Judge Jeri K. Somers is the Vice Chair of the United States Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. As a Federal Administrative Judge, she has presided over trials involving multi-million dollar contract disputes arising from all of the civilian Federal agencies, including the United States Department of Transportation, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Department of Justice. Using her previous experience in the “Rocket Docket,” where she practiced for several years as an Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Judge Somers has a reputation for expediting her docket of cases, as well as facilitating settlement through alternative dispute resolution.
In addition to presiding over government contract cases, Judge Somers is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves. In her last assignment, she served as a Military Trial Judge. In that capacity, she heard felony and misdemeanor cases involving military defendants. She presided over complex drug cases, cases involving criminal uses of the internet, sexual assaults, theft, and other cases involving a wide variety of crimes.
Prior to her appointment as a Federal Administrative Judge, Judge Somers was an active trial lawyer engaged in a civil and criminal practice, primarily in federal court. While serving on active duty with the United States Air Force as a judge advocate, Judge Somers tried countless criminal cases, both as a prosecutor and as defense counsel. In addition, she has litigated cases before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States Court of Federal Claims, as well as administrative forums, including the United States International Trade Commission, the United States Security and Exchange Commission, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Judge Somers has argued dozens of appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Judge Somers has been an active member of the bar since 1986, and has held numerous bar leadership posts, including: President, the George Mason American Inn of Court; Chair, Professionalism Committee of the Virginia State Bar; Chair, Fourth District, Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Committee; Elected Member, Council of the Public Contracts Law Section, American Bar Association; Delegate of the Public Contract Law Section to the American Bar Association Commission on Minorities; Co-Chair of the Contract Claims and Disputes Committee of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association; Associate Editor, Public Contract Law Journal; Board Member of the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association; and General Counsel for the Board of Contract Appeals Judges Association.