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Ryan D. Stalnaker Associate, Government Contracts

Ryan represents clients on a range of government contracting and regulatory compliance issues, including bid protests, contract claims and disputes, subcontracting arrangements, internal investigations, and regulatory counseling involving the FAR and its agency supplements.

Ryan also counsels and represents clients on national security matters, including foreign investment review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); compliance with the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA); and Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence (FOCI) mitigation in accordance with Defense Security Service (DSS) requirements.

As a former senior congressional aide, Ryan regularly provides federal policy guidance and analysis on important issues affecting the firm’s clients.

Experience Highlights

  • (GAO; Fed. Cl.) — Represented numerous client protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims involving high-value contract awards by the Department of Defense and civilian agencies (assisted)
  • (CFIUS) – Lead associate on multiple CFIUS filings receiving foreign investment approval for proposed transactions in the aviation, energy, and telecom sectors 
  • (ASBCA) – Represented global prime vendor in connection with multiple claims brought by the Defense Logistics Agency pertaining to the provision of supplies and services to the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan (assisted)
  • (CBCA) – Represented a Medicare Administrative Contractor in litigation against the Government for multiple cost claims based on differing interpretations of the federal Cost Accounting Standards (assisted)
  • (Arbitration) – Represented European shipbuilder and its U.S. subsidiaries in multiple prime/subcontractor disputes under a teaming agreement to construct U.S. Navy vessels, including liability for out-of-scope work, and disputes related to international and U.S. procurement opportunities (assisted)
  • (Internal Investigations / Voluntary Disclosures) – Performed numerous internal investigations of potential violations of the ITAR and EAR for a global defense and aerospace contractor. All internal investigations which resulted in voluntary disclosures were successfully closed by the Departments of State and Commerce without further enforcement action


Contact Details

Washington

T +1.202.639.6797
F +1.202.879.8957
rstalnaker@velaw.com
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037
Local time: 5:02 PM
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Ryan's Practices

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 2014 (Articles Editor: The Public Contract Law Journal, published by the Section of Public Contract Law for the American Bar Association)
  • Texas Tech University, B.A., cum laude, 2005
  • Admitted to practice: Maryland; District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • Prior to working in private practice, Ryan served as Legislative Director to Chairman John R. Carter (TX-31) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ryan oversaw the daily operation of the Chairman’s policy staff and was the lead staff member for the Chairman’s assignment to the House Appropriations Committee. During his eight years working for Congress, Ryan focused on federal policy matters involving energy, defense, homeland security, infrastructure, and transportation. While in law school, Ryan was a law clerk for the Washington Legal Foundation.
  • Member: American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Public Contract Law
  • Member: Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member: The Federalist Society