Lewis is an experienced government contracts attorney with both law firm and in-house experience.
Prior to starting at General Counsel, Lewis spent several years as a senior in-house attorney for multiple small-business Government Contractors. During this time, he advised his companies on all aspects of Federal Contracting regulations such as the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the Service Contract Act (SCA). Lewis worked on all aspects of the acquisition cycle from pre-RFP through contract award and administration. His time as an in-house attorney gives Lewis a unique perspective on the operations of a small business.
Prior to going in-house, Lewis spent 10 years in private practice with a focus on Government Contracts. In this time, he represented small and large businesses in numerous bid protests before the GAO and Court of Federal Claims and multiple Contract Disputes Act claim appeals at the Boards of Contract Appeals.
In addition to his legal career, Lewis is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves and has a combined 26 years of service on active duty and as a Reservist. As a veteran, Lewis takes special pride in representing veteran-owned businesses and has developed expertise in regulations governing VOSB and SDVOSB certified companies.
What clients say about Lewis Rhodes:
It continues to be a pleasure for me to know that we have you, Lewis and the rest of GCPC backing us up as we continue to evolve and grow.
I wanted to let you know that Lewis has really become a fantastic trusted counsel and key legal partner. As we have grown, we have obviously had to utilize your legal counsel services more, and his pragmatic approach with careful attention to detail and excellent communication have served us well. In the last six months, we have had to negotiate two protests. One was where we got hit with a protesting company’s corrective action out of the blue. We were awarded that contract after navigating a 3-week long, no-notice financial audit conducted by the SBA covering 3 years in the past, current year and 18 months in the future (projections). We received award (one of 14) of that 10-year, $850M funded IDIQ just a few weeks ago. In the second one, we were the protesting company after we were deemed non-compliant with a proposal submission and booted from competition; after review of the compliance issues we and Lewis concluded the Gov’t was wrong. So, we protested and the Gov’t did not defend, letting us back into the competition within 3 weeks of our notice of removal. We received the official notice today. This was our first protest in 6 years of business; I will never enter a frivolous protest. And, Lewis’ counsel is fully aligned with our approach to business. Anyway, I just wanted to share a few kudos. It continues to be a pleasure for me to know that we have you, Lewis and the rest of GCPC backing us up as we continue to evolve and grow.