Robert K. Tompkins

Partner at Holland & Knight LLP

Robert K. Tompkins

Robert K. Tompkins

Partner at Holland & Knight LLP

Biography

Bob Tompkins is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Washington, D.C., office and co-chair of the National Government Contracts Practice. Mr. Tompkins provides strategic advice and counsel to government contractors, their management and investors. He is experienced in government contract protests and disputes, government investigations and related proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, matters related to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) government contracting programs and providing general counseling to clients. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Risk and Crisis Management Team and represents contractors and grant recipients in complex, high-stakes matters, including congressional investigations, inspector general inquiries, suspension and debarment proceedings.

Government Contract Bid Protests and Disputes

Mr. Tompkins has represented clients in numerous bid protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA), and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, as well as in agency-level protests. He also represents a wide range of companies in small-business protests and appeals to the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA). Mr. Tompkins advises clients on responding to federal procurement solicitations, as well as how to interpret and comply with federal procurement law, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

Government Investigations, Audits, Suspension and Debarment

Mr. Tompkins assists clients with practical strategies to develop and carry out internal investigations and to respond to external government audits and investigations. As a member of the firm’s Risk and Crisis Management team, Mr. Tompkins has experience representing clients in high-stakes, multifaceted matters often involving all three branches of government as well as media and public relations strategies. Mr. Tompkins has represented clients in connection with investigations by the GAO, various Offices of Inspector General (OIGs), the Department of Defense, the SBA, the Department of Energy and the Department of Justice, among others. Mr. Tompkins has also represented clients in congressional investigations. Clients call on Mr. Tompkins to help them navigate suspension and debarment proceedings, avoid suspension and debarment or negotiate an appropriate administrative agreement to have a suspension or debarment lifted. He is well-versed in advising contractors on making voluntary disclosures to the government regarding potential violations and complying with the mandatory disclosure requirements set forth in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 3.

Government Contracts Compliance Services

Mr. Tompkins has developed a wide range of ethics and compliance programs for companies of all sizes. He assists contractors with compliance program assessments and evaluations, and advises management on best practices for developing, maintaining, and improving ethics and compliance programs. He also counsels clients on establishing internal processes and controls to handle reports of potential ethics and compliance violations.

Small Business and SBA Matters

Mr. Tompkins guides clients through all aspects of the government contracting programs offered by the SBA such as the 8(a), HUBZone and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) and Women-Owned Small Business Programs. He counsels government contractors on participation in SBA’s 8(a) mentor-protégé program and in forming joint venture and teaming arrangements with other entities to effectively pursue complex government procurements. He has also helped several small businesses obtain 8(a) certification and establish themselves as 8(a) contractors.

In particular, Mr. Tompkins focuses on assisting Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and Indian tribes participating in the SBA's 8(a) Program. His in-depth knowledge of the program requirements and benefits available to tribal- and ANC-owned businesses helps these clients through all stages of development. In addition to advising on core government contracts issues, Mr. Tompkins’ counsel to tribes and ANCs includes advising on: preparing and applying for admission to the 8(a) Program; establishing effective internal controls and risk management policies to ensure program compliance; structuring business arrangements with other entities, including teaming agreements, subcontracts, joint ventures and administrative services agreements in compliance with SBA requirements; and government proceedings, including size determinations, appeals to SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, and investigations by the SBA’s Office of Inspector General.

Government Contract Transactions and Due Diligence

Numerous government contractors, private equity firms and venture capital firms seek Mr. Tompkins guidance in conducting due diligence of potential acquisition or investment targets in the government contracts industry. For many of these entities, he focuses on transactions involving target companies with small business or 8(a) contract backlogs and also assists with post-acquisition integration and compliance issues.

Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Mr. Tompkins’ background also extends to federal grants and cooperative agreements. He counsels on compliance with Office of Management and Budget circulars, other regulations governing federal assistance agreements and developing compliance programs to meet the administrative and regulatory requirements that accompany the receipt of federal funds. Mr. Tompkins has successfully litigated bid protests involving application of the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act (FGCAA).

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JD
Class of 1994

The Washington and Lee University School of Law (W&L Law) is a private American Bar Association-accredited law school located in Lexington in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Facilities are on the historic campus of Washington and Lee University in Sydney Lewis Hall. W&L Law has a total enrollment of approximately 420 students in Juris Doctor and Master of Laws programs and a 9.5-to-1 student to faculty ratio.

BA
Class of 1990

Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee University is named for two of the most influential men in American history: George Washington, whose generous endowment of $20,000 in 1796 helped the fledgling school (then known as Liberty Hall Academy) survive, and Robert E. Lee, whose presidency and innovative leadership brought the University into the national limelight. The University is located in the historic city of Lexington (population 7,000) in the Great Valley of Virginia about three hours southwest of Washington, D.C. W&L’s 35 principal buildings include the picturesque Washington College group forming the Colonnade facing Lee Chapel, where Robert E. Lee is buried. The Colonnade and Lee Chapel are National Historic Landmarks. New or recently renovated buildings include the John W. Elrod University Commons, the journalism department's Reid Hall, the Doremus fitness center and Wilson Hall, the fine arts and music center. Academic Divisions Washington and Lee is composed of two undergraduate divisions, the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and a graduate School of Law. The undergraduate institution offers 40 majors, 20 minors and more than 1,100 courses—an enviable curriculum for a school of only 1,770 undergraduate students. W&L also features the only fully-accredited business school and fully-accredited journalism program among the nation's top-tier liberal arts colleges. The School of Law, one of the smallest nationally recognized legal programs in the country at about 400 students, has its own dean and faculty. It offers the Juris Doctor degree and, for international law graduates, the Master of Laws degree in United States Law. Faculty and Students As one of the nation's best teaching colleges, W&L places a high priority on recruiting and retaining a top-notch faculty. Virtually all of the University's professors hold the Ph.D. degree or equivalent earned doctoral degree, and all faculty members are active in continuing self-development as scholars and teachers. There are no teaching assistants. The average class size is 16 students, and nearly one-fourth of all classes have no more than 10 students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1. W&L is also notable for its national and international student body. W&L's students live in 48 states and the District of Columbia and hold citizenships in 47 other countries. About 14 percent of undergraduates come from Virginia, with large numbers of students arriving from Maryland, Texas, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania and California. Student Life Once on campus, W&L students are highly involved in student government, athletics and student activities. The University fields 24 NCAA Division III sports, including the 2007 national champions in women's tennis. Students can also participate in over 125 clubs and organizations, including a student newspaper, a broadcast radio station, and cable television station. Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of the University is its student run Honor System, and the environment that it creates on campus and in Lexington. Students at W&L enjoy unparalleled academic and social freedom. Undergraduates typically schedule their own final examinations, all students take their exams unsupervised, personal property is generally safe on campus, most University buildings remain open twenty-four hours per day, and a student’s word is accepted and respected both on campus and in the community. Since its inception, the Honor System has fostered a sense of community and trust that continues to enhance the lives of Washington and Lee students, during enrollment at Washington and Lee and in their later personal and professional lives.

Career History
Partner
2014 - Current

Holland & Knight LLP provides legal services. The company offers four practice sections: litigation, government, business and real estate. It has locations in Atlanta, Bethesda, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Los Angeles and Tallahassee. The company was founded in 1968 and is located in Miami, FL.

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Patton Boggs LLP provides legal services. Its practice areas include public policy, litigation, business law, administrative and regulatory, and intellectual property, each encompassing a range of specific areas of concentration. The company was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Political Donations
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2012
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2012

Acting Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs at U.S. Department of Defense

Awards & Honors
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
Admitted to the Maryland Bar
Admitted to the Virginia Bar
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