Government Contracts Group Joins Barnes & Thornburg’s Washington, D.C., Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three government contracts attorneys and a senior public policy advisor with federal procurement experience have joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, bolstering the firm’s capabilities in government procurement, defense programs, and homeland security.

Attorneys Dorn “Bo” McGrath, David Hickey, Will Jack, and senior public policy advisor Joseph Corrigan have joined the firm from Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Washington, D.C., office. “We are really excited to welcome Bo, David, Will, and Joe to our Washington, D.C., office,” said Karen McGee, managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg’s D.C. office. “Their arrival is the latest sign of our continued commitment to grow this office by adding seasoned laterals across strategic areas of focus.”

McGrath noted that he and his colleagues were drawn to Barnes & Thornburg because of the firm’s efficient and sophisticated methods of offering services to clients who seek greater control over their outside legal costs. He also said that he and his peers are excited about the move as it provides the opportunity to offer additional services of interest to clients in the defense and homeland security industries.

“Their extensive experience and skill sets are a great complement to the many key services we offer clients, including through our litigation, corporate, intellectual property, and labor and employment practices,” said Alan A. Levin, Barnes & Thornburg’s managing partner.

McGrath and Hickey are partners, and Will Jack is of counsel in Barnes & Thornburg’s Corporate Department; Corrigan is a member of the firm’s Governmental Services & Finance Department and Federal Relations Group.

About the Attorneys

Bo McGrath has more than 30 years of experience representing contractors, subcontractors, owners, and engineering firms involved in projects throughout the United States and the Middle East. He focuses his practice primarily on federal, state, and local government contracts and construction contracts, including bid protests, claims, litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution. He also has extensive experience in government contract accounting, contract compliance, ethics programs, and matters involving fraud investigations and suspension or debarment.

McGrath is a member of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section, the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar. He earned his law degree from the George Washington University Law School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College.

David Hickey has more than 15 years of experience as a government contracts attorney and government affairs professional representing clients on a wide spectrum of legal and legislative matters related to federal contracts and defense and national security issues. Hickey, a former U.S. Army infantry officer, has years of experience advising clients on procurement and compliance issues, including conducting internal investigations and defending clients facing government inquiries, audits, or investigations. He represents clients on contract disputes, and drafts and negotiates teaming agreements, compliance agreements, contracts, and subcontracts. He also advises contractors on due diligence matters related to the purchase or sale of a government contractor, including small business contracting issues.

Prior to his private law firm practice, Hickey served as a staff investigator for the U.S. Senate Committee on governmental affairs and special investigations. He also was a manager in the U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, where he implemented ethics responsibilities under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, Ethics in Government Act, House Gift and Travel Rules and the Federal Election Campaign Act. He also has served as an in-house counsel for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.

Hickey earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Military Institute.

Will Jack has represented contractors at the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and Boards of Contract Appeals. He has also conducted internal investigations on contractor compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation, performed risk assessments for product liability issues associated with government-funded technologies, counseled contractors on intellectual property issues, and assisted clients on the government contract aspects of mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he prepared policies and procedures for ethics and compliance programs; drafted subcontracts, teaming agreements, and technology transfer control plans; and represented contractors in qui tam suits and government investigations.

Will Jack earned his law degree cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.

Senior Public Policy Advisor Joseph Corrigan has a deep understanding of the U.S. defense market, with a special emphasis on military hardware and equipment, federal procurement of goods and services, policy issues associated with defense depots, and in the construction and engineering services markets. He also assists clients with permits from the Army Corps of Engineers as well as represents municipalities or companies with an interest in Corps of Engineers civil works projects or programs.

He interacts with numerous parts of the federal government, including the Department of Defense, Congressional Defense Committees, and the Army Corps of Engineers, where he previously served for many years. Earlier in his career he served as a legislative liaison for the Secretary of the Army. For three years, he was the Army’s key point person on Capitol Hill for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), land conveyances, and Army leasing programs.

Corrigan earned his master’s degree from Purdue University and his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

With more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from its offices in Atlanta, Delaware, Chicago, Indiana, Los Angeles, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit us online at

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