SPEAKERS

Paul Brazil
Muller Brazil

Paul Brazil is a native of Dunmore, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Dunmore High School. For his undergraduate education, he attended Bloomsburg University where he majored in political science. He then went on to earn his JD from Widener University School of Law. 

 

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Brazil worked at a large Philadelphia civil defense firm where he litigated workers’ compensation claims and Heart and Lung Act cases. In 2012, he joined with his coworker Max Muller to form Muller Brazil. The firm was created with the goal of providing representation with a personal approach, and encouraging free-flowing communication and information between attorney and client. 

 

Initially, Mr. Brazil litigated personal injury, insurance coverage, and other types of civil and administrative actions, along with vaccine injury claims. However, for the past several years, he has devoted the entirety of his practice to representing vaccine injury victims in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 


Mr. Brazil resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife, three children, and two dogs. 

Professional Highlights 

  • Panel participant on “Immunizations and Vaccines: Confidence and Hesitancy,” Luzerne County Medical Society Foundation, Luzerne County Bar Association, and Wilkes University, 2019 

  • Member of the Task Force to implement Pilot 100 mediation program in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program 

  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” 


In the News 

  • “Shot Danger – Health Watch Investigation,” CBS 3 Philadelphia, 2015 

  • “I got a pneumonia shot – and then the pain began,” by Marlene Cimons, Washington Post, 2015 

  • “I-Team: Vaccine Victims,” News 4 I-Team, Washington, DC, 2017 

  • “Some vaccines are not included in Federal Injury Compensation Program,” News 4 I-Team, Washington, DC, 2019 

Kristin Baczynski
Court of Federal Claims

Kristin Baczynski is the career law clerk for the Honorable Margaret M. Sweeney. She began working as a law clerk for then-Special Master Sweeney in 2003 and continued as a career law clerk when Judge Sweeney was appointed to serve on the United States Court of Federal Claims in 2005. Prior to joining the court, Ms. Baczynski was a law clerk in Iowa’s 7th Judicial District. She received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.

Michael Burger
Columbia University

Michael Burger is the Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, and a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia Law School. His research and advocacy focus on legal strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate change adaptation through pollution control, resource management, land use planning and green finance. Burger frequently collaborates with researchers across Columbia's Earth Institute, and with local and national environmental groups, government representatives, and international organizations. He is a widely published scholar, a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums, and a regular source for media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Forbes, the Guardian, Bloomberg, and Vox.com. He has been featured on Science Friday and Living on Earth. Prior to joining the Sabin Center in 2015, Burger was an associate professor at Roger Williams University School of Law, an assistant professor in the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law, and an environmental attorney for New York City’s Office of the Corporation Counsel. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and of Brown University and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Creative Writing program at NYU. 

Christina Ciampolillo
Conway Homer, P.C.

Christina Ciampolillo is a junior partner at Conway Homer, P.C., a firm that limits its practice exclusively to litigation in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, where it has been a proponent of vaccine-injured litigants since the Program’s inception.  Prior to law school, she worked as a mediator in consumer affairs for the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s Office.  Christina graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2009.  She joined Conway Homer, P.C. in 2008, first as a law clerk, then as a trial attorney, and currently, as the firm’s junior partner.   

Christina has practiced before the Office of Special Masters, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  She currently serves as the President of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.   

Brian Corcoran
Court of Federal Claims

Brian H. Corcoran was appointed as a Special Master of the United States Court of Federal Claims on January 13, 2014. He graduated cum laude, with high honors in his major, from Dartmouth College in 1988. He received his J.D. in 1991 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He was designated Chief Special Master by the court to succeed Nora Beth Dorsey, effective October 1, 2019.

Mr. Corcoran is a seasoned trial attorney with experience in a wide variety of legal matters, including intellectual property, general commercial disputes, tax matters, and pro bono civil rights and employment discrimination actions. Until 2008, he was employed in the private sector, rising to the level of partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Corcoran worked for the Department of Justice, Tax Division, as a trial attorney, where he obtained numerous permanent injunctions against fraudulent tax preparers and the promoters of illegal tax schemes across the United States.

Mr. Corcoran is admitted to the bars of New York and the District of Columbia, as well as numerous federal district courts.

Fred Crombie
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass, LLP

Fred Crombie is a trial attorney with Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass, LLP.  His practice focuses on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on financial and commercial disputes, tax controversy, corporate fiduciary matters, and trusts and estates.  Before he joined Coblentz, Fred was a Trial Attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he litigated a variety of tax controversies. The Department of Justice awarded Fred with three Outstanding Trial Attorney Awards and designated him as an E-Discovery Section Representative for the Court of Federal Claims Trial Section.

A. Bondurant Eley
Department of Justice

Bondurant Eley is a Senior Trial Counsel at the National Courts Section of the Department of Justice, where she has worked since 2007, handling a variety of Contract Disputes Act matters, trials, and bid protests in the United States Court of Federal Claims, as well as appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Before joining the Department of Justice, she spent four years as a litigation associate at Arnold & Porter LLP.  Ms. Eley clerked for the Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Eley received her law degree, cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2002.  She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in History, cum laude, from Yale University in 1997.  She focuses on contract and construction disputes.

Molly Elkin
McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP

Molly Elkin primarily represents workers in multi-plaintiff collective and class actions to recover unpaid overtime and minimum wages. She enjoys a national practice, representing unionized workforces and other employees seeking workplace justice and fair pay. She is a partner in McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP in Washington D.C. For more than two decades, Ms. Elkin has served as lead trial counsel in numerous pay cases across the country. Over the course of her career, she has collected over $150 Million for workers in various professions, including computer specialists, fire fighters, meatpackers, satellite dish installers, border patrol agents, firearms instructors, mortgage loan officers, police officers, prison
guards, and restaurant workers. In November 2017, the American Bar
Association inducted Elkin into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a fellow.  Ms. Elkin serves on the Board of the PEN Faulkner Foundation, and on the United States Court of Federal Claims Advisory Committee on Civilian Pay.

Scott Felder
Wiley Rein

Scott Felder is a partner in the Government Contracts and Intellectual Property practices at Wiley Rein in Washington, DC.  He helps clients identify, protect, manage, and enforce their intellectual property rights, with a focus on the complex intellectual property issues confronted by government contractors.

As the head of the firm’s Patent Prosecution practice, Scott also represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

A frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues, Scott is the co-instructor of the Federal Publications Seminars Government Contract Intellectual Property Workshop. He recently completed his term as co-chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Public Contract Law and continues to serve as a vice-chair of the Committee.

Scott holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a Bachelors of Engineering from Vanderbilt University.  He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Missouri and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Federal Circuits, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

Judge Firestone
Court of Federal Claims

Judge Firestone was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims on October 22, 1998. She graduated from Washington University with a B.A. in 1973, and she received her J.D. in 1977 from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Law School.

Judge Firestone formerly was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Justice Department from 1995 - 1998. She also served as a Judge on the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Appeals Board from 1992-1995. Prior to that, Judge Firestone was the Associate Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1989-1992. Before serving at the Environmental Protection Agency, Judge Firestone was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

Judge Firestone is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. 

Claudia Gangi
Department of Justice

Claudia Gangi is a Senior Trial Counsel at the Constitutional and Specialized Torts Branch of the Department of Justice, where she has worked since 1995, handling cases under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.  She has managed all aspects of Vaccine Act claims, including the litigation of complex scientific issues, negotiation of settlements, and appellate matters, both at the Court of Federal Claims and the Federal Circuit.  Before joining the Department of Justice, she spent two years as a litigation associate at The Rodey Law Firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Prior to beginning her litigation career, Ms. Gangi clerked for the Honorable Thomas Donnelly in the New Mexico Court of Appeals. 


Ms. Gangi received her law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in 1991, and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Maryland in 1985.  She was admitted to practice in New Mexico in 1991, and in Maryland in 1995. 

Renée Gentry
Law Office Of Renee J. Gentry

Ms. Gentry is one of the leading experts on vaccine injury litigation in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) with nearly 18 years of experience in all phases of cases from entitlement to damages and appeals. She has chaired numerous conferences on Vaccine Injury Litigation and has been a featured speaker regarding the NVICP at Judicial Conferences, Vaccine Injury Litigation Boot Camps for New Practitioners and a Court of Federal Claims Brown Bag Series on the use of experts in the NVICP.

Ms. Gentry has advised numerous congressional members, staff, and committees on issues relevant to the NVICP, and she has also helped to draft and introduce critical legislation to improve the NVICP. She is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and is admitted to the Federal Claims Court Bar where the Vaccine Court sits. She is a member of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association, a national bar representing the interests of claimants in the NVICP, where she served as President for four years. She is also a member of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and currently serves on its Board of Governors, as well as the Federal Circuit Bar Association. She is a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), and its Vaccine Group.

In addition to her private practice, Ms. Gentry is the Co-Director of the Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic at The George Washington University Law School where she supervises a team of student-attorneys, certified to practice in the US Court of Federal Claims, representing vaccine injured children and adults in the NVICP. Prof. Gentry supervises student-attorneys in all phases of vaccine injury litigation. The Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic has obtained millions of dollars of compensation for clients in a wide variety of cases to ensure that children and adults with severe mental and physical disabilities resulting from vaccine injuries receive excellent care for the rest of their lives. The Clinic’s student-attorneys have also won important appellate victories, including rulings from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit making it easier for vaccine-injured persons to obtain compensation in court. In addition to the Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic, Ms. Gentry also teaches Disability Rights Law.

 

Ms. Gentry has been featured on NBC News (Washington DC) and in The New York Times.

Previously, she served as the Senior Analyst on the Defense and Aerospace Companies Briefing for Teal Group Corporation. Ms. Gentry consulted for the US Government, French Government, and major prime contractors on European defense industry consolidation, antitrust issues, specific defense market overviews for product development, and profiles of companies designed to assist management in acquisition activities. After leaving Teal Group, she worked as principal liaison to corporate clients, as well as the Washington National Opera and Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program advising them on a range of immigration issues. She has practiced vaccine litigation since 2001.

James Gette
Department of Justice

James D. Gette is the Principal Deputy Chief of the Natural Resources Section (NRS) in the United States Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.  He manages an office of lawyers and support professionals, who are responsible for a diverse and extensive docket of primarily defensive litigation involving a broad range of land and resource management statutes, Fifth Amendment takings claims involving real property, and challenges brought by Native American Indians and Indian tribes relating the United States’ Indian trust responsibility.  NRS handles cases in virtually every U.S. district court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and in state courts, and represents virtually every Federal executive branch agency.  While at ENRD, Mr. Gette has also served as Acting Chief of the Natural Resources Section, Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, and Trial Attorney.  Before joining ENRD, he was part of the Civil Division’s tobacco litigation trial team.  This historic civil RICO case sought relief from the tobacco industry stemming from a decades-long scheme to deny the adverse health effects of smoking, to design intentionally addictive products, and to attract youth smokers.


Mr. Gette is a graduate of the Law School of the University of Chicago.  He
began his legal career in private practice with the firm that is today DLA Piper.  Before joining the Department of Justice, he spent several years as an attorney and federal negotiator at the United States Department of Education, and was also the Director of the Office of the President at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.  From 2008-2011 he served on the Board of Governors of the United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and was Chair of its Law and Practice Education Committee from 2008-2009.  In 2007 Mr. Gette was the recipient of the Attorney General’s John Marshal Award for Participation in Litigation, and in 2009 he received a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army.

Joan Goldfrank
Director of Court Operations

Joan Goldfrank is the Director of Operations in the Clerk's Office at the United States Court of Federal Claims. She has been with the court for more than three decades, working in several different capacities both in chambers and in the Clerk's Office. In her current role as Director of Operations, Joan oversees the day-to-day management of all case filings, maintenance of the court's electronic filing system, and the processing of court orders, opinions, judgments, and attorney admissions.

Katie Griffin
Smith Pachter McWhorter

Ms. Griffin represents contractors across a range of industries on federal, state, and private projects. She specializes in representing contractors in resolving contract claims and disputes with the federal government and prime-subcontractor disputes on federal and federally-funded projects. Ms. Griffin works with national, international, and local construction and engineering firms on major contracting issues including defective specifications, differing site conditions, constructive changes, contractor performance evaluations, and liquidated damages.  She has a depth of experience in claim analysis and presentation, including work with technical experts, scheduling experts, and cost and pricing experts. 

Ms. Griffin served as the immediate past President of the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association (BCABA) in 2018; and served as the BCABA President and Vice President in 2017 and 2016, respectively. She teaches a Cost & Pricing course as an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law. She has published on several aspects of government contracting and construction, with a recent focus on decisions and rules regarding contractor performance evaluations. 

Practice Areas

  • Construction

  • Government

  • Contracts

  • White Collar 


Education 

  • Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., May 2006) 

  • University of Virginia – McIntire School of Commerce (B.S. Commerce – Accounting Concentration, May 2002)

 

Bar Admissions 

  • State of California, 2006 

  • Commonwealth of Virginia, 2007

Gary Hausken
Department of Justice

Mr. Hausken is the Director of the Intellectual Property Staff, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice.  He joined the Department of Justice as a patent attorney in 1990 and was appointed Assistant Director in 2003.  He was promoted to Deputy Director in 2016.  Mr. Hausken assumed his current position as Director on January 3, 2017.  The Intellectual Property Staff represents the United States in complex intellectual property litigation and advises government agencies on a wide variety of issues related to intellectual property rights.   
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Hausken was a Judge Advocate officer in the U.S. Army for 11 years.  During his tenure, he held a variety of assignments, culminating with a tour of duty at the Intellectual Property Law Division of the Office of the Judge Advocate General.   

Mr. Hausken received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Oregon State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Montana in 1979.  He was awarded an LL.M in patent and trade regulation law from The George Washington University Law School in 1991.  He is an enrolled patent attorney, as well as being admitted in California and Montana. 

Judge Horn
Court of Federal Claims

Marian Blank Horn was appointed by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims in 1986 and again in 2003. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and received a J.D. degree from the Fordham University School of Law. In 1995, she received the Dean's Medal of Recognition from the law school.

Before being appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims, Judge Horn served as Acting Solicitor and Principal Deputy Solicitor at the United States Department of the Interior, and as Associate Solicitor for General Law and Deputy Associate Solicitor for Surface Mining, also at the United States Department of the Interior. She formerly served as Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Procurement and Financial Incentives, Senior Attorney for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and Litigation Attorney at the Department of Energy. Judge Horn is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School, teaching Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the LL.M. program and Trial Advocacy in the J.D. program. She also has taught as an adjunct professor of law at the Washington College of Law, American University and served as project manager for the United States Department of Justice "Study of Alternatives to Conventional Criminal Adjudication" at the College of Law. Her previous experience includes private law practice and service as a prosecutor and Deputy Chief of the Appeals Bureau in the District Attorney's Office, Bronx County, New York.

Judge Horn has participated as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She speaks frequently to high school, college and law school audiences on the challenges faced by working women and on topics related to civil and criminal law.

She is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and State and Federal Courts in New York and Washington, D.C. She has received numerous government awards for outstanding and excellent performance at the United States Departments of Energy and Interior, as well as awards and scholarships in law school and college.

Judge Hertling
Court of Federal Claims

Richard A. Hertling was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims in June 2019.  Born and raised in New York City, he graduated from Brown University and received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.  He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

Upon graduating from law school, Judge Hertling clerked for Judge Henry A. Politz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 1985-86.  Following his clerkship, he was hired through the Attorney General’s Honors Program and served as a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, litigating constitutional and regulatory cases, from 1986 until January 1990. 

In January 1990, Judge Hertling began his Capitol Hill career, serving on the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee as minority chief counsel of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and the Subcommittee on Technology and the Law, and as chief counsel of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Government Information, while also serving as chief counsel to Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA).  Subsequently, Judge Hertling became senior counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, while also handling Judiciary Committee and other legal issues for its chairman, Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN).  Following that position, he became chief of staff to newly elected Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL), and then returned to the Governmental Affairs Committee as minority staff director.  Upon the retirement of Senator Thompson, Judge Hertling served as deputy chief of staff and legislative director to newly elected Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

In July 2003, Judge Hertling was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the Department of Justice and in 2005 was named the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy.  In 2007, he was appointed Acting Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice.

Judge Hertling was appointed minority deputy chief of staff and policy director of the House Judiciary Committee in 2008, becoming the committee’s staff director and chief counsel in 2012.

In 2013, Judge Hertling joined a prominent Washington law firm as of counsel in its public policy group and practiced at the firm until his appointment to the court.

Judge Holte
Court of Federal Claims

Judge Ryan T. Holte was confirmed by the United States Senate in June 2019 and sworn in as a judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims in July 2019.  Prior to confirmation he served as the David L. Brennan Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology at The University of Akron School of Law (2017-2019) and an assistant professor of law at Southern Illinois University School of Law (2013-2017). He was the recipient of multiple research fellowships on patent law topics, including awards from the George Mason University School of Law and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. As an academic, Judge Holte taught a wide variety of courses, including all intellectual property subjects and property law. Judge Holte has written and presented widely on patent law subjects and empirical legal studies of Federal Circuit and district court patent law cases. His most recent articles were published in the Iowa Law Review (2019), George Mason Law Review (2018), and Washington Law Review (2017).

In practice, Judge Holte served for six years as general counsel and partner of an electrical engineering technology company and is co-inventor of two patents related to Systems and Methods for Countering Satellite-Navigated Munitions (originally held under U.S. Army Secrecy Order until June 2016). Prior to entering academia, Judge Holte practiced as a litigation attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Jones Day, and a patent prosecutor at Finnegan.  Prior to practice, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stanley F. Birch, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and as a law clerk to Judge Loren A. Smith on the United States Court of Federal Claims. 

While in practice, Judge Holte represented numerous pro bono clients on IP matters and served as lead court-appointed habeas corpus counsel in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge Holte also served in intellectual property bar leadership positions on the Atlanta IP Inn of Court (Executive Committee), and the State Bar of Georgia (IP Section Trademark Committee Chair).   

Before law practice, Judge Holte owned a car dealership in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in biodiesel vehicles and worked as an engineer for Agilent Technologies/Hewlett Packard in Sonoma County, California.

Judge Holte received his JD from the University of California Davis School of Law where he served as a staff editor of the UC Davis Business Law Journal.  He received his BS, magna cum laude, in engineering from the California Maritime Academy where he was a First Class graduate of the Corps of Cadets Third Engineering Division and sailed as a U.S. Merchant Marine oiler. Judge Holte is the recipient of the 2018 California Maritime Academy Distinguished Alumnus award. 

Judge Holte is married and the proud father of two young children. He has been active for many years in various church and community organizations and his outside interests include classic car and truck restoration, motorcycle riding, and chasing after his kids.

Daniel Horner
Court of Federal Claims

Daniel T. Horner was appointed as a Special Master of The United States Court of Federal Claims on June 3, 2019.  He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, earning a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, in June of 2004 as well as an M.A. in History in 2007.  In 2008, he received his J.D., cum laude, from the University at Buffalo School of Law. 

 

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Horner served for over five years as a staff attorney in the court's Office of Special Masters.  From 2008 to 2013, he worked in the appellate unit at Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., where he handled appeals and major motions in toxic tort cases.

 

Mr. Horner is admitted to the bar of New York as well as United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Federal Claims. 

Radley Horton
Columbia University

Radley Horton is a Lamont Associate Research Professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. His research focuses on climate extremes, tail risks, climate impacts, and adaptation. He received a B.A. in Environmental Policy Studies from Brown University in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University in 2007.

Horton was a Convening Lead Author for the Third National Climate Assessment. He recently Co-Chaired Columbia’s Adaptation Initiative, and is Principal Investigator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments-funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast. He serves on numerous national and international task forces and committees, including the Climate Scenarios Task Force in support of the 2018 National Climate Assessment, and frequently appears on national and international television, radio, and in print. He teaches in Columbia University’s Sustainable Development department.

Robert Huffman
Akin Gump

Robert Huffman is the leader of Akin Gump’s Government Contracts practice. Mr. Huffman represents aerospace and defense, health care, and other companies in contract matters and in disputes with the federal government and with other contractors. He has extensive experience litigating contract and related issues in the Court of Federal Claims, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the federal district courts, and the Federal Circuit and other federal appellate courts. He also represents clients in bid protests.

 

A major part of Mr. Huffman’s practice involves helping companies defend against investigations, prosecutions and civil suits alleging fraud and false claims. He has represented clients in numerous False Claims Act qui tam suits. He also represents and advises companies in connection with parallel criminal proceedings, suspension and debarment, and other issues associated with fraud/false claims investigations and litigation.

 

Mr. Huffman also represents and advises companies in intellectual property matters involving government contracts, grants, CRADAs and other transactions. He has extensive experience with the government contract rules relating to intellectual property, including government patent rights, technical data rights, rights in computer software and the rules applicable to intellectual property in the acquisition of commercial items and services.

 

Mr. Huffman speaks and writes extensively on Government Contracts and related issues, is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was recently honored with the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award, and was the President of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Allison Kidd-Miller
Department of Justice

Allison Kidd-Miller is an Assistant Director with the National Courts Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch, United States Department of Justice, where she supervises a variety of contract disputes, bid protests, personnel, veterans benefits, and other cases at both the trial and appellate level.  She has represented the United States in a wide range of trial and appellate matters, primarily before the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Ms. Kidd-Miller frequently lectures on topics such as government privileges, contract disputes, and pretrial and trial advocacy at seminars sponsored by the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, and various agencies.  She has received a number of awards, including Department of Justice Civil Division Special Commendations for her work on the spent nuclear fuel cases and a Federal Circuit personnel appeal involving national security issues.  Before joining the Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program in 2005, Ms. Kidd-Miller was a law clerk to the Honorable James P. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.  Ms. Kidd-Miller obtained a B.A., summa cum laude, from James Madison University; a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University; and a J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law.  Ms. Kidd-Miller currently serves as a member of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association’s Board of Governors. 

Scott McCaleb
Wiley Rein

Scott M. McCaleb is co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Government Contracts Practice. Mr. McCaleb represents clients on all aspects of federal, state, and local procurement matters across all industries, including aerospace and weapon systems integration, information technology solutions, and architect-engineering and construction matters. Mr. McCaleb is a leader in the field, currently serving on the Advisory Councils of both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He has repeatedly been named among “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” in Government Contracts by Chambers USA and as a leading practitioner by Acritas, Who’s Who, Lawdragon, Washingtonian, Super Lawyers, and The Legal 500.  He also has been named twice as a Law360 MVP.  Mr. McCaleb received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. from Brown University.  He is a former law clerk to The Honorable Haldane Robert Mayer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and a former adjunct professor at George Washington and George Mason Schools of Law and the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School. 

Altom Maglio
Maglio Christopher & Toale, PA

Altom Maglio serves as managing partner of Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. The firm actively represents clients in complex litigation in the United States Court of Federal Claims and in courts throughout the nation. Altom leads his firm's vaccine injury practice before the Court of Federal Claims and is a past president of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.  Over the past two decades, he and his firm have been very active before the Court representing hundreds of petitioners in obtaining compensation for vaccine injuries. At present, Altom serves as Co-Chair of the American Association for Justice's Vaccine Injury Litigation Group. The American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, is the principal organization of plaintiff's trial lawyers in the United States.

Christian Moran
Court of Federal Claims

Mr. Moran was appointed as Special Master on December 8, 2005. He entered duty on January 17, 2006.

Before his appointment, Mr. Moran worked for five years as a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch. Mr. Moran represented the United States at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims in cases involving government contracts, military and civilian personnel, and veterans' benefits.


Previously, Mr. Moran served as a law clerk to Judge Edward J. Damich at the United States Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Moran also was an associate with the firm Spinella & Jaffe, P.C., in Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Moran's practice focused on representing plaintiffs in personal injury, workers' compensation and civil rights actions. Mr. Moran began his legal career as a law clerk to the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court.

Mr. Moran graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with honors. In law school, Mr. Moran won the American Jurisprudence awards for Evidence and Federal Courts. Before beginning law school, Mr. Moran served as a full-time volunteer house parent in Boys Hope (now Boys Hope / Girls Hope). He received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, with honors.

Frank Murray
Foley & Lardner

Frank Murray is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP,
where he focuses his practice on issues related to government procurement and supply chain regulation.  Frank advises government contractors and commercial clients seeking to do business with the federal government on wide-ranging procurement law issues, including both pre-award and post-award bid protests, data rights and intellectual property issues, supply chain management, counterfeit parts detection and avoidance, cybersecurity, contractor claims, debarment/suspension, and commercial item procurements. Frank has been particularly active in matters concerning U.S. domestic content laws, such as the Buy American Act, U.S. Department of Transportation agency "Buy America" regulations, the Berry Amendment, the Trade Agreements Act, and "Buy American" provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Frank regularly represents clients in bid protests or claims before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and has authored three Practical Law Practice Notes on bid protest procedures and strategy.  Prior to joining Foley, Frank served for over four years in the Judge Advocate General’s Department of the United States Air Force. During his deployment in Kuwait for the Air Force in 2001, Frank served as sole legal advisor to a detachment of over 1,100 U.S. military members, which was then the Air Force’s most forward-deployed base located only 39 miles from Iraq.  From 2015 to 2019, Frank served as the co-chair of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Government Contracts Committee.

Katherine Oler
Court of Federal Claims

Katherine E. Oler was appointed as a Special Master of the United States Court of Federal Claims on November 29, 2017. She graduated cum laude from Wellesley College in 1993 with a degree in English and Political Science and received her J.D. in 1996 from the Boston University School of Law. Prior to her appointment to the Office of Special Masters, Ms. Oler served as an Air Force Judge Advocate where she primarily worked in the criminal litigation arena; Ms. Oler held positions as a first chair felony prosecutor, a defense attorney, and a trial judge. She retired from the Air Force as a colonel after 21 years of service. Before assuming her current duties, Ms. Oler was the Air Force’s Chief Prosecutor and Chief Government Appellate Counsel. Ms. Oler is admitted to the bars of Florida, the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Supreme Court.

Tamara Overby
Department of Health and Human Services

Ms. Tamara Overby has nearly two decades of experience managing and administering injury compensation programs. Since July 2019, she has served as the Acting Director, Division of Injury Compensation Programs (DICP). The DICP administers the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP). She is also serving as the DICP Deputy Director leading program operations from budgeting and regulatory development to claims payments. Previously, she served as the CICP Deputy Director working as a team to establish the program.   

Ms. Overby is a graduate of Trinity College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and the American University with a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management. 

Traci Patton
Department of Justice

Traci Patton is a Senior Trial Attorney in the Constitutional and Specialized Torts Branch of the Department of Justice, where she litigates cases under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and works on administrative appeals under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.  She has spent her entire legal career in public service.  Traci joined the Department of Justice in 2000 and has handled cases before the Office of Special Masters, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  She received Special Commendation Awards from the Department’s Civil Division in 2008, 2014, and 2018.  Before joining the Department of Justice, Traci spent two years as a law clerk to Gary J. Golkiewicz, former Chief Special Master at the United States Court of Federal Claims.  

Traci graduated from Harvard University, cum laude, in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and she received her Juris Doctor degree from The Washington College of Law, American University, in 1998.

Catharine Reeves
Department of Justice

Catharine Reeves is Deputy Director of the Constitutional and Specialized Torts Branch, where her primary responsibility is managing litigation under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. After several years in private practice, she began her public service career with the Department of Justice in October 1990 as a Trial Attorney defending Vaccine Act cases. She has handled all aspects of Vaccine Act claims, including the litigation of complex scientific issues, negotiation of settlements, and appellate matters, both at the Court of Federal Claims and the Federal Circuit. From January 1999 to September 2001, Ms. Reeves was Deputy Director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, where she participated in the adjudication of background investigations, acted as a decision maker on personnel actions, and assisted with administration of the Attorney General’s Honors Program.

 

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Frostburg State University in 1982 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1985. She was admitted to practice in Maryland in 1985.

Rob Stewart
Department of Justice

Rob Stewart is an Assistant Chief in the Court of Federal Claims Section of the Department of Justice’s Tax Division. He joined the Department of Justice through the Honors Program in 1987 and has litigated tax cases in the Court of Federal Claims for 32 years. He has received numerous Outstanding Attorney Awards.  He is one of the Tax Division’s E-Discovery advisors.  In 2014, he served as the president of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and is currently the Treasurer of the Bar Association.

Lisa Reyes
Court of Federal Claims

Lisa Reyes joined the staff of the United States Court of Federal Claims Clerk’s Office in 1995 and served as Assistant and Staff Attorney to the Clerk of Court until 2003 when she was selected as Chief Deputy Clerk for Operations. In 2014, Ms. Reyes became the Chief Deputy Clerk of the court and served in this capacity until May 2016 when the court designated her as the Acting Clerk of Court.  In August 2017, she the court designated her Clerk of Court.  Before joining the court, she worked for the Allegheny County Bar Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the law firm Jones, Gregg, Creehan and Gerace, LLP; and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.  Ms. Reyes is an honors graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she majored in industrial management and received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. 

Mindy Michaels Roth
Court of Federal Claims

Mindy Michaels Roth was appointed as a Special Master of the United States Court of Federal Claims on October 19, 2015. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 1982. She received her J.D. from Seton Hall University in 1988. 

 

Ms. Roth spent 27 years in the private sector specializing in personal injury and vaccine related injury cases being admitted to the United States Claims Court in 1990 to pursue vaccine related injury cases pursuant to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

 

Ms. Roth is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey, United States District Court for the State of New Jersey, United States Court of Federal Claims, United States Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court.

Jason Selmont
Department of Justice

Jason Selmont is a trial attorney with the Court of Federal Claims Section of the Department of Justice’s Tax Division where he has litigated a variety of tax cases, as well as FBAR refund suits and Treasury grant cases.  In 2018, he was presented with an Outstanding Attorney Award.  Prior to joining the Tax Division in 2015, he was in private practice in New York where he counseled clients on tax planning, compliance, and controversy matters. 

Judge Sweeney
Court of Federal Claims

Judge Sweeney was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims by President George W. Bush on October 24, 2005, and entered duty on December 14, 2005. President Donald J. Trump designated her as Chief Judge on July 12, 2018. She graduated from Notre Dame of Maryland, receiving a B.A. degree in history in 1977, and from Delaware Law School, receiving a J.D. degree in 1981.

Judge Sweeney formerly was a Special Master for the United States Court of Federal Claims (2003 - 2005). Prior to that appointment, Judge Sweeney served as an Attorney Advisor for the United States Department of Justice Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (1999 - 2003). In that position, she prepared applications and motions on behalf of various United States intelligence agencies for presentation to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Prior to joining the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, Judge Sweeney served as a Trial Attorney in the General Litigation Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice (1987 - 1999). From 1985 to 1987, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Loren A. Smith, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Judge Sweeney was a litigation associate from 1983 to 1985, with the firm of Fedorko, Gilbert, & Lanctot, Morrisville, Pennsylvania, handling civil and criminal cases, including commercial litigation, personal injury, domestic relations, real property and estates. Judge Sweeney also served as a Delaware Family Court Master presiding over cases involving domestic relations matters (1981 - 1983).

Judge Sweeney is a member of the bars of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. In 1999, she served as President of the United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.

Judge Sweeney and her family reside in the Washington metropolitan area.

Christina Unkel
Maglio Christopher & Toale

Christina Unkel is an attorney focusing her practice primarily in business law and complex litigation. Mrs. Unkel practices at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.  in Sarasota, FL.  

Mrs. Unkel interned in the U.S. Middle District of Florida for the Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, U.S. District Judge, and for the Honorable Thomas B. McCoun, III, U.S. Magistrate Judge, where she gained invaluable federal court experience early in her career. Prior to joining Maglio Christopher & Toale, PA, Mrs. Unkel held positions with a civil litigation law firm and a boutique construction and commercial litigation law firm. Her experience includes handling complex commercial civil litigation matters, multi-million dollar settlements, administrative hearings with state entities and addressing telecommunication issues.

Mrs. Unkel graduated from Stetson College of Law with a Concentration in Advocacy and as a recipient of the William F. Blew Pro Bono Service Award. Mrs. Unkel zealously advocates for her clients having been extensively trained in litigation and alternative dispute resolution as a member of both the Moot Court Board and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board while at nationally-ranked Stetson College of Law for trial advocacy and legal writing. While in law school, she was an oralist and a recipient of the Best Respondent Brief and an Honorable Mention Claimant Brief at the prestigious Willem C. VIS International Commercial Arbitration Competition held in Hong Kong.

Andrew Weiner
Temple Law School

Andrew Weiner is Temple Law School’s Director of the Graduate Tax Program and a Practice Professor of Law. Prior to arriving at Temple, Professor Weiner spent more than a decade as an attorney in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice, initially in the Appellate Section, where he briefed and argued approximately 50 cases throughout the United States Courts of Appeals, and then at the trial level in the Court of Federal Claims Section. He received numerous distinguished service awards during his tenure. Professor Weiner also served as an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he taught corporate and partnership tax. Professor Weiner started his career as an Associate at O’Melveny and Myers, LLP in Washington, DC. He also clerked for Judge Stanley Marcus of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and for Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Judge Williams
Court of Federal Claims

Since her appointment in 2003, Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams has served on the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.  From 1989 to 2003, she served as an administrative judge on the General Services Board of Contract Appeals.  During her combined 30 years on the bench, Judge Williams has handled wide-ranging civil matters including government contract disputes, Fifth Amendment taking claims, and patent infringement actions against Government agencies.  

Born and raised in New York, Judge Williams received a B.A. in Latin and Greek and an M.A. in Latin from the Catholic University of America before attending Duke Law School.  Following graduation from Duke Law, Judge Williams started her career in private practice as a civil litigator before serving as an Assistant United States Attorney.  Throughout her career, Judge Williams has been active in bar associations, serving on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, as chair of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law and in the ABA House of Delegates.  Judge Williams has served as the Foundation President, a Trustee, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.  She is a former Chair of the D.C. Young Lawyers Section and Secretary of the D.C. Bar.  

Judge Williams recently taught a course on litigation with the federal Government at American University Washington College of Law.  She previously taught at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and at Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Program for Law and Government.

Judge Wheeler
Court of Federal Claims

Judge Wheeler was appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims on October 24, 2005. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1973, and his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1970. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and of the American Bar Association's Public Contracts and Litigation Sections.

From 1973 to 2005, Judge Wheeler was in private practice in Washington, D.C. He was an associate and partner in the law firm of Pettit & Martin until 1995, and then moved as a partner to the law firm of Piper & Marbury. Through mergers with other firms, Piper & Marbury became known as Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe, and later as DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. During his years in private practice, Judge Wheeler specialized in Government Contract claims, litigation, and counseling, representing a wide variety of large and small business clients. He appeared before many agency boards of contract appeals, the United States Court of Federal Claims and its predecessors, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a number of United States District Courts, and the Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office).

Judge Wheeler is married, and has two grown children. Judge Wheeler is active in his Church and community, and he previously served for many years as a youth soccer coach and referee. His outside interests include skiing, photography, writing, softball, and hiking.

Harold Wymbs
Case Administration Supervisor

Harold Wymbs has been with the United States Court of Federal Claims since 1991. His entire tenure has been in Operations and he is currently the Case Administration Supervisor. Harold assists the Director of Operations with the day-to-day management of all case filings, maintenance of the court's electronic filing system, and the processing of court orders, opinions, judgments, and attorney admissions.

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