Ryan P.McGovern


Washington + 1.202.879.3901

Ryan McGovern counsels leading and emerging government contractors in high-stakes litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters.

Ryan has litigated matters before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), U.S. federal courts, and federal administrative bodies. He has counseled clients on the full range of issues that government contractors face, including government investigations, the False Claims Act (FCA), the Anti-Kickback Act (AKA), suspension and debarment, conflicts of interest, bid protests, General Services Administration (GSA) schedule contracting, and disputes between prime contractors and subcontractors. He also has extensive experience advising clients in mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions involving government contractors. Ryan has represented clients in a variety of industries, including defense, aerospace, construction, technology, pharmaceutical, and personal services.

Ryan also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has represented disabled U.S. veterans and asylum applicants, and he regularly volunteers with the D.C. Landlord-Tenant Resource Center.


  • Riverside sells majority investment in n2y to Providence Equity PartnersJones Day advised The Riverside Company in connection with the sale of its majority investment in n2y LLC, a leading provider of software, curricula, and tools to the K-12 special education market, to Providence Equity Partners.
  • Founders of Perduco sell Perduco Group to LinQuest CorporationJones Day represented the founders of Perduco in connection with their sale of The Perduco Group, a high-growth and leading provider of advanced data analytics, data architecting, and model-based simulation to defense and civilian agencies, to LinQuest Corporation, a leader in space systems technology solutions for U.S. defense and intelligence communities.
  • BBA Aviation sells Ontic for $1.365 billionJones Day advised BBA Aviation plc ("BBA") in the sale of its Ontic business to an investment fund affiliated with CVC Capital Partners for $1.365 billion.
  • Riverside sells CTI Holding Company to Fortive CorporationJones Day advised The Riverside Company in connection with its sale of CTI Holding Company to Fortive Corporation.
  • Law enforcement training facility successfully protests U.S. Department of State's contract award before GAOJones Day represented a woman-owned, full service training facility and supplier of canines for law enforcement and security work before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in protesting the U.S. Department of State's award of a contract for training and exportation of canines to Mexico.
  • Kuwaiti construction firm obtains settlement in largest ever contract case brought against U.S. State DepartmentJones Day represented a Kuwaiti construction firm before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals in the largest ever contract case brought against the U.S. State Department.
  • Technology solutions and managed services provider wins summary judgment on claimsJones Day represented a Fortune 500 technology solutions and managed services provider in defending False Claims Act (FCA) litigation.
  • Technology solutions and managed services provider obtains agency corrective action and subsequent contract award in bid protestJones Day represented a Fortune 500 technology solutions and managed services provider before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in protesting the U.S. Navy's award of multiple indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts to provide financial improvement and audit readiness support services.
  • ARxIUM obtains court order overturning Government Accountability Office decisionJones Day successfully represented ARxIUM, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of pharmacy automation, workflow, and consulting solutions, in its bid protest before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
  • IT provider prevails in agency-level protestJones Day successfully represented a leading application networking, load balancing and DDoS protection solutions provider in an agency-level protest of a task order competition conducted by the Defense Information Systems Agency.
  • Woman-owned minority IT firm prevails in prime-sub disputeJones Day successfully represented a woman-owned federal IT services company in a dispute with a prime contractor.
  • Medical products provider successfully protests improper contract awardJones Day filed a Government Accountability Office (GAO) protest on behalf of a medical products provider challenging the VA’s improper award of a contract for medical equipment.
  • Randstad acquires Monster for $429 millionJones Day advised Randstad Holding nv (AMS: RAND), a leading human resources services provider, in the acquisition of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW).
  • TorQuest Partners acquires majority control of Polycor as part of merger with Swenson Granite and Rock of AgesJones Day advised TorQuest Partners, Inc. regarding the acquisition of a majority control of Polycor, Inc., as part of its merger with Swenson Granite and Rock of Ages, creating the largest dimensional stone company in North America, and the acquisition of Swenson Granite Company, LLC, a quarrier and cutter of granite.
  • RockWood Equity Partners acquires BJG ElectronicsJones Day advised RockWood Equity Partners LLC in connection with the acquisition and related financing of BJG Electronics, Inc., a distributor and light manufacturer of high reliability electronic components serving the defense, commercial aerospace, and business aviation markets.
  • Alpha Natural Resources plan confirmed by U.S. Bankruptcy CourtOn July 12, 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia entered an order confirming the Second Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. and 148 of its debtor affiliates, less than one year after Alpha, one of the largest coal companies in the United States, entered chapter 11 with liabilities of approximately $7.1 billion amidst the most challenging economic environment for coal producers in decades.
  • Vera prevails in pro bono protest challenging ill-conceived contract award for provision of legal services to unaccompanied alien children in MiamiRepresenting non-profit Vera Institute of Justice, Inc. (Vera), a team of Jones Day attorneys successfully protested a troubling U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contract award to provide legal services to unaccompanied alien children (UAC).
  • Technology solutions and managed services firm evaluates government contracting and intellectual property issuesJones Day is advising a leading technology solutions and managed services provider regarding the evaluation and compliance of government contracting requirements.
  • Fortune 500 company undergoes internal investigation involving allegations of employee misconductJones Day conducted an internal investigation for a Fortune 500 company into a foreign subsidiary involving allegations of employee misconduct and potential False Claims Act violations.
  • First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting successfully challenges personal jurisdiction and obtains dismissal of False Claims Act suit brought by U.S. governmentJones Day represented First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting W.L.L., an overseas government subcontractor, in a False Claims Act suit brought by the U.S. government. The government alleged that First Kuwaiti's claims for payment to the prime contractor, Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc., were inflated, and that the government was harmed when the claims were later passed on by KBR to it.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented an information technology contractor in a GAO protest of a $5.6 billion Defense Intelligence Agency procurement, securing a contract award as a result of the government's corrective action.

    Represented a leading laboratory testing and services company in successfully defending a GAO protest of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs award for laboratory testing services.

    Represented a global services provider in successfully defending a COFC protest challenging a U.S. Department of State contract modification for aircraft services in Afghanistan.

    Speaking Engagements

    • November 1, 2018
      Federal Acquisition of Information Technology: Cloud Computing, Licensing Software and other Intellectual Property, and Recent Developments - Public Contracting Institute
    • April 12, 2018
      Preparing for and Managing Prime/Sub Disputes -
      National Contract Management Association, SubCon Training Workshops 2018
    • December 19, 2017
      Government Contracts Lifecycle Management - Clear Law Institute
    • May 23, 2017
      Purchasing Contract Administration - Lorman Education Services
    • January 21, 2016
      Purchasing Contract Administration - Lorman Education Services

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