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Mark J. Blando

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Government Contracts Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Eckland & Blando LLP
10 South Fifth Street, 800 Lumber Exchange Building
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3901
Phone: 612-236-0160
Fax: 612-236-0179
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Government Contracts, Administrative Law, Business Litigation, State, Local & Municipal
Attorney Profile

Mark J. Blando, a founding partner of Eckland & Blando, has dedicated his 25 years of practice to serving companies who do business with government entities. Focusing on contract claims against the Federal Government, he has represented clients across the nation in a variety of industries, including defense, manufacturing, housing, real estate, and construction. His practices areas include:

  • Government Contract claims and disputes
  • False Claims Act
  • Internal compliance investigations
  • Bid protests
  • State and local procurement
  • Fifth Amendment takings
  • Federal Tort Claims Act
  • General commercial litigation

Mr. Blando stands alone in having taken part in the only two U.S. Supreme Court cases addressing efforts by the Government to avoid its contractual obligations through legislation, having represented 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). His clients have since recovered nearly $800 million through litigation and settlement proceedings following the landmark Franconia decision.

A magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in English, Mr. Blando obtained his Juris Doctor degree with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the journal The Environmental Lawyer. He is licensed to practice in the state courts of Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., as well as the U.S. Court of Federal Claims , the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Blando is asked to speak and write regularly on a variety of topics related to contracting with the Federal Government.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Government Contracts
  • 10%Administrative Law
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%State, Local & Municipal

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

About Mark J. Blando

First Admitted: 1995, Maryland

Professional Webpage: http://www.ecklandblando.com/attorneys/mark-j-blando/

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Franconia Associates v. United States, 536 U.S. 129 (2002)
  • Eastover Ridge, LLC v. Metric Constructors, Inc., 533 S.E.2d 827 (N.C. App. 2000) 
  • Cooley v. United States, 46 Fed. Cl. 538 (2002)
  • Kvaerner ASA and J.A. Jones, Inc. v. Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, 210 F.3d 262 (4th Cir. 2000)
  • Grass Valley Terrace v. United States, 51 Fed. Cl. 436 (2002)
  • Airport Road Associates, Ltd. v. United States, 866 F.3d 1346 (Fed. Cir. 2017)
  • Ramona Investment Group v. United States, 115 Fed. Cl. 704, 707 (2014)
  • Carpenter v. United States, __ Fed. Cl. __ No. 04-1740C (2006)
  • Chancellor Manor v. United States, 67 Fed. Cl. 434 (2005)
  • Grass Valley Terrace v. United States, 69 Fed. Cl. 341 (2005)
  • Franconia Assoc. v. United States, 61 Fed. Cl. 718 (2004)
  • Allegre Villa v. United States, 60 Fed. Cir. 11 (2004)
  • Chancellor Manor v. United States, 331 F.3d 891 (Fed. Cir. 2003)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Commercial Item Acquisitions, 20 Years After FASA, NCMA World Congress, Dallas, TX, 2015
  • Claims, Disputes and Protests in Government Contracts, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN, 2011 & 2012
  • SADBOC Annual Government Procurement Fair (various presentations), 2014 – Present
  • Guide to State Procurement:  A 50-State Primer on Purchasing Law, Processes and Procedures, ABA Section of Public Contract Law (2011) Contributor to outlines for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, North Dakota and South Dakota
  • Government Contractors & Environmental Liability, ABA Section of Environment, Energy & Resources (2002)
  • E-Sign’s growing Impact on Government Procurement, Contract Management Magazine (2001)
  • Attention Contractors: You Will Be Graded, Faegre & Benson (2001), 1900
  • Direct and Cross-Examination of Scheduling Experts, in Judging the Scheduling Experts, ABA Public Contract Law Section, Construction Claims Committee Conference (1998)
  • International Arbitration in Bermuda, ABA Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Committee (1999)
  • Note, Land Exchanges Under the Federal Land Exchange Facilitation Act, The Environmental Lawyer 327 (1994)
  • Lost Prepayment Rights: A Litigation and Settlement History, Wisconsin Council for Affordable Rural Housing (Madison, WI, November 2012)
  • Suing Uncle Sam: Claims, Disputes and Protests in Government Contracts, Minnesota CLE (Minneapolis, MN, 2011 and 2012)
  • Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Counsel, Advanced Contracting Series, various presentations, 2009-2012 (Minneapolis, MN and Duluth, MN). Past Performance in Government Contracting Commercial Item Acquisitions Claims and Disputes in Government Contracts Opportunities Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Fundamentals of Government Contracts Understanding and Winning Government Contracts State and Local Procurement in Minnesota
  • NCMA Greater Iowa Spring Seminar (Cedar Rapids, IA, April 2010) Disputes, Claims and Appeals in Government Contracts Commercial Item Acquisitions: A Simpler Way To Do Business with the Government?
  • Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations: Keeping Pace in the Federal Marketplace, Lormen Education (Bloomington, MN, June 2008) Doing Business with the Government: An Overview of Federal and State Procurement Selling to the World’s Largest Customer 24/7/365: GSA Schedule Contracting
  • Litigation Against the Federal Government in the Court of Federal Claims, California Council for Affordable Housing (Lake Tahoe, CA, June 2006)
  • Litigating a Regulatory Taking Claim: A Practitioner’s View, ALI-ABA (Boston, MA, Sep. 2005)
  • Prepayment Litigation: A Progress Report, National Leased Housing Association (Miami, FL, Jan. 2005)
  • E-Procurement: Electronic Contracting with the Federal Government, University of Minnesota, National Seminar on Government Contracts (St. Paul, MN, Oct. 2003)
  • Public Contracting in the Information Age, National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (Bloomington, MN, May 2002)
  • Doing Business with the Federal Government, Faegre & Benson Construction Seminar (Minneapolis, MN, March 2002)
  • Hot Topics in Government Contract Law, National Contract Management Association (Minneapolis, MN, April 2001)
  • Past Performance: Past, Present and Future, University of Minnesota, National Seminar on Government Contracts (St. Paul, MN, Nov. 2000)
  • Government Contracts, Minnesota Project Innovation (Minneapolis, MN, Sept. 2000)
  • Commercial Pricing: Doing Business with the Federal Government, National Contract Management Association (Denver, CO, Feb. 2000)
  • Past Performance: Whither Are We? National Contract Management Association (Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 1999)
  • Minnesota Construction Law: Payment and Performance Bonds, Lorman Education Services (Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 1999)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Association of the United States Army
  • The State of Maryland, 1995
  • The District of Columbia Washington, D.C., 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1999
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 1999
  • The State of Minnesota, 2000
  • United States Supreme Court, 2002
  • Harvard Mediation Project, Harvard Law School, Mediator, 1991
  • National Contract Management Association, Twin Cities Chapter Member (1999-Present); Board Member (2001- 2007); V.P., Education (2001-2002, 2006-2007); Chapter President (2002-2003); National Director (2003-2004)
  • American Bar Association, Public Contracts Law Section

Educational Background

  • The George Washington University Law School, 1995
  • B.A., English, magna cum laude, Boston College, 1992

Industry Groups

  • Affordable Housing
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
  • Technology
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Office Location for Mark J. Blando

10 South Fifth Street
800 Lumber Exchange Building
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3901

Phone: 612-236-0160

Fax: 612-236-0179

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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