J. Alex Ward

J. Alex Ward

Education

Duke University (A.B., 1989)
Harvard Law School (J.D., 1992)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Clerkships

Hon. Eugene Sullivan, U.S. Court of Appeals, Armed Forces (1992-1993)
Hon. Karen L. Henderson, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (1996-1997)

Alex is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. His practice covers a full range of government contracts matters, including bid protests, claims, investigations, corporate transactions, and counseling. In addition, he regularly handles federal and state court litigation and alternative dispute resolution involving government contractors. In all matters, Alex’s constant goal is to provide his clients the highest level of efficient, ethical, and effective representation.

Alex has served as lead counsel in dozens of bid protests involving military and civilian agency procurements of a wide range of products and services, including all manner of pre- and post-award protests in the GAO, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and state tribunals, as well as appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and size protests before the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals. He has handled all aspects of the claims process, from the initial assessment and drafting of requests for equitable adjustment through litigation in the Boards of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims. He has represented contractors in internal and external investigations, disclosures to the government, and qui tam litigation, with a great deal of success in reducing or eliminating his clients’ exposure through active engagement with the relevant government bodies. His work on transactions involving the purchase, sale, and restructuring of government contractors has ranged from overseeing diligence on the target company’s government contracts portfolio to advising on issues such as FOCI and CFIUS review.

Alex’s litigation and ADR practice covers the gamut of controversies confronting government contractors, including prime-sub, teaming partner, employer-employee, competitor, and indemnification disputes. His litigation work also includes a variety of pro bono engagements, in which he has represented both individual and institutional clients in matters ranging from criminal defense to protection of the environment.

Prior to joining the firm, Alex served in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer and an Assistant to the General Counsel of the Army. His work for the Army included civil works and international matters.

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