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Robert J. Sneckenberg

Phone: +1 202.624.2874
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Rob Sneckenberg is a seasoned government contracts litigator in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office. He routinely first chairs bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), has successfully argued multiple bid protests before both the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and represents contractors in cost accounting and contract claim disputes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA). Rob is also very active in Crowell & Moring’s pro bono program, where he argues criminal appeals and has litigated a wide variety of civil and administrative cases.

Rob is a co-host of the monthly All Things Protest podcast, which covers major trends in bid protest litigation, key developments in high-profile cases, and best practices in state and federal procurement. He is also a contributing editor for Thomson Reuters’ Government Contract Bid Protests: A Practical and Procedural Guide, which is available on Westlaw.

Rob received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as an editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. While at GW Law, Rob also interned at the COFC and at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Commercial Litigation Branch. Rob received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College.


Published Bid Protest Wins as Protester

  • Represented a Department of Education contractor in protesting and appealing a series of procurement decisions involving task order awards. After the COFC initially dismissed multiple protests, Rob successfully appealed to the Federal Circuit, which reversed and remanded. See Coast Prof’l, Inc. v. United States, 828 F.3d 1349 (Fed. Cir. 2016). On remand, the agency took corrective action and awarded Rob’s client a task order. Later, when the work was enjoined through separate litigation, Rob successfully appealed that injunction—and obtained a rare stay pending appeal—restoring the client’s right to perform. See Continental Serv. Grp. v. U.S., 722 F. App’x 986 (Fed. Cir. 2018).
  • Successfully protested—three separate times—flawed U.S. Army awards for mission test support services, resulting in the client winning the contract at issue. See TRAX Int’l Corp.-Costs, B-410441.8, Aug. 17, 2016, 2016 CPD ¶ 226; Jacobs Tech. Inc., B‑410441.15, B‑410441.16, Sept. 24, 2018, 2018 CPD ¶ 338.
  • In a bid protest involving a GAO hearing, overturned a roughly $500 million sole-source award for firefighting airtanker services. See Coulson Aviation (USA) Inc. et al., B-409356.2 et al., Mar. 31, 2014, 2014 CPD ¶ 106.

Published Bid Protest Wins as Intervenor

  • Successfully defended protest of award term extension contracts from challenges by competitor. CBE Grp., Inc. v. U.S., 138 Fed. Cl. 230 (2018).
  • Successfully defended the Defense Health Agency’s $17.7 Billion award for managed care support services under the Department of Defense TRICARE program. See Unitedhealth Military & Veterans Servs., LLC et al., B-411837.2 et al., Nov. 9, 2016, 2016 CPD ¶ 329; UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Servs., LLC v. U.S., 132 Fed. Cl. 529 (2017).
  • Successfully defended GAO and COFC protests challenging contract for stevedoring services in Kuwait. See Cargo Transp. Sys. Co., B‑411646.6, B-411646.7, Oct. 17, 2016, 2016 CPD ¶ 294; Cargo Transp. Sys. Co. v. U.S., No. 16‑1481C, 2017 WL 1406862 (Fed. Cl. Apr. 20, 2017).
  • Successfully defended a Defense Commissary Agency award for fresh fruits and vegetables against both GAO and COFC protests. See Raymond Express Int’l, LLC, B‑409872.3 et al., Sept. 11, 2015, 2015 CPD ¶ 265; Raymond Express Int’l, LLC v. U.S., 124 Fed. Cl. 79 (2015).

Published ASBCA Wins

  • Won quantum valebant and quantum meruit damages for goods and services provided under implied-in-fact contract. See Honeywell Int’l, Inc., ASBCA No. 57779, 17-1 BCA ¶ 36,820.
  • Won rare appeal involving pricing of commercial items transferred between a contractor’s commonly controlled subdivisions. See A-T Sols., Inc., ASBCA No. 59338, 17‑1 BCA ¶ 36,655.
  • Won summary judgment as to entitlement in long-running dispute involving energy savings performance contract (ESPC). See Honeywell Int’l, Inc., ASBCA No. 57779, 15‑1 BCA ¶ 36,121.

Unpublished Matters

  • Counseled clients regarding cost accumulation and allocation issues in connection with pending or potential litigation.
  • Convinced various federal agency suspension and debarment officials to lift suspensions of firm clients by demonstrating present responsibility and/or pursuing litigation.
  • Conducted internal investigations involving, inter alia, mandatory disclosure and False Claims Act considerations in support of active and/or potential litigation.


  • Harvard University, A.B., cum laude
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Member: American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law (Vice Chair of Bid Protest Committee (2018-2020))

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"All Things Protest: New Year’s Resolutions on Corrective Action (January 2020)," Podcast: All Things Protest (January 31, 2020). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Robert J. Sneckenberg, Christian N. Curran
Client Alert / Newsletter
"All Things Protest: The Year’s Most Interesting Decisions (December 2019)," Podcast: All Things Protest (December 31, 2019). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Robert J. Sneckenberg, Christian N. Curran, Anuj Vohra, Zachary Schroeder
Client Alert / Newsletter
"All Things Protest: Breaking Down GAO’s Annual Statistics (November 2019)," Podcast: Fastest 5 Minutes in Government Contracts (November 26, 2019). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Robert J. Sneckenberg, Christian N. Curran
Client Alert / Newsletter
"GAO Bid Protest Statistics for FY2019," Government Contracts Bullet Points (November 8, 2019). Contacts: Robert J. Sneckenberg, Anuj Vohra
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Legal Landmines in Proposal Drafting," Government Contracts Breakfast Series, Herndon, VA (November 6, 2019). Panelists: Christian N. Curran, Olivia Lynch, and Robert J. Sneckenberg.
"All Things Protest: DisHarmonia—Takeaways from a Recent GAO Decision (October 2019)," Podcast: All Things Protest (October 28, 2019). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Robert J. Sneckenberg, Christian N. Curran
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Source Selection and Bid Protests: Pre- and Post-Award Considerations," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics, McLean, VA (October 23, 2019). Moderator: Robert J. Sneckenberg; Panelists: Daniel R. Forman, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Eric M. Ransom, and Anuj Vohra.
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"All Things Protest: One-Sided Discussions (August 2019)," Podcast: All Things Protest (August 30, 2019). Contacts: Robert J. Sneckenberg, Christian N. Curran, Eric M. Ransom
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Recent GAO Decision Permits One-sided Discussions as Agency Corrective Action," Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Legal Forum (August 15, 2019). Authors: Eric M. Ransom, Mark A. Ries and Robert J. Sneckenberg.

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