Tom Rath, a member of the Government Contracts practice at Dentons, provides contractors advice and representation in connection with bid protests, disputes, and contract compliance matters, including audits and investigations and performance disputes.
Tom has served as litigation counsel for contractors involved in a wide range of government projects, including providing support services at US military bases and embassy sites, engineering and construction services in connection with large-scale energy installations, and mail transportation and related services to the US Postal Service. Tom's work on behalf of these clients has been as diverse as they are, ranging from representation in purely private breach of contract lawsuits in federal and state court, to pre- and post-award bid protests at the agency level and at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Tom also provides government contractors counseling and advice on compliance issues they face outside of the context of disputes. For example, he has advised both prime and subcontractors on government flow-down requirements and other issues surrounding subcontracting on government contracts. Tom also has also handled issues arising under the Service Contract Act (SCA), which requires that government contractors and subcontractors pay their workers the prevailing local wage; domestic-preference statutes such as the Buy American Act; and the many other regulations applicable to government contractors.
Apart from his government contracts practice, Tom maintains an active pro bono practice representing asylum seekers in immigration proceedings.
Tom earned his J.D. cum laude from American University in 2012, where he also served as Senior Articles Editor on the Administrative Law Review from 2011 to 2012. Prior to joining Dentons, Tom was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of a Midwest-based national firm.