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J. Hunter Bennett
J. Hunter Bennett
Special Counsel
Washington +1 202 662 5424 hbennett@cov.com Download V-card

Hunter Bennett regularly represents government contractors in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He also counsels clients in a wide range of formation and disputes issues. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was a member of the Department’s Bid Protest Team and frequently defended the United States against bid protests filed in the Court of Federal Claims.

  • Successfully defended a major maritime services corporation’s $160 million federal contract to modify and operate a vessel on behalf of the Navy against protests litigated to a decision on the merits at both GAO and the Court of Federal Claims.
  • Represented the disappointed bidder in a GAO protest of the Army’s award of a program management support services contract valued at more than $200 million. The Army took corrective action in response to our protest.
  • Successfully protested the Army’s award of a $200M contract for IT services on the ground that the awardee had an organizational conflict of interest and gained an unfair competitive advantage by hiring a former government official. The agency took corrective action in response to the protest.
  • Successfully defended the Missile Defense Agency’s award of a $50 million engineering and support services contract to our client against a GAO protest brought by an unsuccessful offeror.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a multinational corporation looking into allegations of improper gratuities paid to a government employee.

While at the Department of Justice:

  • Successfully defended the United States Air Force’s override of a GAO-imposed automatic stay in a Court of Federal Claims bid protest arising out of the Air Force’s award of a contract for Light Air Support aircraft to be provided to the Afghan Air Force. Beechcraft Defense Co. v. United States, 111 Fed. Cl. 24 (2013).
  • Successfully defended the United States Air Force’s award of a sole-source contract for the purchase of flight simulators as part of a Foreign Military Sale in a Court of Federal Claims bid protest. L-3 Communications Corp. v. United States, 99 Fed. Cl. 283 (2011).
  • Successfully defended the United States at trial in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against a habeas corpus petition filed by an al Qaida explosives trainer. Khalifh v. Obama, 2010 WL 2382925 (D.D.C. 2010).

While at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office:

  • Successfully defended the City of Philadelphia against a habeas corpus petition challenging the first-degree murder conviction of the hit man who blew up Philip “Chicken Man” Testa, Godfather of the Philadelphia Mafia.

Previous Experience

  • United States Department of Justice, Trial Attorney, Civil Division
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney