Leonard Rawicz

Counsel, Energy and Infrastructure Projects; Energy Mergers and Acquisitions
Leonard Rawicz has worked on a variety of contract matters relating to the development, construction, operation and project financing of power generation projects.


Based on Mr. Rawicz’s extensive government procurement experience, he has represented Skadden clients in their acquisition or sale of businesses that involve government contract assets including intellectual property, and in the preparation and negotiation of proposals seeking government grants, contracts and subcontracts, as well as in the protest over grant and contract awards. Such clients have included Young & Rubicam, Sperian Protection, Doughty Hanson, Tumbleweed Communication Corp., Quest Communication International, Toshiba, SanDisk, EMC and Furukawa Electric Co.

Mr. Rawicz also advised ManTech International Corp. and Global Risk Strategies (Hong Kong) Ltd. regarding their government regulatory compliance policies and assisted Evergreen International Aviation and ICTS Huntleigh USA Corp. in their government contract disputes. Over the past few years, Mr. Rawicz also has advised clients regarding subcontract and government intellectual property issues. These clients include Global Crossing Ltd., SK Global America Inc., SASOL and Washington Group International. In addition, Mr. Rawicz has assisted the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) while it was a government-owned corporation, in its award of government contracts and, after USEC’s privatization, he advised USEC regarding its contracts with the Department of Energy (DOE). He also advised clients on government requirements for DOE loans and guarantees for energy projects with respect to Buy American, U.S. Cargo Preference Act, EEO requirements, lobbying restrictions and the Davis-Bacon Act.

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Rawicz served as a patent counsel to NASA and assistant general counsel at the DOE, where he was procurement counsel for five years, directing approximately 25 attorneys regarding procurement and financial incentive awards and disputes. He also advised the DOE in adopting policies regarding specific novel contracts and projects, including the award of cooperative agreements within the industry, and management and operations contracts for operating various large research facilities owned by the agency. At the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation, Mr. Rawicz, as general counsel, supervised the structuring of complex project financings for a wide variety of synthetic fuels projects.

Mr. Rawicz authored a report on the U.S. Department of Defense data rights policy for the Packard Commission, a Presidential Blue Ribbon Commission and a 2008 text with Ralph Nash, professor emeritus of George Washington University, on intellectual property in government contracts, which highlighted the Bayh-Dole Act, government regulatory patent policies, domestic manufacturing requirements, determinations of exceptional circumstances and march-in rights requirements. He recently co-authored a Thomson Reuters briefing paper on federal inducement prizes.



  • LL.M., George Washington University, 1964
  • J.D., George Washington University, 1960
  • B.S.E.E., University of Connecticut, 1953


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • General Counsel, United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation (1984-1985)
  • Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy (1977-1984)
  • Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Energy Research & Development Administration (1975-1977)
  • Patent Counsel, NASA (Goddard) & NASA (Headquarters) (1959-1975)
  • Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (1957-1959)

Leonard Rawicz

Counsel, Energy and Infrastructure Projects; Energy Mergers and Acquisitions