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

    Larry is an expert in GSA and VA Multiple Award/Federal Supply Schedule contracting, as well as GWAC and IDIQ contracts. He served as a member of the Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel and the "Federal Contracts Report" Board of Advisors. He has testified often before committees of the US Senate, House of Representatives, and several state legislatures. He hosts his own radio show on government procurement, "Off the Shelf" on Federal News Radio in Washington, DC.
    Emory University
  • Lori Allen
    Senior Manager, CohnReznick
    Lori Allen, CPA, is a senior manager in CohnReznick’s Government Contracting Practice. She has more than 20 years of audit and industry experience. She is a former DCAA Supervisory Auditor who worked with DOD, DOE and FEMA to advise on cost allowability, allocability, reasonableness, and compliance. She is an expert in Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). Lori is currently the audit manager for a variety of pre-award and post-award contract audits being conducted on behalf of several government agencies. In her current role, she also provides a wide-range of regulatory, business system and process improvement consultative advice to government contractors.
    Strayer University, Bachelor and Master of Science, Accounting

    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Edmund Amorosi
    Member, Smith Pachter McWhorter
    Edmund M. Amorosi is a Member of the Government Contracts Group at SMITH PACHTER MCWHORTER PLC with over 20 years of experience in government contracts and construction law. His government contracts practice includes bid protests, contract claims and disputes, suspension and debarment, terminations, cost-reimbursement contracting, and audits and investigations, among many other issues. Mr. Amorosi has litigated disputes in federal and state courts, domestic and international arbitration, and before agency boards and administrative tribunals. Mr. Amorosi served as a law clerk to the Honorable Loren A. Smith on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims after graduating from George Mason University School of Law. He is a frequent writer and presenter on government contracts and is actively involved in bar and industry trade associations. Before private law practice, Mr. Amorosi served in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative aide and press secretary.
  • Teddie Arnold
    Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
    Teddie Arnold is an Partner in the Government Contracts group in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Paul joined Capital Edge Consulting from Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida where he was Vice President of Government Accounting and Compliance. In the accounting and compliance role, Paul was responsible for the oversight and approvals of the Business Systems to satisfy DCAA/DCMA surveillance and adequacy determinations. Paul orchestrated and directed an External Restructuring of CAS segments to align cost allocations and synergies following a major acquisition. Paul has been an industry leader in settlement of indirect rates based on past company experience foregoing the DCAA Incurred Cost Audit process. In addition to extensive accounting and compliance experience, he has held Vice President roles leading Contracts, Subcontract Administration, and Procurement functions.
    Mr. Bailey earned his B.B.A. – Finance degree from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Ohio and Virginia.
  • Jonathan Baker
    Partner, Crowell & Moring

    Jonathan M. Baker is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office. He practices in the Government Contracts Group.

    Jon advises clients on a wide array of government contracts legal issues, including both federal and state bid protests, prime-sub disputes, government contracts due diligence and transactions, regulatory compliance, and contract terminations. Jon's practice has a notable emphasis on technology-related issues, including counseling clients in the areas of patent and data rights, responding to government challenges to technical data and computer software rights assertions, and litigating cases involving complex and cutting edge technologies. Jon also provides guidance on national security matters, such as National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual compliance and facility and security clearance matters. In addition, Jon has advised clients on local government contract negotiation, internal and government investigations regarding potential False Claims Act issues, and export violations. Jon is also actively involved in the firm's pro bono program, having litigated prisoner neglect, parental rights termination, and landlord-tenant matters.
    Vanderbilt University, B.E., biomedical engineering & electrical engineering
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, M.B.A., aviation
    University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Katy Barker
    Senior Associate, CohnReznick
    Katy has worked as a Subcontract Administrator for over 7 year. Majority of Katy’s career has been spent supporting the DoD. She now provides guidance to companies who are in the process of setting up a federally compliant Business Systems. She also conducts review on company’s current Business Systems and provide insight on how to improve their current systems. She has extensive knowledge on Federal Acquisition Regulations and supporting both DCMA and DCAA audits. Katy went to college at Marymount University where she obtained her MBA.
    Marymount University: Master of Business Administration
  • 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.
  • Laura Bier
    Project Manager, PLAN+WRITE+TRAIN+SOLVE
    Laura is a project manager by profession, focused on implementing PM best practices, and deploying practical solutions that help get teams humming. She is judicious in selecting and implementing PMI advocated and Agile processes. She has twenty years consulting experience with 11 of those in Earned Value Management. She sets up and helps administer performance management and performance measurement processes using industry tools such as Atlassian Jira, Confluence, MS Project, Deltek Cobra, and others. She has a proven track record in helping businesses transform their project management approach to win work, identify process efficiencies and generate cost savings.
  • Courtney Black
    Senior Manager, Ernst & Young
    Courtney has more than 15 years of experience in government contracting with EY advising clients on considerations spanning the government contracting lifecycle. She specializes in assisting clients in conducting business with the federal government, including determining compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulation, Cost Accounting Standards, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars and contract-specific requirements. She holds Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certifications.
  • 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
    Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude
    University of Virginia, B.A.
  • Mary Beth Borgwing
    President, Co-founder at The Cyber Guild
    Digital Transformation Technology & Security Leader
    Mary Beth Borgwing is an accomplished Senior Executive, Advisor, and Board Member with more than 30 years of success across the information services and technology, government, insurance, non-profit, and management consulting industries. Her broad areas of expertise include strategic management, business development, enterprise business and information technology strategy, change management, and human capital resource planning and optimization.

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

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

    In 2019 she co-founded The Cyber Guild [a 501c6] not-for-profit focused on cybersecurity workforce and diversity; and in 2018 founded the Uniting Women in Cyber annual conference in Washington, DC.
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • Dennis Callahan
    Shareholder, RJO
    Mr. Callahan represents government contractors on a broad range of litigation matters, including false claims investigations and actions in the defense, construction, and medical industries; bid protests and contract claims at the federal, state and local levels; and prime/subcontractor disputes in state and federal court, arbitration and mediation. Mr. Callahan also counsels government contractors and grantees regarding their compliance with contract and legal requirements, accounting standards and audit practices.

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

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

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

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

    B.A., Hofstra University
  • Ki Capitano
    Ki Capitano is a consultant with Capitano Consulting providing consultation, advice, assistance, and training on government contract financial and other regulatory compliance matters.

    Ki began his career in government contracting in 1976, working as a contract auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). While with the DCAA, he performed a full range of contract audits of government contractors and contract audit functions. He worked as an instructor at DCAA’s contract audit institute in Memphis, TN designing, developing, and delivering training courses to DCAA auditors and managers in both technical and managerial subjects, as well as supporting briefings to industry and other government agencies, and worked at DCAA headquarters as program manager, responsible for a variety of audit initiatives. Ki also worked for KPMG Peat Marwick as a manager responsible for designing, developing, and delivering training courses and providing expert advice to clients regarding government contract regulatory compliance issues in a wide variety of areas.
  • David Carlino
    Principal Security Consultant, Neosystems
    David provides tailored information security program consulting for clients across a wide cross section of industries, attacked by varying level of skilled attackers, and falling under a variety of regulatory frameworks such as PCI, HIPAA, and FISMA. He designs programs and solutions that focus on finding and addressing information security risks. He schedules, scopes and manages security tests with outside vendors and works with internal teams to remediation findings, and maintains strong documentation for auditors.
    Bachelor of Science, Information Science and Technology, Penn State University
  • Mike Carter
    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.
    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.
  • Justin Chiarodo
    Partner, BlankRome
    Justin Chiarodo is Partner at BlankRome and is the Chair of the Government Contracts Practice Group. Justin focuses his practice on all aspects of federal, state, and local procurement law. He has spent his entire career helping leading and emerging government contractors successfully navigate high-stakes litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters. Recent engagements include the successful defense of a $300 million sole-source award under a requirements contract for a major tactical wheeled vehicle program, managing the government contracts aspects of the $380 million sale of a defense electronic systems manufacturer, and defeating a $10 million False Claims Act suit based on the public disclosure bar.
    University of Virginia School of Law, JD

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BA, summa cum laude
  • Jeffery M. Chiow
    Shareholder, 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.

    J.D., The George Washington University Law School
    B.S., U.S. Naval Academy
  • Eric Crusius
    Partner, Holland & Knight
    Eric, a Partner at Holland & Knight specializing in Government Contracts, Internet/Technology Law, and representing businesses of all shapes and sizes, was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. This honor is only given to the top 2.5% of attorneys who meet certain criteria. Eric has appeared as a guest on Fox News, Government Matters, NPR, Federal News Radio and has been quoted in numerous publications including Newsweek, Washington Lawyer and the Washington Business Journal.

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

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

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

    Focus Areas: Government contracts litigation (including bid protests, subcontractor/prime contractor disputes, DOL litigation including Service Contract Act (SCA) & FLSA investigations), technology and Internet law, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, employment litigation, and appellate law.
    B.A., Social Science, Hofstra University
    J.D., Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • W. Jay DeVecchio
    Partner, Washington, Morrison & Foerster
    W. Jay DeVecchio is a litigator and former Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. Clients from the aerospace, technology, and health care sectors seek his representation in all facets of government procurement law, from bid protests to complex claims and disputes through suspension and debarment. He also represents clients in related issues such as criminal and civil fraud, qui tam actions, and internal investigations

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

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


    Chambers USA [2005 – 2020]

    Who’s Who Legal [2015]
    Public Procurement

    The Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyer [2009-2020]

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

    Washington DC Super Lawyers [2013-2015]
    Government Contracts
  • Joseph Dyer
    Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw
    Since 1989, Joseph has been practicing primarily in the areas of government contracts, export controls, and international law. Joseph has participated in litigation before the federal courts, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and other administrative tribunals and agencies. Joseph was one of 15 recipients nationwide of the Burton Legal Foundation Award for Legal Achievement for 2000 and is also an NCMA Fellow.

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

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

    BA, University of Maryland
  • Courtney Edmonson
    CPA, CEO, Redstone Government Consulting
    Courtney has extensive experience with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) compliance, evaluation and preparation of Cost Presentations, cost accounting systems setup and reviews, and policy and procedure preparation. Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Courtney served as a financial statement auditor for large and mid-tier government contractors.

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

    Courtney is a lead instructor for the Federal Publication Seminars course, “Government Contractor Accounting System Compliance”, and provides class instruction for other compliance courses and webinars such as “Preparation of Incurred Cost Submissions”, “Cost Accounting Standards”, and “Cost and Price Analysis”.
    Ms. Edmonson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Jacksonville State University and obtained her Master of Accountancy Degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • 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.
    Williams College, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    Harvard Law School, J.D. (2005) cum laude
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    Bachelor of Science in accounting
    University of Maryland
  • Daniel Forman
    Partner, Crowell & Moring
    Dan's practice focuses on a wide variety of government procurement law, including bid protests, False Claims Act and qui tam litigation, investigations of potential civil and criminal matters, ethics and compliance, contract claims and disputes, GSA schedule contracting, and small disadvantaged business contracting. Dan is also experienced in negotiating and drafting teaming agreements and subcontracts, as well as providing counseling on the interpretation of FAR clauses and solicitations. Dan's practice also focuses on state and local procurement matters, including State False Claims Act issues, lobbying and contingency payment compliance. He has been involved in bid protest litigation in six states and the District of Columbia. Dan is ranked as a Band 1 ranked attorney by Chambers USA, listed as a two-time Law360 MVP (2015, 2020), was named to Legal 500’s “Hall of Fame” for Government Contracts in their 2020 Guide, is an Acritas Star and was previously named to BTI’s list of “Client Service All-Stars.
    Vassar College, B.A. political science (1994) Men's Varsity Soccer
    Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. (1997) cum laude, Law Review, Order of the Coif
  • 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.
    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.
  • Ryan Heidorn
    Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Steel Root
    Ryan Heidorn is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Steel Root, where he leads the firm’s cybersecurity compliance practice. Ryan’s expertise includes helping government contractors implement and operationalize cybersecurity requirements under DFARS 252.204-7012 and NIST SP 800-171.

    Ryan teaches cybersecurity at Endicott College and serves on the board of directors of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) New England chapter.
  • John Hindman
    Director, 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.
    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
  • Jerry Howe
    Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Leidos
    Jerald S. Howe, Jr. is a Leidos executive vice president and the company’s general counsel. Howe has responsibility for legal, contracts, corporate governance, environmental health and safety, and administrative oversight of the ethics and compliance and internal audit functions. He joined Leidos in July 2017 after serving as partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP (Fried Frank) where he was a member of the firm’s government contracts, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and aerospace and defense practices.

    Howe is an accomplished leader with nearly 35 years of experience advising and representing clients in government contracts litigation, investigations, and bid protests as well as in M&A and private equity transactions. His experience includes the aerospace, defense, intelligence, and government services sectors.
    Howe received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review; his honors M.A. in modern history and economics from Oxford University, where he was a Sachs Scholar; and his A.B. from Princeton University and its School of Public and International Affairs.
  • Stuart Itkin
    Vice President, CMMC and FedRAMP Assurance
    As Vice President of CMMC and FedRAMP Assurance at Coalfire Federal, Stuart Itkin has responsibility and oversight of the company’s CMMC RPO Advisory Services and C3PAO Assessment Services, and for its FedRAMP 3PAO Assessment Services for Federal. Stuart previously served as Vice President of Product Management at Exostar, a Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Technologies, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce formed joint venture company, where he had responsibility over the company’s compliance management, supply chain risk management, and secure collaboration platforms, and for establishing its CMMC practice area. Stuart has served in leadership roles with cybersecurity companies PivotPoint Risk Analytics, SAIFE, and ThreatTrack Security, as lead mentor at the Virginia State Government funded MACH37 cybersecurity product accelerator, and as an advisor and board member to several early and growth stage cybersecurity companies. Stuart was recruited to the Washington DC area by the Corporate Executive Board, now a subsidiary of Gartner, where he served as Global Chief Marketing Officer. Stuart earned a BA and an MA and is an ABD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Coalfire Federal has 20 years’ experience providing cybersecurity services to a wide range of government and commercial organizations enabling and protecting their mission-specific cyber objectives. As the leading FedRAMP 3PAO, one the first authorized CMMC C3PAOs and a CMMC RPO, the company is able to perform CMMC Assessments for OSCs and provide advisory services to organizations preparing for CMMC Certification. The company, in addition, also offers a full spectrum of cybersecurity services including cyber program management and operations, technical security assessments, cyber automation, engineering and orchestration, and security compliance and advisory services. For more information, visit:
  • 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.
    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.

    BS in Computer Science from Tulane University
    MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
  • Rebecca Kehoe
    Manager, CohnReznick
    As a Manager in CohnReznick’s Government Contracting and Technology Group, Ms. Kehoe has more than 30 years of experience addressing compliance issues for government contractors. She consults with small and medium-sized businesses providing all aspects of federal contract compliance, including implementation and audit of Purchasing, Estimating and Property Business Systems, Conflicts of Interest audits, Service Contract Act Labor Audits, and Contract/Subcontract administration reviews.

    Her background as legal counsel for the General Services Administration provides insight into what the federal government regulations require and what the federal contractor can expect from an outside review of its compliance programs. Ms. Kehoe also teaches several classes from our GovCon Academy which provides practical business training on financial and compliance requirements for federal government contracts.
    University of Maryland: Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
    Washington College of Law at The American University: Juris Doctor
    U.S. Army: Judge Advocate General’s School: Labor Law and Government Contracts
    U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers: General Inspection Training
  • Dan Kelly
    Partner, McCarter & English
    Dan Kelly is a partner at McCarter & English. He brings over 30 years of experience to the firm’s government contracts group, combining both counseling and acting as an advocate on behalf of clients doing business in the government marketplace. Dan’s practice extends to a broad spectrum of industries and federal and state authorities for whom they supply research, products, and services, including emerging and established businesses working under prime and subcontracts, SBIRs, CRADAs, OTAs, and grants for DoD and civilian agencies.

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

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

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

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

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

    In addition, Anthony is a nationally recognized speaker who teaches classes through Federal Publication Seminars, National Contract Management Association, Virginia Society of CPAs. He has lectured on a number of topics, including Government Contract Accounting, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, Cost & Price Analysis, Incurred Cost Submissions, Introduction to Government Contracting, and Government Contractor Business Systems Compliance. He is a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).
    Anthony Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from George Mason University.
  • Stephen Knight
    Member, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
    Stephen D. Knight has practiced government contract law in excess of 40 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.
    University of Virginia School of Law (J. D., 1978)
    University of Virginia (B.A., 1975) With Honors
  • Jonathan Kosarin
    Associate Counsel, DoD Countering Terrorism Technical Support Office
    Jonathan H. Kosarin, Associate Counsel, Special Projects Division, is assigned to the Department of Defense Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office. He has over 40 years’ experience in acquisition, government contracting, and fiscal law. Mr. Kosarin previously served as Assistant General Counsel at the National Reconnaissance Office; Deputy Counsel, Special Projects Division; and, Associate Counsel, Naval Supply Systems Command. While on active duty as a JAG with the Army, he served as European Trial Attorney and Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Army Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, and as Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division.

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

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

    Mr. Kosarin serves as a Volunteer Information Specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He is a certified football referee and has officiated high school football games for 44 years, including 2 Virginia High School League State Finals. Mr. Kosarin also volunteers at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Mr. Kosarin is married to Gayle Kosarin, a retired special education teacher and resides in Reston, VA.
  • Stephen "Chase" Kunk
    Managing Partner, Capital Edge Consulting
    Stephen “Chase” Kunk is a Managing Partner Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. Chase specializes in U.S. Government contract and subcontract negotiations, administration, management and purchasing system compliance. His expertise stems from his legal education, former certification as a National Football League contract advisor to professional athletes, and in-depth experience as a contracts and procurement administration manager for an international contractor serving Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC) and civilian agency customers. Chase’s support to Capital Edge Consulting clients is predominantly in the areas of contract and subcontract administration, purchasing system compliance and Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) readiness and risk mitigation. He also leads all contract and subcontract negotiation and administration for Capital Edge Consulting’s internal business operations.
    Stephen holds a B.A in Communications from Purdue University and a J.D. (cum laude) from Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
  • Noah Leiden
    Partner, CPA, Baker Tilly
    Noah Leiden has been with Baker Tilly since 2010. He has worked in government contracting consulting since 1991 serving manufacturing, engineering, professional services, information and communications, healthcare, higher education, and not-for-profit organizations. Noah has extensive experience providing a range of government contract accounting, pricing, business system and internal control oversight, and regulatory and contract compliance to his clients.
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Jake Leishman
    Jake Leishman is an experienced government contracts attorney who develops and delivers instruction, legal consultation on legal, contract administration, acquisitions, policy implementation, and compliance issues.

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

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

    Jake's instructional approach focuses on two elements; the need for common sense and a good sense of humor when addressing problem solving, policy analysis and implementation, all aspects of contracting, and working in the Federal arena.
    Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland
  • Andrea Little Limbago
    Vice President, Research and Analysis at Interos Inc
    Andrea Little Limbago is a computational social scientist specializing in the intersection of emerging technology, national security, and information security. As the Vice President of Research and Analysis at Interos, Andrea leads the company’s computational modeling and methodology regarding global supply chain risk. Andrea is also a Co-Program Director for the Emerging Tech and Cybersecurity Program at the National Security Institute at George Mason, an industry advisory board member for the data science program at George Washington University, a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, and a board member for the Washington, DC chapter of Women in Security and Privacy (WISP). She has presented extensively at a range of academic, government, and industry conferences such as Black Hat, RSA, SXSW, SOCOM’s Global Synch, BSidesLV, and Enigma.

    Her writing has been featured in numerous outlets, including Politico, the Hill, Business Insider, War on the Rocks, and Forbes. Prior to Interos, Andrea was the Chief Social Scientist at Virtru, Endgame, and Berico Technologies. She also taught in academia and was a technical lead at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, where she earned the Command’s top award for technical excellence.
    Andrea earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA from Bowdoin College.
  • Dismas Locaria 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.
  • Kristin Lovejoy
    Global Cybersecurity Leader, EY

    Kris leads EY’s Global Cybersecurity practice in Advisory.

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

    Kris is a recognized expert in the field on security, risk, compliance and governance with appearances at RSA, InfoSec, InterOp, CyberTech, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), SecTor, and Hack-in-the-Box as well as appearances in Fortune, the Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. Within the past few years, she has been recognized by Washington Business Journal as a Top 25 Woman in Business, EWF as Entrepreneur of the Year, SC Magazine as one of Top 5 Managers in the Security Industry (Reboot 25 quarter century retrospective) and Top Woman in Security, as CSO Compass award in reflection of demonstrated excellence, achievement and leadership in the security field, as a Top 25 CTO by InfoWorld, Top 25 Most Influential Security Executive by Security Magazine, and as Top Woman in Security by eWeek. Kris holds U.S. and EU patents for Object Oriented Risk Management Models and Methods.
  • Alexander Major
    Partner, McCarter & English, LLP
    Mr. Major is a partner and co-leader of the firm’s Government Contracts & Export Controls Practice Group. Mr. Major focuses his practice on federal procurement, cybersecurity liability and risk management, and litigation. A prolific author and thought leader in the area of cybersecurity, his professional experience involves a wide variety of litigation and counseling matters dealing with procurement laws and federal regulations and standards . His diverse experience includes complex litigation in federal court under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act and bid protest actions. He counsels all sizes of companies on issues relating to compliance with government regulations including, among other things, cybersecurity (NIST, FIPS, FedRAMP, and DFARS) requirements, multiple award schedule compliance, Section 508 issues, country of origin requirements under the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts, cost accounting, and small business requirements. He also regularly conducts internal investigations to assist companies ensure that they are in full compliance with the law.

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

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

    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.
  • Joseph McCaffrey
    CPA, Baker Tilly
    Joseph 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.
    Wake Forest University
    Master of Science in accountancy
    Bachelor of Science in accountancy
  • Matthew McKelvey
    President, McKelvey Group
    Matthew McKelvey has over twenty-five years’ experience in Finance/Accounting, Government Contracting, Business Valuations, Process Optimization, and Training. Matt is President and CEO of The McKelvey Group and is widely respected as a subject matter expert in both commercial and Federal marketplaces. He brings his extensive experience working with large, medium, and small companies to help his clients achieve the growth objectives of their owners.

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

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

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

    Penn State University, BS Finance
  • Michael McLaughlin
    Cyber Counterintelligence, Department of Defense
    Lieutenant Commander Michael McLaughlin is the former Senior Counterintelligence Advisor for United States Cyber Command, where he managed all counterintelligence activities and support to DoD cyberspace operations worldwide. He presently serves as a Research Affiliate for the University of Maryland Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security. His work focuses on the intersection of military and intelligence cyberspace operations, domestic and international law, and defense industrial base security. LCDR McLaughlin routinely advises senior Department of Defense officials on cyberspace and counterintelligence operations and policy.
    J.D. Candidate, University of Maryland School of Law, 2022
    B.S., United States Naval Academy, 2010
  • Matti Neustadt Storie
    Matti Neustadt Storie is a cloud-focused cybersecurity and data governance attorney advising on areas such as cybersecurity, incident response preparedness, investigations and response to cyber events, global privacy law and compliance, and global public sector regulations applicable to cloud computing. When not wholly subsumed by matters of cybersecurity and privacy in information technology, she advises on global compliance issues, such as FedRAMP, ISO, GDPR, NIS, and others.
    Matti holds a BS in Applied Physics from Purdue University and a JD from Lewis and Clark Law School as well as CIPP/US, CIPP/G, and CISSP certifications.
  • James Newland
    Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
    James Newland is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, a licensed architect, and his law practice focuses on major construction and public works projects and includes a mix of non-contentious and contentious matters. He is ranked by Chambers USA which describes him as “very well versed in construction law and construction related issues.” He began practice in 1998.

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

    Prior to practicing law, James practiced architecture and worked as a project manager on development projects. Given this experience, James is frequently called upon to counsel clients on risk management and allocation, advising on troubled projects during the construction phase, project work-outs and project closeout strategies.
    James received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and earned his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
  • 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.

    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. Nicole is nationally ranked by Chambers USA in Government Contracts and a recognized leader in accounting, cost, and pricing. With over 20 years’ experience, Nicole focuses on helping clients navigate the government’s complex cost and pricing rules, including the FAR Part 31 cost principles, the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Truth in Negotiations Act/Truthful Cost or Pricing Data (defective pricing).

    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-present)
    Minnesota State University, Bachelor of Science
    Willamette University College of Law, J.D.
  • 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.
    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.
  • Gene Pickarz
    Deputy Director, Acquisition Center of Excellence at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
    Gene Pickarz has spent over three decades as a contracting professional with assignments in both Government and Industry. He has served in contracting and acquisition positions in both the US and Europe with extensive experience in acquisition planning, government procurement, intellectual property, international contracting, fiscal law, and source selection. He currently serves as a senior contracting officer and Deputy Director at the NRO's Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) implementing acquisition innovation and streamlining across NRO Acquisitions as well as comprehensive acquisition training for the NRO Acquisition workforce.

    He has also served as an adjunct professor of contacting and logistics management for Sinclair Community College and Park College in Dayton Ohio and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in the US and Europe. In addition, he has 18 year’s experience developing and presenting acquisition and contracting courses for the Intelligence Community while assigned to the NRO.
    Mr. Pickarz has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, an MBA from Georgia University and College, and a Master of Science in Contracting from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager with the National Contract Management Association as well as a recognized author and speaker.
  • 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.
    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.
  • Zachary D. Prince
    Member, Smith Pachter McWhorter
    Mr. Prince is a partner in the Government Contracts practice group. His practice encompasses all areas of government contract law. Mr. Prince counsels domestic and international clients on a wide range of issues, including compliance with federal and state regulations and statutes, bid protests, contract and subcontract drafting and negotiations, contract changes, claim preparation and disputes, cost allowability and cost accounting standards, price and cost reasonableness, export controls, government audits, subcontractor management and disputes, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, cybersecurity, and general litigation. Mr. Prince’s clients range from the largest traditional defense contractors, to small businesses, to non-traditional government contractors including commercial technology companies.

    Mr. Prince has experience litigating contract disputes in federal and state courts, before administrative bodies, and in national and international arbitral fora, including before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, United States Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Virginia state courts, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and D.C. Superior Court.
  • Aaron Raddock
    Partner, BDO
    Aaron Raddock is the National Co-Leader of BDO’s Government Contracts Practice. He focuses in the area of advisory services working with government contractors in virtually every industry on a wide range of business issues and regulatory compliance matters. Aaron regularly assists federal contractors with the development of REAs, Claims, and Termination Settlement proposals and frequently support clients in other areas involving complex cost accounting, audits, investigations and disputes.
    B.S., Commerce, University of Virginia
  • 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.
    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.
    Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 1997
    Juris Doctor
  • Michael Rizzo
    Partner, Pillsbury Law
    Michael Rizzo, Pillsbury’s Government Contracts & Disputes practice co-leader, has represented defense contractors, design/build firms, transportation and technology companies in multimillion-dollar, precedent-setting cases.

    A government contracts lawyer in Los Angeles, Michael prepares Contract Disputes Act certified claims; resolves contract disputes before the ASBCA, the CBCA, California federal and state courts, and in arbitration; and handles termination disputes at the federal, state and local government levels. He defends lawsuits filed under the Civil False Claims Act. He crafts comprehensive government contracts compliance programs designed to reduce clients' future exposure and legal expenditures. Additionally, Michael is experienced in handling internal investigations into quality assurance and pricing issues.
  • 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.
    He gained Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Business Administration degrees at Wichita State University and completed the Yale Executive Management Program.
  • 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).
    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
  • Scott Roybal
    Partner, SheppardMullin
    Scott practices business litigation in federal and state courts and before arbitration and administrative tribunals. He has extensive experience handling government contract disputes and defending individuals and corporations in a wide range of civil and criminal fraud investigations. He has more than 30 years of experience investigating and litigating qui tam False Claims Act cases and related whistleblower actions. Scott has handled dozens of corporate internal investigations involving diverse industries such as aerospace and defense, healthcare, financial institutions, electronics, high technologies, transportation, construction, and telecommunications, among others that conduct business with the government. He provides compliance program advice and counsel and conducts investigations concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Mr. Roybal utilizes his extensive experience to assist clients with early resolutions of potential disputes.
    J.D., Columbia University, 1986
    B.A., University of Utah, 1983, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Alex Sarria
    Member, Miller & Chevalier
    Alex Sarria is an experienced litigator and counselor with wide-ranging expertise in government contracts law. He represents government contractors in contract disputes, bid protests, False Claims Act lawsuits, and complex civil litigation arising from military operations, national security programs, and environmental remediation projects.

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

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

    Mr. Sarria began his career in the highly-regarded government contracts group of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where he practiced for seven years.
    J.D.The George Washington University Law School
    B.S.University of Floridahigh honors
  • Dave Scott
    Managing Director, Industry Specialty Services, BDO
    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.
    B.B.A, Finance, Loyola Marymount University
  • Phillip Seckman
    Partner, Dentons
    Phillip Seckman represents clients concerning government and commercial contract matters. His practice spans a broad range of subjects related to federal procurement law, state and local procurement law, and complex federal regulatory issues. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, cybersecurity, compliance, internal investigations, and bid protests (both federal and state). A significant component of his practice involves government contract cost allowability, proper cost accounting, and contract cost and pricing issues.

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

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

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

    Derek has extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions focusing on government contracting aspects, including restructuring proposal development. Derek has also been a frequent speaker at training conferences and has developed and delivered training programs covering various government contracting topics.
    Graduate Certificate in Executive Management, University of California Los Angeles
    B.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • 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.
    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.)
  • Craig Stetson
    Partner, Capital Edge Consulting
    Craig Stetson has over 25 years of direct experience in government contract accounting, pricing, subcontract management, regulatory and federal contract compliance, business system implementation, and internal control oversight. His industry experience includes aerospace and defense, manufacturing, construction, architecture and engineering, information and communications, higher education, and not-for-profits. Mr. Stetson is experienced in a wide range of cost accounting and regulatory compliance matters related to government contracts and grants, including claims preparation and negotiation; cost allowability; application of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and OMB Circular requirements; accounting and business systems assessment related to government contract compliance requirements, internal control sufficiency and overall self-governance; cost estimating, accounting and auditing of federal contracts and grants; and, application and interpretation of Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).
    Craig received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University – Long Beach. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in California, and a Charted Global Management Accountant.
  • Lauren Sujeeth
    Shareholder, RJO
    A seasoned trial attorney, Ms. Sujeeth's practice focuses on litigation from the start through verdict. She is a member of the firm's Government Contracts, Complex Commercial Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, Attorney Liability and Conduct, and Construction Practice Groups. She also serves as the Chair of the RJO COVID-19 Task Force. From 2016 through present, she was listed as a “Rising Star” among government contracts attorneys in Northern California by SuperLawyer®.

    J.D., The University of Chicago, The Law School
    Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award
    B.A., Stanford University
    With Honors
  • Gunjan Talati
    Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    Gunjan Talati is an experienced government contracts practitioner that regularly represents contractors in a variety of sectors including aerospace and defense, health care, and technology. Gunjan’s practice is a mix of regulatory compliance, transactional, and litigation.

    Gunjan was recognized in 2018 and the four years immediately preceding as a Washington D.C. “Rising Star” in the area of Government Contracts by Super Lawyers magazine. He was recommended in 2017 by Legal 500 US for Real Estate and Construction Law. Gunjan is fluent in Gujarati, an Indian dialect.
    Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D. (2006)
    Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. (2003) with honors
  • James W. Thomas
    Partner, Global Sector Lead, HKA
    James W Thomas (Jim) is a forensic accountant with 35 years of experience providing consulting and dispute resolution services to government contractors. He has been retained as an expert on more than 50 occasions.

    Jim has testified as an expert in proceedings before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, General Services Board of Contract Appeals, District Court and in arbitration. He has served as a neutral accountant in purchase price disputes involving government contract accounting issues.

    In addition to his expertise in aerospace and defense, Jim serves many industries including technology, engineering and professional services, industrial products, construction, retail products and healthcare. Prior to joining HKA, he was a forensic services partner specializing in government contracts with PwC.

    Jim specializes in cost and pricing matters including government audit issues, False Claims Act damages, defective pricing, labor charging, Cost Accounting Standards, cost allowability, record keeping requirements, Federal Supply Schedule contracts, claims, requests for equitable adjustment, terminations and prime/subcontractor disputes.
    He earned his BS in accounting from Penn State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and associate member of the American Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has published many articles on government contract cost and pricing matters.
  • MJ Thomas
    Director of Security, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
    MaryJo “MJ” Thomas is Director of Security at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. She is responsible for overseeing all BIW Security functions including supply chain vetting, cyber security, industrial and physical plant security programs. She manages day-to-day activities and ensures compliance with all programmatic, regulatory, legal and contractual requirements for these areas. She has extensive experience in matters concerning national security and the protection of defense weapons and technology, with specific expertise in crisis and change management and investigative leadership.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In the government contracts area, Bob advises and assists clients in the defense, aerospace, technology, software, telecommunications, health care, energy, and manufacturing sectors with claims, bid protests, and counselling. In his national security law practice, Bob leverages experience as a retired naval intelligence officer (with command and combat experience) to assist U.S. and foreign clients with reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), as well as security clearances and compliance with the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), nuclear and naval nuclear technology controls, and the DoD technology release processes.
    University of Virginia School of Law, JD 1991
    Oral Roberts University, BA History & Government 1987
  • 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.
    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
  • 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.
    Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, (J.D.), 1987, member of Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
    University of California, Irvine, (B.A.), 1983
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
  • Jason Workmaster
    Member, Miller & Chevalier
    Jason Workmaster focuses his practice on government contracts-related litigation, including contract claims and disputes, bid protests, and civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases. He has represented a host of clients in these types of cases before the boards of contract appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and U.S. District Court. He also routinely assists clients in responding to government audits and investigations.

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

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

    Prior to her work in information security, Gina was a licensed private investigator for Barry A. Cohen, P.A., in Tampa, FL. While there, she specialized in high-profile, complex litigation.
    Gina holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Miami, Miami, FL., and is pursuing her master’s degree in cybersecurity from the University of New Hampshire.
  • Theresa Youngblood
    Counsel, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    Theresa Youngblood has significant international trade compliance and regulatory law experience and advises domestic and international entities in the public and private sectors on building successful strategies and on dispute resolution. She offers her clients the right mix of dedicated and driven, smart and savvy, and knowledgeable and approachable – gained over the course of the last 20 years.

    She has extensive experience in providing tailored counsel for matters involving export control and compliance, particularly with regard to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Customs and Border Protection regulations, and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions regulations. Theresa also guides clients through U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) regulations, in particular as export and import regulations impact her client’s the Foreign Military Sales contracts.

    Theresa advises clients on these complex compliance issues and creates and launches internal compliance programs tailored to entities large, medium and small. She works with and on behalf of her clients regarding virtually all aspects of export and import transactions, including all affected corporate functions, to address transactional, operational, policy and compliance considerations. She is intimately aware of the issues affecting clients in the areas of export-import control, licensing compliance, commodity jurisdiction and classification determinations; reporting and compliance requirements for licenses, agreements and exemptions and exceptions; coordination with forwarders, brokers, agents, and third parties; and drafting and filing necessary documentation for tangible and intangible shipments and transfers.

    Additionally, Theresa is well-versed across the international trade spectrum and handles internal and external audit activities. She briefs and advises senior leadership on metrics as to various trade control matters touching all business operations, from executive management and business development to engineering, research and development, finance, supply chain and procurement, and information technology.
    Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, (J.D.)
    Erin Baines Jones International Academic Scholarship Recipient, 1993
    Northwestern University, (B.A.), political science, 1986
  • 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.
    University of Houston Law Center, (J.D.), 2009
    The University of Texas at Austin, (B.A.), 2006