Attorney and longtime government employee Jerry Walz founded PubKLaw after retiring from a robust and distinguished career in public service. Having spent 17 years as the chief of the Department of Commerce’s Contract Law Division, Jerry was in a unique position to share news and insights with the professional contract law community, and PubKLaw quickly became an invaluable resource for federal employees, contractors, and their counsel. Jerry continued publishing PubKLaw for more than a dozen years before he announced his second retirement. Recognized by many as a leader in the field, Jerry was awarded two Departmental Silver Medals by the Department of Commerce and named a Fellow by the ABA/Section of Public Contract Law.
Since Jerry’s retirement, the team at Pub K has worked to continue his legacy of providing timely news and insights to the public contract law community. In 2015, we added PubKCyber to our slate of publications, tracking legal and regulatory developments in cybersecurity for contractors at the state, federal, and international levels. In 2016, we launched PubKCompliance, a daily resource for compliance and legal professionals following False Claims Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement, suspension and debarment matters, and other issues related to waste, fraud, and abuse. Over the years, we have also expanded our delivery of news and insights to include podcasts and webinars, so that we can bring the latest developments to our members in the manner that suits them best.
Pub K’s Annual Review welcomes dozens of leaders in the field to discuss the most important news in protest cases, claims, and other disputes; IP and cybersecurity; cost and pricing issues; False Claims Act enforcement; and new laws and regulations. In 2021, we expanded our Annual Review to a four-day event, with more than twice as many panel discussions featuring nearly 60 of the top practitioners in government contract law, as well as representatives from major accounting firms, academia, and government. The conference has been recognized by multiple state boards with certification for CLEs for participants and speakers.
Also in 2021, Pub K welcomed long-time government contracting expert Alan Chvotkin as company president. A leading voice on federal government contracting law and policy, Alan served for nearly two decades as the Executive Vice President and Counsel for the Professional Services Council. Alan is also a fellow of the National Contract Management Association and serves on its national board of advisors. He is a founding member and continuing leader of the federal contracting industry’s Acquisition Reform Working Group, and co-chairs the operating committee of the Council of Defense and Space Industries Association.
Pub K looks forward to bringing our members the news and insights they need to stay abreast of developments in government contract law. Thank you for being a member of our community!