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Education

J.D., magna cum laude, George Mason University School of Law

B.A., The Johns Hopkins University

Clerkships

Law Clerk for the Honorable Lawrence J. Block, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2004-2006)

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Maryland Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Jon is a creative problem solver who counsels government contractors and subcontractors on a range of legal matters. He has handled some of the most complex government contracts disputes in the defense, aerospace, and intelligence industries in the last decade. Jon earns praise from clients for his ability to quickly assimilate challenging technical issues in bid protest litigation and contract disputes involving contracts for weapons system, aerospace, and intelligence programs.

Jon regularly litigates bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and federal agencies. Jon conducts internal investigations involving allegations of contractor fraud or abuse in conjunction with Department of Justice (DOJ) and Inspector General (IG) subpoenas, suspension and debarment proceedings, and employee whistleblower claims, and helps clients develop and maintain internal compliance and training programs. He also has experience in mergers and acquisitions and other due diligence activities unique to government contractors.

Representative Experience

  • Litigates bid protests at the GAO and COFC.
  • Conducts due diligence on behalf of buyers, sellers, and underwriters on issues unique to government contractors.
  • Defends False Claims Act (FCA) and qui tam claims in the federal district courts, including claims of whistleblower protection violations.
  • Represents government contractors in defense of suspension and debarment proceedings, including negotiation of administrative agreements resolving suspensions and debarments.
  • Represents government contractors in disputes with the federal government, including threatened terminations, claims under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA), and appeals of contracting officer final decisions to the Boards of Contract Appeals.
  • Conducts internal investigations and defends DOJ and/or agency IG investigations, including representing government contractors during employee interviews conducted by the DOJ or IG investigators.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of internal compliance and training programs.
  • Advises clients on compliance with all aspects of DFARS Clause 252.204-7012, Safeguarding Covered Defense Information, including the implementation of NIST 800-171 compliant information systems, mandatory cyber incident reporting and follow-up, and subcontractor flow-down obligations.

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Commercial Paper, George Mason University School of Law (2005-2006)
  • Summer Law Clerk for the Honorable Bruce Levine, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2003)
  • Intern for the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice (2001-2002)
  • Works with the Whitman-Walker clinic to represent clients with HIV/AIDS pursuing claims for Social Security disability benefits

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Public Contract Law
    • Acquisition Reform & Emerging Issues Committee
    • Bid Protest Committee
    • Procurement Fraud Committee
  • Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, Board of Governors

Recognitions

  • Listed by Chambers USA as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Up and Coming" in Government Contracts (2018)
  • Recognized by Law360 as a "Rising Star" in Government Contracts law (2016)
  • Named by The Legal 500 US a "next generation lawyer" (2017-2018) and a “recommended lawyer” (2016-2018) in Government Contracts 
  • Named one of Bisnow’s “Trending 40 Lawyers Under 40”, which recognizes up-and-coming lawyers from the Washington, DC metro area who have distinguished themselves with exceptional performance and potential (2015)

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