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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Gov Con CXO Forum: Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Provisions-Interpreting, Enforcing and Complying

Start Date: 10/31/2018 11:30 AM EDT
End Date: 10/31/2018 1:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Tysons International Square

1919 Gallows Road Conference Center
Vienna, VA  United States  22182

Organization Name: SECAF

Julia Nelson
Email: info@secaf.org
Phone: 703-574-1117

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

For SECAF Gov Con Members!
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CXO Forum: Interpreting, Enforcing and Complying with Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Provisions
Presented by Protorae Law

Tysons International Plaza
Conference Center
1919 Gallows Road
Vienna, VA 22182

11:30am -  1:00pm

“Non-solicitation” and “Non-Compete” provisions are part and parcel of the business of government contracts.  These provisions can appear in non-disclosure agreements, employment agreements, teaming agreements, subcontracts and joint venture agreements, among others.  These agreements also can include provisions which are not explicitly called “non-compete” or “non-solicitation” provisions but, in effect, operate as such.  To further confuse matters, state law governs the interpretation and enforceability of these provisions and the law in this regard across different states is not always uniform.  Come hear attorneys from Protorae Law explain the nuances of these provisions and how they may impact your business.

Who Should Attend?  CEO, CFO, COO, CIO


  • Devon E. Hewitt - Partner, Protorae Law, Government Contracts Practice  
  • Brian F. Chandler - Managing Partner, Protorae Law, Employment Law Practice
Devon Hewitt, a partner at Protorae Law, has over 25 years’ experience in the field of Government Contracts and represents, emerging, small, mid-size and large government contractors located across the United States and abroad.  Ms. Hewitt is best known as a bid protest attorney, having participated in well over 100 bid protests lodged at various federal agencies, including the Small Business Administration and the Government Accountability Office.  She also has participated in bid protests filed at the United States Court of Federal Claims and is one of the few bid protest attorneys that has argued bid protest decisions on appeal at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In addition to bid protests, Ms. Hewitt represents government contractors in a wide variety of transactional matters such as the drafting and negotiation of subcontracts and teaming, other transaction, cooperative, nondisclosure, non-compete, operating, joint venture and commercial vendor agreements.  She also advises government contractors on issues related to the Service Contract Act, intellectual property and data rights, suspension and debarment, contract claims, ethics and compliance, Organizational Conflicts of Interest, FOIA requests and reverse FOIA letters, notices of default and terminations, and government investigations, among others. She has significant experience with the Small Business Administration’s small business preferential programs and has twice served as a trial expert on this topic.

Ms. Hewitt recently was appointed General Counsel of the Small Emerging Contractor Advisory Forum (SECAF) and has been a member of its Board for over five years.  She is active in the National Veterans Small Business Council and represents many SDVOSBs and VOSBs.

Ms. Hewitt is a frequent speaker/panelist on government contracts issues and has appeared on Federal News Radio and at events sponsored by the Public Contracts Section of the ABA, the Professional Services Council, the National Contract Management Association, SECAF, NVSBC, ACT-IAC, NDIA, Women In Public Policy and the Government Technology Services Coalition. She has been a columnist for Washington Technology and Bloomberg’s Federal Contracts Reports as well as the author of a treatise on federal small business contracting programs, editor of the ABA’s The Procurement Lawyer and contributor to the legal publication Inside the Minds.

Ms. Hewitt received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was an editor of the Journal of Law and Politics and a member of the school’s National Moot Court team. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Jose A. Fusté of the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico.  Ms. Hewitt graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College. Prior to joining Protorae Law, Ms. Hewitt was a Government Contracts partner at Pillsbury and Piliero Mazza, respectively.

Brian Chandler focuses his practice on employment matters, resolving business disputes, breach of contract actions, and corporate control matters.  Brian heads the firm’s Employment Law Practice, and is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Unfair Business Practices teams.

Brian’s employment practice includes drafting employment agreements, negotiating covenants not to compete and non-solicitation provisions; and handling employment litigation matters and matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. Brian also counsels clients on employment law compliance issues and the creation and implementation of employment policies.

In addition to employment law matters, Brian represents businesses in breach of contract actions, commercial disputes, business torts, and commercial real estate disputes. Brian has extensive experience handling matters in Virginia state courts; the District of Columbia Superior Court; and federal courts throughout the country.  In all his matters, Brian takes a results-oriented approach to solving his client’s problems.  Depending on the case, this approach may result in a full-scale trial on the merits, an out-of-court settlement through mediation, or an arbitration hearing.

Prior to co-founding Protorae Law, Brian worked at several law firms including Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and Cooley Godward, LLP. Brian is admitted to the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Brian received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was active in the Lile Moot Court.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

No cost but you MUST register in advance. Space is limited.

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