Hilary S. Cairnie is a partner in the Government Contracts Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Washington office. Mr. Cairnie's practice is diverse and encompasses virtually all manner of government contracting matters, including contract formation, performance, administration; enforcement controversies, investigations and legal proceedings, protests, REAs, claims and claim appeals; prime/sub disputes in federal and state court; APA cases, TROs and injunctions; security clearance controversies and appeals; small business protests and appeals; corporate due diligence in support of mergers, acquisitions and asset purchases; domestic preferences; Bayh-Dole, subject inventions and IP matters; Dodd-Frank conflict minerals and supply chain matters; small business set-aside programs; cost audits and disallowances and incurred cost submissions.
Mr. Cairnie represents clients involved in aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, transportation, construction, software, medical and healthcare, engineering, life sciences, and research and development endeavors, among others. He negotiates and prepares technology licensing agreements involving patents and trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks. Mr. Cairnie counsels clients on the unique issues associated with inventions developed under publicly funded procurement contracts and other agreements. He also advises clients on the pros and cons of using proprietary technology in connection with performance of government contracts, grants and cooperative agreements.
Mr. Cairnie is a frequent public speaker on topics and new developments of interest to the government contracting community. He has regularly appeared before various local, regional and national chapters of the trade associations and bar associations.
Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Cairnie led the Government Contracts Group at BakerHostetler in Washington.