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John W. Chierichella

Partner
Washington, DC
F: 202.747.3801

Education

  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1972, Law Review, James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • A.B., Cornell University, 1969
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Overview
Honors
Experience
Thought Leadership
Memberships

Overview

John Chierichella is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Chierichella has a broad range of experience in government contract matters, including claims and appeals, cost and CAS issues, compliance reviews and internal investigations, qui tam and other False Claims Act litigation, bid protests, teaming disputes, and GSA's Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program. 

Mr. Chierichella has been nationally recognized by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, and most recently by Who's Who Legal, noting that he "is one of the most instantly recognizable names in government contracts law". 

He is a prolific author and frequent lecturer, and co-authored the leading book on the MAS Program.

Mr. Chierichella served as attorney/adviser to the Secretary, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Air Force, in the area of procurement law (1973-75).

Honors

  • Chambers & Partners', Tier 1 National Ranking
  • Leading Lawyer in Government, Chambers USA
  • National Recognition as an Elite Leading Lawyer in Government Contracts, Legal 500
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer
  • America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C.
  • Best Government Contracts Lawyers, Washington Business Journal
  • Best Government Contracts Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine
  • SmartCEO Magazine's SmartLawyers
  • Legal Times, Leading Lawyer
  • Who's Who Legal, Leading Public Procurement Lawyer and Government Contracts Expert
  • Martindale-Hubbell Alternative Dispute Resolution Washington, D.C. Top Rated Lawyer

Experience

Litigation

Litigation of contract claims and counterclaims in the Court of Federal Claims against the United States Postal Service

Litigation of claims relating to restructuring costs under CAS 406

Litigation of claims against HHS on behalf of a service-disabled small business

Litigation relating to costs arising from storm damage incurred by Hurricane Katrina

Litigation of alleged false claims brought by former employee/qui tam relator relating to accounting for vacation and holiday time

Litigation of alleged false claims brought by former employee/qui tam relator relating to accounting for various indirect costs, including independent research & development (IR&D), manufacturing & production engineering, selling costs, and long range economic planning

Litigation of alleged false claims relating to design, development and production of classified microelectronic circuits

Litigation with respect to expressly unallowable costs

Litigation with respect to the allowability and allocability of IR&D costs relating to aircraft development

Litigation with respect to the allowability and allocability of IR&D costs relating to naval ship design and development

Litigation with respect to breach of a teaming agreement for a major U.S. aircraft system

Litigation of alleged false claims relating to compliance with the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts

Litigation of alleged false claims relating to compliance with the General Services Administration’s Price Reduction Clause

Litigation of alleged false claims relating to allowability of proxy contest costs

Alternate Dispute Resolution

Classified arbitration relating to alleged breach of teaming agreement for design, development and production of satellites

Unclassified arbitration of claim against major Israeli contractor

Mediation relating to alleged breach of teaming agreement for rocket motor technology

“Baseball”-style arbitration of claims under Government prime contract

Mediation of penalties assessed for expressly unallowable costs

Investigations

Investigation of alleged false claims relating to license fees and royalties included in prices billed to U.S. Government customers

Investigation of alleged cost-plus-percentage-of-cost violations

Investigation of alleged false claims relating to application of profit to inter-affiliate transfers

Investigation of possible false claims raised by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General

Investigation of alleged false claims relating to contractor claims of commerciality

Investigation of potential false claims in connection with progress payment invoices

Investigation of numerous alleged false claims relating to defective cost or pricing data

Investigations of numerous kickback allegations

Investigation of numerous potential disclosures under FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule

Claims

Representation of major aerospace contractor in connection with claims relating to failed rocket launch and loss of payload

Preparation of claim against the Department of Interior relating to underpayments on contract for nationwide personal counseling services

Preparation of claim under contract for overhaul of statewide information technology services contract

Preparation of claim relating to contract for production of plant machinery and equipment

Preparation of claims relating to contract for the design, development and production of unmanned aerial vehicles

Investigation, preparation and prosecution of various contract claims relating to ship design and construction

Investigation, preparation and prosecution of contract claims relating to extreme weather impacts

Investigation, preparation and prosecution of contract claims relating to business reorganizations

Representation of international sales agent in connection with claims for commissions against U.S. aircraft manufacturer

Response to numerous contractual “show cause” and “cure” letters

Bid Protests

Numerous offensive and defensive bid protests at the Court of Federal Claims, GAO, and agency levels

Counseling

Audit Response

Buy American Act, Trade Agreements Act, and Appropriations Act Restrictions

Costs

  • Allowability
  • Allocability
  • Reasonableness
  • Credits
  • Depreciation
  • Economic Planning
  • Environmental Costs
  • Executive Compensation Costs
  • Fines, Penalties and Mischarging
  • Golden Handcuffs
  • Golden Parachutes
  • Idle Facilities and Idle Capacity
  • IR&D
  • Lobbying
  • Manufacturing & Production Engineering
  • Material Costs
  • Organization Costs
  • Relocation Costs
  • Restructuring Costs
  • Royalties
  • Selling Costs
  • Special Tooling and Special Test Equipment
  • Termination Costs
  • Legal and Other Proceedings Costs

Cost Accounting Standards

Cost or Pricing Data

Cost Analysis/Price Analysis

Multiple Award Schedule Contracting

Public Law 85-804/Extraordinary Contract Relief

Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software

Subcontracts and Flow Down Requirements

Teaming Agreements

Other

Government Contracts-related due diligence in support of Government Contracts-related mergers and acquisitions

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) oversight of M&A involving foreign buyers

Foreign Ownership, Control or Interest (“FOCI”) in contractors holding classified contracts

FOIA

Service as an ombudsman for a foreign defense contractor under an ITAR-related agreement with DDTC resolving alleged export violations

Thought Leadership

Articles

Selected Recent Articles in Print

Selected Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Memberships

  • Member, Advisory Board of the Government Contractor
  • Member, American Bar Association's Sections of Public Contract Law, Administrative Law and Litigation
  • Member, National Contract Management Association