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Stephen J. McBrady


Named a "Winning Litigator" and "D.C. Trailblazer" by the National Law Journal (2020)

"Government Contracts MVP"
by Law360 (2018)

Clients in the defense, health care, energy, manufacturing, and technology sectors seek Steve McBrady’s advice on the most complex public sector issues, including litigation and internal investigations, due diligence in support of M&A transactions, ethics and compliance counseling, and government audits. Steve is widely viewed as one of the go-to lawyers for disputes involving the U.S. government, commercial prime and subcontracts, and foreign governments. In addition to his litigation practice, Steve serves as a strategic adviser to in-house counsel and corporate executives on high-stakes matters involving the U.S. government, drawing on two decades of experience in Washington.

Steve is co-chair of the Government Contracts Group and a member of the firm’s Management Board. He leads Crowell & Moring’s government-facing litigation practice and has successfully litigated dozens of cases before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, boards of contract appeals (ASBCA, CBCA, PSBCA), and state and federal courts around the country. In 2020, Steve served as counsel in the landmark $13 billion Affordable Care Act “risk corridors” litigation at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Steve’s teams have scored precedent-setting victories in matters arising under the Contracts Disputes Act, the Tucker Act, and the Federal Arbitration Act, winning judgments ranging from $250,000 to over $600 million. He is frequently called upon to resolve sensitive matters via alternative dispute resolution, including confidential arbitration and mediation, and has developed a reputation for resolving cases early in the dispute stage, identifying win-win legal and commercial resolutions.

Steve frequently speaks at government and industry events around the country, and he provides on-site training to legal and executive teams on a range of topics. His commentaries on government-facing issues have been featured in The New York Times, Politico, and various other print, radio, and television media.

Steve previously served as vice chair of Crowell’s Recruiting Committee and is an active sponsor of young and diverse attorneys throughout the firm. His focus on client service has earned him numerous awards over the years, including being named to the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll.


  • Cornell University, B.A.
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D.


Professional Activities and Memberships

Board of Advisors, Mayflower Foundation
Aerospace & Defense Law360 Editorial Advisory Board Member, 2014-2017

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Government Contracts

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team


Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Practice

Claims and Disputes Litigation

Accounting, Cost and Pricing

Public-Private Partnerships

State and Local Practice

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"What Will the New Year Bring for Government Contractors?" Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2023. (January 12, 2023). Presenters: Crowell & Moring Government Contracts Group.
Who is Robert Hur, Special Counsel In Biden Documents Case? The Associated Press (January 12, 2023)
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Big Law Partner Appointed Special Counsel In Biden Document Probe The National Law Journal (January 12, 2023)
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"Supreme Court Weighs Whether “Dual Purpose” Communications Are Privileged in In re Grand Jury," Tax Alert (January 11, 2023). Contacts: Carina C. Federico, S. Starling Marshall, Meshach Y. Rhoades, Rebecca Monck Ricigliano, Stephen J. McBrady, Peter Eyre
Client Alert / Newsletter
Crowell Represents Aerial Armor in Sale to Dedrone Holdings Inc. (January 10, 2023)
Firm News / Announcement
"ASBCA's FY2022 Report – A Look at the Numbers," Government Contracts Bullet Points (November 9, 2022). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman, John Nakoneczny, Amanda H. McDowell
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Law360 Names Stephen McBrady a 2022 Government Contracts MVP of the Year (September 28, 2022)
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