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J. Chris Haile


Businesses working with the federal government rely on J. Chris Haile for his seasoned perspective and skillful representation to advance and defend business objectives. Chris represents contractors and awardees navigating complex challenges in negotiations, investigations, compliance, and litigation regarding federal contracts.

In the highly regulated business of government contracts, Chris has vast experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation and agency supplements such as the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and General Services Acquisition Regulation. He frequently addresses matters involving breach of contract, government-directed changes, constructive changes, delays, requests for equitable adjustment, cost allowability, government audits, submitting certified cost or pricing data, procuring commercial products and commercial services, defective pricing, contract termination, prioritization of work under the Defense Production Act and the Defense Priorities and Allocations System, suspension, debarment, dispute resolution under the Contract Disputes Act, and many other areas with aspects unique to government contracting. 

Chris represents a diverse range of clients and industries supporting the federal government, in areas such as aerospace, defense, health care, construction, professional services, higher education, and information technology products and services. He has successfully resolved matters involving the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, NASA, the Agency for International Development, and the Department of Energy, among others.

Chris has litigated before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Government Accountability Office, and District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board. He also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution in a variety of forms, including arbitration, mediation, and other binding and nonbinding ADR proceedings.


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


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • 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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  • Represented a contractor in the pursuit and recovery of $100 million from the government for directed contract changes as well as the government’s release of claims regarding disputed performance guarantees.
  • Pursued and negotiated the recovery of more than $10 million from a federal agency in a claim based on the parties’ mutual mistakes of fact in a health care service contract. 
  • Successfully represented a health care contractor, recovering 100% of unpaid lease termination costs in connection with a U.S. Army health care facility following proceedings at the ASBCA.
  • Prepared a contractor claim and recovered nearly 100% of costs previously disallowed by the contracting officer in a federal cost reimbursement construction contract. 
"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, Skye Mathieson, Stephen J. McBrady, Michelle D. Coleman, John Nakoneczny
Client Alert / Newsletter
"CARES Act Section 3610 Relief Extended Until September 30, 2021," Government Contracts Bullet Points (March 18, 2021). Contacts: J. Chris Haile, Skye Mathieson, Stephen J. McBrady, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Charles Baek, Michelle D. Coleman
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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