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Gail D. Zirkelbach

Phone: +1 213.443.5549
515 South Flower Street
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Los Angeles, CA 90071

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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"False Claims Act," Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts 101 Seminar 2021 (October 21, 2021). Speakers: Brian Tully McLaughlin, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Preston L. Pugh, and Matthew Vicinanzo.
"Are You A New U.S. Government Contractor? Here Are Answers To Frequently Asked Questions," Government Contracting Law Report (June 3, 2021). Authors: Gail D. Zirkelbach, Peter Eyre, William B. O'Reilly, and Zachary Schroeder.
"Procurement Fraud/FCA/Investigations," OOPS 2021, Crowell & Moring's 37th Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar (May 13, 2021). Presenters: Mana Elihu Lombardo, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Warrington Parker, Michael Shaheen, Gail D. Zirkelbach, and Nkechi Kanu.
"American Rescue Plan Presents New Government Contracting Opportunities – What Prospective Contractors Should Know," Government Contracts Bullet Points (March 19, 2021). Contacts: Gail D. Zirkelbach, Peter Eyre, William B. O'Reilly, Zachary Schroeder
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Law360's 2021 Aerospace & Defense Editorial Advisory Board Law360 (March 19, 2021)
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"ABA Section of Public Contract Law International Procurement Committee and Procurement Fraud Committee Joint Meeting Notice," ABA Webinar (March 18, 2021). Moderator: Gail D. Zirkelbach; Panelist: Adelicia R. Cliffe.
"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, 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
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