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Robert S. Metzger


Executive Summary

Mr. Metzger heads the Washington, D.C. office. He co-chairs the firm’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Group, and is a member of the Government Contracts Practice Group. His practice includes cyber and related national security matters in addition to a wide range of public procurement and regulatory matters. In his litigation practice, he is counsel of record for Microsoft Corporation in the Court of Federal Claims litigation brought by Amazon Web Services protesting the $10B DoD award of the “JEDI” cloud services contract to Microsoft. He has represented other class-leading, international technology firms in a variety of administrative controversies, as well as state and federal litigation. He has advised U.S. aerospace and defense and international technology companies on export control laws, on CFIUS and FIRRMA, and on sanctions issues. He also represents leading information technology hardware, software and solution providers in state and local procurements.

Professional Qualifications

As a Special Government Employee of the Department of Defense, Bob was a member of the Defense Science Board task force that produced the “Cyber Supply Chain Report” in April 2017. This Report subsequently received the SANS Institute “Difference Maker” award. Bob is a co-author of “Deliver Uncompromised – A Strategy for Supply Chain Security and Resilience in Response to the Changing Character of War,” released by The MITRE Corporation in August 2018. The “Deliver Uncompromised” Report is widely credited with significant influence on a broad range of security initiatives of the Department of Defense and civilian agencies. The Report team received a “Program Recognition Award” from MITRE in 2019. Bob continues to support MITRE in public-private cyber and supply chain security initiatives.

Bob is recognized for subject area leadership in cyber, supply chain and related security matters. Chambers USA 2020 ranked Bob in Band 2 for Government Contracts – Nationwide and said that he is “routinely called upon by clients in cybersecurity matters, assisting clients with high-stakes contract procurements, qui tam litigation and compliance issues.” He is described by The Legal 500 (2020) as having “developed an ‘exceptional’ reputation for litigation and bid protests, as well as cybersecurity-related issues.” Who’s Who Legal (2018) described Bob as “shown by our research to be one of the leading [government contracts] practitioners worldwide” and has identified Bob as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” in 2018, 2019 and 2020 – one of five in the U.S. and 18 globally in 2020.

Named a 2016 “Federal 100” awardee, Federal Computer Week cited Bob for his “ability to integrate policy, regulation and technology” and said of him: “In 2015, he was at the forefront of the convergence of the supply chain and cybersecurity, and his work continues to influence the strategies of federal entities and companies alike.”

Bob is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Subsequently to graduation from law school, he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Science & International Affairs (presently, “Belfer Center”) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Bob is a widely published author and frequent speaker on cyber and supply chain security, as well as other subjects. His article, “Cyber Safety in the Era of Cyber Warfare,” Feb. 28, 2020, has been featured on a main page of the American Bar Association website. He is presently a Vice-Chair of the Information Security Committee of the ABA Science & Technology Section.


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

B.A., Middlebury College

Research Fellow, Center for Science & International Affairs
(now “Belfer Center”),
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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