Executive Profiles

Thomas McCabe, General Counsel at BWX Technologies

Thomas McCabe

SVP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer


Thomas McCabe, General Counsel at BWX Technologies

Thomas “Tom” McCabe serves as the senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary of BWX Technologies, a defense and space company that supplies nuclear components and fuel to the U.S. government.

According to his LinkedIn profile, McCabe is responsible for enterprise-wide legal, regulatory, compliance and contracts matters, including ethics, governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, intellectual property, litigation, investigations, contracts and procurement.

A 30-year legal and business professional, McCabe, who is a member of the Potomac Officers Club, joined BWXT after a four-and-a-half year tenure at Orbital ATK, where he served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, BWXT posted.

His work for Orbital ATK landed him a Wash100 award. Some of his accomplishments include negotiating Orbital ATK’s sale to Northrop Grumman, which resulted in the company’s 725 percent increase in enterprise value. He also helped the company achieve a $2.5B refinancing at favorable rates and defeated a joint venture lawsuit that charged the company $385M in damages. McCabe also recovered $50M from an engine supplier for a rocket explosion without litigation and helped grow the company’s employee base from 3K to 14K. 

Prior to joining Orbital ATK, McCabe spent nearly four years at Alion Science and Technology as SVP, general counsel and secretary. His duties revolved around business areas including internal audit, export compliance, ethics compliance and security.

He was also the founding president of Braintech Government and Defense Systems, a computer software company he led to a revenue status of nearly $1M in less than a year. 

Previously, he also worked for Sirius XM Radio, COBIS MicroBanx and GRC International. Earlier in his career, he was a law clerk for Judge Charles Richey in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree in english from Georgetown University and a juris doctorate and a master of business administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. 

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