February 11, 2016
Dentons announced the promotion of Government Contracts lawyers Dana B. Pashkoff and Erin B. Sheppard to partner and Joseph G. Martinez and Michael J. McGuinn to counsel.
Dana B. Pashkoff (Washington, DC) provides government contracts counseling for a variety of clients, including those in the information technology, telecommunications, homeland security and aerospace/defense industries. She has significant experience litigating contract claims and bid protests before federal district courts, the US Court of Federal Claims and the US Government Accountability Office. Pashkoff also routinely advises clients on aspects of risk management associated with the sale of products and services to the government. She is widely recognized as an expert in the SAFETY Act, a statute that protects companies from tort lawsuits arising out of an act of terrorism involving their homeland security products and services. Pashkoff provides counseling on the regulatory process for obtaining SAFETY Act coverage and assists clients in preparing SAFETY Act applications for submission and review by the Department of Homeland Security.
Erin B. Sheppard (Washington, DC) has extensive experience counseling clients on a broad array of government contracts matters including bid protests, performance disputes, claims, terminations, regulatory compliance, cybersecurity, data rights, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) responses and internal investigations. She litigates a wide range of disputes including contract terminations, requests for equitable adjustment, prime/sub disputes and cost allowability issues. Sheppard regularly represents contractors prosecuting claim appeals before both the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASCBA); prosecutes and defends bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Court of Federal Claims and the FAA Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA); and defends size protests before the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals. She is skilled in drafting and negotiating subcontract, subaward and teaming agreements on behalf of prime contractors, subcontractors and federal grant recipients for both defense and civilian contractors. Sheppard regularly counsels clients on breach notification and response obligations, cybersecurity legislative and regulatory developments and in development of cybersecurity compliance and incident response programs. She also assists government contractors with the establishment and refinement of contractor compliance programs. Sheppard is the current president of the Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association (BCABA).
Joseph G. Martinez (Denver) focuses on all aspects of government contracts litigation and corporate counseling with an emphasis on bid protest litigation, contract and subcontract formation and pricing issues and complex claims litigation. He counsels clients regarding federal, state and local election law, campaign finance, ethics matters, and assists government contractors in navigating the intersection of law, politics and public policy. Martinez assists government contractors in the formation of government contracts and subcontracts, including compliance with the Truth In Negotiations Act (TINA), subcontracting flow-down requirements and litigating bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the US Court of Federal Claims (COFC). He also assists clients in resolving disputes that arise during the performance of government contracts, including matters relating to cost allowability, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), small business set-asides, requests for equitable adjustment (REA) and performance disputes. Joe assists clients with the submission of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and administrative appeals and litigation in the federal district courts seeking judicial review of agency decisions to withhold documents, as well as with reverse-FOIA submissions to protect contractor data from being publicly released.
Michael J. McGuinn (Denver) represents clients in a broad range of government contracts matters including contract claims, internal investigations and regulatory compliance counseling. He concentrates his practice in the areas of contractor business systems, cybersecurity requirements, contract changes and commercial item acquisitions. A significant component of his practice involves government contract cost allowability, cost accounting, cost and pricing and contract payments and financing issues. McGuinn also represents contractors in the preparation and litigation of complex contract disputes, including claims related to Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) noncompliance, cost penalties, contract changes and award fee and incentive fee disputes. He has overseen significant investigations of alleged contractor misconduct related to the charging of labor costs and indirect costs in connection with government inquiries and mandatory disclosure submissions.
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