Paul A. Debolt

Partner
Debolt Paul

Paul 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

Government Experience

  • Captain, U.S. Army JAGC

Representative Matters

  • Conducted numerous internal investigations of both large and small companies involving questioned contract certifications and cost charging
  • Represented a small business in a presentation to an assistant U.S. attorney’s office that resulted in a decision by the government not to pursue a civil false claim with an estimated value of more than $400,000
  • 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
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a multinational corporation in a coordinated, multijurisdictional civil False Claims Act matter, including managing the case on a day-to-day basis, coordinating and developing case strategy with foreign counsel, interfacing with lawyers from the Department of Justice, and maintaining responsibility for case development and trial preparation
  • Assisted a client with a response and subsequent negotiations, to narrow an extensive subpoena from the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI); managed the collection, review, and production of tens of thousands of pages of responsive documents; and served as the primary liaison with the Air Force special agent
  • 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)

Reported Decisions

  • Represented numerous clients with claims and intellectual property disputes before the Court of Federal Claims, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), 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 7, 2012
    • Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., B- 406036, 2012 CPD P 43, 2012 WL 378077, (Comp.Gen.), January 3, 2012
    • L-3 STRATIS, B- 404865, 2011 CPD P 119, 2011 WL 2649715, (Comp.Gen.), June 8, 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

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • 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

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

Professional Memberships and Activities

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

Recognition
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  • Recognized in Legal 500, Government Contracts, 2015 - 2019
  • Recognized in Chambers USA, Government Contracts, National, 2013 - 2019
  • Selected as a “Top Rated Lawyer” in Washington DC & Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2013
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Represents a diverse group of clients as part of the firm’s pro bono practice

Personal Activities

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