Government Law Practice

Tom began his legal career at the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, in Washington, DC.  He was a trial and appellate attorney representing the government in major court matters nationally.  As primary courtroom counsel, Tom represented every federal department in trials and appeals concerning government contracts, federal personnel, fraud matters, major loan programs and other commercial and statutory claims.  His government contract law experience included: 

  • 2-week trial arising from the termination for default of Department of Interior road contract in the Cascade Mountains, including rock excavation issues, safety issues, and calculation of excess reprocurement costs
  • 7-week trial over multi-million dollar change orders arising from major overhaul of a US Navy ocean-going tanker
  • 1-week trial and subsequent appeal to collect construction costs owed to the US Army Corps of Engineers by the State of West Virginia for disaster relief work
  • Other construction claims (e.g., Departments of Transportation and Agriculture)
  • Protests to proposed contract awards including the General Services Administration and the Department of Energy
  • Numerous other contract issues alleging mistake in bid, change orders, excusable delay, value engineering, differing site conditions, defective specifications, etc.


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