Thomas A. Barthold The Joint Committee on Taxation
Thomas A. Barthold is the chief of staff with the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation. He joined the Joint Committee staff as a staff economist in 1987. He subsequently has served as senior economist, deputy chief of staff, and acting chief of staff. He was named chief of staff in May 2009. Over the past two decades he has worked on a wide variety of issues for the committee, including capital gains taxation, savings incentives, environmental and energy taxes, estate and gift taxation, the taxation of multinational enterprises, the low-income housing tax credit, tax-exempt bonds, and charitable organizations. Prior to his arrival in Washington he was a member of the economics faculty of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. His publications include studies of capital gain realizations, charitable bequests, and measuring the distribution of the tax burden. Mr. Barthold is a graduate of Northwestern University and received his doctorate in economics from Harvard University.
Shalom Brilliant U.S. Department of Justice
Shalom Brilliant is a Senior Trial Counsel in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He received a B.A. degree in history from Yeshiva University in 1969, an M.A. in modern European history from New York University in 1971, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1975. He joined the Civil Division under the Attorney General's Honors Program in 1975. He returned to New York in 1977, and worked as an associate at Schoengold & Sporn, a small firm that specialized in stockholder class actions and derivative suits. In 1978, Mr. Brilliant returned to the Civil Division's Federal Programs Branch. In 1989 Mr. Brilliant joined the Commercial Litigation Branch, National Courts Section where he has defended the United States in multi-plaintiff civilian pay cases, as well as litigation involving government contracts and a variety of other matters, before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and other courts.
Judge Eric G. Bruggink U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Judge Eric G. Bruggink was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims on April 15, 1986, and entered duty on April 21, 1986. He is a cum laude graduate of Auburn University, receiving his B.A. degree in sociology in 1971 and an M.A. degree in speech in 1972. Judge Bruggink received his J.D. in 1975 from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was a Hugo Black Scholar and Note and Comments Editor of the Alabama Law Review. In 1982, Judge Bruggink was appointed Director, Office of Appeals Counsel of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, and he served in that position until his appointment as Judge of the Court of Federal Claims. He formerly served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Frank H. McFadden of the Northern District of Alabama, and as an associate with the law firms of Steiner, Crum & Baker in Montgomery, Alabama, 1979-1982, and Hardwick, Hause & Segrest in Dothan, Alabama, 1976-1977. He was Assistant Director of the Alabama Law Institute from 1977 to 1979, during which time he established the Office of Energy and Environmental Law and served as its first director. Read more...
Circuit Judge William C. Bryson U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
William C. Bryson was appointed by President William J. Clinton in 1994. Prior to his appointment, Judge Bryson was with the United States Department of Justice from 1978 to 1994. During that period, he served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General [1978-79], Chief of the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division [1979-83], Counsel to the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section [1983-86], Deputy Solicitor General [1986-94], Acting Solicitor General [1989 and 1993], and Acting Associate Attorney General . He was an Associate at the Washington, DC law firm of Miller, Cassidy, Larroca and Lewin from 1975 to 1978. Judge Bryson served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Henry J. Friendly, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1973 to 1974, and as Law Clerk to the Honorable Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court of the United States, from 1974 to 1975. Judge Bryson received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1969 and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1973.
Special Master Patricia Campbell-Smith Office of Special Masters, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Special Master Patricia Campbell-Smith received a degree in electrical engineering from Duke University, graduating with honors. She received her law degree from Tulane University, again graduating with honors. Prior to her appointment as a Special Master in 2005, she clerked extensively as a federal judicial law clerk and worked in private practice in the areas of environmental regulatory law, patent infringement litigation, and toxic tort litigation. Read more...
Andrea Davey U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Andrea Davey is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel. She advises the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Ms. Davey served as a law clerk and a staff attorney with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Office of Special Masters. Ms. Davey graduated from The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree with honors from Georgetown University.
Jeanne E. Davidson U.S. Department of Justice
Jeanne E. Davidson has been an attorney in the National Courts Section at the U.S. Department of Justice for most of the last 14 years. After joining the National Courts Section in 1987 as a trial attorney and litigating for three years, she assumed the first of many management positions in the Section, culminating with her being named the Director of the National Courts Section in 2007. As Director, Ms. Davidson supervises approximately 200 attorneys and support staff responsible for representing the United States in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Court of International Trade, and other fora. She personally represents the United States in significant matters raising constitutional or other issues of particular importance, and provides legal advice and litigation risk counseling to numerous Executive Branch offices. Among other honors, she currently serves on the Department of Justice Intellectual Property Task Force and the Civil Division’s Administrative Procedures Act Working Group, and she is a member of the Advisory Councils to both the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Davidson was also Associate General Counsel and Chair of the Section 301 Committee in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 1992-1993, and an associate at DC’s Steptoe & Johnson from 1981-1986. Ms. Davidson received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1980, and her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976.
Brad Fagg Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Brad Fagg is a partner in the firm of Morgan Lewis in Washington, DC. He is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice and a member of the Washington, DC Office Management Committee. Mr. Fagg has extensive civil trial and appellate experience, including all phases of pre-trial discovery, motions practice and briefing, hearings and trials, and briefing and arguing appeals. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Fagg spent a number of years as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he handled civil fraud matters, procurement disputes, takings claims and employment appeals. His trial work included construction and other commercial government contract disputes, multimillion dollar government contract claims, and civil fraud investigations. At the appellate level, Mr. Fagg briefed and argued a number of matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other courts of appeal. In addition to other honors, Mr. Fagg served as the President of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association in 2008, and he is a member of the Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council. Read more...
Eugene R. Fidell Yale Law School
Eugene R. Fidell is the Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is a co-founder and former president of the National Institute of Military Justice and of counsel at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, Washington, D.C. He is a co-author of Military Justice: Cases and Materials (LexisNexis), a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Life Member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. He has also taught at Harvard Law School and the Washington College of Law, American University. Read more...
Daniel I. Gordon George Washington University Law School
Daniel I. Gordon is the Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies at The George Washington University Law School. Before joining GW Law School in January 2012, Dean Gordon was the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, a position to which he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate. Before that, he worked for 17 years in the Office of General Counsel of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), where he began as a line attorney, rising through the ranks and ultimately holding the positions of Deputy General Counsel and then Acting General Counsel. Among his other work at GAO, he headed the bid protest unit for a number of years, and served as counsel to the congressionally-chartered Commercial Activities Panel, which looked into questions regarding the use of contractors and federal employees to provide commercial-type services. Before joining GAO, he served as a court law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then practiced for a number of years with a private law firm in Washington, DC. Dean Gordon has frequently testified on acquisition issues before Congress, and he has published law review articles and book chapters on various aspects of procurement law and policy.
Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Emily C. Hewitt was commissioned as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims by President William J. Clinton on October 22, 1998. President Barack Obama designated her to serve as Chief Judge on March 11, 2009. In 2006, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve on the Financial Disclosure Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Prior to joining the court, Chief Judge Hewitt served as General Counsel of the United States General Services Administration (GSA) from 1993 to 1998. As GSA’s General Counsel, she oversaw the legal activities and responsibilities of the agency, served as GSA’s chief ethics official, as chief legal advisor to the Administrator and other GSA officials, and as a member of GSA’s management committee. While at GSA, Chief Judge Hewitt served as a government member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and as a member of the President’s Interagency Council on Women. Before entering government service in 1993, Chief Judge Hewitt practiced from 1978 to 1993 with the Boston law firm Hill & Barlow. She was elected a partner in 1985, and served as chair of Hill & Barlow’s real estate department from 1987 to 1993. Chief Judge Hewitt graduated from Harvard Law School, with honors, in 1978, after receiving the M. Phil. degree in studies focusing on religion and education from the Union Theological Seminary in New York City and receiving her A.B. from Cornell University. Read more...
Judge Marian Blank Horn U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Marian Blank Horn was appointed by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims in 1986 and again in 2003. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and received a J.D. degree from the Fordham University School of Law. Before being appointed to the U. S. Court of Federal Claims, Judge Horn served as Acting Solicitor and Principal Deputy Solicitor at the United States Department of the Interior, and as Associate Solicitor for General Law and Deputy Associate Solicitor for Surface Mining, also at the United States Department of the Interior. She formerly served as Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Procurement and Financial Incentives, Senior Attorney for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and Litigation Attorney at the Department of Energy. Judge Horn is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School, teaching Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the LL.M. program and Trial Advocacy in the J.D. program. She also has taught as an adjunct professor of law at the Washington College of Law, American University and served as project manager for the United States Department of Justice “Study of Alternatives to Conventional Criminal Adjudication” at the College of Law. Her previous experience includes private law practice and service as a prosecutor and Deputy Chief of the Appeals Bureau in the District Attorney's Office, Bronx County, New York. Read more...
Edgar M. James James & Hoffman
Edgar James is a lawyer with the Washington, DC, labor and employment law firm of James & Hoffman, P.C. He graduated from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Public Health in 1979. He has represented FLSA plaintiffs in the United States Court of Federal Claims since 1991, and his firm has an active practice representing federal and private sector workers with FLSA and related claims. Read more...
David A. Hubbert U.S. Department of Justice
David A. Hubbert was recently appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Trial Matters in the Tax Division. In this position, he will supervise the Tax Division's seven civil trial sections, including the Court of Federal Claims Section. Mr. Hubbert joined the Tax Division in 1985 through the Honors Program, and was a trial attorney in both the Civil Trial Section, Western Region and the Appellate Section. From 1991 through 1998, he was a Reviewer and then Assistant Chief in the Western Region. In 1999, Mr. Hubbert became Chief of the Civil Trial Section, Eastern Region. During his time in the Division, he has handled or supported a wide range of the Division's civil litigation and taken part in a number of Department of Justice initiatives, including, for example, serving as a member on the Associate Attorney General's Civil Discovery Task Force, where he was Chair of the Technology Working Group. Mr. Hubbert has received several performance-related awards, including the Assistant Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in 1998 and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service in 2009. Mr. Hubbert graduated with honors from the University of Arizona in 1982 and received a cum laude degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1985.
Judge Charles F. Lettow U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Judge Lettow was appointed a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims on July 14, 2003, and entered on duty on July 22, 2003. He previously spent more than 30 years as a litigator with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, first as an associate from 1973-1976, and then as a partner from 1976-2003. During that time, he argued three cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and more than 40 cases in the federal courts of appeals, and handled numerous cases in federal trial courts. Prior to joining Cleary, Gottlieb, Judge Lettow served as Counsel, Council on the Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President, from 1970 to 1973. He was a law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Supreme Court of the United States, during 1969-1970, and was a law clerk to Judge Ben C. Duniway, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, during 1968-1969. Judge Lettow received an LL.B. degree from Stanford University in 1968, where he was Note Editor of the Stanford Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. He also received a B.S.Ch.E. from Iowa State University in 1962, and a M.A. in history from Brown University in 2001. From 1963 to 1965, Judge Lettow served in the U.S. Army with the Third Infantry Division. Judge Lettow is married and resides in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. He and his wife have four children. Read more...
Karen L. Manos Gibson Dunn
Karen L. Manos is a partner resident in Gibson Dunn's Washington, DC office and Co-Chair of the firm's Government and Commercial Contracts Practice Group. Ms. Manos graduated in the top two percent of her class at the U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S., distinguished graduate, 1981), and graduated first in her class from the Duke University School of Law (J.D., with highest honors, 1986), where she was a Note Editor for the Duke Law Journal. Ms. Manos has more than twenty-five years experience on a broad range of government contracts issues, including civil and criminal fraud investigations and litigation, complex claims preparation and litigation, bid protests, qui tam suits under the False Claims Act, defective pricing, cost allowability, the Cost Accounting Standards, and corporate compliance programs. Ms. Manos enjoys a nationwide reputation for her expertise in government contract costs and pricing. In 2004, Legal Times named Ms. Manos one of the top 12 government contracts lawyers in the Washington, DC area. In 2009, she was named as a Top Lawyer for government contracts in Washingtonian Magazine. In 2010, Ms. Manos was selected as one of 10 Washington, DC Super Lawyers in government contracts. Additionally, each year since 2006, Ms. Manos has been selected as one of the leading Government Contracts lawyers in the nation by Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers, and one of only three lawyers "spotlighted" in the category, Government Contracts: Cost Disputes. Ms. Manos is the author of a three-volume book, Government Contract Costs & Pricing (Thomson-West 2d ed. 2009), which is widely regarded as the definitive text in the area. In addition, Ms. Manos has authored more than forty articles on government contract law. Ms. Manos is a past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law and the National Defense Industrial Association Procurement Division, and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of both the Public Contract Law Journal and the Government Contract Cost, Pricing & Accounting Report. Read more...
Scott M. McCaleb Wiley Rein LLP
Scott M. McCaleb is a Partner in the DC office of Wiley Rein LLP. Mr. McCaleb represents clients on all aspects of federal, state and local procurement matters, including bid protests, contract disputes and termination litigation, appellate litigation, audits and cost allowability issues, government investigations, suspension and debarment matters, False Claims Act actions, mergers and acquisitions, teaming agreements and subcontracts and small business matters. His experience extends across virtually all government contracting industries, including aerospace and weapon systems integration, information technology and network solutions and architect-engineering and construction matters. Mr. McCaleb has repeatedly been named among "America's Leading Business Lawyers" in Government Contracts by Chambers USA. He served as an Adjunct Professor for Government Contracts at the George Mason University School of Law from 1996 to 2002 and at The George Washington University School of Law from 2003-2005. He also taught at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School from 1995 to 2000. Mr. McCaleb currently serves as a member of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council. Read more...
Judge James F. Merow U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Judge Merow has served as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims since October 1, 1982. He retired on August 5, 1998, and entered senior status at that time. He received an A.B. degree (with distinction) from George Washington University in 1953 where he was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. In 1956 Judge Merow received a J.D. degree (with distinction) from George Washington University Law School where he served on the Board of Editors of the Law Review and was made a member of the Order of the Coif. Judge Merow served as an officer in the Army Judge Advocate General Corps, 1956-1959, a trial attorney/Branch Director, Civil Division, Department of Justice, 1956, 1959-1978, (obtaining the John Marshall Award in 1976) and as a Commissioner (Trial Judge), United States Court of Claims, 1978-1982.
Douglas K. Mickle U.S. Department of Justice
Doug Mickle is a Senior Trial Counsel with the National Courts section of the Commercial Litigation Branch, United States Department of Justice, and a member of its Military and Civilian Pay and Bid Protest litigation teams. Mr. Mickle joined the Department of Justice in 2003 after serving 21 years in the United States Army. Mr. Mickle is a Distinguished Military Graduate of St. Lawrence University, and, upon graduation, he was commissioned in the Regular Army. He served in various command and staff positions until he was selected for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Mr. Mickle attended the George Washington University Law School, graduating in 1990. As a Judge Advocate, Mr. Mickle had several diverse litigation assignments at various levels of command, culminating with his final assignment as the Chief of the General Litigation Branch at the Army’s Litigation Division. Mr. Mickle’s primary areas of practice are military personnel law, contract disputes, and bid protests.
Circuit Judge Kathleen O'Malley U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Kathleen M. O'Malley was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama in 2010. Prior to her elevation to the Federal Circuit, Judge O'Malley was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President William J. Clinton on October 12, 1994. Judge O'Malley served as First Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff for Ohio Attorney General Lee Fisher from 1992-1994, and Chief Counsel to Attorney General Fisher from 1991-1992. From 1985-1991, she worked for Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, where she became a partner. From 1983-1984, she was an associate at Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue. During her sixteen years on the district court bench, Judge O'Malley presided over in excess of 100 patent and trademark cases and sat by designation on the United States Circuit Court for the Federal Circuit. As an educator, Judge O'Malley has regularly taught a course on Patent Litigation at Case Western Reserve University Law School; she is a member of the faculty of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology's program designed to educate Federal Judges regarding the handling of intellectual property cases. Judge O'Malley began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1982-1983. She received her J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 1982, where she served on Law Review and was a member of the National Mock Trial Team. Judge O'Malley attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1979. Read more...
Thomas C. Papson McKenna Long & Aldridge
Thomas C. Papson, a partner in the DC office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, is an experienced litigator and bid protest lawyer, focusing on business litigation relating to government contracts. His practice includes conflict of interest and ethics matters, contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition claims, Administrative Procedure Act and Freedom of Information matters, contract and tort claims against the United States, and protests of both state and federal government contract awards. Chambers USA 2012 recognized Mr. Papson as one of the nation's leading government contracts and protest lawyers. A past chair of the Bid Protest Committee of the ABA Public Contract Law Section, Mr. Papson has prosecuted and defended major bid protest cases involving telecommunications, information technology, healthcare, and aerospace/defense procurements in the federal courts and before the Government Accountability Office. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Papson was a law clerk to Judge John J. Sirica in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Read more...
Circuit Judge S. Jay Plager U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
S. Jay Plager was appointed Circuit Judge by President George H. W. Bush in 1989. Prior to his appointment, Judge Plager served in the Executive Office of the President from 1987 to 1989, as Associate Director of OMB and as Administrator, OIRA. He served as Counselor to the Under Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services from 1986 to 1987. Judge Plager was Dean and Professor, Indiana University School of Law from 1977 to 1984. He was Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Illinois from 1964 to 1977, and from 1958 to 1964 was Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Florida. Judge Plager was Visiting Scholar, Stanford University Law School from 1984 to 1985, Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, and Visiting Professor, Cambridge University in 1980, and Visiting Research Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin from 1967 to 1968. Judge Plager served on active duty in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Judge Plager grew up in New Jersey, where he attended public schools. In 1952, he received an A.B. degree from the University of North Carolina, a J.D. in 1958 from the University of Florida, with high honors, where he was editor-in-chief of the Florida Law Review, and in 1961 an LL.M. from Columbia University. He has three children. Judge Plager assumed senior status in 2000. Read more...
Nicole M. Reuling Mayer Brown
Nicole Reuling is a partner in the DC office of Mayer Brown. Ms. Reuling focuses her practice on federal tax controversy and litigation matters. Ms. Reuling has represented clients in all stages of IRS administrative practice and Federal Court litigation. Legal 500 described Ms. Reuling as "an accomplished courtroom performer" and International Tax Review 2010 recognized her as a "leading tax controversy advisor." Prior to joining Mayer Brown, she practiced as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, Tax Division, where she was awarded two Special Commendations for her service. She is an active member and former Chair of the Federal Bar Association, Tax Section. Read more...
Circuit Judge Jimmie V. Reyna U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Jimmie V. Reyna was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama in 2011. Prior to his appointment, Judge Reyna was an international trade attorney and shareholder at Williams Mullen, where, from 1998 to 2011, he directed the firm's Trade and Customs Practice Group and its Latin America Task Force, and served on its board of directors (2006-08, 2009-11). He was an associate and partner at the law firm of Stewart and Stewart (1986-98). From 1981 to 1986, Judge Reyna was a solo practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico and, prior to that, an associate at Shaffer, Butt, Thornton & Baehr, also in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Judge Reyna served on the U.S. roster of dispute settlement panelists for trade dis
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