John Polk is an experienced litigator who has practiced civil and business litigation, government contracts law, and white-collar criminal law for more than 43 years, both in the federal government and in private practice. He was previously the Director of the Office of Fraud Remedies for the Air Force, a federal position with significant responsibility over the way government contractors do business with the federal government. John has extensive trial court and appellate court experience and has tried over 100 cases, many of them jury trials, and has argued more than 80 appellate cases.
John’s government contracts experience is extensive. In his position as the Director of the Office of Fraud Remedies for the Department of the Air Force, John managed the Air Force’s program for combating fraud by government contractors, which included civil actions, criminal prosecutions, and administrative remedies, such as suspension and debarment. He has a special expertise in issues concerning contractor responsibility. John was also the primary author of the Air Force’s Fraud Remedies Reference Guide.
For over 16 years, John was an attorney with the Washington, D.C. office of the national law firm Baker & McKenzie, where he represented clients in many types of matters, with an emphasis on corporate, contract and commercial litigation, including securities fraud, corporate governance, government contracting, and intellectual property. John also did white-collar criminal defense.
For 12 years, John was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, where prosecuted criminal cases and litigated many types of civil cases on behalf of the United States and its departments and agencies, including government contracts, torts, civil rights, and employment discrimination.