Damien C. Specht

Damien C. Specht

Partner

Northern Virginia, (703) 760-7325

Education

Grinnell College (B.A., 2002)
The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2007)

Bar Admissions

Virginia
District of Columbia

Damien is a partner in the firm’s Government Contracts & Public Procurement practice. He represents clients in all facets of government contracts transactions, as well as regulatory counseling, subcontract and teaming agreement negotiations, contract disputes, size protests, and bid protests.

Damien has been recognized as a leading Government Contracts lawyer by various publications.  Chambers USA explains that he is “is a strong choice for advising government contractors on M&A transactions,” and National Law Journal found that federal lawmakers turn to him when they “need expert advice about small-business policy.” 

Damien regularly serves as lead counsel in high-stakes litigation, including pre- and post-award protests at the GAO, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and state tribunals, as well as in size protests and appeals.

He has also played a significant role in dozens of government contracts transactions, representing industry leaders, private equity firms, and entrepreneurs.

Damien holds an active security clearance. He serves as Co-Chair of the ABA Public Contract Law Section Mergers and Acquisitions Committee and in the leadership of the American Bar Association Small Business & Other Socioeconomic Programs Committee. Damien has testified about procurement issues before the United States House of Representatives.

Damien Specht has received the following rankings and recognitions:

  • Law360 2016: Government Contracts “Rising Star”
  • Legal 500 US 2018: Government Contracts "Next Generation Lawyer"
  • Chambers USA 2018: Damien Specht is regularly called upon to advise clients on transactional matters and sources cite him as a "real expert in small business matters." Clients say: "He is great at identifying issues and litigating to success in protests at both the federal and state levels."
  • Chambers USA 2017: Damien Specht is a strong choice for advising government contractors on M&A transactions. Clients comment that “he's a very quick study. He turns work around very quickly and writes very well. He puts together good, cogent arguments in a short timeframe.”
  • Chambers USA 2016: Co-chair of the firm's government contracts and corporate transactions practice, Damien Specht provides acquisitions advice and counseling to clients. He receives recognition for his regulatory expertise, in particular his in-depth knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, with one client exclaiming: “I think he knows it by heart!”
  • Chambers USA 2015: Rising star Damien Specht offers particular expertise from a M&A perspective and handles the related government contracts issues that result. Clients praise him for his thorough and diligent approach to matters.
  • National Law Journal 2015: D.C. “Rising Star”

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