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2018 Government Contracts Review and Outlook - West Coast
San Diego, CA
November 8-9, 2018
  • Learn from the leading experts in the field of government contracting
  • Receive the latest in recent and pending statutes, regulations and legislation
  • Keep current and hear the forecast for 2019      

This unique conference brings together high-level practitioners and government contracting professionals to discuss what’s happening in the industry and its impact on 2019.

Get an accelerated review and analysis of new developments in federal government contracting, from pending legislation and trends to how to prepare for the future. Connect with the top minds in the industry at a program designed for all public and private sector employees, including supply, service, and construction contract professionals.

Comprehensive Coverage on Timely but Timeless Topics Plus New Discussions and/or Panels on Hot Topics:

  • Legislative and regulatory developments
  • Export controls, FCPA, international trade issues 
  • Contract formation, negotiation and protest developments
  • What's new with the Contract Disputes Act (top 10 cases over the past year)
  • Cybersecurity in the age of DFARS 252.204-7012
  • Suspension and debarment activity; compliance advice
  • Contract acounting, costs and pricing developments
  • Civil False Claims Act, fraud & compliance issues 

Attendees will receive an extensive manual of reference materials prepared especially for this program.

Included in your registration fee:
Continental breakfast
Reception immediately following class on Day 1 - sponsored by BDO and Pillsbury

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Day 1
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 - 8:45
Introductory Remarks
James J. Gallagher, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

8:45 - 9:45
2018 Legislative and Regulatory Developments
Jason Workmaster, Covington & Burling LLP

9:45 - 9:55

9:55 - 11:00
An Update on Export Controls, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and International Trade Issues Including Buy American Act and Buy America Act
INVITED - Andrew D. Irwin


11:05 - 12:15
Contract Formation, Negotiation and Protest Developments
Thomsas P. Humphrey, Crowell & Moring LLP
Jerald Howe, EVP & General Counsel, Leidos

12:15 - 1:15

1:15 - 2:15 
What's New with Contract Disputes Act - the "Top 10" Cases Over the Past 12 Months and Their Impact on Your Business
Alex Tomaszczuk and Michael Rizzo, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

2:15 - 2:30

2:30 - 3:15
Cybersecurity and the Age of DFARS 252.204-7012: What Have We Learned in the First 10 Months?
Jay DeVecchio, Morrison & Foerster

3:15 - 4:15
An Update on Suspension and Debarment Activity and Compliance Advice to Keep Contractors out of the Government’s Line of Fire
Todd Canni, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Eric Feldman, Affiliated Monitors

Reception immediately following Day 1 Class
Co-sponsored by Pillsbury and BDO
Day 2
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
8:30 - 8:45
Introductory Remarks
James J. Gallagher, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

8:45 - 10:15
Contract Accounting, Cost and Pricing Developments
Derek Shaw, BDO USA, LLP and Philip Seckman, Dentons

10:15 - 10:30

10:30 - 12:00
An Update on the Civil False Claims Act; Fraud and Compliance Issues
Scott Royal, Sheppard Mullin and Patricia Meagher, Rogers Joseph O'Donnell
Alex Tomaszczuk
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, and handles 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.

LL.M., Columbia University, 1987
J.D., University of Missouri, 1981 
Law Review
B.A., Stanford University, 1977
James Gallagher
Jay Gallagher, a Pillsbury Government Contracts & Disputes senior partner, is a nationally renowned litigator, particularly on all types of government contract financial and cost issues.
Jay has represented government contractors, including the largest aerospace companies, for more than three decades in contract financial disputes; civil and criminal fraud investigations and litigation; and defective pricing, terminations, claims, breach of contract and cost allowability matters. Jay has served as lead counsel in more than three dozen False Claims Act and qui tam cases, two of which resulted in favorable Supreme Court decisions.

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1965
B.B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1961
Jason Workmaster
Jason Workmaster is Of Counsel, Covington and Burling LLP. Jason Workmaster focuses his practice on government contracts-related litigation, including civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases, contract disputes, and bid protests. He has represented a host of clients in these types of cases in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
A nationally recognized leader on FCA issues, Mr. Workmaster has appeared on NBC’s The TODAY Show and Canadian TV’s National News to discuss the highly publicized FCA case against the cyclist Lance Armstrong. Mr. Workmaster is also recognized as an expert on the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules program. He regularly lectures on the schedules and appears on Federal News Radio to discuss issues related to the Schedules.


Regent University School of Law, J.D., 2000
summa cum laude
University of Florida, B.A., 1997
magna cum laude
Jerald Howe
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.

Mr. Howe currently serves as a moderator for the Aspen Institute, co-founder and treasurer of No Labels, and board member of USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. He is a past president of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and past chair of the Washington Space Business Roundtable.
Michael Rizzo
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.
Michael defends lawsuits filed under the Civil False Claims Act; 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 crafts comprehensive government contracts compliance programs designed to reduce clients’ future exposure and legal expenditures. Additionally, Michael represents clients under investigation for alleged quality assurance and pricing improprieties and is experienced in handling internal investigations. 

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1992
B.A., Georgetown University, 1989
Thomas Humphrey
Thomas P. Humphrey is a senior counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Crowell & Moring. He represents clients in a wide variety of government contracts matters, including bid protests, False Claims Act and qui tam litigation, and investigations of potential criminal matters. Thomas focuses on handling computer, telecommunications, and health care bid protest litigation before the GAO and various trial and appellate courts.
He is active in the Bid Protest Committee of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association, and served for many years as a vice-chair of a committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association. He has been named one of the top lawyers in the government contracts field by Chambers USA. 

Yale University, B.A. (1966) cum laude
Yale Law School, LL.B (1969)
W. Jay DeVecchio
W. Jay DeVecchio is a litigator and former Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. He is recognized a leader in the field of intellectual property rights in government contracts, a subject on which he has testified as an expert and teaches nationwide. More broadly, 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.
Since 2005, Mr. DeVecchio has been named a leading national practitioner in Government Contract Law by Chambers USA. His 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. 

Duke University (B.A., 1974)
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1978)
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2018 Government Contracts Review & Outlook is Co-Chaired and Sponsored by
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BDO USA’s Industry Specialty Services practice provides a complete range of Government Contract Consulting services, assisting over 400 government contractor clients ranging in size from emerging businesses to Fortune 100 companies.  BDO has also been recognized as a premier accounting, tax, financial advisory and consulting organization. Providing services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies, BDO offers a sophisticated array of services and global capabilities, combined with the personal attention of experienced and committed professionals. Learn more.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is an international law firm with offices around the world, and a particular focus on the technology, energy & natural resources, financial services, real estate & construction, and travel & hospitality sectors. Recognized by Financial Times as one of the most innovative law firms, Pillsbury and its lawyers are highly regarded for their forward-thinking approach, their enthusiasm for collaborating across disciplines and their unsurpassed commercial awareness. For more information, visit
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