Robyn B.Celestino


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Robyn Celestino is the former Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) for Air Force Special Programs (SAF/AQCS) and has extensive experience in government contracting and procurement matters.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Robyn served as the Director of Contracts (Acting) for the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO), Director of Contract Policy, and as a Contracting Officer (CO) with an unlimited warrant for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Robyn specialized in Major Weapon Systems with a career portfolio in excess of $50 billion, including programs such as the F/A-18, EA-18G, and F-35 fighter jets; B-21 bomber; and X-37 space plane. Robyn is the recipient of numerous Air Force and Department of Defense (DoD) awards for excellence. She holds an active Top Secret clearance and is SCI (sensitive compartmented information) eligible.

Since joining Jones Day, Robyn has assisted clients on government contract matters, including bid protest litigation, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) appeals, contract disputes act claims, subcontract disputes, prime and subcontract formation, commercial item determinations, other transaction agreements (OTAs), intellectual property rights, commercial software licenses, small business certifications, subcontract management, False Claims Act (FCA) investigations (and related government investigations), and personnel and facility security clearance issues and appeals.


  • Kinzie Capital acquires Arctic IndustriesJones Day represented Kinzie Capital Partners LP, a Chicago-based private equity firm, in the acquisition and financing of Arctic Industries, a leading manufacturer of commercial grade walk-in coolers and freezers.
  • ETS acquires PSIJones Day advised Educational Testing Service (ETS) in its acquisition of PSI Services LLC, a global leader in test development and delivery across workforce certification and licensure.
  • TotalEnergies' affiliate Cray Valley sells three product lines to Pacific Avenue Capital PartnersJones Day is advising Total Energies on its sale of three product lines to Pacific Avenue Capital Partners (Wingtack®, PolyBD® and Dymalink®) developed by Cray Valley, its resin production and sales affiliate.
  • Riverside acquires American Service Company (ASC) and Advanced Fire Protection Systems (AFPS)Jones Day represented The Riverside Company in the acquisition of American Service Company (ASC) and Advanced Fire Protection Systems (AFPS), providers of fire and life safety system services to commercial property owners and building managers across eastern Massachusetts and the greater Baltimore / D.C. area, respectively.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company backed NorthStar Group acquires Trans Ash Inc.Jones Day advised NorthStar Group, a portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Company, in the acquisition and financing of Trans Ash Inc., a leading provider of coal ash (or coal combustion residuals) services to utilities customers across North America.
  • Organon makes strategic investment in Claria MedicalJones Day advised Organon in the strategic investment in Claria Medical, Inc. a privately-held company developing an investigational medical device being studied for use during minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy.
  • Parker divests its Aircraft Wheel and Brake divisionJones Day advised Parker-Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH, “Parker”), the global leader in motion and control technologies, in the divestiture of its Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division, located in Avon, Ohio, to Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN) for $440 million.
  • Avient acquires DSM Protective Materials businessJones Day advised Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), a leading provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions, in the $1.485 billion acquisition and financing of Koninklijke DSM N.V.’s protective materials business, a leading specialty engineered materials business built around the invention of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber.
  • Signature Aviation sells TAC Air FBOs to Atlantic AviationJones Day advised Signature Aviation in its divestiture of three TAC Air fixed base operations at Omaha, Nebraska (OMA); Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU); and Hartford, Connecticut (BDL) to Atlantic Aviation.
  • Signature Aviation acquires 14 TAC Air locations Jones Day advised Signature Aviation in the acquisition of the TAC Air business of The Arnold Companies.
  • Multi-service national corporation seeks counsel on security clearance issues in connection with acquisitionJones Day advised a multi-service national corporation with respect to facility security clearance (FCL) issues, including executing a tailored agreement with the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) regarding termination of a Special Security Agreement (SSA) for an acquired subsidiary firm.
  • Multinational company concludes internal investigation regarding small business representations made by company subsidiaryJones Day led and conducted an internal investigation of a multinational corporation regarding exposure and disclosure obligations in connection with small business representations made by a subsidiary of the company. 
  • VSE Corporation acquires HAECO Special ServicesJones Day advised VSE Corporation, a leading provider of aftermarket distribution and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for land, sea and air transportation assets for government and commercial markets, in its acquisition of HAECO Special Services, LLC from HAECO Airframe Services, LLC, a division of HAECO Americas, in an all cash transaction.
  • NXP protests GPO Passport eCover procurementJones Day successfully represented NXP Semiconductors N.V. in a protest at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims challenging the U.S. Government Publishing Office's next generation Passport eCover procurement.
  • Park Place acquires Custom Hardware Engineering & Consulting, Inc.Jones Day advised Park Place Technologies, LLC in its acquisition of Custom Hardware Engineering & Consulting, Inc., a provider of mission critical data center infrastructure services and specializing in post warranty hardware maintenance.
    • April 3, 2019
      Air Force Contracting World Wide Training Summit (AFCWWTS), Executive Steering Group Panel