Richard Vacura is Co-Chair of the firm's Government Contracts Practice. Mr. Vacura is an experienced trial lawyer who has litigated cases involving major weapons and space systems, software development, communications systems, prime/subcontract disputes, bid protests, injunctive suits, procurement fraud, FOIA actions, and the Federal Tort Claims Act. He has in-depth experience conducting internal investigations involving false claims and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, and defending suspension and debarment actions.
Mr. Vacura regularly serves as the primary government contracts counsel and transactional attorney to clients that range from start-ups to major public companies, providing due diligence reviews for domestic and foreign acquisitions, drafting and negotiating teaming and joint venture agreements, counseling on novation and assignment issues, technical data and nondisclosure agreements, export control, small business, international anti-corruption, national security, and standard domestic and international solicitations and contract/subcontract terms and conditions.
Mr. Vacura has lectured and conducted seminars on a variety of federal procurement topics for eGov, Federal Publications, the Contract Services Association of America, the Council of Defense & Space Industry Associations, the National Contract Management Association and various Department of Defense organizations.
Mr. Vacura has held leadership positions in the American Bar Association's Public Contract Law Section, including the Contract Claims and Disputes Resolution Committee and the International Procurement Committee. He was named a Top Government Contracts Lawyer by the Washington Business Journal and is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Vacura entered private practice after serving as a major in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Department.
Rick Vacura was named a 2016 BTI Client Service All-Star MVP, nominated by clients and selected for consistent outstanding client service. He is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2007-2015) and Best Lawyers in America (2013-2015). He has been named a Top Government Contracts Lawyer by the Washington Business Journal. Rick was also named in Legal 500 for Supreme Court and Appellate practice (2008).
2015 Chambers USA listed as a leading lawyer: Mr. Vacura “is a terrific resource and knowledgeable, he is very strategic, and has a keen sense of when to be aggressive and when to be more measured.”
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