Paul Debolt

Venable LLP

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Massachusetts Avenue Northwest 600
Washington 20001 DC US

Paul A. Debolt assists government contractors of all sizes on issues arising from conducting business with the federal government, including civil fraud. Paul has deep experience tackling competitive source selection problems, defending and prosecuting bid protests, advising on government regulatory disputes, and addressing performance and termination-related claims.

He conducts due diligence in connection with the merger and acquisition of government contractors, and manages novations and other post-transactional matters. Paul’s team-based approach ensures that his clients benefit from the firm’s strengths when addressing all areas pertaining to their federal contracts.

He supplies recommendations concerning compliance with government regulations and laws, and steers contractors through controversies arising under the Service Contract Act (SCA), the civil False Claims Act (FCA), joint ventures and teaming agreements, and prime-subcontractor disputes.

Clients appreciate Paul’s in-depth knowledge about the government bid solicitation process and his approaches to satisfying pertinent federal data security standards. Paul previously served as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps for five years before joining the firm.

Experience :

  • Conducted numerous internal investigations of both large and small companies involving questioned contract certifications and cost charging
  • Negotiated a multi-million-dollar settlement on behalf of a large defense contractor for claims arising from charges to a contract with the United States Postal Service (USPS) for coding services
  • Negotiated a multi-million-dollar settlement on behalf of a service company, regarding a claim that arose from an undefinitized letter contract
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a nonprofit into alleged mischarging to numerous government contracts and grants, and negotiated a favorable settlement with an assistant U.S. attorney’s office
  • Protested the army’s decision to remove the client from a competition for the production of body armor; after the client was reinstated in the competition, the army then awarded a multi-billion-dollar contract to the client
  • Served with co-counsel, representing plaintiff, on a case involving misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of a licensing agreement against a competitor (L-3 Integrated Systems)

Education :

  • J.D. The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law 1989
  • B.A. John Carroll University 1986

Bar Admissions : Ohio, District of Columbia

Court Admissions :

  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Professional Memberships :

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association
  • Member, National Contract Management Association

Community : Represents a diverse group of clients as part of the firm’s pro bono practice.


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