Henry J. "Jim" Schweiter
Henry J. Schweiter focuses his practice on Government Contracts and Government Affairs. He works with companies inexperienced in dealing with the federal government, as well as with established government contractors, in resolving contractual issues with the government and in the development and implementation of success oriented government affairs strategies. These strategies involve targeted legislative and regulatory solutions, media strategies, legal advice about government contracting opportunities, and business development. Mr. Schweiter is particularly knowledgeable about the programs and activities of the Departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs.
Mr. Schweiter also represents clients who are under investigation by, or appear before, congressional committees, commissions, and federal agencies. His practice includes conducting internal investigations and the development and implementation of compliance programs. He also advises contractors regarding participation in the Defense Department’s disclosure program and compliance with the FAR’s mandatory disclosure requirements.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schweiter served for 15 years in several senior positions with the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives, including counsel, general counsel and minority staff director. During that time, he was responsible for formulating and implementing legislative initiatives, media strategy, and parliamentary procedure related to the annual national defense authorization act and other legislation. Mr. Schweiter served as a liaison to the leadership, House and Senate committees, the White House, the Department of Defense, industry officials and private sector groups. As general counsel, he was the senior legal advisor to the committee chairman and members of the committee. As minority staff director and counsel, he was the senior professional staff member and legal advisor to the Committee’s ranking member and the 27 other minority members of the Committee. Mr. Schweiter also served in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Mr. Schweiter also worked as senior counsel for a professional services company, served as the general counsel of the congressional Commission on the National Guard and Reserves, and served on active duty as an Air Force judge advocate.
Mr. Schweiter is a recipient of the Department of Defense award for distinguished public service, the Department of the Navy award for meritorious public service and is the author of several articles on national security-related topics. Mr. Schweiter serves as the team leader for the Government Contracts Department in the firm's Washington, DC office.
- Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard University, 1992
- J.D., University of Toledo, College of Law, 1981
- B.A., Gettysburg College, 1977
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- "Fiscal Crisis Brings Threat of Base Closures," co-author, Defense Communities, March/April 2013.
- "A Win-Win For Military Bases And Local Governments," co-author, Government Contracts Law360, March 20, 2013.
- "Feature Comment: Looming Fiscal Crisis Increases Pressure for Another Round of Base Closures," 55 The Government Contractor 49 (Feb. 20, 2013), co-author.
- "The Budget Control Act of 2011, Sequestration and NAF Activities," American Logistics Association Executive Bulletin (August 12, 2012).
- "Understanding Sequestration and the WARN Act," Government Contracts Law 360 (July 25, 2012).
- "Government Contract Funding Under Continuing Resolutions," 95 Fed. Cont. Rep. 180 (2011), co-author.
- "Implications of Funding Shortfalls and Budget Cuts on Government Contractors," 53 The Government Contractor 20 (May 18, 2011), co-author.
- "Cybersecurity Legislation in the Lame Duck Session of Congress—What’s Next," Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report (November 6, 2012), co-author.
- "Congressional Reference Cases, in Government Contracts Disputes," 2010-2011 ed. Thomson Reuters/West (2010).
- "Global Determinants of Defense Restructuring: The Case of the United States,in T. Bruneau & H. Trinkunas," Global Politics of Defense Reform (2008), co-author.
- "Defense Environmental Legislation in the 104th Congress: A Retrospective," 7 Fed. Facilities Envt'l J. 1 (Winter 1996).
- " Post-Award Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction of the Claims Court and Boards of Contract Appeals over Non-monetary Claims," 18 Pub. Cont. L. J. 277 (1989).
- "Private Housing for the Disabled: A Suggested Agenda," 56 Notre Dame Lawyer 247 (1980), co-author.
Seminars and Presentations:
- Presenter: "The Trifecta of Fiscal Problems & Implications for Government Contractors," Public Contracting Institute, March 4, 2013.
- Presenter: “The Budget Control Act of 2011: Preparing for Sequestration,” Berger Group Holdings, Inc., Annual Management Meeting, October 25, 2012.
- Presenter: "What Could Sequestration Mean to the GeoInt Community?" United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, August 23, 2012.
- Presenter: “How the Continuing Budget Crisis will Impact Government Contractors" Board of Contract Appeals Judges’ Association Annual Seminar, April 18, 2012.
- Presenter: “Forecast for Federal Procurement in 2012 and Beyond,” 18th Annual Federal Procurement Institute, ABA Section of Public Contract Law, March 23, 2012.
- Presenter: "Off the Shelf," Federal News Radio, March 13, 2012.
- Presenter: “Impact of Budget Cuts and Sequestration on Government Contractors,” National Contract Management Association Maryland Chapter, January 18, 2012.
- Presenter: “Debt Ceiling—What’s Next for Health Care?” Capitol Street, Washington, DC, October 3, 2011.
- Presenter: "What Congress and the Executive Branch Will Do To and For You in 2010" Coalition for Government Procurement Annual Spring Conference, Arlington, VA, April 29, 2010.
- Presenter: "Looking Ahead: Government Procurement Contracting Updates From the Obama Administration" National Contract Management Association-Huntsville, March 10, 2010.