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James J. McCullough

  • Of Counsel | Litigation

Washington, DC

T: +1.202.639.7130

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As head of our Government Contracts Practice, James (“Jim”) McCullough represents government contractors in all aspects of government contracting, including pre-award bid protest litigation and counseling on contract formation issues, post-award disputes and bid protest litigation, and the representation of government contractors in various civil proceedings.

Clients have engaged Jim as lead counsel in numerous bid protests before the US Government Accountability Office, the US Court of Federal Claims, and other federal courts. Clients benefit from his extensive litigation experience involving claims and terminations at various Boards of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims.

Jim’s work with government contractors includes Procurement Integrity and Freedom of Information Act disputes and enforcement matters involving mandatory disclosure and suspension and debarment.

Jim has frequently participated in the resolution of government contract disputes through the use of alternat...

As head of our Government Contracts Practice, James (“Jim”) McCullough represents government contractors in all aspects of government contracting, including pre-award bid protest litigation and counseling on contract formation issues, post-award disputes and bid protest litigation, and the representation of government contractors in various civil proceedings.

Clients have engaged Jim as lead counsel in numerous bid protests before the US Government Accountability Office, the US Court of Federal Claims, and other federal courts. Clients benefit from his extensive litigation experience involving claims and terminations at various Boards of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims.

Jim’s work with government contractors includes Procurement Integrity and Freedom of Information Act disputes and enforcement matters involving mandatory disclosure and suspension and debarment.

Jim has frequently participated in the resolution of government contract disputes through the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including mediation and arbitration. He has frequently participated as government contracts counsel in M&A, private equity investments, and joint venture transactions involving aerospace and defense companies.

Prior to joining the firm, Jim 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 from 1969 to 1973.

Jim is a sought-after writer and lecturer on government contract matters. 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, 2020).

Jim 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), where he is described by a client as “one of the best bid protest lawyers in the country.” Another client noted that “James is a legend in the field and it’s great to know he’s in our corner.” Other clients enthuse that “Jim is absolutely top tier and a walking encyclopedia of the GAO,” “he has a stellar reputation and is strong in bid protests,” “he’s thoughtful, accurate and gives good advice based on years of excellence,” and “he’s seen every single thing in the government contracts space.”

Jim is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 as a “Leading Lawyer” in Government Contracts and recognized in the “Hall of Fame,” which highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. Clients remark that his “depth of knowledge relating to all aspects of government contracts is unrivaled among our outside counsel.” In addition, Jim was named by Law360 as a 2020 “MVP” for Government Contracts.

Jim received a Life Service Award from the Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association for his many years of dedication, loyalty, and outstanding commitment to the organization.

Professional associations

  • Former Chair, Procurement Planning Division, National Defense Industrial Association
  • Former Co-chair, Battlespace and Contingency Procurements Committee, Public Contract Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Active member, Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association, Inc.
  • Former member, Council of the Publica Contract Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Advisory Board, The Government Contractor

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Quarterly A&D Industry Conference Call

Speaking engagements |

Quarterly A&D Industry Conference Call
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