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Christopher O’Brien focuses his practice on government contracts litigation, planning, and counselling. Chris advises contractors on a variety of matters involving government procurements and federal programs, including contract negotiation, bid protests, claims and disputes, ethics and compliance, foreign military sales, small business initiatives, investigations, and mergers and acquisitions. He works with clients operating in an array of industries, including defense, technology, aerospace, management consulting, health care, and logistics.

Chris regularly represents clients before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Boards of Contract Appeals, and various federal courts. He also counsels clients on prime-subcontractor matters, developing and implementing conflict of interest mitigation plans, FOCI mitigation, and forming joint ventures.



  • Challenged size status award before SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals of $30M Defense Logistics Agency small business, 8(a) set-aside contract and prevailed.
  • Legal Intern – Division of Enforcement, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 2018
  • Student Honors Program – Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2017
  • Legal Intern, North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), 2017
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Edward J. Damich, United States Court of Federal Claims, 2016
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Jennifer Anderson, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 2016


  • J.D., magna cum laude, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
    • Securities Law Certificate
    • Member, Catholic University Law Review
  • B.A., University of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2019-2020
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2018-2019
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • District of Columbia