Damien C. Specht

Damien C. Specht


Northern Virginia, (703) 760-7325


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

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Damien C. Specht is a partner in the firm’s Government Contracts & Public Procurement practice. Damien represents clients in all facets of government contracts transactions, as well as regulatory counseling, subcontract and teaming agreement negotiations, contract disputes, size protests, and protests. He is a recognized leader on small business procurement issues, with the National Law Journal explaining that federal lawmakers turn to him when they "need expert advice about small-business policy."

Damien has served as lead counsel in numerous bid protests involving military and civilian agency procurements of a wide range of products and services, 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.

Damien has also played a significant role in dozens of government contracts transactions, representing industry leaders, private equity firms and entrepreneurs. These transactions include representation of:

  • Hexcel Corporation in its acquisition of ARC Technologies LLC.
  • CI Capital Partners LLC in its sale of A-T Solutions to PAE.
  • L3 Technologies in numerous transactions including the sale of its National Security Solutions business.
  • Sagewind Capital in numerous transactions including the acquisition of By Light Professional IT Services, a provider of IT, cloud, cyber and infrastructure solutions.
  • Arlington Capital in its acquisition of Integrity Applications Incorporated, a leading provider of systems engineering, integrated solutions, technical analysis.
  • Arctic Slope Regional Corporation in various transactions including the acquisition of Vistronix Intelligence and Technology Solutions.

Damien holds an active security clearance. He serves as Co-Chair of the ABA Public Contract Law Section Mergers and Acquisitions Committee and as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Small Business & Other Socioeconomic Programs Committee. Damien has testified about procurement issues before the United States House of Representatives. He is a frequent speaker on government contracts topics including numerous CLE presentations and panel presentations. Damien has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, one of the "most accomplished young attorneys in the DC area" by The National Law Journal, a "Next Generation Lawyer" by Legal 500, a "Rising Star" in Government Contracts by Law360, and a Washington, D.C. "Rising Star" in Government Contracts by Super Lawyers.

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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