James J. McCullough

James J. McCullough

  • Of Counsel
  • Litigation
  • Washington, DC
  • T:   +1.202.639.7130
  • F:   +1.202.639.7003
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James J. McCullough is litigation of counsel resident in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office. Mr. McCullough is a member of the Firm's Government Contracts and Aerospace & Defense Practices. His experience spans a broad range of industries and government agencies, with a focus on aerospace and defense companies.

Mr. McCullough's practice includes pre-award litigation and counseling on contract formation issues, post-award disputes and litigation, and the representation of government contractors in various civil proceedings, including Procurement Integrity and Freedom of Information Act disputes, and enforcement matters involving mandatory disclosure and suspension and debarment.  He has been lead counsel in numerous bid protests before the US Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and other federal courts.  Mr. McCullough also has extensive litigation experience involving claims and terminations at various Boards of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims.  In addition, he has frequently participated in the resolution of government contract disputes through the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including mediation and arbitration, and has frequently participated as government contracts counsel in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and joint venture transactions involving aerospace and defense companies.

Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. McCullough served as a trial attorney and assistant to the general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the Navy (1976-1979).  He also served on active duty as an officer of the United States Navy (1969 to 1973).

Mr. McCullough has lectured and written extensively on government contract matters.  In addition, he has co-authored a book titled Contracting with the RTC and FDIC (Prentice Hall Law and Business, 1991), co-authored a chapter on bid protests in Multiple Award Schedule Contracting (Xlibris Corporation, 2002), and annually co-authors a chapter on US procurement in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Public Procurement (Global Legal Group, 2017).

Honors & Awards

Mr. McCullough has been selected as one of the top ten "Leading Lawyers" in government procurement by the Legal Times of Washington (2004), selected as one of "Washington's Top Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine (2013 - 2015), recognized as a "Go-to Attorney" in government contracts by SmartCEO magazine of Washington (2009), and awarded the Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association Life Service Award for his many years of dedication, loyalty and outstanding commitment to the Association.  He is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Government Contracts and Government Contracts: Bid Protests (Spotlight Table).  Clients enthuse that "he's thoughtful, accurate and gives good advice based on years of excellence. He's seen every single thing in the government contracts space."  He is also recognized as an elite leading lawyer by Legal 500 in Government Contracts.

Professional Associations

Vice-chair, Battlespace and Contingency Procurements Committee of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association

Former member, Council of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association

Past chair, Procurement Planning Division of the National Defense Industrial Association

Advisory Board, The Government Contractor

Active, Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

District of Columbia; Virginia