Christian B. Nagel Senior Counsel

Chris leads the firm's government contracts litigation team. He advises businesses on a broad range of legal issues involving their relationship with the government.

Chris represents clients in bid protests, claims, suspension/debarment, False Claims Act matters, and investigations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He regularly guides corporations through compliance issues, including internal investigations and employee training. He also currently serves as a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Bid Protest Committee.

Chris served for twelve years on active duty and as a reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps. While on active duty, he deployed to Afghanistan where he adjudicated claims against NATO and the U.S. government. His previous tours included stints as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia as the Officer-in-Charge of the Quantico Legal Assistance Office, and as a military prosecutor.

Prior to his service in the Marine Corps, Chris worked on the staff of a member of Congress and as a writer at the White House.


Received favorable pre-trial discovery ruling from US Court of Federal Claims in $30M DoD IDIQ contract, resulting in the agency taking corrective action to re-evaluate proposals with an entirely new source selection evaluation board.

Successfully resolved intellectual property dispute with US Marine Corps regarding new technology procured without clearly defined IP terms, securing client’s desired objective.

Led bid protest effort on behalf of air traffic control manufacturer, successfully protesting multi-year award to client’s competitor and overturning over a decade of anti-competitive procurement activity by the FAA.

Counseled government contractor through corporate restructuring and successful implementation of comprehensive ethics program in response to government investigation and proposed debarment.

Filed Contract Disputes Act claim on behalf of utility provider, resulting in payment by federal agency of invoices dating back over three years.

Negotiated with federal prosecutor to avoid False Claims Act liability after federal agency procurement fraud investigation.

Defended Virginia county government procurement office against bid protest filed in Circuit Court, ultimately resulting in protester requesting that court dismiss the protest.

After government agency demanded multi-million dollar adjustment to contract of corporate client, negotiated a final adjustment to less than 20% of amount initially sought.

Lead counsel in series of transactions resolving subcontract claims and replacing subcontract with new Virginia Department of Transportation contract, successfully negotiating client’s transition from subcontractor to prime contractor in state highway contract.

Spearheaded client bid protest at Virginia Department of Health, resulting in rescission of approximately $30 million award and announcement of new solicitation.

Presented multiple continuing legal education seminars on government contracts compliance to in-house legal departments.

Counseled utility company responding to OIG audit of government contract cost accounting practices, resulting in no adverse action taken by federal agency customer.

Bid protest of GSA decision not to award client $5.75 billion federal supply schedule, resulting in corrective action by agency to evaluate client’s proposal

Negotiated with Department of Defense suspension and debarment official the termination of a proposed debarment for former employee of major government contractor.

After contracting officer removed corporate client from agency’s list of qualified contractors, led successful effort to re-instate client as eligible to receive contracts from government agency.

Led bid protest effort on behalf of government contractor, resulting in government agency issuing a full and open competition on a previously single-sourced contract award.

Negotiated with federal prosecutors the termination of investigation into client’s allegedly illegal activity as part of a high-profile political scandal.

Argued emergency defense of international security firm sued in federal court for injunctive relieve and significant monetary damages.

Counseled utility company on Buy America infrastructure requirements and compliance.

Led bid protest team on behalf of multi-billion dollar international construction manufacturer after the loss of a major Department of Defense acquisition contract.

Regularly guides corporations through compliance issues, including internal investigations and employee training.

Counseled international government contractor personnel regarding process and policy of corporate restructuring in order to comply with Foreign Ownership, Control, Interests (FOCI) requirements while pursuing classified USG contracts.

Led U.S. Court of Federal Claims bid protest of federal agency sole source procurement.

  • William & Mary Law School, JD
  • Miami University, BA

Vice Chair, American Bar Association’s Bid Protest Committee

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Utilities, Government Contracts, Thomson Reuters, 2015
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