February 12, 2015
Venable Government Contracts Group
Robert A. Burton is a nationally-recognized federal procurement attorney, who focuses his practice on assisting government contractors navigate the complex and rule-driven procurement process. He represents a wide range of companies that conduct business with the federal government, from large defense contractors and systems integrators to small businesses. Burton assists government contractors with the development and management of their ethics and compliance programs and aids them with their marketing strategies for selling to the government.
A thirty-year veteran of procurement law and policy development, Burton served in the Executive Office of the President as deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), the nation's top career federal procurement official. He also served as acting administrator for two years during his seven-year tenure at OFPP.
Prior to joining OFPP in 2001, he spent more than twenty years as a senior acquisition attorney with the Department of Defense. At the Defense Contract Management Agency, he negotiated the resolution of high-profile contract disputes with major defense contractors and provided advice on cost allowability issues. He served as general counsel for DoD's Defense Energy Support Center as well as associate general counsel for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the DoD component responsible for purchasing most of the general supplies and services used by the military services.
Alan L. Chvotkin
Executive Vice President and Counsel
Professional Services Council
Alan L. Chvotkin is the executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council (PSC), the principal national trade association of the government professional and technical services industry, where he is responsible for the association's legislative and regulatory policy activity.
Prior to joining PSC, he was a vice president of AT&T Government Services where he was responsible for managing key AT&T programs and opportunities. From 1986 to 1995, he was corporate director of government relations and senior counsel at Sundstrand Corporation. Chvotkin also has 13 years of experience as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill, serving first as a staff member on the Senate Budget Committee and, later, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. He became counsel and staff director to the Senate Small Business Committee and then counsel to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Chvotkin is a member of the American, Supreme Court and District of Columbia Bar Associations and a fellow of the National Contract Management Association, where he serves on its national board of advisors. He is also a founding member and continuing leader of the federal contracting industry's Acquisition Reform Working Group, which was established in 1993. He also co-chairs the operating committee of the Council of Defense and Space Industries Association. For his service to the contracting community, he twice received the prestigious Fed 100 Award.
He has a law degree from American University's Washington College of Law, a master's in public administration and a bachelor's in political science, both from American University.
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, Office of Policy, Planning & Liaison
Small Business Administration
Kenneth Dodds is the director of Policy, Planning and Liaison at the Small Business Administration (SBA). His office is responsible for regulations and policies pertaining to federal small business government contracting programs, small business size standards and prime contracting goals. Previously he was the director of the Office of Government Contracting at SBA and a senior attorney in SBA's Office of General Counsel. He is a graduate of James Madison University and received his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.
Vice President, Information Solutions
Kevin Plexico is vice president of Information Solutions at Deltek where he manages the delivery of Deltek's industry leading government market research and information products providing essential information and insights to more than 2,800 clients. Plexico is responsible for leading the industry's largest team of analysts focused on the government contracting industry.
Plexico came to Deltek from its acquisition of INPUT in 2010. At INPUT, Plexico played an instrumental role in helping to grow the company from a boutique market research firm to the industry leading provider of market information to government contractors.
Plexico provides thought leadership and expert opinion to industry executives and is a recognized expert on the public sector market. Plexico earned an MBA in information systems from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. and a B.B.A. in economics from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.