Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals    

 


Administrative Judge Biographies


John J. Thrasher, Chairman

           John J. Thrasher was appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) in February 2011 and appointed Chairman effective 5 December 2016. 

           Judge Thrasher served on active duty as an Air Force Judge Advocate from 1982 until 1995 in a variety of acquisition positions including contract trial attorney before the ASBCA, and Program Counsel for the F-22 and Advanced Cruise Missile Program. After leaving active duty, he progressed through several civilian acquisition law assignments at Wright-Patterson AFB (WPAFB) including as a contract trial attorney representing the Air Force before the ASBCA.

            In June 2004, Judge Thrasher was selected to enter the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Principal Deputy to the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Staff Judge Advocate, responsible for providing legal services to the headquarters staff and oversight of the command’s 330 attorneys and 200 paralegals in support of the command’s $40 billion acquisition mission. A year later he was appointed as the Director of the AFMC Law Office, WPAFB, OH, the largest major acquisition law office in the Air Force, providing legal counsel to the Air Force’s most complex and high-value programs, approximately $11 billion in annual contract actions and management of the AFMC Procurement Integrity Program, the largest in the Air Force with a procurement fraud case load valued at approximately $500 million. He also managed an Air Force-wide portfolio including: intellectual property, patent prosecution and technology transfer; and from 2005 through 2007, all Air Force contract dispute litigation before the ASBCA. Judge Thrasher was honored in 2010 with the award of the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award for his leadership of the Law Office.

            Judge Thrasher accepted a reserve commission as an Air Force Judge Advocate upon leaving active duty in 1995, retiring in July 2012 in the rank of Colonel, after thirty years of service. His decorations include the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster.

           Judge Thrasher is a graduate of the University of Alabama (B.A. 1975), University of Memphis Law School (J.D. 1979), University of Memphis School of Business (M.B.A. 1981), George Washington University Law School (L.LM Government Procurement Law 1992), and Defense Acquisition University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (now the Eisenhower School) at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. (M.S., National Resource Strategy and the Senior Acquisition Course 2004).

 

Richard Shackleford, Vice Chairman

            Born Wake Forest, North Carolina, 1946.  B.A., North Carolina State University at Raleigh, 1968.  In 1968-69 headed a youth development program.  From 1969 to 1972 served as Assistant Program Director of Student Union at North Carolina State.  Received JD degree from Howard University Law Center, 1975.  Admitted to District of Columbia Bar.  Served in the Office of General Counsel at the General Services Administration as follows:  1973-1975 law clerk; 1975-1977 house counsel for personal property procurement and disposal; 1977-1983 trial attorney; and 1983-1987 chief counsel.  Appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, effective August 16, 1987.  Appointed Vice Chairman, effective March 23, 2014.

 

Owen C. Wilson, Vice Chairman

           Judge Wilson was born in Richmond, Virginia.  He received a B.S. in Political Science in 1987 from James Madison University and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1991. He served as a Law Clerk at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals from 1991 to 1993. Upon leaving the Board, he joined the Office of the General Counsel for the Navy and reported to the Military Sealift Command as an Assistant Counsel (1993 – 1998) and later appointed Associate Counsel (1998 – 2006) for the Special Missions and Prepositioning programs.  He transferred to the Naval Sea Systems Command where he provided advice on major weapons systems procurements (electronic warfare and naval gun programs) and the Deactivated Ship Donation program.  He received the Navy’s Procurement Excellence Award in 2005 and the Navy’s Superior Service Award in 2006.  Judge Wilson is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.  On September 17, 2007, he was appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.  Appointed Vice Chairman, effective August 6, 2017.  

 

J. Reid Prouty, Vice Chairman

             Judge Prouty was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida.  He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (Geophysics) in 1988.  In 1991, he received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.  He then clerked for the Honorable Stephen Eilperin in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  In 1993, Judge Prouty was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force JAG Corps, where his career was focused primarily on matters involving the prosecution of courts martial.  In 2000, he left the Air Force and joined the Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney in the National Courts Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division.  He was later promoted to Senior Trial Counsel.  In these positions, he litigated a variety of contract matters at the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and other regional circuit courts of appeals.  Judge Prouty was appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in September 2015.  Appointed Vice Chairman, effective August 6, 2017. 

 

Craig S. Clarke

            Judge Clarke attended the University of Michigan (BS Aerospace Engineering), the University of Arizona (MS Aerospace Engineering), and St. Mary’s University School of Law, TX (JD).  Admitted to the Texas, District of Columbia, and Virginia Bars.  Judge Clarke is also admitted to the patent bar.  Served on active duty as an Army officer in the Ordnance Corps and Judge Advocate General’s Corps (1970 – 1993).  While in the JAGC, served as trial counsel (U. S. Army Missile Command), contract attorney (U. S. Army Missile Command), trial attorney (Contract Appeals Division), contract attorney (Vint Hill Farms Station), and deputy chief trial attorney (Contract Appeals Division).  As an Army civilian, served as deputy chief trial attorney (1993 – 2008) and chief trial attorney (2008 – 2011), Contract and Fiscal Law Division, United States Army Legal Services Agency.  Appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in February 2011.

 

David F. D'Alessandris

           Judge D'Alessandris was born in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.  He received a
B.A. from Western Reserve College, Case Western Reserve University (1987); an
M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park (1991) and a
J.D. with High Honors from the George Mason University School of Law (1998).
He was employed as an economist by the National Association of Home Builders
(1990-1994) and the National Association of Realtors (1994-1998).  After
graduating law school, he served as a Law Clerk to Senior Judges Robert J.
Yock (1998-99) and James F. Merow (1999 - 2000) of the United States Court of
Federal Claims.  He was subsequently employed as a Trial Attorney, United
States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch,
National Courts Section where he practiced before the Court of Federal Claims,
the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United
States Court of International Trade.  He is admitted to practice in the
Commonwealth of Virginia.  He was appointed to the Armed Services Board of
Contract Appeals in April 2016.

 

Diana S. Dickinson

            Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1950.  A mathematics and computer science major at Miami University, a B.A. in Philosophy from Wright State University and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.  From 1971 through 1985, employed by Pioneer Standard Electronics, Inc., at the time the third largest distributor of industrial electronics in the United States, as the Division Controller and then the Corporate Controller where she managed a staff of over 100 accounting and human resources personnel and was directly responsible for all budgets, financial and management reports, state and local tax returns, personnel/human resources and all accounting operations.  Served in the office of the Chief Trial Attorney of the U.S. Air Force from 1987 through October 2007 where she was a legal intern (1987-1989), Trial Attorney (1989-1996), Senior Trial Attorney (1996-2000), Deputy Division Chief (2000-2001), Division Chief (2001-2005), Deputy Chief Trial Attorney (2005-2006) and Acting Chief Trial Attorney (2006-2007).  Appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in October 2007.

 

Terrence S. Hartman

            Born in York, Pennsylvania, on June 21, 1957.  Received B.S. degree with honors from Syracuse University in 1979 and J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1982.  Served as law clerk to the Honorable H. Robert Mayer, Judge, United States Claims Court, from 1982 to 1984.  Employed as a Trial Attorney and Assistant Director, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, respectively from October 1984 to March 1990 and March 1990 to February 1993.  Admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia.  Appointed Administrative Judge, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, on February 7, 1993.

 

Donald E. Kinner

           Judge Kinner was born in 1957 in New York on Long Island. After receiving bachelor degrees in political science and broadcast journalism from Syracuse University he began work at the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center just outside Washington D.C. before attending George Mason University School of Law. Judge Kinner then joined the General Counsel’s office of the Naval Air Systems Command in 1984. He left the Navy in 1987 to become a trial attorney with the then Claims Court section of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division in the Department of Justice. In 1998 he was made Senior Trial Counsel and in 1999 became an Assistant Director. Appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in July, 2016.

 

Timothy P. McIlmail

            Born, Providence, RI, 1965. B.S.F.S, Georgetown University, 1987. Peace Corps, Dominican Republic, 1989-91. J.D., George Washington University, 1994. Department of Justice 1994-2014: Board of Immigration Appeals, Staff Attorney, 1994-97; Civil Division: Office of Immigration Litigation, Trial Attorney, 1997-2000; Commercial Litigation Branch, Trial Attorney, 2000-2010; Senior Trial Counsel, 2010-14. Adjunct Professor, George Washington University Law School, 2000-present. Appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals on June 30, 2014.

 

Christopher M. McNulty

            Born in Washington, D.C. Received B.S. degree from Syracuse University, 1977, J.D. from John Marshall School of Law, 1981. In private practice, specializing in construction contract dispute resolution, both government and private projects, with King & King, Washington, D.C., as an associate and partner from 1982 – 1992, partner with Winstead, Sechrest & Minick, 1992 – 1994 and again with King & King as a partner from 1994 - 2008. While in private practice represented clients both domestically and abroad, focusing on heavy civil construction, industrial process plant projects and commercial buildings. Participated in International Chamber of Commerce and American Arbitration Association arbitrations as well as having been admitted to practice in many United States District Courts, the United States Court of Claims and its successors, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Senior Trial Attorney with the United States Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Commercial Law and Litigation Directorate, 2009 – 2017, ASBCA Branch Chief, 2011-2014 and Supervisory Trial Attorney, 2010 - 2014. Appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in June 2017.

 

Mark A. Melnick

            Born in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Received B.S. in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985.  Received J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1988.  Entered the Department of Justice Honors Program in 1988 as a Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division.  Appointed Senior Trial Counsel in 1996.  Appointed Assistant Director in 1998.  Appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in February, 2011.

 

Elizabeth W. Newsom 

            Beth Newsom was appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals on August 11, 2014. Her legal career has included service in both the public and private sectors, litigating and consulting on government contracting matters.

            Judge Newsom earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1992. After a clerkship at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, she worked as an associate at Crowell & Moring LLP from 1993 to 1995. From 1995 to 2001, Judge Newsom served as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, within the Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, National Courts Section, where she defended the Government primarily in contract disputes.

            In 2001, she returned to Crowell & Moring in its Government Contracts Practice Group and was elected Partner in 2005. At C&M, Judge Newsom handled a broad spectrum of government contracting issues and controversies. In 2012, Judge Newsom joined the Legal Department of Lockheed Martin Corporation, eventually serving as Associate General Counsel for Contracts & Compliance in Lockheed Martin's corporate headquarters, advising on government contracts legal and ethics matters.

            Judge Newsom was born in Belleville, New Jersey in 1965. She is an active member of the American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section and frequently speaks on issues of government contracts and business ethics for government contractors.

 

Michael N. O’Connell

            Born in Medford, Massachusetts. Received B.A. in History from Boston College in 1988, J.D., New England School of Law in 1993, and LL.M. in Real Property Development from the University of Miami School of Law in 2001. Private practice from 1994 – 2003 at City, Hayes, Meagher & Dissette, P.C. in Boston, Mass. and Siegfried, Rivera, Lerner, De La Torre & Sobel, P.A., Coral Gables, Fla. Served as trial attorney and senior trial counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, 2003 – 2014. Appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in June 2014.

 

Lynda T. O'Sullivan

            Born in Oil City, PA. Received a B.A. degree from The American University, Washington, D.C., and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School. Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. Engaged in the private practice of law, focusing on government contracts counseling and litigation, including as partner in Perkins Coie, Washington, D.C., Fried, Frank, Washington, D.C., and Miller & Chevalier, Washington, D.C. Served in the Office of General Counsel, United States Air Force, as Assistant Deputy General Counsel, Dispute Resolution (October 2004), Assistant Deputy General Counsel, Contractor Responsibility (July 2009), Deputy General Counsel, Dispute Resolution and Managing Executive (April 2010), and Deputy General Counsel, Acquisition (December 2011). Active member of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law, including service as Chair, Accounting, Cost & Pricing Committee, Budget and Finance Officer, and Council Member. Author of articles and speaker on numerous government contract and alternative dispute resolution topics. Appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals on June 29, 2014.

 

Heidi L. Osterhout

            Heidi Osterhout was appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in July 2017. She served in the United States Air Force and the Department of Justice prior to her appointment.

            Judge Osterhout began her career as a contracting officer in the United States Air Force from June 1995 until August 2000. She attended law school while active duty and became an Air Force Judge Advocate in 2003 until she retired in 2014. Judge Osterhout held a variety of positions while in the Air Force, including a variety of acquisition law assignments. She served in the Commercial Law and Litigation Division of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency where she litigated several cases in front of the ASBCA and the Government Accountability Office and also acted as program counsel on multi-million dollar acquisitions. In her last active duty assignment, she was the Chief of Acquisition Litigation at the Headquarters Air Force, Acquisition Law and Litigation Directorate where part of her duties were to oversee the Extended Debriefing Program and Alternative Dispute Resolution activities. During her career, she deployed to Bosnia as a contracting officer and twice to Iraq as an acquisition attorney, one of which supported Foreign Military Sales.

            After retiring from the Air Force, from June 2014 to July 2017, Judge Osterhout was a Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, National Courts Section where she practiced before the Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Court of International Trade.

            Judge Osterhout is admitted to practice in North Carolina. She is a graduate of Penn State University (B.S. in Business Logistics, 1995); Oklahoma City University (M.B.A., 1997); The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (J.D., 2003); and George Washington University (L.LM, 2010).

 

Reba Page

            Born in Paducah Kentucky.  Received B.A. (1971) and M.S. (1983) degrees in Biology and J.D. (1976) from University of Louisville, and Masters (2011) and Ph.D. (2017) in Judicial Studies from University of Nevada, Reno.  Admitted to Kentucky, Florida, and District of Columbia Bars, and a member of the American Bar Association.  Appointed Administrative Judge, Corps of Engineers Board of Contract Appeals on July 1, 1994; appointed Chairman of the Engineer Board on January 30, 1999.  Member of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals on July 12, 2000 by merger of the ASBCA and Engineer Board.  Division Counsel for the Corps of Engineers Ohio River Division (1988-1994) and Division Trial Attorney (1986-88). Served as Assistant District Counsel, Louisville District (1984-1986).  Twice received Department of Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Superior Civilian Service Award, Commanders Award, and the E. Manning Seltzer Award.  Prior to entering federal service, was Deputy Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and in corporate practice.  Lectures and publishes on government contracts and dispute resolution.

 

Michael T. Paul

            Born in Norfolk, Virginia.  Received a B.A. degree from the Catholic University of America, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.A. degree in history from the same institution.  Did postgraduate work in history at the University of Virginia and received a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School.  Served as law clerk to the Honorable Albert V. Bryan, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Employed as a private attorney in Washington, D.C., and served as Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Branch, U.S. Department of Justice.  Admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia, United Stated Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, United States Claims Court, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  Appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals on August 31, 1987.

 

Robert T. Peacock

            Born in Richmond, Indiana in 1947.  Received B.A., University of Maryland 1969; J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 1972; M.S., Georgetown University, 1980.  Admitted to Maryland Bar (1972); licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland (1980).  Served on active duty as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force assigned to:  Moody Air Force Base, Vaaldosta, Georgia (February 1973 to July 1974); Headquarters, Turkish -United States Logistics Command, Ankara, Turkey August 1974-July 1976); and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals from August 1976 to April 1979; Legal Assistant to the Chairman and Trial Examiner, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals from April 1, 1979 to October, 1985.  Appointed a member of the Corps of Engineers Board of Contract Appeals on October 21, 1985.  Appointed Vice Chairman Corps of Engineers Board of Contract Appeals effective February 13 1994.  Member, ASBCA, July 12, 2000 to present.  Published books and monographs include:  Peacock, Robert, T. and Ting, Peter D. Contract Disputes Act.  Annotated, Federal, Publications, Inc. (1998); Peacock, Robert, T. A Complete Guide to the Contract Disputes Act, The American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, (1986).

 

Cheryl L. Scott

            National Merit Scholar. A.B., 1970, The College of William and Mary, General Honors, Phi Beta Kappa. J.D., 1973, Duke University School of Law, Southern Regional Moot Court Champion (with two teammates).  Associate, Davidson, Dawson, & Clark, New York, New York 1973-1977.  Associate, Spengler, Carlson, Gubar, Churchill & Brodsky, New York, New York, 1977-1979.  Concentration in tax, litigation, contract, real estate, tax-exempt organizations, and general practice.  United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch, Trial Attorney, then Senior Trial Counsel, 1980-1985.  Extensive complex litigation.  Assistant General Counsel, Everest Legal Systems, Inc., 1985-1986, Contract, litigation, and general corporate practice.  Returned to Department of Justice, 1987.  Left position as Senior Trial Counsel in October, 1990 when appointed to the Department of the Interior Board of Contract Appeals.  Appointed Chief Administrative Judge, August, 2000.  Appointed Administrative Judge, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, January 2001.  Admitted to practice in New York and Virginia.  Member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Member and past president:  Board of Contract Appeals Judges Association, Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association, Senior Executives Association, Board of Contract Appeals Judges Chapter.  Member, Public Contract Law Section, American Bar Association, Associate Editor, Public Contract Law Journal.


James R. Sweet

            Judge Sweet was raised in Massachusetts. He received a B.S.F.S. degree from Georgetown University, and a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School. After graduating from law school, Judge Sweet clerked for the Honorable Judge Nina Gershon, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Honorable Judge Jane Roth, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Then, he served as an Associate and Senior Associate at Goodwin Procter, LLP, a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and a Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, National Courts Section. Judge Sweet was appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in December 2016.

  

Kenneth D. Woodrow

           Judge Woodrow was born in White Sands Missile Range, NM.  He received a B.A. degree in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia in 1988 and a J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1991.  He is admitted to practice in Ohio and the District of Columbia.  From 1991 until 2003, Judge Woodrow was engaged in the private practice of law, focusing on environmental litigation, including as a partner at Baker Hostetler, Washington, D.C., and as counsel at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Washington, D.C.  In 2003, Judge Woodrow left private practice and joined the United States Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division.  He later was promoted to Senior Trial Counsel.  At the Department of Justice, he litigated a variety of contract matters at the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Court of International Trade.  Judge Woodrow was appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in April 2016.

 

Alexander Younger

            Born in New York, New York, on October 5, 1943. A.B., University of Pennsylvania, 1965. J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1969. Admitted to District of Columbia Bar, 1970.  Administrative Judge, Corps of Engineers Board of Contract Appeals, 1984-1987. Appointed to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals on August 31, 1987.