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J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

B.A., magna cum laude, B.S., cum laude, University of Maryland; Phi Beta Kappa

Law Journals

Editorial Board, Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law

Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Law Weekly

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Maryland Bar

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Craig counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors on a broad range of government contracting issues, including bid protests, contract claims and disputes, suspension and debarment matters, as well as government and internal audits and investigations. Craig also has significant client experience involving the federal Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA). 

Representative Experience

Craig has represented and counseled clients as part of teams of Wiley Rein attorneys in the following areas, among others:

Investigations, Audits, Reviews, Ethics, and Compliance

  • Investigated multi-million dollar labor-rate overcharging on major defense contract; responsible for mandatory disclosure to Department of Defense Inspector General (IG); responses to IG and agency suspension and debarment official (SDO); prepared client for presentation to SDO leading to case closure without adverse action.
  • Investigated labor charging complaint involving environmental consulting services with costs improperly allocated to thousands of Federal, state and local public contracts; prepared IG disclosure and responses leading to closure of investigation without adverse action.
  • Led investigation of improper cross-charging of time and costs across multiple task orders under two DOD contracts; prepared reports to the client and disclosures to agency IG, which did not take further action.
  • Led and supported multiple internal investigations into ethics and compliance concerns during 15-month secondment in legal department of major Fortune 500 contractor.
  • Successfully assisted business units of major defense contractor with responses to the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) contractor purchasing system review (CPSR), resulting in final determination that the purchasing system was adequate and avoiding potential contract payment withholds.
  • Represented contractor in response and settlement with the General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General (IG) following disclosure of concerns about pricing offered under the GSA Schedule contract.
  • Performed comprehensive federal-compliance risk assessments for multiple business units acquired by a large federal contractor.

Service Contract Act and Davis-Bacon Act

  • Represented large federal contractor in the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) audit of the SCA compliance on significant contract for the client; reached favorable resolution to the DOL findings.
  • Counseled multiple commercial-item contractors on novel approaches to ensuring compliance with SCA requirements.
  • Counseled client in investigation and disclosure to multiple federal agencies related to subcontractor compliance with DBA requirements applicable via federally funded construction grants.
  • Successfully represented multiple contractors from diverse industries in obtaining DOL approval of contractor self-funded insurance plans as bona fide fringe benefits under the SCA.
  • Regularly counsels contractors on complex SCA compliance issues, including contracts involving collective-bargaining agreements, commercial-item services, and shared services.

Bid Protests

  • CGS Admr's, LLC v. United States, 110 Fed. Cl. 431 (2013); Palmetto GBA, LLC, CGS Admr's, LLC, B-407668 et al., Jan. 28, 2013, 2013 CPD ¶ 53, successful intervention following consecutive protests of estimated $500 million award for a Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) Medicare Administrative Contract (MAC) for Part A/B Jurisdiction E.
  • G4S Tech. CW LLC v. United States, 109 Fed. Cl. 708 (2013), successful intervention following protest of 8-figure contract for integrated security systems at U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) sites in and around Washington, DC.
  • Verizon Wireless, B-406854 et al., Sept. 17, 2012, 2012 CPD ¶ 260, sustained protest challenging solicitation terms for Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) wireless program with estimated 5-year value of $1.6 billion.
  • Trailblazer Health Enters., LLC, B-406175 et al., Mar. 1, 2012, 2012 CPD ¶ 78, successful intervention following a protest of estimated $400 million award for CMS MAC for Part A/B Jurisdiction H.
  • M.C. Dean, Inc., DC Contract Appeals Board P-0955, June 2, 2014, sustained protest challenging 8-figure contract for maintenance and upgrade of Washington, DC streetlighting assets.

Claims and Disputes

  • Leading preparation and prosecution of multiple eight-figure claims and ensuing Contracts Disputes Act appeals for contracts in support of contingency operations.
  • Successfully resolved multiple consolidated claims through alternative dispute resolution (ADR); responsible for support on particularly complex and technical claim; ADR included fact-finding, position papers, and extensive oral presentations and mediation.
  • Counseled multiple clients and assisted in drafting DOD aviation-related claims and requests for equitable adjustment (REAs).

Suspension and Debarment

  • Represented major Fortune 500 contractor in investigating and responding to proposed debarment by the Air Force; matter resolved by administrative agreement.
  • Counseled contractor on negotiating voting-trust agreement with excluded executive and principal shareholder in potential to ensure continued eligibility of contractor.
  • Represented laboratory contractor in responding to proposed debarment by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); matter resolved by administrative agreement.

Pro Bono

  • Representing three individuals in Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 suits against multiple law-enforcement and governmental entities; clients were subjected to racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation for multiple years; litigation is ongoing.
  • Represented individual in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 suit against Baltimore Police Department; case settled favorably and included implementation of new policies and training for officers on constitutional protections for contents of mobile phones.
  • Represented indigent individuals in civil litigation matter and in multiple successful Social Security benefits appeals.

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, Professor M. Elizabeth Magill, University of Virginia School of Law (2007)
  • Consulting Associate, Major U.S. Technology Consulting Firm (2004-2006)


  • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Public Contract Law
    • Section Chair-Elect's Executive Officer Mentee (2016-2017)
    • Co-Chair (2012-Present), Vice-Chair (2012), Regulatory Coordinating Committee
    • Debarment and Suspension Committee
    • Bid Protest Committee
    • Procurement Fraud Committee


  • Named one of City Year Washington, DC's Idealists of the Year (2014)

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