David Gallacher is a partner in the Governmental Practice in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

David's professional experience involves a wide variety of litigation, administrative and counseling issues related to federal procurement laws. His experience includes complex litigation in federal court under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, claims disputes before the Boards of Contract Appeals and bid protest actions.

David regularly counsels both domestic and foreign companies on issues relating to compliance with government regulations including, among other things, subcontract administration, country of origin requirements under the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts, export controls, commercial item exceptions, merger and acquisition due diligence, cost accounting, suspension and debarment and small business requirements. He also regularly conducts compliance reviews and internal investigations to assist companies ensure that they are in full compliance with the law.



Global Trade Law Blog Posts

Government Contracts and Investigations Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • "Drafting and Negotiating Teaming Agreements," Public Contracting Institute, 2011-Present
  • "Teaming Agreements and Advanced Subcontracting," Federal Publications, 2008-Present
  • "Fun with the FAR," Public Contracting Institute - Webinar, June 4, 2014
  • "Walking the Tightrope- Q&A on Emerging Compliance Issues," Ingram Micro 2013 Federal Summit, May 15, 2013
  • "What U.S. Offset Personnel Need to Know About the Buy American Act," Defense Industry Offset Association, Spring 2013 Conference, May 2, 2013
  • "Terminations for Convenience- You Can't Always Get What You Want," Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, 2013 Training Conference, April 23, 2013
  • "Buy American and Country of Origin Requirements," Sheppard Mullin Lunch With Your Government Contracts Lawyer, February 26, 2013
  • "Contract Compliance: Choose Your Own Adventure," Public Sector 2012 Federal Summit, June 21, 2012
  • "Small But Smart: Three Things Every Small Business Should Know About Selling to the Government," Public Sector 2012 Federal Summit, June 21, 2012
  • "Extracting Revenue from Government Contractors - Withholding Taxes and Imposing Penalties," GovEd Alliance, June 9, 2011
  • "Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act- Country of Origin Restrictions Under U.S. Law," Technology Advances, December 13, 2010
  • "Making Sense of the Specialty Metals Requirements," American Conference Institute's DOD Contracting Summit, June 23, 2010
  • "Overview of Requirements Under the Stimulus Act," PLI, March 12, 2010
  • "Strings Attached to Stimulus Funding - The Buy American Act and Expanded Government Audits," CLE International, March 4, 2010
  • "Considering the Future of Commercial Contracting," Presented to the Association of Integrated Dual-Use Commercial Companies, February 5, 2009
  • "Globalization - Practical Considerations in Day-to-Day Business With an International Focus," NCMA's World Congress, April 24, 2007
  • "Whistleblower Statutes & Corporate Compliance," Lorman Seminars, April 6, 2006
  • "U.S. Export Control Laws," NCMA, Northern Virginia Chapter, October 18, 2005
  • "Best (and Worst) Practices: Lessons Learned from the Federal Procurement System," North Carolina Statewide Purchasing Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, March 29, 2005

Digital Media


J.D., Washington College of Law of the American University, 2001, magna cum laude

B.A., University of Utah, 1997, cum laude


  • District of Columbia
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Federal courts in Virginia and in the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
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