, power and heavy civil contracting and claims, as well as in design-build, P3, alliance contracting and traditional design-bid build delivery formats. Government construction contracting is a major focus of his work.

    Prior to practicing law, James practiced architecture and worked as a project manager on development projects. Given this experience, James is frequently called upon to counsel clients on risk management and allocation, advising on troubled projects during the construction phase, project work-outs and project closeout strategies.
    James received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and earned his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
  • Andrea Nibert
    EVM, Program Control Analysis, Leidos
    Andrea is EVM, Program Control Analysis at Leidos.
    Bachelors Degree, Accounting
    Virginia Tech
  • Chris Nissen
    CEO & Founder, Intelwerks LLC
    Former Director, Asymmetric Threat Response & Supply Chain Security (retired 5 Oct)
    Special Concepts Group, The Mitre Corporation

    Christopher Nissen was most recently Director of Asymmetric Threat Response & Supply Chain Security at the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit that operates and manages seven Federally-Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) serving in the National Interest. He is the founder and CEO of Intelwerks, a company dedicated to discovering and mitigating unknown operational risks from foreign intelligence services (FIS) against private sector companies. In addition, he helps companies build and execute strategies technology, policy and risk management, and monetization. Chris has over 30 years of experience developing solutions for extremely complex national security challenges from a counterintelligence vantage point.
    In his most recent MITRE role, he worked across the corporation developing essential strategic elements to address non-kinetic, full-spectrum asymmetric threats to national security both in the public and private sectors. The primary attack vectors utilized by these threat actors via supply chains are cyber and human domains as well as products, services, and economics. Chris has developed extensive work programs in these and other domains across the technology, policy, and legislative solution spaces.
    Chris Nissen holds BSEE and MSEE degrees and also has a background in structured analytical techniques.
  • Gene Pickarz
    Deputy Director, Acquisition Center of Excellence at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
    Gene Pickarz has spent over three decades as a contracting professional with assignments in both Government and Industry. He has served in contracting and acquisition positions in both the US and Europe with extensive experience in acquisition planning, government procurement, intellectual property, international contracting, fiscal law, and source selection. He currently serves as a senior contracting officer and Deputy Director at the NRO's Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) implementing acquisition innovation and streamlining across NRO Acquisitions as well as comprehensive acquisition training for the NRO Acquisition workforce.

    He has also served as an adjunct professor of contacting and logistics management for Sinclair Community College and Park College in Dayton Ohio and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in the US and Europe. In addition, he has 18 year’s experience developing and presenting acquisition and contracting courses for the Intelligence Community while assigned to the NRO.
    Mr. Pickarz has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, an MBA from Georgia University and College, and a Master of Science in Contracting from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager with the National Contract Management Association as well as a recognized author and speaker.
  • Kevin Plexico
    Senior Vice President of Information Solutions, Deltek
    Kevin Plexico manages the delivery of GovWin, Deltek's industry leading government market research and information solution providing essential information and insights to over 6,000 clients. Kevin has responsibility for leading the industry's largest team of analysts focused on the government contracting industry. He also provides thought leadership and expert opinion to industry executives and is a recognized expert on the public sector market.
    Kevin earned an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and a B.B.A. in Economics from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
  • Christopher Pogue
    Director, Digital Forensics and Incident Response, CyberCX
    Chris Pogue is the Director of Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) for CyberCX in the Americas and is a member of the global DFIR leadership team.

    Over his 25-year career, Chris has led multiple professional security and services organizations to investigate data breaches, secure corporate computing assets and critical value data, implement wide-scale compliance regimes, and help executives and boards of directors both qualify and quantify security risks.

    His extensive experience is drawn from careers as a cybercrimes investigator, ethical hacker, military officer, law enforcement and military instructor, university professor, business executive, and board advisor.

    Chris served in the United States Army as a Signal Corps Warrant Officer, participating in multiple joint task force missions is support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Global War on Terror. He distinguished himself as an Honor Graduate from a variety of Army Academies and Schools and received multiple awards and commendations for excellence.

    Chris was also an active member of the United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force in multiple field offices as well as the Headquarters Division. He has also been the recipient of multiple Secret Service Certificates of Appreciation.
  • Matt Popham
    Sr. VP Government Compliance, Leidos
    Matt Popham is Sr. Vice President, Government Compliance Director, Leidos.
    Wright State University
    Bachelor's Degree, double major in Accounting and Finance
  • Aaron Raddock
    Partner, BDO
    Aaron Raddock is the National Co-Leader of BDO’s Government Contracts Practice. He focuses in the area of advisory services working with government contractors in virtually every industry on a wide range of business issues and regulatory compliance matters. Aaron regularly assists federal contractors with the development of REAs, Claims, and Termination Settlement proposals and frequently support clients in other areas involving complex cost accounting, audits, investigations and disputes.
    B.S., Commerce, University of Virginia
  • Avani Rao
    Manager, HKA
    Avani Rao is a Manager in HKA's Washington, D.C. office, with a focus on the government contracts practice. Avani has performed accounting, financial, and economic analyses in a variety of matters that center around cost, schedule, and damages analyses, as well as other dispute and compliance related issues, often within the context of the Federal Acquisition Regulation ("FAR"). Avani has supported the calculation and evaluation of damages claims ranging from tens of thousands of dollars to over $1 billion.
  • Tom Reynolds
    Partner, HKA
    Tom Reynolds is a Partner in HKA’s Government Contracts Practice in Washington, D.C. Tom is a forensic accountant and CPA with 20 years of experience helping government contractors navigate the complex government contracting compliance rules and regulations. Tom has provided government contract accounting, auditing and advisory support to government contractors across numerous industries, including aerospace and defense, manufacturing, healthcare, construction, engineering, and professional services. Tom has presented contractors’ positions and facilitated negotiations with contracting officers, DCAA, DCMA, and other regulatory bodies.

    Tom has supported government contractors in connection with business systems compliance assessments, DCAA/DCMA audit support, False Claims Act disputes, merger and acquisition due diligence and post-merger integration, and indirect rate modelling and analysis. Tom deals extensively with critical government contracting regulations and requirements, including the FAR, DFARS, and CAS.
    BS, Business Administration (Accounting), Spring Hill College
    MS, Accountancy, University of Notre Dame
  • Michael Rizzo
    Partner, Pillsbury Law
    Michael Rizzo, Pillsbury’s Government Contracts & Disputes practice co-leader, has represented defense contractors, design/build firms, transportation and technology companies in multimillion-dollar, precedent-setting cases.

    A government contracts lawyer in Los Angeles, Michael prepares Contract Disputes Act certified claims; resolves contract disputes before the ASBCA, the CBCA, California federal and state courts, and in arbitration; and handles termination disputes at the federal, state and local government levels. He defends lawsuits filed under the Civil False Claims Act. He crafts comprehensive government contracts compliance programs designed to reduce clients' future exposure and legal expenditures. Additionally, Michael is experienced in handling internal investigations into quality assurance and pricing issues.
  • Ryan Roberts
    Partner, Sheppard Mullin
    Ryan Roberts is a partner in the Governmental Practice in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He is also a member of the firm's Aerospace and Defense and Retail Industry Teams.

    Areas of Expertise
    Ryan regularly represents government contractors ranging from small businesses to the largest defense contractors in matters that include: Civil False Claims Act litigation defense Internal investigations Civil and criminal subpoena responses to both federal and state enforcement agencies Mandatory disclosures to the Department of Defense and General Services Administration (GSA) Offices of Inspector General Audits, including GSA pre- and post-award audits and defense contract audit agency audits Compliance programs, including drafting policies and implementing comprehensive compliance programs Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claims and appeals before the Boards of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims Bid protests before the Government Accountability Office Subcontracts, teaming agreements, joint ventures, and related disputes Small business issues under the Small Business Administration regulations Labor qualifications under service contracts Bribery, gratuities, and kickbacks Trade Agreements Act compliance Personal and organizational conflicts of interest Revolving door and other post-government employment restrictions Procurement Integrity Act Compliance As part of his internal investigation practice, Ryan serves as a member of the team appointed in 2013 by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana as the federal monitor over the New Orleans Police Department responsible for reviewing, assessing, and reporting publicly on the department’s compliance with a far-reaching Consent Decree.
    J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2010, Editor-in-Chief, Public Contract Law Journal, Roger Boyd Scholar

    B.A., University at Albany, State University of New York, 2006, summa cum laude
  • Elanor M. Ross
    Associate, RJO
    Eleanor (Elle) Ross is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office, specializing in government contracts and cybersecurity.

    Ms. Ross has broad experience with government contracts counseling and dispute resolution for clients in a diverse range of industries. She has experience litigating bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and has worked on contract disputes and defense of claims. At the state level, she has advised clients in connection with a diverse array of agreements and multi-award procurements, including challenging award decisions in a variety of fora.

    Ms. Ross also advises clients on federal and state compliance obligations, particularly in connection with regulations affecting cybersecurity and supply chain risk management practices. She has experience developing compliance plans and has worked with clients to implement these plans. Ms. Ross also assists clients in making mandatory and voluntary disclosures to federal agencies.
    J.D., George Washington University Law School
    With Highest Honors

    B.A., George Washington University
    Summa Cum Laude
  • Scott Roybal
    Partner, SheppardMullin
    Scott practices business litigation in federal and state courts and before arbitration and administrative tribunals. He has extensive experience handling government contract disputes and defending individuals and corporations in a wide range of civil and criminal fraud investigations. He has more than 30 years of experience investigating and litigating qui tam False Claims Act cases and related whistleblower actions. Scott has handled dozens of corporate internal investigations involving diverse industries such as aerospace and defense, healthcare, financial institutions, electronics, high technologies, transportation, construction, and telecommunications, among others that conduct business with the government. He provides compliance program advice and counsel and conducts investigations concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Mr. Roybal utilizes his extensive experience to assist clients with early resolutions of potential disputes.
    J.D., Columbia University, 1986
    B.A., University of Utah, 1983, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Marie Salamone
    Partner, Capital Edge Consulting
    Marie is a Partner at Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. Marie’s areas of expertise include: Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), incurred cost submissions, forward pricing rate proposals, contract terminations, business system compliance reviews, policies and procedures development, indirect rate structure reviews, disclosure statements, cost impact models, DCAA audit support, cost engineering, construction-related claims, and litigation support.

    Marie has more than 29 years of government contract cost accounting and compliance consulting as well as cost engineering, construction claims analysis and litigation experience in an array of industries that include pharmaceutical, defense, manufacturing, service, energy, and waste management.
    Marie earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from LaSalle University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University.
  • Stephanie Sanok Kostro
    Executive VP for Policy, Professional Services Council
    Stephanie Kostro is Executive Vice President for Policy at the Professional Services Council, where she leads a strong policy team that is committed to advocating for and supporting productive collaboration between the federal government and services industry. As a recognized executive, on-air commentator, and policy expert with more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. Government and industry, she brings a wealth of knowledge in federal procurement policy and acquisition regulations, government processes and programs, and public-private partnerships.
    Kostro holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Cornell University.
  • Derek Santos
    Deputy General Counsel, Dept. of the Air Force
    Derek B. Santos is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility and Conflict Resolution) of the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In this role, he provides oversight, guidance and direction for legal programs in anti-corruption, including acquisition integrity and remedies for misconduct affecting Department of the Air Force transactions. Mr. Santos serves as the department’s Suspension and Debarment Official, with responsibility for evaluating corporate ethics and compliance programs and the business integrity of contractors and grantees.

    Mr. Santos also leads the Department of the Air Force conflict resolution portfolio, promoting negotiation and dispute resolution capabilities across all transactional areas in accordance with the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act.
    Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
    Bachelor of Arts

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
    Juris Doctor
  • Jeff Sarlouis
    CISSP and GSEC Certified
    Jeff Sarlouis is CISSP and GSEC certified with 23+ years in Information Technology with experience in IT Security, vulnerability management, network management and audit. He also has 5 years of defense contracting experience with a focus on creating System Security Plans (SSP) and working with DCSA to obtain and maintain Authorizations to Operate (ATO).
  • Alex Sarria
    Member, Miller & Chevalier
    Alex Sarria is an experienced litigator and counselor with wide-ranging expertise in government contracts law. He represents government contractors in contract disputes, bid protests, False Claims Act lawsuits, and complex civil litigation arising from military operations, national security programs, and environmental remediation projects.

    Named one of the "Top Lawyers Under 40" by the Hispanic National Bar Association in 2020, leading government contractors also turn to Mr. Sarria to investigate allegations of procurement fraud, prepare mandatory disclosures, and defend against government audits and investigations. In his counseling practice, Mr. Sarria advises clients on a wide range of federal procurement matters including cost allowability and cost accounting, defective pricing, Buy American Act (BAA)/Trade Agreements Act (TAA) compliance, intellectual property and data rights, supply chain (Section 889) and cybersecurity regulations (CMMC), subcontract pricing and flowdowns, commercial items and General Services Administration (GSA) schedule contracting, organizational conflicts of interest (OCIs), and business ethics and conduct requirements.

    He also is recognized for his unique experience helping companies identify and mitigate their exposure to potential civil and tort liability and has worked with clients in numerous industries to secure liability protection and indemnification under the SAFETY Act, Public Law 85-804, the Price Anderson Act, the Defense Base Act (DBA), and FAR 52.228-7 (Insurance-Liability to Third Persons).

    Mr. Sarria began his career in the highly-regarded government contracts group of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where he practiced for seven years.
    J.D.The George Washington University Law School
    B.S.University of Floridahigh honors
  • Roupenn Sayadian
    Senior Manager, BDO Project Controls
    Roupenn is a senior manager for BDO Project Controls. He provides management consulting services to clients in Biopharmaceuticals, Aerospace, Defense, and Natural Resources.
    James Madison University
  • Dave Scott
    Principal & Co-Founder, C&S Consulting - Adaptive Project Controls
    Dave is a Principal and co-founder of C&S Consulting. He has more than 25 years of experience with both government and commercial customers in the implementation of systems and methodologies to improve management processes. He has worked with organizations in highly regulated industries such as aerospace and defense, government contracting, and natural resources to implement project controls systems that ensure mission-critical projects are completed on time and within budget.

    Dave has extensive experience designing, implementing, and supporting compliant Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) for both the U.S. Government and government contractors. In addition, he has provided EVMS assurance services supporting government contractors' EVMS compliance with the ANSI/EIA 748 standard. He provides a unique perspective gained through his experience directly supporting Federal Agency and Department of Defense (DOD) programs surveillance of contractors EVM reporting and EVM Systems.

    He actively supports several government and industry associations that are developing improved project controls processes and surveillance of project controls systems. He frequently presents at conferences and training workshops on a variety of related industry topics.

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Earned Value Management Practitioners’ Forum (Founder) National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Integrated Program Management Division Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG) Project Delivery Working Group College of Performance Management (CPM)
    B.B.A, Finance, Loyola Marymount University
  • Phillip Seckman
    Partner, Dentons
    Phillip Seckman represents clients concerning government and commercial contract matters. His practice spans a broad range of subjects related to federal procurement law, state and local procurement law, and complex federal regulatory issues. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, cybersecurity, compliance, internal investigations, and bid protests (both federal and state). A significant component of his practice involves government contract cost allowability, proper cost accounting, and contract cost and pricing issues.

    Phil has significant experience in the assessment, presentation, and litigation of complex contract claims. He also has significant experience assisting clients in establishing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with government contract requirements. When potential non-compliances have been identified, Phil has assisted in the internal review and assessment of these issues and has aided clients in the preparation of appropriate disclosures when required. He frequently assists DOD contractor clients regarding business systems issues, including preparing for, responding to, and remediating issues associated with reviews conducted by the Defense Contract Management Agency and the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

    Phil frequently writes and lectures regarding commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, cybersecurity, business systems, FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule, and cost accounting issues.

    Phil was recently named a Fellow of the National Contract Management Association. Phil also has been repeatedly recognized as a "Rising Star" by Colorado Super Lawyers.
    University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2004, JD, Order of St. Ives
    University of Colorado, 2000, BA
  • Derek Shaw
    Director, BDO
    Derek Shaw is a Director in the Government Contractor Advisory Services practice and brings to BDO more than 27 years of Finance experience with focus on Government Finance & Compliance in the Aerospace & Defense sectors. This includes a broad range of Government contracting & compliance matters, including Federal Acquisition Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, TINA, Government Business Systems controls, and Restructuring. Derek has held senior management positions with large corporations, and also has extensive hands-on experience with small and mid-sized contractors, including SDB/8a firms.

    Derek has extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions focusing on government contracting aspects, including restructuring proposal development. Derek has also been a frequent speaker at training conferences and has developed and delivered training programs covering various government contracting topics.
    Graduate Certificate in Executive Management, University of California Los Angeles
    B.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Randy Shelby
    Supervisory Procurement Team Lead for the CPSR with the DCMA
    Mr. Shelby began his federal career with DCMA as a Contract Administrator on May 17, 2004. Mr. Shelby has performed several Contracting (1102) functions during his 19 years career with DCMA, including being a warranted Contracting Officer and a Procurement Analyst. He prides himself in doing everything he can to support the warfighter.

    Mr. Shelby is originally from New Orleans, LA, so it should not come as a surprise that he is a fan of the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints. When he is not supporting his favorite sports teams, Randy enjoys traveling, long-distance running, strength training, and yoga.
  • John C. Shire
    Director, Redstone Government Consulting, Inc.
    John is a Director with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. providing government contract consulting services to our clients primarily related to the DFARS business systems, CAS Disclosure Statements, and DCAA/DCMA compliance preparation, advisory, and defense. Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, John served in a number of capacities with DCAA/DCMA for more than 30 years. Upon his retirement, he was based in Texas as an SES-level Corporate Audit Director for DCAA, managing a staff of 300 auditors at one of the largest DOD programs.
    John began his career in the late 80s working in the Clearwater, FL audit office and over the next three decades he progressed through a number of positions within both DCAA and DCMA with career highlights as DCAA Program Manager at Ft. Belvoir, Chief of Technical Programs Division, Deputy Assistant Director-Policy, Director of the DCMA Cost and Pricing Center, the SES-level Lockheed Martin Corporate Audit Director, and Director of Integrity and Quality Assurance.
    John’s three decades of experience in performing and leading DCAA auditors and DCMA reviewers provides a wealth of expertise to our clients. John’s role, not only in the performance of audits, but also in the development of audit policy affords him unique insights into the defense of audit findings and the linkage of audit program steps to the underlying regulatory framework. He is an expert in FAR, DFARS, and other agency acquisition regulation, as well as a subject matter expert in the Cost Accounting Standards having reviewed and provided audit feedback on many of the largest and most complex cost accounting practices during his tenure with the DCAA.

    John’s tenure with DCAA and DCMA came at a critical time during each agency’s history where a number of changes were occurring such as the response to the ICS backlog, development of audit approaches to the DFARS Business Systems and implementation of new audit initiatives as a result of Congressional oversight through the NDAA process. John’s leadership at the DCMA Cost & Pricing center saw oversight of all major DOD pricing actions, leadership of should cost review teams, the Commercial Pricing group and many other areas of strategic value to our clients. His involvement in these and other Agency initiatives is of great value to our clients due to his in depth understanding of DCAA and DCMA’s internal policy directives.
    John holds a Master of Business Administration and a B.A. in Accounting from the University of South Florida.
    Certified Information Systems Auditor
  • Curtis Smith
    Program Manager, DCAA
    Curtis Smith is Program Manager at Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). Mr. Smith works in the policy division revising and creating policy and guidance for the agency.
    California State University Long Beach
    Bachelor of Science, Accounting

    Georgetown University
    Master of Policy Management, Public Policy Analysis
  • Stephanie Smith
    GovCon Senior Analyst and Director, Valuation Services, RSM
    In May 2020, Stephanie was selected as a senior analyst in RSM’s cutting-edge Industry Eminence Program, which positions its senior analysts to understand, forecast and communicate economic, business and technology trends shaping the industries RSM serves. These senior analysts advise clients on conditions influencing middle market leaders. Stephanie’s focus is government contracting.

    Stephanie has ten years of experience serving clients across the country by providing industry-specific insights and thought leadership that allows them to stay at the forefront of the changes within their industry while also providing valuation and advisory services related to mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, tax reporting and strategic planning.

    Stephanie has worked with a variety of publicly and privately held clients in the business and professional services industry, with a specialized focus on government contracting and private equity-backed portfolio companies. Stephanie has performed and reviewed hundreds of valuations of business enterprises, intangible assets, intellectual property and complex equity securities. Stephanie’s primary focus is on delivering timely, relevant information to her clients while also providing high-quality valuation services and market insight. This industry-specific focus has allowed Stephanie to bring her clients valuable information relevant to their business, which also allows her to work with them in a strategic and impactful manner.
    University of Maryland - College Park, Robert H. Smith School of Business
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance & Supply Chain Management
  • Lonnie Springirth
    Solutions Engineer, JAMIS Software Corporation
    Lonnie Springirth is a Solutions Engineer at JAMIS Software Corporation with over 13 years of government contract accounting and compliance experience. Lonnie has spent much of his career evaluating and implementing business systems solutions across multiple industries, including defense, professional services, and technology providers to various US Federal Departments and other agencies.
    Old Dominion University
  • Craig Stetson
    Partner, Capital Edge Consulting
    Craig Stetson has over 25 years of direct experience in government contract accounting, pricing, subcontract management, regulatory and federal contract compliance, business system implementation, and internal control oversight. His industry experience includes aerospace and defense, manufacturing, construction, architecture and engineering, information and communications, higher education, and not-for-profits. Mr. Stetson is experienced in a wide range of cost accounting and regulatory compliance matters related to government contracts and grants, including claims preparation and negotiation; cost allowability; application of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and OMB Circular requirements; accounting and business systems assessment related to government contract compliance requirements, internal control sufficiency and overall self-governance; cost estimating, accounting and auditing of federal contracts and grants; and, application and interpretation of Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).
    Craig received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University – Long Beach. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in California, and a Charted Global Management Accountant.
  • Bruce Stout
    Director of Government Compliance, Battelle
    Bruce Stout is the Director of Compliance at Battelle.
    University of Arizona
    BSBA, Accounting and MIS

    Arizona State University
  • Lauren Sujeeth
    Shareholder, RJO
    A seasoned trial attorney, Ms. Sujeeth's practice focuses on litigation from the start through verdict. She is a member of the firm's Government Contracts, Complex Commercial Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, Attorney Liability and Conduct, and Construction Practice Groups. She also serves as the Chair of the RJO COVID-19 Task Force. From 2016 through present, she was listed as a “Rising Star” among government contracts attorneys in Northern California by SuperLawyer®.

    J.D., The University of Chicago, The Law School
    Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award
    B.A., Stanford University
    With Honors
  • Ace Swerling
    Director, Security Solutions, CORTAC Group
    Ace Swerling has over 30 years of security experience and has helped many of the largest organizations in the world to expand and protect their business by taking a balanced approach. Starting at a large US Defense contractor, he learned that while security is critical to defending the country, complying with regulations, and resisting attack; it is also critical to facilitating collaboration and ensuring economical results. He is dedicated to security and collaboration as business enablers by identifying business needs, defining processes, mapping to technical requirements, selecting vendors, and implementing quality solutions while managing risk and ensuring compliance.
  • Gunjan Talati
    Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    Gunjan Talati is an experienced government contracts practitioner that regularly represents contractors in a variety of sectors including aerospace and defense, health care, and technology. Gunjan’s practice is a mix of regulatory compliance, transactional, and litigation.

    Gunjan was recognized in 2018 and the four years immediately preceding as a Washington D.C. “Rising Star” in the area of Government Contracts by Super Lawyers magazine. He was recommended in 2017 by Legal 500 US for Real Estate and Construction Law. Gunjan is fluent in Gujarati, an Indian dialect.
    Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D. (2006)
    Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. (2003) with honors
  • David Tervonen
    OUSD(A&S)/Acquisition Data and Analytics Deputy Director, NDIA
    Mr. David F. Tervonen currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Earned Value Management Division within the Office of Acquisition, Analytics, and Policy and Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition). In this capacity, he is responsible for all matters pertaining to EVM policy and guidance, communications and outreach, program interface, Integrated Performance Management methodologies, IPM data governance, and functional leadership.
    Mr. Tervonen has earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech.
  • MJ Thomas
    Director of Security, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
    MaryJo “MJ” Thomas is Director of Security at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. She is responsible for overseeing all BIW Security functions including supply chain vetting, cyber security, industrial and physical plant security programs. She manages day-to-day activities and ensures compliance with all programmatic, regulatory, legal and contractual requirements for these areas. She has extensive experience in matters concerning national security and the protection of defense weapons and technology, with specific expertise in crisis and change management and investigative leadership.

    Ms. Thomas spent much of her professional career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Her most recent Pentagon assignment was as FBI Senior Advisor to the Department of Defense for the FBI National Security branch. Ms. Thomas served as primary interface between the FBI and the Office of Secretary Defense on national security investigations involving counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cyber and weapons of mass destruction matters. Her previous roles include Section Chief of the Counterproliferation Center in the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division.

    Ms. Thomas joined the FBI as a special agent in 2000 after serving as a law enforcement officer in Rhode Island. Ms. Thomas also has served as a Security Forces Officer and Logistician in the Air Force, active duty and reserve.
    Ms. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree from Providence College, graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy and the Academy of Military Science.
  • Steven Tomanelli
    J.D., LL.M.
    Steven N. Tomanelli is the owner of Steven N. Tomanelli & Associates and is an attorney specializing in government contract law in the Washington DC area. Steven N. Tomanelli & Associates provide legal services, training and consulting services in all aspects of government contracting and federal appropriations law. Courses include: COR Certification, COR Refresher, Buy American & Trade Agreements Acts, Cost Realism, Justifications & Approvals, Intellectual Property, How to Avoid Bid Protests, Negotiating Software Licenses, Performance-Based Contracting, Small Business Contracting, IDIQ Contracting, Source Selection, FAR Workshop, Advanced FAR Workshop, FAR Update, Contract Disputes and Terminations, Introduction to Government Contracting, Procurement Ethics, Past Performance Evaluations, Federal Appropriations Law, Commercial Item Acquisition, as well as courses tailored for the specific customer.

    Mr. Tomanelli is a retired Air Force Judge Advocate and has held numerous high-level procurement law positions, including Chief of Acquisition and Fiscal Law for the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command and Senior DoD Counsel for the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, Virginia. He has provided consulting services and legal advice in support of highly classified major system acquisitions and has been a member of many source selection boards, advisory councils and “red teams.” He served as a Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law at the Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia. While in the Air Force, he was selected as “The Outstanding Career Judge Advocate of the Air Force.”

    Mr. Tomanelli received his B.A. and J.D. at Hofstra University, and his Master of Laws in Federal Procurement Law at George Washington University. While earning his Master of Laws degree, Mr. Tomanelli worked as an Intern at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

    Since 1995, Mr. Tomanelli has consistently been one of the highest rated acquisition trainers in the country according to student evaluations. He has authored over forty course books and written numerous articles on federal procurement and fiscal law topics. Mr. Tomanelli authored a comprehensive textbook titled, A Practical Guide to Federal Appropriations Law (MCI); is currently the Lead Editor of the FAR and the Annotated FAR for Thomson-West Publishing Company; and has received “Small Business Achievement Awards” for two consecutive years from the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Tomanelli is an attorney in good standing of the Virginia Bar; and serves on the Advisory Board of the Government Contractor (West Publishing). He has been retained as an expert witness in numerous federal, state and international court cases on federal procurement law matters. Mr. Tomanelli has a current TS/SCI security clearance.
    Mr. Tomanelli received his B.A. and J.D. at Hofstra University, and his Master of Laws in Federal Procurement Law at George Washington University. While earning his Master of Laws degree, Mr. Tomanelli worked as an Intern at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Alex Tomaszczuk
    Partner, Pillsbury Law
    Alex Tomaszczuk, a Pillsbury Government Contracts & Disputes partner, is repeatedly recognized by Chambers USA as an authority on government contracts and disputes litigation.

    Alex litigates high-dollar value government contract claims and bid protests, helps clients challenge adverse CPARS ratings and conducts internal investigations related to a wide range of compliance issues. He represents a diverse set of clients, including utilities, aerospace manufacturers, real estate developers and service contractors in actions before the GAO, the Court of Federal Claims and other federal forums. Alex has secured important victories in procurement and contractual disputes with the DOE, DOD, Justice Department, the GSA and other agencies.
  • Kristin Torcasi
    Vice President of Gov't Compliance, CACI International
    Kristin Torcasi is the Vice President of Government Compliance for CACI International Inc headquartered in Arlington, VA. Kristin is responsible for ensuring compliance with Government contract requirements and serves as the company’s liaison for Government inquires and audits. Kristin has a wide range of experience in government contract accounting, including business system compliance; preparation of incurred cost proposals and forward pricing rates; application of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS); CASB Disclosure Statement preparation; cost allowability matters; cost accounting structure evaluation; and cost impact preparation.

    Kristin is a CPA in the state of Virginia.
    Elon University
    Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Business Management
  • Timothy Trickett
    Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector, BDO
    Tim Trickett is the CTO of BDO Public Sector and leads Public Sector’s Technology Office. He is responsible for the overall strategic and technological management of BDO Public Sector. He is also responsible for BDO Public Sector’s IT infrastructure which support Federal, State, Local, and Non-Profit organizations. Tim is a service-disabled veteran with seventeen years of specialized experience in cybersecurity, information technology, compliance, and risk management.

    Prior to joining BDO Tim was a Senior Cybersecurity Engineer for the U.S. Army’s Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) Information Technology Laboratory. While at ERDC Tim was a Team Lead for ERDC’s Security Control Assessor-Validator (SCA-V) Team and conducted Risk Management Framework based assessments for the Department of Defense and Federal Government.

    In addition to his work with ERDC, Tim served as a Principal Consultant and Subject Matter Expert on many projects and programs throughout the Federal Government. Prior to working in cybersecurity, Tim was a Human Intelligence Collector, Counterintelligence Agent, and Electronic Warfare Instructor in the U.S. Army.
  • Franklin Turner
    Partner, McCarter & English
    Mr. Turner is a Partner and Co-Leader of the Government Contracts & Export Controls Practice Group. He is an innovative business lawyer with significant experience resolving complex government contracts issues for a broad array of companies – ranging from multinational Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and small businesses. Mr. Turner routinely represents clients in the aerospace, defense, information technology, health care and industrial supply sectors.

    Mr. Turner is a prolific author and lecturer and is routinely called upon by national and international news organizations to offer his insight regarding developments in the federal procurement industry.
    J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2008
    B.A., University of Virginia, Foreign Affairs, 2005
  • Bob Vander Lugt
    Partner, Little, Rothwell and Vander Lugt, PLLC
    Bob’s law practice focuses on the application of international trade, government procurement and national security law and regulations. He regularly advises both U.S. and foreign clients on international trade matters including: the application of export controls such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the sanctions regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and U.S. and foreign anti-corruption controls including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

    In the government contracts area, Bob advises and assists clients in the defense, aerospace, technology, software, telecommunications, health care, energy, and manufacturing sectors with claims, bid protests, and counselling. In his national security law practice, Bob leverages experience as a retired naval intelligence officer (with command and combat experience) to assist U.S. and foreign clients with reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), as well as security clearances and compliance with the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), nuclear and naval nuclear technology controls, and the DoD technology release processes.
    University of Virginia School of Law, JD 1991
    Oral Roberts University, BA History & Government 1987
  • Carla Weiss
    Patner, Jenner & Block
    Carla Weiss advises large and small clients on a range of high-stakes government contract issues. She is a well-known bid protest practitioner, with successful matters before the Government Accountability Office, Court of Federal Claims, SBA Office of Hearing and Appeals, and FAA Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition. In partnership with clients, she provides strategic legal guidance throughout the acquisition process, and ultimately represents protesters challenging contract decisions—and intervenors defending their awards.

    Carla also has significant experience handling internal investigations for government contractors and representing contractors and subcontractors in claims litigation against the government. In addition, she counsels clients on a variety of federal statutes, regulations and government contract-related compliance matters, including FAR and DFARS interpretation, SBA small business and socioeconomic programs and eligibility, and foreign sourcing requirements. Through multiple secondments, Carla has seen first-hand the pressures and demands facing government contractors, and she brings that in-house perspective when advising clients.

    Prior to joining the firm, Carla served as a law clerk to former United States Senator Arlen Specter at the Senate Judiciary Committee. She also worked at the National Republican Senatorial Committee and interned with the White House Office of Public Liaison.
    University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2010
    Wellesley College, B.A., 2003; cum laude
  • Jeffery White
    CEO and Founder, J.A. White & Associates
    Jeffery White is Founder and CEO of J.A. White & Associates Inc. A leading industry firm in Federal Contracting and Compliance consulting offering a tailored line of advisory services to clients.

    With over 38 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, White's expertise has led his firm to have an unprecedented 100% approval rate of Contractor Purchasing System Reviews (CPSR) and other Business System assessments.

    The design of document automation, CPSR ProDocs, was spearheaded by visionary, Jeffery White. Used by small and large government contractors, the software streamlines the Procurement workflow process by leveraging a company’s existing enterprise platform and automates compliance-related Procurement file documentation. A company's benefits may include cost savings, 100% accuracy, increased CPSR success, error reduction and lead time reduction. White’s clients currently include government agencies, prime contractors, and subcontractors across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

    White is a noted U.S. and International speaker for the Institute for Supply Management (formerly NAPM), the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and other Procurement organizations.
  • Christine Williamson
    CPA, PMP, Partner, CohnReznick
    Christine Williamson, CPA, PMP, is a Partner in CohnReznick’s Government Contracting Industry Practice which she led for 15 years. She provides financial and accounting consulting services that offer solutions to such complex issues as indirect rate structure development, executive compensation analysis, and mergers & acquisitions. Christine has a deep breadth of knowledge in GAAP, FAR, CAS, DCAA and DCMA. Additionally, she advises government contractors with their tax strategies and operational issues, including: financial statement reporting, disclosures, incurred cost submissions, proposals, forward pricing rates, and federal and state tax preparation.
    B.S., Accounting, University of Maryland
  • Matt Wojciechowski
    President and CEO, IntraManagement Systems
    Matt is President of IntraManagement Systems
    BS, Business Administration and Finance
    California State University Fullerton - College of Business and Economics
  • Bill Wootton
    President, C3 Integrated Solutions
    Bill Wootton is the Founder and President of C3 Integrated Solutions, a full-service IT provider that specializes in securing our nation’s Defense Industrial Base through cloud-based solutions and industry leading partners. C3 is a provider of Microsoft Government Cloud solutions including Microsoft 365 GCC, GCC High and AzureGov, and specializes in helping clients achieve CMMC and NIST 800-171 compliance by providing MSP, security and Microsoft 365 integration services. With over 100 migrations to GCC High already completed, C3 offers an award-winning, tailored approach to helping DoD clients move to the GCC High cloud.
  • Jason Workmaster
    Member, Miller & Chevalier
    Jason Workmaster focuses his practice on government contracts-related litigation, including contract claims and disputes, bid protests, and civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases. He has represented a host of clients in these types of cases before the boards of contract appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and U.S. District Court. He also routinely assists clients in responding to government audits and investigations.

    A former partner in the highly-regarded McKenna Long & Aldridge government contracts practice, Mr. Workmaster is recognized as an expert on a wide range of government contracting issues – including contracting on the battlefield, cost allowability, the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), contract funding, requests for equitable adjustment, the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules program, and the Trade Agreements Act (TAA). He also is a recognized leader on FCA issues and 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.
    J.D., Regent University School of Law, summa cum laude, 2000
    B.A., University of Florida, magna cum laude, 1997
  • Cara Wulf
    Partner, McCarter & English
    Cara Wulf is a partner in the Government Contracts & Global Trade practice group at McCarter & English. She focuses her practice on government contracts and regulations. She has extensive experience counseling clients regarding compliance with federal, state, and local public procurement requirements. She also assists in litigation involving bid protests, claims, and other disputes before federal agencies, courts and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Cara is a frequent lecturer for Federal Publications on U.S. domestic preference statutes, regulations and executive orders as they apply to the U.S. Government supply chain.
    MBA, Babson College
    JD, University of Michigan Law School
    BA, University of Michigan
  • Gina Yakone
    Senior Cybersecurity Consultant & vCISO at Agio
    Gina Yacone is a Senior Cybersecurity Consultant & vCISO with Agio’s Raleigh, NC office. Gina is an information security strategist and speaker with a unique technical vision and business acumen. She is responsible for educating organizations about the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape and helping them build a dynamic cybersecurity and privacy programs. She loves focusing on the unique challenges today’s organizations face.

    Gina is a designated CompTIA Subject Matter Expert and holds certifications from ISACA as a Certified Data Privacy Solution Engineer (CDPSE), (ISC) 2 as a Systems Security Certified Practitioner, CompTIA in Security Plus (Sec+), as well as the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) as a Certified CSF Practitioner (CCSFP) and a Certified HITRUST Quality Professional (CHQP).

    Prior to her work in information security, Gina was a licensed private investigator for Barry A. Cohen, P.A., in Tampa, FL. While there, she specialized in high-profile, complex litigation.
    Gina holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Miami, Miami, FL., and is pursuing her master’s degree in cybersecurity from the University of New Hampshire.