News
March 31, 2005

Two veteran government contracts lawyers, W. Jay DeVecchio and Kathleen E. Karelis, have joined Jenner & Block as Partners in the Firm’s Government Contracts Practice. In addition, Ed Jackson has become Of Counsel to the firm and will be a member of its Government Contracts, Litigation and Health Care Law Practices. All three attorneys will work in the Firm’s Washington, DC office.

Mr. DeVecchio’s practice includes litigation and counseling in virtually all aspects of government contracts law, including representation of clients in criminal and civil fraud matters, qui tam actions, and internal investigations. Besides his practice of law, Mr. DeVecchio is a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia and the George Washington University School of Law Government Contracts Program. He also lectures nationwide for Federal Publications, Inc. He conducts seminars on a wide range of subjects, including contract pricing, compliance programs, the Anti-Kickback Act, qui tam litigation, rights in technical data and computer software, claims, and teaming agreements.

Ms. Karelis’s practice is concentrated on government contracts and health care law. She counsels government contractors, health insurers and Medicare organizations in regulatory matters and represents these clients in civil and criminal fraud actions, internal investigations and qui tam actions. Ms. Karelis lectures frequently on responding to government investigations, qui tam actions and compliance programs.

Mr. Jackson represents defense, aerospace and health care clients in audits, investigations and litigation. His experience includes cost accounting, defective pricing and false claims matters. Mr. Jackson frequently lectures on topics such as the FAR cost principles, the Truth in Negotiations Act, and the Cost Accounting Standards. He is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and its Government Contracts Committee.

Mr. DeVecchio and Ms. Karelis join the Firm from Miller & Chevalier, where both were partners in the Government Contracts Practice. Mr. Jackson was most recently Of Counsel to that firm.

Mr. DeVecchio received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, cum laude, and his J.D., with distinction, from The Catholic University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation, he served for a year as a clerk to The Honorable Stanley S. Harris of the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Ms. Karelis received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with honors from Rollins College and a master’s degree in Contract and Acquisition Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. She received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the Law Review. She is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Jackson received his B.S. degree from Southern Adventist University and his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.