Frederick (Rick) W. Claybrook, Jr., is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Crowell & Moring. He has litigated for over 30 years in the government contract area and has appeared on frequent occasions before the Court of Federal Claims, the Government Accountability Office, the boards of contract appeals, federal district and state courts, domestic and international arbitrators, and courts of appeals. He has also been involved in several mini-trials. Rick is rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale-Hubbell and recognized by Super Lawyers 2014 as a leader in his field.
Rick has concentrated in bid protest actions and in litigation of contract and subcontract disputes, including with the United States Postal Service. He also has substantial experience in terminations, changes, and other government and commercial contracting matters. He has:
- Won multiple multi-million dollar awards.
- Achieved multiple multi-million dollar settlements.
- Never lost a protest defense.
Rick has authored several law review articles, including It's Patent that 'Plain Meaning' Dictionary Definitions Shouldn't Dictate: What Phillips Portends for Contract Interpretation, 16 Fed. Cir. B.J. 91 (2006); Standing, Prejudice, and Prejudging in Bid Protest Cases, 33 Public Contract L.J. 535 (2004); and Good Faith in the Terminations and Formation of Federal Contracts, 56 Md. L. Rev. 555 (1997). He was graduated cum laude from Wheaton College (Illinois) in 1973 and with honor from Duke University School of Law in 1976. He was a member of the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal, in which he published two articles. Following his graduation from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Rick is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of Ohio, as well as the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, several U.S. Courts of Appeals and District Courts, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He is a member of the American Bar Association and its Public Contract Law and Litigation Sections, and he is on the national board of the Christian Legal Society.