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Nicholas T. Niiro
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Robert M. Osier
Dean D. Paik
Katherine L. Pohl
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
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Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
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Neil H. O'Donnell
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Areas of Practice

Mr. O'Donnell is chair of the Government Contracts Practice Group and co-chair of the Construction Practice Group.

Professional Qualifications

In over forty years of practice, Mr. O’Donnell has specialized in public contract and construction law at the federal, state and local levels. He has litigated cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts, the boards of contract appeals and the Government Accountability Office. Representative cases include: a series of successful GAO and Court of Federal Claims bid protests concerning IT, cyber security and satellite communications issues; restructure of a multibillion dollar classified contract on behalf of a major defense contractor; defense of a national construction contractor and its pipe supplier against latent defect claims on a significant aqueduct project; trial of a termination dispute between the prime and subcontractor on a major state IT systems development contract; successful resolution of a multimillion dollar cost accounting standards dispute with the government on behalf of an aerospace material contractor; pursuing actions relating to power plant and water treatment plant construction projects on behalf of general contractors, subcontractors and the suppliers and fabricators of principal components; federal and state false claim act actions, and federal, state and local bid protests relating to equipment, software, construction and service contracts, including the $35 billion Air Force Air Tanker procurement and major post-Katrina hurricane protection projects in and around New Orleans.

Mr. O’Donnell has been named one of the leading government contract lawyers in the country in every edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, since 2005. He is also included in the annual list of “Best Lawyers in America” and is recognized as one of California’s outstanding construction lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: California. He has served as chairman and vice-chairman of several committees of the ABA Public Contract Law Section as well as on the Executive Committee of the California State Bar’s Public Law Section. Mr. O’Donnell has written and lectured on a wide variety of government contract and construction issues. He is presently on the Advisory Committee for The Government Contractor and the Associated General Contractors of California Legal Advisory Committee and is a member of the ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry. He is a former president and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of BAVC, one of the nation's leading media arts organizations, and is also on the Board of San Francisco Performances.


J.D., Yale Law School, 1973
Editor, Yale Law Journal

B.A., Williams College, 1967
Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions
California - 1973
District of Columbia - 2012

Government Contracts

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

"Terminations of Government Contracts” Year In Review Conference, Washington, DC, February 19, 2015 (co-presented)

“Court of Federal Claims and Federal Circuit Decisions: Recent Developments,” BCABA Annual Program, Oct. 15, 2014

“Terminations of Government Contracts,” West Federal Publications Seminars course, Executive Conference & Training Center, June 3-4, 2014, co-presented

Government Shutdown Q & A: Navigating in Uncharted Waters, a CLE webinar for the Public Contracting Institute, October 15, 2013 (slide show)

Government Contract Terminations: Terminations for Default
1-day course for Federal Publications in Sterling, VA, June 6, 2013

BCA Judge's Association Annual Seminar, Recent Significant Cases
Alexandria, VA, April 25, 2013

West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference: Terminations for Default
Washington, DC, February 21, 2013

If Budget Sequestration Trims Your Contract: What Contractors Need to Know About Partial Terminations and Deductive Changes (PDF) RJO Government Contracts Update, September 2012, co-authored

Advising Construction Contractors: Suspension and Debarment, A CLE teleconference for the ABA Public Contract Law Section, Construction Division, June 28, 2012 (Slide Show) and (Case Study) co-presented

Government Contract Terminations: Terminations for Default
1-day course for Federal Publications in Dulles, VA, June 7, 2012

BCA Judge's Association Annual Seminar, Recent Significant Cases,
Alexandria, VA, April 18, 2012

West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference: Terminations for Default
Washington, DC, February 23, 2012

A-12 Saga Continues
The Government Contractor, Vol. 52, No. 45, December 8, 2010
by N. O'Donnell and
D. Callahan


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