Richard W. Arnholt is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office, where he practices in the Government Contracts Group. His practice involves bid protests, qui tam actions, contract claims, congressional and criminal investigations, and providing regulatory advice. His recent work includes litigating bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims, False Claims Act work at the trial and appellate level, providing training to clients regarding U.S. government contracts law, advising clients on a range of government contracts compliance issues, including the Berry Amendment and Trade Agreements Act, and assisting major defense companies in responding to congressional inquiries. He also regularly counsels clients on suspension and debarment matters at the federal and state levels, including appearing before government debarring officials.
Richard graduated with honors for the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 1997, where he double majored in international relations and economics. He then worked at the Global Organized Crime Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., where he focused on U.S. counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism policy.
Richard received his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002, where he worked in the Clinic for Advanced Legal Studies and assisted a Serbian refugee in his successful application for asylum. In 2003 he graduated with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center's International and Comparative Law LL.M. program. During that time, Richard was elected as the LL.M. representative to the Student Bar Association, worked with the International Institute for Economic Law, and wrote his thesis on project finance and Islamic law.
Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Richard clerked for one year with the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and worked with the government contracts group at another top law firm. He is an active member of the ABA's Section of Public Contract Law, and currently co-chairs two committees.
American Bar Association - Section of Public Contract Law
- Co-Chair - Privatization, Outsourcing & Financing Transactions Committee - 2009-Present
- Vice-Chair - Membership, Diversity & Outreach Committee - 2007-Present
- Vice-Chair - Contract Claims and Dispute Resolution Committee - 2005-Present
- Co-Chair - Acquisition Reform & Emerging Issues Committee - 2009-2011
- Co-Chair - Young Lawyers Committee - 2007-2009
- Young Lawyers Division Liaison - 2004-2006