Blank Rome Government Contracts: 2020 Year-in-Review

Government Contracts


As 2021 shifts into high gear, Blank Rome’s Government Contracts practice is pleased to share our 2020 Year-in-Review, covering key government contracts issues, recent practice news and recognitions, and our look at the year ahead.

Thanks to the trust and support of our clients and colleagues and our dedication to our Client Service Principles, we helped guide clients through an unprecedented 2020, and look forward to partnering with them to forge ahead in 2021.

We are particularly proud of Blank Rome’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including our practice’s facilitation of the ABA Public Contract Law’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge. We will continue to actively support these important issues in 2021 and beyond, and firmly believe our collective and sustained action will make a difference in our profession.

Finally, if you have not already, we invite you and your team to subscribe to our Government Contracts Navigator blog, where we cover issues of importance to our government contracting community. We know there are a lot of blogs out there, but we keep a strong focus on the practical, with day-to-day business considerations in mind. Interested in the greatest hits? We’ve included below a list of the top 10 read posts in 2020. You can also follow us on Twitter @GovConBR.

Thank you for reading. And please let us know how we can help you and your business. Wishing you and your families health and success in 2021.

Justin A. Chiarodo
Chair, Government Contracts
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Our decades-long record of achievement for our clients is built upon an unwavering commitment to our client service principles: fostering strong client relationships; excellence; engagement and collaboration; and investing in diverse teams. To learn more about our practice and our client service principles, please click here


Over the past year, we authored more than 120 pieces of thought leadership, including speaking engagements, interviews, podcasts, byline articles, and blog posts. We are proud to sponsor and speak at PubK’s Government Contracts Annual Review, the Thomson Reuters Government Contracts Year-in-Review Conference, the Federal Procurement Institute, and the Annual DCAA & DCMA Cost, Pricing, Compliance & Audits Conference, among others. For a full list of our group’s recent and upcoming speaking engagements and events, please click here.

Government Contracts Navigator Blog – Subscribe Today!

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Top 10 Read Blog Posts in 2020:

  1. Who Is a Subcontractor under a Federal Government Contract?
  2. 5 Tips for Complying with New Section 889 Supply Chain Regulations
  3. What Is the Christian Doctrine and Why Should You Care?
  4. Five Things Government Contractors Should Keep in Mind about Political Activities this Election Season
  5. Critical GAO Bid Protest Deadlines and Timeline
  6. GSA’s Big Changes in 2020, Part 4: DUNS to UEI
  7. Recovering COVID-19 Costs Where Section 3610 of the CARES Act Does Not Apply
  8. New Department of Defense Regulations Clarify Contractors’ Responsibilities to Comply with NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC Requirements
  9. Five Steps to Take to Prepare for Part B of the Section 889 Ban
  10. Pending Federal Contract Proposals and COVID-19


Justin Chiarodo Elevated to Chair of Government Contracts Practice
Justin Chiarodo Headshot

Justin A. Chiarodo was elevated to chair of Blank Rome’s nationally-ranked Government Contracts practice in January, after serving as co-chair for several years with David Nadler. Justin oversees client service initiatives, strategic leadership, marketing, personnel, and administrative matters for the team of 20+ professionals. His legal practice focuses on bid protests, government investigations, contract claims and disputes, cost accounting and audit matters, regulatory compliance, complex transactions, and the False Claims Act.

Stephanie Harden Elected to Partner in Government Contracts Practice 
Stephanie M. Harden Headshot

Stephanie M. Harden—a long-time and integral member of our practice group—has been elected to partner. Stephanie represents government contractors in a variety of litigation and counseling matters, including bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and U.S. Court of Federal Claims; audits by the Defense Contract Audit Agency; disputes before the boards of contract appeals; False Claims Act litigation; compliance issues and internal investigations involving various federal regulatory requirements. Learn more about Stephanie here: A Conversation with Our Newest Partner, Stephanie Harden.

Chambers USA 2020 Spotlight


Legal 500 2020

Our practice group and attorneys received significant recognition by leading industry publications and organizations in 2020. For a full list of recent honors and awards, please click here.

Government Contracts Practice and Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2020 

Our practice was nationally ranked and two attorneys were recognized as “leaders in their fields.”

Government Contracts Practice and Attorneys Highly Ranked in the Legal 500 United States 2020

Our practice was nationally ranked, and several attorneys were individually recommended.


Learn more about our Government Contracts practice, experience, team, and thought leadership, please visit our practice page, which is updated regularly with our latest news and views. To visit our practice page, please click here.