Richard Oliver, a Los Angeles-based Pillsbury partner, is a leading authority on government contracts and disputes involving the Department of Defense and civilian agencies.

Dick has 35+ years’ experience representing clients before the Government Accounting Office, the SBA’s Office of Hearings & Appeals, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and other administrative boards; in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and in federal and state courts. He has an active bid protest practice, represents clients in major criminal and civil investigations, and counsels on complex small business regulations. Dick lectures frequently on government and small business contracting issues.

Representative Experience

Represented CymSTAR Services LLC in a successful protest concerning a $105 million B-52 flight simulator training system contract, resulting in the Air Force taking corrective action.


Mounted a successful protest for eAlliant LLC regarding a $65 million Navy contract award for base operation administrative support services, requiring the Navy to take corrective action.


Represented Alutiiq Pacific LLC in a successful protest of a $37 million Army contract for information technology, resulting in corrective action and contract award to our client.

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  • Harper Constr. Co. Inc., B-415042; B-415042.2, Nov. 7, 2017
    Successful protest challenging the Navy’s rejection of Harper’s proposal for a $50+ million hangar facility construction project.

  • T Square Logistics Servs. Corp. v. United States, 2017 WL 4638265 (Fed. Cl., Oct. 16, 2017)
    Successful protest challenging the Air Force’s rejection of T Square’s proposal as late, thereby creating new precedent in this evolving area of contract formation law.

  • LOUI Consulting Grp. Inc., B-413703.9, Aug. 28, 2017, 2017 CPD ¶ 277
    Successful defense against protest of $30+ million Defense Health Agency award, defending against claim that the agency failed to properly evaluate the awardee’s past performance proposal.

  • Continental Servs. Grp. Inc. v. United States, 132 Fed. Cl. 191 (May 2, 2017)
    Successful protest challenging the Department of Education’s $2.8 billion procurement of debt collection services, securing a TRO and Preliminary Injunction blocking the government from beginning performance under the protested contracts and from transferring to other contracts any work intended to be performed under the disputed procurement. As a result of this victory, the government agreed to undertake corrective action by amending the solicitation, accepting revised proposals, and conducting new evaluations.

  • Ameritac, Inc, B-413611, B- 413611.2, Nov. 28, 2016, 2016 CPD ¶ 354
    Successful defense against a protest of a $12 million Department of Agriculture award, challenging the Past Performance evaluation.

  • OSI Vision, B-414067, Nov. 21, 2016, 2016
    Successful defense against a protest of a $7 million Air Force award, challenging the technical evaluation and price realism.

  • Consigli ECC, LLC, B- 412923, Apr. 13, 2016

    Successful protest challenging the Navy’s decision to exclude our client from participating in Phase II of an acquisition for an approximately $90 million design/build construction contract, resulting in corrective action.
  • All Native, Inc., B-411693, B-411693.2, B-411693.3, Oct. 5, 2015, 2015 CPD ¶ 337
    Successful defense against protest of $88 million Navy award, defending against claims that the agency failed to properly evaluate the protester’s technical and cost proposals.
  • Madison Research Corporation, Kratos Defense, B-411761, July 22, 2015
    Successful protest challenging a small business set-aside decision by the Defense Logistics Agency, resulting in corrective action which will allow our client to compete for this acquisition.
  • Alutiiq Pacific, LLC, B-410574, October 9, 2014
    Successful protest against $20 million Navy task order contract for professional command support services, resulting in corrective action.
  • Mustang Technical Services, LLC, B- 410373, Sept. 25, 2014
    Successful defense against protest of $10 million Navy award, defending against claims that the sole source award was improper and that the agency failed to consider a conflict of interest.
  • Alutiiq Pacific, LLC, B-409942, July 1, 2014
    Successful protest against Navy multiple award task order contract ("MATOC") awards with evaluated $42 million task order for in-service engineering support, resulting in corrective action, including the award of a MATOC to Alutiiq.
  • HRCI–MPSC PASS, LLC, B-408919, B-408919.2, Jan. 8, 2014, 2014 CPD ¶ 25
    Successful defense against protest of $18 million Army award of a bridge contract for professional administrative support services, defending claim that sole source award to 8(a) contractor was improper.
  • Contrack Int’l, Inc., B-408945, B-408945.2, Dec. 27, 2013, 2013 CPD ¶ 300
    Successful defense against protest of $44 million Army task order award for the construction of transient quarters and enlisted and officer dining facility in Bahrain, defending agency’s rejection of protester’s proposal for failing to meet material requirement.
  • Threat Mgmt. Grp., B-407766.6, July 3, 2013, 2013 CPD ¶ 167
    Successful defense against protest of $45 million Air Force award for explosive ordinance disposal support services, defending claims of an Organizational Conflict of Interest ("OCI") and unreasonable technical and past performance evaluations.
  • Alutiiq Pacific, LLC, B-407810.3, July 17, 2013
    Successful protest of $100 million Army award for professional administrative support services, which challenged the Army’s corrective action and resulted in additional corrective action, including contract award for Alutiiq.
  • Chem. Corp., B-408030, February 25, 2013
    Successful protest of task order award under the Army’s Advance Contract Initiative, resulting in corrective action, including the award of the task order to ECC.
  • ECC Int’l Inc., B-407856, Jan. 4, 2013
    Successful protest of Army award for utility infrastructure upgrades at the Afghanistan National Army Regional Military Training Center resulting in corrective action, including a new review of ECCI’s responsibility with respect to the procurement and award of the contract to ECCI.
  • ECC Int’l Inc., B-407860, Jan. 4, 2013
    Successful pre-award protest challenging solicitation requirement for the Army’s Forward Area Arming and Refueling Points in ction, including contract award to ECCI.
  • IBM Corporation, U.S. Federal, B- 406934, B- 406934.2, B- 406934.3, Oct. 3, 2012, 2013 CPD ¶ 89

Successful protest of $543 million award for Department of Veterans Affairs real-time location system, challenging the agency's best value discriminators and proposal evaluations.

Professional Highlights

Presented “What Government Contractors Need to Know about Bid Protests” and “When Is a Small Business Not a Small Business,” at the NCMA World Congress in July 2015.


Served as a lawyer in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Air Force before entering private practice.

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  • Associations
    • American Bar Association
    • National Contract Management Association
  • Seminars and Presentations
    • Pillsbury’s Government Contracts Fall 2017 Briefing – Panel on Protest Updates (Oct. 3, 2017 – Tysons, VA)
    • “US Government Contracting Compliance: Managing Supply Chain Ethics and Compliance Risk for the World’s Single Largest Buyer,” SCCE’s 16th Annual Compliance and Ethics Institute, October 17, 2017
    • “New Administration but Same Old Story? Labor Laws, Executive Orders and Regulations Impacting the Supply Chain,” Public Contracting Institute Webinar, March 15, 2017

    • “Small Business Administration’s New Mentor-Protégé Program,” S.A.M.E. Federal Business Opportunities Symposium, November 9, 2016

    • “What Government Contractors Need To Know About Bid Protests,” NCMA World Congress, July 28, 2015

    • “When Is A Small Business Not A Small Business,” NCMA World Congress, July 28, 2015

    • “What Every Government Contractor Needs To Know About Bid Protests,” NCMA World Congress, July 27, 2014
    • “Bid Protests from A Small Business Perspective,” San Diego Chapter of NCMA, May 21, 2014
    • “Recent and Pending Small Business Regulations,” San Diego S.A.M.E., January 8, 2014
    • “Small Business Regulatory and Legislative Update,” NCMA Webinar, December 19, 2013
    • “Debriefings – How to Maximize the Value of These Communications,” NCMA Webinar, November 21, 2013
    • “The Service Contract Act,” Webinar, August 13, 2013
    • “The Changing World of Small Business Contracting - 2013,” NCMA World Congress, July 22, 2013
    • “What Every Government Contractor Needs to Know About Bid Protests,” San Diego Industry Group, June 19, 2013
    • “Recent and Pending Small Business Regulations,” S.A.M.E. Joint Engineering Training Conference, May 23, 2013
    • “Successful 8(a) Team Building,” National Native American 8(a) Conference, January 29, 2013
    • “Recent and Pending Small Business Regulations,” S.A.M.E. San Diego Post, January 9, 2013
    • “The Changing World of Small Business Contracting – 2012,” NCMA World Congress, July 30, 2012
    • “Government vs. Commercial Contracts: Specific Comparisons between the FAR and the UCC,” San Diego Chapter of NCMA, April 18, 2012
    • “The Changing World of Small Business Contracting,” LA Post S.A.M.E., November 8, 2011
    • “The Changing World of Small Business Contracting - 2011,” NCMA World Congress, August 23, 2011
    • “Legal Lessons for Small Businesses” LA Post S.A.M.E., November 9, 2010
    • “Legal Challenges That Small Businesses Face – And How to Respond” San Diego NDIA, August 17, 2010
    • “GAO Bid Protests for Contractor Personnel,” NCMA World Congress, July 20, 2010
    • “GAO Bid Protests for Contractor Personnel,” NCMA Webinar, February 23, 2010
    • “The Pendulum Swings Back: Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009,” NCMA, South Bay Chapter, June 9, 2009
    • “Value Engineering Change Proposals in Government Contracting,” Lorman Education Services, July 22, 2009
  • External Publications
    • "GAO Annual Report Shows Protesters Continue to Obtain Relief in 43 Percent of Protests," November, 25 2014
    • "DOL to Federal Contractors – Transgender Discrimination is Sex Discrimination," August 25, 2014
    • "Latest Executive Order Will Mandate Self-Disclosure of Labor Law Violations," August 4, 2014
    • "New Executive Order Prohibits the Federal Government and Government Contractors from Employment Discrimination Against LGBT Persons," July 24, 2014
    • "SBA Increases Revenue-Based Size Standards for Five Years of Inflation," June 23, 2014
    • "President Obama Signs Two More Orders Aimed at Federal Contractor Pay Practices," April 9, 2014
    • "President Obama Directs Department of Labor to Revise Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations to Make Overtime Pay Available to Wider Range of Employees," March 14, 2014
    • "President's Executive Order Establishing $10.10 Minimum Wage Will Have Minimal Effect," February 18, 2014
    • "SBA Drastically Revises Size Standards for Renewable Energy and Other Electric Utility Contracts," January 22, 2014
    • "GAO Annual Report Shows Protesters Achieve the Most Success With Evaluation Process-Related Protest Grounds," January 13, 2014
    • "Proposed Rule Cuts Time to Challenge Contractor Evaluations," August 9, 2013
    • "FAR Revised to Standardize the Government's Past Performance Evaluation Information," August 5, 2013
    • "SBA Issues Final Rule Protecting the Workshare and Payments of Small Business Subcontractors," July 22, 2013
    • "SBA Issues Final Rule That Applies Substantial Damages and Penalties for Contractors That Willfully Misrepresent Their Size or Status," July 1, 2013
    • "SBA Makes Massive Revisions to Size Standards for Various Industries, Including Finance and Insurance," June 25, 2013
    • "SBA Removes Limitations on Dollar Amount for Women-Owned Small Business Set-Asides," May 7, 2013
    • "Proposed Rule Finally Would Update the FAR to Implement SBA’s Revisions to Its Small Business Size and Status Protest and Appeal Procedures," March 13, 2013
    • "FY 2013 NDAA Authorizes Mentor-Protégé Program for All Small Businesses among Significant Small Business Contracting Changes," January 8, 2013
    • "SBA Final Rule Creates More SBIR And STTR Opportunities for Businesses Partially Owned by Venture Capital Companies, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Firms," January 3, 2013
    • "COFC Disagrees With GAO Regarding VA Set-Asides," December 3, 2012
    • "GAO Bid Protests and Sustain Rate Increase in FY 2012," November 14, 2012
    • "SBA Revises Many Size Standards to Incorporate 2012 NAICS Code Revisions – Are You Affected?" August 21, 2012
    • "SBA Proposes Regulations Affecting Multiple Award Contracts And Bundling," May 31, 2012
    • "SBA Proposed Rule Would Create More SBIR and STTR Opportunities for Businesses Partially Owned by Venture Capital Companies, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Firms," May 17, 2012
    • "SBA Issues Final Rule to Make Significant Changes to the Size Standards for Technical, Professional and Scientific Services," February 14, 2012
    • "FAR Council Implements Interim Rule Authorizing Federal Agencies to Set Aside Task and Delivery Orders Under Multiple Award Contracts for Small Business Concerns," January 17, 2012

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1977

    B.A., University of Virginia, 1974

Admissions

  • California

    Georgia

    District of Columbia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    U.S. Court of Federal Claims

    U.S. District Court for the Central District of California