WASHINGTON -– John A. Howell recently joined the Jackson Kelly Government Contracts and Investigations Practice Group and will be located in the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

He was previously with the firm Sullivan & Worcester LLP where he was the leader of the Government Contracts & Grants Group. He is the third attorney who has joined this practice group at the firm since late last year.

Howell's practice covers a broad spectrum of government contracts law including contract formation and administration, claims and protest activity, litigation, procurement fraud investigations and international procurement - with a special emphasis on commercial products and services contracting (including General Services Administration/Department of Veterans Affairs multiple-award schedule contracting), biodefense and healthcare contracting, patent and data rights, proposal preparation, technology transfer, the procurement of telecommunications and information technology, homeland security and contingency contracting. He also advises clients with respect to export controls and sanctions, security clearances, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Howell has assisted clients in the preparation of proposals that have resulted in multibillion-dollar contract awards. In contested matters, he regularly represents clients before the Government Accountability Office, agency boards of contract appeals, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the federal district courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition to his federal procurement practice, he also represents clients in matters relating to grants, cooperative agreements and state and local public contracts.

Jackson Kelly is a national law firm representing global corporations, national companies, entrepreneurs and individuals in areas of law such as environmental, business, labor and employment, federal and state workers' compensation, civil litigation and occupational safety and health.

The firm has offices in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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