Former Government Suspending and Debarring Official and Procurement Fraud Remedies Coordination Official Joins Crowell & Moring
Boosts Complex Investigations, Procurement Fraud, and
Suspension/Debarment Defense Capabilities
Washington, D.C. – February 22, 2016: Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce the addition of partner David Robbins to the firm's Government Contracts Group in Washington, D.C. As a former government Suspending and Debarring Official and Procurement Fraud Remedies Coordination Official, Robbins adds a unique perspective to Crowell & Moring's already deep bench. During his government tenure, Robbins also co-chaired the Department of Defense and NASA Procurement Fraud Working Group, which focused on inter-agency coordination with the Department of Justice, Offices of Inspector General, and other government agencies to address procurement fraud.
"David is a seasoned lawyer who brings a depth of knowledge in key areas, including complex procurement fraud investigations, suspension and debarment defense, parallel proceedings, and ethics and compliance," said Daniel R. Forman, co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group. "In an era of increasing investigation and prosecution risk for government contractors and grant recipients, David's understanding of the inner-workings of the governments' procurement fraud operations, including suspension and debarment offices, will be a valuable addition to our existing team both for clients facing investigations and for those in need of a problem-solver who can tell them what is on the horizon and how best to manage their business challenges. With Robbins' deep private practice, government service, and industry experience, our clients will get that at the highest level. David will be a great addition to those in our group who specialize in this area, including Angela Styles and Peter Eyre."
Having an innate understanding of the government's personnel, platforms, and practices, Robbins' experience will complement Crowell & Moring's existing practice. He will focus on matters related to procurement fraud, civil False Claims Act, criminal prosecutions, complex investigations, and parallel suspension and debarment proceedings, as well as mandatory disclosures and compliance counseling at the federal, state, and local levels. Robbins' knowledge of the government's suspension and debarment community, and unique and deep procurement fraud credentials, also enable him to serve as a corporate monitor for administrative compliance agreements with the U.S. Government.
Robbins joins Crowell & Moring from Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., where he chaired the firm's government contracts and grants practice. In addition to his most recent role in private practice, Robbins spent five years in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of the Air Force where he held several notable government positions, including Acting Suspending and Debarring official, Acting Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility), and Director of the Air Force Office of Procurement Fraud Remedies. Robbins won multiple, high profile awards during his government tenure, including the Air Force Productivity Excellence Award (2012), the Outstanding Civilian Achievement Award (2013), the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2013), and the General Counsel's Procurement Fraud Remedies Award (2011).
"I have worked alongside Crowell & Moring lawyers in private practice for many years and have seen the incredible work the firm has produced," Robbins said. "Having been both a regulator and government contractor myself, I know that the firm's bench and national reputation is unmatched in its depth and breadth, and aligns perfectly with the needs of my clients in the government contracts space. It's the kind of place where you look forward to spending your career."
Robbins is co-chair of the American Bar Association's Ethics, Compliance and Professional Responsibility Committee, a member of the executive committee of the National Contract Management Association, Washington D.C. Chapter, and served as appointed Chairman of the Montgomery County Council's Procurement Task Force.
Robbins earned his B.A. from Yale University and received his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. He also qualified as a Certified Fraud Examiner.
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