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 in the Northern Virginia office. Recognized by multiple publications as a rising star, Mr. Specht represents clients in all facets of government contracts mergers and acquisitions, as well as Federal Acquisition Regulation counseling, negotiation of subcontracts and teaming agreements, contract disputes, size protests, and both pre- and post-award bid protests.

Mr. Specht has played a significant role in dozens of government contracts transactions including representation of Cerberus Capital Management L.P., one of the world’s leading private investment firms, in its more than $1 billion acquisition of military contractor DynCorp International Inc.

Other notable transactions include representation of:

  • CI Capital Partners LLC in its sale of A-T Solutions to PAE

  • Metalmark Capital in numerous transactions including the sale of Asynchrony Inc. to Worldwide Technology Inc.

  • QSSI, Inc., a specialized government healthcare IT architecture provider, in its sale to OptumInsight

  • 2020 Company, LLC, a provider of healthcare IT solutions to various governmental agencies, in its sale to Acentia, LLC.

  • W.W. Grainger Inc. in the acquisition of Safety Solutions Inc., E&R Industrial Sales, Inc., and Techni-Tool, Inc.

Mr. Specht holds an active security clearance. Mr. Specht 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. He 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 on government contracts topics. Additionally, he is a contributor to the Guide to Fixed-Price Supply Subcontract Terms and Conditions, Fifth Edition, published by the American Bar Association.

Mr. Specht has been recognized as 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, DC “Rising Star” in Government Contracts by Super Lawyers. He has also been named an “Up and Coming” attorney by Chambers USA; 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.”

Damien Specht has received the following rankings and recognitions:

  • Law360 2016: Government Contracts “Rising Star”
  • 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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