Robert Tompkins

Partner, holland & Knight


Bob Tompkins is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Washington, D.C., office and co-chair of the National Government Contracts Practice. Mr. Tompkins provides strategic advice and counsel to government contractors, their management and investors. He is experienced in government contract protests and disputes, government investigations and related proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, matters related to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) government contracting programs and providing general counseling to clients. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Risk and Crisis Management Team and represents contractors and grant recipients in complex, high-stakes matters, including congressional investigations, inspector general inquiries, suspension and debarment proceedings.

Mr. Tompkins guides clients through all aspects of the government contracting programs offered by the SBA such as the 8(a), HUBZone and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) and Women-Owned Small Business Programs. He counsels government contractors on participation in SBA’s 8(a) mentor-protégé program and in forming joint venture and teaming arrangements with other entities to effectively pursue complex government procurements. He has also helped several small businesses obtain 8(a) certification and establish themselves as 8(a) contractors.

In particular, Mr. Tompkins focuses on assisting Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and Indian tribes participating in the SBA's 8(a) Program. His in-depth knowledge of the program requirements and benefits available to tribal- and ANC-owned businesses helps these clients through all stages of development. In addition to advising on core government contracts issues, Mr. Tompkins’ counsel to tribes and ANCs includes advising on: preparing and applying for admission to the 8(a) Program; establishing effective internal controls and risk management policies to ensure program compliance; structuring business arrangements with other entities, including teaming agreements, subcontracts, joint ventures and administrative services agreements in compliance with SBA requirements; and government proceedings, including size determinations, appeals to SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, and investigations by the SBA’s Office of Inspector General.