Tom Pettit is a government contracts lawyer with a background in the defense industry and intelligence community. He represents clients across industry sectors facing a range of government contracting challenges, including litigation, cybersecurity, transactions, and investigations.

Mr. Pettit advocates for clients in bid protests before the US Government Accountability Office, US Court of Federal Claims, and US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and represents clients involved in other contracting-related disputes in various fora, including boards of contract appeals. He also advises on subcontracting and teaming matters and transactions and helps clients tackle cybersecurity challenges, including investigating breaches of contractor information systems and obtaining authorizations to operate high-tech equipment.

A US Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mr. Pettit maintains an active pro bono practice helping veterans receive benefits and discharge upgrades and representing active servicemembers facing a variety of other legal challenges.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pettit worked in the Washington, DC office of a large international law firm and in the Office of the General Counsel of a nonprofit federally funded research and development center. Before law school, he worked as a national security policy analyst for a large government contractor.


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  • JD, American University Washington College of Law, 2016, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BA, Political Science, Virginia Polytechnic & State University, 2011, cum laude
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Government & Military Service
  • US Marine Corps

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