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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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James McCullough

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Litigation, Government Contracts, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Aerospace & Defense, Pro Bono


Mr. McCullough is litigation of counsel and head of the Government Contracts Practice and member of the Aerospace & Defense Practice. His experience spans a broad range of industries and government agencies, with a focus on aerospace and defense companies. Mr. McCullough’s practice includes pre-award litigation and counseling on contract formation issues, post-award disputes and litigation, and the representation of government contractors in various civil proceedings, including Procurement Integrity and Freedom of Information Act disputes, and enforcement matters involving mandatory disclosure and suspension and debarment.  He has been lead counsel in numerous bid protests before the US Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and other federal courts.  Mr. McCullough also has extensive litigation experience involving claims and terminations at various Boards of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims.  In addition, he has frequently participated in the resolution of government contract disputes through the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including mediation and arbitration, and has frequently participated as government contracts counsel in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and joint venture transactions involving aerospace and defense companies.


Mr. McCullough joined Fried Frank in 1980 and he became a partner in 1985. He is the past chair of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Procurement Division; vice-chair ABA Public Contract Law Battlespace Committee and past member of Section Council; Advisory Board of The Government Contractor.


Mr. McCullough received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1976, and his BA from Villanova, cum laude, in 1969.

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James McCullough - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP provides ‘a superior service’ in the field of M&A transactions for government contractors, notably in the aerospace and defense sectors. The group has an established reputation for handling some of the most high-profile transactional deals; a recent example was advising Jacobs Engineering Group on its successful $3.3bn acquisition of CH2M. Bid protests and FCA cases are other cornerstone areas of expertise for the team; Douglas Baruch, who heads the firm’s False Claims Act practice, defended military container subtractor Advanced Containment Systems in an FCA investigation and qui tam suit concerning allegations of falsely certified quality assurance standards. In July 2017 Jerald Howe left to join Leidos and of counsel James McCullough, who is ‘very precise’, took over as head of the government contracts practice. Michael Anstett is another name to note.

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