Ryan E. Roberts

Ryan E. Roberts: Attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP


Mr. Roberts is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He is also a member of the firm's Aerospace and Defense and Retail Industry Teams. Mr. Roberts has extensive experience representing government contractors ranging from small businesses to the largest defense contractors in a broad range of matters. His areas of expertise include:

•Civil False Claims Act litigation defense
•Internal investigations
•Civil and criminal subpoena responses to both Federal and state enforcement agencies
•Mandatory disclosures to the Department of Defense and General Services Administration (GSA) Offices of Inspector General
•Audits, including GSA Pre- and Post-Award Audits and Defense Contract Audit Agency audits
•Compliance programs, including drafting policies and implementing comprehensive compliance programs
•Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claims and appeals before the Boards of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims
•Bid protests before the Government Accountability Office
•Subcontracts, Teaming Agreements, Joint Ventures, and related disputes
•Small business issues under the Small Business Administration regulations
•Labor qualifications under service contracts
•Bribery, gratuities, and kickbacks
•Trade Agreements Act compliance
•Personal and organizational conflicts of interest
•Revolving door and other post-government employment restrictions
•Procurement Integrity Act compliance

As part of his internal investigation practice, Mr. Roberts serves as a member of the team 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 Department’s compliance with a far-reaching Consent Decree.

Mr. Roberts is an active member of the Public Law Section of the American Bar Association, and has served as the Editor of the BCA Case Digests for the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Journal. Mr. Roberts graduated from The George Washington University Law School where he was the Roger Boyd Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Public Contract Law Journal.


Government Contracts Counseling

Mr. Roberts has counseled numerous clients, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, regarding compliance with the statutes and regulations applicable to government contractors. Representative counseling matters include:

•Developed and implemented government contracts compliance programs for a commercial electronics manufacturer, an information technology services provider, and a software manufacturer
•Drafted government contracts policies and procedures for a global payments & technology company, a cloud computing company, and a customer relationship software tracking manufacturer
•Conducted government contracts compliance reviews for a rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer, several furniture manufacturers, and a document technology solutions manufacturer
•Drafted government contracts codes of business ethics and conduct, as well as public procurement addenda, for both large and small businesses
•Advised large technology manufacturer through updating pricing practices disclosure under its GSA Schedule contract, including revising and negotiating an updated Commercial Sales Practices Format disclosure
•Developed materials and conducted in-house training on a broad range of government contracts topics, including the Mandatory Disclosure Rule, bid protests, the claims and appeals process, the Trade Agreements Act, and the gifts and gratuities rules
•Provided day-to-day counseling guidance to a broad range of clients

Investigations Experience

Mr. Roberts has conducted numerous complex investigations, including investigations of allegations contained within and coordinated responses to Civil Investigative Demands, subpoenas from Federal and state enforcement agencies, and internal hotline complaints. Additionally, he has assisted with both mandatory and voluntary disclosures at the Federal and state levels. Representative examples include:

•Investigated allegations and coordinated responses under Civil Investigative Demands relating to contracts with the Departments of Interior and Health and Human Services
•Investigated hotline complaint of labor mischarging under state contracts in Arizona and California
•Investigated hotline complaint of nationwide product mischarging by independent dealers
•Investigated and coordinated subpoena response to allegations of labor mischarging under a state contract in the U.S. Virgin Islands
•Investigated hotline complaint of alleged kickbacks being provided by a subcontractor
•Investigated hotline complaint of improper reporting of allowable costs
•Investigated compliance with GSA contract requirements for labor categories
•Investigated hotline complaints of improper testing of Government-owned equipment
•Investigated allegations of violations of the Procurement Integrity Act

Litigation Experience

Mr. Roberts has represented government contractors in a broad range of complex, high-stakes litigation matters before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Government Accountability Office. Representative litigation matters include:

•Defended a global defense contractor against a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act
•Defended a small information technology products reseller against a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act
•Negotiated settlements of claims against the Department of Defense, Department of Interior, Department of Health and Human Services, the United States Postal Service, the Department of Agriculture, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
•Protested or defended the award of over two dozen contracts at the Government Accountability Office
•Defended the award of a food services contract subject to the Randolph-Sheppard Act


•Judicial Intern to the Honorable Gerald E. Rosen, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


•Chinese Outbound Newsletter - March 2014
March 21, 2014
•A Reminder That FCA Can Be Used For Customs Enforcement , Law360, January 30, 2014
•Protesting At ODRA: Learning The Lay Of The Land , Law360, September 27, 2011
• Does Automatic Mean Automatic? The Applicability of the CICA Automatic Stay to Task and Delivery Order Bid Protests, Public Contract Law Journal, 39 Pub. Cont. L.J. 641 (2010)

Global Trade Law Blog Posts

• A Peek Around the Curtain: A False Claims Act Settlement for Avoiding Customs Charges, January 8, 2014

Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts

• The Future of COTS Procurement: Section 846 Industry Day Highlights, June 26, 2018
• 'Portal of Portals' - GSA’s (Unwritten) Vision for COTS E-Commerce Marketplaces, April 30, 2018
• House Armed Services Committee Takes Aim at GSA with Proposed Legislation, March 30, 2017
• The Changing Landscape for Services Contractors, January 22, 2015
• What’s New Out There? Highlights from the February 2014 Federal Register, February 26, 2014
• Protesting at ODRA?: Learning the Lay of the Land , September 19, 2011
• OFCCP's FAAP Rule Revision Places More Burdensome Requirements on Contractors , September 19, 2011
• DCMA Updates Forward Pricing Rate Recommendation Policy , March 16, 2011


•DFUN with the DFARS Part 225 - Contracting with Non-US Sources
April 2, 2019
•2012 Annual BCABA Conference
Renaissance M Street Hotel, Washington, D.C. , October 24, 2012

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade
  • Bid Protests
  • Claims
  • Contract Cost Accounting
  • False Claims Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Intellectual Property Rights Under Government Contracts
  • Multiple Award Schedule Contracting
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Retail

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.747.2187  Phone
202.747.3839  Fax
University Attended:
University at Albany, State University of New York, B.A., summa cum laude, 2006
Law School Attended:
The George Washington University Law School, J.D., Editor-in-Chief, Public Contract Law Journal, Roger Boyd Scholar, 2010
Year of First Admission:
2011, District of Columbia; 2010, Virginia

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