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Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys: Part II

This spring, Bisnow asked for nominations for DC-area lawyers under 40 who have distinguished themselves. See for yourself the profiles below (plus Part 1), then join us as we celebrate them tomorrow, July 15, on the Warner Building rooftop. (Sign up here.)

Jon Burd, Partner, Wiley Rein, 36


Job: Help government contractors navigate the unique regulatory landscape that comes with selling products and services to the federal government. I represent contractors in litigation involving procurement issues (bid protests) and contract disputes (claim), as well as government investigations and related litigation.

Bar association and pro bono involvement: Member of the US Court of Federal Claims Bar Association’s Board of Governors; active in the American Bar Association’s Public Contracts Law Section as a committee chair. I have worked with a number of clients from the Whitman Walker Clinic on disability benefit and immigration matters.

Career highlight: Successfully challenging the US Air Force’s decision to award a $30B-plus contract to Northrop Grumman/EADS to build the next generation of aerial refueling tanker aircraft, in what remains one of the highest-profile bid protests ever litigated.

Why this career: The intersection between business and federal government is dynamic and fascinating.

Where you grew up: Raised in the suburbs of Central New Jersey, where seemingly everything (NYC, the beach, Philadelphia, state parks, a mall) was only “45 minutes away, depending on traffic.”

Why DC: Big city that still has a hint of small-town feel.

First job: I scooped ice cream at a Carvel store starting in sixth grade. After law school, I clerked for two years at the US Court of Federal Claims for the Hon. Lawrence J. Block.

Family: Married, with a 2-year-old son and another on the way, plus Domino the cat.

Free time: Golf, running and grilling.

10 years from now: Learning more about my clients’ businesses and getting better at the work that I do with them.

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with warm sand and a local, island-brewed beer.

Bucket list: When the boys are older, to return to the Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks for hiking and camping.

Daily habit: Coffee and the news.