Catherine L. Chapple

Catherine L. Chapple


Northern Virginia, (703) 760-7729


University of California, Santa Barbara (B.S., 2006)
Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 2012)

Bar Admissions



Hon. George Miller, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2012-2013)

Catherine Chapple focuses her practice on dispute resolution and counseling for government contractors, including clients in the aerospace, security, defense, and information technology industries. She has extensive litigation experience and has successfully represented government contractors in claims disputes and bid protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

In addition to dispute resolution, Catherine counsels clients on a wide range of government contracts issues, including the False Claims Act, organizational conflicts of interest, the Procurement Integrity Act, defective pricing, GSA contracting, teaming agreements and subcontractor relationships, small business regulations, and mergers and acquisitions involving government contractors. She has been involved with numerous internal investigations and compliance reviews, and has advised clients with respect to voluntary disclosures to agency Inspectors General.

Catherine also maintains a vibrant pro bono practice. She is particularly interested in veterans’ rights and is part of a team currently challenging unfair practices of the Army Board for Corrections of Military Records in federal court. She recently went to trial in New York on behalf of home owners facing foreclosure, and helped two siblings gain green cards, allowing them to stay in Virginia with their mother rather than be sent back to El Salvador. Catherine also advises DC Greens, a non-profit that supports food education, access, and policy in the District of Columbia, on contracting and other issues.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Catherine clerked for the Honorable George W. Miller at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.

Catherine received her J.D. cum laude from the Wake Forest University School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review. Also during law school, Catherine worked in the legal department of a Fortune 100 media corporation, the Office of the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and for the Honorable Eric T. Washington at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Catherine is admitted to practice in California, Virginia, and before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 

Representative Experience

Bid Protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and GAO

  • Represented Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) in defeating Sierra Nevada Corp’s bid protest, filed at GAO, challenging NASA’s $2.6 billion contract award for the development of a new spacecraft capable of replacing the Space Shuttle and transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station.  Sierra Nevada Corp., B-410485, 2015 WL 237331.
  • Represented SpaceX in defeating Sierra Nevada’s challenge of NASA’s override of the CICA stay at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
  • Represented DynCorp International in a successful post-award bid protest at GAO challenging the Department of State’s improper discussions with offerors and subsequent award decision of a $131 million task order for life mission and support services in Afghanistan.  DynCorp Int’l LLC, B-409874.2.
  • Represented SpaceX in successfully prosecuting a multi-billion-dollar bid protest at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and negotiating a favorable settlement resolving the U.S. Air Force’s unlawful failure to conduct full and open competition for national security satellite launch services.

False Claims Act and Internal Investigations

  • Conducted internal investigation of accounting and business practices at Fortune 500 company, including representing client’s interests with the Defense Contract Audit Agency, and advising executive team with respect to proposed changes and remedial actions.

Regulatory Compliance Counseling

  • Implemented program to monitor compliance developments with the potential to affect government contracting business of Fortune 500 professional services firm.

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Conducted diligence review and analyzed government contracts issues to support mergers and acquisitions involving government contracts, including SoftBank’s $20.1 billion dollar acquisition of Sprint Nextel Corporation.

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