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Thomas A. Pettit

Washington, D.C.

Thomas A. Pettit

A government contracts lawyer with a background in the defense industry and intelligence community, Tom Pettit represents clients across industry sectors facing a range of government contracting challenges, including litigation, cybersecurity, transactions, and investigations.

Tom advocates for clients in bid protest litigation before the U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and represents clients involved in contract disputes. He also helps clients tackle cybersecurity challenges, including obtaining authorizations to operate high-tech equipment, and advises and performs due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions. Tom's experience also includes advising clients facing government investigations and audits.

A United States Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Tom maintains an active pro bono practice helping veterans receive benefits and discharge upgrades and representing active servicemembers facing legal challenges.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Tom worked in the Office of the General Counsel of a nonprofit federally funded research and development center and, before attending law school, worked as a national security policy analyst for a large government contractor.

In law school, Tom served on the Editorial Board of the American University Law Review.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, American University Washington College of Law, 2016
  • B.A., cum laude, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2011

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
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