Firms To Watch: Government contracts

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is rapidly growing a strong presence in the government contracts space, with the arrival of practice heads Daniel Graham from Vinson & Elkins LLP and Tara Ward from Wiley Rein LLP in January 2022 and April 2022, respectively. Both lawyers are based in Washington DC.  
Greenberg Traurig LLP has recently strengthened its government contracts offering with the arrival of former Rogers Joseph O’Donnell practitioners Jeffery M. Chiow and Eleanor Ross in February 2022 and August 2022, respectively. Headed by Michael Schaengold, the Washington DC-based team is active in handling bid protests, M&A, cybersecurity issues and investigations.
Under the leadership of Washington DC-based Seth Locke and Richard Oehler in Seattle, Perkins Coie LLP has heavily invested in its government contracts practice, with the arrival of five former Womble Bond Dickinson practitioners in May 2022, including Washington DC-based Kelley Doran and Gary Campbell.

Government contracts in United States

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter‘s practice is typically engaged in some of the most high-profile government contracts matters in the market, recently defending HomeSafe’s award of a $20bn military move logistics contract, for example. With a particular strength in the aerospace, defense, IT,  life sciences and communications industries, typical mandates include high-stakes bid protests, False Claims Act investigations and litigation, national security issues and M&A-related government contracts matters. Leading the team is Kara Daniels, who has extensive experience in representing contractors in bid protests and false claims investigations. Craig Holman is a key litigator in the team, with significant expertise in all levels of the judiciary. Kristen Ittig is seasoned in contract and subcontract negotiations, compliance programs, audits and investigations. Transactional matters is the area of expertise of Michael McGill, who typically handles M&A involving government contracts. Charles Blanchard is a popular choice among defense and aerospace companies. Paul Pompeo focuses on accounting, cost and pricing issues while Mark Colley is recommended for litigation and investigations. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Kara Daniels

Other key lawyers:

Mark Colley; Craig Holman; Kristen Ittig; Michael McGill; Charles Blanchard; Paul Pompeo

Key clients

Space Exploration Technologies Corp

Amentum Government Services

HomeSafe Alliance

Dell Marketing LP.

Raytheon Technologies Corp

Booz Allen Hamilton


L3Harris Technologies

Trident Engineering & Procurement

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended SpaceX’s award of a $2.9bn human landing system development contract against Blue Origin Dynetics before the US Government Accountability Office, and against Blue Origin’s protest at the US Court of Federal Claims.
  • Advised Amentum on the government contracts, national security and expert controls issues related to the acquisition of publicly traded company PAE.
  • Successfully defended HomeSafe Alliance’s award of the Department of Defense’s $20bn USTRANSCOM global household goods contract before the US Government Accountability Office and the US Court of Federal Claims.

Crowell & Moring LLP

The ‘deeply knowledgeable’ practice at Crowell & Moring LLP is noted for its deep bench of experienced litigators and counselors. Prominent in the defense, aerospace, IT, telecoms and healthcare fields, the group covers the full range of government contracts work, most notably bid protests, cost accounting disputes, suspension and debarment issues and M&A involving government contracts matters. The Washington DC-based team is led by  Peter Eyre, Daniel Forman and national security group head Adelicia Cliffe. Eyre is specialized in suspension and debarment proceedings and complex internal investigations, Forman has extensive experience litigating high-stakes bid protests before the US Government Accountability Office, The US Court of Federal Claims and various state courts.  Stephen McBrady is another key senior name, and a go-to litigator for disputes against the US Government. Other key names include  litigator Nicole Owren-Wiest, who often leads on cost accounting matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Eyre; Daniel Forman; Adelicia Cliffe;

Other key lawyers:

Stephen McBrady; Nicole Owren-Wiest; Lorraine Campos


‘The Crowell government contracts team is deeply knowledgeable and understands that not all government contractors are similarly situated. For example, the team is excellent when it comes to working with Research I universities, which have large government contracts but operate under a different set of rules than corporate contractors.’

‘The Crowell team clearly values diversity and collegiality. It is also willing to step in and provides assistance with technology, including obtaining vendors on behalf of the client. Crowell’s willingness to provide blended rates is especially attractive to public universities.’

‘Lorraine Campos has gone above and beyond in terms of legal advice and collegiality. Lorraine has an excellent understanding of the challenges facing government contractors across the board, but has been especially helpful in finding creative solutions for universities, particularly related to GSA schedule contracts.’

Key clients

Accenture Federal Services

MBIA Insurance Corp

Bardin Hill Investment Partners

Madison Dearborn

Serco Inc.

ASRC Federal

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Honeywell International

Lockheed Martin Corporation

BAE Systems

Health Net Inc.

Raytheon Technologies

ManTech International

McKinsey & Company


Work highlights

  • Assisted Lockheed Martin in obtaining partial summary judgment in a $143m dispute with the Air Force.
  • Advised Madison Dearborn Partners on government contracts and national security matters relating to its acquisition of a majority stake in Unison from Carlyle.
  • Represented Serco Inc in a bid protest regarding the Navy’s award of a $380m contract to Booze Allen.

Morrison Foerster

Offering ‘very pragmatic and commercially-minded advice’, Morrison Foerster‘s Washington DC-based group is highly rated for its ‘incredible depth of experience and expertise’. Well-known for its premier bid protest practice, the team presents leading technology, aerospace, healthcare and defense companies. Demonstrating strength across the whole spectrum of government contracts and procurement work, the department handles False Claims Act litigation, international investigations, M&A for private equity firms and contractors, complex classified matters and cybersecurity issues. Focusing on contract counseling and compliance, Tina Reynolds manages the practice alongside Kevin Mullen, who leads on M&A and procurement fraud matters, and Alex Ward, whose expertise spans bid protests, internal investigations and litigation at state and federal levels. Also recommended are M&A expert Damien Specht and David Churchill, who is sought after to advise on internal investigations, government inquiries and federal contract disputes. Locke Bell is a key associate and well versed in nontraditional acquisition arrangements and government acquisition of intellectual property.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Mullen; Tina Reynolds; Alex Ward

Other key lawyers:

David Churchill; Damien Specht; Locke Bell


‘Incredible depth and breadth of experience and expertise. Very pragmatic, and commercially-minded advice.’

‘MoFo has broad expertise in government contracts issues affecting commercial and technology companies.’

‘The partners and associates at MoFo stand out because of their exceptional skill at distilling complex issues into practical legal advice.’

Key clients

IAP Worldwide Services

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Vertex Aerospace LLC


Enlightenment Capital

Sagewind Capital

ASRC Federal Holdings

ManTech International Corporation

Vectrus Federal Services GmbH

Uber Technologies Inc.

D-Fend Solutions

ARKA Group, a Blackstone Company

Alaka’ina Foundation Family of Companies

Work highlights

  • Represented IAP and an affiliate in two cases in the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), involving a terminated sponsorship agreement with a Kuwaiti company and unanticipated costs on a base support contract due to erroneous solicitation information.
  • Acted for Vertex on a successful challenge to the US Air Force’s award of a contract to support the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and on the successful defense of the US Navy’s award of a contract to Vertex to support the Navy’s Atlantic Test Wing.
  • Advised Enlightenment Capital on a wide range of matters, including the acquisition of Boecore and the sale of portfolio company Everwatch Corporation to Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.

Wiley Rein LLP

With a deep bench of highly experienced litigators, Wiley Rein LLP‘s Washington DC-based team excels in all major types of government contracts disputes, especially bid protests, appeals, False Claims Act litigation and government investigations. Prominent in virtually all industries, the group demonstrates significant strength in the tech, defense, IT and healthcare segments, typically engaged in M&A, cybersecurity issues, compliance programs and cost accounting matters. Some of the largest aerospace and defense contractors turn to Scott McCaleb for assistance with procurement fraud allegations and bid protests. He leads the practice alongside Paul Khoury, who covers suspension and department proceedings, mandatory disclosures and disputes at state and federal levels. Jon Burd and John Prairie  are other key lawyers for high-stakes bid protests, claims and investigations, with a focus on the defense sector. Also recommended are bid protest specialists Brian Walsh and Tracye Howard.

Practice head(s):

Paul Khoury; Scott McCaleb

Other key lawyers:

Jon Burd; John Prairie; Brian Walsh; Tracye Howard; Craig Smith


‘Very collaborative with our in-house team. Brings a great business sense when applying the law. Good billing practices.’

‘Brian Walsh is a great relationship partner, very responsive and great at understanding the client’s needs.’

‘Tracye Howard is super smart and has great writing skills.’

Key clients

Aptive Resources

Blue Tech Inc.

The Boeing Company

Bollinger Shipyards


District Equity

Guidehouse LLP

Henry’s Aerial Services


Maximus, Inc.

Ology Bioservices Inc.

Steel Point Solutions, LLC

Supreme Foodservice


Work highlights

  • Represented Chugach in an appeal before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals relating to a base operations support contract covering various Navy facilities in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Acted for Supreme Foodservice on an appeal pending before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding Supreme’s performance of the Subsistence Prime Vendor (SPV) contract from 2005 to 2014 for the Defense Logistics Agency.
  • Represented Boeing in litigation initiated by the United States seeking to recover CERCLA clean-up costs at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station.

Blank Rome LLP

Leveraging its team of former federal prosecutors, government attorneys and GAO lawyers, Blank Rome LLP stands out for its track record in the defense, IT, software and aerospace fields. Rated for its ‘impressive mastery of government contracts matters’, the group regularly handles bid protests, False Claims Act cases and cost accounting issues. Washington DC-based practice is also noted for its experience in M&A-related government contracts matters, and is led by state and federal procurement law expert Justin Chiarodo. Scott Arnold has a strong background in bid protest, suspension and disbarment, internal investigations and compliance programs. Dominique L Casimir is a popular choice for accounting firms, major defense contractors and health insurers. Other key practitioners include Elizabeth Jochum, Luke Meier and Stephanie Harden.

Practice head(s):

Justin Chiarodo

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Harden; Elizabeth Jochum; Stephanie Harden; Dave Nadler; Dominique L Casimir; Luke Meier; Robyn Burrows; Scott Arnold


‘This team provides a full-service suite of government contracts legal services. While each member of the team has their own special talents and areas of specialization, as all great teams do, without fail, they unselfishly work together to achieve the client’s goal, in this case, zealously advocating on behalf of their client. From contract formation to interpretation to litigation, they handle the full spectrum and they do it as one, cohesive, disciplined, fighting unit.’

‘The main thing that makes this firm stand out, regardless of the sophistication of the matter, is its strategic counsel and advice. It never loses sight of the end goal.’

‘Robyn Burrows is a superior pleadings drafter and legal researcher.’

‘Commitment to the client, regardless of the size of the business. I am a small business owner and in this industry, it is easy to be taken advantage of because of financial flexibility, fear of the unknown, and the emotional strain that comes with legal challenges. Dominique Casimir’s care and support changed my relationship with Blank Rome from transactional to a pure partnership. For every question I had Dominique had an answer for herself, and when she felt I needed more context, she brought in her colleagues Leanne, and the members of Blank Rome to ensure that I was well informed and appropriately engaged.’

‘Put bluntly, the team showed up to fight for me every day, at any time, and made sure I knew that I was not alone. Dominique Casimir made sure that I was well informed, and also helped to provide a voice of reason within my disputes that made all of the noise go away.’

‘The BR team is unique because it has an impressive mastery of government contracts matters. The team cuts to the chase when researching and evaluating issues.’

‘The individuals I worked with were available 24/7 and answered the phone every time I called. The BR team balances business needs with black letter law, while maintaining absolute integrity. Both Stephanie Harden and Dave Nadler stands out.’

Key clients


TekSynap Corporation


The Louis Berger Group/WSP USA Inc.

Washington River Protection Solutions

Oshkosh Defense

Darkblade Systems

Rite Aid

Nuclear Waste Partnership

RIVA Solutions

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Louis Berger Aircraft Services in proceedings before the US Government Accountability Office, involving complex Spanish and Italian labor law issues.
  • Assisted Avantus with its $590m acquisition by QinetiQ US.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP‘s government contracts and public procurement team offers a sector-focused service, assisting domestic and international clients across key industries, most notably aerospace, defense, tech, life sciences and education. In addition to its strong track record in M&A and foreign investment transactions, the group demonstrates strength in cybersecurity, federal grants, bid protests and national security matters. William Ferreira heads up the team and is a key contact for high-stakes matters related to undue foreign influence on government contracts. Global head of aerospace and defense industry sector group Michael Mason is well versed in bid protest litigation and False Claims Act matters. Life sciences specialist Joy Sturm is recommended for federal health and medical procurement issues. Michael Scheimer and counsel Stacy Hadeka are also key names in the team. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

William Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Michael Mason; Joy Sturm; Stacy Hadeka; Michael Scheimer


‘The team brings a wealth of knowledge to real life work issues that businesses face.’

‘I am very impressed with the HL team, but in particular with Stacy Hadeka. On every occasion I have found their guidance valuable.’

‘The team’s differentiators are depth of expertise, accuracy and thoroughness of product offered and sense of urgency.’

‘Stacy Hadeka stands out for her professional, pleasant and courteous manner.’

‘William Ferreira and his Hogan Lovells team are my go-to resource for higher education government contracting issues. Bill’s extensive experience and the firm’s deep resources allow us to get the insights and advice we need very quickly. We occasionally use other firms for regional or issue-specific expertise but HL stands out for its highly capable lawyers, with both inside and external government contracting experience.’

‘Bill Ferreira stands out for his expertise, responsiveness, bedside manner with both in-house counsel and our clients, and his significant public service to the higher education community through NACUA volunteer activity.’

Key clients


Carnegie Mellon University

Bristol Myers Squibb

Oasis Systems

PPG Industries, Inc.

Tactical Air Support Systems, Inc.


Firefly Aerospace

Westinghouse Government Services

Kearney and Company

Vectrus, Inc. (V2X Inc.)

Work highlights

  • Advising Oasis Systems on a successful bid protest, challenging the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to award the System Engineering and Technical Innovative Solutions Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract valued at over US$2.4billion to 3 large business offerors.
  • Advised Carnegie Mellon University across a wide range of government contracts and grants matters, including cybersecurity obligations and supply chain matters.
  • Advised Pfizer in negotiating and administrating a vast array of contracts with the US Government for pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical devices and inventory services.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Offering ‘top-notch legal support’, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s government contracts group has a nationwide reach. Prominent in the defense, aerospace, healthcare and energy spaces, the practice is well versed in large bid protests, suspension and debarment matters, M&A and export control issues. From North Virginia, John Jensen  advises on mid-market M&A involving government contractors, while bid protest expert David Dixon leads on federal litigation cases. Co-heading the team with Dixon is Los Angeles-based Alex Tomaszczuk, who handles international investigations, False Claims Act matters and high-value bid protests. Also in Los Angeles is Michael Rizzo, who excels in state and federal litigation. In Washington DC, Marques Peterson focuses on international procurement issues. Suspension and debarment specialist Todd Canni left the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Dixon; Alex Tomaszczuk

Other key lawyers:

John Jensen; Matt Carter; Michael Rizzo; Marques Peterson


‘The provides top-notch legal support.’

‘John Jensen provides excellent support to our company.’

‘The firm is incredibly responsive and has a deep bench of true subject-matter experts in a variety of practices. When dealing with a particular issue, the attorney with whom I am working has unflinchingly brought in a colleague when necessary to address another specific area of law implicated by the initial issue.’

Key clients


Apprio, Inc.


NTT DATA Services

Sparksoft Corporation

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Battelle Memorial Institute


Oshkosh Defense, LLC


Rogers Joseph O’Donnell

With a proven track record in securing major wins, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell represents clients in bid protests at federal, state and local levels. Alongside its strong litigation and arbitration practice, the team is frequently sought after to handle cybersecurity, supply chain and national security matters. Key areas of strength of the practice include IT, telecom, defense and healthcare. In San Francisco, Mark Linderman, who focuses on complex claims and litigation, co-heads the group with Washington DC-based Lucas Hanback. Also in San Francisco are Neil O’Donnell and Aaron Silberman, who have a wealth of experience in acting on bid protests, internal investigations and False Claims Act matters. Another key name is procurement fraud and national security specialist Robert S. Metzger in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Lucas Hanback; Mark Linderman

Other key lawyers:

Neil O’Donnell; Robert S. Metzger; Aaron Silberman

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

AshBritt, Inc.



CGI (CGI Federal & CGI Technologies)

Leonardo DRS

Anthology (Blackboard Inc)


QT Medical, Inc.



T.Y. Lin International

Work highlights

  • Represented Microsoft in various bid protests, including successful high-value protests against the GSA and NGIA.
  • Acted for Railworks on an approximately $100m expert-intensive litigation over a rail construction project that is scheduled for a 10-week jury trial in 2023.
  • Advised McKesson on claims, investigations, compliance questions, conflicts of interest, wage and hour issues, and investigations, among other things.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Offering ‘pragmatic advice’, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP‘s government contracts team is the go-to adviser of major defense and aerospace contractors and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to its ‘deep experience in commercial item contracting, bid protests, government audits, cybersecurity requirements and compliance issues’, its lawyers have high security clearance and handle significant national security matters. The practice is led by Jonathan Aronie, who is ‘knowledgeable, efficient and always gives practical guidance.’ Anne Perry and Keith Szeliga are key names for complex bid protest litigation, while David Douglass is noted for his wealth of experience in advising healthcare, pharmaceutical and tech companies on False Claims Act investigations and litigation. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Aronie

Other key lawyers:

Keith Szeliga; Anne Perry; David Douglass; Townsend Bourne; Ryan Roberts


‘The team has deep experience in commercial item contracting (especially via GSA’s Federal Supply Schedules program), bid protests, government audits, cybersecurity requirements, and compliance issues. It has strong relationships with regulators, which help foster positive outcomes with difficult issues. It lawyers give pragmatic advice and staff matters with cost and effectiveness in mind.’

‘Jonathan Aronie literally wrote the book on commercial item contracting. I trust him and Ryan Roberts with any questions in that area, as well as to provide guidance in building compliance programs, navigating audit issues, and facilitating any interactions with federal agencies. Townsend Bourne is a skilled government cybersecurity attorney. Anne Perry does consistently great work on bid protests and understands GAO very well, having worked there. All of the Sheppard attorneys referenced here have great client relationships skills and are pragmatic and cost-conscious.’

‘Successfully brought together a large integrated trial team including partners, associates, paralegals, expert witnesses, trial technicians, and other support personnel to present the case in a manner which displayed superiority over the adversary in every aspect over the course of a lengthy trial, resulting in a significant win for our company.’

‘The government contracts team displays thought leadership, particularly in terms of navigating a constantly changing environment with a proliferation of vague and challenging executive orders, injunctions and regulations. It seamlessly brings together the relevant disciplines from within the firm to assess impact and provide practical guidance through unchartered territory. In addition, the team is recognized by and engage with its federal counterparts in reaching productive paths to challenging issues.’

‘Jonathan Aronie, Ryan Roberts and Keith Szeliga are leaders in their respective fields. They are highly accessible and offer sound advice for addressing challenging issues.’

‘Sheppard’s government contracts team has an encyclopedic knowledge of the FAR and the agencies apply the relevant regulations.’

‘Jonathan Aronie is the real deal. Knowledgeable, efficient and always gives practical guidance. A real expert.’

Key clients

Northrop Grumman


American Automotive Safety Research, LLC

PDS Consultants, Inc.

New Orleans Police Department

Deloitte & Touche LLP

W. W. Grainger


Collins Aerospace

Electronic Warfare Associates


Xerox Corp.



Work highlights

  • Represented Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. in litigation in the United States Court of Federal Claims regarding a $1bn contract for heavy plant machinery and equipment.
  • Successfully represented IBM in a GAO bid protest challenging a $31m award by the IRS.
  • Successfully challenged the service-disabled veteran small business status of one of PDS Consultants, Inc.’s main competitors, Superior Optical Labs, Inc.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP‘s Washington DC-based government contracts practice is noted for its wealth of experience in high-stakes bid protests and claims litigation. The group acts for major contractors operating in the defense, aerospace, healthcare, construction and IT industries. Headed by David Johnson, the team is equipped to handle suspension and debarment proceedings, False Claims Act matters, contact disputes, M&A and compliance issues. Regarded as a ‘rock star in government contracts’, Jamie Tabb is especially active in contract disputes at the federal level. At counsel level, Elizabeth McIntyre leads on economic sanction and export control compliance, and Tyler Robinson is recommended for bid protests and subcontractor disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Tabb; Elizabeth McIntyre; Tyler Robinson


‘V&E partners with my team and always focuses on what is best for our business.’

‘Jamie Tabb is a rock star in government contracts. There is no one else with whom I would work. He’s smart, energetic, always available and solution oriented.’

Key clients

ANDE Corporation

BAE Systems, Inc. and subsidiaries

Big Ass Fans, LLC

Financial Management Systems, Inc.

Hunt Companies, Inc.

Martek Global

Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI)


Liberty Military Housing

New Fortress Energy LLC

Software AG

Maxar Technologies Ltd. and subsidiaries

TexAmericas Center

Theodor Wille Intertrade GmbH (TWI)

Virgin Orbit National Systems, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Johnson Controls on compliance matters, bid protests, and investigations.
  • Acted for BAE Systems on a variety of issues for each of the company’s three US business lines,  intelligence and security, electronic systems, and platforms and services.
  • Assisted Maxar with compliance advice in connection with Maxar’s pursuit of a follow-on contract with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), under which the awardees would provide satellite imagery to the NRO.


Frequently representing small and large contractors in the tech, aerospace and national security spaces, Akin covers procurement matters at local, state, federal and international levels. Recently, the group has handled a varied workload, spanning security clearance issues, False Claims Act investigation and litigation, M&A and intellectual property-related government contract matters and bid protests. Leading the team is Michael Vernick, who has significant experience in researching funding, investigations and compliance issues, with a focus on the education and life sciences sectors. Scott Heimberg is specialized in transactions involving security clearance and foreign ownership, control and influence issues. Infrastructure and transportation are the areas of expertise of Susan Lent, while Angela Styles is prominent in grants, cost and pricing issues and commercial item contracting.

Practice head(s):

Michael Vernick

Other key lawyers:

Scott Heimberg; Angela Styles; Susan Lent

Key clients

Al Sahraa General Transport & Clearance

Allegiant Air

American International Contractors, Inc.

Brightline Holdings LLC

California Department

City of Houston

Colors Worldwide LLC


Fromaco International, Inc.

Garret Electronics, Inc.

Houston Airport System

Mammoth Energy

Maryland National Capital Parks & Planning Commission

Medieval Times

MomoCon LLC

Navigare Cruise Partners LLC

North American Transit Alliance

Norwich, CT

Philips Electronics

Port of Long Beach

Quiet Mind Touring

Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority

Signal Point Systems

Solano Transportation Agency

Toshiba Corporation

Workhorse Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted multiple preeminent research universities on all aspects of investigations and enforcement actions related to concerns regarding foreign influence over US government sponsored research.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s Washington DC-based Government Contracts team is noted for its expertise in the acquisition, disposition and financing of defense, aerospace and tech contractors. Alongside this strong practice, the group is well versed in bid protests, False Claims Act matters, regulatory compliance and proceedings before the Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition. Notable for his wealth of experience in handling bid protest litigation, James McCullough oversees the group alongside Michael Anstett and Alexander B. Ginsberg. Both Anstett and Ginsberg manage a broad practice, spanning suspension and debarment matters, bid protests and M&A involving government contactors.

Practice head(s):

James McCullough; Michael Anstett; Alexander B. Ginsberg

Key clients


AEA Investors



Science Applications International Corporation

Textron Aviation Defense LLC

Hunt Companies, Inc.

Insight Technology Solutions, Inc.

UltiSat, Inc.

Abacus Technology Corporation

FedEx Corporation

Goldman Sachs

Bloomberg Industry Group

Pasha Group

Marine Systems Corporation

Cognosante, LLC



Work highlights

  • Assisted Leidos, Inc. with a successful defense against a bid protest filed by General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc. at the US Government Accountability Office challenging the award of the $11.5bn Defense Enclave Services contract to Leidos by the Defense Information Systems Agency.
  • Acted for Leidos, Inc. on a defense against a bid protest filed at the Court of Federal Claims challenging the agency’s override of the automatic stay of contract performance for two contracts awarded to Leidos valued at $566m.
  • Advised Permira on its $5.8bn definitive agreement to take private Mimecast Limited, a NASDAQ-listed company that specializes in email security and cyber resilience.

Mayer Brown

At Mayer Brown, the government contracts team sits within the firm’s wider national security department and features lawyers with high-level security clearance, making it well placed to handle litigation involving the security agencies. Noted for its wealth of experience in acting for major contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, the practice handles bid protests, compliance matters, investigations and contractual negotiations, with a focus on the aerospace, defense and healthcare segments. Leading the Washington DC-based group is Marcia Madsen, who is highly regarded for her ‘outstanding technical knowledge’. Madsen manages a broad practice, spanning False Claims Act issues, bid protests, cybersecurity matters and federal litigation, working alongside counsels Luke Levasseur and Cameron Edlefsen.

Practice head(s):

Marcia Madsen

Other key lawyers:

Luke Levasseur; Cameron Edlefsen


‘Marcia Madsen has outstanding technical knowledge. Very responsive.’

Key clients

QTC Medical Services, Inc.

A Global Defense Company

A Global Aviation Company

A Major Telecommunications Company

A Global Construction, Infrastructure and Environmental Remediation Company

A Large National Telecommunications Company

A Medicaid Managed Care Company

Garver Engineering

Alabama Department of Transportation

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Work highlights

  • Represented QTC Medical Services in an Army dispute over a $999m contract for health services, in which the challenger Logistics Health Inc. failed to show that the Army acted unreasonably in its technical and pricing assessments.
  • Acted for a major managed care organization in connection with defense of a series of protests concerning the Louisiana Department of Health’s (LDH) award of contracts for Medicaid managed care.
  • Assisted a major Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) with the defense of its contract in a series of bid protests before the DC Contract Appeals Board (CAB)—and in recent appeals before the DC Superior Court.

Nichols Liu

Boutique law firm Nichols Liu is entirely focused on government contracts work, with a proven track record in cost accounting disputes, bid protests and False Claims Act cases. Prominent in the defense, aerospace and tech segments, the group also demonstrates strength in cross-border M&A, cybersecurity issues and suspension and debarment proceedings. With significant experience in handling high-stakes bid protests and suspension and debarment cases, Robert Nichols co-leads the team with Andy Liu, who is specialized in federal grant matters, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases and false claims litigation. Other key names include cost accounting expert David Bodenheimer and Lynne Halbrooks, who focuses on compliance matters, investigations and enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Robert Nichols; Andy Liu

Other key lawyers:

David Bodenheimer; Lynne Halbrooks


‘Nichols Liu team has been strengthened by the addition of new technical specialists. Already a first-rate team with diverse experiences, the new staff we have worked with have brought even more specialist depth and in some cases superlative writing and legal thinking capacity.’

‘NicholsLiu team has in-depth knowledge of federal contractual matters. It has a strong understanding of our market and a focus on value for money.’

‘We trust Nichols Liu to  always provides us with advice in our best interest. I believe this stems from a culture instilled by the founding partners in all staff. They hire the best, and ensure they remain client focused, which in turn builds trust that yields more business for the firm. A win-win all around.’

Key clients


Management Systems International (MSI)

Acuity International

Stuard Scott

Continuity Global Solutions

CRDF Global

Health First, Inc.

Fund II Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised CRDF Global on its efforts to assist Ukraine’s National Security Council defend cyberattacks from Russia under a cooperative agreement with the US Department of State.
  • Acted for Health First, Inc., on a dismissal of a high-profile False Claims Act case filed by a competitor.|
  • Represented a publicly-traded government contractor, in its multi-billion-dollar sale to private equity firm Lindsey Goldberg.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The ‘energetic and creative’ government contracts team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP is highly regarded for offering ‘any federal contractor a “one-stop shop” for all their needs.’ The group is noted for its strong litigation practice, with a proven track record in bid protests, cost accounting disputes and False Claims Act cases. The practice was boosted in July 2022 with the arrival of former K&L Gates practitioners and Washington DC-based Amy Hoang, counsel Erica Bakies and associate Sarah Burgart, bringing a wealth of experience in bid protests and internal investigations. Hoang, who is well regarded as ‘very hands on and knowledgeable’, co-leads the department with Donald Featherstun in San Francisco and Seattle-based Adam Lasky, whose practice covers bid protests, international procurement matters and SBA regulatory compliance. Another key name is contract claims and bid protest expert Edward Arnold in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Donald Featherstun; Adam Lasky; Amy Hoang

Other key lawyers:

Edward Arnold; Erica Bakies; Sarah Burgart; Ashley Sherwood


‘I have personal experience working with several of the group’s partners, including Edward “Teddie” Arnold, Ashley Sherwood, and Adam Lasky. All of whom are capable, thoughtful and practical attorneys. I also am familiar with Amy Hoang, who like the others is an emerging leader in the field and I regard her highly.’

‘Amy Hoang is a very hands on and knowledgeable partner. She has the unique talent of simplifying complex government contracts concepts. She is very personable and meets all deadlines without exception. Her professionalism is second to none.’

‘Adam Lasky is the most knowledgeable government contracts attorney we have worked with in the industry. Adam consistently delivers solid legal advice, whether it is a bid protest, SBA issue, or government compliance concern. He is also quick to respond to client emails and phone calls.’

‘The government contracts team at Seyfarth has an excellent understanding not only of government contracts law and litigation, but also the manner in which the DOJ handles the litigation.’

‘Amy Haung, Erica Bakies and the rest of the team are simply top notch. What makes them different is the way they approach issues in a practical way and truly listen to my business needs and goals.’

‘Amy Hoang and Sarah Burgart are outstanding attorneys who not only possess subject matter expertise in government contracting generally, but specifically are a tremendous resource in pursuing bid protests. They provide timely and effective business-oriented advice and work seamlessly with inside corporate counsel.’

‘I value the swift responsiveness and candid dialogue I receive from Amy Hoang and Sarah Burgart. Both are masters of their craft when it comes to bid protests. In every instance they have achieved the desired results, and in each matter their predictions have been entirely accurate.’

‘I have been working very closely with Adam Lasky for several years on different cases. Adam makes himself available at all times, whether it’s a late night call or weekend. He provides detailed advice and outlines various courses of action. Always very detailed oriented and challenges ‘normal’ thinking.  He does not simply assumes but always questions and provides reasoning behind his thought process. Definitely would recommend his team to others.’

Key clients


J&J Worldwide Services

Vectrus Systems Corporation

Municipality of Anchorage

Textron Systems Corporation

ManTech International Corporation


Bell Helicopter

American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group

IMEG Corp.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Municipality of Anchorage at the US Court of Federal Claims, with the court holding that the United States had breached its contract with Anchorage.
  • Acted for Raytheon Technologies on several government contracts engagements.
  • Successfully represented a contractor in a bid protest at the US Court of Federal Claims challenging the US Navy’s award of a $88.5m 8(a) set-aside base operations contract.

Steptoe LLP

Steptoe LLP‘s Washington DC-based team draws on the firm’s cross-practice expertise, including IP, antitrust, employment law, white-collar crime and M&A. Headed by bid protest and fraud-related disputes specialist Paul Hurst, the group covers the whole gamut of government contracts work, most notably False Claims Act cases, debarment and suspension proceedings, contract claims and compliance programs. Amba Datta and associate Caitlin Conroy  are noted for their expertise in bid protests and regulatory compliance. The group was strengthened in May 2022 with the arrival of former Covington & Burling LLP practitioner Tyler Evans, who brings extensive experience in assisting life sciences and defense contractors with procurement contracts and grants.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Amba Datta; Fred Geldon; Tyler Evans; Caitlin Conroy


‘Strong lawyering skills. Creative solutions.’

‘Paul Hurst has experience and strong writing and research skills.

‘Fred Geldon has a lot of in-house experience and industry knowledge.’

Key clients

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC

Inmarsat Government Inc.

AAR Corp.

Humana, Inc.

Async-Nu Microsystems, Inc.

Definitive Logic Inc.

CACI International Inc.

Oasis Systems, LLC

Anduril Industries, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company in reinstatement proceedings before the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Successfully challenged a federal agency’s decision to proceed with the solicitation of a billion-dollar, ten-year contract to procure worldwide broadband satellite services for the Navy.
  • Acted for AAR on a series of significant protests regarding the Air Force’s procurement of a 10-year $200m contract to manufacture the next generation all-aluminum pallets for Air Force’s DoD-wide 463L cargo program.

Thompson Hine LLP

With ‘a wide range of knowledge’, Thompson Hine LLP offers comprehensive assistance with government contract matters at federal, state and local levels. Based in Washington DC, the team demonstrates notable strength in the telecom, IT, life sciences and defense industries, where it handles contract disputes, compliance programs and False Claims Act matters. Leading the group is Francis Purcell, who is sought after to handle intellectual property and M&A-related government contracts matters as well as litigation. Ryan Spiegel  focuses on compliance, counselling and dispute resolution work involving bid protests, trade secrets and False Claim Act cases. A new addition to the team includes Edward DeLisle, who joined the firm in September 2022 from Offit Kurman.

Practice head(s):

Francis Purcell

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Spiegel; Edward DeLisle


‘The TH team has a wide range of knowledge. I like that they have specialists and not one person that handles all matters.’

‘The team members are very responsive and react to requests quickly. If a conference call is required, they typically have availability within 24 hours of initiating the support request.’

Key clients

Accent Designs LLC


AutoFlex Fleet


Key Government Finance

LION Group, Inc.

Mission Essential, LLC

Officine Maccaferri Italia Srl


ThunderCat Technologies, Inc.


WilmerHale‘s Washington DC-based group boasts a strong track record in large bid protests and is noted for its wealth of experience in IP, government contract patent rights and cybersecurity. Housing lawyers with security clearance, the team is well versed in issues at the intersection of government contracts and national security. Prominent in the defense, tech, aerospace and energy, the practice is jointly led by Stephen Preston, whose past experience includes serving as general counsel of the Department of Defense and the CIA, and Andrew Shipley. Preston is particularly active in advising on crisis management, procurement fraud cases and investigations, while Shipley is recommended for bid protests, federal court litigation and appeals. Other key names include Barry Hurewitz, who handles transactional and regulatory work, and investigations specialist Erik Swabb.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Preston; Andrew Shipley

Other key lawyers:

Barry Hurewitz; Erik Swabb

Key clients

General Dynamics Information Technology


Northrop Grumman

Westlands Water District

Trevor Reed

Work highlights

  • Assisted General Dynamics Information Technology in securing a a major win after persuading the government to review a contract it had earlier awarded to a rival.
  • Acted for Intelsat on three bid protests.
  • Represented Northrop Grumman in two big cases at the intersection of government contracts and intellectual property law.


Offering ‘practical and useful advice’, Dentons is highly knowledgeable in all areas of government contracts.’ The group is active in a wide range of industries, most notably defense, aerospace, healthcare, tech and life sciences, handling diverse mandates including bid protests and False Claims Act litigation to IP protection in government contracts and M&A. Steven Masiello heads up the team and has extensive experience in handling domestic and cross-border bid protests, corporate transactions and procurement fraud matters. He works alongside Thomas Lemmer, who is noted for his expertise in cost accounting disputes, and Joseph Martinez, whose practice covers contracts litigation and corporate counseling. All named lawyers are based in Denver.

Practice head(s):

Steven Masiello

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Lemmer; Joseph Martinez; Rachel Van Maasdam


‘The group is highly knowledgeable in all areas of government contracts and provides practical and useful advice to government contractors seeking to navigate the perpetually complex world of federal procurement. Its vast knowledge and experience is a  tremendous benefit to its clients.’

‘Joe Martinez has a wealth of knowledge regarding the FAR, DFARS and other federal regulatory regimes under which government contractors are required to operate. He is an excellent communicator and is capable of effectively analyzing and explaining complex regulatory regimes to business partners. He is easy to reach and very approachable.

‘Rachel Van Maasdam is an excellent counselor with a wide variety of government contracts experience and who is quick to respond to any question and inquiry. She has quickly become a trusted advisor because of her demeanor, experience and communication skills.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable and skilled in the practice of government contracts, which is a unique and highly complex area of the law. It keeps us updated on the ever-evolving law and is excellent at advising on complex issues regarding all areas of government contracts.’

‘Joe Martinez is exceptional at ensuring his legal analysis of complex government contracts is translated into practical and business-minded advice. He understands the value in preparing concise emails and briefs that are useful and make good references as opposed to preparing long, formal and difficult to digest memorandums that just feel like they are racking up fees.’

Key clients


Sierra Nevada Corporation


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Raytheon in a government contracts related intellectual property dispute.
  • Advised Sierra Nevada Corporation on various aspects of the assignment of government contracts and commercial law issues related to its spin off.
  • Acted for USEC, the former operator of Department of Energy (DOE) uranium enrichment plants, on a case involving USEC’s right to recover approximately $65m of pension and post-retirement benefit costs following a segment closing.

Husch Blackwell LLP

Husch Blackwell LLP‘s ‘very knowledgeable’ government contracts team is particularly known for its strong litigation offering, with a proven track record in bid protests and disputes before federal courts. Alongside this practice, the group assists contractor and subcontractors with compliance matters, government investigations and federal and state government healthcare programs. The Washington DC-based team is led by Brian Waagner, who is especially sought after to handle complex litigation. Hal Perloff is well versed in suspension and debarment proceeding, while Steven Neeley is recommended for bid protests. Another key name is Michael Schrier.

Practice head(s):

Brian Waagner

Other key lawyers:

Hal Perloff; Steven Neeley; Michael Schrier


‘Very knowledgeable team that knows the specific matter requirements.’

‘Very knowledgeable. Prompt responses, to the point and keeping cost efficiency very well. Open-minded about different options. Customer case satisfaction.’

‘We have been a client for years and the team’s expertise and vast experience have helped us with claims and navigate the myriad world of government contracting.’

‘Brian Waagner is without peer regarding government contracting. He understands the FAR, talks plainly and is a great resource for us.’

Key clients

BCFS Health and Human Services

Advance Business Capital

Express Scripts, Inc. (subsidiary of Cigna Corporation)

Crosstown Courier Service Inc.

Widescope Consulting and Contracting Services

Bosworth Steel Erector, Inc.

EFC Services, Inc.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Miller & Chevalier Chartered is noted for its wealth of experience in representing contractors in high-stakes bid protests and contract disputes involving complex procurement laws. Headed by Jason Workmaster, the Washington DC-based practice has recently handled a varied workload, spanning subcontractor disputes, False Claims Act claims, international investigations, intellectual property protection in the government contracts and M&A. Alejandro Sarria is a popular choice among major tech and construction companies seeking assistance with internal investigations and contract disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jason Workmaster

Other key lawyers:

Alejandro Sarria

Key clients

ABB, Inc.

Benchmark Electronics

Cotter Corporation

CSI Aviation, Inc.

ManTech International Corp.


National Defense Industrial Association

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Peraton, Inc.

PM Services

Red Star Enterprises Limited

Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP

Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP‘s Seattle-based practice excels at representing contractors in government contracts-related litigation across the construction, defense, maritime and aerospace segments. Typical mandates include equitable adjustments disputes, bid protests and appeal across federal agencies and courts. Highly regarded as ‘an exceptional government contracts attorney’, Howard Roth leads the group alongside James Nagle, who has extensive experience in litigating before federal courts and the US Government Accountability Office. Another key name is Douglas Oles, who focuses on claims and construction contracting.

Practice head(s):

Howard Roth; Jim Nagle


‘I think the firm has a very strong government contracts team, especially as it relates to government construction, maritime and shipbuilding contracts.’

‘It also has significant expertise in non-traditional contracting methods. Although many firms have government construction contract expertise, Oles depth in other areas makes them unique.’

‘Howard Roth is an exceptional government contracts attorney, with unrivaled expertise in government contracts in general.’

Key clients

Zoic Labs, Inc.

TOTE Services, LLC

Dragados USA, Inc.

Kinemetrics, Inc.

CJW Joint Venture (CJW JV)

Hydraulics International, Inc.

American Bridge

Nova Group, Inc.

Cadell-Nova, Joint Venture

Kraemer North America, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Hydraulics International in a bid protest before the US Court of Federal Claims.
  • Acted for CJW JV on a multi-million-dollar settlement proposal submitted to the Government’s Termination Contracting Officer, regarding President Biden’s termination of the Southern Border wall.
  • Represented Dragados USA, Inc in a lawsuit involving a $100m local government contract in Sacramento County Superior Court, regarding design, delay, constructive acceleration, and directed changes on the country’s largest wastewater treatment plant.

Reed Smith LLP

Leveraging its domestic and international reach, Reed Smith LLP is well-equipped to assist clients in a diversity of government contract issues. The department’s key strengths lie in compliance, conducting internal investigations, commercial and defense contracts in addition to contract due diligence of M&A transactions. Recently, the team has handled government contract consultations and litigation as well as government protest law, with further work encompassing bid protest matters and healthcare related disputes. Lawrence Block and Lawrence Sher left the firm to join Winston & Strawn LLP in May 2023.


‘Very collaborative and strategic. Thorough analysis presented in a way that is easily digestible to business executives.’

Venable LLP

With a core focus in bid protests, the government contracts department at Venable LLP is notably active in the defense and healthcare sectors in addition to logistics services. Paul Debolt co-heads the team from Washington DC and he is thoroughly knowledgeable of claims, data rights matters and internal investigations. Scott Hommer also co-leads the team and is located in Virginia, often engaged in administrative law issues as well as, contract and regulatory litigation. Rebecca Pearson in DC represents clients before the Department of Justice and federal courts on civil matters concerning government contractors. Also Virginia-based, James Boland is noted for his experience before the Court of Federal Claims and Government Accountability Office.

Practice head(s):

Paul Debolt; Scott Hommer

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Pearson; James Boland; Christopher Griesedieck; Dismas Locaria


‘They are extremely well prepared. The technology used was updated, and ran without a glitch.’

‘They are strong attorneys with excellent judgment.’

‘I trust their judgment and ability to provide advice.’

Key clients

Leidos, Inc.

Crowley Maritime, Inc.

PSSI Stadium, LLC

Noblis, Inc.

Peraton, Inc.

National Aquarium

Westat, Inc.

Global Elite Group

MetroStar Systems, Inc.

Analytic Services Inc.

Agile Defense

Work highlights

  • Succesfully protected the Department of the Air Force’s $83 million award for engineering and integration support for the Medusa system against a protest by Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
  • Represented Crowley in challenging over $100 million in contract payments seized by the General Services Administration in connection with Crowley’s Defense Transportation Freight Services contract with the U.S.
  • Acted for PSSI Stadium, LLC in successfully pursuing a SAFETY Act (Supporting Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act) application with the Department of Homeland Security.

Williams & Connolly LLP

Williams & Connolly LLP represents contractors across an array of industries including aerospace and defense, construction and engineering, healthcare, and industrial products and supply. The team is seasoned in health care government contracts matters including false billing and reporting, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, rebates and purchase discounts, and is jointly headed by Edward Reddington and Greg Bowman. The former is often engaged in both internal and governmental investigations, while the latter’s client roster features an assortment of government officials and private sector companies. He has also assisted a plethora of corporate clients with government investigations and negotiations. All individuals that have been mentioned are located in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Edward Reddington; Greg Bowman

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Manning; Christopher Mandernach


‘They understand government organisations and know how to interact with them.’

‘Very talented professionals.’

Key clients

Cardinal Health

DAI Global

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cardinal Health in attorney general litigation and investigations, civil litigation and congressional investigations relating to the company’s distribution of opioid medications.
  • Represented a prominent government contractor that specializes in IT security in a bid protest with the Department of Treasury.
  • Represented a major defense contractor in an internal investigation regarding watercraft technology.