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Crowell & Moring LLP
WASHINGTON DC 20004-2595
United States

Government > Government contracts Tier 1

Crowell & Moring LLP utilizes its exceptionally deep bench in servicing the gamut of government contract matters, including claims, bid protests, costs and accounting disputes, FCA investigations, and M&A transactions. The team boasts long-standing relationships in the defense and aerospace sectors, and with household names in IT, telecoms, healthcare, and cybersecurity. Leadership of the Washington DC-based practice is shared between Peter Eyre, who specializes in suspension and debarment proceedings, as well as transactions, compliance, and investigations; Daniel Forman, a giant in the bid protests space who led the notable challenge by Northrop Grumman where DISA subsequently defended its own corrective action against Booz Allen Hamilton; and Adelicia Cliffe, who also co-chairs the National Security team, and focuses on regulatory counseling and strategic advice. Stephen McBrady is best known for large, complex disputes involving the government, while Amy O’Sullivan leverages small business expertise in leading large bid protests. Nicole Owren-Wiest is a top choice for costs and accounting disputes and is also well-versed in IP and data rights. Anuj Vohra has tapped into the developing trend of state and local bid protests, and Erin Rankin, promoted to partner in January 2023, is an emerging name in costs and accounting. Michelle Coleman, promoted to partner in January 2024, blends together significant expertise in AI and disputes. New additions include Jason Crawford from the DOJ in January 2023, Eric Ransom from in-house in October 2023, and senior counsel Lou Chiarella from the GAO in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Peter Eyre; Daniel Forman; Adelicia Cliffe


‘Combination of great people and great legal work. Really take the time to understand what is important to the stakeholders, and provide pragmatic advice based on relevant law and legal trends. Very responsive to needs for diverse and inclusive teams and think ahead to build diverse and inclusive partnership.’

‘Peter Eyre is a real partner to his clients – responsive, kind, incisive and clear.’

‘Amy O’Sullivan commands trust and respect – requirements for bid protest counsel who arr very limited in what they can share.’

‘Best firm in the country when it come to government contracts – the breadth of their practice and experience, and quality of partners is unparalleled.’

‘Crowell & Moring has a very deep bench, with experience across all aspects of govcon. In addition to their experience and knowledge, Crowell & Moring partners are collaborative and a pleasure to work with. I can’t recommend them highly enough.’

Key clients

Science Applications Intl Corporation (SAIC)

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (LM Aero)


Northrop Grumman

Spectrum Healthcare Resources Inc.

i3 Federal Services

UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company Inc.

Aerial Armor

Gainwell Technologies LLC


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Lockheed Martin in securing a dismissal (ED Va) and affirmance by the Fourth Circuit of a $500m+ damages claim related to a FMS transaction between the U.S. Government and Republic of Korea for F-35 fighter jets.
  • Successfully represented Northrop Grumman in a bid protest relating to DISA’s award of the Global Command and Control System – Joint (“GCCS-J”) Software Sustainment and Modernization task order to Booz Allen Hamilton.
  • Assisted Accenture with its acquisition of Anser Advisory, and the simultaneous spin-out of the Anser federal business known as Markon.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

International trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions Tier 3

Applying ‘excellent business judgment to its sound legal advice’, Crowell & Moring LLP’s international trade group combines a prominent customs offering with solid—and growing—expertise in export controls and economic sanctions. In terms of the former, trade co-head John Brew is recommended for his comprehensive practice that spans customs administration, enforcement, regulatory compliance and contentious matters, among others. David Stepp, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Shanghai, is also noted for customs work. On the export controls and economic sanctions front, the sizeable team draws on the experience of trade vice chair David (Dj) Wolff; high-profile trade veteran and practice founder, Jeffrey Snyder; Carlton Greene, who co-chairs the export controls and economic sanctions subgroup together with Wolff, and international trade co-chair Nicole Janigian Simonian, who divides her practice between Los Angeles and Shanghai. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

John Brew; David Wolff; David Stepp; Jeff Snyder; Carlton Greene; Nicole Janigian Simonian

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Cannistra; Alexander Schaefer


‘Provides practical advice for companies at different risk-tolerance levels, particularly in how to achieve the right results given resource constraints.’

‘John Brew, Daniel Cannistra and Alexander Schaefer are great at balancing practical implementation and maximizing results while also achieving the regulatory requirements.’

‘The Crowell trade team not only has great depth, it is also very responsive and committed to the client. I can rely on it to provide straightforward, hands-on practical advice in addressing import and export issues.’

‘The practice stands out for its exceptional strengths and key capabilities that truly set it apart. The team is not only highly skilled and experienced but also brings a unique blend of creativity and innovation to every project.’

‘Crowell & Moring is the best in the business when it comes to export controls, especially but not limited to ITAR compliance and anything involving software exports under the EAR. They are business-savvy, extremely responsive, and act as one firm, so can problem solve across issue areas.’

‘Crowell & Moring is the best outside counsel I have that naturally applies excellent business judgment to its sound legal advice, resulting in efficient and optimal problem solving.’

‘The team’s strengths and key capabilities are that it is composed of great listeners and creative problem solvers. Lawyers are very collaborative, both internally and externally.’

Key clients

Shaw Industries

Nutricia North America, part of the Medical Nutrician Division of Groupe Danone

The Home Depot

Audax Management Co

K2 Integrity / U.S. Department of State


Work highlights

  • Advised Shaw Industries on all customs and trade issues involving the importation of its foreign-made products into the US.
  • Advised Audax Management on trade-related due diligence concerning potential acquisitions and sales, as well as providing post-closing compliance guidance on international trade matters.
  • Advised The Home Depot on customs matters, including matters before the CBP and the CIT.

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 3

Class action litigation is a core strength of Crowell & Moring LLP, with the team representing a variety of clients in class actions relating to consumer fraud, false labelling, and false advertising. David Ervin and Holly Melton co-lead the practice from Washington DC and New York, respectively. Ervin is recognized for his focus on the convergence of advertising and IP, working on advertising and brand protection, alongside trademark litigation. Melton has particular expertise in defending consumer goods and services companies in investigations and enforcement matters prompted by the FTC and other regulatory bodies. She is well versed in advertising and brand protection, as well as initiating and defending false advertising disputes initiated by the NAD. In Denver, the group benefits from the experience of Meshach Rhoades who is adept at handling class actions and commercial cases involving regulatory bodies such as the FDA, FTC, DOA, and European Union regulators. In Chicago, Jason Stiehl is another notable name for his frequent representation of the food and beverage industry and consumer product companies in class actions.

Practice head(s):

David Ervin; Holly Melton

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

National Association of Broadcasters



Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory Tier 3

Crowell & Moring LLP has a robust offering, bringing together broad regulatory and product risk expertise with advertising counseling and disputes. The firm’s advertising and brand protection practice represents clients from a range of industries including private equity, consumer products, and energy manufacturing. It is co-chaired by David Ervin, based in Washington DC, and Holly Melton, based in New York. Ervin is highly regarded for his transactional experience, while Melton is recognized for her deep regulatory knowledge. She has extensive experience defending clients in investigations and enforcement matters initiated by the FTC, state attorneys general, and other local law enforcement agencies. The team also benefits from the expertise of New York-based Preetha Chakrabarti, who covers intellectual property transactions and diligence.

Practice head(s):

David Ervin; Holly Melton

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 4

Primarily located in Washington DC, Crowell & Moring LLP‘s practice is adept at representing consumer product manufacturers throughout the product life cycle, handling issues ranging from risk management strategies and product safety regulatory issues through to class action litigation. Drawing on deep insight gained from her former role as General Counsel at the CPSC, the ‘fantastic’ Cheri Falvey is pivotal to the firm’s success on the product safety regulatory front (including reporting obligations), and is often involved in subsequent product liability litigation brought by the regulator and civil class actions. First-chair trial lawyers Andrew Kaplan and Daniel Campbell co-head the mass tort, product liability, and consumer litigation group; both have considerable experience in jury trials relating to alleged defects in consumer products, including those involving misleading product labeling and advertising claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Kaplan; Daniel Campbell

Other key lawyers:


The fantastic Cheri Falvey has excellent credentials within the regulatory space.’

Key clients

BSH Home Appliances Corporation (BSH)

Olaplex Holdings, Inc.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

Benefiting from the firm’s global reach and experience representing international clients, Crowell & Moring LLP has a diverse International Trade Commission practice that acts for parties in multiple industries in Section 337 investigations. Based in Washington DC, the ITC and Section 337 practice is co-led by Lyle Vander Schaaf, whose practice covers a broad range of infringement disputes, including patents and trademark cases. Practice co-head Katie Clune, who specializes in patent, trademark and trade secrets litigation in addition to her work on Section 337 matters, is also a key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Lyle Vander Schaaf; Katie Clune

Work highlights

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

Crowell & Moring LLP‘s regulatory: privacy and cybersecurity team ‘is exceptional in its depth of experience‘, counselling clients on compliance with new state laws, including the California Consumer Privacy Act, and internationally, including with GDPR. Co-chair of the practice Evan Wolff is based in Washington DC; drawing on his ‘strong technical and legal background’, Wolff leads complex cybersecurity incident responses and advises on strategy to mitigate risk. Also in DC, co-head Jeffrey Poston is recommended as ‘practical and professional’, experienced with data breach matters and the regulatory investigations that could follow.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Poston; Evan Wolff

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Welling; Jennie Wang VonCannon


‘Strong lead for this group in Evan Wolff. He stands out as a thought leader in the industry.’

‘Evan Wolff has a strong technical and legal background.’

‘The cybersecurity team at Crowell & Moring is exceptional in its depth of experience, focus on client service, and strategy for avoiding litigation. We call them in for complex data breaches, and they act swiftly and competently to resolve our client’s issues. We have been so impressed with them that we use them as our own firm’s data breach counsel. ’

‘Jeff Poston is our go-to person for complex data breaches. He is incredibly responsive and generous with his time, and really listens to the client and quickly figures out a way forward. He has helped many of our clients avoid litigation as a result of a data breach. Jennie VonCannon has also been very helpful with her cyber expertise and her connections to the FBI.’

‘Jeff Poston was very practical and professional in his work, he was able to be a voice of his reason rather than simply contentious as attorneys often can be in adversarial matters.’

Key clients


Fox Corporation

Aerojet Rocketdyne

Capsule Corporation

Honeywell International






Jado Investments

Work highlights

  • Represented Microsoft in numerous lawsuits to dismantle cybercrime infrastructure, including botnets, malware and phishing infrastructure.
  • Represented Honeywell’s Aerospace business since 2014 to understand and comply with the cybersecurity requirements incorporated into its DoD contracts.
  • Assisting Aerojet Rocketdyne regarding its cybersecurity contractual obligations to its federal government clients, including requirements under the DFARS 252.204-7012 Clause.

Firm Overview

Fresh ideas. Innovative thinking. Strategic insights about your business and your industry. That is what you can expect when our diverse teams of legal and business professionals—working closely with yours—focus on your success. Drawing on significant government, in-house and law firm experience, Crowell provides clients with creative solutions to complex litigation and arbitration, regulatory and policy, intellectual property, and corporate and transactional issues.


Litigation and Trial

Crowell & Moring has earned the reputation of a powerhouse litigation firm. Clients turn to the firm for their high-stakes civil trials, criminal trials, administrative proceedings, and international and U.S. arbitrations. The firm’s multidisciplinary, team-based approach helps clients develop effective strategies that mitigate legal risk, anticipate regulatory challenges and successfully navigate market forces. Firm lawyers excel in complex matters involving parallel and multi-jurisdiction proceedings.


Regulatory and Policy

Crowell & Moring helps businesses across diverse industry sectors navigate the complex and shifting regulatory and enforcement landscape. The firm draws on deep and demonstrated knowledge working with U.S. and foreign government agencies. Lawyers and policy advisors provide valuable compliance and enforcement insights that help inform the context and business impact of government regulations and policies. The firm provides guidance that enables clients to anticipate and plan so that they can drive their business forward and develop strategies to mitigate risk.


Corporate and Transactional

Crowell advises clients on complex corporate and securities, M&A, joint venture, financing, governance, and compliance matters. The firm represents international and domestic public and private companies, mid-sized and emerging businesses, privately-held firms, private equity sponsors and hedge funds, and investment firms. The firm’s transactional lawyers provide guidance on asset management, commercial finance and lending, commercial transactions, fintech, derivatives, distressed debt trading, and bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors rights. The firm also has substantial experience guiding clients through the transactional aspects of large infrastructure projects across the United States, Europe, MENA, and Latin America.


Intellectual Property

Crowell’s team of lawyers, patent agents and scientific advisors work with clients to realize the full value of their intellectual property. The firm helps companies and entrepreneurs protect, commercialize and bring new innovations to market, compete in the increasingly data-driven economy, mitigate risk, resolve disputes, and navigate a dynamic regulatory environment. Many of the IP team’s lawyers have earned advanced degrees in key scientific and technological disciplines.

Department Name Email Telephone
Intellectual Property Department Laura Lydigsen
Intellectual Property Department Mark Supko
Patents Trevor Copeland
Patents William Frankel
Patents Anne Elise Herold Li
Advertising & Brand Protection David Ervin
Advertising & Brand Protection Holly Melton
Advertising & Brand Protection Howard Michael
Litigation & Trial Department Glen McGorty
Litigation & Trial Department Jennifer Romano
E-Discovery & Information Management John Davis
E-Discovery & Information Management Jeane Thomas
International Dispute Resolution Ian Laird
International Dispute Resolution Laurence Winston
Litigation Keith Harrison
Litigation Kent Goss
Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation Daniel Campbell
Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation Andrew Kaplan
White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Rebecca Ricigliano
White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Daniel Zelenko
Regulatory & Policy Department Daniel Forman
Regulatory & Policy Department Kris Meade
Antitrust & Competition Shawn Johnson
Antitrust & Competition Jason Murray
Aviation Eileen Gleimer
Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources Thomas Lorenzen
Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources Kirsten Nathanson
Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources Amanda Shafer Berman
Government Affairs Aaron Cummings
Government Affairs James Flood
Government Contracts Adelicia Cliffe
Government Contracts Peter Eyre
Government Contracts Daniel Forman
Health Care Troy Barsky
Health Care Christopher Flynn
International Trade John Brew
International Trade Nicole Simonian
International Trade Dj Wolff
Labor & Employment Trina Fairley Barlow
Labor & Employment Kris Meade
Privacy & Cybersecurity Jeffrey Poston
Privacy & Cybersecurity Evan Wolff
Transactional Department Jennifer Grady
Transactional Department Paul Mourning
Corporate Samuel Feigin
Financial Services Carlton Greene
Financial Services Paul Haskel
Tax Christine Lane
Tax Starling Marshall
Photo Name Position Profile
David (Dj) Wolff photo Mr David (Dj) Wolff Partner
Number of Partners : 268
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 403
Total Staff : 1345
Other Offices : Doha
Chair : Philip T Inglima
Other Offices : Brussels
Other Offices : London