Mr. Donald G. Featherstun is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and has served as the chair of that office’s Litigation Department. For 35 years his practice has focused on commercial litigation with an emphasis on government contract law. As a result, he has extensive trial and claims preparation experience.
He has tried cases in a variety of forums including federal courts, state courts, boards of contract appeals, state administrative bodies, and private arbitrations. In his position, Mr. Featherstun has been selected to serve as a liaison with the defense industry stakeholders. Seyfarth Shaw at Work was selected to manage critical day-to-day management functions and support membership communications and marketing.
The Defense Industry Initiative (DII) recently selected Mr. Featherstun, and SSAW as the Coordinator Team for DII. DII is a non-profit organization formed by many of the top defense companies in the U.S. Its mission is the continued promotion and advancement of a culture of ethical conduct in every company that provides products and services to the U.S. Armed Forces.
Mr. Featherstun became the Chair of the Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association in August of 2010. Over the prior four years, he has also held the positions of Secretary of the Section, Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect. He has served on several committees of the Section of Public Contract Law, including Chairman of the Region Division, Vice-Chairman of the Subcontracts Committee, and Chair of the Northern California Section of the Region Division.
Over the last nine years, Mr. Featherstun has supported various clients in handling complex audits conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency dealing with Cost Accounting Standards issues. Currently, three of those matters, totaling approximately $300 million, are currently before the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. At the State level, Mr. Featherstun has handled various state and local bid protests, claims and litigation for clients in the information technology, construction, engineering services and alternative energy industries. For several years, Mr. Featherstun represented the contractor who administered the supplier diversity program at the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”).
From 1979 to 1982, he was with the Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C. where he tried cases before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. In 1982, Mr. Featherstun joined the firm of Pettit & Martin in San Francisco, California as an associate in the Government Contracts Department. He was made partner in 1987 and remained there until March of 1995 when the firm closed.
- J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law (1979)
- International Moot Court Team, Moot Court Board
- B.A., Columbia College (1975)
- Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
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