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Rogers Joseph O’Donnell
WASHINGTON, DC 20001-4590
United States

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

Rogers Joseph O’Donnell is active in federal, state and local public contracting matters, acting for clients from a variety of industries, such as aerospace and defense, IT, professional services, healthcare and transportation. Bid protest and claims litigation are core areas of activity for the government contracts department, which is jointly led by Washington DC-based Jeffery Chiow and Mark Linderman in San Francisco. Other areas of expertise include data rights of hi-tech companies and cybersecurity issues, an area where Robert Metzger is a key contact. Based in DC, Metzger also excels in procurement fraud and national security matters. Also in Washington DC, Lucas Hanback is regularly involved in bid protests. On the West Coast, Neil O’Donnell in San Francisco is recommended for bid protests, public construction and False Claims Act mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jeffery Chiow; Mark Linderman

Other key lawyers:

Neil O’Donnell; Robert Metzger; Lucas Hanback; Lauren Kramer; Dennis Callahan; Stephen Bacon


‘Each partner and associate is not only knowledgeable, but able to translate that knowledge into real world action. The firm is very attuned to not only the legal matters we face, but the business impacts and implications of those matters.’

‘Highly collaborative, deep subject matter expertise.’

Key clients

CGI (CGI Federal & CGI Technologies)

Leonardo DRS, Inc.

McKesson Corp.

Microsoft Corp.



Siemens (Siemens Government Technologies, Siemens Industries)

T.Y. Lin International

Verizon Business Network Services, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Microsoft in Amazon Web Services’ protest of the $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud services contract award to Microsoft.
  • Represents MOX Services as lead counsel in a series of requests for equitable adjustment, certified claims, and court appeals to recover unallowed costs and fees on a project to construct a one-of-a-kind facility to transform nuclear missile fissile material into nuclear fuel.
  • Serves as the sole government contracts panel counsel to McKesson Corp., advising on a wide variety of issues including various unprecedented questions raised during the Covid-19 pandemic, given McKesson’s role as principal distributor of pharmaceutical and medical supplies for the US Government and many states.

Firm Overview:

RJO represents clients on their most difficult legal problems in nine specialized areas of practice. Founded in 1981, this litigation-focused firm provides effective representation while utilizing technological assistance to handle proceedings of any size in state and federal courts both at trial and on appeal and in ADR of the most sophisticated disputes.

Main Areas of Practice:

Government Contracts:  RJO is nationally recognized as one of the leading government contracts firms, working from its offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The firm represents many of the major national government contractors, as well as local and regional companies, in their federal, state and local contracts. RJO works on all government contract issues, including contract disputes with the government, disputes between prime and subcontractors, cybersecurity and supply chain issues, teaming agreements, due diligence in acquisitions and mergers, bid protests, terminations, qui tam and other False Claims Act cases, Cost Accounting Standards and Multiple Award Schedule contracts.

Key Clients: Microsoft, CGI Federal; Siemens Government Technologies; McKesson; Leonardo DRS Technologies; Blackboard; Raytheon; Infosys.

Construction: RJO has the experience to assist clients in resolving the most complex construction problems through a unique and comprehensive mix of expertise in both public entity and private construction. The firm represents general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, construction managers, suppliers, owners, sureties and construction lenders. The firm has extensive expertise in legal issues related to all types of construction projects, including contract negotiation, protests of contract award, insurance, extra work and delay claims, liens, false claims, stop payment notices, surety and employment disputes, terminations and warranties.

Key Clients: Kiewit; ACCO Engineered Systems; TY Lin International; Watts Constructors, Obayashi; Alstom; Bombardier, ATVL Test Systems; RailWorks; Keller.

Attorney Liability & Conduct: RJO’s attorney liability and conduct practice group represents lawyers and law firms in litigation matters including legal malpractice, fee disputes, disqualification, sanctions and State Bar disciplinary matters. It also provides advice and counseling in the areas of ethical compliance and law practice management. The firm has significant experience representing large and small law firms and corporate legal departments, and is regularly called upon to provide strategic direction and risk management advice.

Complex Commercial Litigation: RJO represents companies and individuals in complex litigation in a wide variety of industries, including disputes involving complex commercial contracts, copyright and trade secrets, federal and state antitrust laws, unfair competition and false advertising statutes, securities and other business fraud claims, consumer class actions against retailers and other business entities, minority squeeze-out claims and insurance coverage.

Labor & Employment: RJO provides advice and counseling to private and government contractor employers and has extensive litigation experience representing employers in individual and class action labor and employment disputes, including jury and bench trials, appeals, administrative hearings, mediations and arbitrations. The firm has defended wage and hour claims under federal and state law, discrimination and harassment claims based on a variety of different protected categories including age, race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion and disability and whistleblower claims including those arising under the State and Federal False Claims Acts.

Key Clients: Houston Casualty Co.; Elk Grove Unified School Dist.; Workers Compensation Ins. Rating Bureau; franchises branded as Burger King, Jack In The Box, Denny’s, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Roundtable Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Black Bear Diner, and Taco Bell.

Environmental Law: RJO represents energy companies, manufacturers, developers, property owners and individuals in disputes and litigation with federal, state and local environmental regulators and in private party cost recovery cases arising under state and federal environmental laws. The firm’s practice is focused on the States of California and Washington. Lawyers in the firm have prosecuted and defended cases under all of the major federal statutes and California and Washington’s state law counterparts. These lawyers have particular expertise in litigation arising under CERLA (the “Superfund” law), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, California’s Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) and Proposition 65, and Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”). Key Clients: Chevron USA; The Dutra Group; Williams-Sonoma.

Retail Trade Regulation: RJO represents national and regional retail chains, suppliers and manufacturers in disputes with state, federal and local regulatory agencies, public prosecutors and private public interest groups. RJO has expertise defending companies in consumer class actions, litigation and compliance needs arising under the CA Hazardous Waste laws, the Food Drug & Cosmetics Act (“FDCA”), Consumer Legal Remedies Act, (“CLRA”) Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”), False Advertising Law (“FAL”), CA Proposition 65, ADA/Unruh Act Web Access, and the CA Organic Products Act (“COPA”). RJO attorneys regularly provide compliance advice on sales and e-commerce operations to national and international companies.

Key Clients: Costco Wholesale Corp.; Walgreens Boots Alliance; Wayfair; Party City.

Cybersecurity and Privacy: RJO attorneys focus on complex laws, regulations, proposed legislation, and industry initiatives to offer our clients a global perspective on ever-evolving information privacy and security practices and work closely with clients to develop practical and scalable solutions that appropriately minimize risk. RJO attorneys represent clients in the areas of general privacy and security counseling, regulatory and legal compliance, end-user policies and data transfer agreements, breach and incident response strategies. RJO attorneys are widely recognized for thought leadership and advanced expertise in cyber and supply chain security practices affecting defense and other public sector customers.

Key Clients: Microsoft, Electric Power Research Institute; ManTech; The MITRE Corporation; Raytheon.

White Collar Criminal Defense: RJO represents individuals and companies in investigations and prosecutions by federal and state prosecutors and regulators. Led by former federal prosecutors with decades of experience and impressive trial records, who served in leadership at the U.S. Department of Justice, RJO has experience in defending antitrust, securities, environmental, health care, FDA, export control, banking, FCPA, money laundering, government contract and procurement fraud, RICO, tax frauds and customs. RJO also has extensive experience in the defense of SEC civil enforcement actions and investigations, and asset forfeiture.

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