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Fernand Lavallee

DLA Piper (US)

Washington, DC, USA

Fernand A. Lavallee is a Partner resident in the Washington, D.C. law offices of DLA Piper LLP (US). Mr. Lavallee's practice focuses on government contracts law and litigation, with a special emphasis on high technology issues and intellectual property in government contracts. He regularly counsels on all aspects of federal, state and local procurement matters and litigates cases before various federal and state courts, as well as the Boards of Contract Appeals and the Government Accountability Office.

Mr. Lavallee frequently lectures and publishes on the topic of intellectual property in federal government contracts. He presented a paper at the 1st Interdisciplinary Symposium on Public Procurement, co-sponsored by the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen, and held in Rome, Italy, in June 2011. He is a co-author of The Applied Law and Economics of Public Procurement, edited by Prof. Gustavo Piga and Dr. Steen Treumer, Sept. 2012, Routledge Publishing, and co-author of Inside the Minds: The Impact of Recent Changes in Government Contracts, 2011 ed., Aspatore Books, Thomson Reuters.  An article he co-authored, Fear and Loathing of Federal Contracting: Are Commercial Companies Really Afraid to Do Business With the Federal Government?  Should They Be?, Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, Fall 2003, has been cited with approval by the Court of Federal Claims in Ervin and Associates, Inc. v. U.S., 59 Fed.Cl. 267 (2004), and in testimony by the Congressional Research Service before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology, February 7, 2008.  See "Other Transaction Authority: Flexibility at the Expense of Accountability?", testimony of L. Elaine Halchin.

Mr. Lavallee's experience includes defending a contractor against copyright infringement allegations in an action brought by a competing federal government contractor in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Innovative Concepts, Inc. v. Symetrics Industries, Inc., Civil Action No. 02-1040-A (EDVa 2003); and serving as an expert witness on intellectual property issues in federal government contracts, called by the defense, in a jury trial of a dispute between two federal contractors heard in a state court in Maryland, Authsec, Inc. v. Roberts et al., No. 13-C-06-067710, Cir. Ct. Howard Co., Maryland, July 27, 2009. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendants on all counts.

Before pursuing the practice of law, Mr. Lavallee was a Trade Policy Analyst with the U.S. Department of Commerce and served as an infantry officer in the United States Army and the Maryland Army National Guard. Mr. Lavallee holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, where he was on the Law Review.

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business lists Mr. Lavallee as a leading national practitioner in government contracts.


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