Gordon N. Griffin is a federal real estate attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Griffin represents building owners, real estate developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and asset managers nationwide in all aspects of General Services Administration (GSA) lease procurement and negotiation, lease administration and litigation of lease disputes. Mr. Griffin is a board member of the Federal Real Property Association and co-author of the 2016 Federal Government Real Estate Leasing guide published by LexisNexis.
Mr. Griffin's work covers a variety of aspects of federal real estate, including:
Lease Procurement: Counseling real estate clients through the federal procurement process, including the review of Requests for Leasing Proposals (RLPs), proposal drafting and submission, and, when necessary, bid protests of overly restrictive or unfair RLP provisions at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Lease Administration: Steering clients through federal lease administration issues. The federal government has the unique right to make unilateral changes to lease terms, and Mr. Griffin counsels clients through making requests for equitable adjustments stemming from government changes. He also regularly assists clients in submitting and negotiating payment of property tax invoices.
Disputes: Assisting clients in the federal claims process, which is required before parties can enter into litigation against the U.S. government. When the claims process fails to yield a favorable result, Mr. Griffin litigates federal lease disputes under the Contract Disputes Act at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, as well as the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.
Holdovers: Counseling real estate clients as to their rights and remedies in the event that the government stays past lease expiration, which may include the submission and litigation of claims under the Contract Disputes Act. The federal government is unique among tenants in its immunity to eviction, and government holdovers can impact business plans, financing and follow-on leases.
Purchase and Sale Agreements/Novations: Counseling real estate clients – both buyers and sellers – through the drafting and finalization of purchase and sale agreements for properties with government tenants. He also counsels clients through the federal novation process, which is required for the U.S. government to recognize a successor in interest to a federal lease after the purchase or sale of a property with federal tenants.
Mr. Griffin also works with government contractors, and he regularly counsels clients on Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) compliance. He represents clients in bid protests at GAO and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and litigates on behalf of clients at the various Boards of Contract Appeals. He counsels clients on all aspects of the government contracting programs offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as teaming agreements, data rights and intellectual property in government contracts.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Griffin spent several years at a large international law firm where he focused on government contracts. He also clerked for Chief Judge Jamie Baker at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Griffin spent 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a fighter pilot flying F/A-18 "Hornets" and deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Griffin remains active in the military and veterans communities, with a pro bono practice centered on representing veterans at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Within the firm, Mr. Griffin serves as national co-vice chair of the firm's Veterans Group.
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