Courtney Edmonds is a Partner in the firm’s Government Contracts practice. His 20-year career spans private practice and government contracts in the private sector and includes more than a decade in leadership positions in one of the largest IT service providers to the federal government.

Prior to joining Potomac Law, Mr. Edmonds was Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) for Leidos (formerly known as SAIC) where he had executive-level responsibility for the company’s ethics and compliance program. Prior to his role as a CECO, he was a Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, in Leidos’ Intelligence Group. He has an active TS-SCI security clearance.

Mr. Edmonds represents government contractors in a wide variety of matters and counsels clients on federal procurement law and regulatory compliance with particular expertise in internal investigations relating to procurement integrity, the False Claims Act, and the Anti-Kickback Act. He is a trusted advisor to his clients and offers strategic advice on designing, implementing, and enhancing federal contractors’ ethics and compliance programs.

Mr. Edmonds also assists and advises clients with issues and opportunities relating to pre- and post-award concerns, contract performance, regulatory matters, and dispute avoidance and resolution. He negotiates commercial and FAR-based contracts, subcontracts, and ancillary agreements (e.g., Non-Disclosure Agreements, Teaming Agreements, etc.) and conducts and manages internal investigations and prepares various types of mandatory and proactive disclosures. Mr. Edmonds also provides training related to internal investigation program management, negotiations, contract compliance, ethics, risk avoidance/mitigation and dispute resolution. He also advises clients on screening and mitigating risks relating to federal post-employment restrictions under 18 U.S.C. 207, organizational conflicts of interest, and potential disqualifications due to unfair competitive advantage determinations under FAR 3.101.

Mr. Edmonds’ ethics and compliance foundation was built on a military background, with service in the US Air Force as a law enforcement specialist and as a Contract Specialist for the US Navy’s Fleet Industrial Supply Command.

Representative Experience

  • Led award-winning ethics and compliance program for the largest IT services provider to the U.S. Government
  • Conducted and managed numerous internal investigations into fraud, improper billing, contract compliance, conflicts of interest and other issues, and preparing mandatory and voluntary disclosures for submission to contracting officers, Inspectors General and other government and commercial stakeholders.
  • Advised top-tier national security contractor’s intelligence business on a broad range of federal procurement matters relating to ethics, FAR/DFARS compliance, bid protests, subcontracting, risk mitigation, dispute resolution, due diligence, and other legal issues needing consistent consideration
  • Prepared and presented reports on data analytics, remedial actions, investigative case activity, disclosures, and compliance with USDOJ Corporate Enforcement Guidelines to executive leadership team and board of directors
  • Liaised with senior Department of Defense suspension and debarment officials regarding ethics and compliance program effectiveness and contractor responsibility matters
  • As a consultant with a federally-funded research and development corporation (Noblis, formerly known as Mitretek Systems), supported the US Postal Service’s source selection efforts under a preferred-provided program established to award contracts to modernize USPS’s portfolio of IT Systems.

Honors & Awards

  • Led Leidos Ethics & Compliance team that achieved designations in 2002, 2003 and 2004 by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Street Law Team Leader, Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region
  • Member, Archdiocese of Washington Finance Council
  • Chair, Charles County Planning Commission, 2010 – 2012

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director, Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region 2022 - 2024

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Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. (National Security Law)

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

Webster University, M.A. & M.B.A.

Averett University, B.A.

Previous Experience

  • Leidos, Senior V.P., Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Deputy General Counsel
  • Science Applications International Corp., Senior Counsel


  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

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