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Jeffery M. Chiow
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Jeffery M. Chiow
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Chiow represents clients in litigation and government investigations that usually have some nexus to a government contract. He also provides counsel on business and compliance issues faced by government contractors. He was named one of four “Associates to Watch” among all government contracts attorneys in the country by Chambers USA®. In 2014 and 2015, he was listed as a “Rising Star” among government contracts attorneys in Washington, DC by SuperLawyer®. Particular interests include aerospace and defense (he was a U.S. Marine Corps weapons and sensors officer in the F/A-18D Hornet before becoming a lawyer), bid protests, cybersecurity, technology services contracting, schedule contracting and contingency contracting.

Professional Qualifications

Clients appreciate his well-rounded understanding of the complex business, legal and regulatory considerations that uniquely affect government contractors. He helps clients to evaluate and achieve results that protect and grow their government business and has experience across the spectrum of government contracts topics. Mr. Chiow’s work includes a mix of investigations and litigation work including federal bid protests and claims. Many of the bid protests he has litigated involved enterprise critical matters worth hundreds of millions or more at stake.

Representative matters include a broad array of investigations.He assisted a major aerospace contractor in Congressional and Inspector General investigations of a $1 Billion-plus contract. He also represented contractors in investigations and testimony before the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. His False Claims Act experience includes alleged fraud involving federal grants, a $45 million-plus DOJ Civil Fraud investigation, and a qui tam suit alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. He has also conducted many sensitive internal compliance investigations and made recommendations to defense, IT and healthcare clients about potential civil and criminal liability and potential disclosure obligations.

Mr. Chiow gained valuable legal experience from internships including: the Department of Justice, Criminal Fraud Division; Judge Roger Titus of the Federal District Court for the District of Maryland; the National Science Foundation’s Office of Inspector General, and legislative intern to a Member of the House of Representatives.

He currently serves as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. He is also active in the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section, including serving as a Vice Chair on committees focused on acquisition reform, cybersecurity, and battlespace and contingency contracting.


J.D., George Washington University Law School

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy

Bar Admissions
District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the Unites States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Government Contracts

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

Cybersecurity in Practice: Strategies for Complying with Changing Cyber Contracting Regulations, Speaker, ACI 8th Advanced Forum on DCAA & DCMA Cost, Pricing and Compliance Audits, June 14, 2017

Cybersecurity and Government Contracting: Regulations, Implications and Compliance, 2-day course, Federal Publications Seminars, Apr. 25-26, 2017 (co-presented)

Navigating Bid Protests Caused By DOD Cybersecurity Rules, Law360, Apr. 18, 2017 (PDF) co-authored

Discussion on recent FAR/DFARS clauses concerning safeguarding government information and contractor information systems, Moderator, ABA PCLS Meeting, Oct. 26, 2016

"Safeguarding Contractor Systems” and "Transactional Data Reporting," Speaker, Compusearch GovCon Executive Roundtable, Oct. 20, 2016

"Lockheed And Unquantifiable Risk in Gov’t Contracts M&A," Law360, Oct. 10, 2016 (PDF) (co-authored)

"Cybersecurity Summit for Government Contractors: Hot Topics, Trends and Emerging Issues," Speaker, Federal Publications Seminars, Sept 15, 2016

Bridging the Gap from Cyber Fatigued to Cyber Secure: Just the Basics, Moderator, ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Nov. 13, 2015

Protecting The Supply Chain, training session, Public Contracting Institute, June 25, 2015 (co-presented)

New CTIP - Combatting Trafficking in Persons - Rule, American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section Council Meeting, Mar. 14, 2015

New, Steep Penalty In Proposed SBA Sub-contracting Rule, Law360, Feb. 6, 2015, co-authored (PDF) co-authored

Making Sense of Complex Government Contracting Issues, Professor Ralph Nash's 2015 Webinar Series, Jan. 29, 2015, co-presented

2013 Government Contract Law Decision of the Federal Circuit, 63 American University Law Review 1307 (2014), (PDF) co-authored

Privacy vs. Security -- A zero sum game? Jan. 2014 (PDF) published by ABA Contract Law Section for 20th Annual Federal Procurement Institute

GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contracting: Lessons From 2013, Law360, Dec. 18, 2013, (PDF) co-authored

"Supply Chain Security: Reducing Threats to Critical Systems," ERAI Executive Conference, April 18-19, 2013 (PDF) co-authored

The Five Questions that Matter in a Bid Protest, Law 360, Expert Analysis, September 28, 2012

DoD Counterfeit Parts Rule: What Result When That Butterfly Beats Its Wings?, Service Contractor, by Professional Services Council, September 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

Legislating Supply Chain Assurance: Examination of Section 818 of the FY 2012 NDAA, The Procurement Lawyer, Section of Public Contract Law, ABA, Vol. 47, No. 4 - Summer 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

Advising Construction Contractors: Suspension and Debarment, A CLE teleconference for the ABA Public Contract Law Section, Construction Division, June 28, 2012 (Slide Show) and (Case Study) co-presented

Counterfeit Electronic Parts: What to Do Before The Regulations (and Regulators) Come? Federal Contracts Report, Vol. 97, June 21, 2012, (PDF) (co-authored)

Counterfeit Parts Report - A Guide for Contractors, DoD, Law 360: Expert Analysis, May 24, 2012 (co-authored)

Counterfeit Parts in DoD's Supply Chain, ABA Public Contract Law Section, Emerging Issues Committee Presentation April 10, 2012 (PDF)

"GAO Prods DCAA on Internal Audits," Federal Contracts Report, Vol. 97, by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., March 9, 2012
(PDF) (co-authored)


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Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202.777.8950
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