Alexander W. Major focuses his practice on federal procurement, cybersecurity liability and risk management, and litigation. A prolific author and thought leader in the area of cybersecurity, his professional experience involves a wide variety of litigation and counseling matters dealing with procurement laws and federal regulations and standards. His diverse experience includes complex litigation in federal court under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act and bid protest actions. He counsels all sizes of companies on issues relating to compliance with government regulations including, among other things, cybersecurity (NIST, FIPS, FedRAMP, and DFARS) requirements, multiple award schedule compliance, Section 508 issues, country of origin requirements under the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts, cost accounting, and small business requirements. He also regularly conducts internal investigations to assist companies ensure that they are in full compliance with the law. Over the course of his career Alex has represented clients against regulatory and civil actions against the Food and Drug Administration, the United States Postal Service, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Air Force, the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers, the General Services Agency, and the Department of Justice.
Significant accomplishments include:
- Assisting in the defense of multiple tech-sector FCA suits related to alleged GSA non-compliance
- Identifying and stopping a complex and long-running corporate embezzlement scheme and constructing the culprit’s restitution requirement and the company’s reporting responsibilities
- Counseling software manufacturers in country of origin best practices for downloaded software and addressing Section 508 “Compliance”
- Advising defense industry clients on the proper application of Cost Accounting Standards 404, 418, and 419 in response to DCAA audit findings
- Coordinating systematic collections and responses to Government subpoenas on behalf of numerous clients
- Creating comprehensive ESI collection plan with relevance and privilege search terms in order to identify, collect, review and produce over nine terabytes of bi-lingual ESI documents in less than six weeks
- Assisting in defending Plaintiffs’ novel damages theories in complex civil litigation defending a Fortune 25 client against multi-state and multi-district class-action RICO and design-defect claims
Alex is a tireless writer, speaker and teacher on all areas of federal procurement and cybersecurity who is often sought out to provide insight and commentary. He was a contributing author to Computer Software Protection-Liability-Law-Forms, “Chapter 21 – Cloud Computing” (Thomson Reuters) in 2017 and 2018 and was also a founding editor and contributing author to the Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook (Thomson Reuters), an annual publication addressing cloud computing issues and solutions for commercial and government end users and suppliers.
A retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and graduate of the National Security Agency’s Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program (“JOCCP”), Alex served ten years in the areas of technical intelligence collection and intelligence analysis. He has operational experience employing IMINT, SIGINT and MASINT systems in the CENTCOM and PACOM areas of responsibilities and has been a part of, or interacted directly with, all national-level intelligence agencies, and federal law enforcement, as well as with international intelligence liaisons on every continent. In his final position on active duty, Alex served as an Intelligence Crisis Manager for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (J2M), and provided the Chairman and senior DOD officials with daily briefings on South and Southeast Asia, including Afghanistan on the evening of 9/11. Thereafter, Alex was appointed as the mission spokesperson for the Defense intelligence Agency and as the lead speech writer for the Agency’s Director until joining the Air Force Reserves in 2004. Alex retired in 2016 after serving as a U.S. Air Force Academy Admissions Liaison Officer for the state of Maryland.
Active in the area of pro bono, Alex has a track record of providing outstanding client services in a wide array of cases including winning asylum for a Kosovo refugee and his family; successfully defending an uninsured Maryland Workers’ Compensation claim on behalf of a small business; and serving as court appointed defense counsel on over a dozen federal criminal misdemeanor matters before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland as an attorney selected to be part of the Court’s Criminal Justice Act Panel.