David Hickey counsels clients on a wide spectrum of legal and legislative matters related to federal contracts, defense and national security issues. David regularly advises on multipart issues in a complex environment. Clients appreciate that he is an outstanding counselor and proven negotiator, who is able to translate the many different needs of involved parties into a solution that works for his client.
David represents clients on contract disputes between contractors and with federal agencies, as well as drafts and negotiates teaming agreements, compliance agreements, contracts and subcontracts. In addition, David conducts internal investigations and counsels and defends clients facing government inquiries, audits, investigations or contract claims. He also advises federal government contractor clients on a variety of procurement compliance issues, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Department of Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), the General Services Administration (GSA) Acquisition Manual and other federal agency FAR supplements.
David routinely counsels clients on due diligence matters that involve the purchase or sale of a government contractor and on small business contracting issues. Moreover, David advises clients on federal contracting matters associated with federal energy mandates, including negotiating and advising clients on Purchase Power Agreements, Energy Savings Performance Contracts, Renewable Energy Supply Agreements, and related issues governing the acquisition of utility services by the federal government. In addition to traditional government contracts counseling, David drafts and counsels clients on non-traditional agreements such as agreements under “Other Transaction Authority” frameworks and Public-Private Partnership.
Prior to joining Kelley Drye, David was a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, and in-house counsel for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Having worked as in-house counsel himself, David understands the role in-house counsel plays in a business organization, and is able to render on-point and practical advice as a result.
Before becoming a lawyer, David served as a U.S. Army infantry officer and a staff investigator for the United States Senate Committee on governmental affairs and special investigations. He also was a manager in the United States House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, where he implemented congressional ethics responsibilities under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, Ethics in Government Act, Congressional Mailing Standards, House Gift and Travel Rules and the Federal Election Campaign Act.
Represented an energy company on successful negotiations with the Defense Logistics Agency and the Department of the Army for a renewable energy supply agreement to provide secure, renewable electricity to a major Army installation.
For decades, David has advised and represented clients in the health care, manufacturing, real estate, information technology, services, engineering, construction and aerospace and defense industries on dozens of bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Court of Federal Claims.
Represented a major maintenance repair and overhaul contractor in engaging with Congress, the Air Force, local government entities, and other defense contractors to preserve contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Represented manufacturers of individual equipment and protective gear for uniformed military personnel in contracting and legislative matters related to selling items to the Military Departments.
Represented a property management company in political and legal counseling related to the U.S. Army’s Military Housing Privatization Initiative projects.