A natural problem solver, Eric enjoys helping clients assess, understand, and develop and implement practical strategies to address complicated issues relating to government contracts, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and export controls.


A natural problem solver, Eric enjoys helping clients assess, understand, and develop and implement practical strategies to address complicated issues relating to government contracts, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and export controls.

Eric is a government contracts lawyer who represents clients' interests through counseling, negotiation, and litigation. His clients include multinational corporations as well as small and mid-sized businesses in a variety of sectors, including technology and IT services, R&D, defense, cybersecurity, construction, transportation, manufacturing, financial services, education, health care, and biotech.

Eric advises on federal, state and local procurement issues throughout the life cycle of the contracting process. Clients rely on his counsel from pre-proposal opportunity and risk assessment, through compliance with solicitation requirements, award capture, and contract performance, to termination and close-out. Along the way, he helps clients understand and address a wide variety of complex compliance issues, including: business ethics and conduct; government contractor-specific employment laws; privacy and data security; sourcing restrictions; M&A due diligence and contract novation; security clearances; cost and pricing; small business and socio-economic programs; and export controls. Eric also supports client success by negotiating contracts, subcontracts, teaming and joint venture agreements, and IP development agreements and licenses with contractors, commercial and non-profit entities, and institutions of higher education. If disputes or potential problems arise, he advocates for his clients in bid and size protests, contractor and government claims, and appeals. In addition, he guides clients through audits and investigations, terminations, and suspension and debarment issues.

Regardless of the problems he is working to help solve, Eric's approach reflects his belief in the importance of cogent analysis, effective communication, and a focus on the client's bottom line.

Eric recently ended a three-year term on the governing Council of the American Bar Association's Public Contract Law Section. He remains active in the Section and currently serves as Co-Chair of its Publications Board. Eric has written extensively on government contract matters, has co-edited two books on subcontracting and flowdowns, and frequently lectures and conducts training on government contracting, cybersecurity, export controls, and intellectual property issues.


Conducted comprehensive government contracts compliance risk assessment for major communications company.

Defended protest of multimillion dollar contract for the operation and maintenance of a federal research facility.

Assisted cybersecurity firm in negotiation of hundreds of service agreements with commercial and government customers.

Represented language services firm in appeal of a claim to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) based on constructive changes in a contract for the creation of maintenance manuals.

Advised enterprise resource planning contractor regarding state RFP procedures, proposal contents, Q&A and other communications, and preparing to file/defend against potential protest of award of state-wide contract.

Conducted internal investigation into alleged payment of gratuities for mid-size defense contractor and helped revise its ethics and business conduct policies and procedures to address problematic aspects discovered during the investigation.

Revised large IT manufacturer / distributor's policy governing hiring of former government employees to conform to legal requirements.

Negotiated Space Act Agreement for client's use of NASA's image catalog in development of on-line game to promote STEM education.

Developed response to Defense Contracting Audit Agency defending contractor's bonus compensation plan and CAS disclosure statement.

Counseled commercial products company concerning potential mandatory disclosure GSA Inspector General relating to Price Reductions Clause issues.

Negotiated a joint venture teaming agreement to position small business client to compete for a multimillion dollar IT services contract for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Represented subcontractor in negotiation of key subcontract and multiple change orders with multinational transportation firm for design and upgrade of public transportation system for a land-grant university.

Designed and provided export controls compliance plans and training for multiple clients.

Developed export controls risk identification and analysis plan for R1 Research University.

Helped multi-national aerospace firm analyze potential export problems arising from supply chain and develop voluntary disclosure under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Assisted HVAC manufacturer in educating prime contractors and Department of Defense customers concerning availability of non- availability exception to Buy American Act restrictions.

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Speaking Engagements

“FAR Part 41 – Acquisition of Utility Services,” Get “FAR” Sighted in 2020 Webinar, September 2020

Co-Presenter, "What's Next for Government Contracts IP?" ABA Public Contracts Law Section, Intellectual Property Committee webinar, July 2020

Co-Presenter, “Small Business Contracting 101,” Federal Bar Association/MyLawCLE Webinar, July 2020

"Challenges and Opportunities in the 'Next Normal,'" ACC Colorado Webinar, May 5, 2020

Co-Presenter, “The Thoughtful Contractor’s Approach to Subcontract Terms and Conditions,” ABA Section of Public Contract Law Webinar, April 2020

Co-Presenter, "Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): Guarding the Keys to the Kingdom," National Defense Industry Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter, Colorado Springs, CO, March 2020

Co-Presenter, “Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture Agreement Best Practices,” ABA Public Contracts Law Section, Joint Meeting of the Small Business Committee and Subcontracting, Teaming & Strategic Alliances Committee, Washington DC, November 2019

“The Past, Present, and Future of the ABA Model Procurement Code for State and Local Jurisdictions,” NASPO Law Institute, October 2019

Co-Presenter, “Navigating Master Service Agreements,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Colorado Chapter, October 2019

Co-Presenter, "Bid-Rigging and Other Threats to Effective Procurement," Colorado Bar Association Business Law Summit, September 2019

"The Top 10 (plus!) Pitfalls to Avoid When Responding to Solicitations," (Co-Presenter) National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Boston Chapter March Workshop, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2019

"Don't Be the Slowest Zebra: Understanding and Responding to CyberSecurity Risks" (Co-Presenter), PCI Legislative and Political Conference, Denver, Colorado, November 2018

“Exceptions: Striking the Right Balance in a Jumbled Landscape,” ABA Section of Public Contracts Law Fall Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, November 2017

 “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Contract Claims but Were Afraid to Ask” (Co-Presenter), International Paint Committee, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 2017

“The Mechanics of Flow Downs – What Are the Best Practices?” ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Subcontracting, Teaming Agreements, and Strategic Alliances Committee Meeting, January 2017

 “Understanding and Responding to Cybersecurity Risks” (Co-Presenter), Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Colorado Chapter, Spring In-House Forum, Denver, Colorado, April 2016

"Practical Answers to Key Protest Questions," NCMA, Northern West Virginia Chapter Meeting, Morgantown, West Virginia, March 2016

"Gaining Advantage on the High Seas: The Thoughtful Pirate's Approach to Subcontract Terms and Clauses" (Moderator), ABA Section of Public Contract Law, 22nd Annual Federal Procurement Institute, Annapolis, Maryland, March 2016

"Regulations and Their Impact on Your Business" (Co-Presenter), Teaming to Win Conference, Canaan Valley, West Virginia, May 2015

"Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Model Procurement Code but Were Afraid to Ask" (Moderator), American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, 10th Annual State and Local Procurement Symposium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 2015


“Beware Rogue Employees with a Taste for Fraud,” Westlaw Practitioner Insights Commentaries, July 7, 2020

"When Selecting Protest Grounds, Don’t Forget the Prejudice,” Westlaw Journal Government Contracts, April 20, 2020

Editor, ABA Guide to Service Subcontract Terms and Conditions, 2nd Edition, 2019

“Friendly Reminder: Protest Grounds Cannot Be Based Solely on Supposition and Speculation,” Pratt’s Government Contracting Law Report, Vol. 4 No. 12, December 2018

“Sometimes Less Than Complete Information Is Enough, But Don’t Count on It,” Pratt’s Government Contracting Law Report, Vol. 4 No. 11, November 2018

“Overcome by Events: Facts not Directly Related to Protest Grounds Can Prevent an Ultimate Protest Victory,” Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report, Vol. 3 No. 11, November 2017

"Mindful Negotiation and Consistency in Quoting Can Help Fend Off Misguided Evaluators on FSS Procurements," Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report, Vol. 3 No. 8, August 2017

"'Not for the Faint of Heart' - Startups planning to pursue small business set-aside contracts face unique compliance issues," Law Week Colorado, June 2017

Contributor, ABA "Guide to State Procurement: A 50-State Primer on Purchasing Laws, Processes and Procedures," 2d Ed. 2017

Co-Editor, ABA Guide to Fixed-Price Subcontract Terms and Conditions, 5th ed., August 2016

"Department of Veterans Affairs' Rule of Two Applies to IDIQ Contracts," Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report, Vol. 2 No. 5, May 2016

"Knowing and Meeting Solicitation Requirements," Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report, Vol. 2 No. 3, March 2016

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section, Section Secretary
ABA PCLS Publications Board, Co-Chair

ABA PCLS Council Member, 2016-2019

  • Vice-Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Intellectual Property Committee
  • Vice-Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Strategic Alliances, Teaming and Subcontracting Committee

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

West Virginia State Bar

National Contract Management Association, Denver Chapter

National Defense Industry Association, Rocky Mountain Division

Colorado Lawyers Committee Children's Task Force

Colorado Lawyers Committee Foster Care Working Group

Sunshine Home Share of Colorado, Chair, Board of Directors


  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals


University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1993

Davidson College, B.A., cum laude, 1988

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