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Alexander W. Major

Washington, DC
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  • J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2005, cum laude, Member, Catholic University Law Review
  • B.S., Montana State University, 1993
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul W. Grimm, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Extern to the Honorable H. F. "Sparky" Gierke, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Maryland
  • Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
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Alex Major is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Major's focus is on federal procurement and cybersecurity liability and risk management. A prolific author and thought leader in the area of cybersecurity, his professional experience involves a wide variety of litigation and counseling matters dealing with procurement laws and federal regulations and standards . His diverse experience includes complex litigation in federal court under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act and bid protest actions. He counsels all sizes of companies on issues relating to compliance with government regulations including, among other things, cybersecurity (NIST, FIPS, and DFARS) requirements, multiple award schedule compliance, Section 508 issues, country of origin requirements under the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts, cost accounting, and small business requirements. He also regularly conducts internal investigations to assist companies ensure that they are in full compliance with the law.

Currently, Mr. Major is a Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves where he serves as a U.S. Air Force Academy Admissions Liaison Officer for the state of Maryland.

  • Washington D.C. Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014, 2015

Mr. Major has experience handling commercial and government contract compliance and litigation matters, including cases involving False Claims Act, fraud, embezzlement, and RICO.  Mr. Major has also managed complex electronic discovery and pre-trial civil matters on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and individuals in diverse state and federal civil and criminal proceedings.

Significant accomplishments include:

  • Providing aerospace defense firm with advice related to NIST cybersecurity requirements
  • Assisting in multiple tech-sector FCA suits related to alleged GSA non-compliance
  • Identifying and stopping a complex and long-running corporate embezzlement scheme and constructing the culprit's restitution requirement and the company's reporting responsibilities
  • Counseling software manufacturers in country of origin best practices for downloaded software and addressing Section 508 “Compliance”
  • Successfully defending the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s award of a contract to Staples, Inc. and, in so doing, affirmed the Court of Federal Claims jurisdiction over FDIC bid protests. Office Depot v. United States, 95 Fed. Cl. 517 (2010)
  • Counseling defense industry client on procurement agreement and negotiations with the Government of Israel
  • Advising defense industry clients on the proper application of Cost Accounting Standards 404, 418, and 419 in response to DCAA audit findings
  • Coordinating systematic collections and responses to Government subpoenas on behalf of numerous clients
  • Counseling U.S. based client on the application of USA PATRIOT Act requirements in relationship to United Kingdom's privacy law concerns
  • Creating comprehensive ESI collection plan with relevance and privilege search terms in order to identify, collect, review and produce over nine terabytes of bi-lingual ESI documents in less than six weeks
  • Assisting in defending Plaintiffs' novel damages theories in complex civil litigation defending a Fortune 25 client against multi-state and multi-district class-action RICO and design-defect claims
  • Successfully negotiating the extrication of an accounting firm from a third-party subpoena and heated discovery dispute
  • Successfully representing clients in federal fraud litigation against Defendants running a sophisticated products diversion scam; resulted in a favorable settlement for the client and a pending federal criminal investigation
  • Successfully defended hotel property in personal injury matter

Active in the area of pro bono, Mr Major has a track record of providing outstanding client services in wide array of cases including winning asylum for a Kosovo refugee and his family; successfully defending an uninsured Maryland Workers’ Compensation claim on behalf of a small business; and serving as court appointed defense counsel on over a dozen federal criminal misdemeanor matters before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland as an attorney selected to be part of the Court’s Criminal Justice Act Panel.

Mr. Major is a graduate of the National Security Agency's Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program ("JOCCP") and served ten years as a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer in the areas of technical intelligence collection and intelligence analysis. He has operational experience employing IMINT, SIGINT and MASINT systems in the CENTCOM and PACOM areas of responsibilities and has been a part of, or interacted directly with, all national-level intelligence agencies, and federal law enforcement, as well as with international intelligence liaisons on every continent. In his final position on active duty, Mr. Major served as an Intelligence Crisis Manager for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (J2M), and provided the Chairman and senior DOD officials with daily briefings on South and Southeast Asia, including Afghanistan on the evening of 9/11. Thereafter, Mr. Major was appointed as the mission spokesperson for the Defense Intelligence Agency and as the lead speech writer for the Agency's Director until joining the Air Force Reserves in 2004.


  • Sequestration: A Tale of Unrequited PatriotismLaw360, November 5, 2012
  • Hon Paul W. Grimm, Alexander Major & Michael Ziccardi, “Back to the Future: Loraine v. Markel American Insurance Co. and New Findings of the Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information” 42 Akron Law Review 357 (2009)
  • Hon. Paul W. Grimm & Alexander Major, "Legal Standards Governing the Collection of Admissible Electronic Evidence in Criminal Cases in the United States: Balancing Privacy Interests with Law Enforcement Interests," 2 Sungkyunkwan University Journal Of Science And Technology Law 1 (2008)


  • Editor, Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook, 2015 Edition, Thomson Reuters, June 2015
  • Chapter Author, Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook, 2013 Edition, Thomson Reuters,  2013
    • "Security of Information in the Cloud," 2013, 2014 editions
    • "An Introduction to Enterprise Cloud Computing,” 2015 edition
    • "Cybersecurity and the Cloud,” 2015 edition
    • "Government Migration to the Cloud: GSA Procurement and Security Considerations,” 2015 edition

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Global Trade Law Blog Posts

Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • "Cybersecurity and Contracting: Threats, Rules and Compliance Issues,” Federal Publications Seminar, San Diego, CA, October 6-7, 2015
  • "Breaking Cybercrime: Real-Life Case Studies from Today's Top Security Experts," International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) webinar, October 13, 2015
  • "Legal and Compliance Issues Facing Cyber Firms in Today's Business Environment," CyberMaryland, Baltimore, MD, October 30, 2014
  • "Export Controls and Cloud Computing: Complying with ITAR, EAR and Sanctions Laws," Strafford Publications Webinar, April 23, 2014
  • "Basics of Multiple Award Scheduling Contracts," Federal Publications Course Instructor (2012-present)
  • “E(asy)-Discovery: Practical Advice for Conducting Electronic Discovery,” Frederick County Maryland Bar Association, May 24, 2011


  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)
  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)