Bill Savarino

Bill Savarino


Bill has 40+ years of experience aggressively pursuing the interests of companies in all aspects of government contracts, whether it be advising them, structuring their deals and agreements, preparing and prosecuting their claims, mediating or litigating their disputes, protesting their failed proposals, protecting their contract awards, or defending them in the glare of federal audits and investigations. He also frequently handles their state and federal employment issues.

As the head of the firm’s national security practice, clients rely on Bill for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of individuals and companies, particularly those subject to foreign ownership control or influence, in getting and keeping security clearances. Bill also regularly guides contractors through the maze of federal audits and compliance requirements involving cybersecurity, export controls, OFAC sanctions, data security, government contract clauses, CFIUS, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and others.

Bill also serves as a mediator with the Central Massachusetts Mediation & Arbitration group headquartered in Worchester, Massachusetts, where he handles ADR for government contractors.

Bill is active with Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), an organization of 100 law firms throughout the world.  He served as LAW’s chairman from 2010 through 2015.

Bill is an avid biker who has been biking to work since before that was a thing. In recent years, he’s been riding in the annual 160+ mile Pan-Mass Bike Challenge to raise money for cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Those interested in supporting Bill in this worthy effort can make tax deductible contributions here:


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Cordatis successfully defends challenge to security clearance based on allegations of financial distress and foreign influence

Bill Savarino and Rhina Cardenal saved another clearance (and likely a career) with a victory at the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals in a complicated case involving the impact of financial difficulties on security clearances.
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Cordatis successfully defends challenge to security clearance based allegations of criminal conduct

Bill Savarino and Rhina Cardenal saved another clearance (and likely a career) by convincing the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency Consolidated Adjudication Services in Fort Mead, MD (DCSA CAS) to withdraw its Letter of Intent to Revoke Eligibility for Access to Classified Information (LOI). The case involved serious allegations of Criminal Conduct under Guideline J.  
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Safer Federal Workforce Task Force COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

On September 9, President Biden announced his Path Out of the Pandemic: COVID-19 Action Plan. One of the main goals of this science-based plan is to get more people vaccinated.
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Article, The Naked Truth: How Pornography Can Hurt Your Clearance Eligibility

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Polygraphs – don’t be a deer caught in the headlights

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Illegal Drugs and Clearances – what you don’t know can hurt you

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E-mail Retention: How Much Risk Can You Afford?

Legal consequences of e-mail storage and disposal.

Areas of Specialization


University of Maryland (B.S., 1980)

University of Louisville (J.D., 1983)

  • Editor-in-Chief, Louisville Law Examiner, 1982-1983.

Bar & Court AdmissionsKentucky (1983); District of Columbia (1984); Virginia (1990)

Leadership & Community InvolvementVirginia and District of Columbia Bars
Prior Experience1984-1986, Staff Attorney, Contract Law Division, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce; 1986-1989, Associate, Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin; 1990-1994, Principal, Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin; 1994-present, Partner, Cohen Mohr.