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Matthew W. Turetzky

San Francisco
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F: 415.403.6202
Washington, DC
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F: 202.747.1901



  • 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
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Thought Leadership

Matthew Turetzky is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations and International Trade Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco and Washington, D.C. offices.

Areas of Practice

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

  • Defended a small business DoD contractor in a qui tam lawsuit brought under the federal False Claims Act. After the relator issued a baseless nuisance value settlement demand, Matthew drafted and filed a Motion to Dismiss, which, among other things, warned the Relator, a disbarred attorney, that sanctions and attorneys’ fees would be sought if the litigation persisted.  After being served with the Motion to Dismiss, the relator relented, voluntarily dismissing the action, saving the client significant litigation expense.  U.S. ex rel. Joseph v. LAG Sports & Leather Wear, LLC, No. 1:17-CV-421-LMB-TCB (E.D. Va. July 28, 2017).

  • Assisted in the successful defense of a medical transportation services provider in a qui tam lawsuit brought under the federal and various state False Claims Acts.  The district court dismissed the matter as to all counts on the provider’s motion to dismiss, thereby avoiding unnecessary discovery and protracted litigation.  United States ex rel. Ralston v. Lifestar Response of Ala., Inc., No. 2:15-CV-773 (S.D. Ala. Oct. 6, 2016).
  • 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 defense of a contract award for the provision of various services to the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease biosample and genetics repositories.  GAO denied the protest, which challenged the agency’s technical evaluation and raised organizational conflict of interest (OCI) issues.  Fisher BioServices, Inc., B-413982.4, B-413982.6, Nov. 29, 2017.
  • 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.


False Claims Act Defense Blog Posts

Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "How Courts Are Applying Escobar," ABA FCA Trial Institute, Washington, DC, June 14, 2017
  • Co-Moderator, "The Reel Experts: A View from the Bench," ABA Public Contracts Law Section’s 23rd Annual Federal Procurement Institute, Annapolis, MD, March 16, 2017
  • "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
  • 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