General Counsel Event

March 22, 2010

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II
Attorney General
Commonwealth of Virginia

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II was elected Attorney General of Virginia on November 3, 2009, and was sworn into office on January 16, 2010. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing the Office of the Attorney General and its over 300 attorneys and support staff.

Prior to this, General Cuccinelli served in the State Senate of Virginia from August 2002 to January 2010. During his time in the senate, he served on the Courts of Justice Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Local Government Committee, the Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, and the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.

As a state senator and private attorney, General Cuccinelli worked to improve all levels of the Commonwealth's mental health system, first serving as a court appointed attorney for individuals in Virginia's involuntary civil commitment process. After joining the senate in 2002, he passed legislation that has provided for more humane treatment of the mentally ill and helped family members better cope with treating their loved ones.

General Cuccinelli was also appointed by Governors Allen and Gilmore to serve on Virginia's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Committee (JJDP) from 1994 to 1999, serving as chairman of the committee for two years.

General Cuccinelli graduated from Gonzaga High School and went on to earn a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, followed by his juris doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law and Economics. He also has a master's degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason.

General Cuccinelli and his wife, Teiro, have been blessed with five daughters and two sons. The Cuccinelli family attends St. Andrew's Catholic Church, where General Cuccinelli is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Scott Hommer
Venable LLP

Scott 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. Scott 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.

Scott 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. This approach is not only smart, but is efficient, cost effective, and significantly enhances opportunities for success.

As testimony to his commitment to community service, Scott 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.

Scott is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), and he is serving in his fourth elected term as the General Counsel to NVTC. He also serves as General Counsel to the Equal Footing Foundation. Scott also devotes much of his time to his community; serving as Chairman of Special Olympics of Fairfax County, a member of the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House of Northern Virginia, a member of the Advisory Board of Fairfax Futures, and President of the Volunteer Center of Fairfax County.

Prior to entering law school, Scott served as a Legislative Assistant and Press/Media Aide to United States Congressman Bud Shuster (Pennsylvania, 9th District).

Mary Karen Wills
Partner; Business Consulting

Mary Karen has over 25 years of professional and industry experience in the areas of government contract accounting, pricing, financial consulting, and public accounting. She has worked with companies in virtually every industry and specifically with significant clients in the government contract industry for over 20 years. She has extensive experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Cost Accounting Standards and other procurement regulations.

Mary Karen develops and implements numerous direct and indirect cost allocation methodologies for contractors in the electronics, engineering, healthcare, manufacturing, systems integrations, software, hospitality, professional services and higher education. She works with contractors on a wide range of matters related to pricing, proposal preparation and complying with the Truth in Negotiations Act. She helps companies obtain and renew GSA schedule contracts and has extensive experience evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of contractors' internal controls and self-governance programs. She performs due diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Mary Karen has experience working with higher education institutions and other nontraditional contractors on grants, contracts and regulatory matters. She has performed special investigations and forensic accounting matters that culminated in voluntary disclosures to the Federal Government. She assists both U.S. and foreign contractors in preparing and supporting termination and change orders claims, which includes factfinding and developing pricing and negotiation strategies.

Mary Karen holds a B.S. in Commerce, with a Concentration in Accounting, from the University of Virginia.