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Gail D. Zirkelbach

Phone: +1 213.443.5549
515 South Flower St., 40th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2201

Gail Zirkelbach is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts and Investigations groups, resident in the Los Angeles office. She also serves as a member of the firm's Government Contracts Group Steering Committee and the Procurement Strike Force Response Team. Gail's practice focuses on internal investigations involving procurement fraud, defense of fraud actions, and counseling aerospace and technology companies and operators of DOE laboratories in all government contracts and compliance areas at the federal, state, and local levels, including structuring contracts to maximize product liability protection such as pursuant to the PREP Act.  She also advises commercial contractor as they navigate the transition into becoming government contractors.

A leading government contracts attorney for more than 30 years, Gail concentrates her work on the defense of qui tam actions under the False Claims Act, conducting internal investigations, in the U.S. and abroad involving all areas of procurement fraud, and assisting clients with the development and implementation of compliance programs. She litigates at the federal and state levels and at the Boards of Contract Appeals, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Her knowledge of both government contracts law and litigation strategy and technique enable her to conduct investigations and litigation effectively and efficiently. She has negotiated successful settlements involving complex legal issues with both governmental and private entities. Gail also assists clients with mandatory disclosures, defective pricing and termination cases, bid protests, and mergers, acquisitions, and other complex transactions, and counsels clients on DPA, intellectual property, cost accounting, cybersecurity, export, and compliance issues.

Gail serves as the co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law Procurement Fraud Committee and is the co-editor of the ABA's treatise on the False Claims Act.


  • Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1983) cum laude
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1986)


Admitted to practice: California, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Tenth Circuits

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"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., Gail D. Zirkelbach, Eric M. Ransom, Stephanie L. Crawford
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Transportation Group Of The Year: Crowell & Moring Law360 (December 18, 2020)
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"What is the Defense Production Act, what lessons were learned in 2020, and how can companies prepare for its continued use in 2021?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (December 10, 2020). Speakers: Jonathan M. Baker, Alan W. H. Gourley, John E. McCarthy Jr., Gail D. Zirkelbach, Eric M. Ransom, and Stephanie L. Crawford.
"DOJ's Procurement Collusion Strike Force Amps Up Its Enforcement Ranks," Antitrust Law Alert (November 13, 2020). Contacts: Megan L. Wolf, Daniel L. Zelenko, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Alexis Victoria DeBernardis, Eric Ashby II
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"Procurement Collusion Strike Force Brings First Case Against Government Contractor in North Carolina," Antitrust Law Alert (October 27, 2020). Contacts: Megan L. Wolf, Daniel L. Zelenko, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Alexis Victoria DeBernardis
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"FEMA Extends and Narrows Restrictions on Exports of Certain Scarce PPE," Government Contracts Bullet Points (August 7, 2020). Contacts: Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Stephanie L. Crawford
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"Lessons From OIG Relief Funding Oversight Report," Law360 (July 30, 2020). Authors: Lorraine M. Campos, Jacinta Alves, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Stephanie L. Crawford, and Lyndsay A. Gorton.
"PRAC Report Confirms OIG Focus on Combatting Fraud Related to Emergency Funding Programs," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 30, 2020). Contacts: Jacinta Alves, Lorraine M. Campos, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Lyndsay A. Gorton, Stephanie L. Crawford
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"Antitrust Division Update Affirms Continued Efforts of Procurement Collusion Strike Force," Antitrust Law Alert (June 24, 2020). Contacts: Daniel L. Zelenko, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Alexis Victoria DeBernardis, Eric Ashby II
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"China in the Crosshairs: An Overview of the U.S. Approach to Mitigating National Security Concerns," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 23, 2020). Presenters: Caroline E. Brown, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, David R. Stepp, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Erik Woodhouse, Stephanie L. Crawford, Chandler S. Leonard, and Andrew Blasi.

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