Alex Hontos
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Alex Hontos

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hontos.alex@dorsey.com

Overview

ALEX ADVISES CLIENTS IN COMMERCIAL DISPUTES, BUT FOCUSES HIS PRACTICE ON THE INTERSECTION OF INDUSTRY AND THE GOVERNMENT.

Alex is accomplished in procurement law and government contracting, including the Federal Acquisition Regulations and the Contract Disputes Act; Federal civil-fraud provisions, including the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act; and the specialized rules that govern claims against the United States, including bid protests.  Alex assists clients in the areas of contract negotiation, compliance programs and internal investigations, contract performance, terminations and disputes, and litigation arising from the same.

Alex has first-chaired dozens of litigated matters.  His experience spans the entire litigation life-cycle, from devising litigation strategy, conducting discovery and internal investigations, briefing and arguing dispositive motions, negotiating settlements, and presenting effective advocacy at trial.  He has argued numerous appeals in the Federal appellate courts, and has drafted filings in the United States Supreme Court.

Alex maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing an indigent defendant facing Federal murder charges and veterans seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs for service-connected disabilities.   Alex has also served as a prosecutor for the City of Minneapolis and a judicial clerk on appellate courts at the state and Federal levels.

Before joining Dorsey, Alex was a Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Hired through the Attorney General's Honors Program, Alex represented the United States in many matters, typically as lead counsel, including government-contracts disputes, fraud claims, bid protests, and other monetary claims against the government.

Alex is the Co-founder and Editor of FCA Now, Dorsey & Whitney’s False Claims Act blog.

Education & Admissions

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 2007), magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review

St. Olaf College (B.A., Political Science & Ancient Studies, 2003), cum laude, Departmental Distinction

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Clerkships

  • Minnesota Court of Appeals, Honorable Bruce D. Willis, 2007-2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Honorable Myron H. Bright, 2008-2009

Experience

Representative Experience

  • Represented medical-device manufacturer in successful bid protest challenging the Defense Department’s award of a multi-million dollar supply contract
  • Represented large government contractor in litigation arising under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act
  • Represented national bank in several multi-party actions involving alleged violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
  • Advised U.S. subsidiary of multi-national corporation in connection with high-profile Federal construction project worth hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Advised Fortune 100 company in connection with Defense Department grant
  • Represented public hospital system in litigation arising under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act
  • Represented manufacturer in Federal agency debarment proceedings
  • Represented defense contractor in termination-for-convenience negotiations
  • Represented Fortune 20 company in multi-million dollar fraud claim against healthcare provider
  • Represented industry-leading company in response to Justice Department contracting-fraud investigation
  • Counseled clients with respect to self-disclosures to HHS’s Office of Inspector General, the SEC, and state regulatory entities.
  • Negotiated and drafted procurement contract for technology company with State of Minnesota 
  • Created U.S. government-contract compliance policies for defense contractor and drafted related sub-contract agreement
  • Advised international standards organization regarding compliance issues in connection with Defense Department contract
  • Counseled “first-time” government contractors and grant-recipients regarding applicable federal procurement rules and performance risk
  • Advised large non-profit health-care system in conjunction with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant compliance
  • Conducted internal investigation of non-profit recipient of Federal grant funding
  • Advised subrecipient of Federal grant funding regarding cost disallowances proposed by HHS
  • Represented the United States in a procurement challenge to a $40 billion Department of Defense contract
  • Represented the United States in a series of cases arising from the performance by a large defense contractor in support of the Iraq War, including a multi-week trial and fraud counterclaims
  • Represented the United States in bid protest challenging the Air Force’s procurement of training services for the Air Combat Command
  • Represented the United States in bid protest challenging the Army’s procurement of ammunition supplies and related logistics services
  • Represented the United States in bid protest challenging the Army’s procurement of custodial services for military facilities
  • Represented the United States in construction litigation arising from work performed on a hydroelectric dam operated by the Department of the Interior

News & Resources

Articles

Grant-Fraud Guilty Plea Underscores Potential Civil and Administrative Liability for Recipients of Federal Funds
The Anatomy of Corporate Criminal Liability: Appellate Court Sustains Organizational Conviction and Imposition of Maximum Penalty for Violations of Civil Safety Regulations
Two Recent Justice Department Memoranda May Have Significant Consequences for Pending and Future False Claims Act Enforcement
Best Practices in the Era of Outside Investigations: Is Your Organization Ready?
Avoiding the Storm After the Storm—10 Things the Construction Industry Should Do Right Now to Move Projects Forward After Harvey and Irma
Dorsey Health Law Blog: Consultant found guilty of illegal kickbacks by “referring” doctors’ patients to another medical provider in exchange for remuneration
Consultant found guilty of illegal kickbacks by “referring” doctors’ patients to another medical provider in exchange for remuneration
"Will “Making America Great Again” Mean Increased Enforcement of the Buy American Act? What Government Contractors Can Do Right Now," Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report, LexisNexis
Court Enforces CFPB Civil Investigative Demand Against Tribal Lending Entity; Rejects Argument that Tribal Sovereignty Precludes Such Demands
Will “Making America Great Again” Mean Increased Enforcement of the Buy American Act? What Government Contractors Can Do Right Now.
Insurers’ Suit Against Government for Affordable Care Act Payments May Proceed; If Successful, Insurers Entitled to Billions from the United States
Former CEO of Health System Agrees to Pay $1 million to settle False Claims Act case with U.S. Department of Justice
CEO of World Trade Center contractor found guilty of fraud by misstating compliance with Port Authority’s minority- and women-owned business programs
Federal Civil Penalties Going Up, Way Up
Supreme Court Upholds Implied Certification Theory of False Claims Act Liability, But Imposes Some Limitations on its Reach
Construction and the False Claims Act: A Recent Settlement with the Justice Department Underscores Risk to Primes, Subs, and Suppliers
"Corporations as Whistleblowers: Leveraging Corporations to Fight Corporate Crime," Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report, LexisNexis
CMS Finalizes Rule Requiring Healthcare Providers to Return Overpayments
Proposed Federal Rule Would Proscribe Contractor Confidentiality Agreements that “Restrict” Employees And Subcontractors from Reporting Allegations of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse to the Government
Prosecutors Pierce Attorney-Client Privilege in Procurement-Fraud Investigation; Court Orders “Compliance” Advice Of Counsel to Be Disclosed
Defense Department Proposes to Expand Applicability of Electronic-Counterfeit-Parts Regulations; Tens of Thousands of Contractors and Subcontractors—Including Small Businesses—Affected

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Alex Hontos Comments on Memo Regarding FCA Dismissals
Dorsey & Whitney Names New Partners
Dorsey Attorney Alex Hontos Elected to Board of Governors
Dorsey Attorney Alex Hontos Comments on Supreme Court’s Government-Procurement Decision
Hontos comments on impact of Eighth Circuit False Claims Act Decision on whistleblower recoveries
Fahnhorst, Hontos and Kilgriff Named Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows

Select Presentations

  • Presenter, “Perspectives on Bid Protests,” Minnesota State Bar Ass’n (April 14, 2017)  
  • Panelist, “How Appellate Courts Do Their Work,” Dorsey & Whitney LLP (July 18, 2016)  
  • Presenter, “Beyond FAR Part 45: Government Property in the Courts and Agency Enforcement,” National Property Management Ass’n Spring Seminar (May 4, 2016)
  • Panelist, “It’s Not Just About Getting the Project Built: the FCPA and the False Claims Act,” Advanced Construction Law Bootcamp (April 12, 2016) 
  • Presenter, “Federal Assistance Funding: The ‘Super Circular,’ Compliance, and Enforcement Risks,” Minnesota Nonprofit Law Conference (April 11, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Introduction to Veterans Benefits Claims,” Minnesota State Bar Ass’n (Sept. 30, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Domestic Preference Laws: Buy America, Buy American, and More,” Minnesota State Bar Ass’n (May 8, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Judicial Review of Veterans Claims,” Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Spring Conference (April 7, 2015)

Industries & Practices

Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Anti-Corruption Group
  • Appellate
  • Construction Litigation
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • National Security Law
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association 
  • Member, Lawyers’ Committee on Hate Crimes and Islamophobia
  • 2014-2015 Policy Fellow, University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Executive Committee Member, National Seminar on Government Contracts, University of Minnesota
  • Mentor, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Program
  • Seminar Committee Member, Federal Bar Ass’n (MN Chapter) 
  • Government Contracts Editor, Inside 717 (the Journal of the United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association)

Accolades

North Star Lawyer logo

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2014-2017
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