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Blank Rome Welcomes New Government Contracts Of Counsel in Washington, D.C.

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that John M. Clerici has joined the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office as Of Counsel in the Government Contracts group, which recently welcomed Dominique L. Casimir as a partner and Anne M. Donohue as of counsel.

John brings significant government contracts experience to Blank Rome and focuses his practice on counseling new entrants to the government marketplace and existing government contractors in developing effective strategies to sell goods and services to the federal, state, and local governments. He is well-versed in all aspects of government relations, including providing targeted legislative and regulatory solutions as well as advice regarding appropriate contract vehicles and corporate structures to maximize business opportunities and limit potential liability. John also advises clients seeking privatized military housing contracts, including monitoring and affecting public policy governing the various practices of the military departments with respect to housing privatization as well as post-award negotiation and administration of privatized contracts.

Notably, John has played a significant role in the creation and growth of the public health preparedness sector for nearly two decades, helping large pharmaceutical and emerging biotechnology companies access non-dilutive capital to fund the development of biotechnology for emerging disease and engineered threats. He has assisted more than three dozen companies in obtaining over four billion dollars in funding for the research, development, and procurement of public health countermeasures to the federal government, including the majority of the awards made under Project BioShield, the federal government’s initiative to prepare the United States against a bioterrorist attack.

Prior to joining Blank Rome, John served as a partner at leading Am Law 100 firms. He is also a founding principal at Tiber Creek Partners, assisting biotechnology companies that seek to use non-dilutive capital from the U.S. government, foreign governments, and non-governmental organizations as part of their commercialization objectives. Prior to entering private practice, John was a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force.

Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, John earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Catholic University of America.