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TomMason

Partner

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Representative transactional matters include:

  • Created government contract subsidiary for the sale of products and services for large IT company
  • Represented large defense contractor in acquisition of a technology company, including novation of existing government contracts to the acquiring company
  • Assisted geospatial information provider with receipt of venture capital funding and stock issuance, including due diligence involving intellectual property rights conceived during performance of various government contracts and grants
  • Represented buyer in valuation of government contract portfolio of smaller technology company
  • Counseled large software developer in acquisitions of small business software and services companies by performing due diligence on government contract assets
  • Created federal government contract subsidiary for the sale of products and services for large software company
  • Represented large defense contractor in resolving post-integration issues related to acquisition of systems engineering and technical assistance contractor, including resolution of organizational conflict of interest issues
  • Represented large transportation and security companies in resolving civil false claims allegations, including conducting an internal investigation and negotiating a comprehensive compliance agreement
  • Represented seller in Hart-Scott-Rodino support for merger of two large energy companies
  • Represented a renewable energy company in the negotiation and funding of a P3 PPA between the Defense Department and a private energy company
  • Negotiated novation agreement in support of commercialization of Ebola vaccine
  • Obtained DCAA advance agreement on behalf of merged organization negotiating IAW DFARS cost savings rules
  • Negotiated vaccine contract with BARDA; contract terms reflect risk mitigation and avoidance with the U.S. government
  • Sought waiver of Bayh-Dole Act’s domestic manufacturing preference
  • Conducted internal investigation for software provider in support of client’s IPO
  • For large foreign IP company, provided NISPOM support of acquisition of U.S. IP company, drafted necessary paperwork for FOCI Analytics Branch to gain approval of the transaction
  • Assisted client in sale of client’s domain name
  • Negotiated CRADAs, MDAs, cooperative agreements for biotech companies in support of clinical trials, commercialization of software and manufacture of clients
  • Performed due diligence in support of mergers and IPOs
  • Provide compliance training for government contracting clients

Representative litigation and claims resolution matters include:

  • Represented client before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in spent nuclear fuel litigation; recovered more than $300 million for client
  • Handled several cases before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims including more than $1 billion of claims against the United States
  • Represented client in patent infringement case, recovering over $10 million for the United States’ infringement of client’s mine detection patent
  • Represented cloud computing company in resolution of multimillion-dollar contract dispute
  • Successfully represented large defense contractor in international arbitration to resolve a multimillion-dollar dispute with a Taiwanese defense contractor under UNCITRAL procedures
  • Successfully represented U.S.-flagged transport vessel before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in a multimillion-dollar insurance dispute
  • Successfully represented large defense security company in civil false claims action and collective action litigation
  • Successfully represented large defense company before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals for claims stemming from the Iraq War/offshore contracting
  • Successfully represented a large defense security company in a bid protest for Afghanistan procurement
  • As a licensed mediator, mediated multimillion-dollar settlement of prime and subcontractor contract dispute
  • Successfully resolved 30+ contract appeals stemming from contractor participation in U.S. operations in the Middle East
  • Successfully represented defense IT company in DCAA audit dispute before the ASBCA
  • Successfully represented real estate management company in leasing dispute with the VA
  • Successfully represented clients in pre- and post-award protests before U.S. government agencies, the General Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

A noted lecturer, Tom speaks on a variety of government contracting topics and presents numerous compliance training sessions each year. He also was a faculty member of the National Contract Management Association and The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.

  • Selected to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list, 2017-2021
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2010 to 2023 for Commercial Litigation, and Mediation
  • Listed in The Legal 500, 2018-2022
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, Government: Government Contracts – Nationwide, 2015 and 2016
  • Honored with the Legion of Merit Award from the U.S. Department of Defense

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Court of Claims Bar Association
  • Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association

Community Activities

  • General counsel, Youth Orchestras of Prince William
  • Ruling elder, Presbyterian Church in America

Professional Activities

  • Dean’s Advisory Board, University of Detroit School of Law
  • Trustee, Command General and Staff College Foundation

Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 1980
  • United States Military Academy at West Point, B.S., 1973

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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