Ken Lechter is Associate General Counsel in the Dispute Resolution Division of the Air Force General Counsel's Office. Ken's principal program responsibilities are the Air Force Negotiation Center of Excellence and ADR in the area of acquisitions. Prior to joining the General Counsel's Office he was senior procurement counsel for the Department of Commerce with primary responsibility for litigating appeals at the General Services Administration Board of Contract Appeals and bid protests before the General Accountability Office. He also served as the Department of Commerce representative to the Inter-Agency ADR Working Group Steering Committee. During his tenure at Commerce he was detailed to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he served as Associate Director of Administration, to the General Counsel, where he served as Chief of Staff, and to the Department of Defense, where he was a principle draftsman of the Iraqi Government Procurement Order (CPA Order No.87).

Prior to entering federal government service in 1991, Ken was the managing partner of a law firm in the suburban Washington area, where he specialized in civil litigation in both state and federal courts and administrative fora and served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Ken is a member of the ABA Sections of Dispute Resolution and Public Contract Law.

Education :

University of Maryland, B.A. Economics--1967
University of Maryland School of Law--1971

Bar Memberships:

Maryland and D.C.
Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals for D.C. and the 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Supreme Court