Charlie Lucy created Holland & Hart’s government contract practice

Charlie Lucy came to Colorado Springs as a cadet at the Air Force Academy. Now, after retiring from the military, he’s using that experience to help companies grow and obtain government business.
He was staff judge advocate at the academy — and went to work for Holland & Hart after his military service.
Lucy recently took time to tell the CSBJ about himself and his business.
Organization: Holland & Hart LLP.
Position: Government contracts practice group manager.
Hometown: Baldwinsville, N.Y.
How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Air Force Academy 1967-1971; full-time since 1999.
Education: I graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1971. I subsequently obtained my law degree from the New York University School of Law during 1974.
A few words about your company: Holland & Hart has roots in the Rocky Mountain region that go back to 1947. I think the thing that attracted me to Holland & Hart is its commitment to community involvement.
Recent accomplishments: My biggest Air Force accomplishment would have to be my appointment as staff judge advocate at the academy. At Holland & Hart, I am proudest of my creation of a government contracts practice group to respond to the growing needs of a diverse government contracting clientele.
Biggest career break: When I learned that I was going to be reassigned to the academy as general counsel, I was ecstatic. I had always hoped to be able to repay the academy for all that it had given me.
The toughest part of your job: Staying current with all of the statutory and regulatory requirements of government contracts, especially agency interpretations and rule-making, is a constant challenge. Practicing in the government contracts area is a little bit like peeling an onion — there are many layers, some of which may contain other “onions.”
Someone you admire: My dad. He had a quiet, patient spirit that always emphasized doing the right thing and being accountable for your actions.
About your family: I met my wife, T.D., while attending law school. We have a son and daughter. Jeff graduated from the academy and is stationed at Vandenberg AFB in California. Kristin graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and is doing her residency at the David Grant Medical Center at Travis AFB, California.
Something else you’d like to accomplish: I am focusing my efforts on forming strategic alliances within and outside Holland & Hart to meet the needs of each segment of the government contracting spectrum.
How your business will change during the next decade: Revelations concerning procurement fraud and public contract mismanagement have created a firestorm of criticism that will result in an expanded regulatory framework for government contracts that will emphasize ethical conduct. Further on the horizon are issues related to the shrinking government procurement work force and the expanding role of private contractors.
What book are you currently reading? “The Elegant Universe” by Brian Greene. I won’t pretend to understand it all, but my academy astrophysics course has finally come in handy!
What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? One dynamic that I think may be overlooked is the large community of former government employees and service members who can act as a bridge between an increasing government presence and the core constituencies that have always made the Springs such an attractive place to live. I hope to be part of that process.