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Thompson Hine LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20036-3537
United States

Work Department

Government Contracts


Francis E. “Chip” Purcell, Jr. is a partner in the Government Contracts practice group. He focuses his practice on all aspects of government contracts law and litigation.

Chip counsels clients on issues involving the formation and performance of government contracts, and represents clients in pre­- and post-award disputes involving the government as well as prime contractors and subcontractors. He assists clients in conducting due diligence relative to mergers and acquisitions of government contractors, drafting teaming agreements and subcontracts, addressing organizational conflicts of interest, protecting intellectual property in government contract transactions, addressing small business and other socioeconomic issues and conducting contractor compliance training and internal investigations.

Chip represents clients in disputes before federal courts and administrative bodies, including the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Government Accountability Office. He also advises clients on issues involving commercial contracting under government agency programs, including the General Services Administration’s Federal Supply Schedule program.

Prior to joining Thompson Hine, Chip was special counsel for nearly six years at a Washington-based firm and, before that, a partner for more than five years at a firm based in McLean, Virginia. In those roles, he provided government contract formation, transactional, performance and litigation counseling and support to defense, information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications, manufacturing and life science clients.

After law school, Chip served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.


  • The Catholic Univ of America Columbus Sch Law, J.D., 1994

  • Duke University, B.A., with honors, 1989

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Government > Government contracts

The ‘exceptionally well-put-together‘ government contracts practice at Thompson Hine LLP is noted for its ‘expertise and experience‘ in corporate transactions, suspension and debarment actions, bid protests and whistleblower cases. The team is led by Thomas Mason and includes lawyers with experience of contracting matters in a variety of industries, including IT, biodefense and life sciences, telecoms, defense, intelligence and homeland security, and transportation. Litigators Ray McCann and Francis Purcell deal with pre­- and post-award disputes as well as corporate due diligence matters, and Joe Berger is active in bid protests and FCA litigation.