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.

Perspectives

Department of Defense Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Update: New Contract Requirements Coming for the Defense Industrial Base
Advisory
The Intersection of Government Contracts and Bankruptcy Law in the Era of COVID-19
Article
Considerations for Gov't Contractors in Bankruptcy: Part 2
Aerospace & Defense Law360, Appellate Law360, Bankruptcy Law360, Compliance Law360, Government Contracts Law360
Considerations for Gov't Contractors in Bankruptcy: Part 1
Aerospace & Defense Law360, Appellate Law360, Bankruptcy Law360, Compliance Law360, Government Contracts Law360
3D Printing And The Shifting Legal Landscape For COVID-19
Compliance Law360, Health Law360, Intellectual Property Law360, Life Sciences Law360, Product Liability, Public Policy, Technology Law360
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Credentials

Education
  • 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
Admissions
  • 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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