Brian V. Johnson

Associate

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Brian Johnson’s focus and strong work ethic benefit his developing government contracts and litigation practice. A former U.S. Army Special Forces (“Green Beret”) Officer who spent more than 21 years in the military, Brian draws upon his discipline and experience with multitasking to assist with a range of matters, including drafting pleadings, motions and memoranda with associated legal research as related to government contracts, commercial litigation and political law.

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Protests

  • Obtained multiple corrective actions from the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) in protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) challenging USTRANSCOM’s award decisions that denied contract award to client for stevedoring and related terminal services.

Government Contract Disputes

  • Represented construction contractor in multiple claims against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), drafting a complaint, a response to a motion to dismiss and motions for summary judgment.

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented telecommunications service provider in contract dispute against multiple defendants before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) resulting in a default judgment in favor of client.
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Experience

Protests

  • Obtained multiple corrective actions from the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) in protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) challenging USTRANSCOM’s award decisions that denied contract award to client for stevedoring and related terminal services.
  • Obtained corrective action on behalf of client in a protest before the GAO challenging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) award decision that denied a contract award concerning the provision of ambulette transportation services to veterans.
  • Obtained corrective action on behalf of a medical technology development company in an agency-level bid protest before the U.S. Air Force (USAF) resulting in the USAF reversing its decision to exclude the company from the procurement.
  • Represented client in a bid protest at the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) challenging a federal agency’s evaluation of the client’s proposal in connection with an integrated commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software solution procurement.
  • Represented client in a bid protest at the COFC challenging a federal agency’s evaluation of the client’s proposal in connection with a procurement for relocation and related services for federal employees.
  • Represented client in appeals to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and subsequent hearings before a state transportation agency resulting in the state agency reversing its denial of the client’s certification as an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and subsequently certifying client as an ACDBE.
  • Experienced in drafting bid protest documents in federal government procurement-related litigation including initial protests, supplemental protests, comments on the agency report, requests for dismissal and responses to requests for dismissal before the GAO; and complaints, preliminary injunctions and motions for judgment on the administrative record before the COFC.
  • Responded to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request targeting client’s documents resulting in federal agency completely agreeing with all proposed redactions.

Government Contract Disputes

  • Represented construction contractor in multiple claims against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), drafting a complaint, a response to a motion to dismiss and motions for summary judgment.
  • Represented a stevedoring and terminal services contractor in the appeal of a federal agency Contracting Officer’s denial of a certified claim before the COFC, drafting a complaint concerning claims of constructive change and breach of contract.
  • Represented a client in claims against the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in connection with a commercial outdoor advertising agreement and subsequent appeal to the Postal Service Board of Contract Appeals (PSBCA).
  • Experienced in litigation before the ASBCA and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) to include drafting notices of appeal, complaints, motions for summary judgment, responses to motions for summary judgment, pre-hearing briefs, post-hearing briefs and replies; and participating in a hearing before the ASBCA.
  • Experienced in drafting litigation documents in federal government contract-related litigation, including responses to motion for prejudgment interest and objections to a bill of costs before a federal district court.

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented telecommunications service provider in contract dispute against multiple defendants before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) resulting in a default judgment in favor of client.
  • Represented telecommunications service provider in contract dispute before Virginia’s Fairfax Circuit Court resulting in judgment for client.
  • Defended consulting company against two plaintiffs in litigation before Virginia’s Fairfax General District Court resulting in a non-suit by one plaintiff and the court granting demurrer (dismissing) as to remaining plaintiff.
  • Defended consulting company against two plaintiffs in litigation before Virginia’s Arlington County General District Court resulting in non-suit by both plaintiffs.

Recognitions and Memberships

Community

  • Brocketts Crossing Condominium Association
    • President
    • Board of Directors

Pro Bono

  • Drafted appeal to the Army Board for Correction of Military Records ("ABCMR") for a service-disabled client challenging client’s medical rating.

Prior Positions

  • United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia – Criminal Division: Law Intern (2016)

  • Department of Justice: U.S. Special Operations Command Liaison Officer (2012 to 2015)

Military Service

  • U.S. Army (1994 to 2015)

    • Special Forces "Green Beret" Officer (1999 to 2015)

      • SF Battalion Executive Officer (2009 to 2010)

    • Military Intelligence Officer (1995 to 1997)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2018, cum laude; Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy; Georgetown Center for the Constitution, Fellow; Military Law Society; Federalist Society
  • M.M.A.S, Air Command and Staff College, 2008
  • B.A., Texas Christian University, 1994, cum laude

Languages

  • French