Ronald S. Perlman is an attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of Holland & Knight, where he is a member of the firm's Government Contracts Group. Mr. Perlman was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and serves the Board as a Senior Director and on the Executive Committees of the Logistics Division, the Small Business Division and the Manufacturing Division. Also, Mr. Perlman is a Fellow of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and Past President of the NCMA D.C. Chapter.

Mr. Perlman has represented both large and small companies in contract negotiations, counseling claims, disputes and protests. He has experience at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and various boards and courts. His practice of government contract counseling and litigation work includes experience with many federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense (Air Force, Army, Marines, Coast Guard and Navy), Departments of Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Labor, Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, Federal Aviation Association, Social Security Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Postal Service.

Mr. Perlman’s recent representations include:

  • successful defense of the award of a major ship management contract by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command
  • the successful 2009 Presidential Inauguration sound system contractor protest, based on an organizational conflict of interest
  • a significant meteorological contractor's successful protest of a major contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • a large construction company in bid protests in the GAO and at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, challenging the award of a construction contract by the architect of the Capitol
  • counseling a major Navy systems contractor on its prime/subcontractor relations and on its Navy intellectual property data rights
  • representing a ship operating contractor defending against an allegation of being other-than-small at the Small Business Administration in connection with a more than $100 million Navy contract
  • an environmental remediation firm in a size protest at the Small Business Administration, challenging the award of a remediation contract by the Department of Energy
  • the manufacturer of explosive containment vessels in a bid protest at the General Accountability Office, challenging the award of a contract for explosive containment vessels by the Air Force
  • counseling an industrial manufacturer on required terms and conditions for the sale of metal bellows to the Air Force
  • litigation of major termination for default claims against a fabric manufacturing company by the Air Force and Navy
  • counseling a nonprofit applied research and development professional services organization with the drafting and negotiation of a software license agreement with the Office of Naval Research
  • defending the small business certification of a client that was awarded a contract to provide engineering services to the Department of Energy against claims of affiliation with a large business
  • representing the largest Northern Ireland aircraft manufacturer in a multimillion-dollar contract claim against the Army in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims with respect to constructive changes and cost increases on an aircraft remanufacturing contract
  • counseling minority-owned (8(a)) small businesses in marketing goods and services to the United States government

Before entering private practice in 1980, Mr. Perlman represented the U.S. Air Force and the General Services Administration as a government attorney. He was assistant staff Judge Advocate at the Armament Development and Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and the staff judge advocate of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Washington, D.C. In addition, he served as a senior trial attorney for the General Services Administration, litigating major cases.

Mr. Perlman has taught programs on government contract issues for the Air Force, NASA and the Central Intelligence Agency, among others. In addition, he has written several articles on federal contract law with articles published in federal publications and National Contract Management Magazine, including the briefing paper “Sole Source Contracts,” the only work of its kind on this critical topic.


  • Counseling: represented a Navy contractor in obtaining the release of a significant payment that was being held improperly (after some litigation but without disproportionate expense for collection)
  • Counseling: counseled a provider of medical and dental services for the Army National Guard regarding small business and procurement issues
  • Counseling: counseled a manufacturing company in connection with a teaming agreement and acquisition issues by a major defense prime contractor
  • Counseling: counseled a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) contractor in connection with teaming agreements with a major contractor
  • Counseling: represented Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) in investigations regarding various issues – all resolved satisfactorily, efficiently and effectively
  • Counseling: guided a client in the resolution of multiple terminations for default and conversion to terminations for convenience
  • Counseling: guided a client in the resolution of relationship issues with a major Air Force customer on personnel issues for the performance of contracts
  • Counseling: guided a client in the resolution of suspension and proposed debarment action
  • Litigation: represented a successful Navy contract offeror for NAVAIR logistics support work against a protest at the Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Litigation: successfully represented a disappointed offeror at the GAO in connection with a $500 million support services contract that was later awarded by the Department of Commerce
  • Litigation: represented a successful Army contract offeror against protests at the GAO and Court of Federal Claims challenging the award
  • Litigation: represented a client in a GAO bid protest against continued sole source procurement of critical equipment from another source for the Army's Blackhawk helicopter; protest was sustained because the sole source was unwarranted, having been caused by undue administrative delay
  • Litigation: represented an Air Force simulation equipment contractor in connection with claims because of performance changes
  • Litigation: represented a prospective Navy contractor for telecom services work in successful protests at the GAO
  • Litigation: represented an architectural and engineering (A&E) contract in connection with a successful protest against the improper awarding of a Navy contract for base construction and building modification work
  • Litigation: represented a major services contractor in connection with Military Sealift Command and Maritime Administration contracts involving performance, small business issues and improper source selection evaluations
  • Litigation: represented an aircraft manufacturer in connection with superior knowledge, mistake, impossibility and changes claims
  • Litigation: represented a client in the resolution of major Air Force and NAVFAC claims, working with various government counsel


  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.A.
  • Boston College Law School, J.D.
  • The George Washington University, LL.M., Government Procurement Law
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Procurement Round Table, Director
  • National Contract Management Association, Fellow
  • National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Senior Director (Executive Committees of Small Business, Manufacturing and Logistics Divisions)
  • George Washington University Law School, Government Contracts Advisory Board
  • American University, Government Contract Law, Former Instructor
  • Webster University, Government Contract Law, Former Instructor
  • The George Washington University, Sole-Source Contracts, Former Instructor
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake, Government Contract Law, Former Instructor
Honors & Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Speaking Engagements