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J. Chris Haile


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.

During law school, Mr. Haile served as editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.


  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum Laude
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 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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Government Contracts

False Claims Act and Procurement Fraud

Litigation & Trial

Suspension and Debarment

False Claims Act and Procurement Fraud

Ethics and Compliance

Claims and Disputes Litigation

Bid Protests

Accounting, Cost and Pricing

GSA Schedule and Commercial Contracting

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"Board Upholds Measured-Mile Methodology to Calculate Disruption," Government Contracts Bullet Points (August 24, 2022). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, J. Chris Haile, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman, John Nakoneczny
Client Alert / Newsletter
"President Biden Exercises Defense Production Act Authorities to Address Infant Formula Supply Chain Shortages," Government Contracts Bullet Points (May 19, 2022). Contacts: Peter Eyre, Jonathan M. Baker, Stephanie L. Crawford, J. Chris Haile
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Claims During a Time of Uncertainty," Back Together Again for OOPS 2022, Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2022). Speakers: Stephen J. McBrady, J. Chris Haile, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman, and Eric Herendeen.
"Claim Accrual and the Continuing Claims Doctrine: Board Has Jurisdiction Over Claim Comprised of Separate and Distinct Events that Fell within the CDA’s Six-Year Statute of Limitations Period," Government Contracts Bullet Points (May 3, 2022). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, J. Chris Haile, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman, John Nakoneczny
Client Alert / Newsletter
Goodbye Commercial “Items”: FAR Council Replaces Definition with Commercial Products and Services (November 10, 2021).
"The Basics of Commercial Item Contracting and the GSA FSS Contract," Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts 101 Seminar 2021 (October 21, 2021). Speakers: Adelicia R. Cliffe, J. Chris Haile, Rina M. Gashaw, and William B. O'Reilly.
"Potential Federal Government Shutdown: Crowell & Moring Identifies and Answers Common Questions," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 29, 2021). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Peter Eyre, Trina Fairley Barlow, Robert A. Burton, Rebecca L. Springer, Daniel R. Forman, Nicole Owren-Wiest, J. Chris Haile
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Laches Defense No Longer Available in ASBCA Appeals," Government Contracts Bullet Points (July 8, 2021). Contacts: J. Chris Haile, Stephen J. McBrady, Michelle D. Coleman, Skye Mathieson, John Nakoneczny
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"CARES Act Section 3610 Relief Extended Until September 30, 2021," Government Contracts Bullet Points (March 18, 2021). Contacts: J. Chris Haile, Stephen J. McBrady, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Charles Baek, Michelle D. Coleman, Skye Mathieson
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Defense Production Act (DPA) a Critical Component of Biden Strategy for COVID-19," Government Contracts Bullet Points (January 22, 2021). Contacts: Jonathan M. Baker, Peter Eyre, Alan W. H. Gourley, J. Chris Haile, John E. McCarthy Jr., Stephanie L. Crawford
Client Alert / Newsletter

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