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Covington Expands its Government Contracts Practice with Addition of Steven Shaw

WASHINGTON, DC, July 16, 2012 — Steven Shaw, who until recently served as the U.S. Air Force Department's top contract debarment and suspension official, joined Covington today as senior of counsel in the Washington office. Mr. Shaw is the third high-profile addition to Covington’s government contracts practice in recent months, and his arrival underscores the firm’s strong commitment to expand in this field of practice.

During his 15-year tenure at the Department of the Air Force, Mr. Shaw served in the senior executive service and as deputy general counsel for contractor responsibility. He also managed the Air Force's Fraud Remedies Program, whose goal is to coordinate all necessary sanctions to protect the government, while also encouraging responsible contractors to mitigate fraud risk through education and by improving their ethics and compliance programs. Prior to his position at the Air Force, Mr. Shaw practiced as a partner at two national law firms, where he specialized in civil fraud and white-collar criminal litigation. His government service prior to private practice also included positions as deputy director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's enforcement division, as the Justice Department’s criminal chief for the Southern District of Texas, and as a federal prosecutor in the public integrity section of the Justice Department.

“Steve is an invaluable addition to our growing government contracts practice given the breadth of his experience,” said Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee. “Steve is widely recognized as perhaps the leading authority on government suspension and debarment procedures and decision-making,” said Alan Pemberton, who co-chairs Covington’s government contracts practice group with Robert Nichols. “Steve’s expertise in contractor responsibility issues -- ethics and compliance, debarment actions, and procurement fraud -- are of critical importance to government contractors across a wide variety of industries,” Mr. Nichols added.

Covington’s commitment to expanding its government contracts practice attracted Mr. Shaw to the firm. “I look forward to returning to private practice to work with Covington’s government contracts and crisis management groups. The firm’s commitment to excellence in client service and its interdisciplinary approach will mesh well with my own experiences in private practice and as a senior government lawyer,” Mr. Shaw said.

Robert Nichols joined the firm as co-chair of the government contracts practice in April, and Susan Cassidy joined the firm from Northrop Grumman earlier this month.

In addition to his government contracts focus, Mr. Shaw will also be working with the firm’s Strategic Risk and Crisis Management group, which is anchored by senior lawyers who have had operational and management responsibility for high-risk, high-profile situations and crises. Members of this group include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, former DC Attorney General Peter Nickles, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, and former U.S. Labor Department Solicitor Thomas Williamson.

Mr. Shaw received his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College.
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