- J.D., Duke University, 2011, Editor-in-Chief, Duke Law and Technology Review, Dean's Award in Post-Crash Banking Regulation
- B.S., University of Florida, 2008
- Law clerk to Honorable Lawrence J. Block, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Judicial intern to Honorable Graham C. Mullen, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Matthew Turetzky is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations and International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.
Matthew's practice focuses on False Claims Act litigation in federal district and appellate courts, government contractor-specific litigation and counseling, and bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and Court of Federal Claims. Matthew also assists with other government contracts and complex civil litigation matters.
Representative Litigation Matters
- Assisted in the successful defense of the Air Force’s summary judgment motion in a contract dispute over data rights to an aerospace company’s proprietary aircraft maintenance manuals. After successfully assisting the defeat of the Air Force’s summary judgment motion, Matthew helped the company obtain a favorable settlement. Appeal of Alenia North America, Inc., ASBCA 57935 (2014).
- Assisted in the defense of a major defense contractor from a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit. Matthew helped the company obtain a complete victory on summary judgment. United States ex rel. Michaud v. Northrop Grumman Sys. Corp., No. 1:11-CV-606-TSE-TRJ (E.D. Va. 2014).
- Assisted in the defense of a large pharmaceutical company from a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit. Matthew helped the company obtain a dismissal under the False Claims Act’s “first-to-file” bar. In re Pharm. Industry Ave. Wholesale Price Litig., MDL No. 1456, Civil Action No. 01-12257-PBS, Subdocket Nos. 08-11200-PBS, 10-11186-PBS, 2013 WL 2420912 (D. Mass. May 31, 2013), aff’d sub nom., United States ex rel. Ven-a-Care of the Fla. Keys v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., Nos. 13-1732, 13-2083, 2014 WL 6737102, at *3 (1st Cir. Dec. 1, 2014).
Representative Bid Protest Experience
- Assisted a client’s successful protest of a $58 million Defense Health Agency contract award. GAO sustained that protest, finding that the Agency’s “evaluation and award decision were inconsistent with the terms of the solicitation and lacked a reasonable basis.” Deloitte Consulting LLP, B-411884, Nov. 16, 2015, 2015 WL 9701026.
- After assisting a client obtain corrective action in an earlier protest of a significant procurement, Matthew assisted in successfully defending the corrective action in a subsequent protest. MSC Industrial Direct Company, Inc., B-411533.2, B-411533.4, Oct. 9, 2015, 2015 CPD ¶ 316.
- Assisted in the successful prosecution of one of the largest bid protests of 2013. GAO sustained that protest, finding that NASA, the procuring agency, had failed to consider the effect of the awardee’s corporate reorganization on the awardee’s ability to perform at the particular price it proposed. In addition to sustaining the protest, GAO issued a rare “directed award,” in which it essentially instructed the agency to award the contract—worth approximately $1 billion—to the protester. Wyle Labs., Inc., B-408112.2, Dec. 27, 2013, 2014 CPD ¶ 16.
- Assisted an awardee in successfully defending the protest of a $15 million GSA real estate lease. Potomac Creek Assocs., LLC, B-406243.2, Nov. 26, 2013, 2013 CPD ¶ 280.
- Obtained corrective action in numerous protests for multiple defense contractors in which the government had unduly restricted competition by soliciting either a brand-name-or-equal or “wired specifications” requirement.
Representative Government Contracts Counseling and Investigation Matters
- Advised a client on the export of various ITAR-controlled Defense Articles to search-and-rescue outposts in Northern Europe.
- Justices Appear to Seek Limiting Principle in FCA CaseDaily Journal, April 22, 2016
- Co-author, "When It Comes To Crop Insurance, The FCA Bears Fruit," Law360, June 1, 2015
- Matthew W. Turetzky & Justin A. Chiarodo, FEATURE COMMENT: KBR v. United States – New Fed. Cir. Authority on Cost Reasonableness Determinations and the Interpretation of Fraud-Related Actions, 55 The Government Contractor ¶ 292, September 25, 2013.
- Matthew W. Turetzky, Surviving Motions to Dismiss Under Section 1500, Law360, December 14, 2012.
False Claims Act Defense Blog Posts
- "The Government’s Take on Materiality After Escobar," September 15, 2016
- "DOJ Seeks Rehearing in D.C. Circuit Case, Hoping to Resurrect Liability for a Contractor’s “Objectively Reasonable” Interpretation of an Ambiguous Contract Provision," February 18, 2016
- "CMS Clarifies 60 Day Overpayment Rule," February 11, 2016
- "2015: Another Big Year for FCA Recoveries," February 5, 2016
- "Supreme Implications: High Court to Decide Fate of “Implied False Certification” Theory," December 15, 2015
- "D.C. Circuit: When The Government Is Silent, There Is No FCA Liability For A Contractor’s “Objectively Reasonable” Interpretation Of An Ambiguous Contract Provision," December 4, 2015
- "Hundreds of Hospitals Will Pay Over $250 Million in Nationwide FCA Settlement," November 6, 2015
- "What’s Next: The Future of False Claims Act Litigation After KBR v. U.S. ex rel. Carter," September 10, 2015
Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts
- "DOJ Rule Increases FCA Penalties to Over $20,000 Per Claim," July 1, 2016
- "Potential Changes at GAO in 2016," March 29, 2016
- "Whew! That Was Close – D.C. Circuit Reaffirms Application of Attorney-Client Privilege and Attorney Work Product Doctrine in Internal Investigations," September 21, 2015
- "SCOTUS: No Unlimited Suspension of the Statute of Limitations Under the False Claims Act; “First-to-File” Doctrine Does Not Bar Related Suits in Perpetuity," May 27, 2015
- "When it Comes to Crop Insurance, the FCA Bears Fruit," April 30, 2015
- "The Fourth Circuit Strengthens the FCA’s Implied Certification Theory in Triple Canopy," February 25, 2015
- "First Circuit Reaffirms FCA’s “First-to-File” Bar as a Broad Jurisdictional Limit," January 22, 2015
- "Recent Developments in Cases Dealing with the False Claims Act’s First-to-File and Public Disclosure Bars," October 29, 2014
- "What’s New Out There? Highlights from the March 2014 Federal Register," March 25, 2014
- Law360, January 15, 2016
- "The Future of False Claims Act Litigation After KBR v. U.S. ex rel. Carter,” ABA Public Contracts Law Section's Council Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 1, 2015
- "Recent Developments in Cases Dealing with the False Claims Act’s First-to-File and Public Disclosure Bars," ABA Public Contracts Law Section Fall Meeting, Miami, FL, November 1, 2014
- California State Bar
- District of Columbia Bar
- Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers' Committee, ABA Public Contracts Law Section
- Vice-Chair of the Bid Protest Committee, ABA Public Contracts Law Section
- Member, ABA Litigation Section
- Member, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association