Robert K. Huffman is a leader of Akin Gump’s Government Contracts practice. Mr. Huffman represents defense, health care and other companies in contract matters and in disputes with the federal government and with other contractors. He has extensive experience litigating contract and related issues in the Court of Federal Claims, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the federal district courts, and the Federal Circuit and other federal appellate courts. He also represents clients in bid protests.

Practice & Background

A major part of Mr. Huffman’s practice involves helping companies defend against investigations, prosecutions and civil suits alleging fraud and false claims. He has represented clients in over a dozen False Claims Act qui tam suits. He also represents and advises companies in connection with parallel criminal proceedings, suspension and debarment, and other issues associated with fraud/false claims investigations and litigation.

Mr. Huffman also represents and advises companies in intellectual property matters involving government contracts, grants, CRADAs and other transactions. He has extensive experience with the government contract rules relating to intellectual property, including government patent rights, technical data rights, rights in computer software and the rules applicable to intellectual property in the acquisition of commercial items and services.

Mr. Huffman speaks and writes extensively on Government Contracts and related issues and is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was recently honored with the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award.

Community Involvement

Mr. Huffman is or has been involved in numerous community, civic and charitable activities that include:

  • President Elect, Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Chairing the Procurement Fraud Committee of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law
  • Chairing the Research and Development/Intellectual Property Committee of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law
  • Serving on the Advisory Council of the Federal Circuit.

Awards & Accolades

  • Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017) - government contracts
  • The Legal 500 – government contracts (2017)
  • Awarded the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award by Georgetown University School of Law (2015)
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal in the category of “Government Contracts” (2015-2016)
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal – Compendium Edition (2016-2017)
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer (2014-2016)
  • Recognized by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell as “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property.”

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “2018 Government Contracting Summit,” Federal Circuit Bar Association, Washington, D.C., April 2018
  • Panelist, “Root Cause Analysis and the Road to Continuous Improvement in E&C,” 2018 ECI Fellows Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2018
  • Panelist, “Litigating Appeals in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,” The 2017 Nash & Cibinic Report Roundtable (in partnership with Thomson Reuters), Washington, D.C., December 2017
  • Panelist, “The New DFARS Cybersecurity Rule, ” The Aerospace General Counsel’s Group 2017 Annual Meeting,  Miami, FL,  November 2017
  • Panelist, “The Materiality Requirement in False Claims Act Cases After Escobar,” ABA Public Contract Law Section Procurement Fraud Committee meeting, Washington, DC, October 2017
  • Moderator, “Litigation, Mediation, ADR,” Inaugural Legends of the Boardroom Conference, Baltimore, MD, September 2017
  • Moderator, “SSPs and POAMs In the Implementation of the DFARS Cybersecurity Regulations,” ABA Association Public Contract Law Section Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Data Protection Committee meeting, Washington, DC, September 2017
  • Panelist, “The Government’s Shifting Treatment of IP in Government Contracts,” Federal Circuit Bar Association's Government Contracting Summit, Washington, D.C., April 2017
  • Panelist, “Global Supply Chain Implications of U.S. Procurement Regulations and Clauses Concerning Cybersecurity and Privacy,” Federal Publications Seminars, October 2016
  • Panelist, “Knowledge Transfer: Critical Similarities and Differences Between Claim Construction and Contract Interpretation and How To Leverage Them,” Federal Circuit Bench & Bar, Nashville, TN, June 2016