Edwin O. Childs Jr.


Related Content

  • American University Washington College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Senior Federal Circuit Editor, American University Law Review, 2009
  • The George Washington University, BA, Political Science, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2005
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

As a government contracts attorney, Ned primarily represents companies in the defense, technology, and aerospace industries. His practice encompasses an array of legal services, including government contract counseling and assistance with regulatory enforcement actions, internal investigations, licensing, voluntary disclosures, regulatory compliance, and corporate ownership and acquisition issues.

Ned defends clients against procurement fraud claims and qui tam whistleblower suits brought under the False Claims Act, and he assists clients with the preparation of mandatory and voluntary disclosures to numerous agencies, including the Department of Defense. In addition, he represents clients in protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), suspension and debarment proceedings before federal agencies, litigation at the Court of Federal Claims, and size challenges at the Small Business Administration (SBA). Ned also advises clients on federal procurement issues, including foreign sourcing restrictions, small business eligibility, most-favored pricing, GSA schedule contract requirements, general contract administration, and government rights in intellectual property, among other issues.

Ned advises clients on legal issues affecting national security as well. He represents clients before the Defense Security Service (DSS), the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, and the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States and its stakeholder agencies. He also advises clients on industrial security issues, including creating technology control and electronic communications plans, establishing cleared subsidiaries, fielding compliance concerns and questions from DSS, and developing and negotiating measures to mitigate foreign ownership, control, and influence.

Before pursuing his law degree, Ned worked for the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator of Cuban Affairs, where he negotiated the Department’s policy positions on Department of Commerce and Department of the Treasury Cuba licensing matters. He also handled issues arising under Title IV of the Helms-Burton Act, a law seeking to penalize foreign companies trafficking property confiscated from U.S. citizens in Cuba.

Edwin Childs
T: +1 202 857 1723F: +1 202 828 29742001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

Represented a major defense contractor through the Contract Disputes Act claims process, including in litigation at the Court of Federal Claims, related to claims for breach of contract and Cost Accounting Standards issues.

Represented a small business at the Court of Federal Claims related to patent infringement claims against the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Represented a standards development organization bringing copyright infringement claims against a third party in U.S. District Court.

Negotiated the settlement of a successful claim before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals relating to an audit of a small business’s provisional labor rates, turning a DCMA demand for $2.3 million into a $68,000 settlement in the small business’s favor.

Represented a large defense contractor in a DOD Inspector General investigation of comments made by a former executive regarding potential procurement integrity concerns.

Represented a government contractor against a DOD investigation of alleged bribery and kickbacks associated with a government contract for large-scale construction services performed in Afghanistan.

Counseled a government contractor on an internal investigation involving the treatment of health insurance premium costs under the Cost Accounting Standards.

Represented a significant government contractor in a qui tam whistleblower action under the False Claims Act settled in U.S. District Court involving allegations of false testing certifications on a telecommunications system built in Iraq in 2005 and valued at more than $200 million.

Represented a GSA schedule contractor in the investigation, remediation, and settlement of a qui tam whistleblower claim alleging non-compliance with certain specifications in a federal supply schedule contract.

Represented a foreign company in the negotiation and resolution of claims related to the voluntary disclosure of potential non-compliance with GSA schedule foreign sourcing restrictions.

Represented a defense contractor in a successful bid protest of a DOD contract for cyber-forensic services before the GAO valued at more than $450 million, including post-protest negotiations with the agency and contract awardee on mutually-agreeable corrective action.

Represented a defense contractor in a successful bid protest of a Defense Intelligence Agency contract for intelligence analysis support before the GAO valued at more than $100 million.

Represented a top Federally-Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) against allegations by a competitor of organizational conflicts of interest and other violations under a multibillion dollar FFRDC contract with the DOD.

Represented an Alaska Native Corporation in the successful defense against an SBA size protest and subsequent appeal to the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals on a government contract award valuing more than $500 million.

Represented a prime contractor in AAA arbitration with a subcontractor in a dispute under a NASA contract.

Advised a foreign-owned national security technology company in high stakes negotiations with the DSS related to FOCI and the company’s facility security clearance.

Advised a foreign-owned telecommunications company in its divestiture of its government contracting subsidiary.

Represented various U.S. national security and critical infrastructure companies before CFIUS on their acquisition by Saudi, French, British, Singaporean, and Chinese entities.

Represented multiple British companies on various acquisitions of U.S. national security and critical infrastructure companies.

Counseled an aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul company on the negotiation of export licenses related to the company’s export and re-export of U.S.-origin controlled aviation parts and materials.

Negotiated numerous encryption licensing arrangements, export licenses to restricted parties, and deemed export and re-export licenses with the Department of Commerce for technology companies.

Recipient, Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, 2005