Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added Scott A. Schipma as a shareholder in its Government Contracts & Projects Practice in its Washington, D.C. office. Schipma was previously a partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP and joins the office on the heels of international litigation and dispute resolution attorneys Tomás Leonard and Nicole Y. Silver.

“At Greenberg Traurig, particularly in our D.C. office, we continuously seek talented attorneys who not only have the capabilities but the drive to better serve our clients and add to our strength and depth,” said Laura Metcoff Klaus and Robert Mangas, co-managing shareholders of the law firm’s Washington, D.C. office. “We are excited about Scott’s addition to our office as it further builds on the firm’s government contracts team, particularly given his experience representing and advising clients in the construction and insurance industries.”

Schipma focuses his practice on government contracts, public and private construction disputes, and related insurance matters. He counsels and represents clients on a wide range of publicly-funded contract issues, including award decisions, subcontracting, regulatory compliance, data rights, cybersecurity, cooperative agreements, contract terminations, mergers and acquisitions, lender financing, and the preparation and litigation of complex claims related to contract changes. He also represents clients in bid protests before various state and federal agencies, boards, and forums, including the General Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Schipma’s practice also involves advising and representing clients involved in the construction and insurance industries. He assists clients with the prosecution and defense of claims and disputes involving national and international construction and development projects in various forums, including state and federal courts, industry arbitration panels, international arbitrations, federal and state boards, and mediations.

“Scott is an incredible addition to our Government Contracts & Projects Practice and to our D.C. team as he joins our recent additions to the practice – Mike Gardner, Jennifer Zucker, Shomari Wade, and Brett Castellat – to further strengthen our team,” said Mike Schaengold, Government Contracts & Projects Practice chair at Greenberg Traurig. “His experience assisting and representing clients with a wide range of very complex government contracting issues as well as his legal background working for the Navy will be invaluable to our clients.”

Before entering private practice, Schipma began his legal career as an Attorney Advisor to the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command, where he advised senior leadership regarding the negotiation, award, and administration of aircraft and related weapon-systems procurements. While with the Navy, he also served as Claims Counsel for the Command, and was responsible for the resolution of numerous contractor claims.

“I am excited about this move to Greenberg Traurig not only because of the firm’s solid Government Contracts presence in Washington, D.C. and beyond, but also because of the range of key practice area capabilities, including construction and infrastructure, which will be an asset to my clients,” Schipma said. “There are many natural synergies, and I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues.”

Schipma received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and his B.A., with high honors, from Trinity Christian College.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. Office: Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. office is home to a multidisciplinary team of lawyers and governmental affairs professionals with strategic experience helping companies of all sizes to navigate the federal government. The office’s work encompasses governmental affairs, federal procurement, global trade and investment, health and FDA business, litigation, government contracts, antitrust, insurance recovery and advisory, energy, telecommunications, real estate, intellectual property, representation of foreign governments, and national defense and homeland security. Greenberg Traurig’s clients range from the federal defense sector to energy, telecommunications, and health care companies, which the firm represents before government agencies, regulatory bodies, Congress, and the courts. The firm’s Washington, D.C. attorneys are also involved in handling a wide range of regulatory, corporate, and finance work for clients in these industries.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Government Contracts & Projects Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Government Contracts & Projects Practice helps companies navigate the highly regulated acquisition and compliance processes of federal, state, local, and foreign governments and their agencies. The firm’s attorneys and governmental affairs professionals assist both experienced contractors and newcomers with a broad array of issues arising from, for example, sales of commercial off-the-shelf and customized products, services, and managed solutions to governments at all levels. The practice also focuses on meeting the transactional and U.S. regulatory needs of clients in the commercial, defense, aerospace, information technology, telecommunications, medical and health care, and other high-tech sectors.

About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and is among the Top 20 on the 2017 Am Law Global 100. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.

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