Blank Rome Welcomes Seasoned Government Contracts Partner in D.C.
Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Luke W. Meier has joined the Firm as a Partner in the Government Contracts group in the Washington, D.C., office. Luke’s practice will focus on helping clients navigate regulations that apply when doing business with the federal government, including investigating and defending allegations of fraud typically brought under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). Luke joins Blank Rome from Covington & Burling LLP where he was special counsel in the firm’s Government Contracts practice group.
“Luke’s previous involvement working for a major defense contractor as an on-site consultant at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness, combined with his impressive private practice experience, will bring a unique perspective to our government contracts team,” said Alan J. Hoffman, the Firm’s Chairman and Managing Partner. “We’re thrilled to welcome Luke to Blank Rome.”
Highly skilled in navigating the FCA and government contracts-related disputes, such as claims, award, and bid protests, Luke also provides his clients with counsel to establish and refine internal controls as well as strategic advice on a range of matters, including domestic sourcing requirements, personal and organizational conflicts of interest, and ethics policies and training. Luke’s regulatory compliance counseling also includes providing advice regarding the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts and General Services Administration schedule contracting.
As it relates to investigations and defending allegations of fraud, Luke has managed the response to numerous audits by the Defense Contract Audit Agency or an agency Office of Inspector General, and has successfully defended several government contractors from allegations of fraudulent mischarging. His litigation background includes complex commercial disputes and numerous bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
“Luke’s background in government contracts law and litigation will be an excellent complement to our nationally recognized team,” said David M. Nadler, Chair of Blank Rome’s Government Contracts group. “His experience will have a powerful impact on the strength of our practice and our ability to provide strategic counsel to our clients.”
“I’m delighted to be joining the talented attorneys at Blank Rome,” said Luke. “The Firm’s lawyers are not only incredibly skilled in their respective practice areas, but they are also great people. I look forward to working with a government contracts group poised for growth and contributing to the future success of this team.”
In addition to providing counsel to his government contracts-related clients, Luke will bring to Blank Rome a passion for pro bono work. In his pro bono practice, he has significant experience in helping clients seeking asylum in the United States.
Luke earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Brown University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He also serves as the co-chair of the University of Michigan Law School Alumni Club in D.C.