Jerome "Jerry" S. Gabig

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Co-Chair, Government Contracts Practice Group

Wilmer & Lee, P.A.
100 Washington Street, Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35801
T: (256) 533-0202
F: (256) 533-0302

Legal Assistant
Jessica Perez

Practice Areas
Government Contracts

B.S., United States Military Academy
J.D., University of California
Harvard University (one year post-graduate in business)

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Background and Experience
Jerry Gabig specializes in federal government contracts.   He is a retired Air Force JAG officer where he was the legal advisor for numerous weapons systems including missiles, smart weapons, and multi-billion dollar command & control systems.   He was frequently served as the lead government attorney to defend against protests involving high priority DoD systems.

Widely known for his teaching and writing in government contracts, Jerry was recruited to join Venable LLP, an American Lawyer top 100 law firm.  At Venable, Jerry represented many of the top defense contractors (including Lockheed Martin and Raytheon) on a multitude of government contracts issues.

Intellectual property generated under government contracts is one of Jerry’s specialties.  He has published the seminal paper on trade secrets and DOD contracts.
Jerry is no stranger to technology.  He has served on the Army Science Board and is a co-inventor on four U.S. patents.

Jerry prefers small businesses for clients because he believes he can have greater impact on their success.   He gave up being a partner at Venable LLC to become the General Counsel of a small technology company that raised over $100M in venture capital and generated over 75 patents.

Jerry’s fascination for business led him to Harvard University where he completed a year-long graduate program.   Jerry leveraged his business training to be a co-founder of the Q-Track Corporation where he served as the first CEO.  Thanks in part to his proposal writing skills, Q-Track was able to attract several millions of dollars in federal R&D funding.  Q-Track was sold to GaN Corporation in 2019.  Jerry also co-founded Still Serving Veterans and the Working Wounded Warriors (W3) Corporation.

Jerry’s diverse background in government contracts has allowed him to gain rare insight into the federal procurement process. He has served on “red teams” and has been an expert witness in both state and Federal courts.  Resolving disputes between prime and subcontracts is one of his fortes. He has been trained as a mediator and is registered on the Alabama State Mediator Roster.

Education, Admissions, and Experience

Practice Areas:
Federal Government Contracts.

Alabama, District of Columbia, and United States Court of Federal Claims.

Law School:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1977)   Executive Editor, Hastings International Law Review and member of Moot Court Board.

United States Military Academy (1972) Deans List;   Harvard University (1985) Certificate of Special Studies in Management.

National Contract Management Association (Fellow)

Professional Activities:

Alabama State Bar: Chair of the Government Contracts Section
Still Serving Veterans Co-Founder and member of Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans.

Army Science Board (1999-2004).  Served on panels ranging from reviewing wireless technologies for the Future Combat System to advising how the Army can entice venture capitalists to invest in technologies of interest to the Army.

NASA Headquarters Industrial Process Action Team (1996-1998).  Made recommendations to NASA on acquisition reform initiatives.

Chair, Information Systems Committee, Public Contract Law Section, American Bar Association (1986-1989; 1995-1999)

Public Sector:  AMCOM “Boot Camp” For Contracting Officers: Instructor for the Army JAG School, the Air Force JAG School, the Defense Systems Management College, the DOD Computer Institute, the Naval Post Graduate Institute, the Treasury Procurement Institute, the Panama Canal Commission, and DOD’s Software Technology Conference.

Private Sector:  Instructor for four different courses for Federal Publications, Inc.  including co-teaching a course with Professor Nash entitled The FAR Part 15 ReWrite as well as course director for Government Contracting For Software Development.  Course director for Information Technology Contracting at George Washington University.

Recent Publications:

A Contractor’s Guide to Government Shutdowns” Briefing Paper 19-13, December 2019

Death By CPAR: Is There a Remedy?” Nash & Cibinic Report, October 2019

Has DCAA Disallowed a Cost? Don’t Give in Too Quickly” Government Contracts Insights, October 2019

Playing Your Cards at Interpreting Federal Government Contracts” Alabama Lawyer, September 2019

Debunking the Hype Involving Other Transaction Authority,” Contract Management, March 2019

Organizational Conflicts of Interests: Read FAR Subpart 9.5 at Your Own Peril” Contract Management, December 2017

Ten Useful Tips Concerning IP Rights on Government Contracts” Attorney at Law Magazine April 2018

DCAA Auditors Foraging Into the Qualifications of Contractor Employees Whose Services Have Been Invoiced” CP&A Report, January 2016