May 19, 2022: “Special Focus on FSS Post Award Compliance and Audits” at ACI “BIG FOUR” Pharmaceutical Pricing Boot Camp

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Merle M. DeLancey Jr. will serve as a speaker for the American Conference Institute (“ACI”) “BIG FOUR” Pharmaceutical Pricing Boot Camp, taking place May 18–19, 2022, as an interactive live virtual conference.

Michael Grivnovics, Director, Federal Supply System, Contracts Division, Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, will join Merle to present the “Special Focus on FSS Post Award Compliance and Audits” session on May 19 at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

For more details, visit our website.

Leading International Trade & National Security Partner Anthony Rapa Joins Blank Rome in Washington, D.C.

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We are pleased to welcome leading international trade and national security attorney Anthony Rapa as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office where he will lead the firm’s National Security team. Working closely with the firm’s Aerospace, Defense and Government Services industry group, Anthony will counsel companies, private equity sponsors, and financial institutions on sanctions and export control-related matters in cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, government investigations, and regulatory matters. A dual U.S./UK-qualified practitioner, he joins Blank Rome from Kirkland & Ellis where he was a partner.

“Anthony is a fantastic addition to Blank Rome and our aerospace, defense and government services industry team,” said Grant S. Palmer, Blank Rome’s Managing Partner and CEO. “He will play a key role in expanding our national security and international trade capabilities as well as helping our clients address critical issues in this multidisciplinary and evolving area. His deep knowledge of the sanctions and export control regimes in the United States, UK, and EU will greatly benefit our clients as we help them navigate the increasingly complex, fast-moving sanctions landscape.”

Read more about Anthony on our website.

New Government Contracts Associate in Washington, D.C.

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Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that David L. Bodner has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office in the Government Contracts practice group, which continues to expand following the recent additions of partner Elizabeth Jochum and associates Samarth Barot and Amanda DeLaPerriere.

Learn more about David on our website.

Blank Rome Welcomes New Government Contracts Associate in Washington, D.C.

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Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Amanda C. DeLaPerriere has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office in the Government Contracts group, which recently welcomed partner Elizabeth Jochum and associate Samarth Barot.

Amanda joins Blank Rome from Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC. She focuses her practice on government contracts law, related construction law, and white collar matters, including advising clients on regulatory, counseling, and litigation matters. Amanda also brings notable experience representing contractors in accounting, cost, and pricing matters.

Admitted to practice in Virginia, Amanda received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, and her B.A. from the University of Georgia. During law school, Amanda served as a law clerk at the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and as a legal intern at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Amanda also served as a notes editor at the Public Contracts Law Journal.

Blank Rome Government Contracts: 2021 Year-in-Review and Look Ahead for 2022

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As 2022 shifts into high gear, Blank Rome’s Government Contracts practice is pleased to share our 2021 Year-in-Review, covering key government contracts issues, recent practice news and recognitions, and our look at the year ahead.

Thanks to the continued trust and support of our clients and colleagues and our dedication to our Client Service Principles, we helped guide our clients through an unprecedented past two years, and look forward to partnering with them (and seeing more of them in person!) in 2022. We were particularly excited to welcome Partner Elizabeth Jochum and Associate Samarth Barot to our team.

We look forward this year to deepening our collaboration across our law firm through a new Blank Rome industry group dedicated to serving clients in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services (“ADG”). Leveraging technology to drive seamless collaboration, our ADG team brings together professionals with in-depth knowledge of the industry from across the firm to stay at the forefront of emerging trends, including government relations, human capital, cybersecurity & data privacy, insurance recovery, export controls, government enforcement, and mergers & acquisitions.

We continued to share our perspectives on the industry last year in many forums, from COVID-19 vaccine mandates to developments in cybersecurity regulations to M&A trends. Click here for our thought leadership from the past year.

Finally, if you have not already, we invite you and your team to subscribe to our Government Contracts Navigator blog, where we cover issues of importance to our government contracting community. Unlike other blogs out there, we keep a strong focus on the practical, with our clients’ day-to-day business considerations in mind. Interested in the greatest hits? We have included below a list of the top 10 most read posts in 2021. You can also follow us on Twitter @GovConBR.

Thank you for reading. We look forward to helping you succeed this year and beyond.

Justin A. Chiarodo
Chair, Government Contracts
202.420.2706 | justin.chiarodo@blankrome.com

Please visit our website to read our entire Blank Rome Government Contracts: 2021 Year-in-Review and Look Ahead for 2022.

Get to Know Our Newest Partner, Elizabeth Jochum

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Justin A. ChiarodoDominique L. Casimir, and Elizabeth N. Jochum

In late 2021, we were thrilled to welcome Elizabeth N. Jochum in our Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the Government Contracts practice. A skilled litigator and counselor with a significant background in white collar defense and investigations matters, Elizabeth joined Blank Rome from Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, where she was a partner.

Elizabeth advocates for government contractors in bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims as well as handles appeals before the Armed Services and Civilian Boards of Contract Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She also represents contractors in size protests, determinations, and appeals before the Small Business Administration. Elizabeth advises prime contractors and subcontractors on a range of matters, including regulatory compliance, contract negotiation, due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and change and claim preparation.

Now that she has settled in at Blank Rome, we took a few minutes to chat with Elizabeth to find out more about her background, interests, and approach to client service. Here are the highlights, so that you can get to know her!

Welcome (again) to Blank Rome! We are so excited to have you on our team! What brought you to Blank Rome?

Thank you! I am so thrilled to be here, the transition has been incredibly smooth thanks to how welcoming the firm and group have been to my clients and me. I was drawn to Blank Rome because of the government contracts group’s incredible reputation. I have also had the opportunity to work with several members of the group on various matters and speaking engagements so had no doubt they were exactly the kind of smart, business-minded, and collegial people I hoped to work with. I also wanted to offer my clients a broader range of support outside of government contracts—particularly on labor & employment and corporate issues. Blank Rome has incredible capabilities in those areas as well.

Continue reading “Get to Know Our Newest Partner, Elizabeth Jochum”

Thomson Reuters 2022 Government Contracts Year-in-Review Conference: Mandatory Disclosure

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Blank Rome Partner Stephanie M. Harden co-presented the “Mandatory Disclosure” session for Thomson Reuters’ 2022 Government Contracts Year-in-Review Conference, a series of virtual online programs available through the West LegalEdcenter online platform.

Stephanie was joined for her one-hour session by co-presenter Amy Conant Hoang, a partner at K&L Gates LLP.

Additional topics covered at this year’s conference include:

      • Converging Procurement Systems
      • International Public Procurement Law: Key Developments 2021
      • Export Controls, Economic Sanctions, Anti-Corruption and CFIUS: Compliance and National Security Concerns
      • Statutes & Regulations
      • Bidding & Negotiation
      • Cost & Pricing Issues
      • Performance Problems
      • Terminations
      • Bid Protest Overview 
      • Disputes
      • Intellectual Property in Government Contracts
      • Emerging Policy & Practice Issues
      • Fraud, Debarment & Suspension
      • Cybersecurity for Government Contractors
      • Commercial Item Contracting
      • Accounting & Compliance
      • Labor & Employment

A copy of the full event agenda is available here.

Blank Rome LLP was pleased to once again serve as a sponsor for this leading industry event hosted by Thomson Reuters, which brings together hundreds of leading attorneys, executives, and government officials for high-level, expert briefings on the past year’s legal developments affecting government contracts. Each registrant received a PDF download copy of the conference briefs, which include a detailed outline and discussion of the topics addressed at the conference.

To learn more, please visit the Government Contracts Year-in-Review Conference event page.

Blank Rome’s Justin A. Chiarodo and Jason E. Reisman Named BTI 2022 Client Service All-Stars

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Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Justin A. Chiarodo (left), partner and chair of the firm’s Government Contracts practice group, and Jason E. Reisman (right), partner and co-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group, have been named BTI 2022 Client Service All-Stars. In recognition of being named a BTI Client Service All-Star since 2020, Justin also received the honor of being recognized as an BTI All-Star MVP 2022.

This annual survey conducted by BTI Consulting Group is the “gold standard” used by corporate counsel and law firms alike to identify leading attorneys who “stand above all the others in delivering the absolutely best in client service.” The honorees hail from over 15 industry segments and are notably recognized for being practical, savvy, “in the know,” able to deal with complexity, available, and nimble, as defined by BTI’s definition of a Client Service All-Star. For more information, please visit BTI Client Service All-Stars.

To read Justin’s and Jason’s BTI profiles, as published in BTI’s 2022 Client Service All-Stars, please visit our website.

FCA/FCPA: Fraud and Enforcement

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Blank Rome Partner Jennifer A. Short will serve as a speaker at Pub K Annual Review 2022, a four-day online event being held by PubKGroup January 24 through 27, 2022.

Jennifer’s session, “FCA/FCPA: Fraud and Enforcement,” will take place on Thursday, January 27, from 12:00 to 1:50 p.m. EST, and will break down the top trends in enforcement of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).

Other panels include:

      • Bid Protests
      • Investigations, Disclosures, S&D
      • Labor and Employment
      • Costs, Pricing, and Audits
      • Grants and Cooperative Agreements
      • Cybersecurity and Information Technology (“CMMC”)
      • Claims, Disputes, and Terminations
      • Construction Contracting
      • Small Business Contracting
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Statutes, Regulations, EOs, and Policies

CLE may be available.

Blank Rome is pleased to be a sponsor of this program.

For more information and to register, please visit the event webpage

Blank Rome Welcomes Experienced Government Contracts Partner in Washington, D.C.

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Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Elizabeth N. Jochum has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the Government Contracts practice group. A skilled litigator and counselor with a significant background in white collar defense and investigations matters, Elizabeth joins Blank Rome from Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC where she was a partner.

“We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth to our firm and leading Government Contracts practice,” said Grant S. Palmer, Blank Rome’s Managing Partner and CEO. “Government contractors face a complex landscape right now, and Elizabeth’s significant experience will greatly benefit our clients in both achieving their goals and successfully working with the public sector.”

Read more about Elizabeth on our website.

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