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J. Chris Haile

Phone: +1 202.624.2898
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

J. Chris Haile is a partner at Crowell & Moring with extensive experience in government procurement law. Mr. Haile litigates disputes and counsels clients in a broad range of government contract matters, with particular emphasis on the resolution of contract disputes. For example, Mr. Haile has represented clients in matters involving the government's breach of contract, claims for contract changes, termination for default, termination for convenience, Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) compliance and defective pricing, commercial-item procurement, contract negotiations, and bid protests. He also represents clients in other related matters, such as investigations and audits by government agencies or inspectors general (IGs), False Claims Act / qui tam relator suits, and disclosures to the U.S. Government.

Mr. Haile represents clients from many different industries, including aerospace, defense, health care, construction, telecommunications, information technology, and professional services. He also has experience involving agencies such as the Department of Defense (DOD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of State, U.S. Postal Service, and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Mr. Haile has represented clients in litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board. He also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in a variety of forms, including arbitration, mediation, and other binding and non-binding ADR proceedings.

Mr. Haile is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A., cum laude) and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude), where he also served as editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum laude


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia; Virginia (Associate - inactive); U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Fourth Circuits; U.S. Court of Federal Claims


ABA Public Contract Law Section, Member

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"Application of the Spearin Doctrine Entitles Contractor to Recover FCA Litigation Costs," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 7, 2020). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, J. Chris Haile, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman, John Nakoneczny
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"The Basics of Commercial Item Contracting and the GSA FSS Contract," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics, McLean, VA (October 23, 2019). Moderator: Judy Choi; Panelists: Adelicia R. Cliffe and J. Chris Haile.
"Federal Circuit Clarifies When Affirmative Defenses Must Be Submitted as Claims, and When Interest Runs," Government Contracts Bullet Points (July 17, 2019). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Nicole Owren-Wiest, J. Chris Haile, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman, Charles Baek
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Law360 Names Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group a "Practice Group of the Year" for the Ninth Consecutive Year (Feb.22.2019)
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"Is A Federal Shutdown Your Next Holiday Surprise?," Law360 (December 20, 2018). Authors: J. Chris Haile, Rebecca L. Springer, Robert A. Burton, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Peter Eyre, Stephen J. McBrady, and Trina Fairley Barlow.
"Is a Federal Shutdown Your Next Holiday Surprise?," Government Contracts Bullet Points (December 18, 2018). Contacts: J. Chris Haile, Peter Eyre, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Trina Fairley Barlow, Stephen J. McBrady, Rebecca L. Springer, Robert A. Burton
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"Commercial Item Contracting and Federal Supply Schedules," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics, Washington, D.C. (October 10, 2018). Presenters: Chris Haile, Adelicia R. Cliffe, and Judy Choi.
"FY 2019 NDAA," Government Contracts Bullet Points (August 15, 2018). Contacts: J. Chris Haile, Peter Eyre, Judy Choi, Nkechi Kanu, Monica DiFonzo Sterling, Laura J. Mitchell Baker, Anuj Vohra, Payal Nanavati
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"Government Contract Commercial Terms and Terminations," Client Training, Washington, D.C. (June 12, 2018). Presenters: Karen Hermann, Chris Haile, and Skye Mathieson.
"If I Ran the Zoo: Is Commercial Item Procurement a New Wild Adventure?" OOPS 2018, Crowell & Moring's 34th Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2018). Presenters: Lorraine M. Campos, J. Chris Haile, and Rosamond Xiang.

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