June 12, 2014
Partner and Co-Chair
Government Contracts Practice Group
Paul Debolt assists companies and individuals on issues that arise from conducting business with the federal government, including civil fraud. He is experienced in the competitive source selection process, defending or prosecuting bid protests, issuing advice concerning compliance with government regulations and laws during the performance of a contract, and helping to resolve disputes and claims during contract performance or as a result of contract termination.
Debolt also has significant experience with due diligence in connection with the merger and acquisition of government contractors, as well as post-transaction matters such as novations. He counsels clients on the Service Contract Act, the civil False Claims Act, joint ventures and teaming agreements, prime-subcontractor disputes, internal investigations, mandatory disclosures and data rights issues. Debolt has extensive government contracts law experience and applies a team approach that ensures clients receive the benefit of firm-wide strength in all related areas.
Debolt supports Venable's large and small government contracts clients including major systems manufacturers, providers of information technology and other service providers. Recently, Debolt conducted a number of internal investigations of both large and small companies involving questioned contract certifications and cost charging. Debolt also represented a number of clients with claims and intellectual property disputes before the Court of Federal Claims, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and various federal district courts.
Debolt was recognized in Chambers USA, Government: Government Contracts, National, 2013 and 2014; selected as a "Top Rated Lawyer" in Washington D.C. & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers 2013; and AV® Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Debolt regularly participates in the firm's pro bono activities. He is also a frequent contributor to the Venable Government Contracts Group's monthly Government Contracts Update newsletter.
Director, Legal & Contracts
U.S. Public Sector Operations
Dorian Greene, J.D. Ph.D., is director, legal & contracts and corporate secretary of NetApp, Inc.'s U.S. Public Sector subsidiary, as well as the NetApp legal department lead supporting global government sales. NetApp is a Fortune 500 IT storage company with annual sales in excess of $6 billion. Its public sector subsidiary sells more enterprise storage products to the federal government than all other storage companies combined. Greene is a lifelong student of the U.S. Government and has spent his entire adult career working in, teaching about or selling to the U.S. Government.
Steven L. Schooner
Professor, Government Procurement Law, Nash & Cibinic
Co-Director, Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School
Steven L. Schooner is the Nash & Cibinic professor of Government Procurement Law and co-director of the Government Procurement Law Program at The George Washington University Law School, where he previously served as senior associate dean for Academic Affairs.
Before joining the faculty, Schooner was the associate administrator for Procurement Law and Legislation (a senior executive service position) at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He previously tried cases and handled appeals in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice. He also practiced with private law firms and, as an active duty army judge advocate, served as a commissioner at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. As an Army Reserve officer, he served for more than fifteen years as an adjunct professor in the Contract and Fiscal Law Department of the Judge Advocate General's School of the Army in Charlottesville, Va.
Outside of the U.S., Schooner has advised hundreds of government officials on public procurement issues, either directly or through multi-government programs. His dispute resolution experience includes service as an arbitrator, mediator, neutral, and ombudsman. Schooner received his bachelor's degree from Rice University, Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary, and Master of Laws (with highest honors) from the George Washington University. He is a fellow of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), a recipient of NCMA's Charles A. Dana Distinguished Service Award, a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Procurement Round Table. He is a faculty advisor to the American Bar Association's Public Contract Law Journal
and a member of the Government Contractor Advisory Board. He is author or co-author of numerous publications including The Government Contracts Reference Book: A Comprehensive Guide to the Language of Procurement
(now in its fourth edition). Schooner's recent scholarship is available through the Social Science Research Network at http://ssrn.com/author=283370.
Vice President Sales
Unisys Federal Systems
Doug Sickler is vice president of sales for Unisys Federal Systems. Sickler leads and manages the activities, growth and development of the sales team in addition to the Capture, Proposal and Sales enablement teams in Federal Systems. Sickler has strong market knowledge having worked across both civilian and defense agencies throughout his career.
Prior to being named vice president of sales, Sickler led the Federal Systems civilian business and developed a strong pipeline along with landmark wins at the IRS and the Department of the Interior. Sickler's leadership experience has allowed him to help grow top-line revenue for the federal business.
Prior to joining Unisys, Sickler served as senior vice president of Federal Civilian, Intelligence & Health Care Sales at Dell Services. Sickler started his career at EDS where he served for more than 16 years first as a systems engineer, then as a sales executive in the federal unit.
Sickler is a former member of the U.S. Navy and served as a lieutenant and surface warfare specialist. Sickler also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University and a master's degree from George Mason University.
LaMont J. Wells
Technology Management Associates Inc.
LaMont J. Wells is president of Technology Management Associates Inc. (TMA), a software development and engineering firm supporting the intelligence community. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Wells is responsible for developing and driving TMA's strategic plan while providing the vision, direction and leadership to ensure the company reaches its goals. He has held executive management and leadership positions in the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and federal markets. He has managed large organizations and has proven success developing and growing businesses, improving their capabilities and effectiveness, and enhancing business success. Wells has a distinguished career having served in senior executive and leadership positions as: deputy CFO and CIO (an executive service position) for the District of Columbia's Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority "The Control Board"; senior vice president for ManTech International, executive vice president and COO for Columbia Services Group Inc.; senior vice president, Corporate Development for American Systems Corporation; vice president for Strategy and Business Development for Siemens Government Services; CEO for Webster Data Communication Inc.; and COO for Agile Defense Inc.
Wells is a former U.S. Army Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM) contracting officer with unlimited warrant authority. He led CECOM's negotiation team with the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, Israel. These negotiations led to a $120 million contract award for tactical radios produced by Tadiran Telecommunications, an Israeli manufacturer. As a senior U.S. Army officer, he held key positions in the Pentagon as: systems integrator for Department of the Army; inspector general (Acquisition and Procurement) for the Secretary of the Army's Office of the Inspector Generals; and chief of Operations, Training, Exercises, and Procedures Branch, the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (OJCS), where he led Intelligence/Operations Fusion and Combating Terrorism Working Groups. In the latter role, he was responsible for Emergency Action Procedures for the National Command Authority and the National Airborne Operations Center supporting the Executive Branch. He also led the OJCS Joint Emergency Evacuation Program, Crisis Management, and the Continuity of Operations Programs.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; the Naval War College; the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; and the Information Resource Management College. He received certifications and certificates in acquisitions and contracts from the National Contract Management Association (Certified Professional Contracts Manager - Recertification required), Defense Acquisition Executive (Procurement of Information Technology), the Air Force Institute of Technology (Government Contract Law), and the Army Logistics University (Management of Defense Acquisition Contracts, and Contracts Pricing). He was an adjunct professional at Johns Hopkins University where he taught business development and entrepreneurship.
Wells graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and earned a B.S. in business administration from The University of Rhode Island. He earned masters' degrees in: M.A., national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College; M.S., contracts and acquisition management from Florida Tech; M.S., management from salve regina university; and M.S., national resource strategy: information warfare and strategic studies from the National Defense University.