Blake R. Christopher Associate

Blake focuses his practice on federal and state procurement, government investigations, and regulatory compliance. His practice encompasses government contracts investigations, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), bid protests, Contract Disputes Act claims, federal and little Miller Act litigation, NAICS code appeals, suspension/debarment issues, the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and ethics/compliance counseling. He utilizes experience in government and Fortune 500 companies to solve problems in creative and efficient ways.

Blake is admitted to the courts of Virginia and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. His experience with the latter court includes knowledge of its unique rules and short deadlines, which led to the court’s reputation as the “rocket docket.” He also represents clients in matters before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, (ASBCA), Government Accountability Office (GAO), Small Business Administration (SBA), and various other government agencies. His work before these courts and agencies includes both the prosecution of government contracts claims and the defense of government contracts investigations.

Blake has worked with a diverse range of clients, from Fortune 500 to local start-ups. Blake’s experience is built upon his upbringing, as his family includes several business owners and civic leaders. At his core, he understands and appreciates modern business concerns and their interplay with all levels of government.

Blake joined McGuireWoods from a law firm in Norfolk, Virginia, where he practiced in the fields of government contracts and construction and where he worked closely with the area’s sizable military presence, particularly its shipbuilding and ship repair industries. He has routinely crafted regulatory compliance plans and assisted with ethics and compliance training for government contractors. 

Prior to graduating from William & Mary Law School, Blake performed legal and non-legal work for various U.S. senators and congressional committees. While a student at the University of Louisville, Blake studied abroad at the University of Oxford in Oxford, UK, and at Renmin University of Beijing, China.

Experience

Assisted in a ship repair claim before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; the dispute included forty-two separate claims against the U.S. Navy and resulted in multi-million-dollar decision for the contractor. 

Assisted in a multi-million-dollar ship repair claim before the ASBCA.

Defended a government contractor from a fraud investigation concerning alleged installation of used parts and defeated attempted debarment. 

Defended local lighting supplier from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation related to safety certifications for lighting materials.

Represented a government contractor in a Department of Justice (“DOJ”) grand jury investigation related to preferential treatment allegations.

Represented numerous ship owners and maritime enterprises in U.S. Coast Guard and Virginia State Police investigations related to regulatory compliance.

Counseled a prime contractor on False Claims Act (“FCA”) risks inherent to certain accounting methods.

Trained government contractor employees on how to identify and report ethics/compliance issues.

Assisted government contractor in maintenance of internal infrastructure that received and responded to reports of ethics/compliance issues.

Advised government contractor on methods for responding to ethics/compliance issues, with particular attention given to the efficiency and effectiveness of certain methods.  

Drafted general compliance plans for government contractors and edited employee handbooks for topics related to government contracts.

Utilized state grants to create ITAR and EAR compliance plans for companies selling military hardware to NATO members.

Represented a veteran-owned small business (“VOSB”) in beginning Termination-for-Convenience Settlement Agreement under a U.S. Air Force personal services contract.

Counseled a prime contractor on the application of the Federal Tort Claims Act (“FTCA”) to personal services contracts.

Defeated government’s Motion to Dismiss in a GAO protest where GAO required four separate briefings on timeliness issues and supporting law.

Resolved numerous bid protest disputes with government counsel via negotiations and settlement and thereby avoided protracted briefings before the GAO.

Persuaded multi-national government contractor that client’s air filtration product for Middle Eastern theater warranted commerciality status. 

Assisted subcontractor on a pass-through claim concerning payment in U.S. dollars for work performed overseas; cooperated with prime contractor to negotiate successful settlement with the U.S. Army.

Defended a Public Private Venture (“PPV”), which provided military housing for Naval Station Norfolk, in negligence action before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Reviewed multiple teaming agreements for large government contractors and commented on law changes related to the enforceability of such agreements.

Drafted and responded to numerous bid protests, including those related to size disputes, NAICS code applications, and the SBA’s economically and socially disadvantaged programs/policies.

Defended numerous prime contractors from Miller Act bond claims against construction projects on federal military installations.

Revised yacht maker’s purchase agreements to reflect risks associated with steel tariffs.

Assisted in a dispute before the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) that concerned construction and design defects and that included complex statute of limitations questions.

Advised client on potential sale of government contractor business to multinational corporation.

Counseled prime contractor of personal services contract on best practices for drafting and filing Requests for Equitable Adjustment (“REAs”).

Assisted general counsel of local ship repair association as day-to-day counsel for one of Virginia’s largest trade associations.

  • William & Mary Law School, JD, 2015
  • University of Louisville, BA, Political Science, summa cum laude, 2012

Board of Directors, Heart Walk, American Heart Association Hampton Roads Chapter, 2015-2017

Virginia Ship Repair Association, 2015-2018

Associated Builder and Contractors, 2015-2018

Associated General Contractors, 2015-2018

  • Guest Lecturer, "Government Contracts and Construction Law," William and Mary Law School, March 2017 and March 2018
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Named, "Millennial on the Move," CoVABiz Magazine, 2016

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