On May 12, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order entitled Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (EO). The EO was released only days after the cyberattack impacting Colonial Pipeline, and several months following discovery of the penetration of various federal agencies as a result of the Solar Winds cyber breach by Russian hackers in 2019. The 34-page EO calls for broad and ambitious changes intended to improve Federal Information System cybersecurity, and the prevention, detection, assessment, and remediation of cyber incidents that pose a risk to national and economic security.

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Photo of Scott A. Schipma Scott A. Schipma

Scott A. Schipma focuses his practice on government contracts, public and private construction disputes, and related insurance matters. He counsels and represents clients on a wide range of publicly-funded contract issues, including award decisions, subcontracting, regulatory compliance, data rights, cybersecurity, cooperative agreements, contract

Scott A. Schipma focuses his practice on government contracts, public and private construction disputes, and related insurance matters. He counsels and represents clients on a wide range of publicly-funded contract issues, including award decisions, subcontracting, regulatory compliance, data rights, cybersecurity, cooperative agreements, contract terminations, mergers and acquisitions, lender financing, and the preparation and litigation of complex claims related to contract changes. Scott represents clients in bid protests before various state and federal agencies, boards, and forums, including the General Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the United States Postal Service (USPS), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through the Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA).

Scott’s practice also involves advising and representing clients involved in the construction and insurance industries. He assists clients with the prosecution and defense of claims and disputes involving national and international construction and development projects in various forums, including state and federal courts, industry arbitration panels, international arbitrations, federal and state boards, and mediations.

Before entering private practice, Scott began his legal career as an Attorney Advisor to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command, where he advised senior leadership regarding the negotiation, award, and administration of aircraft and related weapon-systems procurements. While with the Navy, he also served as Claims Counsel for the Command, and was responsible for the resolution of numerous contractor claims.

Photo of Paul F. McQuade Paul F. McQuade

Paul F. McQuade focuses his practice on intellectual property law and government contracts, counseling both commercial and federal sector clients on improving their competitive position through technology development, intellectual property licensing, and patent procurement. Paul conducts due diligence in acquisitions and prepares and…

Paul F. McQuade focuses his practice on intellectual property law and government contracts, counseling both commercial and federal sector clients on improving their competitive position through technology development, intellectual property licensing, and patent procurement. Paul conducts due diligence in acquisitions and prepares and negotiates licensing, research and development, joint development and collaborative agreements between private parties and with government agencies. He has litigated patent infringement and trade secret cases in a number of jurisdictions and has lectured and appeared in articles concerning intellectual property enforcement, data rights and software licensing.

Early in his career, Paul served as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which courts, respectively, have national jurisdiction over patent appeals and significant government contracts matters. He also served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice (Commercial Litigation Branch, Claims Court/Federal Circuit Section).