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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, 1979
    • B.S., with distinction, United States Naval Academy, 1974, French
  • Court Admissions
    • United States Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Claude Goddard brings a vital business perspective to his government contracts practice. His deep grounding in government contracts (more than 35 years in private practice) coupled with in-house experience gives him an intimate knowledge of each client’s business needs.

Before returning to Polsinelli in 2017, Claude was General Counsel of a major government contractor with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, where he guided his client through complex government contracting rules while still helping the company achieve its business objectives. He also provided counsel on legal issues facing government contractors—from subcontracting issues, to labor and employment problems and litigation matters. His ability to find creative and practical solutions to a wide variety of difficult business and legal issues greatly benefits all of his clients.

Claude has significant experience in:
  • Federal and state court and administrative actions involving false claims, government contract claims, subcontracts, consulting agreements, and misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Corporate internal fraud investigations and government contracting mandatory disclosure matters
  • Agency suspension and debarment matters
  • Court of Federal Claims and Government Accountability Office (GAO) protests
  • Terminations for default and for the convenience of the government and other performance issues

In addition to his experience with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, Claude has experience with many other defense and civilian agencies. He has written extensively and frequently speaks on government contracts topics and issues of interest to the government contracting industry. Prior to entering private practice, Claude served in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1979 until 1987.
  • Successfully represented a client in a Government Accountability Office (GAO) protest against the award to a competitor of a Department of State contract. The GAO held that the award was improper because the agency's affirmative responsibility determination was unreasonable. The contracting officer lacked facts needed to make an informed decision about specific allegations of fraud against the awardee's parent corporation. This case spelled out an exception to GAO's general rule that it will not review agencies' affirmative present responsibility determinations. 
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a client whose employees misappropriated company property and submitted false/inflate proposals to the government. The company made a voluntary disclosure that resolved all issues. Obtained a permanent injunction, damages and attorneys’ fees for a client against a competitor who misappropriated the client's trade secrets, in a Virginia state court. 
  • Defended a client in a state misappropriation of trade secrets case that settled on favorable terms to the client before trial. 
  • Represented a large company before agency debarment officials in connection with the agency's determination whether to suspend or debar the company for financial and securities fraud. The agency did not initiate suspension or debarment proceedings and issued a letter advising that the company had demonstrated it was a presently responsible contractor. 
  • Successfully demonstrated to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Suspension and Debarment Official that a client was presently responsible after ICE agents arrested numerous undocumented employees of the company.
  • Conducted an internal investigation and assisted in a voluntary disclosure for a client when a teaming partner provided material in violation of the Procurement Integrity Act. 
  • Successfully defended a client against government false claims allegations concerning submission of progress payment requests. The false claims allegations were resolved by settlement agreement after mediation. Under the settlement agreement, the client was released without liability, and the government dismissed all false claims allegations.
  • Hamilton Securities Advisory Services, Inc. v. United States, 60 Fed. Cl. 296 (2004), recon. denied, 2004 U.S. Claims LEXIS 147 (2004). Obtained judgment in client's favor on a claim for payment and defeated a government counterclaim arising out of a financial advisory services contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 
  • Successfully resolved a convenience termination claim and government counterclaim seeking recovery from the contractor based on application of the loss formula after a mini-trial proceeding. The claims arose out of a contract to develop test program sets for the Air Force's B-2 bomber. ATA Defense Industries, Inc. v. United States, 38 Fed. Cl. 489 (1997).
  • Represented a disappointed offeror on a contract to supply an Army tank target range. The Court of Federal Claims sustained the protest and enjoined performance of the contract by the awardee. This was the first post-award injunction issued by the court under its then new post-award protest jurisdiction.
  • Successfully obtained an injunction and secured damages on behalf of E.H. Glover, Inc., in a state misappropriation of trade secrets case.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a client whose employees misappropriated company property and submitted false/inflated proposals to the government. Guided the company in making a voluntary disclosure that resolved all issues for the client.
  • Represented a large publicly traded company before agency debarment officials in connection with the agency’s determination whether to suspend or debar the company for financial and securities fraud. The agency decided not to initiate suspension or debarment proceedings against the company and issued letters advising that the company had successfully demonstrated that it was a responsible government contractor.
  • Obtained corrective action in a Government Accountability Office (GAO) protest of a large Department of Commerce procurement for technical services related to tracking of hurricanes. The case was resolved after three days in hearing into allegations of a prohibited conflict of interest in the evaluation and award process.
  • Conducted an internal investigation and assisted in a voluntary disclosure by a client when a teaming partner provided material in violation of the Procurement Integrity Act. The matter was resolved without adverse action against the client.
  • Conducted confidential audits of clients’ ethics and compliance policies, procedures and controls for numerous companies. Successfully brought companies into compliance with government ethics requirements.
  • Conducted an independent internal investigation on behalf of a large government services firm concerning allegations the company retaliated against a former employee for being a whistleblower.
  • Assisted a small business in acquiring a division of a large, nationally known government contractor. Negotiated the government contract specific provisions of the purchase agreement and shepherded the company through the novation process.
  • Represented a client in a bid protest on a $200 million contract for upgrades of communications equipment on Navy ships. Demonstrated that the Navy’s cost realism and technical evaluations were flawed. After the protest was sustained, the client received a contract.
  • Obtained judgment in favor of a securities advisory services client on a claim for payment and defeated the government claim arising out of a Department of Housing and Urban Development financial advisory services contract.
  • Won summary judgment on a negligent estimates theory involving a level-of-effort, cost reimbursement term type contract in which the Environmental Protection Agency over-estimated the direct labor hours it intended to acquire for monitoring gaseous emissions.
  • Represented Avery Denison Corporation, an awardee of a Postal Service contract for printing of stamps, in an appeal with the Federal Circuit which resulted in Avery retaining its contract.
  • Successfully resolved a convenience termination claim and defended a government counterclaim on an Air Force contract seeking recovery from the contractor based on application of the loss formula after a mini-trial proceeding. Successfully avoided the loss formula and negotiated a substantial recovery for the client.
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January 16, 2015
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Little Goes Too Far: Forfeiture of All Claims is Not Required
Public Contract Law Journal, Volume 35
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Winter 2006
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Business Ethics in Government Contracting
Briefing Papers, Second Series, West; Parts 1 and 2
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May-June 2003
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Although it Looks Like a Duck, It May Be a Goose: FSS Buys and Competitive Procurement of Services
The Procurement Lawyer
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Spring 2002