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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Top-flight government contracts practice providing counseling and transactional services to clients. Frequently serves as litigation counsel in high-stakes protests as well as contracts claims and appeals, and False Claims Act matters. Additional expertise in handling a broad array of costs dispute matters. Represents US and foreign companies from a wide variety of sectors, with particular expertise in national security, cybersecurity and privacy protection. Also adept at advising government contractors on specialized intellectual property matters and corporate transactions.

Strengths Clients say: "They have a very deep bench. It's not just one lawyer there, but a number of lawyers, and you know that you are getting the correct advice."

One client enthused: "They are by far the best firm we have used on a federal contract bid protest."

Work highlights Successfully acted for L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace in defending the award of a $2 billion contract by the Air Force for aerial refueling tanker support services.

Defended Booz Allen Hamilton in successive protests before the GAO and Court of Federal Claims over a contract for the Recreation One Stop program.

Notable practitioners

Mark Colley is well regarded for his expertise in False Claims Act matters and bid protests. His practice is broad, spanning from foreign military sales to advising on government ethics. Clients regard him as "a good resource who always demonstrates a good understanding of our business and has been helpful trying to work through various issues."

Craig Holman "is a tireless government contracts expert and advocate for his clients," according to sources, who add: "He is helpful and always looks out for clients' best interests." He has a comprehensive government contracts practice, regularly advising on bid protests, prime contractor-subcontractor disputes, and suspension and debarment matters. Clients say: "He has it all: subject matter expertise, great litigation skills, he always thinks outside the box for his client and is very responsive."

"Terrific costs lawyer" Paul Pompeo advises clients on a wide range of government contracts matters including both litigation and transactional matters. He advises clients from the defense, energy and technology sectors, among others. One client reported: "He did great work with great results."

Kara Daniels advises clients on matters spanning contract and costs disputes to False Claims Act matters. She is particularly noted for her expert handling of bid protest matters. "She is fantastic, extremely responsive, logical, organized and a great partner to our organization," according to clients.

Sources describe Kristen Ittig as a "very knowledgeable" lawyer. She acts for clients on an array of government contracts compliance issues, bid protests, litigation, and is particularly adept at handling False Claims Act matters.

Ronald Schechter is well regarded for his expertise in suspension and debarment matters. His government contracts practice also spans False Claims Act litigation, bid protests and fraud investigations. Clients say: "He's a very good litigator who knows his stuff."

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Crowell & Moring LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Sophisticated federal and state government contracting group, providing expert advice on the full range of regulatory and transactional concerns. Fields a strong bench of seasoned practitioners with diverse litigation capabilities, notably in the areas of bid protests and costs disputes. Boasts a broad range of industry expertise with clients spanning defense and aerospace to private equity and healthcare. Frequently sought out to conduct internal investigations and defend government contractors facing exclusion.

Strengths "They are very good at managing customer relationships. They are very responsive and listen to whatever concerns you have, and work to address them," reported one client: "The bench is important and they have folks in key areas who are true gurus of the government contracts Bar, which makes it very easy to go to them for specific things and get answers quickly."

"The client service is wonderful, the attorneys don't fail to deliver and the turnaround times are great," states one client.

Work highlights Represented Accenture Federal Services in its acquisition of Defense Point Security and the US federal government services business of Endgame.

Successfully assisted Health Net Federal Services in the defense of a $17 billion Department of Defense healthcare contract for managed care services.

Notable practitioners

"Shining star" Terry Albertson is regarded by clients as "the preeminent expert in the field of government contracts and cost accounting." His established government contracts practice is centered on cost allowability, compliance and pricing matters.

Thomas Humphrey is held in high regard for his bid protest expertise. One client enthuses: "He has a vast experience in government contracts and always provides sage advice." He is also regularly called upon to advise clients on False Claims Act matters, as well as counseling on conflicts of interest.

David Bodenheimer has a broad government contracts practice, with vast experience handling bid protests and cybersecurity matters. Interviewees report: "He has a very analytical mind and a very methodical approach to cases, as well as deep expertise in defective pricing issues."

Peter Eyre "is very responsive, practical, has a thoughtful analytical mind and is a very strong advocate," according to sources. He is regularly called upon to advise on internal investigations and M&A involving government contractors. He is also adept at handling suspension and debarment matters. One client enthused: "He is the full package: He's intelligent, pragmatic, responsive, and exercises exceptional judgment and discretion. I trust him like no other outside attorney with whom I have worked."

Daniel Forman is praised for being "incredibly responsive" by clients, who value his ability to assemble a team at short notice. He advises clients on a broad range of procurement matters, including False Claims Act proceedings. He is also noted for his litigation expertise and is regularly called upon to act for clients in bid protests.

Nicole Owren-Wiest represents clients from a range of industries and is regularly called upon to advise clients on cost accounting matters. One client reported: "She was very knowledgeable on government contracts and provided some extremely good advice."

Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan is hailed by sources as a "very strong advocate." She has particular expertise in bid protests and small business rules. Clients report: "She knows bid protests inside and out and is incisive in her examination of the facts to figure out the bid protest landscape."

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Wiley Rein LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished group focusing predominantly on government contracts litigation. Fields a market-leading bid protests practice, noted for its success in a number of high-profile disputes and claims. Possesses a deep bench of seasoned litigators and government contracts experts, including a raft of up-and-coming attorneys. Able to handle classified matters, sensitive false claims litigation and suspension and debarment proceedings. Represents a diverse range of clients hailing from industries including defense and information technology.

Strengths One client notes: "They are very easy to work with and are very smart lawyers. They have a great presence when dealing with government investigators and are able to build great relationships with them."

Clients report: "They are very good, substantive and very practical. They focus on providing not only legal expertise but on coming up with practical business solutions. They provide not just a legal position, but are solution-oriented and use their expertise as lawyers to reach good commercial outcomes."

Work highlights Represented DXC Technology in successfully defending against a bid protest before the Government Accountability Office and US Court of Federal Claims challenging the award of a $443 million contract to provide IT services to the US Strategic Command.

Successfully represented Sparton DeLeon Springs in an appeal at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals of a government claim seeking reimbursement of alleged overpayments of direct labor costs.

Notable practitioners

"Dean of the government contracts Bar" Rand Allen is regularly called upon to handle a broad range of complex government contracts matters. One client described him as "steeped in knowledge," adding: "People know who he is and respect him. When he speaks, people listen to what he has to say. I'm glad he is on my side."

Paul Khoury is regarded as "one of the top bid protest litigators in the country," by clients and peers alike. He advises clients on a broad range of government contracts matters, including corporate transactions, contract disputes litigation, compliance reviews and False Claims Act actions. Sources report: "He is responsive and engages immediately when issues arise."

The "extremely responsive and knowledgeable" Scott McCaleb has a broad practice spanning federal, state and local government contracts matters. He is particularly noted for his expertise in the bid protests arena. One client enthused: "He is a business partner to me. He makes it a habit to know our business and understand it, so when I go to him with a bid protest, he is prepared to help on a legal substantive level but also understands the business concerns."

Philip Davis's practice spans bid protests to internal investigations and audits. He has a wealth of experience in matters involving the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

John Prairie has a wide-ranging government contracts practice covering transactional and litigation matters. He acts for a diverse client base ranging from small businesses to large defense contractors. One client enthuses: "He is extraordinarily knowledgeable in this field and can navigate the matrix of federal statutes and regulations with ease. He provides well thought out, concise explanations."

Jon Burd regularly acts for clients in the defense and aerospace industry, and is praised by clients for being "incredibly talented at dealing with highly technical issues." He has a broad practice, with particular expertise in litigation. Sources report: "He is personable, tireless and very focused on getting great results for us."

Tracye Howard is commended by clients for her ability to handle matters in "a very short turnaround and do a great job." She is well regarded for her expertise in bid protest and claims matters, with sources praising her as "very competent and very responsive."

Clients say Brian Walsh is "a bright, practical bid protest attorney, litigator, and adviser with a great sense of humor. He is a strong researcher and writer who is also well connected." His clients range from government contractors and subcontractors to federal and state grant recipients.

About the Team (content provided by Wiley Rein LLP)

The group handles every aspect of government contracting, including bid protests, disputes, commercial litigation, terminations, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory issues. Clients rely on the firm for advice and representation on local and international procurement-related matters, and the firm’s attorneys regularly appear in every legal forum that addresses government contract issues, including the U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. district courts and courts of appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the numerous agencies falling under the umbrella of the Boards of Contract Appeals.

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Covington & Burling LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Continues to increase in eminence within the government contracts market. Key areas of focus include bid protests, False Claims Act investigations and government contracts dispute resolution. Also adept at specialized intellectual property and national security concerns encountered by government contractors, and possesses an established niche contracting expertise in life sciences, healthcare, and biodefense.

Strengths "Their real strength is that they have a multidisciplinary team to address any issue beyond everyday government contracts work. They are always able to bring the right people to be able to help navigate any novel or really complex situation."

Clients praise the team's "knowledge of government contract law," in addition to its "tremendous reach into personnel occupying senior positions within the US government."

Notable practitioners

Jason Carey is praised as "one of the industry leaders in the bid protest realm. He is a great litigator who gets great results," according to clients. His impressive client base regularly calls upon him to represent them in high-stakes protests, as well as seeking his advice on compliance.

Ray Biagini is lauded for his expert handling of tortious disputes arising from government contracts. Sources report: "He possesses a great deal of legal knowledge, is very detail-oriented and very affable."

Frederic Levy is widely regarded as an expert in suspension and debarment proceedings. He has additional experience advising clients involved in bet-the-company litigation.

"Phenomenal lawyer" Alan Pemberton is a longstanding figure in the government contracts market. His broad practice spans from litigation to transactional and legislative issues.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded multidisciplinary group, adept at navigating all aspects of the government procurement process, including high-stakes internal investigations and bid protests. Additional experience advising on federal grant matters. Counsels government contractors on complex business transactions, including M&A. Acts for a variety of multinational companies in the defense, technology, life sciences and energy sectors, along with a number of public sector clients.

Strengths Clients say: "The team provides good client service and is very responsive."

Sources praise the firm's "breadth" as a key strength of the practice.

Work highlights Advised Lockheed Martin on the combination of its Information Systems & Global Solutions unit with Leidos, a deal valued at approximately $4.6 billion.

Represented Airbus in a bid protest brought against it by AgustaWestland North America at the US Court of Federal Claims.

Notable practitioners

Michael Mason has a wealth of experience handling government contracts litigation and compliance matters, and is regarded as an expert in bid protests. Clients enthuse: "For bid protest work he is exceptionally helpful, responsive and candid. He will tell us when it's not in our best interest to pursue something, which is invaluable and allows us to make the best decision."

Thomas McGovern is regarded as a "leader in the space" for bid protest matters. In addition to bid protests he is regularly called upon by clients to advise on suspension and debarment matters and misconduct investigations.

Agnes Dover has a wealth of transactional experience and often advises clients on matters concerning sale or purchase of government contractors. She regularly advises clients in the energy and defense sectors.

Michael McGill has a broad government contracts practice, spanning both transactional and litigation matters. He receives particular plaudits for his work on defense contracts. In describing one notable experience with McGill, one client enthused: "He pulled off what seemed impossible!"

About the Team (content provided by Hogan Lovells US LLP)

Conducting business with the U.S. government involves a host of specialized challenges. A complex set of unique rules and contractual requirements. Substantial scrutiny by government auditors and investigators. Intellectual property rights that differ from the commercial norm. Myriad strict compliance requirements. The list goes on. To help you with these issues and more, our team of recognized leaders in government contracts and grants law taps into the broad resources of our global firm to offer effective solutions. We work closely with government regulators so we understand how they interpret rules and regulations and apply them to contractors. And our combination of substantive legal knowledge and practical experience allows us to mitigate risk and resolve disputes and allegations favorably.

Our government contracts practice is one of the world’s largest, both in terms of size and in the sheer breadth of our experience.We represent defense and aerospace contractors; information technology and telecommunication providers; pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and suppliers of health-related goods and services; energy and environmental contractors; and universities, academic medical centers, and research organizations. Whether you are an industry leader or a small or emerging organization, we're ready to help with all of your government contract and grant needs. 

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Morrison & Foerster LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded government contracts practice with impressive bench strength. Advises on all aspects of the government contracts process, including regulatory and transactional compliance. Notable dispute resolution capabilities, including bid protests, procurement fraud, contract claims and termination disputes.

Strengths Clients state: "They can bring a really wide range of subject matter expertise to bear on a problem, and can do it quickly and thoughtfully."

One source reported: "They are insightful and effective. I receive sage counsel from them and efficient service."

Work highlights Acted for Accenture Federal Services and ASM Research in a trade secrets dispute filed by a former ASM subcontractor, HEALTHeSTATE.

Successfully represented Alpine-First Preston JV II in defense of competitors’ challenges to its size status.

Notable practitioners

"Government contracts guru" David Churchill "is a seasoned hand who provides an excellent balance of black letter law guidance blended with practical solutions," according to clients. He is regularly called upon to handle complex disputes on behalf of high-profile government contractors.

"Phenomenal lawyer" Jay DeVecchio is widely regarded as "a leading light in intellectual property rights in government contracts." He is regularly called upon to advise clients on a range of disputes and bid protests.

Kevin Mullen is lauded by sources as a "very skilled litigator." He advises clients on a range of transactional, regulatory and bid protest matters. Clients praise his ability to act as both a "zealous advocate and realistic counselor."

Richard Vacura is a longstanding figure in the government contracts market. He has a wealth of experience representing clients in the aerospace, defense and government services sectors. Sources describe him as "dignified, studious and very articulate."

Damien Specht is regularly called upon to advise clients on transactional matters and sources cite him as a "real expert in small business matters." Clients say: "He is great at identifying issues and litigating to success in protests at both the federal and state levels."

Alex Ward has a broad government contracts practice ranging from claims to transactions. He is well regarded for his expertise in investigations, with clients saying: "He is very good with sensitive issues and at not ruffling feathers."

Bradley Wine regularly advises on strategic compliance and litigation for clients from industries spanning defense and intelligence to infrastructure. Clients say: "He is very good at maintaining a relationship with the client. He cares about what we are doing, and makes an effort to understand our business and what we need."

About the Team (content provided by Morrison & Foerster LLP)

Morrison & Foerster has one of the largest, most experienced and diverse Government Contracts + Public Procurement practices in the United States.  One thing that sets our team apart is our team’s depth and experience in handling classified matters.  We have more than a dozen lawyers with security clearances, including at the highest levels with all parts of the U.S. military and intelligence communities. 

We play a leading role in a wide variety of government contractsmatters, including bid protests, claims, internal investigations and FalseClaims Act cases, intellectual property and licensing matters, and corporatetransactions.  Our clients range fromFortune 50 companies to small- and medium-sized companies just enteringgovernment markets.  We advise both U.S.and non-U.S. companies involved in federal, state, and local governmentcontracting and related procurement matters.

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Rogers Joseph O'Donnell - Government: Government Contracts Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected government contracting boutique capable of handling a diverse array of federal, state and local procurement mandates on behalf of domestic and foreign clients. Notable litigation and regulatory capabilities, which include internal investigations, false claims proceedings and bid protests. Possesses particular expertise in technology matters, regularly representing clients in this space.

Strengths Clients report: "The entire team is exceptional. Their client interactions and communications have been top-notch and we couldn't ask for better all-around representation."

Interviewees say: "The team is professional in every way. They are attentive, personable, responsive, provide good value for cost and the work product is excellent."

Value for Money Clients agree that the firm "provides first-class government contracts representation at very reasonable rates, given its size."

Work highlights Acted for The CBE Group in a series of interrelated bid protests at GAO, the Court of Federal Claims and the Federal Circuit.

Twice successfully represented Brillient Corporation on its protest of the Department of Homeland Security’s planned award of an IDIQ contract.

Notable practitioners

Practice group chair Neil O'Donnell "is an outstanding government contracts attorney. He has an excellent bedside manner, is a trusted adviser, and a strong litigator. His knowledge and experience make him a very valuable resource," according to clients. He has a broad practice and is well regarded for his litigation expertise, regularly representing clients in bid protests and False Claims Act matters.

Robert Metzger regularly advises clients on complex disputes, litigation and protests. He is particularly noted for his expertise in cyber and supply-chain security, with clients regarding him as the "preeminent expert in cybersecurity regulations and how they affect government contractors."

Patricia Meagher is well regarded for her litigation expertise. She centers her government contracts practice on claims, disputes and termination matters. She has a wealth of experience handling bid protests and compliance matters.

The "first-rate" Aaron Silberman advises clients on bidding and contract performance matters, with particular expertise in the construction, IT and services industries. He also has experience handling False Claims Act matters.

About the Team (content provided by Rogers Joseph O'Donnell)

Government contractors face hard-to-navigate competitive, regulatory, political and performance challenges. Success in such a complex environment requires experience, expertise and often creativity.  RJO’s long-respected
government contracts practice provides focused and effective advice, strategy and creative solutions to these unique challenges.

FOCUSED  

We represent companies of all kinds in federal, state and local contracting matters, including very sophisticated multi-national aerospace and defense contractors, infrastructure and power contractors, technology and health care
companies as well as smaller companies venturing into public contracting for the first time.

EXPERT   

RJO is an elite boutique with capabilities that equal or exceed much larger firms but with fewer conflicts and a favorable value proposition.  We are perennially ranked among the top 10 government contracts practices in the
U.S. 

EFFECTIVE 

Our team of skilful and effective litigators has handled administrative and civil controversies of enterprise significance.  From day-to-day compliance advice to billion-dollar performance disputes, we have been there before and are agile and adept at guiding you to success in a constantly evolving  legal, regulatory, and business  environment.



 



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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded government contracts attorneys providing compliance and litigation counseling. Handles matters spanning administrative, civil and criminal proceedings. Notable emphasis on bid protests, with experience before the GAO, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims. Industry expertise across the spectrum of government contractors, acting for both domestic and international clients in the healthcare, aerospace, electronics and transportation sectors, among others.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very professional, smart and client-focused," adding: "They not only know the law, but know the way the government regulators think about the law."

One client enthuses: "I was very pleased with the level of support received, the timeliness of that support and overall value of our relationship."

Work highlights Successfully acted for Huntington Ingalls on a protest against the Navy's award of a contract to the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Huntington Ingalls, securing a summary dismissal.

Successfully represented W.W. Grainger in a bid protest challenging the award of a contract to support nearly a dozen Fleet Readiness Centers for the US Navy to a competitor.

Notable practitioners

John Chierichella is lauded by commentators as "preeminent in the government contracts field." His broad practice spans False Claims Act litigation, compliance matters and bid protests.

Anne Perry is highly regarded for her bid protest expertise and has additional expertise handling a range of government contracts litigation matters.

Jonathan Aronie advises on a broad range of government contract disputes including bid protests and claims. One client enthused: "He is a true partner. He is smart, creative, energetic, and loyal. He knows the government contracts space like few others and he performs as a true colleague, but most importantly, he makes time to listen to us."

About the Team (content provided by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP)

Sheppard Mullin attorneys on both coasts draw upon more than two centuries of combined experience to serve clients who receive federal and state funding, licenses and other government authorizations and have counseled clients and/or litigated virtually every issue that can arise in the government contracts and procurement realm.

We provide counseling and litigation services — both classified and unclassified in nature — in connection with:

  • Government Contracts Cost Accounting
  • Defective Pricing
  • Government Audits, Internal Investigations and Compliance Reviews
  • FAR Mandatory Disclosure Program
  • Ethics and Compliance Programs
  • False Claims Act Litigation
  • Crisis Management
  • Qui Tam and Other Whistleblower Disputes
  • Bid Protesting (GAO and COFC)
  • Rights in Patents, Data and Software
  • Claims and Appeals
  • Teaming Agreements and Subcontracts
  • Multiple Award Schedules
  • M&A – Due Diligence, FOCI, CFIUS and Assignments
  • Inspection, Testing, Warranty and Quality Assurance
  • Export Compliance - ITAR and EAR
  • Foreign Sales – FMS, FMF, Foreign Agents and FCPA
  • Foreign Purchases – Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts, Berry Amendment
  • Homeland Security
  • Cyber Security and Data Privacy Crisis Management
  • Labor

In addition to our government contracts experience, we also advise clients on complying with U.S. export controls under the ITAR and the EAR, U.S. sanctions regulations and we work with clients to understand their obligations under the anti-boycott rules, and under U.S. import law.

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Blank Rome LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Experienced group, offering expertise in government contracts dispute resolution. Capabilities include bid protests, regulatory investigations and costs disputes, as well as False Claims Act cases. Also offers transactional and acquisition advice to clients doing business with government entities. Serves a broad range of government contractors in the professional services, healthcare, technology and defense sectors.

Strengths Sources agree that "the team is professional and easy to work with."

Clients praise the team's "great customer service."

Work highlights Assisted eGov Holdings in its $250 million sale to Booz Allen Hamilton.

Successfully represented Alamo City Engineering Services in protesting the award of a contract to Alamo City Engineering Services by the US Marine Corps for network security services.

Notable practitioners

"Trusted adviser" David Nadler chairs the government contracts group at the firm. His broad practice spans the gamut of procurement matters at federal, and state and local government level. Clients say: "He has great client relation skills, very deep experience and is able to anticipate issues, not just be reactive. He asks the right questions and this allows him to give the best advice."

Richard Conway centers his practice on government contracts litigation, regularly advising on bid protests and disputes. He has particular expertise in the technology and IT sectors. Clients comment: "He is great at client relations and helping us solve business problems."

About the Team (content provided by Blank Rome LLP)

Market-leading government contracts practice based in Washington, D.C.

One of the few national government contracts practices with the experience and bench strength to handle the most complex matters for the biggest clients -- including government contractor M&A (we're one of a handful of firms with this integrated experience).

Best known for our success in bet-the-company dispute resolution and litigation, compliance and enforcement, False Claims Act cases, major deals, counseling on billion-dollar defense programs, and bid protests.

How we stand out:

Sector focus: We represent contractors in all industries, but have deep experience in the defense, aerospace, healthcare, maritime, technology, and professional services sectors.

Focused experience: We focus exclusively on government contracts matters, guiding sophisticated clients as they navigate their most complex matters. We're supported by the resources and complementary practices of a large, national law firm – including corporate/M&A, IP, white collar, government investigations, litigation, and many others.

Track record: We've achieved success for clients on high-profile, large-dollar, precedent-setting cases before key legal venues such as the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Diverse industry and government experience: Members of our team have previously served as federal prosecutors, U.S. Navy attorneys, GAO attorneys, and in-house counsel.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Sophisticated government contracts group. Frequently retained for high-value cost accounting matters, with extensive experience before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Well known for its expertise in civil and criminal False Claims Act matters, including suspension and debarment proceedings. Additional capability advising on transactional matters involving government contractors.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "The Gibson team is exceptional. They are strategic and relentless in their advocacy."

Sources praise the team's service, highlighting their "knowledge, responsiveness and thorough approach" to matters.

Work highlights Represented a jet engine manufacturer on an appeal before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, defending the company against a government claim for $211 million.

Successfully acted for Microsemi in obtaining a dismissal of a False Claims Act qui tam relator suit brought by a former employee of Microsemi’s prior subsidiary, White Electronic Designs.

Notable practitioners

Karen Manos is hailed as the "grand queen" of cost accounting litigation. In addition to her cost accounting expertise her practice spans investigations, claims, bid protests and compliance matters. One client noted: "She is, in our view, the best government contract lawyer in the country. She's brilliant, efficient, and tireless. She's also a wonderful person."

Joseph West "has great insight into the people making the decisions at agencies and, beyond that, is delightful to work with," according to clients. He centers his practice on civil and criminal litigation, and regularly advises on false claims and suspension and debarment proceedings.

About the Team (content provided by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP)

To learn more about our practice, please visit gibsondunn.com.

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Mayer Brown LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Impressive government contracts litigation and bid protest practice, experienced operating at the federal, state and local levels. Sought out by leading government contractors to challenge and defend contractual awards in a variety of forums, including the GAO and the Court of Federal Claims. Additional prowess advising on regulatory false claims and white-collar matters involving government contractors. Fields a broad range of industry expertise, acting for clients in the aerospace, defense, engineering, IT and healthcare sectors.

Strengths Clients say: "They are extremely thorough and have great government contracts knowledge both from a technical and theoretical perspective, as well as practical perspective."

Another client reports: "They are very responsive, and understand our company and business constraints."

Work highlights Represented Lockheed Martin in a dispute with the DOJ over cleanup costs for groundwater contamination at three of the company’s rocket-manufacturing facilities.

Advised the California High Speed Rail Authority on the structuring of procurements for the California high-speed rail project.

Notable practitioners

The "terrific" Marcia Madsen is widely regarded as expert in bid protests, with sources praising her for leaving "no stone unturned" on cases. Clients say: "She extremely experienced and not afraid to roll her sleeves up despite being a senior partner. She knows and understands our business and customers very well."

David Dowd is hailed by clients as a "very good attorney." He has a broad government contracts practice with a particular focus on litigation. He possesses a wealth of experience acting for clients in the healthcare, defense and technology sectors, among others.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Thriving government contracts practice, boasting a deep bench and wide geographic reach. Significant contentious and noncontentious capabilities spanning federal, state and local government. Notable strengths include M&A compliance, suspension and debarment, procurement fraud, bid protests and costs allowability.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "They not only have substantial knowledge about the changes in contracting law and the legal issues, they demonstrate a deep knowledge of the impact of these issues on the government contractor business community."

Sources note: "They are responsive, thoughtful and calm during a storm."

Work highlights Represented Parsons Corporation in a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit, filed by a former employee alleging that Parsons and Cochise had conspired to defraud the government.

Acted for Fluor in a dispute related to its performance of a services contract at Balad Air Base in Iraq and employment of a certain Iraqi subcontractor.

Notable practitioners

James Gallagher "is very experienced and very knowledgeable," comments one client, adding: "He gives wonderful service and practical, valuable, useful advice." He is well regarded for his litigation expertise and regularly advises clients on matters ranging from fraud investigations to cost allowability matters. He regularly represents clients in the aerospace industry.

Alex Tomaszczuk is regularly called upon to advise clients on bid protests, contract disputes and False Claims Act matters. Clients state: "He is extremely timely and his work is spectacular," adding: "He is also quite personable, and both realistic and practical when it comes to advising corporate counsel."

Clients say John Jensen "is extremely bright, progressive, and exemplifies integrity and professionalism in every aspect of his job." He is well regarded for his transactional expertise, and regularly acts for midmarket clients on the purchases or sale of government contractors. His practice also includes regulatory advice and bid protests. Sources regard him as "very knowledgeable and very conscientious."

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Well-respected boutique practice with a solid range of government contracts expertise including counseling, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and investigations, with additional expertise in bid protests. Significant capabilities in costs disputes and a notable emphasis on construction and infrastructure projects. Also represents clients in the aerospace and defense, electronics, IT and engineering sectors.

Strengths Clients value the team for providing "big-firm expertise in a small-firm setting."

Sources comment: "They are responsive and always available for us when we need them."

Work highlights Successfully represented General Revenue in the protest of $2.8 billion multiple award contracts for student loan debt collection services.

Notable practitioners

John Pachter is highly regarded by his market peers as "one of the deans of the government contracts Bar." Clients say: "He is extremely knowledgeable about government contracts and has a good instinct for what the end result of a case will be," adding: "He brings a common-sense, low-stress approach to the case." His established practice includes claims, bid protests and debarment matters, among others.

Stephen Knight is well regarded for his cost accounting experience, in which he is widely regarded as an expert. One source enthused: "He is very knowledgeable and experienced with construction and defense industries matters. He provides great input into negotiation positions and strategies, listens well, and is responsive and timely."

Clients say Jonathan Shaffer "is an excellent government contracts litigator. He is smart and always available when we need him." He advises clients on a host of procurement matters and is particularly well regarded for his bid protest expertise.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Broad multidisciplinary government contracts practice, handling qui tam False Claims Act actions, investigations, claims and appeals. Fields a bench of counseling experts and seasoned litigators, with deep experience in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings. Extensive experience in intellectual property disputes involving government contracts. Regularly acts for clients in the aerospace, defense and cybersecurity sectors.

Strengths Clients say: "They are proactive and anticipate our needs. They truly have their finger on the pulse of what’s happening in Washington, DC and nationally."

In describing one matter the firm worked on, one client reported: "The execution and communication was great."

Work highlights Successfully represented Sikorsky Aircraft in the Ninth Circuit in a case involving the Freedom of Information Act.

Advised AM General on a US district court action in the Northern District of Indiana brought against it for alleged patent infringement and breach on a component of Humvees, which are manufactured for the US government.

Notable practitioners

Clients value the fact that they are able to "rely heavily" Robert Huffman and note: "He's an experienced a leader in his field, he's just wonderful both from an expertise point and in knowing what the client needs." He is held in high regard for his False Claims Act expertise, and also advises on a range of disputes and compliance matters.

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Dentons LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Offers a broad range of government contracting services including acquisitions advice and compliance review, as well as representing clients in procurement fraud proceedings, intellectual property claims and bid protests. Significant experience handling complex costs disputes. Regularly appears before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the GAO, and federal and state courts. Clients hail from a diverse range of industries including technology, life sciences, aerospace and defense, among others.

Strengths One client commented: "Their strength is their breadth of knowledge."

Work highlights Successfully represented Oak Ridge Associated Universities in defending against a bid protest relating to a contract awarded by the Department of Energy.

Represented Strategi Consulting and VariQ Conviso in a successful bid protest against awards by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Lemmer is very well regarded for his expertise in the field of cost accounting. His practice also includes contract formation and bid protests, as well as False Claims Act cases.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Operates a busy practice, frequently representing domestic and foreign private equity firms in the government contracts investment market. Regularly serves as counsel on high-value acquisitions. Substantial expertise in bid protests, as well as regulatory and criminal enforcement. Able to draw on significant multidisciplinary expertise, including premier corporate and white-collar practices. Acts for both a national and international client base in a variety of industries, notably defense and healthcare.

Strengths Clients appreciate that "they constantly let us know about new developments in the law," adding: "They have nationally known experts in a lot of areas."

Sources value the team's "efficiency and focus."

Work highlights Acted for government contractor Camber Holding on its $380 million sale to a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls.

Represented Community Education Centers on acquisition by GEO Group.

Notable practitioners

The "terrific" James McCullough has an enviable government contracts practice and is regarded as preeminent in the field of bid protests. He enjoys an excellent reputation in the market and is regularly called upon to act as strategic counsel in M&A transactions involving government contractors. Sources note: "He has a really good bedside manner. He is genuinely likable and that makes him very very effective."

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Government Contracts: 
The practice counsels clients on complex statutes and regulations at each stage of the government contracting process, from solicitation, award, performance and termination to cost-performance liabilities and regularly supports merger and acquisition activity in the aerospace and defense arena.


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Holland & Knight LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Regular player in the government contracts arena, recognized for its success in bid protests. Draws on substantial strength in its corporate and M&A practice, along with industry expertise in the construction and real estate sectors. Frequently advises on enforcement defense matters, including compliance and False Claims Act work. Active at federal, state and local levels. Notable focus on counseling contractors in the defense, aerospace, IT and engineering sectors.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "They are great: always focused on the client and what is best for them. They are patient, methodical, truly caring and very supportive."

Clients describe the firm as "well rounded with expertise in the different aspects of the law."

Work highlights Successfully defended a bid protest brought by Vista Technical Services against an award to Bowhead over an Army contract.

Represented Raytheon in a bid protest filed at the GAO, challenging the award of a contract by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to Leidos.

Notable practitioners

David Black is well regarded in the market for his government contracts practice. He regularly advises clients on a range of controversies from bid protests to claims under the Contract Disputes Act. He has additional expertise handling False Claims Act matters.

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Holland & Knight's Government Contracts Group guides clients through all phases of the procurement process, including forming teaming arrangements, responding to solicitations and compliance with contractual requirements and the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Our group provides guidance in handling bid protests, prime/subcontractor litigation, claims and disputes, and defense of enforcement matters, including suspension and debarment matters, False Claims Act litigation, FCPA compliance and government audits and investigations. We represent government contractors of all sizes and across a wide array of industries. Our Group has considerable experience in matters involving the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). We also advise clients on domestic preference requirements applicable to U.S. procurement including the Buy America/American Acts, the Trade Agreements Act and the Berry Amendment. We work closely with the firm’s Government Contracts M&A practice, which is among the largest in the country, and draw on the regional and substantive reach of practitioners across the firm in complementary areas such as state and local procurement law, international law, cybersecurity, labor and employment, white collar defense and construction. We have broad, in-depth experience in all facets of U.S. government contracts law as well as international government contracts law and can assist whether an issue involves regulatory compliance, litigation or a transaction.

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Perkins Coie LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Strong track record of winning business-critical bid protests before the GAO and Court of Federal Claims on behalf of protestors and intervenors. Additional capabilities include handling proceedings under the False Claims Act, contractual disputes and transactional counseling. Regularly advises clients in the aerospace and defense industries.

Strengths One client comments: "As a whole, the team provides tremendous client service and value. They treat me as if I am their most valued client, even when handling relatively small matters."

Sources report: "They are a great client-focused team, with a good understanding of the business needs driving the legal strategy."

Work highlights Represented Sage Acquisitions in the US Court of Federal Claims in challenging a decision concerning whether Sage qualified as a small business for a HUD procurement.

Represented Wyle Laboratories on a California state court action brought by Positron Systems concerning Wyle’s performance under a government contract with the US Department of Defense.

Notable practitioners

Clients regard Lee Curtis as "superb in every sense of the word." He is particularly noted for his expert handling of bid protests. Clients comment: "He is highly experienced and effective; detail-oriented and has strong business acumen."

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Perkins Coie’s nationally recognized team of experienced government contracts lawyers helps our clients, including established government contractors and commercially focused companies that do business with the government, navigate the labyrinth of government regulations, negotiate contracts, defend and prosecute bid protests, and litigate government contract claims.

For companies that conduct business with the government, our lawyers offer the skill, experience and resources to successfully navigate complex federal procurement law, negotiate and protect profitable contracts and resolve contract disputes through litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Many of our lawyers previously worked for federal and state government agencies, courts and large, sophisticated contractors. Several lawyers in our practice hold top-secret clearances.

Guided by an unwavering focus on client service, we work with clients in a variety of industries, from defense and aerospace to semiconductors and information technology, as well as communications, energy, nuclear, maritime, environmental, construction and professional services.

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Venable LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Compact but highly adept government contracts group offering a range of services to companies in the aerospace, defense, IT and engineering industries. Capable of counseling clients through all facets of federal, state and local procurement, including regulatory compliance and dispute resolution. Experienced in sizable bid protests before the GAO.

Strengths Sources praise the team for being "very responsive, organized and practical in its advice."

One client enthused: "They have broad expertise and no matter what problem I'm facing, they are always able to find someone with experience to help me."

Notable practitioners

Scott Hommer is particularly regarded for his expert handling of government contracts matters concerning cybersecurity and data protection. His broad practice spans the gamut of government contracts matters at state and federal levels. He also regularly handles bid protests.

Paul Debolt is "a good litigator and very knowledgeable on government contracts," according to clients. He advises clients on a wide array of government procurement matters from civil fraud to contractual termination to regulatory compliance. Sources praise him for being "very responsive and amenable."

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Vinson & Elkins LLP - Government: Government Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Active government contracts firm, fielding deep experience in the bid protests arena. Additional expertise in procurement fraud matters and cross-border investigations. Acts for a variety of foreign and domestic clients, notably those in the healthcare, aerospace, defense, technology and logistics sectors. Also advises on costs accounting disputes and audits, as well as a range of transactional matters.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "They have great substantive knowledge particularly in federal contracting."

One source reports: "They are outcome-oriented and not just focused on billable hours, but on getting the right result for the company."

Work highlights Successfully represented BAE Systems as intervenor in a bid protest filed at the GAO by Northrop Grumman concerning the US Air Force’s award of a contract for radio frequency countermeasures for the US Special Operations Forces aircraft.

Acted for Boeing in a bid protest before the GAO concerning the United States Air Force’s 'Compass Call' procurement.

Notable practitioners

Michael Charness is a longstanding figure of the government contracts Bar. He is experienced at counseling clients on contract claims and bid protests. One impressed client praises his "mindset of partnering with his clients and generosity with his time."

Daniel Graham is well regarded for his expert handling of government contract disputes, regularly assisting on bid protests, appeals and commercial litigation. One client reports: "No task is too large or too small for Dan to take on and excel at. He has provided advice which has resulted in several great outcomes," adding: "He is a star in this field."

Practice leader David Johnson is praised by clients for his responsiveness. He has a broad practice encompassing compliance counseling and bid protest litigation. He additionally counsels government contractors on significant M&A.

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  • Vinson & Elkins’ top-tier government contracts practice is known for handling high-stakes bid protest and claims litigation. V&E represents major contractors in the aerospace and defense, healthcare, engineering and construction, professional services and IT industries. In addition to protests and claims, V&E handles complex cost accounting matters, mergers and acquisitions, subcontract negotiation and prime/subcontractor litigation, suspension and debarment proceedings, export controls and economic sanctions matters, False Claims Act suits and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations. 
  • Our multidisciplinary approach leverages V&E’s deep bench of attorneys from the firm’s white collar, corporate, export controls/economic sanctions, international arbitration and antitrust law groups. Many of our clients choose V&E because we provide a “total solution” where other Chambers-ranked government contracts practices can only address the government contracting dimension.
  • V&E’s focus on client responsiveness, pragmatic legal solutions to business problems, and lean staffing sets us apart from other Chambers-ranked government contracts practice. Although we are prepared to take any claim or protest to a trial or hearing, we know when litigation will and will not achieve our client’s business needs and counsel them accordingly. 

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Senior Statesperson

Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Shining star" Terry Albertson is regarded by clients as "the preeminent expert in the field of government contracts and cost accounting." His established government contracts practice is centered on cost allowability, compliance and pricing matters.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Charness is a longstanding figure of the government contracts Bar. He is experienced at counseling clients on contract claims and bid protests. One impressed client praises his  "mindset of partnering with his clients and generosity with his time."

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Marshall J Doke Jr

Foley Gardere

From the Chambers USA guide

Marshall  Doke of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is a highly regarded, longstanding member of the government contracts Bar. He has particular expertise in costs accounting standards as well as in False Claims Act proceedings.

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Thomas P Humphrey

Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Humphrey is held in high regard for his bid protest expertise. One client enthuses: "He has a vast experience in government contracts and always provides sage advice." He is also regularly called upon to advise clients on False Claims Act matters, as well as counseling on conflicts of interest.

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Senior Statesperson

Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Pachter is highly regarded by his market peers as "one of the deans of the government contracts Bar." Clients say: "He is extremely knowledgeable about government contracts and has a good instinct for what the end result of a case will be," adding: "He brings a common-sense, low-stress approach to the case." His established practice includes claims, bid protests and debarment matters, among others.

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Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Dean of the government contracts Bar"Rand Allen is regularly called upon to handle a broad range of complex government contracts matters. One client described him as "steeped in knowledge," adding: "People know who he is and respect him. When he speaks, people listen to what he has to say. I'm glad he is on my side."

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John W Chierichella

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Chierichella is lauded by commentators as "preeminent in the government contracts field." His broad practice spans False Claims Act litigation, compliance matters and bid protests.

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David A Churchill

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Government contracts guru"David Churchill"is a seasoned hand who provides an excellent balance of black letter law guidance blended with practical solutions," according to clients. He is regularly called upon to handle complex disputes on behalf of high-profile government contractors.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Colley is well regarded for his expertise in False Claims Act matters and bid protests. His practice is broad, spanning from foreign military sales to advising on government ethics. Clients regard him as "a good resource who always demonstrates a good understanding of our business and has been helpful trying to work through various issues."

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Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Khoury is regarded as "one of the top bid protest litigators in the country," by clients and peers alike. He advises clients on a broad range of government contracts matters, including corporate transactions, contract disputes litigation, compliance reviews and False Claims Act actions. Sources report: "He is responsive and engages immediately when issues arise."

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Marcia Madsen is widely regarded as expert in bid protests, with sources praising her for leaving "no stone unturned" on cases. Clients say: "She extremely experienced and not afraid to roll her sleeves up despite being a senior partner. She knows and understands our business and customers very well."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen Manos is hailed as the "grand queen" of cost accounting litigation. In addition to her cost accounting expertise her practice spans investigations, claims, bid protests and compliance matters. One client noted: "She is, in our view, the best government contract lawyer in the country. She's brilliant, efficient, and tireless. She's also a wonderful person."

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Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extremely responsive and knowledgeable"Scott McCaleb has a broad practice spanning federal, state and local government contracts matters. He is particularly noted for his expertise in the bid protests arena. One client enthused: "He is a business partner to me. He makes it a habit to know our business and understand it, so when I go to him with a bid protest, he is prepared to help on a legal substantive level but also understands the business concerns."

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James J McCullough

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific"James McCullough has an enviable government contracts practice and is regarded as preeminent in the field of bid protests. He enjoys an excellent reputation in the market and is regularly called upon to act as strategic counsel in M&A transactions involving government contractors. Sources note: "He has a really good bedside manner. He is genuinely likable and that makes him very very effective."

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Rogers Joseph O'Donnell

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice group chair Neil O'Donnell"is an outstanding government contracts attorney. He has an excellent bedside manner, is a trusted adviser, and a strong litigator. His knowledge and experience make him a very valuable resource," according to clients. He has a broad practice and is well regarded for his litigation expertise, regularly representing clients in bid protests and False Claims Act matters.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jason Carey is praised as "one of the industry leaders in the bid protest realm. He is a great litigator who gets great results," according to clients. His impressive client base regularly calls upon him to represent them in high-stakes protests, as well as seeking his advice on compliance.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Phenomenal lawyer"Jay DeVecchio  is widely regarded as "a leading light in intellectual property rights in government contracts." He is regularly called upon to advise clients on a range of disputes and bid protests.

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James J Gallagher

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Gallagher"is very experienced and very knowledgeable," comments one client, adding: "He gives wonderful service and practical, valuable, useful advice." He is well regarded for his litigation expertise and regularly advises clients on matters ranging from fraud investigations to cost allowability matters. He regularly represents clients in the aerospace industry.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Holman"is a tireless government contracts expert and advocate for his clients," according to sources, who add: "He is helpful and always looks out for clients' best interests."  He has a comprehensive government contracts practice, regularly advising on bid protests, prime contractor-subcontractor disputes, and suspension and debarment matters.  Clients say: "He has it all: subject matter expertise, great litigation skills, he always thinks outside the box for his client and is very responsive."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Mason has a wealth of experience handling government contracts litigation and compliance matters, and is regarded as an expert in bid protests. Clients enthuse: "For bid protest work he is exceptionally helpful, responsive and candid. He will tell us when it's not in our best interest to pursue something, which is invaluable and allows us to make the best decision."

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Thomas L McGovern III

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas McGovern is regarded as a "leader in the space" for bid protest matters. In addition to bid protests he is regularly called upon by clients to advise on suspension and debarment matters and misconduct investigations.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Mullen is lauded by sources as a "very skilled litigator." He advises clients on a range of transactional, regulatory and bid protest matters. Clients praise his ability to act as both a "zealous advocate and realistic counselor."

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Trusted adviser"David Nadler chairs the government contracts group at the firm. His broad practice spans the gamut of procurement matters at federal, and state and local government level. Clients say: "He has great client relation skills, very deep experience and is able to anticipate issues, not just be reactive. He asks the right questions and this allows him to give the best advice."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Terrific costs lawyer"Paul Pompeo  advises clients on a wide range of government contracts matters including both litigation and transactional matters. He advises clients from the defense, energy and technology sectors, among others. One client reported:  "He did great work with great results."

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Rector of DLA Piper LLP (US) has a practice spanning compliance, contract disputes and bid protests, at both federal and state level. One interviewee enthused: "His knowledge and keen intellect are unmatched."

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Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Angela Styles of Bracewell LLP centers her practice on suspension and debarment matters. Source note: "She is very bright, straightforward, and very prepared," describing her as "an exceptional advocate." The same commentator continues: "Her responses are very direct and well written, and her ability think on her feet very quickly and be very prepared based on her intellect and experience means that you couldn't ask for a better advocate." Her practice also includes False Claims Act and GSA schedule-related concerns.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alex Tomaszczuk is regularly called upon to advise clients on bid protests, contract disputes and False Claims Act matters. Clients state: "He is extremely timely and his work is spectacular," adding: "He is also quite personable, and both realistic and practical when it comes to advising corporate counsel."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph West"has great insight into the people making the decisions at agencies and, beyond that, is delightful to work with," according to clients. He centers his practice on civil and criminal litigation, and regularly advises on false claims and suspension and debarment proceedings.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ray Biagini is lauded for his expert handling of tortious disputes arising from government contracts. Sources report: "He possesses a great deal of legal knowledge, is very detail-oriented and very affable."

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David Bodenheimer

Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Bodenheimer has a broad government contracts practice, with vast experience handling bid protests and cybersecurity matters. Interviewees report: "He has a very analytical mind and a very methodical approach to cases, as well as deep expertise in defective pricing issues."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Agnes Dover has a wealth of transactional experience and often advises clients on matters concerning sale or purchase of government contractors. She regularly advises clients in the energy and defense sectors.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Dowd is hailed by clients as a "very good attorney." He has a broad government contracts practice with a particular focus on litigation. He possesses a wealth of experience acting for clients in the healthcare, defense and technology sectors, among others.

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Eyre"is very responsive, practical, has a thoughtful analytical mind and is a very strong advocate," according to sources. He is regularly called upon to advise on internal investigations and M&A involving government contractors. He is also adept at handling suspension and debarment matters. One client enthused: "He is the full package: He's intelligent, pragmatic, responsive, and exercises exceptional judgment and discretion. I trust him like no other outside attorney with whom I have worked."

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Forman is praised for being "incredibly responsive" by clients, who value his ability to assemble a team at short notice. He advises clients on a broad range of procurement matters, including False Claims Act proceedings. He is also noted for his litigation expertise and is regularly called upon to act for clients in bid protests.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Graham is well regarded for his expert handling of government contract disputes, regularly assisting on bid protests, appeals and commercial litigation. One client reports: "No task is too large or too small for Dan to take on and excel at. He has provided advice which has resulted in several great outcomes," adding: "He is a star in this field."

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Venable LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Hommer  is particularly regarded for his expert handling of government contracts matters concerning cybersecurity and data protection. His broad practice spans the gamut of government contracts matters at state and federal levels. He also regularly handles bid protests.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frederic Levy is widely regarded as an expert in suspension and debarment proceedings. He has additional experience advising clients involved in bet-the-company litigation.

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Rogers Joseph O'Donnell

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Metzger regularly advises clients on complex disputes, litigation and protests. He is particularly noted for his expertise in cyber and supply-chain security, with clients regarding him as the "preeminent expert in cybersecurity regulations and how they affect government contractors."

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Band 3

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart Nibley of K&L Gates "has a deep knowledge, is a strategic thinker and is tactically gifted," according to clients: "He has exceptional communication skills and a commanding presence." He receives particular praise for his work in the bid protests arena, with sources noting: "He has an incredible ability to spot protest grounds."

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Nicole J Owren-Wiest

Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicole Owren-Wiest represents clients from a range of industries and is regularly called upon to advise clients on cost accounting matters. One client reported: "She was very knowledgeable on government contracts and provided some extremely good advice."

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Band 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anne Perry is highly regarded for her bid protest expertise and has additional expertise handling a range of government contracts litigation matters.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Vacura is a longstanding figure in the government contracts market. He has a wealth of experience representing clients in the aerospace, defense and government services sectors. Sources describe him as "dignified, studious and very articulate."

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Band 4

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jessica Abrahams of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has a broad government contracts practice spanning bid protests, suspension and debarment and false claims matters. Her clients hail from a range of industries including healthcare, biodefense and information technology. Interviewees regard her as "very knowledgeable within the government contracting arena."

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Jonathan S Aronie

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Aronie advises on a broad range of government contract disputes including bid protests and claims. One client enthused: "He is a true partner. He is smart, creative, energetic, and loyal. He knows the government contracts space like few others and he performs as a true colleague, but most importantly, he makes time to listen to us."

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Black is well regarded in the market for his government contracts practice. He regularly advises clients on a range of controversies from bid protests to claims under the Contract Disputes Act. He has additional expertise handling False Claims Act matters.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Conway centers his practice on government contracts litigation, regularly advising on bid protests and disputes. He has particular expertise in the technology and IT sectors. Clients comment: "He is great at client relations and helping us solve business problems."

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients regard Lee Curtis as "superb in every sense of the word." He is particularly noted for his expert handling of bid protests. Clients comment: "He is highly experienced and effective; detail-oriented and has strong business acumen."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kara Daniels  advises clients on matters spanning contract and costs disputes to False Claims Act  matters. She is particularly noted for her expert handling of bid protest matters. "She is fantastic, extremely responsive, logical, organized and a great partner to our organization," according to clients.

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Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Davis's practice spans bid protests to internal investigations and audits. He has a wealth of experience in matters involving the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

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Venable LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Debolt is "a good litigator and very knowledgeable on government contracts," according to clients. He advises clients on a wide array of government procurement matters from civil fraud to contractual termination to regulatory compliance. Sources praise him for being "very responsive and amenable."

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Robert K. Huffman

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients value the fact that they are able to "rely heavily" Robert Huffman and note: "He's an experienced a leader in his field, he's just wonderful both from an expertise point and in knowing what the client needs." He is held in high regard for his False Claims Act expertise, and also advises on a range of disputes and compliance matters.

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Hurst of Steptoe & Johnson LLP "is extremely knowledgeable about all of the complex government regulations that deal with contracting and matters related to small business association contracts." He advises clients on the gamut of government contracts matters spanning investigations, litigation and compliance.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Kristen Ittig  as a "very knowledgeable" lawyer. She acts for clients on an array of government contracts compliance issues, bid protests, litigation, and is particularly adept at handling False Claims Act matters.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say John Jensen"is extremely bright, progressive, and exemplifies integrity and professionalism in every aspect of his job." He is well regarded for his transactional expertise, and regularly acts for midmarket clients on the purchases or sale of government contractors. His practice also includes regulatory advice and bid protests. Sources regard him as "very knowledgeable and very conscientious."

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice leader David Johnson is praised by clients for his responsiveness. He has a broad practice encompassing compliance counseling and bid protest litigation. He additionally counsels government contractors on significant M&A.

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Knight is well regarded for his cost accounting experience, in which he is widely regarded as an expert. One source enthused: "He is very knowledgeable and experienced with construction and defense industries matters. He provides great input into negotiation positions and strategies, listens well, and is responsive and timely."

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Larkin Ferrell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sharon Larkin of Larkin Ferrell LLP is well regarded for assisting with bid protests, with sources highlighting her extensive experience appearing before the GAO. Clients praise: "She is a terrific lawyer. She has a real ability to grab the relevant facts and information, and give a thorough analysis."

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Dentons LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Lemmer is very well regarded for his expertise in the field of cost accounting. His practice also includes contract formation and bid protests, as well as False Claims Act cases.

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Michael D. McGill

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael McGill has a broad government contracts practice, spanning both transactional and litigation matters. He receives particular plaudits for his work on defense contracts. In describing one notable experience with McGill, one client enthused: "He pulled off what seemed impossible!"

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Rogers Joseph O'Donnell

From the Chambers USA guide

Patricia Meagher is well regarded for her litigation expertise. She centers her government contracts practice on claims, disputes and termination matters. She has a wealth of experience handling bid protests and compliance matters.

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Nichols Liu LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Nichols of Nichols Liu LLP is an established government contracts practitioner. He is regularly called upon by clients to advise on regulatory compliance and M&A.

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Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan

Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan is hailed by sources as a "very strong advocate." She has particular expertise in bid protests and small business rules. Clients report: "She knows bid protests inside and out and is incisive in her examination of  the facts to figure out the bid protest landscape."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Phenomenal lawyer" Alan Pemberton is a longstanding figure in the government contracts market. His broad practice spans from litigation to transactional and legislative issues.

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Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Prairie has a wide-ranging government contracts practice covering transactional and litigation matters. He acts for a diverse client base ranging from small businesses to large defense contractors. One client enthuses: "He is extraordinarily knowledgeable in this field and can navigate the matrix of federal statutes and regulations with ease. He provides well thought out, concise explanations."

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Holly Roth of Reed Smith LLP has a broad government contracts practice spanning bid protests, claims and disputes. She additionally advises on a range of compliance matters and transactions. One source reports: "She is great to work with and is very knowledgeable of the bid protest rules with all agencies. She always responded quickly to our requests and kept me updated."

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Ronald A Schechter

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Schechter is well regarded for his expertise in suspension and debarment matters. His government contracts practice also spans False Claims Act litigation, bid protests and fraud investigations. Clients say: "He's a very good litigator who knows his stuff."

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say Jonathan Shaffer"is an excellent government contracts litigator. He is smart and always available when we need him." He advises clients on a host of procurement matters and is particularly well regarded for his bid protest expertise.

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Rogers Joseph O'Donnell

From the Chambers USA guide

The "first-rate"Aaron Silberman advises clients on bidding and contract performance matters, with particular expertise in the construction, IT and services industries. He also has experience handling False Claims Act matters.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Damien Specht is regularly called upon to advise clients on transactional matters and sources cite him as a "real expert in small business matters." Clients say: "He is great at identifying issues and litigating to success in protests at both the federal and state levels."

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alex Ward has a broad government contracts practice ranging from claims to transactions. He is well regarded for his expertise in investigations, with clients saying: "He is very good with sensitive issues and at not ruffling feathers."

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bradley Wine regularly advises on strategic compliance and litigation for clients from industries spanning defense and intelligence to infrastructure. Clients say: "He is very good at maintaining a relationship with the client. He cares about what we are doing, and makes an effort to understand our business and what we need."

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Up and Coming

Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jon Burd regularly acts for clients in the defense and aerospace industry, and is praised by clients for being "incredibly talented at dealing with highly technical issues." He has a broad practice, with particular expertise in litigation. Sources report: "He is personable, tireless and very focused on getting great results for us."

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Up and Coming

Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tracye Howard is commended by clients for her ability to handle matters in "a very short turnaround and do a great job." She is well regarded for her expertise in bid protest and claims matters, with sources praising her as "very competent and very responsive."

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Up and Coming

Wiley Rein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say Brian Walsh is "a bright, practical bid protest attorney, litigator, and adviser with a great sense of humor. He is a strong researcher and writer who is also well connected." His clients range from government contractors and subcontractors to federal and state grant recipients.

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Associates to watch

Alston & Bird LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jessica Sharron of Alston & Bird LLP  acts for clients across all stages of the procurement process. Her practice also includes a range of disputes and she has experience acting in False Claims Act proceedings and bid protests. One client enthuses: "She did an excellent job of listening to us, reviewing all of the documentation and connecting all of the dots."

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