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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME

Since 1987, members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association from both the private bar and the government have worked together to support the Court in administering justice between the United States and its citizens. Now, 35 years later, our mission is more important than ever.

History of the CFC Bar Association

The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association was founded in 1987. The principal purpose was to support the Court in its efforts to administer justice in the most efficient, fair, and expeditious manner. Visionaries including the former Chief Judge Loren Smith, James Brookshire, David Cohen, Clarence Kipps, Steve Lambert, Mildred Seidman and Randolph Thrower (who was the Bar Association’s first president) launched the association as an adjunct to what had come to be known as the “Peoples’ Court.”

BAR LEADERSHIP

President
Jon Burd
Wiley Rein LLP
Washington, DC

President-Elect
David Harrington
U.S. Department of Justice
ENRD Natural Resources Section
Washington, DC

Treasurer
William Bergmann
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Washington, DC

Secretary
Renée J. Gentry, Esq.
The Law Office of Renée J. Gentry, Esq.
Washington DC

Term Expiring December 2022

Scott Bolden
U.S. Department of Justice
Intellectual Property Section
Washington, DC

Rob Stewart
U.S. Department of Justice
Tax Division
Washington, DC

Davene Walker
U.S. Department of Justice
ENRD Natural Resources Section
Washington, DC

Term Expiring December 2023

Julia Collison
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division
Torts Branch
Washington, DC

Leah Durant
Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC
Washington, DC

Alex Hontos
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Minneapolis, MN

Amanda Tantum
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division
National Courts Section
Washington, DC

Term Expiring December 2024

Corinne Niosi
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division
Washington, DC

Jessica Olins
Maglio, Christopher & Toale
Seattle, WA

Marissa Piropato
U.S. Department of Justice
ENRD Natural Resources Section
Washington, DC

Robert Shapiro
Duane Morris LLP
Washington, DC

The Honorable Elaine D. Kaplan
Chief Judge
U.S. Court of Federal Claims

The Honorable Loren A. Smith
Court Liaison to the Bar Association

Clerk of the Courts
Lisa Reyes
U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Court of Federal Claims

Individual and Firm Membership Available

PAST LEADERS

1988 Randolph W. Thrower
1989 James Brookshire
1990 James L. Malone III
1991 Steven C. Lambert
1992 Mildred L. Seidman
1993 Robert K. Huffman
1994 Gregory A. Smith
1995 Edward J. Passarelli
1996 Marshall J. Doke, Jr.
1997 David M. Cohen
1998 Philip A. Nacke
1999 Margaret M. Sweeney
2000 Thomas J. Madden
2001 David D. Gustafson
2002 Lewis S. Wiener
2003 John L. Euler
2004 David A. Churchill
2005 Steven I. Frahm
2006 Nancie G. Marzulla
2007 Marc A. Smith
2008 Brad Fagg
2009 Melonie J. McCall
2010 Steven P. Hollman
2011 Bryant G. Snee
2012 Luke Levasseur
2013 Rob Stewart
2014 Lewis S. Wiener
2015 Mary Abate
2016 Altom Maglio
2017 Edward J. Passarelli
2018 William Bergmann
2019 James Connor
2020 James Boland
2021 Allison Kidd-Miller
2021
Results of the 2021 Election

The following were elected at the December 2, 2021 annual meeting/election to serve terms beginning on January 1, 2022:

Officers
President*:  Jon Burd (Wiley Rein LLP)
President-Elect:  David Harrington (ENRD Division, U.S. DOJ)
Treasurer:  Bill Bermann (Baker Hostetler LLP)
Secretary:  Renee Gentry (The Law Office of Renee J. Gentry, Esq.)

*  Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, Jon Burd, the 2021 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2022.

Board of Governors (3-year term)
Jessica Olins (Maglio, Christopher & Toale)
Corinne Niosi (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)
Marissa Piropato (ENRD Division, U.S. DOJ)
Robert Shapiro (Duane Morris LLP)

Board of Governors (2-year term)
Alex Hontos (Dorsey & Whitney LLP)

2020
Results of the 2020 Election

The following were elected at the December 2, 2020 annual meeting/election to serve terms beginning on January 1, 2021:

Officers
President*: Allison Kidd-Miller (Civil Division, National Courts Section, U.S. DOJ)
President-Elect: Jon Burd (Wiley Rein LLP)
Treasurer: Bill Bergmann (Baker & Hostetler LLP)
Secretary: Colleen Hartley (Civil Division, Torts Branch, U.S. DOJ)

* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, Allison Kidd-Miller, the 2020 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2021, and current President, James Boland, serves as Immediate Past President.

Board of Governors (3-year term)
Amanda Tantum (Civil Division, National Courts Section, U.S. DOJ)
Danielle Sgro (Civil Division, Civil Fraud Section, U.S. DOJ)
Leah Durant (Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC)
Julia Collison (Civil Division, Torts Branch, U.S. DOJ)

2019
Results of the 2019 Election
The following were elected at the November 14, 2019, annual meeting/election to serve terms beginning on January 1, 2020:

Officers:

President*: James Boland (Venable LLP)
President-Elect: Allison Kidd-Miller (Civil Division, National Courts Section, U.S. DOJ)
Treasurer: Bill Bergmann (Baker & Hostetler LLP)
Secretary: Amanda Tatum (Civil Division, National Courts Section. U.S. DOJ)

* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, James Boland, the 2019 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2020, and current President, James Connor, serves as Immediate Past President.

Board of Governors (3 year term):

Scott Bolden (Civil Division, Intellectual Property Section, U.S. DOJ)
Stacey Grigsby (Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP)
David Harrington (ENRD, Natural Resources Section, U.S. DOJ)
Rob Stewart (Tax Division, U.S. DOJ)

2018
Results of the 2018 Annual Election

The following were elected at the November 14, 2018 annual meeting/election to serve terms beginning on January 1, 2019:

Officers:

President*: James Connor (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)
President-Elect: James Boland (Venable LLP)
Treasurer: Rob Stewart (Tax Division, U.S. DOJ)
Secretary: Stacey Grigsby (Boies, Schiller Flexner LLP)
Board of Governors (3 year term):

Jon Burd (Wiley Rein LLP)
Renée Gentry (Shoemaker, Gentry & Knickelbein)
Allison Kidd-Miller (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)
Edward Passarelli (Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. DOJ)
* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, James Connor, the 2018 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2019, and current President, William Bergmann, serves as Immediate Past President.

2017
Results of the 2017 Annual Election

The following were elected at the Annual Meeting/Election on December 7, 2017 for terms beginning on January 1, 2018:

Officers:

President*: William Bergmann (Baker Hostetler LLP)
President-Elect: James Connor (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)
Treasurer: Jon Burd (Wiley Rein LLP)
Secretary: Allison Kidd-Miller (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)

Board of Governors (3 year term):

Mary Abate (Tax Division, U.S. DOJ)
James Boland (Venable LLP)
Steven Gordon (Holland & Knight LLP)
Coleen Hartley (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)

* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, William Bergmann, the 2017 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2018, and current President, Edward Passarelli, serves as Immediate Past President.

2016
Results of the 2016 Annual Election

The following were elected at the Annual Meeting/Election held on November 15, 2016 for terms beginning on January 1, 2017:

Officers:
President*: Edward Passarelli (Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. DOJ)
• President-Elect: William Bergmann (Baker Hostetler)
• Treasurer: James Connor (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)
• Secretary: James Boland (Venable)

Board of Governors (3 year term):
• Fredrick Crombie (Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass)
• Alex Hontos (Dorsey & Whitney)
• Gary Hausken (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)
• Doug Mickle (Civil Division, U.S. DOJ)

Board of Governors (2 year term):
• Mike McLaren (Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee)

Board of Governors (1 year term):
• Mary Abate (Tax Division, U.S. DOJ)

* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, Edward Passarelli, the 2016 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2017, and current President, Altom Maglio, serves as Immediate Past President.

2015
Results of the 2015 Annual Election

The following were elected at the Annual Meeting/Election held on November 19, 2015 for terms beginning on January 1, 2016:

Officers:

President*: Altom Maglio (Maglio Christopher & Toale)
President-Elect: Edward Passarelli (ENRD, U.S. DOJ)
Treasurer: Matthew Solomson (Anthem Inc.)
Secretary: William Bergmann (Baker Hostetler)

Board of Governors (3 year term):

Stacey Grigsby (Boies Schiller)
Bob Huffman (Akin Gump)
Rob Stewart (Tax Division, U.S. DOJ)
Frank Singer (ENRD, U.S. DOJ)

* Pursuant to the CFC Bar Association Bylaws, Altom Maglio, the 2015 President-Elect, automatically succeeds to the position of President on January 1, 2016, and current President, Mary Abate, serves as Immediate Past President.

COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEES

This committee is responsible for planning and organization of “brown bag” educational programs held at the Court throughout the year. In addition to organizing programs of general interest to the Bar, the committee coordinates with the substantive committees to hold programs addressing each of the major substantive areas of the Court’s jurisdiction.

David Harrington
U.S. Department of Justice

Colleen Hartley
U.S. Department of Justice

Amanda Tantum
U.S. Department of Justice

This committee is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for maximizing new membership, as well as for ensuring retention of existing membership.

Leah Durant
Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC

Alex Hontos
Dorsey & Whitney LLP

This committee is responsible for electronic publication of the Newsletter, which provides the Association’s members and the general public with information on upcoming Bar Association and Court events, as well as other topics of interest. The Newsletter includes Q&A’s featuring Judges, Special Masters, and Court Staff, providing insight into those decision-makers and staffers who are essential to the Court’s success.

Renée J. Gentry, Esq.
The Law Office of Renée J. Gentry, Esq.

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

This Committee assists the Board with the promotion and administration of the Bar Association’s annual Carole Bailey Scholarship.

Danielle Sgro
U.S. Department of Justice

Amanda Tantum
U.S. Department of Justice

The Governance Committee is responsible for evaluating, monitoring, and developing recommendations with respect to Board policies and practices, organizational structure, Board roles and responsibilities, new Director education, Board composition, and strategic planning.

James Boland
Venable LLP

Jon Burd
Wiley Rein LLP

Julia Collison
U.S. Department of Justice

Rob Stewart
U.S. Department of Justice

William Bergmann
Baker & Hostetler

David Harrington
U.S. Department of Justice

Amanda Tantum
U.S. Department of Justice

This committee facilitates the operation of a private-bar pilot program for representation of pro bono plaintiffs in cases referred by the Court.

Jessica Olins
Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.

THROWER AWARD

The 2018 Randolph Thrower Award, which is presented by the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association to an individual who has provided ”exceptional service to the Bar,” was awarded on November 14, 2018, to Edward J. Passarelli, Deputy Chief of the Natural Resources Section of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Ed was recognized for his many outstanding contributions to the Bar Association, over a period of more than 25 years, including his having served two terms as President of the Association. Most recently, Ed revitalized and significantly enhanced the Association’s “Brown Bag” series, which benefits both bench and bar by presenting programs focusing on the major areas of substantive law within the Court’s jurisdiction or topics of general interest to litigants.
The award is named for the first president of the Bar Association, Randolph Thrower, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 100. A fascinating read on his storied legal career can be found here, and includes an account of Thrower’s resignation as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service during the Nixon Administration in 1971, years before Thrower became our first Bar Association president in 1987.

Right Image: Presentation of the 2018 Thrower Award
L-R: Mary Abate, Rob Stewart, Edward Passarelli

2002: James Kinsella and Nancie G. Marzulla

2003: F. Brook Voght (presented posthumously) and Marc A. Smith

2004: Lewis S. Wiener

2005: Mildred L. Seidman

2006: Carole Bailey

2007: James E. Brookshire and Steven C. Lambert

2009:  Brett Stohs and Dan Buchner

2016:  Don Grove

2017:  Jeffrey Chiow

2018:  Edward Passarelli

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