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Martin J. Harty, Esq.

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Administrative Judge (Retired)
12013 Corral Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039
703.968.0229 - hartyem@cox.net

Martin Harty offers mediation, arbitration, and other alternative dispute resolution services in connection with commercial and government contract disputes. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law, American University, and, for over sixteen years until his retirement in September of 2006, served as an administrative judge on the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. He was one of the architects of the Board’s ADR program, which received the 2003 Office of Federal Procurement Policy and Federal Acquisition Council award for excellence. He has served as a neutral in numerous ADR proceedings (mediations, arbitrations, early neutral evaluations, mediation/arbitrations, mini-trials, and structured settlements) covering the full spectrum of issues arising in contracts for construction, supply or services (including major weapons systems).

Before his appointment to the Board in 1990, he served as the Deputy General Counsel (Logistics) at the Defense Logistics Agency from 1988 to 1990. He was the principal procurement legal advisor and managed DLA’s bid protest program. From 1974 to 1988 he was Chief Counsel of the Defense Fuel Supply Center (now the Defense Energy Supply Center), where he was awarded the Department of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for his contribution to the Center’s mission. He began his career with the Office of General Counsel at what is now the Government Accountability Office, concentrating on contract law issues and all facets of procurement law.

Martin Harty is a long time member of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law and served on the Section's Council (1985 to 1988) and was editor of the Public Contract Newsletter (now The Procurement Lawyer) from 1973 to 1994. He was elected a Fellow of the Public Contract Law Section in 1994. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Public Contract Law Journal and was co-chair of the Public Contract Law Section's Special Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution from August 1999 through August 2005. He remains an active member of the committee. He lectures frequently and has written on the use of ADR. He was one of the primary author/editors of the 1999 and the current edition of the Public Contract Law Section Special Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution’s monograph: Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Practical Guide for Resolving Government Contract Controversies, Second Edition (American Bar Association, March 2005). He was also one of the editors of the Electronic Guide to Federal Procurement ADR issued by the Attorney General's Interagency Working Group on Alternative Dispute Resolution and a contributing author of the Public Contract Law Section Task Force on Dispute Avoidance and Early Dispute Resolution’s monograph: Best Practices in Dispute Avoidance for Government Contracting (American Bar Association 2002). He also co-authored Alternative Dispute Resolution at the ASBCA (Briefing Papers, Second Series ▪ West Group, 2000). He is currently the Public Contract Law Section’s liaison to the Dispute Resolution Section. He received a B.S. from Loyola University of Chicago and attended its European Study Center in Rome, Italy. He received a J.D. from Georgetown University and an LL.M from George Washington University. He attended the Harvard Business School's 97th Advanced Management Program.