Judges

Stephen M. Daniels, Chairman

Born Boston, Massachusetts, 1947. B.A. cum laude, with honors in history, Yale University, 1968; J.D., Yale University, 1972. Admitted to the California and District of Columbia Bars. Various legislative capacities, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1969-70; Office of Management and Budget, 1971; U.S. House of Representatives, 1972-73. Counsel, Committee on Government Operations, U.S. House of Representatives (Assistant Minority Counsel, 1973-80; Minority Counsel, 1980-84; Minority Counsel and Staff Director, 1984-87). Active duty, U.S. Army, 1970-71. Appointed to the General Services Board of Contract Appeals, August 31, 1987. Appointed Chairman of the Board, December 22, 1992. Became a member and appointed Chairman of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

Jeri K. Somers, Vice Chair

Born Wichita, Kansas, 1961. B.A., George Mason University, 1983; J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 1986. Admitted to the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars. Active duty, U.S. Air Force, 1986-91; Various reserve positions in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and D.C. Air National Guard, 1991-2008. Trial Attorney, Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, 1991-94. Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia, 1994-2001. Counsel, Miller & Chevalier Chartered, 2001-03. Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School, 2009-present. Appointed to the Department of Transportation Board of Contract Appeals, April 2003. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007. Appointed Vice Chair of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, June 8, 2008.

Jerome M. Drummond

Born Winchester, Virginia, 1953. B.S., Eastern Kentucky University, 1976; J.D., Howard University School of Law, 1979. Admitted to the District of Columbia and West Virginia Bars. Various legal capacities, Social Security Administration, 1979-80. Reginald Heber Smith Fellow and Counsel, Legal Aid Society, 1981-84. Various legal capacities, including Deputy Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, General Services Administration, 1984-91. Various legal capacities, including Special Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1991-99. Appointed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development Board of Contract Appeals, January 25, 1999. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

Allan H. Goodman

Born Norfolk, Virginia, 1950. B.S.F.S. with honors, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1972; J.D., University of Toledo College of Law, 1974. Associate Editor, University of Toledo Law Review. Admitted to the Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland Bars. Attorney, Wickwire Gavin, P.C., 1975-93 (Associate, 1975-80; Shareholder, 1981-93). Lecturer (Government Contract Law), University of Richmond-T.C. Williams College of Law, 1980-85; Adjunct Professor (Government Contract Law), University of Virginia (Northern Virginia Extension), 1982-86; Adjunct Professor (Construction Law), Georgetown University Law Center, 1988-2001. Appointed to the General Services Board of Contract Appeals, January 15, 1993. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

Catherine B. Hyatt

Born Nyack, New York, 1952. B.A. with general honors and honors in economics, Goucher College, 1974, Phi Beta Kappa; J.D. with high honors, George Washington University National Law Center, 1977. Member, George Washington Law Review, 1976-77; Order of the Coif. Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. Law Clerk to the Honorable Philip Nichols, Jr., United States Court of Claims (predecessor to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit), 1977-78; Associate Attorney, Arnold & Porter, 1978-82; Attorney, Allied-Signal Inc., Bendix Aerospace Sector, 1982-88; Attorney-Examiner, General Services Board of Contract Appeals, 1988. Appointed to the General Services Board of Contract Appeals, November 6, 1988. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

Harold C. "Chuck" Kullberg

Born Mankato, Minnesota, 1953. A.B. magna cum laude, Ripon College, 1975, Phi Beta Kappa; J.D., Emory University, 1978. Editorial Board, Emory Law Journal. Admitted to the Georgia and District of Columbia Bars. U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1978-82; U.S. Army Reserve, 1983-2003. Associate Attorney, Corcoran and Swick, 1982-83. Attorney-Advisor, Federal Legal Information Through Electronics (FLITE), U.S. Air Force, 1983-85. Office of the General Counsel of the Navy, 1985-2003 (Attorney-Advisor, Naval Regional Contracting Center, 1985-87; Naval Facilities Engineering Command, 1987-2003: Procurement Counsel, 1987-89; Trial Attorney, 1989-92; and Senior Trial Attorney, 1992-2003). Appointed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development Board of Contract Appeals, November 3, 2003. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

Harold D. "Harv" Lester, Jr.

Born Louisville, Kentucky 1962. B.A in Economics and Business Administration, Furman University, 1984; J.D., Washington & Lee University, 1988; Executive Editor, Washington & Lee Law Review. Admitted to Kentucky and District of Columbia Bars. Associate, Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson, 1988-92; National Courts Section, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Trial Attorney, 1992-99; Assistant Branch Director, 1999-2013. Counsel, Vedder Price, PC, 2013-14. Faculty member, National Advocacy Center, 2001-2012. Became a Member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals on July 14, 2014.

R. Anthony McCann

Born Flushing, New York, 1944. B.A., LeMoyne College, 1966; J.D., Georgetown University, 1973; Editor, American Criminal Law Review. Admitted to the Virginia and Pennsylvania Bars. Commissioned Officer, U.S. Navy, 1966-69. Trial Attorney, Navy Litigation Office, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy, 1973-82. Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, Department of Justice, 1982-85. Associate Counsel, Litigation, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, 1985-86. Deputy Director, Navy Litigation Office, Department of the Navy, 1986-97. Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration, 1997-98. Appointed to the Department of Energy Board of Contract Appeals, December 6, 1998. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

Howard A. Pollack

Born Baltimore, Maryland, 1946. B.A., University of Maryland; J.D., University of Maryland. Admitted to the Maryland Bar. Attorney, Office of District Counsel, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1972-73; District Trial Attorney, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1974-78; Assistant to Chief Counsel for Litigation, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1979-80. Supervisory Trial Attorney, Construction and Litigation Section, Veterans Administration, 1980-84. Judge, Veterans Administration Board of Contract Appeals, 1984-88. Member and then Partner, Braude and Margulies, P.C., 1988-94; Partner, Huddles, Pollack and Jones, P.C., 1995. Lecturer, Department of Justice C.L.E., Basic Contracts Seminar, 1981-90. Appointed to the Department of Agriculture Board of Contract Appeals, October 23, 1995. Appointed Vice Chairman of the Board, February 28, 1998. Appointed Chairman of the Board, August 23, 2002. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

Patricia J. Sheridan

Born Watertown, New York, 1953. B.A. magna cum laude, Curry College, 1975; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1979. Notes and Comments Editor, Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce. Admitted to the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars. Attorney, Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, 1980-82. Attorney, Robert P. Hudock & Associates, 1982-84. Trial Attorney (Contracts), Office of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs, 1984-91. Hearing Examiner and Counsel to the Chairman, Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Contract Appeals, 1991-2000; Deputy Dispute Resolution Specialist, 1991-2006. Lecturer (Government Contract Law), William & Mary School of Law, 1992-95. Appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Contract Appeals, July 16, 2000. Appointed Chairman of the Board and Dispute Resolution Specialist of the Department, May 14, 2006. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

Candida S. Steel

Born Mount Kisco, New York, 1949. B.A., Northwestern University, 1971; J.D., Catholic University, 1977, Law Review. Admitted to the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars. Attorney Advisor, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, 1978-80. Trial Attorney, Office of Corporation Counsel, District of Columbia, 1980-87 (Juvenile Division, 1980-82, Civil Division, 1982-85, Senior Attorney - Major Case Section, 1985-87). Solo Practitioner and President, Anne Arundel Dispute Resolution, Inc., 1987-94. Appointed to the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals, March 25, 1994. Appointed to the Department of the Interior Board of Contract Appeals, August 2000. Appointed Chairman of the Board, June 2002. Concurrently appointed as panel member of the Department of Agriculture Board of Contract Appeals, October 1, 2005. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

James L. Stern

Born Albany, New York, 1948. B.S., Siena College, 1969; M.B.A. with honors, Adelphi University, 1971; J.D., cum laude, New York Law School, 1974. Associate editor, New York Law Review. Admitted to the New York and District of Columbia Bars. Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy, 1974-81 (Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Acquisition, 1978-81; Deputy Counsel, Naval Electronics Systems Command, 1980-81). Commissioned, U.S. Army Reserve, 1969; honorable discharge as a Captain, 1983. Appointed to the Department of Transportation Board of Contract Appeals, August 23, 1981. Appointed Vice Chairman of the Board, May 11, 1997. Appointed Chairman of the Board, February 23, 2003. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

Marian E. Sullivan

Born Stanford, California, 1968. B.A. in Political Science, Stanford University, 1990; J.D., Georgetown University, 1995; Managing Editor, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. Admitted to California Bar. Attorney-Advisor, Office of General Counsel, Department of the Air Force, 1996-98; Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Trial Attorney, 1998-2007, Senior Trial Counsel, 2007-13, Professional Responsibility Officer, 2012-14, Assistant Director, 2013-2014. Faculty member, National Advocacy Center, 2011-2012. Became a Member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals on July 13, 2014.

Joseph A. Vergilio

Born Newburgh, New York, 1959. B.A., University of Virginia, 1980; J.D., George Washington University, 1983. Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. Worked with Professors Cibinic and Nash, 1983-85. Consultant to various law firms, and lecturer and co-author of articles and course materials on procurement, 1983-85. Attorney, then Chief Counsel, General Services Board of Contract Appeals, 1985-89. Appointed to the General Services Board of Contract Appeals, April 1989. Appointed to the Department of Agriculture Board of Contract Appeals, November 1998. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

Richard C. Walters

Born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1946. B.S.E., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, 1968, Beta Gamma Sigma (Business), Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting); J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1971. Member, Law School Moot Court Board. Admitted to the Pennsylvania, Maryland, and District of Columbia Bars. Assistant Counsel, Northern Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Department of the Navy, 1972-78. Associate, Max E. Greenberg, Trayman, Cantor, Reiss & Blasky, 1978-80. Associate/Senior Attorney, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP, 1981-93. Senior Attorney, Piper & Marbury LLP (currently DLA Piper), 1993-97. Dispute Resolution Officer, Federal Aviation Administration Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, 1997-2004. Appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Contract Appeals, November 18, 2004. Appointed Vice Chairman of the Board, May 14, 2006. Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, January 6, 2007.

Jonathan D. Zischkau

Born Rockville Centre, New York, 1957. B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 1979; J.D., University of Notre Dame, 1982. Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Associate Attorney, Fish & Neave, New York, NY, 1982-84; Law Clerk to Honorable Phillip B. Baldwin, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1984-86; Associate Attorney, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC, 1986-93; Judge, District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board, 1993-2010 (Chairman, 2002-10); Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy, 2010-11 (Associate Counsel, Naval Sea Systems Command). Became a member of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, December 4, 2011.

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