We are pleased to announce that Jeri K. Somers has joined the Washington, DC office of Potomac Law as a Partner in the Government Contracts practice.

The Honorable Jeri K. Somers (Ret.) provides a full range of government contracts’ legal counseling and litigation services to clients of all sizes in numerous industries including cybersecurity, telecommunications, aerospace and defense, construction, and engineering. She advises and represents clients in all areas of public contract law (federal, state, and local), with experience in the areas of bid protests, contract performance, disputes, government claims and terminations.  

As the former Chair and Chief Judge of the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), she has deep experience hearing and deciding contract disputes between government contractors and civilian federal government agencies under the Contract Disputes Act. She is a nationally-recognized expert, and has provided expert witness services on government contracts issues in federal court.  

Prior to joining Potomac Law, Judge Somers was a Partner at Jenner & Block. Judge Somers started her legal career as a lawyer in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps; served as a trial attorney with the Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, Department of Justice; and was an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia. Judge Somers received an appointment to serve as Administrative Judge at the Department of Transportation Board of Contract Appeals, which consolidated with other agency boards of contract appeals to form the CBCA in 2007. Meanwhile, Judge Somers completed her military service in the reserves, including years as the Staff Judge Advocate for the DC Air National Guard, and as a Military Judge in the U.S. Air Force. She retired from military service with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 

Judge Somers is a frequent author and lecturer on government contracts law and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School and at the American University, Washington College of Law. 

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