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Alan W. H. Gourley

Phone: +1 202.624.2561
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Alan W. H. Gourley is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Crowell & Moring and serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the firm's Government Contracts Group. He graduated magna cum laude from Beloit College in 1977 and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar.


Alan counsels clients with respect to a broad range of international and government contract issues. He has extensive experience with all aspects of international contracts, both government and commercial. He counsels and defends clients with respect to compliance with U.S. export controls and sanctions regulations, the Buy American Act, Berry Amendment and Trade Agreements Act requirements, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Foreign Military Financing program, Foreign Military Sales, US AID grants and procurements, World Bank procurements and other laws and regulations applicable to international transactions. He also counsels clients concerning U.S. laws and regulations applicable to foreign investment and ownership in the United States, such as Exon-Florio and the National Industrial Security Program and with respect to investment protection provided overseas by various Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and Free Trade Agreements.


Alan is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court as well as in various federal district and appellate courts throughout the country. He has litigated numerous contract cases against the United States and arbitrated cases against foreign governments and international organizations. He has defended clients in qui tam and other cases under the False Claims Act as well as in various criminal grand jury and civil fraud investigations. He has also litigated investor-state disputes in arbitrations brought under commercial contracts as well as under NAFTA Chapter Eleven. He is experienced as well with the investment protections provided by international law and the Energy Charter Treaty, BITs and other Free Trade Agreements.

Bar Activities

Alan is a member of various bar associations including the American Bar Association where he is active in the Sections of Litigation, International Law & Practice, and Public Contract Law, and in the American Society of International Law.


  • Beloit College (1977) magna cum laude
  • University of Virginia School of Law (1981)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia

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"State Department Publishes Long Awaited Cloud Computing Rule," International Trade Bulletin (January 14, 2020). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Brian McGrath
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"GAO: Ongoing DoD Fraud Risk Assessment Efforts Should Include Contractor Ownership," Government Contracts Bullet Points (November 27, 2019). Contacts: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Alan W. H. Gourley, David B. Robbins, Laura J. Mitchell Baker, Eric M. Ransom
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"Commerce to Publish Proposed Regulations to Implement EO on "Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain"," International Trade Bulletin (November 26, 2019). Contacts: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Alan W. H. Gourley, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Paul Freeman
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Global Investigations Review Names Crowell & Moring’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group to “GIR 100” Fifth Year in a Row (Nov.05.2019)
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"Expressly Does Not Require Being Expressed: Fed. Circuit Finds Salary Costs for Lobbying are Expressly Unallowable," Government Contracts Bullet Points (October 22, 2019). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Catherine O. Shames
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"The Month in International Trade – September 2019," International Trade Bulletin (October 15, 2019). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Daniel Cannistra, Adelicia R. Cliffe, John B. Brew, David (Dj) Wolff, Frances P. Hadfield, Aaron Marx, Ru Xiao-Graham, Robert L. LaFrankie, Michelle J. Linderman, Robert Holleyman, Cherie Walterman, Spencer Toubia, Rebecca Toro Condori, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Walter (Sam) Boone
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"New Sanctions Imposed on Elements in the Turkish Government," International Trade Bulletin (October 15, 2019). Contacts: David (Dj) Wolff, Carlton Greene, Alan W. H. Gourley, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro
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"Administration Moves to Complete FIRRMA Implementation by the February 13, 2020 Statutory Deadline," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 18, 2019). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Robert Holleyman
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"GSA Requiring “Bilateral” Modification to All Multiple Award Schedule Contracts to Prohibit Use of Huawei/ZTE Equipment," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 12, 2019). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Judy Choi, Lorraine M. Campos, Stephanie L. Crawford
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Recognizes 49 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year (Aug.16.2019)
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