Government Contracts 101

David B. Robbins
Noah B. Bleicher
Cynthia J. Robertson
Matthew L. Haws
Carla J. Weiss
Moshe Broder
Sati Harutyunyan
David B. Robbins | Jenner & Block
Noah B. Bleicher | Jenner & Block
Cynthia J. Robertson | Jenner & Block
Matthew L. Haws | Jenner & Block
Carla J. Weiss | Jenner & Block
Moshe Broder | Jenner & Block
Sati Harutyunyan | Jenner & Block

On-Demand: April 29, 2021

Government Contracts 101
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Program Summary

Join MyLawCLE for a four-hour CLE presentation, Government Contracts 101, presented by the Jenner & Block Government Contracts practice. The training will cover foundational government contracts topics and emerging hot topics, geared for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Government Contracting Basics: Statutes, Policies, Basic Foundation
  • Ethics and Compliance/Enforcement
  • Bid Protests
  • Audit/Accounting/Cost Issues
  • Supply Chain
  • Information Protection

Date/Time: April 29, 2021

  • 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm Eastern
  • 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm Central
  • 11:00 am – 3:30 pm Mountain
  • 10:00 am – 2:30 pm Pacific

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Closed-captioning available upon request


David B. Robbins_Jenner & Block_myLawCLEDavid B. Robbins | Jenner & Block

David is a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Government Contracts Practice. Mr. Robbins is an experienced litigator, investigations lawyer, and strategic business counselor with a broad skillset focused on ethics, compliance, M&A/diligence, investigations, crisis management, and enforcement defense for government contractors, grant recipients, and regulated industries.

Mr. Robbins advises clients on a range of litigation matters, including civil False Claims Act defense, claims, requests for equitable adjustment, whistleblower reprisal defense, and prime/sub disputes. He also handles matters involving high-stakes, complex internal investigations, mandatory disclosures, claims, trade secrets litigation, ethics/compliance, conflicts of interest, fraud and public corruption defense, bid protests, General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule contracting, Procurement Integrity Act, Anti-Kickback Act, and suspension and debarment.

As a trusted business advisor, Mr. Robbins provides strategic advice to executives and in-house counsel on their most pressing business needs, including M&A due diligence, mitigating issues found during diligence, and post-merger integration. Mr. Robbins actively counsels companies concerning COVID-19 incident response and the provision of COVID-19 countermeasures such as vaccines and PPE to the US government. Mr. Robbins has represented audit committees and special board committees in high stakes, government-facing matters.

Mr. Robbins is a former Air Force General Counsel’s office senior lawyer where he ran the global Air Force’s Procurement Fraud Remedies Office and served as acting Suspending and Debarring Official and Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility). Mr. Robbins advised Air Force, Defense, and Intelligence Community senior leaders on a wide range of acquisition issues. During his tenure, he and his teams were responsible for approximately 1,000 fraud cases and 600 suspension/debarment cases per year. Mr. Robbins also co-ran the Department of Defense Procurement Fraud Working Group, a collection of agents, lawyers, auditors, and acquisition officials who gathered monthly to discuss best practices and set standards, with an intense focus on False Claims Act matters. He was also a member of the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee. These two committees coordinated the operations of the government’s procurement and grant fraud organization, setting practices that remain in use today.

Mr. Robbins frequently speaks and publishes on government contracts topics, including in Thomson Reuters Government Contracts Year in Review.& He is the primary author and editor of the ABA Publications peer-reviewed book, The Procurement Fraud Guidebook: System, Stakeholders, and Response Strategies.

Mr. Robbins earned his BA from Yale University and received his JD and MBA from the University of Maryland.

Noah B. Bleicher_Jenner & Block_myLawCLENoah B. Bleicher | Jenner & Block

Noah Bleicher is a skilled government contracts practitioner with extensive bid protest litigation experience. He is a partner in the firm’s Government Contracts Practice where he represents large and small government contractors in a wide array of complex government contracts issues. Mr. Bleicher draws upon his unique and valuable insights from his service as a senior bid protest hearing officer at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to effectively resolve government contracts legal disputes and achieve the business objectives of his clients.

While at GAO, Mr. Bleicher adjudicated some of the agency’s most complicated protests involving both defense and civilian agencies and procurements of all sizes and complexities. His protest experience covers the full spectrum of legal issues involving the award of a contract or the terms of a solicitation, such as technical evaluation challenges, cost/price realism concerns, restrictive specifications, sole-source contracting, small business issues, organizational conflicts of interest, and the conduct of discussions. Mr. Bleicher presided over numerous bid protest hearings, frequently conducted alternative dispute resolution sessions, and regularly resolved protective order and document production disputes. During his tenure in GAO’s Procurement Law Division, he resolved more than 600 bid protests and issued more than 125 published legal decisions. He was promoted to the position of Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Procurement Law and served as an Acting Assistant General Counsel for Procurement Law. In these roles, he supervised a team of GAO bid protest hearing officers.

Prior to his assignment resolving bid protests, Mr. Bleicher served as lead government contracts counsel on GAO reviews of government-wide procurement practices and acquisition policies. His experiences include assessing agency suspension and debarment programs, reviewing the use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, and auditing the cost, schedule, and performance of several major weapon system acquisition programs. Mr. Bleicher reviewed numerous GAO products for legal sufficiency and prepared agency witnesses for congressional testimonies. Mr. Bleicher also served on Capitol Hill as counsel to the former House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations where he gained valuable experience with congressional investigations.

Mr. Bleicher is frequent lecturer on procurement law issues. He regularly provides training and presentations on bid protest matters. He also is actively involved in the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law, currently serving as a co-chair of the Bid Protest Committee and the Federal, State & Local Government Attorneys Committee.

Cynthia J. Robertson_Jenner & Block_myLawCLECynthia J. Robertson | Jenner & Block

Cynthia “Cindy” Robertson is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office. For the last two decades she has provided government contract counseling and litigation/investigations management to top aerospace and defense contractors. She is a trusted counselor on FAR/DFARS regulations, internal investigations, False Claims Act, bid protests, claims, labor/employment and a wide range of government contracting issues. Ms. Robertson also monitors and shapes government contracts policy through routine submissions of public comment on behalf of clients and industry associations in FAR and DFARS rulemakings.
Ms. Robertson advises clients on a host of issues facing government contractors, including FAR/DFARS regulatory compliance and claims, including claims that can arise from subcontractor/prime contractor disputes. Ms. Robertson has also drafted and reviewed compliance policies for public procurement divisions of larger commercial corporations, and for aerospace and defense giants. Ms. Robertson has tailored anti-trafficking compliance plans for foreign subcontractors and routinely counsels on anti-trafficking regulations and reporting obligations. She has also counseled on counterfeit parts, cybersecurity, IP, commercial items, lobbying/election law restrictions, procurement integrity, and labor and employment issues such as Service Contract Act, wage statement, and meal-break compliance.
Ms. Robertson conducts both large and small investigations for government contractors. She has conducted a nationwide FCA investigation of alleged bribery for a client’s public procurement division, and evaluated allegations of mischarges and improper pricing. As part of this effort, she conducted a nationwide survey of state procurement bribery laws. She has also directed FCA investigations of alleged product failures, where lead scientists and quality assurance personnel played a critical role. Ms. Robertson has been the lead negotiator with DOJ regarding Civil Investigative Demands and subpoenas. She has also represented corporate officers and employees in connection with government investigations of potential wrongdoing. She advocated for entry into DOD’s voluntary disclosure program before existing mandatory disclosure rules.
Ms. Robertson draws upon a broad litigation background. She began her career defending an aerospace and defense contractor against a termination for default of a stealth aircraft. Ms. Robertson has been involved in complex trial preparation and appellate briefing before the Court of Federal Claims and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also prepared other cases for trial on behalf of utility clients suing for disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Ms. Robertson has conducted all phases of electronic discovery, and has briefed billion-dollar protests and appeared before the GAO during bid protest hearings.
Ms. Robertson has an active pro bono practice in which she represents survivors of human trafficking and those with disabilities.

Matthew L. Haws_Jenner & Block_myLawCLEMatthew L. Haws | Jenner & Block

Matthew Haws is a partner in the Government Contracts Practice. He represents clients ranging from defense manufacturers to IT systems integrators on government contract and grant law issues, including claims, compliance, and investigations.
Mr. Haws guides contractors through complicated issues in their relationship with the government, including Inspector General investigations, mandatory disclosures, False Claims Act (FCA) litigation, suspension/debarment proceedings, DCAA audits, and claims against the government. He conducts internal investigations, develops requests for equitable adjustment and claims, and provides guidance to contractors on their most complicated problems.
Mr. Haws has conducted mandatory disclosure investigations for one of the largest GSA Schedule contract holders. He has developed and executed strategic responses to multi-faceted government contract problems involving agency investigations, litigation, and Congressional requests for a major software company. He has served on an independent monitor team pursuant to an administrative compliance agreement in one of the most significant debarment proceedings within the Department of Defense.
Mr. Haws also has significant experience litigating disputes between contractors and subcontractors, and resolving government contract intellectual property, cost allowability, and business systems disputes.
Mr. Haws spent two years seconded in-house at the legal departments of two of the largest government contractors in the world. He frequently writes and speaks on government contract issues and has served in numerous leadership roles in the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section, including chair of the International Procurement Committee and the ABA representative to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Procurement.
Mr. Haws maintains an active pro bono practice serving individuals and non-profits in DC and internationally. For 15 years, he has litigated housing, disability, and family law cases and provided pro bono counseling to nonprofits and small, disadvantaged businesses through the DC Bar Pro Bono Center. Mr. Haws has served on the DC Bar Pro Bono Committee and the Nonprofit/Small Business Legal Assistance Committee. He is currently chair of the DC Bar Pro Bono Committee and serves on the board of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, the leading capacity building organization for DC-area nonprofits.
Early in his career, Mr. Haws lived and worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a member of the legal team representing the Government of Ethiopia before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, an international tribunal that adjudicated state-to-state claims for loss, damage, and injury arising during an international armed conflict.

Carla J. Weiss_Jenner & Block_myLawCLECarla J. Weiss | Jenner & Block

Carla Weiss is special counsel in the Government Contracts Practice. She represents large and small clients on a range of government contract issues, including bid protests, claims, investigations, and compliance.
Ms. Weiss’s experience includes successful bid protest litigation, internal investigations for defense contractors, and representing contractors and subcontractors in claims litigation against the government. Ms. Weiss advises contractors with False Claims Act filings, suspension/debarment proceedings, and assessing mandatory disclosure obligations. In addition, Ms. Weiss counsels clients on a variety of federal statutes, regulations and government contract-related matters, including FAR and DFARS interpretation, SBA small business and minority business programs and eligibility, and foreign sourcing requirements. She guides companies through export control matters, including voluntary self-disclosures of export violations, export licensing applications, ITAR commodity jurisdiction applications, and Commerce and OFAC sanctions restrictions. Ms. Weiss also advises clients on issues related to data privacy and cybersecurity, including health privacy compliance, social media policies, and breach notification obligations. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Weiss served as a law clerk to former United States Senator Arlen Specter at the Senate Judiciary Committee. Before beginning her legal studies, Ms. Weiss worked at the National Republican Senatorial Committee as the Special Assistant to the Chair, Senator Elizabeth Dole. She also interned with the White House Office of Public Liaison.

Moshe Broder_Jenner & Block_myLawCLEMoshe Broder | Jenner & Block

Moshe Broder is an associate in the firm’s Government Contracts Practice. He counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors on a broad range of legal issues, including bid protests, disputes between prime contractors and subcontractors, and contract claims and disputes. Mr. Broder regularly prosecutes and defends bid protests before the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the US Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and litigates commercial disputes in state and federal courts.
Mr. Broder focuses his practice on government contracts and commercial disputes, and helps clients navigate issues across the unique government contracts landscape. He prosecutes and defends bid protests, conducts internal investigations, and represents government contractors in all stages of civil litigation. Mr. Broder has a special interest in issues at the intersection of national security and the private sector.
Before joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Broder was an associate in the government contracts practice of another Washington, DC law firm. He was also a volunteer law clerk for the Hon. James E. Boasberg for
the US District Court for the District of Columbia. During law school, Mr. Broder served as a law clerk in several US Department of Justice components, including the National Security Division, the Criminal Division, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Office of the General Counsel.
Mr. Broder is a contributing author of the “Cybersecurity Risk Management Is a Corporate Responsibility” chapter in the American Bar Association’s 2019 publication The Lawyer’s Corporate Social Responsibility Deskbook. He also maintains an active pro bono practice.
Mr. Broder earned his JD from Georgetown University and his BA from Yeshiva University.

Sati Harutyunyan_Jenner & Block_myLawCLESati Harutyunyan | Jenner & Block

Ms. Harutyunyan is an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She represents individuals, international companies, and major defense contractors through all stages of civil litigation in California state courts and federal courts, litigation before the Boards of Contract Appeals, and private arbitration. She also advises clients through sensitive internal investigations, providing key insight on issues that cross over the areas of litigation, regulation, and enforcement.
Ms. Harutyunyan focuses her practice on government contracts matters and on commercial disputes. She helps clients who do business with the Federal Government navigate issues across the unique government contracts landscape, including CDA claims, DCAA audits, bid protests, and investigations. In her trial-level practice, Ms. Harutyunyan develops and carries out legal strategy, including drafting motions, presenting oral argument, and advising clients through high-stakes settlement negotiations.
Ms. Harutyunyan embraces the firm’s commitment to pro bono work, with an interest in immigration and human trafficking matters.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Harutyunyan worked for the World Bank Group’s Office of Suspension and Debarment, where she consulted the senior policy officer and the chief suspension and debarment officer on procurement frameworks around the world. She has written on the topic of international procurement for The Government Contractor, published by Thomson Reuters, and the Public Contract Law Journal, published by the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law.
Ms. Harutyunyan is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.


I. Government Contracting Basics: Statutes, Policies, Basic Foundation | 1:00-2:00

II. Break | 2:00-2:10

III. Ethics and Compliance/Enforcement | 2:10-3:10

IV. Break | 3:10-3:20

V. Bid Protests | 3:20-4:00
VI. Audit/Accounting/Cost Issues | 4:00-4:20

VII. Break | 4:20-4:30

VIII. Supply Chain | 4:30-5:00
IX. Information Protection | 5:00-5:30