Cynthia “Cindy” Robertson is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office. For the last two decades she has provided government contract counseling and litigation/investigations management to top aerospace and defense contractors. She is a trusted counselor on FAR/DFARS regulations, internal investigations, False Claims Act, bid protests, claims, labor/employment and a wide range of government contracting issues. Ms. Robertson also monitors and shapes government contracts policy through routine submissions of public comment on behalf of clients and industry associations in FAR and DFARS rulemakings.
Ms. Robertson advises clients on a host of issues facing government contractors, including FAR/DFARS regulatory compliance and claims, including claims that can arise from subcontractor/prime contractor disputes. Ms. Robertson has also drafted and reviewed compliance policies for public procurement divisions of larger commercial corporations, and for aerospace and defense giants. Ms. Robertson has tailored anti-trafficking compliance plans for foreign subcontractors and routinely counsels on anti-trafficking regulations and reporting obligations. She has also counseled on counterfeit parts, cybersecurity, IP, commercial items, lobbying/election law restrictions, procurement integrity, and labor and employment issues such as Service Contract Act, wage statement, and meal-break compliance.
Ms. Robertson conducts both large and small investigations for government contractors. She has conducted a nationwide FCA investigation of alleged bribery for a client’s public procurement division, and evaluated allegations of mischarges and improper pricing. As part of this effort, she conducted a nationwide survey of state procurement bribery laws. She has also directed FCA investigations of alleged product failures, where lead scientists and quality assurance personnel played a critical role. Ms. Robertson has been the lead negotiator with DOJ regarding Civil Investigative Demands and subpoenas. She has also represented corporate officers and employees in connection with government investigations of potential wrongdoing. She advocated for entry into DOD’s voluntary disclosure program before existing mandatory disclosure rules.
Ms. Robertson draws upon a broad litigation background. She began her career defending an aerospace and defense contractor against a termination for default of a stealth aircraft. Ms. Robertson has been involved in complex trial preparation and appellate briefing before the Court of Federal Claims and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also prepared other cases for trial on behalf of utility clients suing for disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Ms. Robertson has conducted all phases of electronic discovery, and has briefed billion-dollar protests and appeared before the GAO during bid protest hearings.
Ms. Robertson has an active pro bono practice in which she represents survivors of human trafficking and those with disabilities.