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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 24, 2019 – Jenner & Block is pleased to announce that Noah B. Bleicher, an experienced former Government Accountability Office senior bid protest hearing officer, has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office as a special counsel in its Government Contracts Practice.
Mr. Bleicher most recently served as deputy assistant general counsel in the procurement law division at the GAO. His practice focuses on a full range of government contracts matters, with an emphasis on bid protests. Mr. Bleicher adds strength to a practice highly regarded for its ability to provide strategic guidance to clients to help them reach their objectives in all aspects of doing business with the government.
In addition to bid protests, the firm has extensive experience in other aspects of government contracts, including cost litigation, contract disputes, fraud cases, corporate transactions, compliance issues and investigations, among other areas. In recent years, the firm obtained a precedent-setting victory for client SAIC in a bid protest over a $575 million contract and a win for defendant Honeywell International in a $300 million False Claims Act qui tam case. The practice has also been key in representing other defense industry clients in high-stakes litigation and transactions.
“Noah has had a tremendously successful career in government service, and we are thrilled to bring his wealth of knowledge and substantial experience resolving bid protests to the firm,” said D. Joe Smith, co-chair of Jenner & Block’s Government Contracts Practice. “His background and skills fit well with our clients’ needs for the highest levels of strategic counsel.”
“Noah’s valuable insights into the complexities of the GAO’s protest process will prove tremendously beneficial as we represent clients in these matters,” added Partner Greg Petkoff, the head of Jenner & Block’s bid protest group who practiced government contracts law for the US Air Force for more than 30 years. “The firm’s Government Contracts Practice is now uniquely structured with the full spectrum of protest experience, including in house lawyers, agency counsel, and a GAO protest adjudicator.”
Mr. Bleicher spent more than a decade working on complex government contracting issues. While at the GAO, he resolved more than 600 bid protests and issued nearly 500 decisions, more than 125 of which were published. His protest experience covers nearly every federal agency and procurements of all sizes and complexities, from commercial item information technology procurements to highly visible weapon systems acquisitions.
Mr. Bleicher presided over numerous bid protest hearings involving multibillion-dollar contracts, frequently conducted alternative dispute resolution sessions and regularly resolved protective order and document production disputes. As the deciding official on numerous bid protests, he has a deep understanding of what protest arguments the GAO might be inclined to sustain and what arguments it is inclined to find less persuasive.
“At this point in my career, this is a great opportunity for me to join a firm with a strong commitment to its Government Contracts Practice,” said Noah Bleicher. “My service at the GAO was personally and professionally fulfilling, and I witnessed firsthand the exceptional work handled by Jenner & Block lawyers. I am excited to now count myself among them and be part of the firm’s strategic efforts to grow our bid protest capabilities.”
Prior to his assignment resolving bid protests, Mr. Bleicher served as a senior government contracts counsel to GAO auditors and analysts reviewing various acquisition policies and programs. He assisted in the issuance of more than 85 GAO “blue book” reports and briefings and prepared agency officials for congressional hearings. He also served on Capitol Hill as counsel to the former House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, where he gained valuable experience with congressional investigations.
Mr. Bleicher is actively involved in the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contract Law, where he currently serves as a co-chair of the Bid Protest Committee and the Federal, State & Local Government Attorneys Committee.
Mr. Bleicher earned his JD from Emory University School of Law, where he served as associate editor of the Emory Law Journal, and received dual degrees, cum laude, from the University of Florida.