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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15217, United States
May 24, 2010

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Luke J. Widich

**** ****** ****** ***. ***, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 ~

Phone: (412) ***-****

Summary: Internationally experienced contracts professional with 6+ years

of government and commercial contract experience, superior academic

performance with Master's degree in commercial (contract) law, experienced

and highly skilled negotiator for multi-million dollar government awards,

adept management of contracts, expert cradle-to-grave administration,

business savvy, strategic, with review responsibility of junior staff's

contracts and documents

Professional Experience

Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Contracts Specialist, University Contracts Office, Office of General

Counsel July 2008-Present

. Management, review and drafting of 1,500 + contracts and professional

services agreements for University with $1.2 Billion operating revenue

in each FY 09 & FY 10

. Oversee 40 + decentralized department's contracting and professional

service requirements with budgets each ranging from $5-$55 Million

. Draft and negotiate legal terms and conditions of commercial

agreements to significantly reduce corporate, facility and individual

risk exposure and liability in various contract/agreement types:

software development, web design, software licensing, professional

consulting, facility maintenance and renovation, construction,

property leases, product licensing, equipment maintenance, equipment

lease, research and development, NDAs, et al.

. Conduct legal and financial risk and liability analysis for overall

transactional security-indemnity, limitations of liability, insurance,

representations /warranties, risk of loss, shipment and delivery,

intellectual property, licensing, proprietary rights,


. Provide expert contracting and transactional consultation on risk

assessment and liability to senior administrators and decentralized

University leadership

. Developed streamlined policies and conducted contracts training to

hundreds of university personnel

. Lead for Carnegie Mellon University international professional service

agreements in Qatar campus

. Developed Purchase Order terms and conditions of sales and service for

non-US supplier

. Assisted in negotiation of Qatar Airways and Carnegie Mellon

University corporate travel agreement

United States Air Force, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa,

Sept. 2003-Aug. 2007

Contracting & Acquisition Specialist, Engineering and Construction Team

Jan. 2005-Aug. 2007

. Advising and consulting experience to senior business executives,

senior military and legal personnel

. High-level of responsibility-Lead Contracts Specialist (w/pre- and

post-Award authority)--10yr/$100,000,000 Contract for Simplified

Acquisition Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) for largest Combat

Wing in United States Air Force-18th Wing, Kadena Air Base

. Lead negotiator for SABER team (Oct. 2005-Mar. 2007): two examples of

outstanding negotiations:

< Negotiated cost savings of $275K equaling a 22% reduction in

Construction Price for CATM

< Orchestrated a 35% cost saving of $300K in civil engineering

construction award

. Cradle-to-Grave contract administration of multi-million dollar design-

build, civil, mechanical, structural and electrical engineering

awards/contracts: FFP, ID/IQ, Requirements, Cost-Reimbursement, Cost-


. Ensured contract compliance with Federal Regulations: FAR, DFAR, ITAR,


. Expert in complex engineering and construction contract administration-

million dollar contracts

. Provided "Mission Critical" contract expertise to maintain SATCOM

capabilities-1st SFG

. Directed 9 pre-award negotiations and 14 post-award construction

change order negotiations-saving Air Force more than $1MM

. Significant independent reviewing and approving authority of Request

for Proposals (RFP) and Request for Quotations (RFQ), Price

Negotiation Memorandum, performance milestones, progress payment

schedules, justifications and approvals, sole-source awards,

. Conducted contractual compliance procedures for annual $10,000,000 ID/IQ awards/task orders

. Oversight and implementation of cost-benefit analysis, budgetary

analysis and Quality Assurance (QA)

. Expert administration of invoicing procedures, account balances, bond

schedule, import & export log, construction schedules, payment

procedures, and various other aspects of contract administration

. Maintained contract database and detailed and accurate administration

and documentation of contracts

Contracting & Acquisition Specialist, LGCB-Commercial Acquisitions Team

Sep. 2003-Jan. 2005

. Acquisition expert of technical, large dollar commercial goods,

electronics, IT, communications devices, force protection barriers,

GSA Schedule, NIB/NISH

. Best practices of federal Simplified Acquisition Procedures, Federal

Business Opportunities, market research, competition requirements,

offer-evaluation, award determinations, post-award administration and

cradle-to-grave contract administration and management, close out


. Developed, reviewed and edited various types of synopses,

solicitations, Statements of Work (SOW), Performance Work Statements



Carnegie Mellon University, H. John Heinz III College M.P.M.

Finance and Management, enrolled,


University of Pittsburgh School of Law M.S.L. International

& Comparative Law, Honors, 2007-2008

Troy University, Troy, AL M.Sc., International

Relations, 3.7/4.0, 2005-2007

Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA B.A., American

Government & Policy, 1998-2003

Academic Concentrations: Commercial & Contract Law; Business Law;

International & Comparative Law; National Security Law, International

Relations & Development; American Government & Foreign Policy;

International Political Economics and Globalization

Graduate Coursework:

University of Pittsburgh School of Law: Legal Research and Writing,

National Security Law, Contract Law, Sales and Commercial Transactions,

International Business Transactions, International Sales Law, International

Trade Law, International Law, Foreign Affairs and the Constitutional,

Constitutional Law

Troy University: International Political Economics, International Law,

Contemporary American Foreign Policy, Research Methods, Survey of

International Relations, Intercultural Relations, Government and Politics

of Developing Nations, Government and Politics of Developed Nations,

Globalization, International Organizations

Publications: A Paradigm of Poverty: Analysis of the international trading

system and "Special and Differential Treatment" of the GATT; Heinz Journal

Vol. 6, Issue 4, 2009 at

Papers & Presentations

. A Paradigm of Poverty: Analysis of the international trading system

and "Special and Differential Treatment" of the GATT, International

Trade Seminar, Spring 2008

. A Tiger in the Belly of a Dragon: Unprotected groups and Article 2 of

the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime

Genocide: Legal Research and Writing, Fall 2007

. Striking a Balance Between Security and Liberty: Analysis of FISA,

national security and liberty through a case study of Mayfield v.

United States, 504 F.Supp2d 1023 (2007); Foreign Affairs and the

Constitution, Spring 2008

. Uniformity and the CISG: Does Article 95 help? International Sales

Law, Spring 2008

. Collective Security and the United Nations Organs, Case Study:

Securing Disorder in Rwanda; IR 5552 International Law

. Book Review of "World on Fire" by Amy Chua: Stoking the Flame with

Perpetual Blame: Are market-dominant minorities the scapegoat of

postcolonial circumstances; IR 6627 Globalization

. Book Review of "In Defense of Globalization" by Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati:

Mona Lisa in the Caf Arabe: The Human Face of Globalization

Professional Development & Certifications

DAWIA Level 1 (Level 2 coursework underway, enrolled 214)

Harvard Business School Coursework-30 Management Modules Complete

Pennsylvania Bar Association-Software Licensing and Intellectual Property


Leadership & Management

. Management of hundreds of Carnegie Mellon University professional

services agreements

. Manage and Review workload of two (2) University Contract Office staff


. Simultaneous management of dozens of professional services agreements

and contracts

. Carnegie Mellon University Staff Council-Division Representative,

Office of General Counsel

. 2-Time peer-based nominee for Staff Council, Executive Committee, Vice


. Staff Council, Constitution Committee member

. Managed 12-15 non-English speaking independent contractors in Force

Protections capacity

. Provided oversight of non-English speaking work teams in construction

projects supporting OEF

. Trained two (2) members of incoming Air Force SABER team

. Secret Security Clearance 2004-2007 (IRR-clearance on hold)

. 7 Weeks Basic Military Training

. 12 weeks Professional Contracts & Acquisition Training-AFSC 6C051

. Simultaneous management of 15-30 Air Force SABER task order per

quarter-Valued at $10-15MM/yr

. Demonstrable Characteristics of Teamwork, Integrity, Leadership,

Autonomy, Attention to Detail, Exceptional Organization and

Interpersonal Communication

Skills & Proficiencies

Advanced Problem Solving & Analysis

Advanced Contract Analysis, Drafting and Interpretation

Risk & Liability Analysis-Corporate, Facility, Transactional, Strategic


Federal Acquisition Regulations and Government Contracting (FAR, DFAR,


Multivariate & Quantitative Analysis

Experienced Negotiator: indemnification, insurance, IP ownership,

representations and warranties, liability, limitations of liability,

damages and remedies, choice of law & forum, shipment and delivery, Force


International Public Law: US Trade Law (WTO/GATT); Foreign Corrupt

Practices Act; Export Controls

Commercial and Debtor-Creditor Law: UCC, Restatement (Second) of Contracts,


Private International Law/International Contract Law: CISG, UNCITRAL,


Business Management, Strategic Operations

Public Speaking, Presentation and Interpersonal Communications

Acquisition & Sourcing Requirements

Public Policy & Legislation-Interpretation and Analysis

Department of Defense Procurement Desktop System (PD2)

Contract Quality Assurance and Compliance Programs

Microsoft Office Suite, PC & Mac software

Awards & Recognition

. Honors Graduate, 2008, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Master

of Studies in Law (M.S.L.)

. Graduate student speaker for Troy University 2007 graduation, 3.7/4.0,

Okinawa, Japan

. 1st of 400 FY07-2nd Quarter Award for the 18th Mission Support Group,

18th Wing

. Top 5 of 4,000 FY07-2nd Quarter Award for the 18th Wing, Okinawa


. Top 5 of 400 FY06 Airman of the Year for the 18th Mission Support

Group, 18th Wing

. "Outstanding Airman of the Year" FY06 Award for the 18th Contracting


. 3-Time Winner of 18 CONS "Outstanding Airman Quarterly Award"

. Acquisition and Financial Management Badge-awarded for subject matter


. Military Medals and Ribbons: Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense

Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism

Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Services Medal, Air Force

Overseas Long Tour, Air Force Expeditionary Service Medal, Air Force

Training Ribbon

. Honorable Discharge-August 1, 2007

Community Involvement & Volunteerism

Member, National Contract Management Association

Mar. 2009-present

Member, World Affairs Council Pittsburgh

Mar. 2009-present

Member, Junior Development Board, The Neighborhood Academy

Jan. 2009-Mar. 2010

Member, St. Paul's Cathedral Dec.


Afghanistan Winter Clothing Drive-Assistant Coordinator

Jan. 2007

Special Olympics Volunteer Jun.

2004, 2005, 2006

Iraqi Children's School Supply Drive--Coordinator

Oct. 2005

2-Time Marathon Finisher 2004,


4-Time Triathlon Finisher 2005-



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