• Daniel B. Abrahams
    Founding Partner of Abrahams Wolf-Rodda, LLC
    Mr. Abrahams is a founding partner of Abrahams Wolf-Rodda, LLC, a boutique government contracts and wage & hour law firm in the Washington DC metropolitan area. See www.awrcounsel.com. The practice includes traditional government contracts work (bid protests, claims, compliance advice, prime-sub disputes, etc.) and a wage & hour practice (spanning the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Service Contract Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, various Executive Orders, and state wage laws). In the latter, Mr. Abrahams represents mostly employers in class and collective actions, individual lawsuits, federal and state wage investigations, and self-audit compliance. At his new boutique law firm, Mr. Abrahams is now available to represent workers in their personal wage claims, including collective and class actions. Mr. Abrahams also has been retained to be an exemption classification consultant and expert witness in wage and hour disputes.

    Mr. Abrahams was formerly a partner at Brown Rudnick LLP for almost 10 years and was at Epstein Becker & Green, PC for almost 25 years. He is the former Chairman of the American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, Employment Safety & Labor Committee. He is also a former adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School where he taught a course called “Federal Labor Standards.”

    Starting in 1985, Mr. Abrahams co-authored more than nine books in the fields of government contracts and wage and hour law. His wage & hour publications include the: Fair Labor Standards Handbook for State, Local Governments and Schools; Employer's Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act; FLSA Employer Exemption Handbook; and Public Employer's Guide to Payroll Administration. In 2011, Mr. Abrahams also co-authored three booklets: Smart Guide to FLSA Exemptions; Do I have to pay My Employees for This? FLSA Working Time Essentials; and FLSA Overtime Basics. In the government contracts field, Mr. Abrahams co-authored the: Government Contracts Compliance Guide; Public Official’s Guide to e-Government; and Government Contractor’s Guide to Employment Law Compliance. Overlapping the government contracts and wage & hour field, Mr. Abrahams co-authored two Federal Publications (now West) Briefing Papers: The Service Contract Act; and The Davis-Bacon Act.

    Mr. Abrahams teaches regularly for Federal Publications Seminars on the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act. He has been a continuous speaker at ThomsonReuter’s Year in Review Conference and its predecessors since the late 1980s.
    Education
    Mr. Abrahams has a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and later attended the George Washington University Law School where he was the Notes Editor of the George Washington Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.
  • Richard Agopsowicz
    Executive Vice President, Business Expansion Consulting, CORTAC Group
    “Rick A to Z” leads CORTAC’s Business Expansion Team supporting clients in establishing and achieving their Business Objectives through Market Analysis, Pipeline Development, Business Development, Capture, and Proposal Leadership, Negotiations, and Program Start-up & Execution within Government and Private sectors.

    “A to Z” has over 45 years of Government and Industry experience in operations and acquisition across R&D and operational program development, complex program management, systems development engineering, Information Assurance, Information Operations/Cyber Development & Special Technical Operations, and business capture.

    During his preceding 30-year career with the U.S. Air Force, he held positions from B-52 operational squadron level up to that of Director at the Air Force Information Warfare Center. He has spent 15+ years as an industry senior executive working with over 50 clients with winning and executing programs across 42 Federal Agencies and 17 State & Local Governments. He has worked in defense, homeland security, intelligence, energy, health and human services, biotechnology & life sciences, and IT/telecommunications.
  • Regan Alberda
    Counsel, Arent Fox LLP
    Regan regularly advises clients with respect to the Export Administration Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions. She has assisted clients with licenses, commodity classifications, compliance program design and implementation, audits, and voluntary disclosures. Regan has also counseled clients on FCPA and business ethics related compliance policies and procedures, training programs, business partner due diligence, and internal investigations.
    Education
    American University, Washington College of Law , JD (cum laude)
    American University , BA (cum laude)
  • Teddie Arnold
    Attorney, Seyfarth Shaw
    Teddie Arnold is an associate in the Litigation department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington D.C. office.

    Mr. Arnold focuses his practice on complex commercial and construction disputes in state and federal courts across the United States. He represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and sureties in disputes arising out of construction contracts, bonds and indemnity agreements. Mr. Arnold also represents clients in all forms of alternative dispute resolution including matters before the American Arbitration Association.

    Mr. Arnold has significant experience representing clients in complex insurance and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in matters involving tort, copyright, consumer, insurance, products liability and commercial law. He has also authored and argued briefs and motions in the Maryland Appellate Courts, the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Maryland.

    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.
    Education
    EDUCATION

    JD, Washington & Lee University School of Law
    MA, Johns Hopkins University
    BA, Washington & Lee University
  • Steve Bacon
    Associate, RJO
    Stephen Bacon is an associate in Rogers Joseph O’Donnell’s government contracts practice group. Prior to joining RJO, he served as a Trial Attorney for the Navy where he was responsible for defending claims against the government at Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims. In his current practice, he assists contractors in all facets of RJO’s government contracts practice and focuses specifically on REAs, claims and terminations.
  • John Bartlett
    VP Professional Services, Integrify
    John is Integrify’s VP of Professional Services and oversees all services and implementations of Integrify. He’s focused on planning and delivering effective process automation solutions for a wide variety of complex use cases using the Integrify platform. John has delivered hundreds of large-scale process automation solutions for customers around the world.
  • 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.
  • Locke Bell
    Associate, Morrison Foerster
    Locke Bell advises government contractors in every facet of their businesses, with a particular focus on protecting intellectual property, licensing technical data and computer software, and navigating nontraditional acquisition agreements, such as other transaction agreements, or OTAs. In addition to counseling on a wide variety of matters, ranging from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to Federal data security standards, he also has successfully litigated bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and Court of Federal Claims, and claims disputes before the Court and boards of contract appeals.

    Locke graduated from the University of Virginia, receiving a B.S. with high honors in mechanical engineering, and while in law school, he worked at the U.S Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner specializing in the mechanical arts. He earned his J.D. with honors from the George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the Public Contract Law Journal and received the Patricia A. Tobin Government Contracts Award for excellence in the area of government contracts law. Locke went on to clerk for Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams at the Court of Federal Claims.
    Education
    University of Virginia (B.S., 2011)

    The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2014)
  • 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.
    Education
    Jon graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting.
  • 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.
  • David Black
    Partner, Holland & Knight
    David S. Black is co-chair of the National Government Contracts Practice. He practices in the area of government contracts counseling and dispute resolution. His practice includes representing contractors in protests, claims under the Contract Disputes Act, responding to government investigations and audits, False Claims Act investigations and litigation, terminations for default and convenience, prime-subcontractor disputes, compliance programs, and counseling on a variety of contract administration and procurement issues.

    After law school, he served as judicial clerk to Judge Larry G. Elder of the Court of Appeals of Virginia in Richmond.

    Honors & Awards
    Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Government: Government Contracts, 2011-2018
    Legal Elite, Washington SmartCEO magazine, 2011
    Rising Star, Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, 2007
    Education
    Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude
    University of Virginia, B.A.
  • Noah Bleicher
    Special Counsel, Jenner & Block
    Noah Bleicher is a skilled government contracts practitioner with extensive bid protest litigation experience. He is a special counsel in the firm’s Government Contracts Practice where he represents large and small government contractors in a wide array of complex government contracts issues. Mr. Bleicher draws upon his unique and valuable insights from his service as a senior bid protest hearing officer at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to effectively resolve government contracts legal disputes and achieve the business objectives of his clients.
    Education
    Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2004; Associate Editor, Emory Law Journal
    University of Florida, B.A., 2001, cum laude; B.S., 2001, cum laude; Florida Academic Scholar; Florida Blue Key (leadership honorary); recipient of numerous scholarships for leadership and achievement
  • Ryan Bonner
    Compliance Consultant, Steel Root
    Ryan Bonner is an independent compliance consultant, focusing on cybersecurity regulations for defense contractors. Ryan has been working with the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network since 2017, where he carries out NIST-funded grants to improve cyber resiliency for manufacturers in the defense industrial base.
  • Derek Boyd
    Director, Baker Tilly
    Derek Boyd is a director in the government contractor advisory services practice of Baker Tilly. Derek has more than 10 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 CGI Federal.
    Education
    James Madison University
    Bachelors of Business Administration, Accountancy and Finance
  • Jamie Brabston
    Senior Legal Consultant, Redstone Government Consulting, Inc.
    Jamie Brabston is Senior Legal Consultant with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc., a premier consulting firm with the most senior industry veterans which provides a comprehensive suite of services for large and small government contractors including evaluation, education and training, monitoring and audit preparation. Through our consulting and training programs, government contractors develop and learn to maintain compliance processes that help them succeed by mitigating risk and maximizing profitability.
    Ms. Brabston regularly assists federal government contractors with a wide range of compliance based issues including affirmative action, wage and hour disputes, including the Service Contract Act (SCA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as well as providing audit and litigation support services in federal and state investigations and lawsuits. Her experience also includes performing compliance assessments, detailed back pay calculations, compliance program implementations and training related to the SCA, FLSA, affirmative action requirements, non-discrimination and anti-harassment, and a wide variety of overall management leadership skills and government contract specific topics. Following fifteen years in private law practice representing employers in employment and contract related lawsuits, and three years serving as General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources for a government contractor, Ms. Brabston’s practice currently focuses on the prevention and correction of employment and government contracting law specific issues before governmental audits, investigations or litigation occur.
    Education
    Ms. Brabston obtained her law degree from The University of Alabama School of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Barristers, the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team, and served as editor of The Law & Psychology Review.
  • 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.
    Education
    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.
  • Shauna Brookshier
    Sr. Ethics Analyst, SAIC
    Shauna is a Sr. Ethics Analyst at SAIC, a premier technology integrator serving the US Government. In this role, Ms. Brookshier is responsible for strategic engagement and the compliance-training program. She facilitates the Ethics Champion program working with Champions across the entire enterprise. She also manages the annual compliance-training program including the strategic development of non-traditional training resources and assessments. She has led or improved programs related to compliance-training, conflicts of interest, business integrity training and expanded the site visit process. Ms. Brookshier has earned the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) and Leadership Professional in Ethics & Compliance (LPEC). Prior to SAIC, she was Product Manager for an educational software company specializing in school improvement planning and compliance required by Title I funding regulations.
  • Ethan Brown
    Associate Attorney, McCarter & English
    Ethan Brown has extensive experience advising defense, healthcare, construction, and technology companies on a variety of government contracting matters at the federal, state, and local levels, including teaming and subcontracting arrangements, regulatory compliance, small business contracting issues, suspension and debarment, and proposed acquisitions of government contractors. Mr. Brown also assists in litigating bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and contractor claims before the Boards of Contract Appeals.
    Education
    EDUCATION
    Mr. Brown received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, he served as an extern for the Honorable Marian Blank Horn of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
  • Sheri Buchanan
    Managing Human Resources Consultant, Redstone Government Consulting, Inc.
    Sheri Buchanan is a Managing Human Resources Consultant with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc., a premier consulting firm with the most senior industry veterans which provides a comprehensive suite of services for large and small government contractors including evaluation, education and training, monitoring and audit preparation. Through our consulting and training programs, government contractors develop and learn to maintain compliance processes that help them succeed by mitigating risk and maximizing profitability.
    Sheri provides human resources consulting with expertise in the compliance requirements specific to government contractors. Sheri has a breadth of experience with focus on compliance with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (EO 11246, Section 503, VEVRAA), Service Contract Act, contract transition/onboarding, labor category mapping and benchmarking, compensation planning and reasonable assessments and training. She spends much of her time “in the weeds” with clients in the development and implementation of compliant practices and policies. She assists clients with Department of Labor Wage and Hour and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. She stays abreast of the various requirements of the Department of Labor and, of great importance to government contractors, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, as well as other federal and state regulations impacting human resources.

    Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Inc., Sheri served in various roles in the HR arena in diverse industries, from government contracting to healthcare. Throughout her career, she has been involved in recruiting, affirmative action planning, contract proposal development, investigations and allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge and employee disputes, new employee orientation and training.
    Education
    Sheri received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and received the Professional in Human Resources Management certification in 1995.
  • Brent Calhoon
    Partner, Baker Tilly
    Brent has 25 years of government contract industry experience. He works with a broad array of public and private contractors and non-profit organizations providing consulting, accounting, auditing, and investigative services in a wide variety of industries including aerospace and defense, transportation/logistics, energy, healthcare & life sciences, international development, professional services, A&E, construction, and manufacturing.

    Brent specializes in the complexities and nuances of the Cost Accounting Standards, FAR Part 31 and 2 CFR 200 Cost Principles, the Truth in Negotiations Act, contract terminations, Requests for Equitable Adjustments, Claims, and contractor business systems. Brent works with his clients to avoid or address DCAA audit findings and negotiate reasonable resolutions or settlements. He also works with outside counsel to investigate and resolve allegations of wrongdoing arising under the False Claims Act.
  • Jack Callahan
    Partner, CohnReznick
    Jack A. Callahan, CPA, is a partner with CohnReznick and serves as the Firm's Construction Industry Leader. In this role, Jack is responsible for developing a team of accounting, tax, and consulting professionals dedicated to, and experienced in, servicing contractors. Over his more than 30 years in practice, Jack’s deep knowledge and experience in construction accounting, corporate taxation, and business consulting matters have earned him a highly regarded reputation within the construction community.
  • Ki Capitano
    Consultant
    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.
    Education
    Bachelor of Science, Information Science and Technology, Penn State University
  • Mike Carter
    Senior Manager
    Michael is a Senior Manager 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.
    Education
    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.
  • Jeffery M. Chiow
    Shareholder, RJO
    Mr. Chiow is co-chair of the firm’s Government Contracts Practice Group. He represents clients in litigation and government investigations that usually have some nexus to a government contract. He also provides counsel on business and compliance issues, delivering creative and pragmatic solutions to contractors facing complex business, legal and regulatory issues. Mr. Chiow is ranked in Chambers USA® and was designated a Next Generation Partner by Legal500®. He is also listed as a SuperLawyer®. Particular interests include aerospace and defense (he was a U.S. Marine Corps weapons and sensors officer in the F/A-18D Hornet before becoming a lawyer), bid protests, cybersecurity, technology services contracting and schedule contracting. Most of his clients consider him their principal legal advisor.
    Education

    J.D., The George Washington University Law School
    B.S., U.S. Naval Academy
  • Abigail Cotterill
    Of Counsel, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    Abby Cotterill is Of Counsel in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s International Trade and National Security Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. office. Abby regularly provides legal advice to companies, financial institutions, and private equity sponsors on the regulatory and other risks of operating or investing across international borders.

    Abby focuses her practice on international trade and anticorruption compliance and investigations. She has broad experience on matters involving the economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); the export controls administered under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) of the U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); and anticorruption compliance counseling in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
  • Anne Coviello
    CPA, Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
    Anne Coviello is a Manager at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. Anne has over six years of government contract consulting experience working on a wide range of projects; including support for multiple Incurred Cost Proposals for both major and smaller government contractors. In addition, I have experience in conducting Accounting System Reviews according to the DFARS audit criteria, reviewing policies and procedures to ensure adequate compliance with government contracting standards, cost impact analyses, and overall compliance.
    Education
    Penn State University
    Bachelor of Science, Accounting
  • Jack Coviello
    CPA, Baker Tilly
    Jack Coviello, CPA, is a Senior Manager in Baker Tilly’s Government Contractor Advisory Services practice. Jack assists clients with a broad range of cost accounting and compliance issues, specializing in matters related to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), associated agency supplements, and the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). He has worked extensively in indirect cost rate structuring and modeling, measuring cost impacts, and developing and reviewing contractor cost representations. He also works closely with clients to develop, implement, and monitor policies and procedures and internal controls relative to the aforementioned compliance matters, more specifically in the accounting, estimating, and purchasing business systems. Jack is an alumnus of the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Finance.
    Education
    Bachelor of Arts, Finance
    Penn State University
  • 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.
    Education
    EDUCATION
    B.A., Social Science, Hofstra University
    J.D., Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • Scott Davidson
    CEO & Managing Principal, GCO Consulting Group
    Scott M. Davidson CPT. USA, Retired has more than 14 years of professional consulting and contracts management experience supporting Federal Government Contractors. Scott is the Managing Principal at The GCO Consulting Group (GCO) a growing Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business that is focused on GSA Schedule Consulting, Federal Business Development Strategy, and Federal Contract Compliance Support to small and large businesses.

    In his role at GCO, Scott provides specialized management consulting expertise in GSA Schedule Contracting Compliance, Federal Contract Management & Compliance services and Federal Proposal and Business Development support for all sizes of business from Small Businesses to Fortune 500 clients. Scott has prepared, negotiated and had awarded over 300 GSA Schedules since starting the firm in 2009. Scott’s focus areas also include GSA Schedule audit and litigation support and has provided audit and data analysis support for GSA Schedules for clients responding to over 30 GSA Office of the Inspector General investigations in which the disposition of findings was favorable for the clients.
    Education
    Scott served honorably in the United States Army as both enlisted soldier and a commissioned Officer and has served multiple combat tours throughout Southwest Asia to include Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. Scott was Medically Retired from the United States Army during his tour in Iraq in 2007.
  • 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.
    Education
    Furman University, BA
    Wake Forest University School of Law, JD
  • 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.
    Education
    Duke University
    (B.A., 1974, cum laude)
    The Catholic University School of Law
    (J.D., 1978)

    RANKINGS

    Chambers USA [2005 – 2015]

    Who’s Who Legal [2015]
    Public Procurement

    The Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyer [2009-2015]

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

    Washington DC Super Lawyers [2013-2015]
    Government Contracts
  • Dan Durst
    Senior Manager, Capital Edge Consulting
    Dan Durst has experience in various accounting and compliance issues related to government contracts. Dan’s areas of expertise include Contractor Accounting & Compliance Risk Assessments, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Cost Allowability, Cost Proposal Preparation & Evaluation, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Forward Pricing Rate Development & Internal Rate Structures, and Incurred Cost Proposal Development. Dan is also well-versed in various levels of audit support including DCAA and Inspector General audits.

    Dan’s industry experience includes defense, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and public sector. Dan has supervised and performed the audit of over 100 cost proposals submitted by prospective bidders for a Federal agency client. Dan completed the agreed-upon procedures which consisted of an evaluation of proposed direct labor, other direct costs, consultants, subcontractor pricing, and application of indirect rates including fee. He has assisted clients with complex cost accounting matters, indirect rate modeling, incurred cost submissions, estimating system reviews, evaluation of prime and subcontractor pricing, proposal development, audit support, and other regulatory compliance matters.

    Prior to joining Capital Edge, Dan was an audit supervisor and lead consultant for Clarke Leiper PLLC, a member of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center. He has previously held security clearances with the US Department of Defense, including U.S. DoD Secret Clearance.

    In addition to supporting the development of Capital Edge Consulting’s customized client training and support for Grants Compliance with Thompson Grants, Dan is a member of the Professional Services Council and the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA).
    Education
    Dan attended George Mason University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Information Technology, he later returned to George Mason University and earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.
  • 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.
    Education
    EDUCATION

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

    BA, University of Maryland
    Economics
  • 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”.
    Education
    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.
  • Amanda Eubanks
    Senior Consultant
    Amanda Eubanks has more than more than 15 years of experience in various accounting, contracts and compliance issues related to government contracting. Amanda’s areas of expertise include financial forecasting, budgeting models, bid and proposal processes, analytical assessment of accounting structures, forensic accounting, Cost Accounting standards (CAS), cost allowability, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), forward pricing rate development, indirect rate structures, earned value management, Accounting System, Material Management and Account System (MMAS) and Deltek CostPoint.

    Professional Experience: Prior to joining Capital Edge Consulting, Amanda spent more than 14 years in government contracting in both ship building and aerospace industries. She has experience in a wide range of roles including cost accounting manager, financial (project-level) manager, and contracts. Amanda has extensive knowledge in process improvement, financial models, contract negotiations, Earned Value Management, Sarbanes Oxley, DCAA audits, profit analysis, and implementation of Deltek Costpoint.

    Specific areas of government contract consulting expertise include:
    − Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
    − Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)
    − Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA)
    − Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) Audit Support and Audit Defense
    − Material Management and Accounting System (MMAS)
    − Accounting
    − Financial Models
    − Forward Pricing Rates
    − Forensic Accounting
    − Accounting System
    Education
    Amanda graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and from the University of Phoenix with a Master in Business Administration.
  • Peter J. Eyre
    Partner, Crowell & Moring
    Peter J. Eyre is a partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group. He is also a member of the firm's Management Board. Peter was named to BTI Consulting Group’s list of "Client Service All-Stars" in 2016, 2017, and 2019 and has been named an Acritas Star, Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers (2016, 2017, 2019). He is nationally ranked by Chambers USA in Government Contracts since 2014. Peter was also named to The National Law Journal's list of "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" in 2014.
    Education
    Williams College, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    Harvard Law School, J.D. (2005) cum laude
  • 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.
    Education
    BA, Columbia College
    Economics

    JD, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    International Moot Court team
    Moot Court board
  • Scott Felder
    Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
    Scott helps clients identify, protect, manage, and enforce their intellectual property rights. His practice focuses on the complex intellectual property issues confronted by government contractors, including patent rights and rights in technical data and computer software, with emphasis on the aerospace, defense, and intelligence sectors. Scott routinely represents clients in intellectual property disputes and negotiations with the government.

    As the head of the firm’s Patent Prosecution practice, Scott also represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

    A frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues, Scott is the co-instructor of the Federal Publications Seminars Government Contract Intellectual Property Workshop. He currently serves as a co-chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Public Contract Law.
    Education
    J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; Order of the Coif
    B.E., summa cum laude, Vanderbilt University

    Law Journals
    Executive Editor, Virginia Sports and
    Entertainment Law Journal
  • 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.
  • Jason Fleetwood
    CPA, Partner
    Jason Fleetwood is a partner in the CohnReznick’s Hospitality Industry Practice and also provides services to private enterprises. Based in the Bethesda office, he has more than 16 years of experience. His responsibilities include client development, engagement management and oversight, and quality assurance. Jason maintains a high level of personal involvement in all of his engagements, completing all areas of audit and tax engagements, maintaining day-to-day client relationships, and providing advice tailored to each client’s specific needs.

    Jason’s clients include hotel owners, hospitality management companies, land developers, home builders, and other hospitality and real estate professionals. He serves these clients by developing annual financial budgets and cash flow projections, assisting with internal control matters and month-end and year-end accounting and closings, and preparing and reviewing corporate, individual, and partnership tax returns.
    In addition to providing assurance and tax services, Jason has also provided consulting services on a long-term basis to an international hospitality industry company. These services have included forecasting and budgeting for hotel renovation and construction projects, assisting with project accruals and closings, applying agreed upon procedures to construction cost records, monitoring contract compliance within the procurement industry, and assisting in the determination of annual revenue.

    Jason has served as a member of the Loudoun County Fiscal Impact Committee, focusing on the market and fiscal impact analysis of the Phase 2 Metrorail Extension to Loudoun County, Virginia.
    Education
    BS., Accounting, Universirty of Delaware
  • Jennifer Flickinger
    Principal, Baker Tilly

    Jen has over 25 years of experience working with government contractors. She supports clients of all sizes with their government contract cost accounting, pricing, business systems, and Service Contract Act Compliance. Jen’s deep experience also includes forensic accounting, litigation support and expert testimony. She supports clients across many industries including aerospace & defense, IT services, healthcare, insurance, professional services, manufacturing and not-for-profits.

    Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Jen spent over 12 years in industry working as both a Business Manager and Program Manager for government contractor in the base operations and security and mission support arenas. She began her career in the government contracts practice of an international accounting firm.
    Education
    Bachelor of Science in accounting
    University of Maryland
  • Gerard (Jerry) Frech
    Director, CohnReznick Advisory Group
    Gerard (Jerry) Frech, JD, CCEP, a director with CohnReznick Advisory Group, has more than 25 years of experience in providing integrity monitoring, corruption prevention, fraud detection, and corporate investigation services. He is a pioneer in the integrity monitoring arena, having served as the project manager, in 1991, on the first integrity monitorship ever imposed on a construction company in the State of New York and on a number of high profile projects since. He has received Bar Admission in New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Court – New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals – Third Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. As director, Jerry is responsible for managing the integrity monitoring of large-scale construction projects for fraud, waste, and abuse, and providing integrity monitoring and compliance services to government agencies and construction companies.
  • Todd Garland
    Attorney, Smith Pachter McWhorter
    Mr. Garland practices at Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, Tysons Corner, Virginia in government contracts and construction law, specializing in contract claims and disputes with the federal government. He represents contractors in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, agency level, and in state-level protests. His practice includes commercial litigation involving prime-subcontractor disputes in federal and state courts, contract interpretation, DCAA audits, and cost allowability issues. Additionally, Mr. Garland defends contractors facing white collar issues involving anti-corruption and the civil False Claims Act. He has extensive experience at the boards of contract appeal and has litigated complex commercial cases in state and federal courts. During law school, Mr. Garland worked for a private security contractor that performs in contingency contracting environments.
    Education
    Todd Garland received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law.
  • David Gebler
    Sr Manager, Lockheed Martin
    David has over 25 years’ experience advising global organizations such as Panasonic, General Dynamics, Staples, and Novartis, on how to reduce people-based risks while improving productivity and integrity. David is a pioneer in values-based culture assessment and training, utilizing creative elements such as Scott Adams’ DILBERT characters in developing groundbreaking training such as “The Ethics Challenge” produced for Lockheed-Martin in 1997.

    Now David has completed the circle and has joined Lockheed Martin as the Senior Manager, Ethics Engagement and Integrated Education
    A business lawyer by training, David received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis.

    David has served as a Kallman Executive Fellow at the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University and on the International Advisory Board of Suffolk University’s Graduate Program in Ethics and Public Policy.

    David’s latest book is The 3 Power Values: How Commitment, Integrity and Transparency Clear the Roadblocks to Performance, published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley.
    Education
    J.D. from University of California, Davis
  • Asa Gilliland
    Director, Redstone Government Consulting
    Asa is a Director with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. and provides contract compliance services to small and large companies contracting with the U.S. Government. Asa has assisted contractors all over the U.S., as well as worked with clients in Europe, Australia and the Middle East and specializes in DCAA audit compliance and accounting information systems. He frequently serves as a compliance resource to 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, tribally-owned and other small business designation clients and has served as the technical lead in proposal cost-volume preparation, responses to DCAA audit issues and crafting of corrective action plans in response to government issues, and development of complex cost accounting structures.
    Education
    Education
    Mr. Gilliland has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama-Huntsville along with a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
  • Mark Gilman
    Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing Innovations
    Mark has been with SMI since 2001 and is the lead SMI team member on defense manufacturing R&D, the Defense Production Act Title III program, defense industrial base, and education funding issues. Mark specializes in assisting companies throughout the entire process of securing R&D and DPA Title III funding from project development to contract award. Mark also is the lead at SMI in enacting legislative policy changes to assist the defense industrial base.

    SMI is the leading government relations firm helping companies secure manufacturing scale up funding from the Defense Production Act Title III and Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment programs. Nearly 40% of all DPA Title III awards since 2002 have gone to companies that SMI assisted. Recently, Congress has added $1 billion to the DPA Title III account to " to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally." SMI has assisted several companies secure coronavirus DPA Title III funding.

    Prior to joining SMI, Mark worked on Capitol Hill for 12 years as Legislative Director and Military Legislative Assistant for three Members of Congress who served on the House Armed Services Committee.
    Education
    Mr. Gillman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University.
  • Kate Growley
    Certified Information Privacy, IAPP
    Kate M. Growley (CIPP/US, CIPP/G) is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Group, while working closely with the firm's Government Contracts and Litigation groups. Her practice covers a wide range of information security counseling and litigation engagements, including cybersecurity compliance, incident response, regulatory assessments and investigations, and disputes surrounding data breaches and trade secrets.

    Kate is a Certified Information Privacy Professional for both the U.S. private and government sectors by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She has been named a “Rising Star” by both Law360 (2018) and the American Bar Association's Science & Technology Section (2016). Kate serves as co-chair for both the ABA Public Contract Law Section’s Cybersecurity, Privacy, & Data Protection Committee; and the Science & Technology Section's Homeland Security Committee. Kate also sits on PubK Law’s Advisory Board, advising on cybersecurity issues for government contractors. Most recently, Kate was inducted as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
    Education
    EDUCATION

    Kate received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where her studies focused on national security. Prior to law school, she graduated first in her class from Florida State University, summa cum laude with honors.
  • Zack Hadzismajlovic
    Partner, McCarter & English
    Zlatko “Zack” Hadzismajlovic is a partner at McCarter & English. Zack’s practice focuses on international trade, export controls and customs matters as well as global mobility issues. Zack represents clients in a wide spectrum of controlled defense, dual-use (ITAR, EAR, OFAC) and purely commercial trade matters. In addition, Zack counsels client in navigating deals through the newly reformed review and submission requirements related to foreign direct investments (CFIUS, FOCI, BEA) as well as in the pre-transaction planning and diligence and post-transaction implementation of mitigation instruments.
    Education
    JD, New York School of Law
    BA, Hunter College
  • J. Chris Haile
    Partner, Crowell & Moring
    J. Chris Haile is a partner at Crowell & Moring with extensive experience in government procurement law. Mr. Haile litigates disputes and counsels clients in a broad range of government contract matters, with particular emphasis on the resolution of contract disputes. For example, Mr. Haile has represented clients in matters involving the government's breach of contract, claims for contract changes, termination for default, termination for convenience, Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) compliance and defective pricing, commercial-item procurement, contract negotiations, and bid protests. He also represents clients in other related matters, such as investigations and audits by government agencies or inspectors general (IGs), False Claims Act / qui tam relator suits, and disclosures to the U.S. Government.

    Mr. Haile represents clients from many different industries, including aerospace, defense, health care, construction, telecommunications, information technology, and professional services. He also has experience involving agencies such as the Department of Defense (DOD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of State, U.S. Postal Service, and the General Services Administration (GSA).

    Mr. Haile has represented clients in litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board. He also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in a variety of forms, including arbitration, mediation, and other binding and non-binding ADR proceedings.
    Education
    Mr. Haile is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A., cum laude) and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude), where he also served as editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.
  • Lucas Hanback
    Shareholder, RJO
    Lucas Hanback is a shareholder in Rogers Joseph O’Donnell’s government contracts practice group. He litigates claims on behalf of government contractors and has extensive experience before the Court of Federal Claims, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and other federal and state courts and administrative forums. He has been named a “Rising Star” by Legal 500, and has also been recognized by SuperLawyers since 2013.
  • Gene Hanson
    Senior Manager
    Gene Hansen applies his 20+ years of commercial and government aerospace management and leadership experience to program managing large scale system implementations, process improvement efforts and change initiatives. He has led such assignments for airlines, turbine manufacturers, airframers, avionics manufacturers and MROs in both domestic and international government and commercial arrangements. Gene has experience with full-suite SAP and Deltek Costpoint implementations and combines his machining, manufacturing engineering, business and legal background into integrated process and systems development capability.
    Education
    AAS – CNC Machine Tool Technology, Weber State University
    BS – Manufacturing Engineering, Weber State University
    MBA – California Polytechnic State University
    MSe – Engineering Management, California Polytechnic State University
    JD – Santa Clara University
    Licensed Attorney, State of Connecticut
  • Eric Hayman
    Manager, Capital Edge Consulting
    Eric Hayman has over 10 years of experience providing professional support to government contractors and government agencies in the areas of compliance, accounting and training. He specializes in the Federal Acquisitions Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, Government Audits and Contract’s Finance Management. He has worked closely with Chief Financial Officers, Controllers, Vice Presidents, and General Counsels among others, and brings experience from a wide range of engagements.

    Eric has provided Government Contracting Services to a wide range of Industries, including Aerospace and Defense, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Sectors, Manufacturing and Professional Services. His clients range from small start-ups to large, publicly-held, multi-national organizations.
    Education
    Education
    B.A. Accounting and Business Administration
    Eric graduated from Flagler College, Magna Cum, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Accounting & Business Administration.
  • 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.
  • Marty Herbert
    NeoSystems
    With over 15 years of experience in government contracts compliance, Marty’s expertise includes business process analysis, auditing, accounting, and compliance management. He started his career with the DCAA after completing a B.S. and M.S. in accounting. Marty uses his analytical expertise to facilitate change management, enabling business process automation across a wide range of processes and products and specifically for Deltek product users. Marty ensures NeoSystems delivers great workflows for accounting and business systems.
  • John Hindman
    Director, Baker Tilly
    John is a director in the government contractor advisory services practice of Baker Tilly. John has extensive experience assisting government contractors with complex regulatory compliance matters, internal control assessments, business process analyses, incurred cost proposal preparation, and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) compliance. John has a working knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) Contract Audit Manual, and CAS. John also assists contractors with developing incurred cost proposals, designing indirect cost rate structures, and responding to government audits.
    Education
    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
  • Darrell Hineman
    Director, CohnReznick
    Darrell M. Hineman, CPA, CFE, is a Director with CohnReznick’s Government Contracting Industry Practice. He has spent his career in accounting and federal government contracting arena, assisting clients in navigating through government contracting regulations, especially in researching and interpreting the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) cost principles, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and various other regulatory supplements. He has worked with many branches of the U.S. Government, such as the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to name a few.
  • Shlomo Katz
    Counsel, Brown Rudnick
    Mr. Katz is a Counsel in Brown Rudnick’s Washington, DC office where he is a member of the Wage and Hour Group, a practice spanning the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Service Contract Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, and state wage laws. He represents mostly employers in class and collective actions, individual lawsuits, federal and state wage investigations, and self-audit compliance. Mr. Katz also has been retained to be an exemption classification consultant.

    Mr. Katz is fluent in Hebrew.
    Education
    George Washington University Law School – J.D., 1990
    University of Maryland School of Architecture – B.S., 1986
  • 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.
    Education

    BS in Computer Science from Tulane University
    MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
  • William Keating
    Managing Director
    William J. Keating has over 35 years of consulting experience, and is a government contracts expert with a strong background in accounting, business systems and compliance advisory for aerospace and defense clients, and other government contractors.

    Bill’s areas of expertise include Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Federal Agency FAR Supplements, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Super Circular, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Federal Supply Schedules. He has advised organizations on government audits, business systems compliance, claims preparation, contract disputes and investigations.
    Education
    Bill graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA in Business and Economics from Lehigh University.
  • Rebecca Kehoe
    Manager, CohnReznick
    Rebecca Kehoe, JD, is a manager in CohnReznick’s Government Contracting Industry Practice with more than 30 years of experience in addressing compliance issues for government contractors. She consults with small and medium-sized businesses on such matters as contract compliance for purchasing business systems, cost estimating business systems, and contract property management business systems, as well as on conflicts of interest and ethics for government contractors. Rebecca has also taught courses on various issues of government contract compliance.
    Education
    Education
    American University Washington College of Law
    Juris Doctor Field Of Study - Contract Law

    University of Maryland College Park
    Bachelor of Science (BS) Field Of Study - Civil Engineering
    Degree in Construction Management
  • 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 at NCMA and NDIA events.
    Education
    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
    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.
    Education
    Education
    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).
    Education
    Anthony Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from George Mason University.
  • Andy King
    President, Federal Publications Seminars
    I am the co-owner of FPS and I have served as its president since Rob Hafiz and I purchased FPS from Thomson Reuters in August 2014. I bring more than 20 years of leadership experience with a background in corporate learning, training, online education, and events. I’m particularly interested in the business impact that can be generated from all forms of talent development and training.

    I believe that corporate learning—the true development of human capital—has only just begun to be a lever for business growth. Leading organizations are starting to measure the business impact generated from learning to ensure the dollars invested are turning into growth and operational efficiency.

    At the overall FPS business level, I oversee the development and implementation of the company strategy, and FPS is excited and proud to support the evolution of the training and development field.
    Education
    University of St. Thomas, B.A. in Communications and Sociology
  • Barbara Kinosky
    Managing Partner, Centre Law and Consulting
    Barbara Kinosky is the Managing Partner of Centre Law and Consulting and has more than twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of federal government contracting. Barbara is a nationally known expert on GSA and VA Schedules and the Service Contract Act, and she has served as an expert witness for federal government contracting cases. She has a proven track record of solving complex issues for clients by providing strategic and business savvy advice. Barbara was named a top attorney for federal contracting by Smart CEO magazine in 2010, 2012 and 2015. Prior to establishing Centre, Barbara was the head of a government contracts practice group at a major law firm. She started Centre in 2002 to provide integrated legal, GSA consulting and training services.
    Education
    Education

    JD, George Mason University School of Law
    Associate Editor of the Law Review

    BS, Florida State University
  • Stephen Knight
    Member, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
    Mr. Knight has practiced government contract law in excess of 35 years, counseling and litigating on behalf of clients in all aspects of that specialized practice. He has significant experience in claims and disputes, with special emphasis on costing and pricing issues involving cost allocability and allowability, Cost Accounting Standards, defective pricing under the Truth in Negotiations Act, and government audits. Mr. Knight has substantial experience in compliance issues pertaining to government contractors and frequently assists clients in evaluating the requirement and manner of making disclosures to the government. He has conducted compliance reviews for clients, assisting in reviewing and evaluating internal controls, conducting training and evaluating specific compliance issues such as business systems and socio-economic requirements in government contracts. Mr. Knight represents prime contractors as well as subcontractors, and is experienced in ascertaining the necessary government contract requirements for inclusion in subcontracts.
    Education
    University of Virginia School of Law (J. D., 1978)
    University of Virginia (B.A., 1975) With Honors
  • Ryan Koenitzer
    CPA, President, RKI
    Ryan Koenitzer, CPA, leads RKI, a U.S. Government Contracts practice and CPA firm dedicated to assisting U.S. Government contractors with their accounting and compliance needs. Mr. Koenitzer has over 14 years experience in government contract cost accounting, pricing, interpretation and application of federal contract regulatory compliance requirements including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), USG business system design and implementation, and internal audit services. He advises clients on a wide range of financial and compliance risks and other regulatory requirements related to U. S. government contracts. He has served clients in the aerospace and defense, architectural and engineering, construction, manufacturing, energy, transportation and technology industries across various Government agencies (e.g., DoD, DOE, etc.).
    Education
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Bachelor, Accounting
  • Philip Koos
    Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - Forensic Services
    Philip Koos is a Partner within Forensic Services specializing in Government contract consulting. His services include compliance, recovery, litigation and dispute support, forensic accounting, due diligence, pricing, organizational transformation, contract analysis and review and operational effectiveness. Serve clients in the A&D, Energy, Utilities, Healthcare, Technology, Life Sciences, Services and Industrial Products Industries.
    Education
    American University - Kogod School of Business
    MBA, Accounting

    York College of Pennsylvania
    BS, Accounting
  • Jonathan Kosarin
    Associate Counsel, DoD Countering Terrorism Technical Support Office
    Jonathan H. Kosarin is Associate Counsel at the Department of Defense Countering Terrorism Technical Support Office and has over 32 years experience in Acquisition and Government Contracting. Mr. Kosarin previously served as Assistant General Counsel at the National Reconnaissance Office, Deputy Counsel, US Navy Special Projects Division; Acting Chief, Contract Law Division, U.S. Army Headquarters in Heidelberg Germany; Associate Counsel, Naval Supply Systems Command; Associate General Counsel and Director of Procurement Law, Federal Home Loan Bank Board; European Trial Attorney and Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Army Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, and; Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Contract Law at the Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, VA and as Deputy General Counsel, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office. He is an Adjunct Instructor of Procurement and Contracting at the University of Virginia and also teaches at the National Criminal Justice Command College.
    Education
    Mr. Kosarin received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University; a Juris Doctor degree, from Brooklyn Law School; and a Master of Laws degree in Government Procurement Law, from the George Washington National Law Center.
  • Kim Koster
    VP Product Marketing, Unanet
    Kim Koster is the Vice President of Product Marketing for Unanet. Kim has 28 years of experience working in the government contracting space. She spent the majority of those years working for Raytheon and ATK. Kim held management positions such as Product Line Business Manager, Javelin JV Controller, EVMS Focal Point, and Business Systems Director. She has been a trainer in her organizations and has provided guidance to many finance, project and executive teams. Kim has been a speaker at multiple events to include PMI Global Congress, IPM Conference, EVM World, 8A Conference, and multiple webcasts and other venues.
    Education
    Education
    University of North Texas - BBA, Finance
  • Carl Kumpf
    CPA, NeoSystems Consultant, Co-founder of Integral Financial Group
    Carl Kumpf is Integral Financial Group’s co-founder. Mr. Kumpf is a seasoned financial executive with specific industry
    experience in high tech, telecommunications, financial services and media. With more than 20 years of professional experience
    in public accounting and industry, his areas of expertise includes internal and external audit, accounting operations and
    financial reporting, including SEC compliance, budgeting, internal controls, mergers and acquisitions and liquidations.
    As a principal of Integral Financial Group, Mr. Kumpf led a 45 member team cross-disciplinary team of consultants and
    employees in the security cost basis subledger successful restatement effort of Fannie Mae. Areas of restatement included
    FIN46, FAS115, 99-20 Impairments, Amortization and Resecuritization. Mr. Kumpf also oversaw the successful first year
    Sarbanes Oxley implementation of a large local government contractor and has served as interim CFO/Controller for several
    local private high tech companies.

    Mr. Kumpf was most recently the Chief Accounting Officer at InPhonic, Inc. He had full responsibility of corporate
    accounting, technical accounting, general ledger accounting, operational accounting, accounts payable, inventory, payroll,
    billing operations, SEC reporting and Sarbanes Oxley implementation functions of a recently public $300 million e-Commerce
    company
    Education
    Mr. Kumpf holds a B.B.A in Accounting from the College of William and Mary. He is a CPA in the State of Virginia.
  • Stephen "Chase" Kunk
    Vice President, Contracts & Procurement, Capital Edge Consulting
    Stephen “Chase” Kunk is Capital Edge Consulting, Inc.’s Vice President, Contracts and Procurement and CPSR Consulting Practice lead 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.
    Education
    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
    Senior Editor, ClearanceJobs.com
    Lindy Kyzer is the senior editor of ClearanceJobs.com, 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).
    Education
    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 Virchow Krause, LLP 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.
    Education
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Jake Leishman
    Attorney
    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.
    Education
    Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland
  • Evan Lesser
    Co-Founder, President, ClearanceJobs.com
    Evan H. Lesser is the Co-Founder and President of ClearanceJobs.com. He started with DHI in 2004 after selling ClearanceJobs. Before founding ClearanceJobs, Lesser managed technical projects with CACI for the U.S. Navy's Science and Technology directorate at the Pentagon, and for the Joint Technology Panel on Electronic Warfare. Previously, he worked for Boeing on its Reserve Component Automation System program for the U.S. Army in metro Washington, DC. Lesser has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Georgia in Athens, and lives and works in the Atlanta metropolitan area. When he’s not working, he’s usually spending time with his family, writing songs, playing games, or daydreaming of travel to faraway lands.
  • Russell Leu
    Senior Partner, Kingsfield Law Office
    Russell Leu is Senior Partner for International Investments at Kingsfield Law Office. He leads the US-China Practice at the firm.

    Mr. Russell Leu is a member of the Hawaii State Bar and is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Hawaii and the federal court of the District of Hawaii. Leu has resided and worked full-time in Beijing, China for the past 20 years. His previous China law practice has included serving as Special Counsel with the Beijing representative offices of the U.S. law firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in the firm's China Corporate Practice Group. Prior to joining the Sheppard Mullin law firm, Mr. Leu established and served as the managing attorney and Chief Representative of the Beijing representative office of the U.S. law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister where he focused on a broad corporate China practice. After obtaining his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1984, Russell Leu had served as the attorney Law Clerk to two federal bankruptcy judges including the Honorable Lloyd King, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in San Francisco, California and the Honorable Cameron J. Wolfe, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in Oakland, California.
  • Drew Lewis
    CPA, Consulting Manager, Baker Tilly
    Drew Lewis is a Consulting Manager at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
    Education
    Bachelor of Science, Accounting
    Liberty University
  • Marsha Lindquist
    President, Granite Leadership Strategies
    Marsha Lindquist is an experienced price proposal manager & contracts professional. She is an expert in cost proposal management, development & pricing strategy. Marsha has built a tradition of quality consulting to Government contractors for over 30 years. She has wide-ranging experience with Government contracting firms–mostly scientific & high technology companies. Marsha is adept in persuasive pricing that wins & is masterful in authoring customer-focused winning pricing strategies. Marsha works with her clients on concepts that help people cut through the irrelevant, zero in on the things that distinguish, and create value. She is described by clients as tenacious and a true pro. Ms. Lindquist has achieved the distinguished titles of NCMA Fellow, APMP Fellows & APMP Practitioner. Marsha can be often seen hiking with her dog Ziva - a young Australian Shepherd with lots of energy.

    Social Media Info
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marshalindquist1/
    Website: www.GraniteLeadershipStrategies.com
    Education
    EDUCATION

    Frostburg State University, MBA Finance

    The American University - Kogod School of Business, BS Marketing, Accounting

    The American University, Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Victoria Little
    Senior Program Manager and Federal Contracts Lead, NVIDIA
    Victoria Little, PgMP, PMP, CPCM is a certified project/program and contracts manager with 20 years of experience leading the successful strategy and execution of many high-end projects and programs in IT and technology development industries. She started her career with the Air Force Research Lab as an R&D contractor, then moved into IT where she held positions at Silicon Graphics, HP, and now NVIDIA. At NVIDIA Victoria works as a Senior Program Manager and Federal Contracts Lead. Victoria is also a US Navy veteran.
  • Dismas Locaria Esq.
    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.
  • 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.
    Education
    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.
    Education
    Bachelor of Science in Accounting, George Mason University
    Certified Public Accountant, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Mario Mancuso
    Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
    Mario Mancuso is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and leads the firm’s International Trade and National Security practice. A former member of the President’s national security team, he specializes in counselling clients on international trade and national security matters, guiding clients through the CFIUS process, and resolving crises involving economic sanctions and export control-related investigations by the U.S. government.

    Since his return to private practice, Mario has been consistently recognized as a leading international practitioner by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Named an “International Trade MVP” by Law360, he is a leading advisor on matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS), economic sanctions (OFAC), export controls (ITAR, EAR), and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), earning praise from boards, CEOs and senior executives for his holistic and "very strategic" approach.
  • Blair Marks
    VP of Business & Ethics Conduct, Lockheed Martin
    Blair Marks is responsible for ensuring the application of Lockheed Martin’s values in all aspects of operations. She leads a team of ethics professionals who support the enterprise by providing education and guidance; promoting open communication; assisting in the prevention, identification and resolution of issues; and investigating allegations of misconduct.

    Previously, Ms. Marks led Lockheed Martin’s ethics awareness and business conduct compliance education, implementation of the ethics program for Lockheed Martin’s international elements, and external engagement including suppliers, colleges and universities. Earlier in her career, she managed both the C-5 Avionics Modernization Program and the C-5 Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Programs in support of the United States Air Force’s fleet of Galaxy airlifters. She also was Plant Manager of the company’s composites and adhesive bonding facility in Charleston SC, and both Deputy Director of Engineering and Marietta GA Site Director for the F-22 Raptor Program.

    Ms. Marks holds a bachelor of ceramic engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a master of science in materials engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Georgia State University. She holds certifications as a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and a Leading Professional in Ethics and Compliance.

    Ms. Marks represents Lockheed Martin on the Working Group of the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct as well as the board of the American Red Cross, National Capital Region. She is a Fellow of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative. She has served on Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering and Women in Engineering advisory boards and is a graduate of Leadership Cobb. She is the immediate past president of Women of Reform Judaism, and she serves on the boards of the Union for Reform Judaism and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She previously served on the board of the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers. She has received the Women in Aerospace Outstanding Leadership Award.
    Education
    MS, Engineering Materials
    University of Michigan

    MBA, Management
    Georgia State University
  • Rex Marks
    Director
    Mr. Rex Marks is an accomplished, professional law enforcement leader with over 30 years’ experience in public sector leadership having served in municipalities across the country at various ranks including Chief of Police. He currently services as Director of Norwich University’s Leadership & Change Institute (Norwich Pro) as well as Program Director and Professor for the Master of Science in Leadership programs. His specialties include leadership development and team building, effective problem- solving and decision-making processes, project/fiscal management, emergency management and disaster preparedness, strategic communications, and organizational development. In addition, Mr. Marks provides consultant services fornational and international organizations to extend opportunities for lifelong learning and progressive change management practices.
    Education

    Mr. Marks holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Disaster Management. He is currently completing his doctoral degree in Public Policy Administration with a concentration in Leadership, Community Sustainability, and Terrorism. His Dissertation addresses the causal factors of violence and violent crime in young adult males.
  • Sophia Marshall
    Job Development Specialist, Government Contracting - George Mason University
    Sophia Marshall, MHR, BCC is the Employer Relations Manager, GovCon Associate, and Adjunct Faculty for George Mason University’s School of Business. She conducts outreach to employers in the Northern VA area, linking them to opportunities to interface with undergraduate and graduate students. She also delivers career guidance focused on federal and GovCon industries. Sophia’s background is in higher education, workforce training and development, and instructional design. She serves as the Co-Chair of Dulles Chamber’s Workforce and Education committee and is a member of Reston Chamber’s GovCon committee.

    Prior to her work at George Mason University, Sophia provided consulting services, helping hundreds of job seekers make successful career transitions from military service into the civilian sector. She is a published author with work found in Military Spouse Magazine, the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, Modernize Your Resume, and Modernize Your Job Search Letters.

    About George Mason University: George Mason University’s School of Business creates career-ready business graduates through rigorous, stimulating business programs based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. Dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, we prepare the next generation of business leaders through a range of innovative academic degree programs, executive education programs, and international alliances.
    Education
    University of Oklahoma, Master of Human Relations (MHR) - Field Of Study: Multicultural & Diversity Studies
    University of Wisconsin-Stout - Field Of Study: Instructional Design
    Ursinus College, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Field Of Study: English & Japanese Activities and Societies - International House, Community Service
  • Yolimar Martinez-Nadal
    CPA, MST, Tax Partner, CohnReznick
    Yolimar Martinez-Nadal, CPA, MST, is a Tax Partner in CohnReznick’s Tysons office. With 20 years of experience in tax consulting, Yoli has helped clients save significantly on taxes by maximizing available tax credits and incentives.

    Yoli has managed complex corporate and partnership tax returns, including companies with international operations. Her clients include middle market, venture capital and private equity backed, publicly traded, and privately owned companies, and other high-profile corporate clients. Her areas of expertise include ASC 740 financial reporting, business combination, corporate tax, due diligence, international tax, mergers and acquisitions, tax compliance and planning, and tax controversy.

    Yoli currently serves as a Board Member of Women in Technology, a professional association dedicated to providing programs and resources to advance women in the technology industry.
    Education
    Education

    B.S., Accounting, American University
    M.S., Taxation, American University
  • Michelle Massarini
    VP of Finance
    Michelle Massarini is the VP of Finance for Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. Her focus is on providing full contract lifecycle professional support to government contractors and government agencies in the areas of compliance, accounting, contracts, and training. Michelle’s areas of expertise include Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), DCAA compliance and audit support, government cost accounting requirements, and Deltek Costpoint.

    Since joining Capital Edge in 2010, Michelle has provided guidance to companies in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, the creation and preparation of incurred cost submissions, forward pricing models, the development and maintenance of CAS Disclosure Statements, cost impact studies as required for making changes to cost accounting practices, booked to billed reconciliations, contract closeouts, and contractor business system reviews, including but not limited to Accounting, Estimating, & Purchasing. Michelle has designed reports in Deltek Cognos and Impromptu to support booked to billed reconciliations, incurred cost submissions and related audits as required by DCAA. She has initiated and assisted in the implementation of policies and procedures, and provided recommendations that allow for efficiency and precision in day-to-day activities for various levels of accounting, purchasing, estimating, and contracting personnel. Michelle has also served as a subject matter expert in the design and implementation of Deltek Costpoint.

    Prior to joining Capital Edge Consulting, Michelle spent 12 years in government contracting in both the environmental engineering and software development/IT support industries. She has experience in a wide range of roles including cost accounting manager, financial (project-level) manager, and procurement specialist. Michelle has extensive knowledge in the compilation of incurred cost submissions, analysis of various financial margins and metrics, designing indirect rate structures, and end-user functionality of Deltek Costpoint.
    Education
    Michelle graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.
  • Joseph McCaffrey
    CPA, Baker Tilly
    Joseph McCaffrey, CPA is a partner in the government contractor advisory services practice of Baker Tilly. Joseph has more than 15 years of experience advising and supporting government contractors. Joseph has advised clients in the aerospace, healthcare, construction, security services, manufacturing, technology and professional services industries on a wide range of business issues and regulatory compliance matters, specializing in contract accounting & pricing, claims, internal controls & business systems and other regulatory compliance matters.
    Education
    Education
    Wake Forest University
    Master of Science in accountancy
    Bachelor of Science in accountancy
  • Michael McGill
    Partner, Arnold & Porter
    Michael McGill represents clients across virtually all industry sectors that do business with government customers (including aerospace and defense, technology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy, and professional consulting) and in nearly all aspects of procurement and contracting law. He has experience handling some of the most complex litigation and transactional matters in this area.

    Mr. McGill regularly litigates high-stakes bid protests, contract claims against government agencies, prime-subcontractor and teaming disputes, and other contentious matters related to government contracting at the federal and state levels. He has litigated before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), US Court of Federal Claims (COFC), Armed Services and Civil Boards of Contract Appeals, and the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA), among other forums, achieving favorable results for clients through various forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in addition to litigation.

    Mr. McGill also frequently advises clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions and other transactions involving government contractors. He counsels clients on the unique issues associated with buying, selling, and merging such companies, including small business preference programs, mitigation of foreign ownership and control (FOCI), allocation of intellectual property rights, and the novation and post-transaction integration processes.

    Mr. McGill defends clients facing allegations of fraud and misconduct, and helps clients navigate Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) audits, Department of Justice (DOJ) and agency Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigations, and suspension and debarment actions. He counsels clients on a wide spectrum of compliance and regulatory issues associated with competing for and performing government contracts (e.g., False Claims Act, Procurement Integrity Act, mandatory disclosures, Multiple Award Schedule contracting, sourcing preferences, fiscal law, terminations, organizational conflicts of interest, "revolving door" rules, and ethical standards that apply to federal agencies and employees).
    He has been recognized for his accomplishments in Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Washington, DC Super Lawyers, and named to Law360's Government Contracts MVPs list.
    Education
    JD, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2002, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
    BA, Pennsylvania State University, 1999, cum laude
  • 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’s 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.
    Education
    EDUCATION

    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
  • Alex Mikhelson
    Manager, Baker Tilly
    Alex is an experienced manager with the government contractor advisory services group where he supports our clients with their numerous challenges from DFARS business systems reviews to audit support to one-off unique issues, Alex customizes solutions for each of our clients based on their needs. Alex brings over 10 years of experience to the practice including financial improvement and audit readiness, government property management, business process reengineering, managers’ internal control program (OMB A-123), DoD acquisition and logistics, and forensic auditing. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Alex worked as a consultant to a DoD agency as a task lead responsible for the Agency’s asset management program, financial audit support, and business process analysis. Alex was also a lead auditor for Army Audit Agency planning and managing complex acquisition and logistics audits as well as forensic audit work to detect and identify fraud.
  • Michael Miller
    Vice President, Compliance, Health Net Federal Services
    Michael A. Miller is the vice president at Health Net Federal Services.
  • Ray Monroe
    Principal, Miles & Stockbridge
    Ray Monroe, a principal at Miles & Stockbridge, has 35+ years of experience representing national and multi-national businesses and quasi-public entities on litigation, ADR, and counseling matters in a broad array of industries from aerospace to utilities relating to public procurement and grants. His experience includes: bid protests; claims; compliance programs; construction; corporate governance; cybersecurity; disaster response and hazard mitigation grants; False Claims Act; internal and external investigations; mandatory disclosures; suspension and debarment; and white collar matters. He has appeared before federal bid protest forums, federal Boards of Contract Appeals, and federal and state courts. He has also participated in arbitrations as both an advocate and a party arbitrator.

    Ray is Co-Leader of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group, which includes the Corporate, Tax, Health Care and Government Contracts practices. He leads a multidisciplinary team that draws on all of the resources of Miles & Stockbridge to meet each client’s specific needs.
    Education
    Education

    Duke University School of Law
    JD, with distinction, Executive Editor of the Duke Law Journal

    Hobart College
    BA, Physics and History, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Alexander H.E. Morawa
    Partner, Kingsfield Law Office
    Alexander H.E. Morawa specializes in international law and procedure as well as comparative constitutional law.

    Morawa combines international and transnational legal scholarship and practice in a career that spans multiple continents. A dual citizen of the U.S.A. and Austria, he holds a faculty appointment at American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC,. His work in practice includes the representation of petitioners in various international courts and tribunals established by the United Nations and the Council of Europe. He has also been of counsel to several international organizations (including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the OSCE, and the UNDP) and the U.S. government and represents and advises parties in proceedings before international tribunals. Morawa is a visiting professor of law at China University of Political Science and Law, the leading law school in China.
  • Robert Moss
    Principal, National Director of Government Affairs
    Bob Moss leads CohnReznick’s federal and state government relations efforts with a focus on the affordable housing industry. In this capacity, he helps to protect client interests in the affordable housing industry through the legislative process. Bob operates out of CohnReznick’s Boston and DC-metro offices.

    Bob has 30 years of affordable, multifamily housing experience that includes syndication, preservation and development, debt financing, tax credit applications, and property management. He currently serves as Vice President of the National Leased Housing Association, an organization serving both public and private organizations in the affordable multifamily rental housing field. He is also active with the Council of Independent State Housing Associations (CISHA), the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, and the ACTION Rental Housing Campaign. His extensive industry and government experience includes serving as the Chairman of the non-partisan Housing Advisory Group which is active in preserving the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program in Congress. He has also served as the Federal Legislative Subcommittee Chair for the Housing Credit Group of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Bob also serves as chairman of the National Leased Housing Association.

    Bob has testified before the full House Ways and Means Committee on tax credit reform and residential real estate hearings, as well as Senate and House Subcommittees on affordable housing issues. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Affordable Housing Hall of Fame by Affordable Housing Finance magazine. In addition, he was honored with the Daniel M. Grady Memorial Award by NAHB for his commitment to advocacy. Prior to joining the Firm, Bob was Senior Vice President and Director of Origination, Affordable Housing, for Boston Capital.
    Education
    B.A., New Hampshire College
  • Sanjay Mullick
    Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
    Sanjay J. Mullick is a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, DC. Mr. Mullick advises companies, sponsors and investors on export controls and sanctions risk assessment in conjunction with investments, offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He also conducts internal investigations, handles voluntary self-disclosures, and designs and implements trade controls compliance programs. Mr. Mullick assists companies with navigating the export control aspects of software deployment, including global encryption controls, cloud computing, and offshore outsourcing. In addition, he counsels companies and financial institutions on compliance with economic sanctions, including considerations for market entry and implementation of corporate policies and procedures.
  • 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.
    Education
    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.
  • Deborah Nixon
    Founder & Managing Officer, Crosshair Advisors
    Deborah Nixon, is a nationally recognized trainer, licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and career dedicated Government contracts practitioner with over 30 years of experience. Deborah is the founder of Crosshair Advisors, and a retired Partner with Ernst & Young’s Government Contract Services practice where she worked for 25 years. Before joining EY, she held management positions with both large and emerging growth contractors including Motorola and General Dynamics.
    Education
    EDUCATION

    Masters of Business Administration in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from University of North Carolina’s Kennan-Flagler Business School

    Honor student inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

    Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance and Economics from University of Maryland

    Attended American University’s Graduate Accountancy Program

    Holds a Certificate in Corporate Governance and Board Effectiveness from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
  • Deborah Norris Rodin
    Attorney, RJO

    Deborah Norris Rodin is an attorney in RJO’s Washington, D.C. office, specializing in government contracts. She represents clients in a range of industries in high-stakes bid protests, complex contract claims and disputes, and internal and government investigations. She has significant experience litigating before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Boards of Contract Appeals, among other venues. Ms. Rodin also counsels clients on a variety of compliance issues affecting government contractors, with a focus on cybersecurity and supply chain law and regulations.

    Rogers Joseph O’Donnell is a boutique law firm that has specialized in public contract matters for 36 years and is ranked in “Band 2” by Chambers USA – the only boutique in Band 1 or 2. RJO was listed among the top six government contracts firms globally by Legal 500®. Free from the bureaucratic and economic burdens of a supersize law firm, we can listen to our clients more attentively, think more creatively and act more nimbly.
  • Nicole Owren-Wiest
    Partner, Crowell & Moring
    Nicole Owren-Wiest is a partner with Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, and leads the Group's cost accounting practice. With almost 20 years’ experience, Nicole advises contractors of all sizes across numerous industry segments, including many of the top defense government contractors and small businesses preparing to perform their first federal contract, and is a recognized leader in government contract cost accounting and intellectual property rights in government contracts.

    Recognition
    Listed by Chambers USA as one of “Americas Leading Lawyers for Business” in Government Contracts (2014-2020), particularly recognized for her skills in the area of cost accounting, and “Americas Leading Lawyers for Business - Up and Coming” (2011-2013)
    Named by The Legal 500 US as a “recommended lawyer” in Government Contracts (2015-2017)
    Acritas Star, Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers (2019)
    Education
    EDUCATION
    Minnesota State University, Bachelor of Science
    Willamette University College of Law, J.D.
  • Nathaniel Palmer
    VP, CTO, and Author; BPM
    Rated as the #1 Most Influential Thought Leader in Business Process Management (BPM) by independent research, Nathaniel Palmer has the led the design for some of the industry’s largest-scale and most complex process automation and digital transformation initiatives, involving investments of $500 Million or more. Today he is the Chief Architect for Serco, Inc. as well as the Executive Director of the Workflow Management Coalition (since 2006). Previously he had been the BPM Practice Director of SRA International, and prior to that Director, Business Consulting for Perot Systems Corp, as well as spent over a decade with Delphi Group serving as Vice President and CTO.

    He frequently tops the lists of the most recognized names in his field, and was the first individual named as Laureate in Workflow. He is a regular speaker at leading forums and industry user groups, and has authored or co-authored over a dozen books on process automation and digital transformation including “BPM Anywhere” (2016), “Intelligent BPM” (2013), “How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done” (2012), “Social BPM” (2011), “Mastering the Unpredictable” (2008) which reached #2 on the Amazon.com Best Seller’s List, “Excellence in Practice (2007), “Encyclopedia of Database Systems” (2007) and “The X-Economy” (2001).
    Education
    Education

    Bentley University
    BS CIS, Information Systems, Business Management

    Babson College
    MBA
  • Anthony J. Perfilio
    Of Counsel with Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis, L.L.P.
    Mr. Perfilio concentrates his practice in government, public, and business contracts and dispute resolution. His principal practice areas include contract solicitation and proposal requirements, competition, award selections and bid protests, contract technical data and intellectual property matters, organizational conflicts of interest, contract interpretation, dispute resolution, and terminations for convenience and default. A retired member of the Senior Executive Service, he has over 31 years of practice experience as an attorney and legal services manager for the Department of the Air Force. Prior to retiring as Director, Air Force Materiel Command Law Office, he supervised all Air Force contract dispute resolution before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and all legal services in connection with acquisition of major weapon systems by the Aeronautical Systems Center, research and development by the Air Force Research Laboratory, and foreign military sales by the Air Force Security Assistance Center.

    Mr. Perfilio is admitted to practice in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as before the U. S. Supreme Court and several Federal trial and appellate courts. He is an active member of the Federal Bar Association, having served as past president of the Association's Dayton, Ohio Chapter and serving currently as a Council Member of the Federal Bar Association's Government Contracts Section. Also active in the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Mr. Perfilio serves on the Board of Directors of the association's Dayton-Wright Chapter, and is a past Chairman of the Board. Mr. Perfilio is a Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association.
    Education
    Mr. Perfilio holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University and Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is a member of the Order of the Coif. Mr. Perfilio also completed the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.
  • Gregory Petkoff
    Partner, Jenner & Block
    Gregory H. Petkoff is a partner in the Government Contracts Practice. He represents large and small businesses and institutions on government contract matters involving defense and civilian agencies. He has recorded more than 200 reported decisions in bid protests and has resolved major claims against the government using ADR processes in both the government and private practice. He also has extensive experience in False Claims Act litigation, investigations by agency inspectors general, mandatory disclosures and related enforcement actions.
  • Michael Phipps
    Principal, GCO
    Michael Phipps has over 20 years of commercial and public sector experience with a strong background in government contracting and has directed operations for corporations with onsite management in the United States, Middle East & Asia.
    Mr. Phipps has proven experience managing business operations for international corporations, working in over 20 countries. During his career Mr. Phipps has worked on a variety of prime and subcontracts with experience in Project Management, Base Operations Support, Language Services, Logistics and Information Technology. Mr. Phipps has managed complex international programs and has led successful operations into some of the most volatile areas of the world.

    Mr. Phipps served nine years in the U.S. Army Reserves and Active Duty and is a former US Army Ranger.

    Mr. Phipps currently is the Chairman of the SBA’s Veteran Small Business Affairs Advisory Committee. Mr. Phipps also is a founding member of the American Legion’s Small Advisory Task Force, formed to educate The White House, Congress and The Legion Posts about Veteran’s business issues while developing methods and tools to assist veteran-owned small businesses.
    Education
    University of Maryland University College
    Master's Degree, Computer Systems Management

    West Virginia University
    Bachelor's Degree, Business
  • Gene Pickarz
    Contracting Team Chief-Survivability Assurance Office at 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 Team Chief with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, VA.

    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 7+ year’s experience developing and presenting acquisition and contracting courses for the Intelligence Community while assigned to the NRO.
    Education
    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.
  • Adey Pierce
    Director, BDO
    Adey Pierce is a Director with BDO’s Industry Specialty Services-Biodefense and Government Contracting team.

    Adey has over 23 years of experience in the biodefense industry, serving most recently as the Director of the Division of Nonclinical Development for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, Adey led the division responsible for model development and non-clinical support and development of medical countermeasures (MCM) against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats, influenza and emerging infectious diseases. Adey directed a team responsible for BARDA’s nonclinical development task orders and managed a portfolio of contractors executing on multiple indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts supporting MCM development. Adey originally joined BARDA as a CBRN project officer and was later promoted to Branch Chief of the Nonclinical Development Network (NDN) Program, where she was responsible for oversight and management of the NDN as a component of BARDA’s Core Services and served as a Level III Contract Officer’s Representative (COR) for all contracts within the Network.
    Education
    M.S., Biotechnology Management, University of Maryland University College
    B.S., Biology, Grambling State University
    P.M.P., Project Management Institute
    Six Sigma Greenbelt
  • Chris Pockney
    Independent Consultant
    Chris Pockney has over 35 years of experience in Government contracts, primarily in the areas of contract pricing, accounting and administration. He provides advisory and training services to clients, primarily in the areas of contract pricing, cost accounting, contract administration and compliance.

    He is a long time instructor for Federal Publications on their Cost Accounting Standards and Masters in Contracting courses, and co-developed and co-presents the Advanced Cost Impact Analysis Workshop for them.

    He is a retired partner of Ernst & Young’s (now EY) Government Contract Services practice where he spent 24 years leading teams advising clients in a broad range of industries both domestically and internationally on pricing, cost accounting, compliance and contract administration issues including claims and Government investigations. While at EY he was a frequent speaker at public events and a highly rated instructor providing courses to companies and for Federal Publications. He has been admitted as an expert on contract pricing, accounting and claims matters in a variety of forums, including the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, state and local courts, arbitration and mediation procedures. He also has extensive experience in presenting analysis and findings to US Attorneys and Agency Inspectors General in settlement proceedings.

    Prior to joining EY he spent 8 years in the Aerospace and Electronics industries in Financial Analysis and Financial Management positions involving US Government and International contracts.
    Education
    Chris has a bachelor’s degree in law and economics from Cambridge University in England and a master’s degree in economics from San Francisco University.
  • Paul Pompeo
    Partner, Arnold & Porter
    Paul Pompeo counsels a wide range of companies in contract formation, performance, and compliance. Much of his practice focuses on accounting, cost and pricing: Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), the Truthful Cost or Pricing Data Act (formerly TINA), Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) cost principles, and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) audits. He also represents clients in dispute resolution: claims, appeals (before the ASBCA, CBCA, and Court of Federal Claims), and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), as well as bid protests and Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) overrides. He has successfully represented contractors in precedent-setting CAS cases, many involving benefits issues, litigated a seminal Limitation of Cost clause case, and litigated a series of cases establishing law fundamental to the statute of limitations. He also has experience with Foreign Military Sales (FMS), counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, financing, appropriations, and contract negotiations, and advises research universities, educational institutions and FFRDCs on compliance with issues stemming from grants and agreements. In addition, Paul handles various fraud matters and internal investigations. He is included in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Government Contracts.

    Paul served as vice president and general counsel, Government Division of Johnson Controls, Inc., and as Ethics Officer. Accordingly, he has an acute sense of clients' needs and how outside counsel can best serve its customer. Paul is a member of the firm's Hiring Committee, and is a past-chair of the firm's LGBT affinity group.
    Education
    LLM, George Washington University Law School, 1991
    JD, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1988
    BS, State University of New York at Albany, 1985, magna cum laude
  • Zhenhong Qu
    Senior Partner, Beijing Huayi Law Firm
    Zhenhong Qu is a nationally renowned litigator in administrative law and commercial law in China. She also represents leading Chinese media outlets on freedom of the press matters. Qu is currently a Senior Partner at Beijing Huayi Law Firm, a prestigious law firm in China. Prior to this role, she was an associate attorney at Beijing Daohe Law Firm. Before full-time law practice, she served as Director of Enterprise Administration (Chief Operation Officer and General Counsel) at Beijing Metal Structures Co. Ltd. Ms. Qu is originally from Hebei Province, China. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of International Economics and Business, a bachelor’s degree from Beijing Wuzi University, and an associate degree in law.
  • 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.
    Education
    B.S., Commerce, University of Virginia
  • Stephen Ramaley
    Counsel, Miles & Stockbridge
    Steve Ramaley, a counsel at Miles & Stockbridge, is a government contracts and grants lawyer. Steve assists public and private entities with government contracts and grants compliance; government audits and fraud investigations; bid protests; small business preference programs; domestic preference rules (Buy American Act/Trade Adjustment Assistance); subcontractor and teaming agreements; and other matters relating to domestic and international public contracts and grants.

    Steve frequently writes and speaks on challenges facing the Government contracts and grants communities, and has given testimony as a subject matter expert before the United States House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce.
    Education
    Education
    American University, Washington College of Law
    JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Review.

    University of Virginia
    BA, Foreign Affairs; Arabic Language
  • Anthony Rapa
    Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    Anthony Rapa is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he is a member of the Firm’s International Trade and National Security Practice Group. He is a leading practitioner in the field of economic sanctions and export controls, and regularly counsels clients regarding regulatory compliance in the context of cross-border operations and investments.

    Anthony’s practice focuses on U.S., UK, and EU economic sanctions and export control issues. He advises clients with respect to matters arising under economic sanctions regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), administered by the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); and companion UK and EU regimes.

    Anthony has advised clients around the world, including companies based in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, across a broad range of industries. His experience includes representations of clients in the energy, technology, software, semiconductor, manufacturing, mining, financial, automotive, telecommunications, defense, aerospace, legal and shipping industries.
    Education
    J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2007, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Comments Editor, Seton Hall Law Review; Peter Rodino Scholar
    B.A., Drew University, 2003, summa cum laude
  • Johana "Jody" Reed
    Counsel, McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC
    Ms. Reed’s practice focuses on advising domestic and international clients on all aspects of government contracting law, including prime contracts, subcontracts and other related agreements, drafting requests for equitable adjustments and claims; drafting Contractor Performance Assessment Report System responses; reviewing, drafting, evaluating and revising ethics compliance programs; evaluation and submission of Mandatory Disclosures; Cost Accounting Standards and accounting systems/cost principles; contract and solicitation review and risk assessment; protection of intellectual property rights related to government contracts; Organizational Conflicts of Interests issues and mitigation plans; Freedom of Information Act requests and defenses; export controls compliance and training programs; and cyber security issues. She is experienced and skilled in negotiating both international and domestic contracts including subcontracts, teaming agreements, intellectual property licenses, agent agreements, and proprietary information agreements for numerous million- and billion-dollar programs. She has represented clients of all sizes in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims.

    Ms. Reed lectures for Federal Publications Seminars on Data Rights in Government Contracts, Cooperative Agreements, CRADAs, Other Transaction Agreements, the FAR, DFARS, Cyber Security and Government Cloud Computing initiatives.

    Ms. Reed is a “second-career” lawyer who brings together over twenty years of experience as an attorney with over 15 years of experience as a Business Finance Manager at a major defense contractor and as a Contracts Manager at several defense contractors. She also worked under a contract with the FAA to provide contracts management support.
    Education
    Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 1997
    Juris Doctor
  • Tina Reynolds
    Partner, Morrison Foerster
    Tina Reynolds is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts practice. She represents a wide variety of government contractors including information technology, defense, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, with a focus on general contract counseling, compliance, and litigation.

    Tina counsels contractors on compliance with federal acquisition and ethics regulations. She has been involved with numerous internal investigations and compliance reviews, and with voluntary disclosures to agency Inspectors General. Tina routinely advises clients concerning prime-subcontractor relationships, sources of supply, price reductions and price reporting issues, organizational conflicts of interest, the safeguarding of intellectual property and other proprietary interests, licensing and data rights issues, the handling of classified materials, and agency suspension and debarment proceedings. She also assists clients with due diligence and other activities related to the acquisition of government contracting concerns, and with the drafting and negotiation of teaming agreements, subcontracts, licensing agreements, and cooperative research and development agreements.
    Education
    American University (B.A., 1992)

    University of North Carolina (J.D., 1995)
  • Bill Romenius
    Independent Consultant
    Bill has significant Cost Accounting Standards (“CAS”) experience gained through positions held in both the public and private sectors, including being the industry representative to the CAS Board.

    Most recently, Bill was a CAS specialist with the Defense Contract Management Agency. He developed CAS training modules that he then used to train the Agency’s Cognizant Federal Agency Officials (“CFAOs”). He also served the role as an advisor to the CFAOs on their specific CAS issues.

    Previously, Bill was an Industry leader in Federal procurement issues, while holding various positions at The Boeing Company. He has significant experience with earnings improvement and business process reengineering initiatives, with in-depth experience in cost accounting, variance analysis, performance improvement, budgeting, and forecasting. While at Boeing he also developed robust internal control processes in general, with a focus in the area of International Business Compliance.

    Prior to starting his almost twenty-eight year career at Boeing, Bill was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica.
    Education
    He gained Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Business Administration degrees at Wichita State University and completed the Yale Executive Management Program.
  • Peter Rosenbaum
    Partner, Jenner & Block
    Peter H. Rosenbaum concentrates in corporate transactions and counseling, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and securities compliance and reporting. In the area of mergers and acquisitions, he has represented public and private companies as buyers and sellers in a wide range of industries and an array of transaction structures. His securities practice centers on securities compliance matters and capital raising transactions.
    Education
    Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2005; magna cum laude, CALI Awards for highest grade in Civil Procedure and Legal Writing
    University of Michigan, B.A., 1994
  • Robert Rothwell
    Partner, Little, Rothwell and Vander Lugt, PLLC
    Rob focuses his practice on export controls and government contracts. Rob conducts internal
    corporate investigations and audits, drafts compliance plans, and counsels clients through
    all stages of involvement in complex export transactions, from mandatory registrations,
    technology release issues, and strategies for licenses and Commodity Jurisdiction
    Determinations and Commodity Classification Requests, to preparation and submission of
    voluntary disclosures.

    His representation includes: investigations and voluntary disclosures for public and private
    companies; advising on license strategies; compliance reviews; and development of internal
    control and compliance plans for export controls and international transactions involving the
    International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations
    (EAR), and sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
    Education
    Catholic University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1994 (Law Review)
    James Madison University, B.B.A. Business Administration, 1984
    Admitted to practice: Virginia & District of Columbia
  • Marie Salamone
    Senior Manager, Capital Edge Consulting
    Marie is a Senior Manager with 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.
    Education
    Marie earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from LaSalle University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University.
  • Leah Schmid
    VP, Human Resources and Administration, Delta Risk
    Leah oversees human resources, talent acquisition, information technology, and security management functions for Delta Risk. She has more than 15 years of progressive human resources and strategic business partnering experience from a wide array of industries. Before joining Delta Risk, she was the director of administration at Manufacturing Techniques (MTEQ), an advanced sensors design, development, and rapid prototyping company. In this role she served as a member of the executive leadership team and created business-driven programs and process improvement in a wide range of areas, including talent management, benefits administration, facilities and security management, and information technology. Leah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington and holds a Senior Professional of Human Resources certification, and well as the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional certification.

    Delta Risk provides a modern approach that allows companies to innovate and adopt new technologies quickly and securely. Built with a cloud-first approach, Delta Risk’s ActiveEye solutions provide clients with native integration to Microsoft Office 365, Google GSuite, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the Google Cloud Platform. Delta Risk is an Advanced Partner within the AWS Partner Network, and has been recognized as a “Top 25 Cyber Security Companies 2017” by CIO Applications, “Top 10 Managed Security Service Provider 2018,” by Enterprise Security, and one of the “Top 100 MSSPs 2017” by MSSP Alert. Delta Risk also offers professional consulting services for commercial and government clients to help them develop cyber security approaches to better protect their organizations and enable their business needs.
    Education
    Leah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington and holds a Senior Professional of Human Resources certification.
  • Carrie Schroll
    Attorney, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    Carrie Schroll is an associate in the International Trade and National Security Practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Carrie focuses her practice in the areas of export controls (including the ITAR and EAR), trade and economic sanctions, national security reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, customs, and anti-corruption laws. Carrie assists clients with large-scale, global internal investigations related to compliance with economic sanctions and export controls and with interfacing with regulators during the course of investigations. She also routinely counsels clients on compliance with export controls and economic sanctions, including assisting with license applications, export classification analyses, ITAR registrations and notices, and the development of compliance programs. In addition, Carrie advises clients on international trade and anti-corruption due diligence in connection with corporate transactions. Carrie represents a diverse range of clients, including those in the technology, software, telecommunications, consumer goods, and transportation industries.
    Education
    EDUCATION

    Carrie graduated from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary. She is admitted to practice in both the District of Columbia and Virginia.
  • Grant Schweikert
    Associate Counsel, Jenner & Block LLP
    Grant B. Schweikert is an associate in the firm’s Government Contracts Practice. He represents buyers and sellers in all aspects related to acquisitions and divestitures of government contractor businesses. He also counsels government contractor clients in contract negotiations, contract disputes, Federal Acquisition Regulation compliance
    Education
    The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2014
    Naval Postgraduate School, EMBA, 2011
    United States Naval Academy, B.S., 2003
  • Dave Scott
    Managing Director, Industry Specialty Services, Capital Edge Consulting
    Dave is a BDO managing director for Program Optimization and Project Controls solutions. 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 which ensure mission critical projects are completed on-time and within budget.
    Education
    Education
    B.B.A, Finance, Loyola Marymount University
  • Laura Semple
    Assistant General Counsel for Amentum
    Laura A. Semple serves as Assistant General Counsel for Amentum, where she provides advice on Government contracting, employment, and corporate law issues. Ms. Semple previously worked as an associate at Smith Pachter McWhorter, PLC, where she counseled Government contractors on cost and pricing issues and resolved claims relating to disallowed costs, CAS noncompliances, and accounting change cost impacts. Ms. Semple counseled Government contractors on compliance with mandatory disclosure obligations, incurred cost submissions, and other Government reporting requirements. Ms. Semple co-teaches the Cost & Pricing Course for the Masters in Procurement Law Program at the George Washington University Law School. She is an active member of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law and currently serves as Vice-Chair for the ABA Accounting, Cost, and Pricing Committee. Ms. Semple also serves as President of the Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association.
  • Jonathan Shaffer
    Member, Smith Pachter McWhorter
    Jonathan D. Shaffer is a member of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, Tysons Corner, Virginia. Mr. Shaffer is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia bars and has litigated government contract disputes in federal and state courts around the country for more than 30 years. Mr. Shaffer has represented government contractors in hundreds of bid protests before GAO, the Court of Federal Claims, and other tribunals. He also represents contractors in disputes at the federal, state, and local levels. Mr. Shaffer’s practice also includes commercial litigation relating to the Government contracts industry, including teaming, and confidentiality agreement disputes, defense of improper employment termination, and business tort actions.
    Education
    Mr. Shaffer received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and received his J.D. magna cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law where he was a member of the Honor Society, and received the Halpern Prize.
  • Jeff Shapiro
    Partner, CohnReznick
    Jeffrey Shapiro, CPA, is a partner in CohnReznick's Government Contracting Industry Practice. He provides an extensive range of advisory services for government contractors, including FAR/CAS compliance, indirect cost rate structuring, cost reporting, and final incurred cost proposal compliance.

    Jeff currently works on behalf of several government agencies to conduct a variety of pre-award and post-award contract audits, to include business systems reviews, incurred cost audits and support for competitive source selection procurements. In addition, he also advises government contractors on creating and enhancing internal controls related to business systems and preparing for incurred cost and other government (DCAA/DCMA) audits. He is an expert in Deltek GCS Premier and is well versed in Costpoint, Unanet, and Quickbooks.
    Education
    Education

    B.S., Business Management and Economics, Cornell University
    M.B.A., International Business, George Mason University
  • 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.
    Education
    Graduate Certificate in Executive Management, University of California Los Angeles
    B.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Cecilia Showalter
    JD, CCEP Director, Ethics & Compliance - Aerojet Rocketdyne
    Cecilia Showalter is the enterprise leader for Ethics & Compliance at Aerojet Rocketdyne. Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: AJRD) is a world-class developer and manufacturer of advanced propulsion and energetics systems for space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile, and armaments for customers in the United States and abroad.

    Prior to joining AR in 2018, Ms. Showalter practiced law in Washington, DC, where her focus was in government investigations, litigation, and white collar defense. She is admitted to practice in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Alabama, and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.
    Education
    BA in English
    University of Pennsylvania

    Juris Doctor
    American University's Washington College of Law
  • Matt Sigmund
    Director, BDO
    Manages teams providing financial management and US government contract compliance services for clients with HHS-BARDA and NIH, and DOD-DTRA and MCDC contracts and OTA's with a current funding portfolio of approximately $300m. These clients range in size from small biotech startups to large global pharmaceutical companies.

    Completed Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) assessments and developed Disclosure Statements for submission to US government auditors.

    Conducted assessments for US government prime and subcontractors to ensure compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).
  • D. Joe Smith
    Partner, Jenner & Block
    D. Joe Smith is chair of the firm’s Government Contracts Practice. He has represented large and small companies in a wide variety of government contract matters. With more than 40 years of experience, he has been lead counsel for a wide range of defense contractors in both the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims as well as in numerous federal district courts. He has also been involved in some of the largest transactions in the defense industry.
    Education
    Yale Law School, J.D., 1974; S&H Foundation Fellow
    Yale University, M.A., Political Science, 1974; Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow and a National Science Foundation Fellow
    Anderson College, B.A., 1970; magna cum laude; National Merit Scholar
  • Christine Sohar Henter
    Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    Christine Sohar Henter is a partner in the International Trade Practice Group of Barnes & Thornburg's Washington, D.C., office. As a member of the Corporate Department, Christine represents trade associations, governments, and corporate clients on international
    trade matters including import trade remedies, customs compliance, export controls and international business transactions, based on her public and private sector experience.
    Education
    EDUCATION
    University of Denver Sturm College of Law, (J.D.)
    University of Denver Josef Korbel Graduate School of International Studies, (M.A.)
    Miami University, (B.A.)
  • Michael Steen
    Senior Director, CPA
    Mr. Steen is a Director with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. He provides Government Contract Consulting services to our government contractors primarily related to cost accounting, financial compliance, and DCAA audit expectations. Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Mr. Steen served in a number of capacities with DCAA for over thirty years. Upon his retirement, Mr. Steen was one of the top seven senior executives with DCAA.
    Education
    Mr. Steen has a BS Degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University. He is also a graduate of the DCAA Director's Fellowship Program in Management, and has a Masters Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Mr. Steen also completed a number of OPM’s management and executive development courses.
  • 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).
    Education
    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.
  • 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®.
    Education

    J.D., The University of Chicago, The Law School
    Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award
    B.A., Stanford University
    With Honors
  • Kristin Szkrybalo
    Director, PwC Advisory Forensic Services
    Kristin Szkrybalo is a director in PwC’s Advisory Forensic Services. She provides advice to commercial clients across the energy, utility, aerospace and defense, automotive, software, and pharmaceutical life science industries. She provides clients with in-depth analysis and advice pertaining to their government contracts, grants and other agreement issues along with investigation and compliance assistance.

    Kristin has over 11 years of experience in assisting clients with complex contracting issues including incurred cost submissions, reimbursement claims, False Claim Act allegations, federal disaster recovery efforts, and other compliance related matters. Kristin also provides clients expertise around Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) in matters related to general compliance, the Price Reduction Clause, Trade Agreements Act, and other contracting requirements. She also offers insight to clients in other contractor crisis situations working with both internal and external counsel.
    Education
    Education
    Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Pennsylvania State University
  • 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.
    Education
    Education
    Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D. (2006)
    Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. (2003) with honors
  • 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.
    Education
    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.
  • 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.
    Education
    EDUCATION
    J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2008
    B.A., University of Virginia, Foreign Affairs, 2005
  • Mary Turri
    Platinum Subcontractor
    Mary joined Lexell Blue in June 2016 as a Platinum Subcontractor Team Member and has over 15 years of experience in Government Contracts. She was introduced to Deltek products as the customer, working with the Deltek Implementation Team. Together, they successfully designed, configured and implemented Costpoint People and Deltek Time Collection. This experience led Mary to an interest in ERP systems. Mary later had the opportunity to work for Deltek, as an HCM Consultant and later as a Principal HCM Customer Care Analyst. With her wide range of experience, Mary can see all angles of customer ideas and issues, and provide logical solutions. Mary specializes in Costpoint People, Deltek Time Collection and Employee Self Service.

    Prior to joining the Lexell Blue team, Mary worked as an HCM Independent Consultant, managing, training and implementing ERP systems.
    Education
    Mary graduated from California State University, Chico. She is based in Novato, California with her husband and two small boys.
  • Bhavesh Vadhani
    Principal, CohnReznick
    Bhavesh N. Vadhani, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, PMP is a Principal with CohnReznick and has more than 15 years of experience in the field of information risk management. As a trusted advisor to CIOs, CIS’s, and CAEs, he has led engagements such as privacy assessments, information technology (IT) general controls assessments, vendor security assessments, SSAE 16/SOC 1 (formerly SAS 70) and SOC 2 attestations, IT risk assessments, information security consulting, information assurance, IT strategy, IT portfolio management, and project management and quality assurance reviews. He has in-depth knowledge of IT and business processes, as well as valuable experience in auditing and integrating highly complex systems.
    Education
    Education
    MBA, Management Information Systems, University of Baltimore
    B.S., Electronics Engineering, University of Mumbai
  • Armani Vadiee
    Member, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
    Mr. Vadiee is a partner in the Government Contracts practice group. His practice focus is government and commercial contracts where he is counsel to domestic and international clients on a wide range of contracting issues including contract negotiation, terms and conditions, bid protests, changes and claim preparation, internal investigations, contract termination settlements, regulatory compliance, M&A due diligence, and contract litigation. Mr. Vadiee has developed large-scale compliance programs for government contractors focused on contract compliance including supply chain, accounting, domestic preference, export controls, data rights, subcontracting, cybersecurity, and mandatory reporting requirements. Mr. Vadiee also provides legal support to technology companies selling to the federal government directly or through resellers and many utilities and energy sector companies engaged in federal energy projects.

    Mr. Vadiee has experience litigating contract disputes in federal and state courts and administrative bodies including before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the United States Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

    Prior to practicing law, Mr. Vadiee was a contracting officer for a U.S. Department of Energy research laboratory and during law school clerked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in the Procurement Law Group.

    Mr. Vadiee is an active member of the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law and the Federal Bar Association’s Government Contracts Section
    Education
    J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
    M.B.A., University of New Mexico, Anderson Graduate School of Management
    B.B.A., University of New Mexico
  • Sarah Van Fossen
    Manager, PwC
    Sarah is a manager in PwC’s Advisory Forensic Services practice. She provides in-depth analyses and advice to government contractors and commercial clients across various industries to assist in dealing with compliance issues in regulatory, accounting and government contract environments. She has experience providing accounting services to law firms in litigation matters and legal proceedings involving government contract disputes as well as forensic investigations.
    Education
    University at Albany, SUNY
    MS, Forensic Accounting

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Camden
    BS, Accounting, Finance
  • John Van Meter
    Managing Director, Capital Edge Consulting
    John Van Meter has over 30 years of experience in government contracting. John brings a unique perspective of industry and consulting experience to contract compliance, internal control and business process development engagements. John’s experience includes cost accounting, pricing, internal auditing and subcontract management. John also is an accomplished speaker and trainer within the government contracting industry. John spent much of his career with KPMG, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s Government Contractor Advisory Services practice delivering professional services to premier clients worldwide. He led advisory projects providing federal contract compliance, regulatory compliance including Sarbanes-Oxley 404 internal control assistance, business system implementation and internal audit outsource services.
    Education
    John graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University.
  • 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.
    Education
    University of Virginia School of Law, JD 1991
    Oral Roberts University, BA History & Government 1987
  • Eddie Velez
    Senior Manager, CohnReznick
    Eddie Velez is a Senior Manager, with CohnReznick's Disaster Response and Recovery Advisory team. Previously, he worked with FEMA Region 6 for more than 13 years where he served in the roles of: Response Division Operational Planner, Planning Section Chief for FEMA Region 6 Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), and a Preparedness Analyst for the National Preparedness Division. In his last position, he managed the Regional Threat and Hazards Identification and Risk Assessment process and supported synchronizing preparedness efforts with local, state, tribes, and federal partners.
  • David Visi
    Associate, Strategic Marketing Innovations
    Dr. Visi is a part of SMI’s life sciences team. Prior to joining SMI, Dr. Visi served as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Threat Reduction and Arms Control (TRAC). Within TRAC, Dr. Visi provided oversight and program governance on the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP), which focused on enhancing partner states’ biosecurity, biosafety, and biosurveillance capacity. He had previously worked on The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Antibiotic Resistance Project on research and policies to advance antibacterial discovery and development, including an analysis of the global development pipeline of antibiotics and nontraditional approaches, BARDA reauthorization, and domestic and global antibiotic regulatory structure. Dr. Visi also served as a policy advisor on health and agriculture for Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter.
    Education
    Dr. Visi has a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of North Texas.
  • Wolf Von Kumberg
    Arbitrator & Mediator, International Arbitration Centre
    Wolf is a leading internationally recognized arbitrator and mediator with over 30 years’ experience in International legal business. Before establishing his ADR practice he served as Legal Director and Assistant General Counsel to Northrop Grumman Corporation and before that to Litton Industries Inc. During his international career being located in their Toronto, Zurich and London offices.

    Through his practice for Northrop he engaged with Governments and State Agencies in 52 countries dealing with trade, security and investment matters, and responsible for all international disputes including mediation, adjudication and arbitration.

    Wolf is particularly knowledgeable in disputes related to the Aviation & Aerospace, Defence, Compliance, IP, Cyber Security and High Tech Industries. His Practice involved most regions of the World and includes commercial, government and state entities. He is now applying this accumulated knowledge to the field of global commercial conflict avoidance and resolution.

    His expert analysis has covered all types of dispute management and resolution boards, adjudication systems, ADR guidelines and Model Clauses, ADR policies and procedures, Global conflict compliance and governance programs, arbitration programs, government procurement and supply chain dispute management.
    Education
    1974 - 1977 York University, Toronto, Ontario - B.A. History and Political Science
    1977 - 1980 Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario - LL.B. Bachelor of Law
    1981 - 1982 Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Ontario Bar Admission Course Barrister and Solicitor - April, 1982
    1984 - 1985 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom - LL.M. Master of Law International Commercial Law
    1989 Solicitor's Final Examination - The Law Society England and Wales
  • JB Wakefield
    Compliance Officer, Military Systems - GE Aviation
    JB is the business compliance leader for GE Aviation’s Military Systems Operation and GE Additive (additive manufacturing business). GE Aviation is a world-leading provider of military aircraft engines, systems, services and components. In his role, JB provides support and guidance to the leadership team and organization on creating and maintaining compliance processes and procedures to navigate through the evolving regulatory environment of the U.S. Government and GE’s international business development.

    JB joined GE in 2009 in GE Aviation’s Government Contracts organization where he was the primary contracts focal for the U.S. Army contracts. He then gained international experience through managing and executing GE Aviation’s offset and industrial participation requirements in Europe and Turkey before taking the role of business compliance leader.

    Prior to joining GE, JB practiced as an attorney in Dayton, Ohio. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton. JB is a member of the state bar of Ohio and admitted to practice in two federal district courts.
    JB earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Kenyon College.
    Education
    BA in Neuroscience
    Kenyon College

    JD
    Univsersity of Dayton
  • Chang Wang
    Partner, Kingsfield Law Office
    Chang Wang is a partner at Kingsfield Law Office. He specializes in immigration law and due diligence research.

    Wang has been admitted to law practice in New York, the District of Columbia, Minnesota, and federal courts. Wang is the second Chinese ever elected to the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI). He holds associate, visiting, and adjunct professorships at ten law schools and business schools in the US, China, Austria, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, and Brazil. In 2017, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed Wang as a trustee of the Minnesota Zoological Board. In 2018, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court appointed Wang as a member of the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education. Wang has published six books and numerous essays and academic papers on comparative law and U.S.-China relations.
  • Linda Weinberg
    Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    Linda Weinberg provides practical advice to business and institutional clients on international trade law, including export controls, foreign assets control and customs. She works regularly with the U.S. and foreign government agencies that regulate international trade to help clients realize their distinct objectives surrounding their global commerce initiatives.

    Co-chair of the firm’s International Trade practice group, Linda advises and represents clients on commodity jurisdiction, export classification, licensing, technical assistance agreements, and enforcement related to defense articles and dual-use items, encryption software and technical data and services. Her experience extends to a range of industries, including aerospace, satellite, nuclear, electronics, defense, security and software, among others. She has represented clients in export control matters elevated to the inter-agency Operating Committee and the Advisory Committee on Export Policy.
    Education
    EDUCATION
    Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, (J.D.), 1987, member of Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
    University of California, Irvine, (B.A.), 1983
  • Carla Weiss
    Associate Attorney, Jenner & Block
    Carla Weiss is an associate in the Government Contracts Practice. She represents large and small clients on a range of government contract issues, including bid protests, claims, investigations, and compliance.

    Ms. Weiss’s experience includes successful bid protest litigation, internal investigations for defense contractors, and representing contractors and subcontractors in claims litigation against the government. Ms. Weiss advises contractors with False Claims Act filings, suspension/debarment proceedings, and assessing mandatory disclosure obligations. In addition, Ms. Weiss counsels clients on a variety of federal statutes, regulations and government contract-related matters, including FAR and DFARS interpretation, SBA small business and minority business programs and eligibility, and foreign sourcing requirements.
    Education
    University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2010
    Wellesley College, B.A., 2003; cum laude
  • James M. Weitzel
    Retired Senior Counsel
    James M. (“Jay”) Weitzel, Jr. has over four decades of experience in the field of Government Contracts. He began his career as a contract administrator with the Defense Contract Administration Services. He then moved to the Naval Air Systems Command, where he worked as a contract negotiator on major weapons systems and ended his federal career working on surface ship overhaul acquisitions at the Naval Sea Systems Command. After earning his law degree, he practiced for over twelve years in the Washington, D.C. office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where he specialized in Government contract law and related litigation. While in private practice, he represented clients in claims litigations before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and in bid protests before the General Accounting Office and the General Services Board of Contract Appeals. He also counseled clients in a variety of federal Government contract-related areas, including cost allowability, Cost Accounting Standards, Truthful Cost or Pricing Data Act compliance, and preparation of claims and termination settlements, as well as issues related to bidding, performance and administration of Government contracts. He then spent 20 years as in-house counsel at Northrop Grumman Corporation, retiring in 2018 as Corporate Director and Division Counsel in Northrop Grumman’s Technology Services sector.
    Education
    Mr. Weitzel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts degree from Duquesne University. Mr. Weitzel earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America, where he was Comment Editor of the Law Review. Mr. Weitzel lectures and has written on Government contract cost and cost accounting issues. He is a member of bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. From 2007 – 2010, he was Co-Chair, of the Accounting, Costs and Pricing Committee of the American Bar Association Section on Public Contract Law, and served for over 20 years as a Vice-Chair of the committee. He is Associate Editor of the Procurement Lawyer.
  • Jeffery White
    CEO and Founder, J.A. White & Associates
    Jeffery A. White is a successful executive with a blend of over twenty five years of subcontracting, contracting, project management, and financial experience in both the private and public sectors. His experiences include CPSR consulting, supplier financial management, procurement compliance training, purchasing policy/procedures for governmental agencies, manufacturing plants, service organizations, and hundreds of suppliers across the U.S. and Canada.

    Jeffery is a former adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University’s Lancaster and Harrisburg campuses. He is currently a consultant/instructor with The George Washington University (Washington, DC), teaching courses in the subcontract management, project management, and contracting programs. Jeffery has published numerous articles in professional purchasing-related publications such as Electronic Buyer’s News, NAPM Insight, Purchasing Today, and NAPM InfoEdge.

    He is a noted international speaker for The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM), the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and other purchasing organizations, having presented topics at International Conferences, satellite seminars, and affiliate dinner meetings.
    Education
    Jeffery’s work with NAPM on the development and teaching of the web-based course, “Fundamentals of Purchasing”, in 1999 earned him the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) 1999 Education Award of Excellence for Technology-Based Education Programs.
  • Rich Wilkinson
    Director of Sales Engineering, Unanet
    Spent more than 8 years as a Contracting Officer with the Naval Air Systems Command and then 10 years in a variety of finance and accounting leadership positions at leading GovCon firms. Rich has spent the last 20 years in senior leadership roles with a number of very prominent software companies and service providers serving firms in the GovCon sector. Rich is currently with the Solutions Engineering group at Unanet, a leading provider of Project ERP software for professional services firms.
  • Charlie Williams
    Former Director of DCMA
    Charlie is the former Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). As Director, Charlie was responsible for leading more than 12,000 civilians and military personnel who execute worldwide contract management responsibilities, covering more than 18,000 contractors and $200 billion in unliquidated contract obligations. Prior to joining DCMA, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Contracting, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, and the U.S. member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Airborne Early Warning and Control Programme, Board of Directors. His prior assignments included Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Contracting in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force from March 2002 to 2003. During his time in the Air Force Secretariat, he also served as Business Advisor to the USAF PEOs for Space, Fighter Attack Aircraft and, Command Control and Combat Support Systems.
  • Christine Williamson
    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.
    Education
    Education
    B.S., Accounting, University of Maryland
  • Jeff Witt
    Senior Manager, CohnReznick
    Jeff Witt, CPA, CIA, CFE, is a senior manager at CohnReznick and a member of the Firm’s Government Contracting Industry Practice with over 25 years of experience in the areas of federal contract compliance. He has extensive knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standard Requirements (CAS); indirect rate design; direct and indirect cost charging/billing practices; various cost and estimate analysis; and federal regulations and requirements on cost allowability, allocability, and reasonableness. Jeff has worked as a DCAA auditor, a Controller for a government contractor, and while working as a CPA, as both an auditor and consultant to government contractors.
  • Evan Wolff
    Partner, Crowell & Moring
    Evan D. Wolff is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office where he is co-chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Group and a member of the Government Contracts Group. Evan has a national reputation for his deep technical background and understanding of complex cybersecurity legal and policy issues. Calling upon his experiences as a scientist, program manager, and lawyer, Evan takes an innovative approach to developing blended legal, technical, and governance mechanisms to prepare companies with rapid and comprehensive responses to rapidly evolving cybersecurity risks and threats. Evan has conducted training and incident simulations, developed response plans, led privileged investigations, and advised on hundreds of data breaches where he works closely with forensic investigators. Evan also counsels businesses on both domestic and international privacy compliance matters, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

    Representing a broad range of companies across multiple sectors including government contractors, the defense industrial base, transportation, energy, health care, insurance, hospitality, education, and non-profit, Evan's legal practice has a focus on regulatory compliance including Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Privacy Shield, the SAFETY Act, and the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act (CFATS). Evan also advises companies on computer network security, general security issues, investigation coordination after intrusions, data breaches, and insurance-related issues.

    Prior to entering private practice, Evan served as an advisor to the senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Previously, he held the position of principal homeland security policy analyst/project manager to The MITRE Corporation and also served as general counsel and senior geospatial analyst for isciences LLC; vice president and principal of Environmental Protection International; and senior geologist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    Adding to his credentials, Evan was inducted into the Council on Foreign Relations in 2017 joining other thought leaders, including top government officials, global business leaders, members of the intelligence and foreign policy community, journalists, and prominent lawyers, to help shape foreign policy. Evan serves on the Sandia National Lab External Advisory Board, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force, as a panel member on the Defense Science Board at the Department of Defense, and as a senior adviser at the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council. Evan is currently the co-chair of the ABA Homeland Security Law Institute, as well as a senior adviser to the ABA Committee on Law and National Security. In 2011, Evan was invited to serve as a member of the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Group. Evan also serves as a senior associate (non-resident), Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).
    In 2014, Evan co-authored an ABA Section of Criminal Justice article titled, "Industry Collaborations on Cybersecurity: Protecting Against Antitrust Violations," which was selected as one of the "Best Articles" for the Business category, Anticompetitive Practice section at the 2015 Antitrust Writing Awards in Washington, D.C.

    Evan is currently teaching a class on Cybersecurity at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and has previously been an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law, a global fellow with the Wilson Center, and a senior advisor to The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm based in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
    Education
    J.D., Regent University School of Law, summa cum laude, 2000
    B.A., University of Florida, magna cum laude, 1997
  • Cara Wulf
    Attorney, McCarter & English
    Cara Wulf 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).
    Education
    Cara graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Contributing Editor to the Michigan Journal of International Law. As a law student, Cara interned for the International Organization for Migration in Geneva, Switzerland, the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • Clinton Yu
    Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    Clinton Yu advises clients on international trade matters, including customs and import regulations, export controls and economic sanctions, national security, and trade remedies. With a focus on corporate compliance, Clinton is valued for his strategic approach to navigating today’s complex international trade regulations.
    Education
    EDUCATION
    University of Houston Law Center, (J.D.), 2009
    The University of Texas at Austin, (B.A.), 2006