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Former Army Judge Advocate Howard W. Roth Joins Oles Morrison

Fri Feb 14, 2014

Howard W. Roth, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, has joined Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker as Of Counsel.  Howard will focus his law practice on government contracts, including bid protests, contract claims and disputes, rights in intellectual property, ship repair, and maritime contracts. 

Howard brings over 23 years of government contract law experience to the firm, ranging from Commissioner at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals to private practice, and most recently service as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at the Army’s Regional Support Command (RSC) in California.

At the RSC, Howard was legal counsel to the program manager responsible for construction of over 50 buildings in 7 states.  He resolved matters for contracting officers on RFPs, contract negotiations and discussions, protests, claims, and contractor compliance.  Howard also resolved commercial item and GSA Schedule contracting issues for over 180 facilities.

From 2002 to 2007, Howard served as Chief Government Contract Law for a nationwide military command.  He advised an acquisition team developing an IT data center with 45,000 users at 900 sites. He was recalled to active JAG duty in 2000 as a Trial Team Chief at Army Contract Appeals litigating bid protests and contract appeals.  Prior to being recalled to active duty, Howard was in private practice representing government contractors in the maritime, construction, and professional services industries.

Howard graduated in 1986 from William and Mary Law School. He is a 1999 graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983. He is fluent in German and was a military scholarship student at Göettingen University in Germany.