• Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum Laude
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum Laude


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia (Associate - Inactive)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

J. Chris Haile


Businesses working with the federal government rely on J. Chris Haile for his seasoned perspective and skillful representation to advance and defend business objectives. Chris represents contractors and awardees navigating complex challenges in negotiations, investigations, compliance, and litigation regarding federal contracts.

In the highly regulated business of government contracts, Chris has vast experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation and agency supplements such as the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and General Services Acquisition Regulation. He frequently addresses matters involving breach of contract, government-directed changes, constructive changes, delays, requests for equitable adjustment, cost allowability, government audits, submitting certified cost or pricing data, procuring commercial products and commercial services, defective pricing, contract termination, prioritization of work under the Defense Production Act and the Defense Priorities and Allocations System, suspension, debarment, dispute resolution under the Contract Disputes Act, and many other areas with aspects unique to government contracting. 

Chris represents a diverse range of clients and industries supporting the federal government, in areas such as aerospace, defense, health care, construction, professional services, higher education, and information technology products and services. He has successfully resolved matters involving the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, NASA, the Agency for International Development, and the Department of Energy, among others.

Chris has litigated before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Government Accountability Office, and District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board. He also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution in a variety of forms, including arbitration, mediation, and other binding and nonbinding ADR proceedings.


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • ABA Public Contract Law Section, Member

Representative Matters

  • Represented a contractor in the pursuit and recovery of $100 million from the government for directed contract changes as well as the government’s release of claims regarding disputed performance guarantees.
  • Pursued and negotiated the recovery of more than $10 million from a federal agency in a claim based on the parties’ mutual mistakes of fact in a health care service contract. 
  • Successfully represented a health care contractor, recovering 100% of unpaid lease termination costs in connection with a U.S. Army health care facility following proceedings at the ASBCA.
  • Prepared a contractor claim and recovered nearly 100% of costs previously disallowed by the contracting officer in a federal cost reimbursement construction contract. 


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Firm News & Announcements

February 22, 2019 Law360 Names Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group a "Practice Group of the Year" for the Ninth Consecutive Year
January 9, 2015 Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group Named to Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" for Fifth Consecutive Year
January 29, 2013 Crowell & Moring Releases Report, "Litigation Forecast 2013"