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Aaron Woodward is the co-leader of Ice Miller’s Government Contracts and Grants Practice Group, where he represents clients through the entire lifecycle of their contracts and grants. Aaron has extensive litigation experience and focuses his practice on U.S. Court of Federal Claims and Government Accountability Office (GAO) bid protests, claims and related litigation under the Contract Disputes Act, False Claims Act investigations and cases, and federal suspensions and debarments.
Prior to joining Ice Miller, Aaron worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Division in Washington, D.C. In this role, he defended the United States in complex commercial litigation involving government contract disputes, bid protests, constitutional takings claims, and federal personnel appeals. During his tenure, he was the lead attorney defending against contract claims totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Aaron saved taxpayers millions of dollars by negotiating lawsuit settlements for fractions of the claims asserted and successfully defending against bid protests, ensuring timely federal agency procurements.
Aaron’s prior legal career includes almost fourteen years of experience in a variety of positions in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps, much of which focused on government contract matters. During his final two years on active duty, Aaron was chief counsel and a source-selection evaluator for a multi-billion dollar set of acquisitions for contractors to operate the Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex, which is the largest and most advanced flight simulation testing facility in the world. Aaron also served a tour with the Air Force Commercial Law Directorate where he represented the Air Force at GAO and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. In that assignment, he also served as a Procurement Fraud Counsel where he prosecuted fraud cases, coordinated fraud investigations with Air Force fraud agents and Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and made recommendations for government contractor suspensions and debarments. Aaron previously served in multiple senior litigation assignments resulting in him prosecuting and defending 100 courts-martial world-wide, including 50 litigated jury trials.
At DOJ and the Air Force, Aaron litigated disputes and handled contractor fraud cases on behalf of more than fifteen federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, Army, Army Corps of Engineers, Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, Federal Highway Administration, and General Services Administration. His federal experience gives him insight and know-how when advising clients, and when representing them before the Government for federal contract and grant disputes.

Reported and Representative Cases
  • Successfully protested a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contract award for services at a VA Medical Center.
  • Successfully protested the size status of a purported small business.
  • Successfully persuaded the AbilityOne Commission that a client’s products were not suitable for addition to the Commission's “Procurement List.”
  • Advised contractors on applying and interpreting the FARS and DFARS.
  • Representing a defense contractor in a False Claims Act investigation.
  • Representing a defense contractor in a Defense Contract Audit Agency investigation.
  • Drafted teaming agreements, subcontracts, joint-venture agreements, and mentor-protégé agreements for small businesses and small business contracts.
  • Advised clients on export compliance requirements, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations. 
  • Advised clients on domestic purchasing preferences, including the Buy-American Act and the Trade Agreements Act.
  • Represented a corporate officer with issues related to obtaining a security clearance.
As a government attorney for many years, Aaron also served as lead counsel on numerous cases where he repeatedly achieved outstanding results for his respective agency clients. Successful examples, just covering Department of Defense and related agencies, include:
  • Defended the USTRANSCOM’s award of a contract for interdiction helicopter services.
  • Defended the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency’s award of a contract for military body armor. 
  • Defended the U.S. Navy’s denial of termination of convenience costs for a firm, fixed-price construction contract.
  • Defended the U.S. Air Force against breach of contract claims related to a termination for default in a military runway project.
Additionally, for his work leading to the Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s six successful Test Operations and Support acquisitions, Aaron was 1) awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding meritorious achievement, 2) recognized with the Air Force Test Center’s 2015 Outstanding Performance (Source Selection Operational Team) award, and 3) recognized for leading the Air Force Material Command’s Small Base Legal Office of the Year for two consecutive years in 2014-2015.
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