Jonathan S. Aronie: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Jonathan S. Aronie


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Practice Areas

  • Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade
  • Bid Protests
  • Claims
  • Contract Cost Accounting
  • Exports and Export-Related Controls
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - FCPA
  • Intellectual Property Rights Under Government Contracts
  • Multiple Award Schedule Contracting
  • Retail
  • The False Claims Act and Related "White Collar" Issues
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Automotive
  • Digital Business
  • Food and Beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Maritime
University Brandeis University, B.A., with honors, 1990
Law SchoolDuke University, J.D., 1993
Admitted1993, Maryland; 1994, District of Columbia

Jonathan S. Aronie is the co-Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office and a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group. Mr. Aronie counsels and represents large and small clients in some of the country's largest and most prominent classified and unclassified Government contracts matters, including bid protests, claims, self-disclosures, internal investigations, DOJ investigations, and False Claims Act Investigations.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Aronie’s experience includes litigating under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, developing and implementing corporate compliance programs, conducting internal investigations (proactive and defensive), and providing advice on the FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule as well as a variety of federal regulatory and statutory matters, including those relating to the Multiple Award Schedule Program. He frequently represents clients before the Department of Justice, the Government Accountability Office, the General Services Administration, and other defense and civilian agencies. Additionally, Mr. Aronie is cleared at the highest levels (TS/SCI) and counsels and defends clients in classified matters.

Mr. Aronie has authored more than 75 articles and co-authored what is regarded by many as the leading treatise on the GSA Multiple Award Schedule Program, published by Thomson West. He also is a regular speaker at national and international forums and CLE programs. He is a member of the Public Contracts section of the ABA, and served on the ABA Task Force charged with drafting formal guidance regarding the FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule.

Mr. Aronie's significant matters include:

•Protest of Air Force award of $15 billion Combat Search & Rescue (CSAR) aircraft to the Boeing Company
•Defense of Navy award of $1.2 billion Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) contract to Northrop Grumman against GAO protest
•Defense of GSA Schedule contractor in post-award audit and civil fraud investigation conducted by GSA OIG Investigations Division
•Pursuit of civil Court of Federal Claims suit against Department of Interior challenging unlawful Termination for Default of civilian contractor
•Implementation of comprehensive Mandatory Disclosure compliance program for Fortune 100 defense contractor
•Defense of Fortune 100 defense contractor in $300 million False Claims Act law suit pursued by Department of Justice
•Defense of multiple GSA Schedule IT contractors in False Claim Act lawsuit brought by a competitor whistleblower

As part of Mr. Aronie's internal investigation practice, he was appointed in 2013 by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana as the federal monitor over the New Orleans Police Department responsible for reviewing, assessing, and reporting publicly on the NOPD's compliance with a far reaching Consent Decree. He previously served as the Deputy Independent Monitor over the Metropolitan Police Department, a position created as a result of an agreement between the United States Department of Justice and the District of Columbia.


•Selected as a member of the PCI Board of Advisors
•Selected as an official delegate, District of Columbia Judicial Conference, five times
•Appointed as federal monitor over the New Orleans Police Department by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
•Served as Deputy Independent Monitor over the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
•Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2014, 2015
•Leading lawyer, Chambers USA, 2014

Publications & News



Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook, 2013 Edition, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, 2013 (Editor)
GSA Schedule Handbook, First through Sixth Editions, Thomson West, 2008-2013 (Co-Author)
Guide to the Mandatory Disclosure Rule: Issues, Guidelines, and Best Practices, American Bar Association, January 2010 (Co-Author and Chapter Editor)
Multiple Award Schedule Contracting, First through Third Editions, Thomson West and Xlibris Corporation, 2002, 2006, 2009 (Co-Author)

Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts

•I’m Not Dead Yet (Or: A Brief Look at the Future of the Price Reductions Clause in Light of GSA’s Proposed Transactional Data Reporting Rule),, March 24, 2015
•Common Sense Prevails Once Again: District Court FCA Ruling Serves As Reminder That Whistleblowers Need to Prove Recklessness Too,, May 30, 2013
•What Happens In Vegas Doesn't Seem To Stay In Vegas: A Different Take on GSA's Recent Woes,, October 24, 2012
•Federal Courts Begin to Lose Patience With Opportunistic Relators, The Coalition for Government Procurement Far and Beyond Blog, May 23, 2012 (Jonathan S. Aronie, Christopher M. Loveland)
•Another U.S. District Court Follows The Lead Of The D.C. Circuit In Addressing The First-To-File Bar Circuit Split And Pushes Back Against An Opportunistic Relator,, May 14, 2012
•From Attestation Reviews To Examinations: The GSA OIG Expands The Scope Of Its Pre-Award Audits,, April 18, 2011
•Did A Butterfly Just Flap Its Wings? The Potential Industry-Wide Consequences of the SBA's Recent Suspension Of A Premier IT Contractor,, October 7, 2010
•Finally, A Ruling That Applies Some Common Sense To The False Claims Act,, May 12, 2010
•When Does A Free Item NOT Fall Below The Micro-Purchase Threshold?, May 12, 2010
•The First 100 Days,, March 19, 2009
•FAR Proposes Mandatory Contractor Codes of Ethics and Business Conduct,, September 20, 2007


•Incomplete, Inaccurate, and Unverifiable: An Evening with the OIG’s Recent Audit Report on GSA’s Administration of Contractor Team Arrangements, October 10, 2014

•Law Firm Leader Q&A: Sheppard Mullin's Lucantonio Salvi and Jonathan Aronie, The National Law Journal/Legal Times, April 11, 2013
•What Does 2013 Have In Store for Government Contractors and Their Lawyers? San Diego Business Journal, February 1, 2013
•Case Study: Sandager V. Dell Marketing, Law360, May 17, 2012
•Regulatory Relay, The Deal, December 15, 2008
•Conquering Uncertainty in an Indefinite World: A Survey of Disputes Arising Under IDIQ Contracts, Public Contract Law Journal, May 27, 2008
•The Eagle and the Arrow, Federal Computer Week, May 12, 2008
•Aronie: The Danger of Discounts, Federal Computer Week, November 5, 2007
•Changing Answers to a Longstanding Test Question (or what the new T&M rule means to us), Off the Shelf, January 2007 (Jonathan S. Aronie, Marko W. Kipa)
•Multiple Award Maze, January 12, 2007
•It's All About the Rules, Security Management, November 2006 (co-author)
•The Profit Margin: GSA's Inspector General Squeezes Profit Margins of Vendors Selling Services Under Schedule Contracts, Federal Computer Week, July 31, 2006
•Set a rouge to catch a rogue - why Canada should think before following in the United States' footsteps, Summit, June, 2006
•Keep GSA Schedules Humming, Federal Computer Week, March 20, 2006
•In Search Of A Better Audit-A Proposal For Instilling Greater Consistency And Transparency In The GSA IG Audit Process, The Government Contractor, February 15, 2006
•Don't be a target: Using the False Claims Act as a weapon has moved to the GSA schedules, Federal Computer Week, November 7, 2005
•That's 'Dee' To My Friends, Federal Computer Week, July 11, 2005
•Image is Everything -- Never Forget Contract Compliance, The Secrets of Schedule Sales Success by Bill Gormley and Larry Allen, Xlibris 2005, Chapter 5 (John W. Chierichella, Jonathan S. Aronie)
•Foolish Consistency, Some people hide behind the 'this is the way we always do it' shield, Federal Computer Week, April 18, 2005
•Paying the Subcontractors, Federal Computer Week, February 21, 2005
•The Lesson of Time, Federal Computer Week, December 6, 2004
•Service Contracting: An Integrated Approach, National Contract Management Association, 2004 NCMA (book) (Jonathan S. Aronie, contributing author)
•“The Simple Made Complex, ” Federal Computer Week, August 23, 2004
•“Contractors' Thorny Position, ” Federal Computer Week, June 28, 2004
•“Defining Small by Committee, ” Federal Computer Week, April 19, 2004
•“Gone In 60 Seconds, ” Federal Computer Week, February 23, 2004
•“Selling to Prime Contractors Under the Multiple Award Schedule Program, ” Off the Shelf, Vol. XXX, No. 2, February 2004
•“Learning from the Past, ” Federal Computer Week, January 26, 2004
•“A Controversial Clause, ” Federal Computer Week, November 17, 2003
•“See You In Court, ” Federal Computer Week, October 13, 2003
•“Discussing Debarment, ” Federal Computer Week, September 9, 2003
•“Fudging on Fees, ” Federal Computer Week, August 25, 2003
•“Advice to Contractor: Be Compliant, ” Federal Computer Week, July 28, 2003
•“Advice and Appeals, ” Federal Computer Week, June 23, 2003
•“No Guarantees, ” Federal Computer Week, May 26, 2003
•“Survey of Recent MAS Protest Decisions, ” Off the Shelf, May 2003 (James J. McCullough, Jonathan S. Aronie)
•“Small-Business Confusion, ” Federal Computer Week, April 14, 2003
•“The SARA Clause, ” Federal Computer Week, March 17, 2003
•“Cooperative Buying Overdue, ” Federal Computer Week, February 24, 2003
•“Effective Selling under GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule Program, ” Insight, May 2002 (John W. Chierichella, Jonathan S. Aronie)
•“The Baby and the Bathwater - Procurement Policy Gone Wrong, ” Government Contract Audit Report, Spring 2002 (John W. Chierichella, Jonathan S. Aronie, Abram J. Pafford)
•“A Section 508 Survival Guide, ” Off The Shelf, Vol.26, No.8, (Special Section), September 2001
•“Section 508 Accessibility: The ‘Undue Burden’ Exception, ” Contract Management, August 2001 (James J. McCullough, Jonathan S. Aronie, Abram J. Pafford)
•“The New Section 508 Accessibility Rules: Threshold Compliance Issues for Both Federal Agencies and Contractors, ” Federal Contracts Report, Vol. 75, No. 21, May 22, 2001 (James J


Law clerk to the Honorable Patricia A. Wynn, District of Columbia Superior Court. During this one-year clerkship, Mr. Aronie divided his time between the court’s civil division and juvenile criminal division


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Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20005-3314


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