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Robert S. Metzger
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Metzger is a member of the firm's Government Contracts Practice Group. He advises leading US and international companies on key public contract compliance challenges and in strategic business pursuits. His litigation practice includes representation of companies before administrative agencies as well as civil matters in federal and state courts. His transactional practice includes international projects, joint ventures, direct and FMS sales to foreign governments.

Professional Qualifications

Mr. Metzger’s clients include prominent U.S. and international firms in aerospace, computer equipment, defense, electronics, enterprise computing, information technology, infrastructure, professional services, software and telecommunications. His experience in government contract-related controversies includes bid protests, compliance and internal investigations, complex claims and disputes, cost-related controversies, terminations, and defense of actions brought under the False Claims Act. He has been ranked by Chambers as a top government contracts lawyer (national) and by The Legal 500 as a top telecom lawyer.

Mr. Metzger is admitted to the Bar of the State of California and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the American Bar Association and holds leadership positions both in the Section on Public Contract Law and the Section of International Law. Mr. Metzger is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London. Academic publications on international security topics include articles in International Security,the Journal of Strategic Studies and Indian Defence Review. A recognized authority on public procurement practices and policies, he is the co-author (with Daniel Lyons) of “A Critical Reassessment of the GAO Bid-Protest Mechanism,” Wisconsin Law Review, Volume 2007, Number 6, 2008 and is a presently a Guest Lecturer at the George Washington University Law School.

Mr. Metzger is recognized as among the nation’s leading experts in supply chain security and responses to cyber threats posed through the supply chain. He is a Vice-Chair of the Supply Chain Assurance Committee of TechAmerica, a leading U.S. trade association. He is a widely published author and “thought leader” in diverse areas including state and local IT acquisition, supply chain assurance and cybersecurity, organizational conflict of interest, contract award controversies, and international aerospace transactions. 


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1977
Editor, Georgetown University Law Journal

B.A., Middlebury College, 1974

Research Fellow, Center for Science & International Affairs,
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
, 1977-1978

Bar Admissions
California - 1978
District of Columbia - 1980

Government Contracts

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

Cybersecurity for the Rest of Us: Protecting Federal Information of Civilian Agencies, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 103 FCR, Mar. 10, 2015 (PDF)

Hot Topics in Bid Protests - 2015, Public Contracting Institute webinar, Feb. 12, 2015 (co-presented)

GAO Bid Protests: Practical Tips," webinar, Jan. 22, 2015 (co-presented)

GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contracting: Lessons From 2014, Law360, Jan. 2, 2015 (PDF) (co-authored)

View From RJO: DOD's Cybersecurity Initiative - What the Unclassified Controlled Technical Information Rule Informs Public Contractors About the New Minimums in Today's Cyber-Contested Environment, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 102 FCR 744, Dec. 30, 2014 (PDF) (co-authored)

View From RJO: A Standards-Based Way To Avoid Counterfeit Electronic Parts, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 102 FCR 540, Nov. 4, 2014 (PDF)

You Don't Have To Report Counterfeits To DOD IG, Law 360, Government Contracts, Aerospace & Defense and Public Policy, Oct. 6, 2014 (PDF)

Legislating Supply Chain Assurance: How the Aerospace Industry Can Conform to Section 818 and the new DFARS, SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference, Sept. 24, 2014 (PDF)

New Rule Addresses Supply Chain Assurance, National Defense, NDIA's Business and Technology Magazine, in which Bob Metzger has contributed a column in the "Ethics Corner" of the October 2014 issue (PDF)

View From RJO: Risk-Based Acquisition Strategies to Avoid Failed IT Projects, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 102 FCR, Sept. 23, 2014 (PDF) (co-authored)

Indiana V. IBM: What's At Stake For IT Contractors, Law360, Sept. 15, 2014 (PDF) (co-authored)

View from RJO: GAO's Neglected § 21.8(b): How it Can be Used to Address Concerns That Bid Protests are too Costly and Disruptive, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report,102 FCR, Aug. 5, 2014 (PDF) (co-authored)

Making the Best of the Final DFARS re Counterfeit Parts, Insight ERAI Quarterly Newsletter, Q2, 2014 (PDF)

Public Meeting: Detection & Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts - Further Implementation, DFAR Case 2012-D055, Final Rule 79 Fed. Reg. 26092, June 16, 2014 (PDF)

The New DFARS Rule: Compliance and Business Risks, Presentation, June 16, 2014 (PDF)

View From RJO: The Challenge Of Pricing 'Commercial' Items, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 101 FCR 603, May 20, 2014 (PDF) (co-authored)

DOD Following Up on Counterfeit Parts Rule With Public Meetings on Next Steps, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 101 FCR 578, May 20, 2014 (PDF)

DoD’s New Regulations on Safeguarding Unclassified Controlled Technical Information, National Defense Industrial Association, Small Business Division, Executive Committee, April 10, 2014 (PDF) (co-presented)

Supply Chain Security: Initiatives to Defend Against the Threats of Counterfeit Parts, IPC APEX Expo 2014, March 26, 2014, Video interview featuring Mark Northrup of IEC Electronics

Offsets: Performance, Compliance & Risk Management, ABA Section of International Law, Mar. 18, 2014 (PDF)

Convergence of Counterfeit and Cyber Threats: Understanding New Rules on Supply Chain Risk, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 101 FCR, Feb. 18, 2014 (PDF)

A Next Generation Regional Turboprop Transport: A National Aerospace Project for India, Indian Law News, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Winter 2014, guest editor (PDF)

Challenges Facing Civil Aviation in India, Indian Defence Review, Vol. 28:4, Oct.-Dec. 2013

GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contracting: Lessons From 2013, Law360, Dec. 18, 2013, co-authored (PDF)

New DOD Cybersecurity Program Expected To Significantly Affect IT Contractors, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, 100 FCR 472, in which Bob Metzger is quoted on supply chain rules, Nov. 19, 2013 (PDF)

Advanced regional turboprop aircraft: Solutions to India's aviation infrastructure restraints, The Economic Times, Nov. 10, 2013

The Many Challenges Facing Civil Aviation in India, India Law News, ABA Section of International Law, Vol. 4, Issue 3, Fall 2013 (PDF)

Offsets Loom Large As Defense Firms Sell More Abroad, Law 360, Sept. 30, 2013 (PDF)

DOD Counterfeit Parts Rule – So Little After So Long, Law 360, June 2013 (PDF)

The ‘VVIP’ Helicopter Scandal: Steering towards a Positive Response” Indian Defence Review, Vol. 29.2 (Apr-Jun 2013), at The ‘VVIP’ Helicopter Scandal: Steering towards a Positive Response). Also available on Kindle at (Indian Defence Review 28.2)

"New DOD Counterfeit Prevention Policy: Resolves Responsibilities Within DOD But Leaves Many Contractor Questions Unresolved," Federal Contracts Report, a publication of Bloomberg BNA, May 15, 2013 (PDF)

"India's Defense Procurement: Responses to the New Scandal, India and the United States: The Evolving Legal Landscape," April 27, 2013 (PDF)

"Supply Chain Security: Reducing Threats to Critical Systems," ERAI Executive Conference, April 18-19, 2013 (PDF) co-authored

"The Importance of Competitive Negotiations to State Information Technology Procurement," The Procurement Lawyer, Section of Public Contract Law, ABA, Vol. 48, No. 3 - Spring 2013 (PDF) (co-authored)

"Defence: Work with Uncle Sam," The Economic Times (India), February 5, 2013

"Making Offsets Work for India," Indian Defence Review, Vol. 28:1, Jan-Mar 2013

"An Appraisal of Select Provisions of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act," Federal Contracts Report, 99 FCR 27, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., January 8, 2013 (PDF)

"Negotiation of State IT Contracts," ABA Public Contracts Law Section State & Local Procurement Division, Webcast, September 28, 2012 (PDF)

DoD Counterfeit Parts Rule: What Result When That Butterfly Beats Its Wings?, Service Contractor, by Professional Services Council, September 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

"India's Revised Offset Guidelines," Presentation to DIOA/GOCA Fall Conference on Offsets, Brewster, Mass., September 10, 2012 (PDF)

Counterfeit Electronic Parts: What to Do Before The Regulations (and Regulators) Come? (Part 2), Federal Contracts Report, Vol. 97, by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., August 21, 2012 (PDF)

What Contractors Can Learn From Indiana v. IBM, Law 360, August 16, 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

Better State & Local IT Procurement Through Negotiations, RJO Update, August 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

Legislating Supply Chain Assurance: Examination of Section 818 of the FY 2012 NDAA, The Procurement Lawyer, Section of Public Contract Law, ABA, Vol. 47, No. 4 - Summer 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

Counterfeit Electronic Parts: What to Do Before The Regulations (and Regulators) Come? (Part 1) Federal Contracts Report, Vol. 97, June 21, 2012, (PDF) (co-authored)

"California's Use of Negotiations Authority for State Technology Contracts: A White Paper Produced for and in Conjunction with TechAmerica's California Procurement Committee" (PDF) June 20, 2012

Counterfeit Parts Report - A Guide for Contractors, DoD, Law 360: Expert Analysis, May 24, 2012 (co-authored)

India’s Aerospace & Defense Markets Bloomberg Conference (PDF) New York, NY April 26, 2012

US-India Defence Cooperation: Towards an Enduring Relationship (PDF) Indian Defence Review, Vol. 27.2, Apr/Jun 2012


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