Guest Author: Jerome S. Gabig, Attorney, Wilmer & Lee

Jerry Gabig specializes in federal government contracts. He is a retired Air Force JAG officer where he was the legal advisor for numerous weapons systems including missiles, smart weapons, and multi-billion dollar command & control systems. He was frequently served as the lead government attorney to defend against protests involving high priority DoD systems. Widely known for his teaching and writing in government contracts, Jerry was recruited to join Venable LLP, an American Lawyer top 100 law firm. At Venable, Jerry represented many of the top defense contractors (including Lockheed Martin and Raytheon) on a multitude of government contracts issues. Intellectual property generated under government contracts is one of Jerry’s specialties. He has published the seminal paper on trade secrets and DOD contracts. Jerry is no stranger to technology. He has served on the Army Science Board and is a co-inventor on four U.S. patents. Jerry prefers small businesses for clients because he believes he can have greater impact on their success. He gave up being a partner at Venable LLC to become the General Counsel of a small technology company that raised over $100M in venture capital and generated over 75 patents. Jerry’s fascination for business led him to Harvard University where he completed a year-long graduate program. Jerry leveraged his business training to be a co-founder of the Q-Track Corporation where he served as the first CEO. Thanks in part to his proposal writing skills, Q-Track was able to attract several millions of dollars in federal R&D funding. Q-Track was sold to GaN Corporation in 2019. Jerry also co-founded Still Serving Veterans and the Working Wounded Warriors (W3) Corporation. Jerry’s diverse background in government contracts has allowed him to gain rare insight into the federal procurement process. He has served on “red teams” and has been an expert witness in both state and Federal courts. Resolving disputes between prime and subcontracts is one of his fortes. He has been trained as a mediator and is registered on the Alabama State Mediator Roster. Education, Admissions, and Experience e-mail: jgabig@wilmerlee.com

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I weigh my words when I say that in my judgment the limited liability corporation is the greatest single discovery of modern times. Even steam to electricity are far less important that the limited liability corporation, and they would be reduced to comparative impotence without it.[1]

[1]   Corporate Law & Practice (Practicing Law Institute, 2nd Ed. 1999) at p. 11.

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