New Government Contracts Partners

Eight accomplished and highly respected lawyers have joined Morrison & Foerster as partners in the firm’s Government Contracts and Procurement Practice. With significant experience in the aerospace, defense, government and professional services, healthcare, and media industries, the new group deepens our ability to represent companies and individuals on transactional matters related to mergers and industry consolidation, as well as large and complex litigation matters, including:

  • bid protests
  • False Claims Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • general commercial disputes

Our new partners bring a best-in-class practice ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA, and complement our already-thriving Government Contracts and Public Procurement Practice.

David Churchill, Jay DeVecchio, and J. Alex Ward will join Morrison & Foerster’s Brad Wine as co-chairs of the expanded practice.

Our New Partners

David ChurchillDavid Churchill – A “dean of the government contracts bar,” according to Chambers, Mr. Churchill is a leading authority on litigation involving the awarding, performance, and termination of federal contracts. He also has an active counseling practice in contract award-related matters and on issues arising during the performance of government contracts and subcontracts, as well as experience advising companies on internal investigations resulting from government inquiries and mandatory disclosures of potential fraud. Mr. Churchill will serve as a co-chair of MoFo’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement Practice.

W. Jay DeVecchioW. Jay DeVecchio – Mr. DeVecchio represents clients in the aerospace, technology, and healthcare sector on government procurement matters, from bid protests to complex claims and disputes through suspension and disbarment. Mr. DeVecchio has the distinction of having litigated the largest defective pricing appeal to date, the leading case on latent defects, and the Eleventh Circuit’s decision on false claims immunity for Medicare contractors. He will serve as a co-chair of MoFo’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement Practice.

J. Alex WardJ. Alex Ward – Mr. Ward represents clients in bid protests, claims, investigations, corporate transactions, and counseling. He has served as lead counsel in dozens of bid protests involving military and civilian agency procurements of a wide range of products and services. In addition, Mr. Ward regularly handles federal and state court litigation and alternative dispute resolution involving government contractors. He will serve as a co-chair of MoFo’s Government Contracts & Procurement Practice.

Kevin MullenKevin P. Mullen – Mr. Mullen has broad experience in government contracts law, including agency procurements, subcontracting, teaming and joint venture relationships, contract performance issues, intellectual property, compliance matters, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and procurement fraud matters. He represents clients in the preparation and litigation of contract adjustment claims and terminations for both government contracts and construction projects. Mr. Mullen has handled more than 200 bid protest cases, representing both protesters and contract awardees.

Kevin C. Dwyer – Mr. Dwyer has significant litigation experience across a range of procurement matters, notably bid protests and the allowability and allocation of costs under the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the Cost Accounting Standards. He has represented protesters and awardees in more than 100 pre- and post-award bid protests. Mr. Dwyer’s cost practice emphasizes client counseling and the informal resolution of procurement disputes. He also has considerable cost litigation experience before various courts.

Jessie LiuJessie K. Liu – Ms. Liu represents clients in grand jury, congressional, and inspector general investigations. Her clients include sizable corporations in the automotive, aerospace and defense, construction and real estate, energy, government contracting, and financial services industries, as well as high-profile individuals. She has held several leadership positions in the Department of Justice and is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, where she served as lead counsel in 12 jury trials and argued numerous appeals on the government’s behalf.

Daniel ChuddDaniel E. Chudd – Mr. Chudd has represented numerous clients in False Claims Act matters, contract claims and disputes, termination disputes, private disputes between contractors and subcontractors, and civil and criminal investigations. He also advises clients on matters related to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, as well as the Truth in Negotiations Act, Procurement Integrity Act, International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, and other legal and ethical obligations.

Damien C. SpechtDamien C. Specht – Mr. Specht has played a significant role in more than 50 government contracts transactions on behalf of financial sponsors and leading government contractors. He also has experience in Federal Acquisition Regulation counseling, negotiation of subcontracts and teaming agreements, contract disputes, size protests, and both pre- and post-award bid protests. Mr. Specht is a leader on small business issues as well, having testified before the House of Representatives on small business regulations and serving as co-chair of the ABA Public Contract Section’s Small Business and Other Socioeconomic Programs Committee.

Our Practice

MoFo’s Government Contracts and Procurement Practice represents clients on litigation, compliance, and counseling matters throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. We guide clients through diverse regulatory requirements to ensure that the necessary infrastructures and systems needed to work effectively with the government are in place.

We successfully represented SpaceX in numerous bids, including its bid on launching security satellites into orbit. According to The American Lawyer, our work on this matter not only saved the company, it saved the future of the space industry.

We’ve achieved similar successes for various other companies, including ASM Research, DynCorp International, Global Linguist Solutions, Honeywell, and Northrop Grumman.

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