Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Government Contracts

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What the team is known for

Highly regarded government contracts attorneys providing compliance and litigation counseling. Handles matters spanning administrative, civil and criminal proceedings. Notable emphasis on bid protests, with experience before the GAO, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims. Industry expertise across the spectrum of government contractors, acting for both domestic and international clients in the defense, aerospace, electronics and transportation sectors, among others.


Sources say that they "provide superior service and make a special effort to understand the inner workings and unique circumstances of our company."

Others highlight that "they have a very strong bench, their responsive and an excellent firm."

Work highlights

Successfully acted on behalf of Deloitte Consulting in protesting the Internal Revenue Service's award of a $155 million contract to Booz Allen. The contract was in relation to the upgrade of the Internal Revenue Service's Enterprise Case Management Solution Integration System.

Notable practitioners

Anne Perry is a distinguished figure in this space and is widely revered for her expert representation of clients in high-stakes bid protests.
"She is one of our go-to folks for high-level government contract advice; she has excellent judgment." "She's among the strongest lawyers in the field, incredibly seasoned and well known."

John Chierichella is an eminent government contracts attorney, offering seasoned advice to clients in the technology, aerospace and defense fields on cost accounting issues and GAO bid protests.
"He is a deeply knowledgable government lawyer and a very effective trial advocate. He's really outstanding."  "He's extremely good at litigation, as well as a tactician and strategist."

Jonathan Aronie brings a wealth of experience to his government contracts practice, with expertise extending to False Claims Act investigations, bid protests and contract procurements.
"He is well respected in False Claims Act work." "He is very smart, especially known for general services administration and very commercially driven."

Keith Szeliga is adept at representing clients in bid protest litigation before the GAO, as well as advising contractors on compliance and disputes.
"He is an expert in intellectual property rules applicable to government contracts." "He is a very solid attorney working at the highest levels."

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Sheppard Mullin attorneys on both coasts draw upon more than two centuries of combined experience to serve clients who receive federal and state funding, licenses and other government authorizations and have counseled clients and/or litigated virtually every issue that can arise in the government contracts and procurement realm.

We provide counseling and litigation services — both classified and unclassified in nature — in connection with:

  • Government Contracts Cost Accounting
  • Defective Pricing
  • Government Audits, Internal Investigations and Compliance Reviews
  • FAR Mandatory Disclosure Program
  • Ethics and Compliance Programs
  • False Claims Act Litigation
  • Crisis Management
  • Qui Tam and Other Whistleblower Disputes
  • Bid Protesting (GAO and COFC)
  • Rights in Patents, Data and Software
  • Claims and Appeals
  • Teaming Agreements and Subcontracts
  • Multiple Award Schedules
  • M&A – Due Diligence, FOCI, CFIUS and Assignments
  • Inspection, Testing, Warranty and Quality Assurance
  • Export Compliance - ITAR and EAR
  • Foreign Sales – FMS, FMF, Foreign Agents and FCPA
  • Foreign Purchases – Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts, Berry Amendment
  • Homeland Security
  • Cyber Security and Data Privacy Crisis Management
  • Labor

In addition to our government contracts experience, we also advise clients on complying with U.S. export controls under the ITAR and the EAR, U.S. sanctions regulations and we work with clients to understand their obligations under the anti-boycott rules, and under U.S. import law.


Aronie, Jonathan S (Head of Department)

Daly, Bryan (Head of Department)

Roybal, Scott (Head of Department)

Barbee, Gregory

Bourne, Townsend

Chierichella, John W

Coyne, Joseph

Douglass, David

Gallacher, David

Loveland, Christopher

Merchant, Fatema

Perry, Anne B

Roberts, Ryan

Szeliga, Keith


Aerojet Rocketdyne

Northrop Grumman Corp.

Symantec Corp.


Aerospace & Defense








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Government Contracts Department

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Department location

2099 Pennsylvania Ave.

NW Washington

Washington, DC

District of Columbia


DC 20006

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USA - Nationwide

Government Contracts

Anne B Perry
Band 2
John W Chierichella
Band 2
Jonathan S Aronie
Band 3
Keith R. Szeliga
Band 4

Government Contracts: Bid Protests

Anne B Perry
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