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J.D., with highest honors, The George Washington University Law School; Raymond F. Hossfeld Dean's Scholarship

B.A., magna cum laude, University of California, San Diego

Law Journals

Associate, The George Washington University Law Review

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Virginia Bar

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Gary counsels and represents government contractors on a range of legal matters. He regularly litigates bids protests, primarily before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and also before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). Gary has litigated more than 40 protests in the last two years, including technical, high value procurements such as NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and significant precedent setting procurements such as CMS’s Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Program. Gary also counsels and represents government contractors on cost allowability matters, contract claims and disputes, compliance programs, and internal investigations.

Representative Experience

  • Litigates bids protests before the GAO, the COFC, and on appeal to the CAFC.
  • Advises clients regarding cost allowability issues and compliance with Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), including for example, allocation and adjustment of pension costs, home office expenses, and other indirect costs, in the course of audits by the Defense Contract Audit Agency and other agency Offices of Inspector General, litigation before the Boards of Contract Appeals, and in Bid Protests before GAO.
  • Assists clients in preparing, negotiating, and litigating requests for equitable adjustments and certified claims as well as defending against affirmative government claims. 
  • Advises government contractors in negotiation of teaming and subcontracting agreements and represents clients in prime-subcontractor disputes.
  • Conducts internal investigations relating to a range of compliance issues including issues unique to government contractors.
  • Counsels clients in the development of government contracts ethics and corporate compliance programs, including programs to prevent or mitigate organizational conflicts of interests (OCIs).
  • Conducts due diligence for government contractors to assess risks unique to companies with federal, state, and local contracts and subcontracts.
  • Counsels clients in obtaining information and protecting their own proprietary and confidential information under the Freedom of Information Act (Act) and other similar state public records laws.

Professional Experience

  • Intern, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy (2013)
  • Judicial Intern, The Honorable Eric T. Washington, District of Columbia Court of Appeals (2012)
  • Intern, The District of Columbia Office of Contracting & Procurement, Procurement Leadership Program (2011)


  • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Public Contract Law
    • Accounting, Cost, and Pricing Committee
    • Bid Protest Committee

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