Tony is a principal with Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black (WRVB) and a leader of the firm’s Construction & Government Contracts practice group . He focuses his law practice primarily in government contracts, ship repair, construction, international business, regulatory compliance, and maritime law. He is licensed in Virginia, Florida, and the District of Columbia. Tony joined WRVB in 2012 following a U.S. Navy career.
After commissioning as a naval officer upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, Tony served on active duty for more than twenty-three years. He began his career as a surface warfare officer aboard Navy ships, then attended law school and became a uniformed JAG attorney. Tony is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. As a Navy JAG, he gained signiﬁcant litigation experience, managed the Navy’s admiralty and maritime claims practice, and held a number of staff judge advocate positions ashore, at sea, and overseas, functioning as a “legal problem solver” for Navy executives at every level from ship/squadron commanding officer to 4-star Fleet Commander.
Federal Government Experience
Tony’s experience with the federal government and U.S. Navy allows him to offer unique advice in response to his clients’ legal needs. As a Navy JAG attorney, he developed an extensive network and gained insight into the Navy’s organization and processes that is helpful in his practice. He utilizes that background to help clients proactively recognize and resolve problems in a timely and efficient manner.
Government Contracts, Ship Repair, and Construction Law
Tony regularly assists contractors with Requests for Equitable Adjustment, Contract Disputes Act claims, and Bid Protests. He is the Chair of the Virginia Ship Repair Association’s (VSRA) Contracts Committee and is active with the Tidewater Association of Service Contractors (TASC) and Tidewater Government-Industry Council (TGIC). He represents general contractors, prime contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and manufacturers. He is experienced with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and agency regulations applicable to service, supply, ship repair, and construction contracts. He regularly presents seminars and webinars on a variety of contracting topics.
Tony has represented clients in state and federal courts, in arbitrations and mediations, as well as before Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Agency Suspension and Debarment proceedings, the U.S. Small Business Association’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, and other administrative and judicial forums.
International Business Advisor
Tony frequently advises both U.S. companies seeking to export overseas and foreign businesses seeking opportunities in the United States. He is the Firm’s lead as a Trade Partner in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program. Tony counsels businesses on export controls and compliance, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations, as well as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); mitigating Foreign Ownership, Control, and Influence (FOCI) issues; and both facility and personnel security clearances.
Tony attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, majoring in Economics. After six years as a surface warfare officer, he was selected for the Navy’s Law Education Program and attended law school at the Florida State University College of Law, where he graduated with Highest Honors and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. While in law school, he served as Law Review Articles Editor and completed an internship as law clerk to Federal Judge Robert Hinkle in the Northern District of Florida.
Although originally from New Jersey, Tony spent more than half of his Navy career in Hampton Roads. He also had Navy assignments in Rhode Island, Wisconsin, California, Hawaii, Florida, and Washington DC, as well as overseas in Bahrain and Italy. Tony is active in the community, serving on the Board of Advisors at Catholic High School, with the Knights of Columbus, and as a youth lacrosse coach.
- Prepared, negotiated, mediated, and litigated claims for contract adjustment on behalf of companies against project owners and the federal government.
- Prosecuted and defended civil litigation matters in cases including business conspiracy, government contract protests, contractor claims, and contractor defense against subcontractors.
- After a 6-day trial in Virginia’s Fairfax Circuit Court, obtained judgment for an insurer client of the more than $4 million claimed plus attorney’s fees, under Virginia’s business conspiracy statute for amounts paid by the insurer in a complex, broad ranging conspiracy scheme.
- After a two-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk), obtained judgment for a ship repair client against the U.S. Navy of more than $4 million for Government-responsible changes to the contract for which the Contracting Officer had denied payment on the Contractor’s Request for Equitable Adjustment.
- Prepared and pursued Federal bid protests for bidders and offerors, at the Agency level, in the Government Accountability Office, the Court of Federal Claims, the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals, and in the FAA’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition. Intervened in protests to protect the interests of successful offerors in protests filed by other companies in the GAO and U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
- Defended both individuals and companies being considered for suspension and debarment from participation in government contracting (formerly Excluded Parties List System).
- Advised and assisted companies with application for certification by the Small Business Administration for the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, HUB Zone, 8(a), and Woman-Owned Small Business socio-economic programs.
International Business & Trade
- Advised on registration, compliance, and investigations concerning the U.S. Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
Federal Contractor TikTok Prohibition
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GAO Rejects Contractor’s Use of AIA Bid Bond for Federal Project
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Update on Section 889 restriction on government contractors use of Chinese-made telecommunications equipment and services
August 19, 2020
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Construction and Government Contractors are Critical Infrastructure — Government Guidance to Contractors
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