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D.C. Bar CLE Institute 2022


Kevin T. Barnett

Kevin T. BarnettKevin T. Barnett is of Counsel to PilieroMazza PLLC, where he advises clients in all aspects of government contracts law. He helps contractors prepare, negotiate, and prosecute claims, requests for equitable adjustment, and termination for convenience settlements, as well as litigating appeals before the Court of Federal Claims and the boards of contract appeals. Kevin also counsels firms with an array of Federal Acquisition Regulation compliance issues, including advising companies new to federal contracting on making a smooth transition. He guides clients through the Freedom of Information Act process from drafting and negotiating FOIA requests to litigating in federal court.  Kevin litigates bid protests before the Government Accountability Office, the Court of Federal Claims, as well as at the agency level.  

Kevin maintains an active pro bono practice focused on assisting veterans in obtaining benefits.  In addition, Kevin co-authors the leading treatise on attorney-client privilege, which is regularly cited by federal appeals courts.

Kevin is a member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts Bars and is admitted to practice before various federal courts.  He is a cum laude graduate of American University, Washington College of Law, where he was an Articles Editor on the American University Law Review.  Kevin earned a B.A. from George Washington University.

Ashden Fein

Ashden FeinAshden Fein is a Partner with Covington & Burling LLP, where he advises clients on cybersecurity and national security matters, including crisis management and incident response, risk management and governance, government and internal investigations, and regulatory compliance.

For cybersecurity matters, Ashden counsels clients on preparing for and responding to cyber-based attacks, assessing security controls and practices for the protection of data and systems, developing and implementing cybersecurity risk management and governance programs, and complying with federal and state regulatory requirements.  Ashden frequently supports clients as the lead investigator and crisis manager for global cyber and data security incidents, including data breaches involving personal data, advanced persistent threats targeting intellectual property across industries, state-sponsored theft of sensitive U.S. government information, and destructive attacks.

Additionally, Ashden assists clients from across industries with leading internal investigations and responding to government inquiries related to the U.S. national security.  He also advises aerospace, defense, and intelligence contractors on security compliance under U.S. national security laws and regulations including, among others, the National Industrial Security Program (NISPOM), U.S. government cybersecurity regulations, and requirements related to supply chain security.

Before joining Covington, Ashden served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence officer and prosecutor specializing in cybercrime and national security investigations and prosecutions – to include serving as the lead trial lawyer in the prosecution of Private Chelsea (Bradley) Manning for the unlawful disclosure of classified information to Wikileaks.  Ashden currently serves as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Ashden is a member of the District of Columbia and Texas Bars.  He received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and a B.A. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Nathaniel E. Castellano

Nathaniel E. CastellanoNathaniel E. Castellano is Special Counsel in Jenner & Block LLP’s Government Contracts Practice, where he advises clients on all aspects of doing business with and litigating against the federal government.   Mr. Castellano is a widely recognized thought leader in the government contracts community and a seasoned advocate with experience litigating high-profile bid protest matters before the Government Accountability Office, United States Court of Federal Claims, Federal District Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Castellano’s experience also includes resolution of government contract disputes under the Tucker Act and Contract Disputes Act; non-traditional contracting vehicles including Other Transaction Authority, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, and Technology Investment Agreements; Freedom of Information Act matters; intellectual property issues including data rights and the Small Business Innovation Research program; small business and other set-aside programs; and general contract and grant compliance counseling.

Mr. Castellano previously clerked for the Hon. Jimmie V. Reyna at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and worked as a legal consultant in the World Bank Office of Suspension and Debarment.  Mr. Castellano studied procurement law extensively at the George Washington University Law School, working as a research assistant to Professor Steven Schooner and graduating as a Murray Schooner Procurement Scholar.  Mr. Castellano is a widely published author, with articles cited in leading treatises and used as course material.

Mr. Castellano is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.  He received his J.D., with highest honors, from The George Washington University Law School, where he was the Murray Schooner Procurement Scholar and Order of the Coif.  He earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Roanoke College.

Erin L. Felix

Erin L. FelixErin L. Felix, a Shareholder with Polsinelli PC, is a seasoned counselor and litigator who learned the government contracts industry from the inside out.  Erin managed complex contracts and subcontracts for a Tier 1 defense contractor for nearly 15 years prior to practicing law and draws upon her deep, hands-on business experience to provide practical solutions in all facets of government contracting.  Clients value Erin’s ability to ‘speak their language’ and her intimate understanding of their business priorities and challenges.

Erin assists companies who contract with U.S. federal, state, and local government entities with navigating the various procurement laws and regulations associated with selling to the government and receiving government funding.  She advises traditional and nontraditional contractors and subcontractors on a wide array of acquisition issues, including agreement negotiations, data rights and intellectual property protection, supply chain and cyber security, certified cost and pricing data concerns, and compliance programs, with a focus on the commercial, emerging technology, and traditional aerospace and defense industries.  Erin also regularly represents clients in protests, disputes, and other proceedings before the Government Accountability Office, Court of Federal Claims, and Boards of Contract Appeals.

Erin is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bars.  She earned a J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law, an M.B.A. from the University of California-San Diego, Rady School of Management, and a B.A. from the University of California-San Diego.

Todd M. Garland

Todd M. GarlandTodd M. Garland, a Member of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, is an experienced government contracts attorney and litigator specializing in contract claims and disputes with the federal government.  His practice involves advising clients on legal issues arising from relationships with the federal government and private partners.  Mr. Garland helps clients resolve contract disputes with the federal government, bid protests, and disputes between prime contractors and subcontractors in commercial litigation.  In addition to representing “traditional” government contractors, he helps non-traditional government contracting clients operating under “other transaction” agreements with the U.S. government.

Mr. Garland has an active practice representing contractors in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), U.S. Court of Federal Claims, agency level, and in state-level protests.  He also represents contractors in size protests before the Small Business Administration (SBA), including the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA).In addition to advising clients regarding protest-related issues, Mr. Garland litigates government contract claims at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and Federal Circuit.  He represents clients in all types of disputes with the U.S. government, including constructive changes, default terminations, disallowance of costs, and differing site conditions.

When not representing clients in bid protests or complex commercial litigation, he counsels clients regarding issues that typically arise from government contracts-related relationships, including non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements, teaming agreements, and issues related to proprietary and confidential information such as trade secrets.  Mr. Garland also counsels clients regarding white collar issues involving anti-corruption, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and civil False Claims Act (FCA).

During law school, Mr. Garland worked for a private security contractor that performs in contingency contracting environments.  He has been recognized by the Virginia and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists in government contracts since 2021.

Mr. Garland is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Bars, and is admitted to appear before various federal courts. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

Brian Hubbard

Brian HubbardBrian Hubbard is the Director of Commercial and Cybersecurity for Edwards Performance Solutions, where he leads the Edwards commercial business area as well as the Cybersecurity capability area, with a primary focus primarily on the governance, risk, and compliance area.  Edwards supports multiple industry verticals, in the development and maturity of their cybersecurity programs.

Matthew R. Keller

Matthew R. KellerMatthew R. Keller is a Partner with Praemia Law PLLC.  Matthew has spent his entire professional career in the federal government contracting industry.  Upon graduating from Virginia Military Institute, he entered the United States Air Force and spent seven years working as a Contract Negotiator and Contracting Officer.  Since graduating from law school, he has worked as an attorney in private practice helping government contractors grow their businesses, protect their opportunities, and achieve their goals.

Matthew is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars.  He also is admitted to practice before various federal courts.  Matthew earned his J.D., cum laude, from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and a B.A. from the Virginia Military Institute.

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Patrick R. Quigley

Patrick R. QuigleyPatrick R. Quigley is of Counsel at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.  Patrick’s practice is focused on litigating bid protests, contract claims, prime/subcontractor disputes, and small business size protests/appeals at the Government Accountability Office, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, boards of contract appeals, federal agencies, the Small Business Administration, and state courts.  He conducts internal investigations and defends clients in False Claims Act litigation, government investigations, and suspension and debarment actions.  Patrick also conducts due diligence reviews of and advises on the government-contract aspects of business transactions, and counsels on procurement law compliance, federal employee ethics rules, teaming agreements, and conflict-of-interest mitigation plans.

Prior to joining the legal industry, Patrick served for 16 years with the U.S. Department of State, first as a Special Agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, and then as a Foreign Service Officer.  He was assigned to Somalia, El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, India, and Washington, D.C.  

Patrick is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars and is admitted to practice before several federal courts.  He earned his J.D., cum laude, from George Mason University School of Law, and a B.A. from Emory University.

Erin Rankin

Erin RankinErin Rankin is of Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP, where in the Government Contracts Group and is experienced in resolving government contract disputes with a particular focus on cost allowability, cost accounting issues, and DCAA audit findings.  Erin also advises clients on all aspects of FAR and DFARS compliance in connection with the administration, performance, and closing out of government contracts.  Erin has extensive experience representing government contractors before the Boards of Contract Appeals, defending companies against False Claims Act allegations, conducting internal investigations, and advocating for clients in mandatory disclosures and suspension and debarment proceedings.

Erin is a member of the District of Columbia Bars and is admitted to practice before various federal courts.  She received her J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from The Ohio State University.

Scott E. Simpson

Scott E. SimpsonScott E. Simpson has been the Department of Homeland Security for over ten years and works with the Office of Procurement Operations as a Contracting Officer.  He has supported the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer.  Scott is currently on a detail with the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer’s Procurement Innovation Lab where he serves as an Innovation Coach and supports acquisition teams across the Department.  Scott is also the Proxy Product Owner for the Artificial Intelligence for Past Performance project.  

He is a recent DITAP graduate and an Agile process enthusiast.  Scott attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where

Robert J. Sneckenberg

Robert J. SneckenbergRobert J. Sneckenberg, a Partner with Crowell & Moring LLP, is a government contracts litigator in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office.  He routinely first chairs bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and U.S. Court of Federal Claims and has successfully argued multiple appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He also represents contractors in contract claim and cost accounting disputes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and counsels clients on a wide array of government contracts investigations.  Rob is very active in Crowell & Moring’s pro bono program, where he focuses on civil and criminal appeals.

Rob is a co-host of the monthly All Things Protest podcast, which covers major trends in bid protest litigation, key developments in high-profile cases, and best practices in state and federal procurement.  He is also a Vice Chair of the ABA Public Contract Law Section’s Bid Protest Committee; an editor for Government Contract Bid Protests: A Practical and Procedural Guide, which is available on Westlaw; and a member of the Advisory Board for Thomson Reuters’ The Government Contractor.

Rob has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in government contracts since 2017 and was highlighted as a Key Lawyer in The Legal 500 United States’ 2021 profile of Crowell & Moring’s Tier 1 Government Contracts practice.

Rob is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars.  He received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as an editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and interned at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Department of Justice.  Rob received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College.

Erin K. Sullivan

Erin K. SullivanErin K. Sullivan, a Partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has years of experience representing corporate and individual clients involved in investigations, prosecutions, and civil enforcement actions by federal and state government entities.  She routinely conducts internal investigations, whether prompted by an existing government investigation or initiated internally for business or compliance reasons.  Erin also counsels clients on an array of compliance issues, ranging from general compliance best practices to specific compliance with federal laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and sanctions and export control regimes.

Erin has represented clients in matters involving alleged criminal violations of the Title 18 fraud statues, FCPA, government procurement laws, tax laws, export control laws, healthcare laws, environmental laws, and securities laws, among others.  She also represents clients facing civil investigation or enforcement action by regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.  She has particularly extensive experience representing healthcare providers and government contractors defending allegations under the civil False Claims Act.  Erin has represented clients at trial, both criminal and civil.

Erin clerked for Judge L. Scott Coogler and Judge Robert Propst in the Northern District of Alabama.  Prior to her clerkship, she was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm, where her practice focused on the FCPA.

She is a member of the Alabama and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before various federal courts.  Erin also participates in the D.C. Superior Court Pro Bono Program, which provides pro bono representation to clients facing criminal charges in D.C. Superior Court.

Erin earned her J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center.   She previously received a M.I.P.P., with distinction, from The Johns Hopkins University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an A.B., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa.

Hallie Tremaine Balkin

Hallie Tremaine BalkinHallie Tremaine Balkin is Principal Corporate Counsel for Microsoft Corporation, where she focuses on government contracts and agile contracting methodology.  Ms. Balkin previously served as the Learning Director for Other Transaction Authority (OTA) at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), where she embedded with dozens of government teams to provide OTA counsel.  Notably, Ms. Balkin provided counsel to the government team implementing the COVID-19 vaccine effort, “Operation Warp Speed."  

Prior to joining DAU, she served as an Associate Counsel for Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) Headquarters.  While working for the Navy Office of General Counsel (OGC), Ms. Balkin successfully defended over 30 contract bid protests.  Since 2020, she has served as a Navy OGC Alumnae Board Member.

Ms. Balkin resides with her family in San Diego, California.

Jonathan (Jon) Williams

Jon Williams is a Partner with PilieroMazza PLLC, where he on is an experienced legal advisor to government contractors on a wide range of federal, state, and local procurement matters.  As Chair of PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group, his practice focuses on helping firms with a diverse array of Federal Acquisition Regulation compliance issues, including extensive counseling on the federal procurement programs for small businesses.  Jon’s practice also frequently involves handling procurement related disputes.  He represents contractors in size and status protests and appeals before the Small Business Administration (SBA) and SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, as well as filing and defending bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, and state/local procurement agencies.

Jon also counsels contractors on cure notice responses, contract terminations, adverse CPARS ratings, requests for equitable adjustment, and claims.  Additionally, he regularly helps contractors to establish and defend teaming, subcontract, joint venture, and mentor-protégé relationships.  As a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy team, Jon works with federal contractors – particularly those who contract with the Department of Defense – on managing cybersecurity and establishing compliant and effective safeguards.  In this area, he provides guidance on cybersecurity requirements applicable to federal contractors and assists clients in implementing appropriate internal standards and in responding to cyber incidents.

A frequent writer and speaker, Jon is an active member of the HUBZone Contractors National Council and serves on its Board of Directors.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) and is Co-Chair of SECAF’s Programs Committee.  Additionally, Jon is on the Steering Committee for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s GovConNet Pathway to Growth Procurement Conference, one of the premiere conferences for the government contracting community.

Jon is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars, and he is admitted to practice before various federal courts.  Jon earned a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and a B.S. from Syracuse University.

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