Areas of Practice

Government Experience

  • Captain, U.S. Army JAGC, 1990-1995

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

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


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

    Distinguished Military Graduate


  • American Bar Association

    Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association

    National Contract Management Association
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Paul A. Debolt


Paul Debolt assists companies and individuals on issues that arise from conducting business with the federal government, including civil fraud. He is experienced in the competitive source selection process, defending or prosecuting bid protests, issuing advice concerning compliance with government regulations and laws during the performance of a contract, and helping to resolve disputes and claims during contract performance or as a result of contract termination. Paul also has significant experience with due diligence in connection with the merger and acquisition of government contractors, as well as post-transaction matters such as novations. He counsels clients on the Service Contract Act, the civil False Claims Act, joint ventures and teaming agreements, prime-subcontractor disputes, internal investigations, mandatory disclosures and data rights issues.

Paul has extensive government contracts law experience and applies a team approach that ensures clients receive the benefit of firm-wide strength in all related areas.

Representative Clients

Paul supports Venable’s large and small government contracts clients including major systems manufacturers, providers of information technology and other service providers.

Significant Matters

Recently, Paul conducted a number of internal investigations of both large and small companies involving questioned contract certifications and cost charging. Paul also represented a number of clients with claims and intellectual property disputes before the Court of Federal Claims, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and various federal district courts. Reported decisions include:

Energy Enterprise Solutions, LLC; Digital Management, Inc., B- 406089, B- 406089.2, B- 406089.5, 2012 CPD P 96, 2012 WL 764894, (Comp.Gen.), February 07, 2012

Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., B- 406036, 2012 CPD P 43, 2012 WL 378077, (Comp.Gen.), January 03, 2012

L-3 STRATIS, B- 404865, 2011 CPD P 119, 2011 WL 2649715, (Comp.Gen.), June 08, 2011

Apptis, Inc., May 13, 2011,10-ODRA-00557

Appeal of Sample Enterprises, 94-3 BCA P 27105, ASBCA No. 44564, 1994 WL 475797, (A.S.B.C.A.), August 25, 1994

Appeal of Digicomp Research Corp., 94-2BCA P 26834, ASBCA No. 44558, 1994 WL 117129 (A.S.B.C.A.), April 5, 1994

Northrop Grumman Corporation; ITT Gilfillan, B-274204, B-274204.2, B-274204.3, B-274204.4, B-274204.5, B-274204.6, B-274202.7, 96-2 CPD P 232

Valentec Systems Inc., B-270880, B-270880.2, 96-1 CPD P 231

Matter of National Linen Service, 73 Comp. Gen. 265, B-257112, B-257312, 94-2 CPD P 94

Sun Microsystems v. United States, July 9, 1996, GSBCA No. 13615-P, 96-2 BCA ¶ 28546

Pioneer Aerospace Corporation, B-245911, 92-1 CPD P 13

Kings Point Industries, Inc., B-244398, 91-2 CPD P 331

Other representative matters include:
  • For a small business, Paul made a successful presentation to an Assistant U.S. Attorney’s office that resulted in a decision by government not to pursue a civil false claim with an estimated value of over $400,000;
  • On behalf of a large defense contractor, Paul negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement for claims arising from charges to a contract with the United States Postal Service for coding services;
  • On behalf of a service company, he negotiated a multi-million settlement of a claim arising from an undefinitized letter contract;
  • Paul conducted an internal investigation for a non-profit into alleged mischarging to numerous government contracts and grants, and successfully negotiated a favorable settlement with an Assistant U.S. Attorney’s office;
  • He successfully protested the Army’s decision to eliminate client from a competition for the production of body armor. After being reinstated in the competition, the Army then awarded a multi-billion dollar contract to our client; 
  • Paul served as the lead counsel for a multi-national corporation in a coordinated, multi-jurisdictional civil False Claims Act matter. As lead counsel, Paul managed the case on a day-to-day basis, coordinated and developed case strategy with foreign counsel, interfaced with lawyers from the Department of Justice as well as maintaining responsibility for case development and trial preparation. He negotiated a settlement with the government that was substantially less than the damages originally sought by DOJ;
  • Paul assisted client with its response to an extensive subpoena from the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations. In formulating the response, Paul and his team were responsible for the collection, review and production of tens of thousands of pages of responsive documents. Paul also served as the primary liaison with the Air Force Special Agent and successfully negotiated a substantial narrowing in the scope of the subpoena, while managing the project below budget.
  • Paul served with co-counsel, representing plaintiff, in a case involving misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of a licensing agreement against a competitor (L-3 Integrated Systems). The trade secrets and licensed intellectual property involved technical data concerning a legacy anti-submarine and surveillance aircraft. Following extensive discovery and pre-trial motions practice the case was settled.


Paul regularly participates in the firm’s pro bono activities.