Blando, Mark J.

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Address: 800 Lumber Exchange Building 10 South Fifth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Lawyer Firm: Eckland & Blando
Phone: 612-236-0160
Fax: 612-236-0179

Areas of Practice Government Contracts, Construction, Commercial Litigation, Federal Claims Litigation, Fifth Amendment Takings, Trial Practice, Appellate Practice

Mark Blando has dedicated his career to pursuing all forms of litigation against the federal government. He acted as counsel in two of the most prominent pieces of litigation in the country involving attempts by the government to avoid its contractual obligations through legislation, having represented subsidized housing owners in Franconia Associates v. United States, 536 U.S. 129 (2002), both before the Supreme Court and at trial, and thrift institutions in United States v. Winstar Corp., 518 U.S. 839 (1996). Mark also has litigated a wide variety of traditional government contract cases at the federal and state level, including bid protests, performance disputes, termination actions, and False Claims Act litigation. He also advises contractors and subcontractors on a wide range of transactional matters, including Federal Supply Schedules, asset purchases, intellectual property issues, and internal compliance investigations. Mark also has pursued numerous other types of government claims, including Fifth Amendment takings claims, Federal Tort Claims Act cases, and actions under the Administrative Procedures Act. He also has substantial trial experience in a number of other areas, including construction, subsidized housing, real estate, insurance defense, and general commercial litigation.

Mark graduated from Boston College, magna cum laude, in 1992, and from the George Washington University Law School, with honors, in 1995, where he served as Managing Editor of the Environmental Lawyer. He has been admitted to practice in Minnesota, Washington, D.C., Maryland, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Public Contracts Law Section, and the National Contract Management Association, where he served as the President and National Director of the Twin Cities Chapter. Mark writes and lectures frequently on a variety of government contract topics.

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