John Plinke, Esq.

An Associate at Cassidy Law, John Plinke counsels clients on U.S. federal government contracting matters. John provides legal research and guidance on the Federal Acquisitions Regulations, the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations, Uniform Guidance, and the National Industrial Security Procedures Operation Manual in areas such as teaming, subcontracting, contract closeout, anti-kickback, Buy America Act, foreign, ownership, control and interest, export and trade matters in addition to other legal and regulatory compliance.

Immediately prior to joining Cassidy Law, John served as the Public Contracting Institute’s lead Program Manager. The Public Contracting Institute provides training for federal government contracting professionals. In this role, John developed a deep understanding of government contracts as he managed hundreds of programs and developed training materials on federal government contracting. While at PCI, John gained valuable business experience by assisting PCI in developing proposals in response to state and federal government contract solicitations.

In addition to the federal government contracting knowledge and experience John picked up at PCI, he also gained federal government contract experience through an internship at the General Services Agency in the Office of General Counsel. At GSA, he conducted legal research on a broad range of government contracts topics such as the Competition in Contracting Act, the Federal Supply Schedule, and TINA, the Truth in Negotiations Act. In law school, John was a law clerk at a small DC white-collar criminal defense firm where he worked on criminal law issues as well as issues relating to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

John also brings both a passion and deep technical skills in computing and software to Cassidy Law. He served as the primary software developer for the Copyright Index. He also supported PCI with its technology needs and he worked as an IT Property Inspector for Vantage Resort Realty, and an archival assistant at the Nabb Research Center. John deploys his passion, professional-grade computer skills, and technical knowledge to assist clients with legal issues related to software and technology when contracting with the federal government or analyzing export regulations.

John earned two B.A. Degrees from Salisbury University, one in English Rhetoric and the other in Political Science. He studied EU-Russia relations at the University of Tartu in Estonia – in a program that had a heavy focus on cybersecurity policy. In 2017, he earned his J.D. from the George Washington School of Law. He is a member of the D.C. Bar and the Business Law Section and the Public Contract Section of the American Bar Association.

John enjoys reading bad SciFi/fantasy novels, distance running, tinkering with computer hardware, and coffee

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