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Rising Star: Blank Rome's Luke W. Meier


Blank Rome Partner Luke W. Meier, who was recently named a 2020 Rising Star in the practice area of Government Contracts, is profiled in Law360. In his interview, Luke shares what brought him to government contracts law and reflects on his most notable cases and proudest career moments.

Rising Star Interview Excerpt:

Luke W. Meier

Luke W. Meier of Blank Rome LLP has twice helped Global Linguist Solutions convince the U.S. Army to reconsider lucrative translation contracts awarded to the company's rivals, earning him a spot among the government contracts practitioners under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

Like many attorneys in the field, Meier didn't have government contracts in mind when he went to law school. Instead, he "learned about it and kind of got pulled into it, and it's turned out to be a great thing for me," he said.

Originally looking to work in litigation, Meier became an associate with the former McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP — which later merged into Dentons LLP — and the firm's "bread and butter" was government contracts. Deep into his first year of practice, he helped handle a bid protest for the first time.

"I was completely hooked because I, like a lot of people in law school, loved crafting arguments on the merits," he said. "And I think in general litigation, there is a lot of building a document record and fighting about what should be in the record. And so for me, it was really fun in that in most bid protests, it's kind of perfunctory that there is this record, it's fairly limited, and then you just have a fight about it on the merits." 

There is also the satisfaction of quickly seeing whether your arguments are successful, he noted. While litigation can often drag on for years, bid protests are typically resolved much more rapidly: 100 days or less for those filed in the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which handles most bid protests.

To read the full profile, please click here.

“Rising Star: Blank Rome's Luke W. Meier,” by Daniel Wilson was published in Law360 on August 7, 2020.