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Name and title: Curtis Schehr, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Age: 46 Systems integrator: Anteon International Corp. is an information technology and engineering company headquartered in Fairfax, Va. Launched in 1976 as the Evaluation Research Corp., the organization had become a subsidiary of New York’s Ogden Corp. by 1996, when it was sold to senior managers and a private equity group and took the name Anteon. The company employs more than 9,000 people in more than 100 offices worldwide and reported $1.27 billion in revenues for 2004. “We are a systems integrator, providing information technology and engineering services to U.S. federal government agencies and international customers,” Schehr said. “The range of services we provide is diverse, as is our customer base. We provide services to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, which account for a substantial portion of the company’s revenues. We also serve a number of federal civilian agencies.” Projects the company has worked on include developing and upgrading the country’s emergency information management system through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); and the Coast Guard’s “Deepwater Systems,” a massive upgrading and modernization effort for the service’s surface ships and aircraft. Recent deals include a weapons systems management contract worth $18.7 million, and a modeling, simulation and training contract worth $9.8 million, both with the Air Force. Homeland security: Schehr says Anteon has experienced “steady, continual growth” at a rate of 13% to 15% annually. The increased attention to national security since Sept. 11, 2001, has acted as a spur to the company’s growth. “Within the area of homeland security, there’ve been a number of government imperatives we believe we’re well positioned to benefit from,” Schehr said. “One of these relates to the area of secure credentials and identification cards. We have the capabilities and solution set to provide the biometrically enabled secure ID cards that the government and other customers are requiring.” The company has grown by winning new clients and new contracts from existing clients. “The federal government has steadily increased the size of many of its procurements, and we have been pursuing these larger-sized contracts with some success,” Schehr said. Additional growth came through aquisitions. “We seek to acquire companies that either provide a niche in terms of their skill set or customer base. For example, last year we acquired two companies, one specializing in information assurance and information security and the other focusing on modeling and simulation software solutions.” Daily duties: Schehr reports to President and CEO Joseph Kampf. “Since we are a government contractor and a publicly traded company, there is a constantly changing regulatory environment,” he said. Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance has “consumed a disproportionate amount of time,” he noted. “However, because of our ongoing compliance activities as a government contractor, we had the foundation for many of the necessary systems and processes already in place.” He enjoys “the tremendous variety of issues in-house lawyers face. On any day, we might have a mergers and acquisitions matter, an SEC filing, an employment law issue or a board of directors meeting. For me personally, having that variety brings a certain degree of freshness to the job. You literally never know what’s going to walk in the door on any given day. We also have the opportunity to interface with personnel across the entire organization. Having that interaction with diverse groups across the company is very exciting.” His position is challenging. “There may be a multiplicity of disciplines that need to be involved in addressing a particular matter-various constituencies who are sitting at the table with you. Our common goal is to arrive at an appropriate solution to a business problem,” Schehr said. “We see ourselves as risk managers. You can’t just sit back and say to your client, ‘Well, the answer is no.’ You need to go far beyond that and offer an alternative course of action that still meets the business objective. “My approach at the end of the day is that this is a business, and we must approach and deal with legal and compliance matters in the context of the business.” He promotes a “Team Anteon” ethos. “It’s an understanding of the fact that we ultimately have a common set of business goals and objectives.” Legal team and outside counsel: “We have four attorneys, including myself, in the law department, along with two support-staff members,” Schehr said. “In terms of dividing up assignments, because the attorneys are so few in number and the volume of the work is great, we tend to be generalists for the most part. Everyone in the department is expected to take on a wide range of issues and tasks. For example, any one of us may be involved in mergers and acquisitions activity or in dealing with an employment case.” As for outside counsel, “we use a variety of firms, depending on the subject matter and on the location of the matter.” Anteon maintains long-standing relationships with Venable of Washington; Seyfarth Shaw; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison of New York; and Barton, Baker, McMahon, Hildebrandt & Tolle of McLean, Va. route to the top: Schehr earned his law degree at the George Washington University Law School in 1984. He joined Anteon in October 1996 as vice president and general counsel. Before that, he served as associate general counsel at Vitro Corp., where his duties included oversight of sensitive internal investigations. Earlier, he spent six years as at Westinghouse Electric Corp.’s defense group, now part of Northrop Grumman. “I’ve always been in-house, most likely because I’m attracted to the in-house requirement of working closely with the business team,” he said. Personal: “While that’s a fairly rare event, I do like the outdoors. I like hiking in national parks whenever the opportunity presents itself. I also enjoy tennis.” Latest book: The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. A version of this article was published Aug. 15 in Legal Times.

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