Miller & Chevalier Chartered announced that government contracts expert Jason N. Workmaster joined the firm as a member in the Government Contracts Counseling and Litigation Practice.
Workmaster joins Miller & Chevalier from law firm Covington & Burling LLP. Previously, he spent more than 13 years at multinational law firm McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP (now part of Dentons), then home to one of the world’s preeminent governments contracts practices, the firm said in a release.
“I’m thrilled to be joining a group at Miller & Chevalier that includes experienced trial lawyers who have significant expertise representing government contractors,” Workmaster said. “Miller & Chevalier is known for its high quality, and as a firm that has successfully deployed its multi-disciplinary teams to assist with the full gamut of issues that contractors confront, including high-stakes internal investigations and litigation when needed.”
The firm said Workmaster advises defense and civilian agency contractors who provide commercial and non-commercial goods and services to the government – such as weapons systems, IT services, cutting-edge software, and staff augmentation. He counsels these clients on all facets of the contracting process – from bid protests, to claims and disputes, to responses to government audits and investigations, to False Claims Act (FCA) cases.
Among his client engagements, Workmaster led the team representing Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) in their successful 11-year litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) of a $44 million cost allowability dispute with the government involving KBR’s and its subcontractors’ use of private security contractors to protect themselves as they provided vital logistical support services to the military at the height of the Iraq War. Just earlier this month, he argued before the Federal Circuit in the government’s appeal of the ASBCA’s decision in KBR’s favor. His work in United States ex rel. Ubl v. IIF Data Solutions has been recognized as a rare jury verdict victory in a multi-million-dollar FCA action involving the GSA Schedules program. Further, he has counseled clients including Lockheed Martin Corporation and ITT Corporation on complex and newsworthy bid protest actions.
A frequent author and lecturer, Workmaster currently serves as President of the Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association, the principal bar association focused on supporting and improving the practice of law before the federal Boards of Contract Appeals. He is also Co-Chair of the Pricing and Regulatory Compliance Oversight Committee of the Coalition for Government Procurement, the leading trade association for companies that sell commercial items to the government.
“Jason is a creative, experienced government contracts lawyer whose broad skillset will immediately benefit our clients that engage the government across multiple fronts. He is highly respected within the legal community and his record of success representing clients across the government contracts spectrum speaks for itself,” said Andrew T. Wise, Chair of Miller & Chevalier’s Litigation Department.
“Jason has developed a national reputation as a thoughtful and dedicated advocate for his clients. He is a seasoned government contracts lawyer and an accomplished practitioner in litigation, bid protests, and FCA disputes, which complements and expands our existing capabilities,” said Marc J. Gerson, Chair of Miller & Chevalier. “His well-rounded offering will greatly benefit our clients and we are pleased to welcome him to the firm.”
Workmaster earned a J.D., summa cum laude, from the Regent University School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Florida.