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As a lawyer, Thomas Madden packs a one-two punch � he’s an expert in both government contracts and intellectual property law. The Venable partner’s first job out of college was as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In the years since, he has found that this experience, plus his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, “gives me entree with a variety of clients who are looking for that combination of government contracts and IP experience.” Madden, 63, is making good use of both in a current case representing the Lockheed Martin Corp. in a patent dispute raised by Honeywell International. The U.S. government is being sued by Honeywell, which claims that Lockheed supplied the government with planes featuring cockpit displays that infringe on Honeywell patents. Lockheed is an intervenor on the government’s side of the case, now in the early stages of discovery at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Another recent matter, which featured issues more often found on the Discovery Channel than in law books, concerned the U.S. Antarctic Program. Madden represented the Raytheon Technical Services Co., which was awarded a 10-year contract potentially worth $1 billion to manage and operate the program’s facilities. The incumbent contract holder, Antarctic Support Associates, protested the award before the Court of Federal Claims. What made the case unusual was the intense time pressure. A decision as to who would run the program had to be made before the (brief) Antarctic summer ended � the only season during which the stations could be resupplied and personnel replaced. Although Madden didn’t actually go to Antarctica, he says it was “interesting to learn about the program and what they’re doing.” And, he says, “at the end of the day, Raytheon won the contract fair and square.” Joan Mooselly, senior counsel at Raytheon, worked with Madden on the case and calls him “incredibly responsive to his clients’ needs.” Her assessment is shared by Robert Stern, general counsel of Sodexho Inc. “Tom answers his phone by saying, ‘This is Tom Madden. How can I help you?’ That is a perfect representation of Tom’s attitude in everything he does for his clients,” says Stern. Madden has worked with Sodexho on a variety of contracting issues, including an $800 million award to provide food service for all Marine mess halls in the United States. In 2002, that award was unsuccessfully protested by Eurest, a part of the Compass Group. Stern continues, “Tom has terrific judgment and is a very strategic thinker. He has very good business sense and can help in thinking through financial scenarios and their implications.” Madden received his J.D. from Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in 1968. His first job as a lawyer was a civilian position in the U.S. Navy’s Office of Patent Counsel. In 1969, he transferred to the Department of Justice, where he worked in the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (now part of the Office of Justice Programs). In 1972, Madden was promoted to general counsel of the LEAA, a career position that he calls “a terrific job.” The big move to private practice came in 1980. Madden joined the D.C. office of New York’s Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler because “it was a chance to do something different,” he says. He jumped to Venable in 1984, when the D.C. office had just a handful of lawyers. Part of the draw was partner Benjamin Civiletti � Madden had worked for him at the DOJ, when Civiletti was attorney general. And Madden was given the chance to found the firm’s government contracts practice. He has headed that practice for the last two decades. Today, about 15 lawyers work full time on government contracts matters, and another 10 do so at least part time. Well-regarded colleagues include partners John Pavlick Jr. and J. Scott Hommer III. For 20 years, Madden has also served as general counsel of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. His involvement with juvenile justice issues dates back to his time at the DOJ. These days, he devotes several hundred hours a year to working with the organization. Because, Madden says simply, “It’s very rewarding.”

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