Stanley R. Soya is a partner in the Washington office of Baker Botts. He is Chair of the firm’s Government Contracts group and a member of the firm’s White-Collar Crime and Corporate Investigations group.
Mr. Soya’s government contracts and white collar defense practice encompasses the full range of issues that government contractors encounter during competition, negotiation and performance. He has extensive experience representing contractors in bid protests, claims and disputes litigation, suspension and debarment proceedings, internal investigations, CFIUS reviews, FOCI matters, and federal administrative, civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions concerning alleged procurement fraud, corruption, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations and export control violations.
He represents government contractors in the aerospace, biotechnology, health care, electronics, energy, information technology medical products and telecommunications and transportation industries.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Soya was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General, where he had responsibility for oversight of investigations involving the top 100 defense contractors. He also served as a Special Agent in the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Transportation, the Veterans Administration and the General Services Administration.
Mr. Soya has lectured and written on federal procurement, procurement fraud, suspension and debarment, corporate ethics, export controls, international government procurement, international anti-corruption and procurement reform issues. He has been an invited speaker at the Rand Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance, the George Washington University Law School and an associate professor at the George Washington University Graduate School. He has also taught courses for the International Law Institute in cooperation with Georgetown University and for Federal Publications, Inc.
He is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contract Law and has served as chair of its Procurement Fraud Committee, vice chair of its Debarment and Suspension Committee and vice chair of its International Procurement Committee. He also is a member of the White Collar Crime Committee of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section.
Civil and Criminal Fraud Matters
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) – conducted an internal investigation and represented an aerospace company in its voluntary disclosure to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and subsequent prosecutions of a British Ministry of Defense official and the former vice president of a predecessor company
- FCPA – conducted an internal investigation and compliance review of distributors in 39 countries and represented a medical device company in its voluntary disclosure to the DOJ; negotiated a deferred prosecution agreement
- bribery – represented an electronic monitoring company in a federal investigation of alleged corruption in the award of Illinois state contracts
- Medicare/Medicaid – defended a major university’s medical school in qui tam litigation related to billing for radiological services
- International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) – represented a defense systems integrator in responding to Office of Defense Trade Controls (ODTC) allegations of ITAR violations related to the performance of a U.S. Army contract involving the operation of a Joint Command and Control System
- Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) grant – obtained government declination and subsequent dismissal of a qui tam suit against a defense electronics company that alleged $5 million in false claims
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) radiology services contract – settled a qui tam suit alleging $4 million in labor mischarging on a non-fraud basis for a total of $80,000, including attorneys’ fees
- U.S. Air Force electronic warfare contract – obtained criminal declination and negotiated contract waivers and deviations to resolve false testing issues concerning custom hybrid microchips
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) education grant funds – internal investigation for a national nonprofit resulted in voluntary disclosure and criminal prosecution of a program director for embezzlement of $250,000
- U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) computer contract – obtained criminal and civil declination concerning the investigation of alleged fraud concerning the manufacturing and testing of microchips
- DSCP supply contract – conducted an internal investigation and represented a company in a DOD/DOJ Voluntary Disclosure concerning false statements and claims related to Berry Amendment compliance
- Medicare/Medicaid – represented 12 defendants, managers of a national health care provider, in multi-district qui tam litigation, resulting in dismissal of action against 10 defendants pursuant to a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim
- obtained withdrawals or administrative agreements to resolve suspension and debarment actions
- established, reviewed and updated corporate ethics and compliance programs for companies in the pharmaceutical, defense electronics, transportation and computer industries
Claims, Disputes and Protests
- represented a defense electronics company in pursuing $28 million in claims against the U.S. Navy in a sonar system warranty dispute
- represented airports in resolving billing disputes involving U.S. Department of Homeland Security contracts
- represented a training contractor in resolving disputes resulting from U.S. General Services Administration defective pricing, price reduction and industrial funding fee claims
- defended the award of a telecommunications and information technology contract by SDDPC
- represented a prime contractor in recovering in excess of $50 million in constructive changes claims resulting from the construction of a U.S. Navy mine sweeper
- represented a nuclear component manufacturer in recovering $18 million in stop work and partial termination claims involving U.S. Navy submarine program contracts
- protested the award of a U.S. Air Force contract for self-contained breathing apparatus
- protested the award of a U.S. Navy contract for the management and operation of nuclear laboratories
- represented an aerospace company in defending the award of a U.S. Air Force Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) development contract
- represented an international aerospace engineering company in a prime/subcontractor dispute concerning specifications and performance under a NASA Cooperative Agreement for development of a lightweight aircraft engine
Awards & Community
Recognized as a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters), 2017
Publications, Speeches & Presentations
New Executive Orders and Department of Labor Proposals Impose Increased Compliance Burden on Government ContractorsFirm Thought Leadership
Labor & Employment Update