April 1, 2011
James C. Fontana has 26 years of experience as an attorney specializing in government and commercial contracts, with an emphasis on technology and related technical services, as well as ethics compliance and self-governance issues. He also specializes in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in both the government technology and commercial sectors. In 2006, the Association of Corporate Counsel named Fontana Outstanding Chief Legal Officer in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. In both 2005 and 2006, the Washington Business Journal named Fontana a Top Attorney in the Washington, D.C., area in the General Counsel category.
Fontana is currently senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Apptis Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of IT solutions and services for government and industry. In this position he is responsible for all of the legal affairs of Apptis and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Apptis, Fontana served as general counsel to a number of companies, including Alion Science and Technology Corp., Wang Global and BDM International. He also has substantial private practice experience with well-known law firms, such as Reed Smith and Kominers Fort. In private practice, he represented clients with regard to government contracts, ethics compliance, corporate governance, export control, M&A, national security and technology transfers.
Fontana is a former adjunct professor of law at George Mason University School of Law and is currently an adjunct professor in GMU's M.B.A. Program. He has also conducted lectures at Temple University School of Law, Georgetown University School of Law, Southern Methodist University School of Law, the Judge Advocate General's School at the University of Virginia, the American Bar Association, the National Institute of Federal Procurement, the National Contract Management Association, the Professional Services Council (Board member), Northern Virginia Technology Council, Association for Corporate Growth and the American Conference Institute.
Richard Hills is a member of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC, a full-service business law firm, serving a wide range of regional, national and international clients in industries that include financial services, commercial real estate, information technology, health care, manufacturing and telecommunications, as well as educational institutions and governmental bodies and agencies.
Hills serves on the bank regulatory practice team of Womble Carlyle's Capital Markets Business Group in the firm's Atlanta office. He represents and counsels institutional and individual clients on a broad range of bank, thrift and holding company regulatory, enforcement and compliance matters. Hills has extensive experience in representing financial institutions in merger and acquisition transactions, public and private capital offerings and regulatory enforcement actions. He also works with clients on bank organization, stock offering and chartering issues, the establishment of subsidiaries; consumer credit compliance issues; bank-related litigation and commercial transactions; and supervisory and enforcement matters. Hills also represents directors and officers of failed institutions in proceedings with the FDIC.
Hills worked as an associate with Womble Carlyle from 1996 to 2005. Hills served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of MagnetBank from 2005 to 2007. Hills returned to Womble Carlyle in December 2007.
Hills was recognized as a Rising Star in Banking Law by Georgia Super Lawyers in America in the 2009 and 2010 editions. He received a B.A. degree in political science from Davidson College in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Mercer University in 1996, where he also served as a member of the law review.
Scott Hommer is a partner in the Vienna, Va. (Tysons Corner) office of Venable LLP. Hommer concentrates his practice in business counseling and litigation with an emphasis on technology companies and government contractors. He represents clients locally, nationally and internationally on issues including negotiating contracts, acquisitions, protecting intellectual property rights and litigating successfully. Hommer also has significant experience in counseling clients who do business with the federal, state and local governments and has represented clients on contract administration matters, contract claims and disputes, bid protests, contract terminations, teaming agreements, conflict of interest issues, intellectual property rights issues, government socio-economic programs and small business matters.
Hommer is committed to developing relationships with his clients that go beyond the usual role of legal advisor. He works closely with his clients on a pro-active basis, developing strategic plans and managing legal issues that may arise, and more importantly, identifying potential problems before they develop.
As testimony to his commitment to community service, Hommer was nationally recognized when he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership, and was locally recognized when he was named a Community Champion by Volunteer Fairfax. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State's College of Liberal Arts and Department of Political Science, as well as Venable's Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award. He is a 1991 graduate of the annual Leadership Fairfax program, and he devotes time to his community in many ways, including serving as a member the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Executive Committee and the NVTC Board of Directors.
Hommer holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to entering law school, Hommer served as a legislative assistant and press/media aide to United States Congressman Bud Shuster (Pennsylvania, 9th District).
Jim Kearney is a member of Womble Carlyle. He represents clients in matters involving government and international contracting, regulatory compliance, internal investigations, and enforcement proceedings. His practice focuses on helping clients to assess and manage the unique regulatory risks involved in contracting with government entities, and with managing cross-border transactions and global supply chains.
Kearney is a member of the Firm's Government Contracts Group, Global Practice Group and Supply Chain Initiative. He represents regulated entities in all sectors, including financial, pharmaceutical, life sciences, defense, electronics, technology, manufacturing, services and university/research.
Kearney has experience in representing clients with respect to federal and state government contract bids and proposals; contract drafting, negotiation and interpretation; teaming agreements, joint ventures and subcontracts; novation requirements for mergers and acquisitions; and, rights in technical data, trade secrets and other intellectual property under government contracting. He has also represented clients in government contract disputes, such as bid protests, termination disputes, subcontractor disputes, and inspector general and grand jury investigations of false claims allegations, as well as in developing internal compliance programs, policies and procedures, and conducting internal investigations, compliance audits and training. Kearney's experience also includes U. S. export and trade sanctions laws, including restrictions on the transfer of software, technical data and hardware arising under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Export Administration Regulations, and the Foreign Assets Controls Regulations.
Kearney also has experience representing clients in matters related to compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and related enforcement proceedings, as well as transactions subject to Exon-Florio and review of foreign ownership, control and influence by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Kearney also represents clients in matters concerning compliance with classified industrial security clearance program requirements, including foreign ownership and control issues, as well as trade remedy proceedings before the International Trade Commission, the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Departments of Commerce and State, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Kearney received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh.