Geoffrey G. Hengerer is an associate in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he is a member of the Litigation Department.
Mr. Hengerer regularly represents clients in a wide array of civil litigation matters, primarily focusing on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine, fraud, contract disputes, and corporate governance.
White-Collar Criminal Defense
Mr. Hengerer has represented individuals in various government investigations centering on allegations of business impropriety and public corruption.
Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Hengerer served as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps. During that time, Mr. Hengerer gained significant exposure to the Federal system by serving as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney where he prosecuted civilians who committed crimes on a Marine Corps installation. In addition, as defense Counsel, Mr. Hengerer served as the counsel of record in numerous criminal and administrative trials, where he contested several courts-martial.
Government Contracts Litigation
Mr. Hengerer has represented clients in government contract-related litigation including bid protests, requests for equitable adjustments, application of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), suspensions and debarments, and civil False Claims Act and qui tam actions.
Oil Pipeline Regulation
Mr. Hengererís diverse litigation experience has proved valuable in representing the owners of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) in a joint regulatory proceeding before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) in response to allegations of imprudent management.
In addition to the extensive trial experience gained as a judge advocate in the Marine Corps, Mr. Hengerer was twice selected to serve as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate. In Iraq, Mr. Hengerer deployed with 2d Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) and advised the General in charge of all Marine Corps air assets during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Later, Mr. Hengerer served as an attorney-advisor for the Commander of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.