Rob Ryland is a partner in Kirkland's D.C. office concentrating in Government Contracts, Health Care, Investigations, Compliance and White Collar practices. 

Rob has 20 years' experience in counseling, litigation, investigation and White Collar defense for clients in the services, manufacturing, construction and health care industries. He has handled matters involving prime contracts, subcontracts and grant programs funded by a wide variety of defense and civilian agencies, as well as state and local governments. 

Rob litigates bid protests, contract disputes, court injunction actions, and qui tam whistleblower suits, and he provides legal advice regarding contracts, requests for proposals, equitable adjustments, claims and audits. He also has substantial experience in litigating contract disputes, arbitration and mediation cases, and the defense of False Claims Act lawsuits, as well as defense of civil and criminal investigations, contract terminations, mandatory and voluntary disclosures, suspension and debarment, and other administrative matters. 

Rob's extensive counseling experience includes the full range of issues that arise in government contracting, from corporate compliance systems and the protection of intellectual property to disputes involving price adjustments, breach of contract, and delay and disruption claims. He has been a frequent lecturer on Government Contracting issues and has conducted training, due diligence and compliance reviews for a variety of companies on such topics as cost accounting, defective pricing, commercial item contracting, procurement ethics and handling government audits. He also has substantial experience in counseling, litigation and fraud investigation matters involving the federal health programs, including Medicare, VA, FEHB and TRICARE.


Thought Leadership


"A Primer in Federal Health Care Contracting," National Contract Management Association, Contract Management (June 1998)

"The HHS OIG Advisory Opinion Process: Better Than Voluntary Disclosure," 4 Business Crimes Bulletin No. 6 (July 1997)

"The New TINA Regulations Under FASA," Costs, Pricing and Accounting Report 95-9 (Federal Publications, Sept. 1995)

"How to Litigate a Board of Contract Appeals Case" (D.C. Bar and the George Washington University National Law Center 1994)

"The Government Contractor's Dilemma: Voluntary Disclosures as the Source of Qui Tam Litigation," 22 ABA Public Contract Law Journal 764 (Summer 1993)

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section

American Bar Association, Health Law Section

American Health Lawyers Association

National Defense Industrial Association

Professional Services Council

National Contract Management Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1988Maryland
  • 1989District of Columbia


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.1987
    Clinical Trial Program
  • Swarthmore CollegeB.A., Economics, Political Science & Public PolicyHonors1982