Justin A. Chiarodo
|Washington, DC||v. +1.202.420.2706||f. +1.202.420.2201|
VICE CHAIR, GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS PRACTICE GROUP
Justin A. Chiarodo represents clients in all aspects of federal, state, and local procurement law. He has spent his career helping leading and emerging government contractors successfully navigate high-stakes litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters.
Mr. Chiarodo maintains an active litigation and counseling practice focused on bid protests, government investigations, contract claims and disputes, cost accounting and audit matters, regulatory compliance, complex transactions, and the False Claims Act.
Bid Protests and Claims
Mr. Chiarodo regularly represents contractors in bid protests and claims before procuring agencies, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), the Court of Federal Claims, and the Civilian and Armed Services Boards of Contract Appeals. In addition to defending contract awards, Mr. Chiarodo has a proven track record of obtaining injunctive relief, corrective action, favorable merits decisions, and significant settlements on behalf of clients in protests at the federal, state, and local levels, and has recovered tens of millions of dollars in judgments and settlements on contractor claims.
False Claims Act Investigations and Defense
Mr. Chiarodo has extensive experience counseling contractors under investigation for alleged False Claims Act violations, as well as in defending both companies and individuals in qui tam litigation. He has successfully resolved False Claims Act matters implicating hundreds of millions of dollars in exposure. Among other issues, Mr. Chiarodo has handled False Claims Act matters and investigations involving logistics contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, technology alliances, export control issues, defective pricing, Trade Agreements Act compliance, and the General Services Administration (“GSA”) Schedule.
Ethics, Compliance, and Contractor Responsibility
Complementing his False Claims Act and investigations work, Mr. Chiarodo has helped clients develop and strengthen ethics, compliance, and training programs, and has worked to ensure (or reinstate) contractor eligibility for federal programs. Mr. Chiarodo has successfully represented contractors in suspension and debarment matters arising from civil and criminal investigations, and works closely with members of the Firm’s white collar criminal defense & investigations practice in criminal investigations involving government contracts.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Mr. Chiarodo has represented government contractors at the trial and appellate levels in a broad range of contentious civil matters, from breach of contract to federal takings actions. He has complementary experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, particularly in cases involving high-dollar domestic and international disputes.
Counseling and Regulatory Matters
Mr. Chiarodo counsels clients on a wide range of government contract and regulatory issues, including disclosure obligations under the Mandatory Disclosure Rule, cybersecurity, mergers and acquisitions, domestic preference provisions under the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts, export control issues, conflict of interest issues and “revolving door” restrictions, small business and socio-economic programs, cost accounting, government audits, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, procurement integrity issues, and the GSA Schedule.
During law school, he served on the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Politics. While an undergraduate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS
Mr. Chiarodo is active in his support of the National Veterans Pro Bono Consortium, which provides representation to veterans at the U.S. Court of Veterans Claims.
Mr. Chiarodo is a member of the Litigation and Public Contract Sections of the American Bar Association. He has spoken and written frequently on topics of interest to government contractors, with a particular focus on cybersecurity, the False Claims Act, and compliance matters.
- 2017, “Next Generation Lawyer,” listed in the Legal 500’s Guide to Up-and-Coming Lawyers Nationwide
- 2016–2017, listed in Legal 500
- 2013–2014 and 2017, “Rising Star,” listed in Law360
- 2015–2016, Government Contracts Law, listed in Chambers USA
- 2015, “D.C. Rising Star,” listed in the National Law Journal
A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found here.