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Gene Schleppenbach

Gene  Schleppenbach

Gene Schleppenbach is a principal in the Firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice and is Co-Chair of the Government Contracts Practice. He represents clients ranging from early-stage to Fortune 500 companies in diverse industries concerning a variety of corporate, high-tech and intellectual property matters. His corporate experience includes representing clients on formation and structure issues, corporate governance, shareholder agreements, mergers and acquisitions (domestic and international), restructurings, securities regulation issues, partnership and LLC matters, joint ventures, commercial contracts, debt and equity financings, including private equity, venture capital and angel financings, employee stock option plans and executive compensation agreements.

Gene advises companies of all sizes in the defense, intelligence, IT and professional services sectors on a variety of government contract/procurement issues and on numerous mergers and acquisitions, including conducting due diligence, negotiating and drafting transaction documents, arranging for novation of contracts and obtaining regulatory approvals. His experience includes advising multi-national domestic and foreign companies through the various statutes and regulations that impact foreign investment in the United States, including Exon-Florio and industrial security regulations. He also counsels clients on prime and subcontracts, teaming agreements and joint ventures. 

Gene also represents clients on a wide range of high-tech and intellectual property matters, including: software development, licensing, support/maintenance and distribution (VAR and re-seller) agreements; systems integration agreements; outsourcing agreements; source code escrow agreements; protection of intellectual property, including copyright, trademark, service mark, trade secret, government rights-in-data-clause issues; legal and product development strategy; and a variety of Internet issues.

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association

  • Business Alliance: Board of Directors (2004-2011); Co-Chair of Grubstake Selection Committee (2004-2005); Chair of Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs (2007-2008); Tech Transfer Committee

  • Northern Virginia Technology Council: BioMedTech and Venture Capital Committees


  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Corporate Law (2014-2019)

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent® Rated; AV Preeminent Rated - Judicial Award (2016)

  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly: Recognized as a Leader in the Law (2016)


Case Examples

Sale of 3H Technology LLC


Sale of 3H Technology LLC, a specialized information technology company serving the U.S. government and commercial clients, t...

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