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David C. Hammond


David Hammond advises, litigates on behalf of, and represents domestic and foreign government contractors before all three branches of the federal government. In over 30 years of experience, he has developed particular expertise in advising companies regarding complex and difficult situations arising from the performance of U.S. government contracts in foreign countries, especially involving allegations of foreign government corruption and related defense and risk mitigation strategies. He has successfully represented defense, security, intelligence, and aerospace companies in matters involving awards and protests, internal investigations, voluntary and mandatory disclosures, Congressional investigations and hearings, false claims, suspension and debarment, industrial security, international procurements, joint venture and teaming agreements, and prime-subcontractor disputes. He was the founding chair of the Government and Legal Affairs Committee of the International Stability Operations Association. He has litigated government contract disputes and other procurement matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Federal District Courts, the Government Accountability Office, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Small Business Administration, and state administrative agencies.


  • Albion College, B.A. (1981)
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1988) cum Laude


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, several U.S. Courts of Appeals and District Courts, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

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  • Represented a prime contractor in connection with corruption allegations in an Iraq Foreign Military Sales program, including a successful strategy for dismissal of multi-million civil claims filed against the client by its local partner in Iraqi courts.
  • Represented prime contractor in connection with allegations of corrupt conduct by foreign government officials and their interference in a major U.S. military logistics contract.
  • Represented a company in a 14-month effort to successfully release hundreds of millions of U.S. funds frozen by a Middle East government in connection with efforts by other foreign government officials to illegally expropriate the funds.
  • Represented a contractor in reversing within 30 days a decision to deny the contractor access to U.S. military bases in a foreign country that would have put billions of dollars at risk in the performance of current and future base support contracts.
  • Represented a contractor in a series of multiple bid protest at GAO and the Court of Federal Claims involving a billion-dollar U.S. military logistics contract in the Middle East.
  • Represented contractors in defending against false allegations of human trafficking violations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Represented company executives in strategies to defend and rebut false allegations of criminal conduct in foreign countries brought by foreign government officials for political or other improper reasons.
  • Represented a company in reversing a foreign government’s decision to deny exports authorization based on false allegations of human rights abuse.
  • Represented a contractor in connection with the successful arbitration of claims involving damage to tractor trailers leased and used in Iraq during the war.
  • Represented an aerospace company in connection with the Senate Armed Services Committee's investigation of counterfeit parts in the defense supply chain.
  • Assisted with the overall litigation strategy and conducted/defended key depositions in connection with the successful defense of a False Claims Act case filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, which ended with a jury verdict in favor of the defendant.
  • Represented numerous contractors in connection with making decisions regarding whether, when, and how to disclose alleged wrongdoing to the government.
  • Represented a contractor in connection an off-duty shooting in Afghanistan, the internal investigation, and the subsequent Congressional Hearing by the Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • Represented a foreign contractor in connection with vacating a civil judgment in the U.S. for lack of jurisdiction.
  • Advised a security contractor regarding the strategy that resulted in the successful dismissal of a wrongful death case by a panel of arbitrators.
  • Represented a foreign contractor in a civil defamation case where the submission of false and defamatory information submitted to the Government was traced to a competitor's IP address.
  • Represented a contractor before the Small Business Administration in the successful defense of a small business size protest challenging the independent contractor status of personnel working in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Represented a client before the Commission on Wartime Contracting, including a hearing on the use of security contractors.
  • Advised an aerospace company in connection with reversing a prior source selection decision by a foreign country under the Foreign Military Sales program and having the client's equipment purchased instead.
  • Represented contractors before a suspension and debarment officers to successfully prevent the companies from being debarred after plea deals involving violations of export control laws.
  • Successfully litigated a termination for default for an electronics manufacturer at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Advised defense contractors regarding foreign ownership, control, and influence (FOCI) in connection with maintaining the company's facility clearance after being acquired by a foreign company.
  • Represented numerous pharmaceutical companies in connection with the pricing of their drugs to U.S. government purchases and related compliance issues.
  • Successfully represented a Texas state agency in an administrative hearing to terminate a grantee for fraud and abuse.
"Less Risk, More Reward: DoD Proposed Rule on Operational Contract Support Expands Overseas Contracting Opportunities," Government Contracts Bullet Points (January 22, 2021). Contacts: David C. Hammond, Alexandra Barbee-Garrett
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