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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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"Under the Wire: FAR Council Announces Interim Rule to Implement NDAA Procurement Ban on Huawei and Other Chinese Telecommunications Equipment," Government Contracts Bullet Points (August 13, 2019). Contacts: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Paul Freeman, Alan W. H. Gourley, Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, Michael G. Gruden, CIPP/G
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"Administration Seeks Delay in Extending Government Procurement Ban on Certain Chinese Telecommunications Equipment to Federal Contractors and Grant Recipients," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 12, 2019). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Adelicia R. Cliffe, M. Yuan Zhou
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"International Considerations: New Approaches to Evolving National Security Concerns," Crowell & Moring's Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS) 2019, Washington, DC (May 7, 2019). Moderator: Adelicia R. Cliffe; Panelists: Alan W.H. Gourley and Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro.
"Helping Us Help You: DDTC Modernizes ITAR Exemption for Contractor’s Supporting Government Agencies," Government Contracts Bullet Points (April 22, 2019). Contacts: Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Alan W. H. Gourley, Adelicia R. Cliffe
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"International Trade – Navigating Increased Oversight of Foreign Investment in the U.S.," Crowell & Moring's Regulatory Forecast 2019 (February 27, 2019). Contributors: Alan W.H. Gourley and Maria Alejandra del-Cerro.
"The Month in International Trade – November 2018," International Trade Bulletin (December 10, 2018). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Evan Yu, Melissa Morris, Robert Holleyman, John B. Brew, Ryan MacFarlane, Patricia L. Wu, Clark Jennings, Andrew Blasi, Michael E. Schmitz, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Alan W. H. Gourley, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro
Client Alert/Newsletter
"And Then There Was One... GSA Schedule," Government Contracts Bullet Points (November 28, 2018). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Lorraine M. Campos, Robert A. Burton
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Identifying and Defining "Emerging Technologies" Subject to Control for Export and Foreign Investment," Government Contracts Bullet Points (November 19, 2018). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Adelicia R. Cliffe
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"The Month in International Trade – October 2018," International Trade Bulletin (November 9, 2018). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Robert Holleyman, Melissa Morris, Joshua Boswell, Evan Yu, David (Dj) Wolff, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Alan W. H. Gourley, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Stephanie L. Crawford
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