David A. Churchill

David A. Churchill


University of Colorado, Boulder (B.A., 1974)
Cornell Law School (J.D., 1979)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Hon. Louis Spector, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1979-1980)

David A. Churchill is a former Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. His practice includes litigation of disputes involving the award, performance and termination of federal contract disputes, including the Court of Federal Claims, the agency boards of contract appeals, and the Government Accountability Office. He has an active counseling practice in contract award-related matters and on issues arising during performance of government contracts and subcontracts. He also is frequently called upon to conduct internal company investigations in connection with government inquiries and/or mandatory disclosures of potential fraud.

Every year since 2005, Chambers & Partners USA has named Mr. Churchill one of the country’s leading lawyers in Government Contracts Law. In 2009, he was recognized by Ethisphere magazine on its list of “Attorneys Who Matter” in the Government Contracting category. He was also named one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Churchill is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.

Mr. Churchill has served as chair of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association and president of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. In addition to his legal service, Mr. Churchill serves as chair of the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society.

Representative matters across the spectrum of government contract law include:

  • McDonnell Douglas et al. vs. United States (Court of Federal Claims/Federal Circuit/US Supreme Court): Mr. Churchill represented General Dynamics Corporation in a termination dispute involving a classified contract for development and early production of an advanced attack aircraft for the U.S. Navy.
  • Protest of Honeywell International, Inc. (Government Accountability Office): Mr. Churchill was lead counsel to Honeywell in a major bid protest proceeding involving the award of a large NASA contract for space operations management.
  • Protest of United Defense, LP (General Accounting Office): Mr. Churchill was lead counsel to General Dynamics Corporation in a large bid protest proceeding involving the award of a U.S. Army contract for development and production of the Stryker armored vehicle.
  • Thomson CSF vs. Lockheed Martin Corporation (ICC): Mr. Churchill was lead counsel in an ICC international arbitration brought by a French company against Lockheed Martin involving the development and testing of a short range antiaircraft missile.
  • Norden Systems, Inc. vs. General Dynamics Corporation (Conn. State court): Mr. Churchill represented General Dynamics Corporation in a suit brought by a subcontractor involving termination of a large, classified avionics subcontract.

David Churchill is recommended as a leading lawyer in the following rankings publications:

  • Chambers USA 2005–2018: Widely held to be "one of the deans of the federal government contracting Bar in Washington" and a "government contracts guru."
  • Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2018
  • Who’s Who Legal 2013–2018: Public Procurement
  • BTI Client Service All-Stars 2019

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