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Ivan Boatner

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With more than 20 years of experience in the government contracting sector, Mr. Boatner brings a thorough understanding of the laws and regulations relevant to government contractors, Department of Energy contractors in particular, to his practice as a member of Baker Donelson's Government Enforcement and Investigations Group.

Featured Experience

Negotiated contracts and modifications thereto with more than 20 federal agencies.

Developed and implemented insider threat programs.

Advised Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant recipients and subrecipients on compliance matters.

Professional Biography


Mr. Boatner's experience working in the government sector includes representing and advising the government and contractors in a variety of matters, such as government contract claims, bid protests, the False Claims Act (FCA), the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), indemnification issues, employment disputes, and whistleblower cases.

Mr. Boatner joined Baker Donelson after spending 14 years as general counsel for Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a large government contractor, where he was responsible for overseeing all legal matters, in addition to serving on ORAU's Strategic Leadership Team. Mr. Boatner's duties at ORAU included responsibility for contractor assurance activities such as environment, safety, and health (ES&H), security, risk management, quality, project management and internal audit. Prior to that, he served as a federal litigation attorney for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge Operations. Throughout his career, Mr. Boatner has developed close relationships with decision makers at government contractors in both Oak Ridge and throughout the DOE complex.

Mr. Boatner also has significant construction experience in both commercial and residential markets. He has been involved in all facets of the construction process from planning to closeout and litigation of construction disputes.

Representative Matters
  • Advised clients on government contract compliance requirements, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and agency-specific regulations such as the Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR) and DOE Orders.

  • Negotiated contracts and modifications thereto with more than 20 federal agencies.

  • Conducted internal investigations involving allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, and unethical and illegal behavior for government contractors and state agencies.

  • Represented agricultural client in Federal Tort Claims Act litigation alleging negligent inspection of livestock by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), resulting in favorable settlement of $1 million.

  • Developed and implemented insider threat programs.

  • Represented clients in protests before agencies, the General Accounting Office, and the Court of Federal Claims.

  • Represented client in breach of contract litigation involving compliance with federal cybersecurity requirements.

  • Advised Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant recipients and subrecipients on compliance matters.

  • Reviewed proposals, ensured compliance with federal procurement requirements, and drafted sections of a major proposal which resulted in the awarding of contracts valued at more than $4 billion to the client.

  • Developed corporate policies and training on matters such as business ethics and risk management.

  • Served as DOE counsel in FCA, FTCA, FOIA, toxic tort, and Contract Disputes Act (CDA) litigation.

  • Represented DOE in a federal sector Title VII claim brought by a member of the Senior Executive Service.

  • Advised the DOE Oak Ridge Freedom of Information Act Office.

  • Served as the DOE Contracting Officer's Representative for legal matters.

  • Represented DOE in numerous whistleblower cases before the Department of Labor and Merit Systems Protection Board.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Member – American Bar Association (ABA) and ABA Public Contract Law Section
  • Member – Department of Energy Contractor Attorneys' Association (2004 – present)
  • Member – Association of Corporate Counsel (2011 – 2019)
  • Board of Directors – Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation (2015 – present)
  • Board of Directors – Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce (2018 – present)
  • Member – Energy Facility Contractors Group, Risk Management Task Team (2016 – 2018)
  • Member – City of Oak Ridge 75th Anniversary Committee
Speaking Engagements
  • "Export Compliance Update and Best Practices for Universities," Technology Transfer Tactics (August 27, 2020)
  • "Self-Performance," NCMA East Tennessee Chapter Winter Workshop (January 2020)
  • "Small Things Can Make a Big Difference: Considerations for Contracts Professionals in Investigations," National Contract Management Association, East Tennessee Chapter (November 2019)
  • Co-presenter – "Insider Threat Programs/Foreign Recruitment Programs," Government Contractor Attorneys' Meeting (May 2019)
  • Panelist – "Another Day in the Life of a DOE Contractor Attorney – Managing Your Professional Ethics and the Ethical Obligations of Your Client," Department of Energy Contractor Attorneys' Association (DOECAA) 2019 Spring Conference, Washington, D.C. (May 2019)


  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1992, cum laude
    • Tulane Law Review, senior associate editor
  • Sewanee: The University of the South, B.A., 1989, cum laude


  • District of Columbia, 2020 
  • Tennessee, 1992
  • United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 1993

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