Greg Petkoff is special counsel in the Litigation/Controversy and Regulatory and Government Affairs Departments, and a member of the Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice Group. He joined the firm in 2011. Mr. Petkoff is the former Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Air Force Materiel Command where he served as one of the most senior procurement attorneys in the United States Air Force.
With over 30 years experience in government contract law and litigation, Mr. Petkoff's practice focuses on all aspects of government contracting, including:
- major defense acquisition program counseling
- contract terminations and other forms of government contract claims and disputes
- pre- and post-award bid protests
- IG investigations
- qui tam actions brought under the False Claims Act and other government enforcement matters
- procurement and compliance counseling involving rights in technical data and computer software
- domestic source restrictions
- small business preferences
- debarment and suspension
- foreign military sales
- security clearances
- teaming agreements
- joint ventures
- proposal preparation
Mr. Petkoff will also play a key role in Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and Defense Security Service (DSS) reviews of cross-border defense transactions and in the antitrust review of defense mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Petkoff started his career in government contract law at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio, as legal advisor to contracting officers and program managers acquiring military aircraft, equipment and R&D services for the Air Force. He also provided advice on contract fraud investigations and litigation support on contract claims, disputes and protests.
In the mid-1980s, he transferred to the Office of the Air Force General Counsel in the Pentagon, initially serving as legal advisor on the procurement of missiles, satellites and other space systems. During this time, he successfully defended the Air Force in the first bid protest ever tried at the General Services Board of Contract Appeals. He then served four years on the committee that drafted the Federal Acquisition Regulations and the Defense supplement to those regulations (DFARS). He was one of the principal drafters of major revisions to the Department of Defense (DOD) regulations on rights in technical data and computer software.
For the next 12 years, Mr. Petkoff provided legal advice to the Air Force Secretariat on major aircraft (such as the B-2 bomber and the F-22 fighter) and R&D programs. At the same time, he led the Air Force team that litigated bid protests at the Government Accountability Office. He personally served as lead counsel in over 400 bid protests that resulted in more than 200 reported decisions. He also advised Air Force teams that negotiated the resolution of large contract claims and restructured major defense acquisition programs using alternate dispute resolution processes. When Congress directed that DOD establish a Government-Industry Technical Data Committee, the department designated Mr. Petkoff a technical advisor to the committee. The committee substantially reformed the technical data rights regulations in the DFARS through a negotiated rule-making process. When Congress authorized the Air Force to negotiate leases of tanker and transport aircraft, Mr. Petkoff was the lead government attorney for the transactions. He also provided advice on a wide variety of government contract issues including organizational conflicts of interest, domestic and international technology transfer, foreign military sales, procurement integrity, audits, outsourcing, privatization, indemnification, contract pricing and financing.
Mr. Petkoff then moved within the Air Force to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition. He helped manage the organization that provided business advice to Air Force contracting offices around the world. He was also appointed US representative to the multi-national Legal, Contracts and Finance Committee that helped manage NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program. In this capacity, he negotiated the resolution of a long-standing disagreement on program funding with a NATO agency.
In 2005, Mr. Petkoff became a member of the federal Senior Executive Service when he returned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate. He oversaw approximately 300 attorneys supporting the largest acquisition organization in the Air Force with 75,000 employees and a $34 billion annual acquisition budget, and provided advice on numerous acquisition law issues including “Buy American” obligations, false claims litigation, insourcing, source selection and small business programs. He also appeared as counsel for the Air Force in a Senate Armed Services Committee investigation of a contract performed in Afghanistan.
Honors and Awards
- Exemplary Civilian Service Award (1999, 2002)
- Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2003)
- Outstanding Civilian Service Award (2006)
- Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award (2010)