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Tim McLister focuses his practice on government contracts and procurement matters. He regularly advises clients in Small Business Administration initiatives (SBA) and contract formation work, including forming joint ventures, negotiating teaming agreements, and developing small business subcontracting plans. He also provides advice regarding the Buy American Act (BAA), Free Trade Agreements (FTA), and export controls. He has negotiated contracts and litigated bid protests and claims before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Court of Federal Claims (COFC), Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), as well as federal and state courts. He has experience in the aerospace and defense sectors, as well as cybersecurity, renewable energy, maritime, technology services, and schedule contracting.

Prior to entering private practice, he served as an Active-Duty Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps where he represented the United States Army in its litigation and procurement strategy. He also served as the Senior Trial Counsel for the nation’s Contingency Corps where he managed a team of prosecutors at the nation’s largest military installation. Further, he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, and Kuwait in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve where he advised a three-star general command in the acquisition of critical supplies and services throughout a contingency operation. Tim holds a Top Secret, Sensitive Compartment Information clearance and a Master of Business Administration with a finance concentration.



  • Represented the United States Army in its litigation and procurement strategy in complex, multimillion-dollar cases involving high-visibility contracts that are vital to national defense, including classified procurements supporting operations world-wide, before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Government Accountability Office, and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.°
  • Represented the United States Army in over two-dozen bid protests totaling more than $1 billion and over twenty contract appeals totaling more than $25 million.
  • Argued as lead prosecutor on over a dozen courts-martial trials, one of which involved a large conspiracy involving the larceny of over $2 million worth of critical military equipment stored for the nation’s Immediate Reaction Force just prior to its urgent deployment to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.°
  • Prosecuted the Fort Bragg Garrison (base) Commander in a high-profile senior leadership procurement fraud case.°
  • Deployed to Baghdad, Iraq and Kuwait in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and advised a three-star general command on the procurement of over $300 million worth of mission-critical equipment and services throughout a deployed contingency operation.°
  • Represented over one hundred individual soldiers on personal legal matters to include estate planning, real property disputes, family law matters, and powers of attorney.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. McLister prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Active-Duty Captain, Judge Advocate (JAG), United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 2016-2021
    • Trial Attorney, Contract Litigation and Intellectual Property Law, United States Army Legal Services Agency, Fort Belvoir, VA
    • Senior Trial Counsel, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg, NC
  • Legal and Business Development Intern, Atlantic Coast Conference, 2015-2016
  • Summer Law Clerk, United Technologies Corporation Aerospace Systems (n/k/a Collins Aerospace), 2015

Recognition & Leadership

  • Recognized, United States Armed Forces
    • Joint Service Commendation Medal
    • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
    • Meritorious Service Medal
    • Army Commendation Medal
  • Board of Directors, Loudoun Golf & Country Club
  • Member, McDaniel College Alumni Council


  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law
    • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law
  • M.B.A., Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
    • Finance Concentration
  • B.A., McDaniel College
    • Captain, Football
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • German, Conversational