JOHN M. FALK
Vigilent Inc., LLC
Founding Member & President
John M. Falk is the Founding Member and President of Vigilent Inc. L.L.C., started in December 2011 in response to the decade-long gap in federal government action for a comprehensive Bio- Terrorism Threat Response System. Joining forces a second time with General Klaus Schafer (former Assistant Surgeon General--U.S. Air Force) and Keith Copenhagen (formerly with DARPA and Total Immersion Software) the company is bringing forward Actionable Bio-Surveillance Intelligence solutions from Sensor-Fusion to Bio-Threat Alerts by leveraging advanced UAS/UAV systems and Command Response software for the Defense, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Intelligence and First Responder community.
In 2009, Mr. Falk opened the Washington D.C. office for Kestral-USA Ltd. served as its Managing Director. Mr. Falk represents U.S. companies, such as General Dynamics Land Systems, Westport Shipyard and Boeing/Insitu, within the Military, Homeland Security, and Technology sectors in the areas of Federal and International Business Development, Strategic Relations and Federal Procurement matters. Mr. Falk has successfully assisted numerous clients in the sale of products and services to Foreign Governments and the development of International markets for Military, Security, Law Enforcement, Infrastructure and Advanced Technology products and solutions.
In 2000 Mr. Falk founded and served as President of Compressus, Inc., an advanced technology and software company that is providing medical imaging solutions for the health care industry, and was founded upon advanced compression techniques derived from Military and Intelligence Geospatial imagery technology and applications. Prior to Compressus, Mr. Falk served as a Strategic Advisor to Cyprus-Amax Mining, RAG Coal (later Foundation Coal) and Thompson Creek Mining in all facets of Federal Government matters affecting the mining industry.
Mr. Falk began his professional career as a Partner with The Falk Law Firm, with his practice focused in the areas of Civil Litigation (Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition, Government Contracts), Antitrust and High Technology with expertise in National Security and Government Contract law. Mr. Falk also served as the Executive Director of the Less-Than-Lethal Technologies Advisory Committee to the National Institute of Justice ("NIJ") —Office of Justice Programs (DoJ), supporting Federal Law Enforcement and specifically, Dr. David Boyd where he developed expertise in Interoperable Communications and pathways to leverage Federal Military investments in advanced technologies.
Mr. Falk’s legislative experience includes service as a Legislative Assistant to Representative James Kolbe (R-Arizona), service as a Policy Advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Government Affairs and Senator David Pryor (D-Arkansas), service as the Research Assistant to Sir Eldon Griffiths, M.P. in The House of Commons-London, and work in the Office of Senator Robert Dole (R-Kansas).
In 1990, Mr. Falk was first confirmed by the U.S. Congress to serve on the Congressional Award Foundation Board of Directors, the only official charity of the U.S. Congress, which he served for twenty-one years. Senator Bill Frist nominated Mr. Falk in 2004 and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Chairman of the Congressional Award Foundation reporting to the Joint Leadership Commission of the U.S. Congress. Mr. Falk has also been recognized for his Public Service by receiving the President's Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Public Service from President George W. Bush.
Mr. Falk received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University with honors in 1986, with majors in Politics and Journalism. In 1986 Mr. Falk also received the Congressional Award Gold Medal from the United States Congress for his volunteer public service, initiative, and achievement. Mr. Falk returned to Washington and Lee University School of Law and received the degree of Juris Doctor in 1990. He was also the recipient of the University Service Award, the Francis J. Gilliam Prize, and the Sigma Delta Chi Achievement Award.
Mr. Falk has served as a Lecturer on the subjects of Federal Appropriations Law, Government Contracting and International Development to Federal Government Agencies. Mr. Falk is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as, Bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.