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J.D., with honors, The George Washington University Law School

B.A., Swarthmore College

Law Journals

Editor-in-Chief, Public Contract Law Journal

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Virginia Bar


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

George E. Petel


Practice Areas

George counsels and represents government contractors on a broad range of government contracting issues, including contract claims and disputes, bid protests, internal investigations, and cost allowability matters.

Representative Experience

  • Prosecutes and defends bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and before the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals.
  • Counsels government contractors on compliance with mandatory disclosure obligations, incurred cost submissions, and other government reporting requirements.
  • Represents companies and individuals in connection with procurement fraud and other civil and criminal fraud allegations and issues.
  • Counsels government contractors on compliance with federal and state False Claims Acts, conflict of interest rules, and other ethics requirements.
  • Participates in merger and acquisition due diligence reviews, advising clients on government contracts issues and risks.
  • Counsels government contractors regarding claims and disputes, including claims under the Contracts Disputes Act (CDA).
  • Represents government contractors in drafting and negotiating teaming and subcontracting agreements and prime-subcontractor disputes.

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, The George Washington University Law School, Associate Dean Daniel I. Gordon (2013)
  • Legal Intern, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Division of Enforcement (2012)
  • Senior Accountant (2011), Staff Accountant (2009-2011), Fannie Mae
  • Internal Auditor (2009), Staff Accountant (2005-2009), Charming Shoppes, Inc


  • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Public Contract Law

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