Alan W. H. Gourley, Partner Washington, D.C.London
Phone: +1 202.624.2561
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595
Phone: +44.20.7413.0011
Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street
London, EC2N 1HQ
United Kingdom

Alan W. H. Gourley is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Crowell & Moring and serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the firm's Government Contracts Group. He graduated magna cum laude from Beloit College in 1977 and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar.


Alan counsels clients with respect to a broad range of international and government contract issues. He has extensive experience with all aspects of international contracts, both government and commercial. He counsels and defends clients with respect to compliance with U.S. export controls and sanctions regulations, the Buy American Act, Berry Amendment and Trade Agreements Act requirements, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Foreign Military Financing program, Foreign Military Sales, US AID grants and procurements, World Bank procurements and other laws and regulations applicable to international transactions. He also counsels clients concerning U.S. laws and regulations applicable to foreign investment and ownership in the United States, such as Exon-Florio and the National Industrial Security Program and with respect to investment protection provided overseas by various Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and Free Trade Agreements.


Alan is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court as well as in various federal district and appellate courts throughout the country. He has litigated numerous contract cases against the United States and arbitrated cases against foreign governments and international organizations. He has defended clients in qui tam and other cases under the False Claims Act as well as in various criminal grand jury and civil fraud investigations. He has also litigated investor-state disputes in arbitrations brought under commercial contracts as well as under NAFTA Chapter Eleven. He is experienced as well with the investment protections provided by international law and the Energy Charter Treaty, BITs and other Free Trade Agreements.

Bar Activities

Alan is a member of various bar associations including the American Bar Association where he is active in the Sections of Litigation, International Law & Practice, and Public Contract Law, and in the American Society of International Law.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia

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Jan.09.2015 Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group Named to Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" for Fifth Consecutive Year
Aug.28.2014 The Best Lawyers In America 2015 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
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