Jason M. Vespoli Associate - Not admitted in DC; admitted in PA. Application for admission to the DC bar pending; working under the direct supervision of an enrolled, active member of the D.C. bar.

Jason focuses his practice on federal and state procurement, government technology, bid protests and government contract disputes, and regulatory compliance. He utilizes experience in state government, government technology, and complex procurement to solve problems in innovative and efficient ways.

Jason joined McGuireWoods from the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel where he represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in complex and high profile procurement solicitations. He was a trusted advisor for government decision–makers on matters of solicitation development, private sector engagement, small business and small diverse business participation, and contract dispute resolution. He leveraged his experience with IT systems, integration, and procurement to successfully negotiate complex strategically sourced IT contracts. Jason was utilized as a key recourse for software procurement, relying on his understanding of the challenges that government agencies face surrounding data privacy and data security.

Before attending Notre Dame Law School, Jason worked at an online reverse auction services provider for state, local, and federal government clients, where he managed a team that conducted market research for procurement solicitations and the reverse auction process. In this role, he also was responsible for resolving issues arising under the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), and the terms of Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) including NASA SEWP V and NIH CIO-SP3.

Experience

Negotiated contract terms and conditions on a complex IT procurement valued at more than $50 million for a customized state lottery solution.

Negotiated contract terms and conditions on a state government procurement for a wireless infrastructure management project that resulted in a contract for the state that is estimated to generate over $100 million dollars in revenue from underutilized assets.     

Negotiated numerous agency level software licensing agreements for software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and on-premises software solutions with IT VARs and software manufacturers. 

Negotiated a government-wide software services agreement for a cloud based software solution that included reaching an agreement on a limitation of liability provision for data breach and data loss.    

Successfully represented a state government agency during a protest involving a multimillion-dollar strategic source contract and assisted in drafting the agency’s response during the resulting administrative adjudication.  

Successfully represented a state government agency in resolving a dispute with a large public research university regarding the reimbursable costs for subrecipients by the subawardee “pass-through entity” on federal grants governed by 2 CFR 200, Uniform Guidance.  

Represented a state government agency in its response to an Office of Inspector General investigation report resulting from the investigation of a $400 million construction project.

Represented a state government agency in its response to a Department of Auditor General audit of contract solicitation and compliance procedures related to an $800 million public safety telecommunications system contract.             

Represented a law enforcement agency in the acquisition of telecommunications infrastructure and a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) compliant cloud based software solution.  

Represented a state government agency in the solicitation of a statewide voting systems contract that is used by local governmental units for cooperative purchasing.        

Counseled multiple state government agencies on the administrative requirements to utilize GSA Schedule contracts for cooperative purchasing.   

Managed a market research team that conducted reverse auctions for the procurement of medical and dental equipment for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.    

  • Notre Dame Law School, JD, cum laude, Dean's Honor Roll, 2018
  • George Mason University, BA, cum laude, Dean's List, 2014

Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee, 2019-2020

Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2019-2020

Pennsylvania Bar Association Government Lawyers Committee, 2019

  • Not Admitted in the District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Presenter, "Negotiating Terms & Conditions When Utilizing Cooperative Purchasing," 2019 Pennsylvania Procurement Expo, September 2019
  • Presenter, "Attaining Best Value When Cooperative Purchasing," 2019 Pennsylvania Procurement Expo, September 2019
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