Jerome (Jerry) Gabig

Jerome (Jerry) Gabig: Attorney with Wilmer & Lee, P.A.
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Jerry Gabig specializes in federal government contracts. Jerry's depth of experience makes him uniquely qualified. He is a retired Air Force JAG officer where he was the legal advisor for numerous weapons systems including missiles, smart weapons, and multi-billion dollar command & control systems. He was frequently appointed as the lead government attorney for protests involving high priority systems.

Widely known for his teaching and writing in government contracts, Jerry was recruited to join Venable LLP, an American Lawyer top 100 law firm. At Venable, Jerry represented many of the top defense contractors including Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Because of Jerry's rapport with government lawyers, he was frequently retained by contractors whose recently awarded contracts had been protested. The awardees used Jerry to work along side of the Government lawyers to prepare the best possible protest defense.

Intellectual property generated under government contracts is one of Jerry's specialties. He has published the seminal paper on trade secrets and DOD contracts. Having served on the Army Science Board and as an inventor on four U.S. patents, Jerry is no stranger to technology.

Although unusual for a lawyer to do so, Jerry sits on "Red Teams" and "Black Hats" during to the proposal preparation process for major acquisitions. He contributes a unique "what wins" perspective that he has learned from scrutinized over a hundred source selection decisions that have been subjected to protests. He also serves as a safeguard against proposals overlooking something that can result in failure.

Jerry prefers small businesses for clients because he believes he can have greater impact on their success. He gave up being a partner at Venable LLC to become the General Counsel of a small technology company that raised over $100M in venture capital and generated over 75 patents.

Jerry's fascination for business led him to Harvard University where he completed a year-long graduate program. Jerry leveraged his business training to be a co-founder of the Q-Track Corporation where he served as the first CEO. Thanks to several millions of dollars in federal R&D funding, Q-Track has been able to pioneer two breakthrough wireless technologies. Today, Q-Track is exporting products to China. Jerry is also co-founder of Still Serving Veterans and the Working Wounded Warriors (W3) Corporation.

Member:

National Contract Management Association (Fellow)

Professional Activities:

Still Serving Veterans (2005-2012) Co-Founder and member of Board of Directors of a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting severely disabled veterans obtain new careers.

Army Science Board (1999-2004). Served on panels ranging from reviewing wireless technologies for the Future Combat System to advising how the Army can entice venture capitalists to invest in technologies of interest to the Army.

NASA Headquarters Industrial Process Action Team (1996-1998). Made recommendations to NASA on acquisition reform initiatives.

Chair, Information Systems Committee, Public Contract Law Section, American Bar Association (1986-1989; 1995-1999)

Teaching:

Public Sector: AMCOM "Boot Camp" For Contracting Officers: Instructor for the Army JAG School, the Air Force JAG School, the Defense Systems Management College, the DOD Computer Institute, the Naval Post Graduate Institute, the Treasury Procurement Institute, the Panama Canal Commission, and DOD's Software Technology Conference.

Private Sector: Instructor for four different courses for Federal Publications, Inc. including co-teaching a course with Professor Nash entitled The FAR Part 15 Rewrite as well as course director for Government Contracting For Software Development. Course director for Information Technology Contracting at George Washington University.

Publications:

- Government Contracting for Software Development, a 425 page manual used for the corresponding Federal Publications course

- The Alabama Lawyer, "Fighting Over Government Contracts" January 2005

- "The Christian Doctrine-Hey, I Didn't Agree To That!" 28 Nat. Cont. Mgt. J. 35 (1997).

- "Privatization: A Coming Wave for Federal Information Technology Requirements," 27 Nat. Cont. Mgt. J. 9 (1996)

- "The New DOD Clauses On Rights In Technical Data And Computer Software," The Computer Lawyer, October 1995, reprinted in 64 Fed. Cont. Rep. Sup. No. 12

- "Partial 'T4C' Versus Deductive Change: The Amount Of The Decrease Is Not Always The Same," 25 Nat. Cont. Mgt. J. 25 (1994).

- "Lessons Learned from Large Federal Software Development Contracts," The Computer Lawyer, October 1993.

- "Managing Software Development: An Insight Into the Process," 24 Nat. Cont. Mgt J. 41 (1991).

- A Guide to Interpreting Contracts," 23 Nat. Cont. Mgt. J. 55 (1989), reprinted in 26B Y.B. Procurement Articles 1493 (1989) and 23 Nat. Cont. Mgt. J. 55 (1989).

- "Specifications and the Law: Undrained Swamps, Uncountable Alligators and Undiscerning Lawyers," Program Manager, January February 1989 at 18, reprinted in 26A Y.B. Procurement Articles 821 (1989).

- "A Primer on Federal Information Systems Acquisitions: Part Two," 17 Pub. Cont. L.J. 553 (1988), reprinted in 25 Y.B. of Procurement Articles 569 (1988).

- "The DOD's Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software Clause (Part II)," 21 Nat. Cont. Mgt. J. 37 (1988), reprinted in 25 Y.B. of Procurement Articles 569 (1988).

- "A Primer on Federal Information Systems: First Part of a Two-Part Article," 17 Pub. Cont. L.J. 31 (1987), reprinted in 24 Y.B. of Procurement Articles 843 (1987).

- "Federal Research Grants: Who Owns the Intellectual Property," 9 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 639 (1987), reprinted in 25 Y.B. of Procurement Articles 273 (1988).

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Federal Government Contracts

Education & Credentials

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www.wilmerandlee.com
Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 2168, Huntsville, AL 35801-4851
University Attended:
United States Military Academy, B.S., Deans List, 1972; Harvard University, Certificate of Special Studies in Management, 1985
Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., Executive Editor, Hastings International Law Review and Member of Moot Court Board, 1977
Year of First admission:
1978
Military:
Lt. Col. U.S.A.F., 1972-1992 (Ret.)
ISLN:
900896772
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