Real estate transactions and property management can be challenging enough with a traditional tenant. But when you add an additional layer of regulatory rules, real estate transactions and property management can become incredibly complex. This is the legal landscape that landlords, developers, and property managers have to work with when the Federal Government is a tenant or a customer. Unfortunately for the parties involved, government contracts laws and regulations were written with supplies and services in mind, and the rules are often a poor fit for real estate transactions.
This program, presented by Gordon Griffin of Holland & Knight LLP, will provide an overview of the regulatory landscape for federal real estate, to include a discussion of the applicable laws and regulations governing federal real estate. The program will also provide an analysis of how certain government contracts rules have been interpreted to apply to real estate, and will highlight best practices from a government contracts compliance perspective.
Gordon N. Griffin is a Washington, D.C., litigation attorney practicing in both federal real estate and government contracts. Mr. Griffin represents building owners, real estate developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and asset managers nationwide in matters relating to general services administration (GSA) lease negotiation and administration, as well as federal real estate disputes. He advises federal real estate clients on U.S. government procurement practices and lease disputes under the Contract Disputes Act.
Mr. Griffin also works with government contractors, and he regularly counsels clients on federal acquisition regulations (FAR), defense federal acquisition regulations (DFAR) and contract compliance. He represents clients in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and litigates on behalf of clients at the various Boards of Contract Appeals. He counsels clients on all aspects of the government contracting programs offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as teaming agreements, data rights and intellectual property in government contracts.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, he spent several years at a large international law firm where he focused on government contracts. He also clerked for Chief Judge Jamie Baker at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Griffin spent 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a fighter pilot flying F/A-18 “Hornets,” and deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Griffin remains active in the military and veterans communities, with a pro bono practice centered on representing veterans at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., honors with distinction
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Emory University, B.A., Mathematics; Economics
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims
Honors & Awards
Truman Fellow at the Truman National Security Project, 2010-2011
Georgetown University Law Center: Dean's List, 2012
Good course with practical pointers in addition to law.
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