After law school and prior to joining Duane Morris, Mr. Barnicle served as a government contracts attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps that included a combat tour in Iraq as a strategic legal advisor to senior military and other government officials. Due to his government-military experience, Mr. Barnicle possesses unique insight into the complex government contracting and acquisition processes that allows him to anticipate issues, assess litigation risk and develop practical solutions.
Mr. Barnicle's experience includes assisting clients with all aspects of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), contract-related statutes and federal agency policies involving services and supplies vital to national defense and infrastructure. He assists clients throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Mr. Barnicle is recurrently called upon to advise upon matters arising in conflict and disaster areas.
On any given day, Mr. Barnicle advises upon, conducts and manages complex, multimillion-dollar contract cases before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the US Court of Federal Claims, and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Barnicle also represents government contractors before federal agencies and various federal district courts throughout the country.
Mr. Barnicle also oversees and implements various government contract compliance audits, systems and investigations. Specifically, he provides insight and advice regarding compliance issue that may arise from the False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and various federal ethics regulations. In addition, Mr. Barnicle assists clients with cybersecurity and information security compliance matters as it relates to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) and Special Publications.
Mr. Barnicle is also very active in, and provides pro bono services to, the military veterans community. In 2007, he co-founded the John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic in Chicago. Mr. Barnicle’s recent significant pro bono victories include the reversal of a very complex debt action brought by the U.S. Navy that is now the model for similar cases, and he also participated in the firm’s Kingdomware case before the US Supreme Court that utilized both his military experience and government contracts background in a major victory for veteran-owned small businesses. Mr. Barnicle also regularly assists veterans transition from active duty military to civilian life and the civilian workforce.
Prior to earning his J.D. in 2008 from the John Marshall Law School, Mr. Barnicle graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, with distinction, in 2004 from the University of Kansas. Mr. Barnicle also studied numerous government contracting and national security matters at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
•Duane Morris LLP
•Trial Attorney, 2014-present
•U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
•Government Contracts Trial Attorney, Washington, D.C., 2012-2014
•Government Contracts Attorney Advisor, Baghdad, Iraq, 2011
•Government Contracts Attorney Advisor, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, 2009-2010
•John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic
•Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member, 2007-present
•Judicial Extern to the Honorable Charles P. Kocoras, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, Chicago, 2006
Pro Bono Activities
•Co-Leader, National Veterans Legal Clinic Coalition
•Planner, American Bar Association National Legal Network for Military and Veterans, Their Families and Caregivers
•Chicago Council of 100
•Board Member, John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center Advisory Board
Honors and Awards
•IL Emerging Lawyer in the Commercial Litigation and the Federal Regulatory Law categories for 2015, 2016, and 2017 (top 2% of attorneys younger than 40 years old)
•Honoree, 2016 Hawks to Watch, University of Kansas (top graduates excelling in their professions that attended the university within the past 15 years)
•Selected as an Emerging Lawyer in Commercial Litigation and Federal Regulatory Law (top 2% of attorneys younger than 40 years old), Emerging Lawyers - Leading Lawyers, 2015
•Recipient, Spirit Award, John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees, April 2013 (outstanding contributions to the legal and Illinois veteran communities)
•Military medals and badges include, but not limited to, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, U.S. Army Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge and Australian Parachutist Badge.
•John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center Advisory Board
•University of Kansas, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board
Publications and Speaking Engagements
•Duane Morris Government Contracts and Litigation Blog
•“Construction Claims Before the Public Building Commission of Chicago,” Procurement Lawyer, ABA Public Contract Law Section, Spring 2016
•Selected Contributor, Government Contract Law: The Deskbook for Procurement Professionals (4th ed., Section of Public Contract Law, American Bar Association, expected fall 2015)
•Quoted in “ Illinois Holds First Veteran Treatment Court Summit ,” eNews Park Forst, May 15, 2015
•Featured in “ Jump Man ,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 25, 2014
•“Contract Claims Against the Government,” The Federal Lawyer, July 2013
•“Military Service and the Law: VA Benefits,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Education, July 2009
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Panelist, “Perspectives from Private Industry,” New Developments Course, US Army JAG School, Charlottesville, IL, November 16, 2017
•Speaker, “Public Private Partnerships (P3s),” ABA Annual Section of Public Contract Law Conference, Chicago, IL, August 1, 2015
•Panelist, “Introduction to Fiscal Law: Why Fiscal Rules are Just as Important as the FAR,” ABA Section of Public Contract Law Seminar, Washington, D.C., May 20, 2015
•Panelist, The Veterans' Perspective - Best Practices for a Successful Transition to Private Practice, National Veteran Legal Career Fair, Washington, D.C., May 2, 2015
•Moderator, JMLS National Veterans Conference, Clinic Proposal: Getting the Concept Approved Panel, September 26, 2014
(Also at Washington, District of Columbia Office)
•American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section
•Military and Veterans Affairs Liaison (2015-present)
•Vice Chair of the Construction Division (2014-2016)
•Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association, Member
•Illinois State Bar Association, Member
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