ANNOUNCEMENT: PilieroMazza Promotes Litigator Matthew Feinberg and Government Contracts Lawyer Michelle Litteken

April 11, 2019

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Matthew Feinberg to Partner in the firm’s Litigation Group and of Michelle Litteken to Counsel in our Government Contracts Group

Mr. Feinberg is an accomplished litigator with over a decade of experience in all aspects of state and federal civil and appellate litigation, in addition to alternative dispute resolution.  His advocacy for corporate clients – from small businesses to publicly traded companies – gives him a unique perspective on successful litigation strategies for achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.  “Matt is a gifted lawyer – thoughtful, clever, and tenacious,” said Managing Partner Pamela Mazza, adding “He is a tireless advocate for our clients who respect and appreciate Matt’s judgment, responsiveness, and practical approach.”  

Mr. Feinberg has significant first-chair trial and appellate experience over a wide range of practice areas, including labor and employment, wage and hour disputes, corporate defense litigation, class actions, shareholder direct and derivative litigation, government and private sector contracts, commercial transactions, restaurant and hospitality litigation, and appeals.  He also represents and counsels clients involved in investigations conducted by the Department of Justice and other federal and state regulators and on matters relating to the False Claims Act.  Mr. Feinberg is among a small group of lawyers in the country who have represented a company in a successful appeal of a New York Stock Exchange delisting decision.  In addition to earning favorable verdicts, judgments, and settlements on behalf of clients, he is also adept at helping clients avoid litigation through counseling, consultation, and negotiation.  Clients in emerging and developing industries benefit from Mr. Feinberg’s ability to navigate complex federal and state laws and regulations, effectively communicate with investors and the public, and manage day-to-day business challenges.  Related practice-area focuses include Labor & Employment Law, Business & Corporate Law, False Claims Act, and Audits & Investigations.

Ms. Litteken represents the interests of government contractors in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in size and status protests at the Small Business Administration and the Office of Hearings and Appeals.  Ms. Mazza remarked, “Michelle is a tremendous asset to our firm.  0ur government contractor clients appreciate her ability to decode complicated situations and provide practical guidance.  We are pleased that she is part of our team.”  

Clients from a broad range of industries, including construction, environmental remediation, healthcare, information technology, aerospace, and security, rely on Ms. Litteken’s legal acumen in conducting internal investigations, preparing claims, requests for equitable adjustment, and termination settlement proposals, as well as prosecuting contractor claims under the Contract Disputes Act at the Court and at the Boards of Contract Appeals.  She counsels government contractors on teaming agreements and subcontracts related to public contracts and represents clients in disputes that arise out of those agreements in both federal and state court, as well as arbitrations.  Furthermore, Ms. Litteken offers guidance to clients on matters involving security clearances and regulatory compliance, including potential organizational conflicts of interest and SBA's HUBZone, Woman-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned, and 8(a) programs.  Related practice-area focuses include Litigation and False Claims Act.

‚ÄčAbout PilieroMazza
PilieroMazza serves as a strategic partner to commercial businesses and government contractors from across the United States in numerous industries, including aerospace and defense, cybersecurity, environmental remediation, information technology, construction, telecommunications, solar energy, professional services, healthcare, manufacturers and suppliers, transportation, and emerging and developing industries.  We deliver results for our clients by implementing legal and business solutions that take the client’s best interests into consideration.  Moreover, PilieroMazza’s efficient operational structure and lean approach to staffing matters translate into competitive pricing for our clients, while providing the highest standard of client service and legal acumen.  

With lawyers in Washington, DC; Boulder, CO; and Chicago, IL, PilieroMazza is privileged to represent clients in the following areas:

Audits & Investigations
Business & Corporate Law
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
False Claims Act 
Government Contracts Law
Intellectual Property & Technology Rights
Labor & Employment Law
Small Business Programs & Advisory Services

PilieroMazza Named Top Government Contracting Firm in JD Supra 2019 Reader's Choice Awards

April 3, 2019
For the second year in a row, PilieroMazza was named the “top firm” in the government contracting category of the JD Supra 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. The fourth annual awards acknowledge JD Supra contributors for achieving the highest visibility and engagement for their thought leadership during the year. Only 26 firms were named as winners of the Readers’ Choice Awards in selected categories.

Readers in the government contracting category came from the defense & space, aviation & aerospace, insurance, and energy sectors, among others. Their interests included the False Claims Act, DOD, cybersecurity, executive orders, bid protests, infrastructure, and federal acquisition regulations, and other topics. We provide over 150 articles each year across all of our practice areas to JD Supra and have received over 500,000 views of our work. 
You can find our attorneys' thought leadership on the PM Legal Minute Blog.

About JD Supra
JD Supra delivers need-to-know legal and business content to professionals in all industries in daily email digests, via more than 100 proprietary social feeds, on mobile platforms, to partner websites, and as news across the web. Through the innovative use of technology and curated audiences, JD Supra connects more than 50,000 professionals writing on important topics to C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and media members concerned with matters impacting business today. JD Supra also provides firms with competitive insights and market intelligence derived from the thousands of articles being read daily across the platform. for more information visit

PilieroMazza Submits Comments in Response to VA Acquisition Regulation on Competition Requirements

April 2, 2019
On April 2, 2019, PilieroMazza submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposed rule issued on February 1, 2019, RIN 2900-AQ21—VA Acquisition Regulation: Competition Requirements.

Our firm represents small businesses operating across the government contracting spectrum, and many of these companies are SDVOSBs verified to participate in VA’s “Veterans First Contracting Program.” In representing these firms and working with VA, we have received numerous comments from our clients and have become familiar with how VA and the VA Acquisition Regulation implement the “Vets First” mandate under the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006. We believe SDVOSBs and VOSBs, as well as VA contracting officers, will benefit from the clarity this rulemaking provides and the further strengthening of the “Vets First” requirements in the VAAR when conducting procurements. Read our full comments here.

PilieroMazza is at the NCMA SubCon Training Workshops today

March 28, 2019

Cy Alba and Tim Valley are presenting "Federal Subcontracts: Managing Data Rights and Protecting IP" at 1:00 and again at 3:00 this afternoon. 

Intellectual property (IP) rights under federal procurements are often misunderstood. This session will unpack important IP issues, including what the regulations require, the impacts on prime contractors, and what subcontractors must know to ensure their hard work is protected. Download the Presentation.


Megan Connor Testified Before the House Small Business Committee

March 26, 2019
On March 26, 2019, Megan Connor, a partner in PilieroMazza's Government Contracts Group, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business Subcommittee Contracting and Infrastructure at a hearing titled "Cleared for Take-off? Implementation of the Small Business Runway Extension Act" on March 26, 2019

Ms. Connor stated: "We represent government contractors of all sizes and in a variety of industries. Many of our clients, though, are small businesses directly impacted by the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 (“Runway Extension Act”). 

Our firm supports the Runway Extension Act and, specifically, changing how small businesses calculate their receipts from a three-year basis to a five-year basis. However, we believe that, in implementing this change, there are three issues that need to be addressed in order to avoid negative impacts on small businesses. First, small businesses deserve clarity as to the effective date of the change from three years to five years. Second, we strongly recommend a transition period during which firms that are small under a three-year calculation, but not small under a five-year calculation, are able to adjust to the marketplace. Third, the System for Award Management database must be updated to account for this change."

Click here to read Ms. Connor's written testimony.  The hearing may be viewed here.

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