Jay Urwitz is a partner in the Washington office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, and was the co-chair of the Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Department, and a member of the Executive Committee of the predecessor firm, Hale and Dorr LLP. He specializes in legislative and regulatory work for educational institutions and companies, and in government contracting. He joined the firm in 1985.
Mr. Urwitz has been extensively involved in government contracting and legislative representation for clients in the electronics/software, biotechnology and education industries. In addition to experience in negotiating contracts, resolving contract compliance and performance issues and prosecuting government procurement protests, Mr. Urwitz has a particular background in intellectual property ownership and utilization, stemming from research agreements and licensing of government-sponsored technology.
His education work is related. He represents educational institutions and educational and publishing companies on authorizations and appropriations for scientific and educational purposes, utilization of intellectual property and the provision of education and health services. Much of this work is done before the Appropriations, Commerce, and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees of the US House and Senate. Mr. Urwitz also represents universities and companies with respect to regulatory and contracting issues arising in the range of programs and federal departments that fund education.
Mr. Urwitz was appointed by then Secretary of Defense Cheney to represent the software industry on the Government-Industry Technical Data Committee, which was established by Congress. He was appointed to chair the Software Subcommittee. The Committee substantially reformed the technical data rights provision in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement. Mr. Urwitz was also appointed by President Clinton to the Presidential Rank Review Board in 1995.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Urwitz was the Legislative Assistant for Domestic Policy to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, where he was the senior advisor on a variety of economic and programmatic issues.more » « less