Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Education

  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 2005
  • B.A., Mary Washington College, 2002

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Eric G. Bruggink, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Memberships

  • Board of Governors, Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

    Co-Chair, ABA's Bid Protest Committee

    Vice-Chair, ABA's Small Business & Other Socioeconomic Programs Committee

    Past, Board of Directors, Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce

    Past-Chair, Government Contracts Committee, Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce

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James Y. Boland

Partner

James Boland is a partner in the firm's Government Contracts Group. Mr. Boland helps clients navigate the full spectrum of legal issues that arise out of their contractual relationship with the U.S. government.

His practice focuses on the avoidance and/or resolution of disputes, conflicts, and other adverse agency actions that may arise throughout the procurement lifecycle, from the pre-award stage to contract administration and post-contract audits and performance assessments. This not only includes pre- and post-award bid protests and traditional government contracts disputes (equitable adjustments, terminations for default and convenience, breach of contract claims, and other claims for relief), but also legal matters pertaining to: prime/subcontractor teaming arrangements and disputes; small business size and socioeconomic status; internal and external investigations; mandatory disclosures; suspension and debarment; security clearance determinations; and rights in intellectual property.

Mr. Boland regularly appears on behalf of clients before federal agencies, and briefs and argues cases at the administrative (Government Accountability Office, Armed Services and Civilian Boards of Contract Appeals, FAA Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals, and Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals), judicial (U.S. Court of Federal Claims), and appellate levels (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit).

Representative Clients

Mr. Boland represents domestic and international contractors ranging from large defense and intelligence contractors, and mid-sized information technology contractors and consultants, to small service providers and subcontractors. He represents federal contractors spanning nearly every major industry, including defense, security, manufacturing, construction, maritime, transportation and logistics, custodial, healthcare, IT and professional services.

Significant Matters

Mr. Boland has argued several matters of first impression before the Federal Circuit:
  • Cunningham v. United States, 748 F.3d 1172 (Fed. Cir. 2014) (rejected trial court's conclusion that an administrative judgment barred the plaintiff's breach of contract action under the doctrine of res judicata; held that the U.S. Court of Federal Claims had Tucker Act jurisdiction over certain settlement agreements even when incorporated into a "consent decree")
  • Orion Technology, Inc. v. United States, 704 F.3d 1344 (Fed. Cir. 2013) (applied the "substantial chance" test in a post-proposal, pre-evaluation protest, reversing the trial court’s dismissal for lack of standing where rejection of defective proposal was discretionary).
  • Holmes v. United States, 657 F.3d 1303 (Fed. Cir. 2011) (resolved a split of authority in the Court of Federal Claims and regional federal circuits pertaining to Tucker Act jurisdiction over certain settlement agreements; held that the plaintiff’s claim was entitled to the benefit of the accrual suspension rule and thus not barred by the strict statute of limitations).

Mr. Boland has successfully prepared, negotiated, and litigated claims under the Contract Disputes Act and the FAA's Acquisition Management System, including those relating to terminations, changes, delay, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and intellectual property, past performance, and prompt payment. As lead trial counsel, Mr. Boland recently secured the reversal of a default termination and the award of 100% of the damages claimed after a 4-day trial in the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. See ACM Constr. & Marine Grp., Inc., CBCA Nos. 2245, 2345, 14-1 BCA ¶ 35,537.

Mr. Boland regularly advises clients in the pre- and post-award source selection stages of procurements. He has successfully challenged and defended solicitations, evaluations, contract award decisions, and offeror size/status eligibility. Examples of recently reported decisions include:
  • URS Federal Servs., Inc., B-413034, July 25, 2016, 2016 WL 4087810
  • Starry Assocs., Inc., 125 Fed. Cl. 613 (2016)
  • Starry Assocs., Inc., B-410968.2, Aug. 11, 2015, 2015 CPD ¶ 253
  • DynCorp Int'l LLC, B-411465, Aug. 4, 2015, 2015 CPD ¶ 228
  • Lynxnet, LLC v. United States, 119 Fed. Cl. 226 (2014)
  • NOVA Corporation, B-408046, June 4, 2013, 2013 CPD ¶ 127
  • CW Government Travel, Inc. v. United States, 99 Fed. Cl. 666 (2013)
  • Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., B-406036, Jan. 3, 2012, 2012 CPD ¶ 43
  • Huntsville Times Co. Inc. v. United States, 98 Fed. Cl. 100 (2011)
  • L-3 STRATIS, B-404865, June 08, 2011, 2011 CPD ¶ 119
  • Apptis, Inc., May 13, 2011, 10-ODRA-00557
  • Shamrock Foods Co. v. United States, 92 Fed. Cl. 339 (2010)
  • World Airways, Inc., B-402674, June 25, 2010, 2010 CPD ¶ 284

Activities

Mr. Boland is very active in the firm's pro bono program. He received the Benjamin R. Civiletti Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2014. Pro bono matters have included actions before the Social Security Administration, U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.