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RJO Attorneys Fight for Veterans – Seeking Amici

For five years, RJO attorneys Lucas Hanback, Jeff Chiow and Neil O’Donnell, all former Marine and Naval officers, have represented former Navy Petty Officer Walter Strand fight the denial of his military retirement.  This is an important case seeking to enforce guarantees Congress made to veterans in the wake of WWII.  This case should matter… Read more

April 7, 2020

RJO Wins Rescission of $80 Billion in Medicaid Managed Care Awards

For over two years RJO has represented two Molina Healthcare affiliates, Molina Healthcare of Texas, Inc. and Molina Healthcare of Texas Insurance Company, in protests concerning the re-procurement of two major Medicaid Managed Care awards by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), STAR+PLUS and STAR-CHIP.  On March 25, 2020, HHSC canceled all noticed… Read more

March 24, 2020

RJO Attorneys Successfully Defend $70 Million Infrastructure Project Award

Drawing on their significant experience in both Government Contracts and Construction, RJO Shareholders Dennis Callahan and Mark Linderman successfully represented the Obayashi Corporation in a bid protest filed against the noticed award of one of the largest contracts ever solicited by the City of Santa Cruz, California. The $70 million award is to replace the… Read more


Jury Trial Win by RJO Shareholder Amy Bomse Honored As a Top Verdict of 2019

In November 2019, accompanied by attorneys from Arnold & Porter, RJO shareholder Amy Bomse secured a $2.3 million jury verdict on behalf of client Planned Parenthood. The action, Planned Parenthood v. Center for Medical Progress, was tried in federal district court on claims that included fraud and violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations… Read more


Lucas T. Hanback and Aaron M. Scolari Elevated to Shareholders

The attorneys of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell are pleased to announce that Lucas T. Hanback and Aaron M. Scolari are our newest shareholders. “Both Lucas and Aaron are outstanding attorneys who embody the core tenets of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell,” said Founding Partner, Neil O’Donnell. “This firm was founded upon the belief that it was possible to… Read more


Federal Jury Awards over $2.2 Million to RJO-Client, Planned Parenthood

A federal jury awarded over $2.2 million to RJO-client Planned Parenthood in a high-profile case against anti-abortion activists. The defendants infiltrated Planned Parenthood health centers and conferences and secretly recorded conversations with physicians and others. Immediately following the release of the videos, Planned Parenthood clinics and staff experienced a spike in protests, harassment, and violence.  Planned Parenthood… Read more


Robert S. Metzger Named a Global Elite Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal

RJO is delighted to announce that Robert Metzger has been recognized by “Who’s Who Legal” as a Global Elite Thought Leader this year thanks to his “superb advisory and contentious government contracts practice, which features an international client base and wide-ranging expertise in technology-related sectors.” Clients value his “excellent legal analysis and real-world business analysis.”… Read more

July 26, 2019

Gayle Athanacio, CLE Instructor on Independent Contractor, Joint Employment, and Misclassification Litigation

We are proud to announce that Gayle Athanacio has been selected as a member of the faculty for an in-depth CLE course focusing on Independent Contractor, Joint Employment & Misclassification Litigation 2019. About the program California Employers and Litigators have wrestled for years over how to classify independent contractors and employees and which employees are… Read more

July 10, 2019

RJO Welcomes Eleanor M. Ross

RJO is pleased to announce that Eleanor M. Ross has joined our firm as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office, specializing in government contracts. Before joining Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, Ms. Ross was a legal consultant at the World Bank, where she worked in their Office of Suspension and Debarment. Ms. Ross reviewed sanctions cases… Read more

May 28, 2019

RJO Welcomes Whitney R. Miner

RJO is pleased to announce that Whitney R. Miner has joined our firm as an associate in our Complex Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law and Retail Industry Trade Regulation Practice Groups. Ms. Miner has represented clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including contractual disputes, business torts, and intellectual property infringement. She has litigated cases… Read more

May 8, 2019

RJO Welcomes Amy L. Bomse

RJO is pleased to announce that Amy L. Bomse has joined our firm as a Shareholder in our Attorney Liability and Conduct and Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. Ms. Bomse represents clients in business disputes and has substantial trial experience. A primary focus of her practice is representing law firms in defending against claims of… Read more

April 24, 2019

RJO Welcomes Cassidy Kim

RJO is pleased to announce that Cassidy Kim has joined our Construction and Government Contracts Groups. Ms. Kim has litigated class action lawsuits focusing on California consumer protection laws and federal securities laws. She has researched and developed substantive law, policy, and technology insights on emerging consumer privacy issues. Ms. Kim received her B.A. degree… Read more

April 23, 2019

RJO Attorneys Successfully Defend $17.5 Billion Award

RJO Attorneys Jeff Chiow, Lucas Hanback, Deborah Rodin, and Neil O’Donnell successfully defended FEDITC LLC’s award, against multiple protests of a $17.5 billion ENCORE III information technology services multi-award contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency. This outstanding result was confirmed in three decisions handed down by Senior Judge Loren A. Smith of the U.S. Court of Federal… Read more


6th Circuit Limits CWA Reach In Potential Circuit Splitting Decision

6th Circuit Limits CWA Reach In Potential Circuit Splitting Decision: SCOTUS Requests Administration to Weigh In on Groundwater CWA Issue By E. Jacob Lubarsky Associate Attorney, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell In two recent cases involving the regulation of pollutants flowing through groundwater to navigable waters, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled on September 24, 2018,… Read more


Robert Metzger Discusses Cyber Risks & Protecting Government Data

Robert Metzger was interviewed for an article published in Inside Cybersecurity, October 29. The article discusses the efforts of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Department of Defense (DOD) rules to address cybersecurity threats. Metzger expressed doubts that NIST guidelines were strong enough to fend off “the exfiltration of protected information.” He… Read more


The Complexity of Bid Protests & Monetary Awards

The Complexity of Bid Protests & Monetary Awards By Richard M. Harris The California Court of Appeal released a decision about appropriate damages in a state court bid protest case.  However, the case, West Coast Air Conditioning Co. Inc. v. Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (2018), is far more helpful in opening the black box… Read more


RJO Helps MOX Services Secure $21.6 Million Summary Judgment Award

On behalf of CB&I AREVA MOX Services, LLC (MOX Services), the RJO Government Contracts Group obtained a $21.6 million summary judgment award in a U.S. Court of Federal Claims case against the United States, acting through the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Determining that the controlling contract entitled MOX Services to retain previously paid fee… Read more


RJO’s Aaron Silberman Shares Insights On Ninth Circuit Ruling

Shareholder Aaron Silberman was quoted in a recent Federal Contracting News article about a Ninth Circuit ruling in a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower case. While allowing the whistleblowers to proceed with their fraud case against the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the court confirmed its adoption of U.S. Supreme Court’s two-part test… Read more


Bob Metzger Coauthors New Report On Supply Chain Security

Recommends Comprehensive Coordination At Enterprise Level A new report published by a prominent non-profit organization, the MITRE Corporation, recommends a significantly increased effort by the Department of Defense, and its industrial partners, to defend DoD’s capabilities and operations. The objective of the report is to enable the defense industrial base to deliver systems and services… Read more


Bob Metzger’s New Article Series On Supply Chain Threat

  Current measures do not address contemporary threats to the supply chain A “Whole-of-Government” initiative is now needed Bob Metzger has just completed a 5-part article series on threats to the supply chain that expose government operations as well as the commercial economy and public safety. Mr. Metzger warns that adversaries have attacked and will… Read more


Eleven RJO Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers in 2018

Rogers Joseph O’Donnell is proud to announce that eleven of its attorneys have been selected by Super Lawyers as top attorneys for 2018 in Northern California and Washington, D.C.  Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected to by the research team at Super Lawyers for inclusion on… Read more


RJO Practice Areas and Attorneys Recognized in the Legal 500 2018 Guide

RJO practice areas and several of its attorneys were recognized in the recently published Legal 500 2018 guide. In the Government Contracts rankings, RJO remains in Band 2, and it’s the only boutique among the nine firms in the first two bands. Shareholder Neil O’Donnell was recognized again among the “Leading Lawyers” rankings. The Legal… Read more


RJO Practice Areas and Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2018 Guide

RJO practice areas and several of its attorneys were recognized in the recently published Chambers USA 2018 guide. The firm was ranked in Band 2 in the USA Nationwide Government Contracts, the only boutique in the top 8. The firm was also ranked in the California Construction category and received a special spotlight in Government… Read more


RJO Welcomes Emily A. Wieser

RJO is pleased to announce that Emily A. Wieser has joined our Employment and Government Contracts Groups. Ms. Wieser has extensive experience representing clients from varied industries in civil litigation matters.  She has participated in all phases of litigation from inception to trial.  In addition to her trial preparation experience, she is well-versed in alternative… Read more


RJO Welcomes Richard Harris

RJO is pleased to announce that Richard Harris has joined the Construction Law Practice Group. Mr. Harris served as General Counsel for a public works construction firm for over six years. He has extensive legal experience in public and private construction matters, starting with bid protests, through contract interpretation, unforeseen conditions and delay claims, stop… Read more


RJO Welcomes Jon-Erik W. Magnus

RJO is pleased to announce that Jon-Erik W. Magnus has joined the Environmental Law and Retail Trade Industry Regulation Practice Groups. Jon-Erik has extensive experience in environmental matters, defending a broad range of clients against claims brought under CERCLA, RCRA and state environmental laws. Jon-Erik has also represented clients in matters involving California’s environmental regulatory… Read more


RJO Welcomes Deborah Norris Rodin

RJO is pleased to announce that Deborah Norris Rodin has joined the Government Contracts practice group at RJO’s Washington D.C. office. Deborah has extensive experience with government contracts, counseling, regulatory matters and dispute resolution. She is experienced in litigating bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and has… Read more

December 15, 2017

Shareholder Jeffery Chiow Named 2017 Randolph W. Thrower Award Recipient

Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, a premier litigation boutique with deep knowledge and understanding in its core competencies, which include government contracts, cybersecurity, and environmental law, today announced that shareholder Jeffery Chiow has been awarded the 2017 Randolph W. Thrower Award for exceptional service to the Bar.   The annual Thrower Award is named for the Court… Read more


DoD Contractors: December 31st Compliance Deadline New Cyber Regulations

All DoD contractors, of every size, and at all levels in the defense industrial base, are subject to new cyber DFARS regulation and are required to comply with 110 separate security requirements in NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171 by no later than Dec. 31, 2017. The DFARS also requires reporting of cyber incidents to DoD… Read more


RJO Assists in Government Contracts Industry Amicus Brief before Fourth Circuit

On November 21, 2017, the Professional Services Council (PSC) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) filed an amicus curiae brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the In re KBR Burn Pit battlefield contractor litigation.  The amicus brief supports affirmance of the federal trial court’s dismissal and addresses the important national defense interests… Read more


RJO Welcomes Lisa N. Himes

RJO is very pleased to announce that Lisa Norrett Himes has joined our Washington office.  Lisa is an accomplished litigator who has practiced in federal trial and appellate courts for nearly twenty years.  She brings particular emphasis and experience in government contracts, complex tort, and Freedom of Information Act litigation, and is familiar with contingency… Read more


RJO Recognized in Who’s Who Legal 2017 Rankings of Government Contracts Practitioners

On August 18, 2017, Who’s Who Legal released their 2017 rankings of Government Contracts practitioners. RJO was one of 26 firms recognized. Neil O’Donnell and Bob Metzger were identified among the 49 U.S. “Experts”. This year, WWL chose Bob Metzger as one of two leading international practitioners for the “Government Contracts 2017: Discussion.” His observations on several important issues… Read more


Aaron Silberman Becomes Chair of the ABA’s Public Contract Law Section for 2017-18; Other RJO Attorneys Appointed to ABA Leadership Positions

At the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in New York City, on August 12, 2017, Aaron Silberman was elevated to Chair of the ABA’s Public Contract Law Section. He has served as an Officer since 2014, having completed his terms as Secretary (2014-15), Vice Chair (2015-16) and Chair Elect (2016-17). Patricia Meagher, a former Chair of the Section,… Read more


Ten RJO Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” in Northern California and D.C. for 2017

Rogers Joseph O’Donnell is proud to announce that ten of its attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers as top attorneys for 2017 in Northern California and Washington, D.C. Merri Baldwin, Robert Goodman, John Heller, Roland Nikles, Neil O’Donnell and Aaron Silberman were named to the “Super Lawyers” list for the Northern California Region for 2017. Jeff Chiow and Lucas Hanback of our Washington, D.C. office and Lauren… Read more

April 1, 2017

RJO Welcomes E. Jacob Lubarsky

Rogers Joseph O’Donnell is pleased to announce that E. Jacob Lubarsky has joined the firm as an associate in our Environmental Law and Retail Industry Trade Regulation Practice Groups. Mr. Lubarsky has extensive experience in all facets of environmental and complex civil litigation matters. He possesses deep knowledge of California and United States environmental legal issues… Read more

March 27, 2017

Leading Technology Trade Association Issues Cyber White Paper Authored by Robert S. Metzger

On March 27, 2017, the IT Alliance for Public Sector (ITAPS) released a white paper authored by RJO shareholder Bob Metzger, on pending federal initiatives to use regulations and contract requirements to improve contractor protection of federal information and data against cyber threats. The paper, titled Federal Actions to Enable Contractors to Protect “Covered Defense… Read more

January 1, 2017

Three RJO Attorneys Ranked in Who’sWhoLegal Construction 2017

Who’sWhoLegal, published by Law Business Research Ltd in the UK, has just named three Rogers Joseph O’Donnell attorneys in its published ratings of construction law practitioners in 2017. RJO founder Neil O’Donnell, Aaron Silberman, and Roland Nikles were among the 1,177 “leaders in the field” worldwide and 49 leaders in California (tied for the most… Read more


Aaron Silberman Quoted re Cal. State Bar Lobbyist Procurement

Aaron Silberman, a shareholder in RJO’s Government Contracts Group, was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article, dated Tuesday, January 10, 2017, “State Bar housed employee in lobbyist’s office for years.” The article discusses procurement and government ethics issues arising from the State Bar’s housing one of its employees in its outside lobbyist’s Sacramento office… Read more


Lauren Kramer is Elevated to Shareholder

RJO is pleased to announce that Lauren Kramer has been elected a shareholder of the firm. Ms. Kramer’s practice emphasizes government contracts, complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. She represents government contractors in the full spectrum of litigation matters, from bid protests to internal investigations to contract disputes. Her commercial litigation practice focuses on… Read more


RJO Welcomes Stephen L. Bacon

Rogers Joseph O’Donnell is pleased to announce that Stephen L. Bacon has joined our D.C. office as an associate in Government Contracts, Construction and Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Trial Attorney for the Department of the Navy where he litigated claims involving government contracts for construction,… Read more


Article Quotes Aaron Silberman re Supreme Court Decision on Consequences of Relators’ Violations of the Federal False Claims Act Seal Provision

RJO government contracts attorney Aaron Silberman, was quoted in the Federal Contracts Report (FCR) for December 13, 2016, in an article titled “State Farm Can’t Dodge Katrina Lawsuit Based on Seal Violation” (106 FCR, 12/13/16). The article reports on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in State Farm Fire & Casualty v. U.S., ex rel. Rigsby, which affirmed the Fifth… Read more


RJO Employment Attorneys Recover Fees for Employer in Wage and Hour Action

Attorneys from RJO’s employment group successfully obtain an attorney’s fee award against a class member who attempted to get around a wage and hour class settlement by bringing an independent wage claim with the labor commissioner. The labor commissioner originally dismissed the wage claim as it was barred by the class settlement. The class member… Read more


Metzger White Paper on Cloud Security Released

Robert Metzger, head of RJO’s Washington, D.C. office, has released a new “White Paper” on Security as a Service. Sponsored by Exostar, a cloud-based solution provider that assists companies in aerospace and defense, life sciences, and healthcare, the paper advocates new initiatives to enable defense contractors and other federal suppliers to utilize commercial cloud services… Read more


Two RJO Attorneys Ranked in Who’sWhoLegal Government Contracts 2016

Who’sWhoLegal, published by Law Business Research Ltd, in the UK, has just named two Rogers Joseph O’Donnell attorneys in its published ratings of government contracts practitioners in 2016. RJO founder Neil O’Donnell is listed for California and Robert Metzger is listed for the District of Columbia. Neil and Bob were among the 398 “leaders in… Read more


RJO Succeeds In Disrupting Army’s Planned Sole Source Helicopter Purchase

A lawsuit brought by RJO on behalf of helicopter company AgustaWestland North America, a subsidiary of Italian defense company Leonardo-Finmeccanica, has at least slowed, and perhaps halted, Army plans to undertake further sole source purchases of light utility helicopters from Airbus Helicopter, Inc. In a ruling on August 15, 2016, the Court of Federal Claims issued… Read more


Seven RJO Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” in Northern California for 2016

Rogers Joseph O’Donnell is proud to announce that seven of its attorneys have been included among Super Lawyers magazine’s top attorneys for 2016 in Northern California. Merri Baldwin, Robert Goodman, John Heller, Roland Nikles, Neil O’Donnell and Aaron Silberman were named to the “Super Lawyers” list and Lauren Kramer to the “Rising Stars” list for… Read more


Protest Wins Client Contract Under $22 Billion VA Program

RJO attorneys Neil O’Donnell, Jeff Chiow and Lucas Hanback secured a significant contract for their client after the Department of Veterans Affairs took corrective action in response to a bid protest at GAO. The protest involved contracts issued for Information Technology service solutions under the VA’s Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) multiple-award contract…. Read more


Pro Bono Win for Navy Veteran

RJO won a significant pro bono victory for a former Navy Chief Petty Officer, who was discharged from the service involuntarily after 19 ½ years. Well over 11 years of his service time had been spent deployed overseas in combat tours away from his wife and children. His involuntary separation was based upon convictions in civilian court… Read more


RJO Obtains Swift Back-to-Back Wins, Preserving Major Government IT Contract

RJO recently scored back-to-back wins for client Primescape Solutions, Inc. RJO first got involved a year ago, when Jeff Chiow and Lucas Hanback successfully protested a Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) award of a 3-year contract to manage the military’s STORES system that controls ordering and receipt of food and other subsistence items. Following that victory,… Read more


RJO Helps Client Defend BART Contract Award

RJO attorneys Aaron Silberman and Lauren Kramer helped client MERMEC Inc. defend its contract award by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to provide a track geometry car, a custom rail car outfitted with sophisticated diagnostic and measurement systems to monitor the BART commuter rail system. RJO successfully defended MERMEC in an administrative bid… Read more

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