We are pleased to announce that Lawrence E. Ruggiero has joined the firm’s Washington D.C. office as a Partner in the Government Contracts practice, bringing more than 30 years of corporate, major law firm and government experience to his clients.

Mr. Ruggiero counsels companies of all sizes, including multinational firms in the Fortune 500, on navigating the federal procurement system, with an emphasis on compliance, government and internal investigations, business system audit support, and formation of joint ventures and teaming arrangements to support contract capture efforts. With a long tenure serving as an in-house counsel, he brings a unique, hands-on perspective to contract drafting and negotiation, organizational conflict of interest avoidance and mitigation, cost accounting and defective pricing issues, small and disadvantaged business contracting, and compliance with the cybersecurity regulations and related requirements.

Mr. Ruggiero also has extensive litigation experience in matters emerging at every stage of the procurement cycle, including bid protests, customer and prime-subcontractor dispute resolution, responses to cure and show cause notices, and termination defense and settlement counseling. He has expertise in the False Claims Act, the Mandatory Disclosure Rules, and in responding to present responsibility inquiries and notices of proposed suspension or debarment.

Prior to joining Potomac Law, Mr. Ruggiero spent nearly 25 years at Science Applications International Corporation (formerly part of Leidos, Inc.), most recently as V.P., Assistant General Counsel. Earlier in his career, he was a warranted contracting officer in the Unites States Navy.

He received his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, his M.B.A. from Rutgers University and his B.S.M.E. from the United State Naval Academy.

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