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RJO Government Contracts Group and Lawyers Recognized by The Legal 500 for 2016


The Legal 500 for 2016 has ranked RJO among the top six law firms and Neil O’Donnell among the top ten lawyers in the U.S. in Government Contracts. It also noted RJO’s Bob Metzger, Jeff Chiow and Brian D. Miller in our D.C. office, and Patricia Meagher and Mark Linderman in San Francisco. The Legal 500

The Legal 500 found that, in the practice areas it highlights, “[o]nly a small number of firms in the US have a truly national presence coupled with the capability to handle sophisticated and complex work.” For Government Contracts, The Legal 500 recognized only six law firms in its top two tiers. RJO is proud to have been ranked among those six firms – the only boutique law firm to have been so recognized.

The Legal 500 describes RJO’s team as “a well-established practice across a range of industries” that “regularly handles complex claims.” It describes recent RJO bid protest successes representing CGI Federal “in a bid protest against the Navy’s award of a $2.5bn IDIQ contract for the inter-ship CANES consolidated communication systems” and DRS Technologies “in challenging the award of an Army technical services contract to Lockheed Martin.”

In addition to ranking Mr. O’Donnell as a “Leading lawyer” – one of ten nationally for Government Contracts this year, The Legal 500 quoted a source saying he “has a world of experience, excellent judgment, an even temperament, and is terrific in collaborating fully with others on complex matters.” Regarding our D.C. office lawyers, it described Mr. Metzger as a “[c]yber and supply chain security expert” and noted RJO’s elevation of Mr. Chiow to partner and, in November 2015, that “it was strengthened by the addition of former managing director of Navigant Consulting Brian Miller, who handles sensitive compliance and enforcement issues.” Regarding our San Francisco office lawyers, both Ms. Meagher and Mr. Linderman are described as “standout names.”

For 28 years, The Legal 500 has been analyzing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research program revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 rankings are based on a series of criteria; it highlights the practice area teams that are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. Its research is conducted by a team of experienced researchers – which includes both qualified journalists and lawyers – and is based on feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and a team of researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market.

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