Jason M. Crawford, Associate Washington, D.C.
jcrawford@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2562
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Jason M. Crawford practices in the firm's Washington, D.C. office and has an active litigation and counseling practice focused on False Claims Act investigations and litigation, mandatory and voluntary disclosures to the government, suspension and debarment proceedings, prime-sub disputes, government contracts due diligence, bid protests, and contract disputes with state and federal entities.

Experience

False Claims Act Litigation

Jason defends government contractors, construction and manufacturing firms, and health care companies sued under the False Claims Act by whistleblowers and the Department of Justice. Representative matters include:

  • Representing a major food supplier in a civil investigation relating to federal Prime Vendor contracts for the provision of food in Afghanistan. Relator voluntarily dismissed qui tam suit, after Crowell & Moring persuaded Department of Justice to decline intervention.
  • Defending a subcontractor in litigation where the Department of Justice alleged that subcontractor provided defective material on government construction project. The case settled on terms favorable to the defendant.
  • Representing a construction company in False Claims Act suit where the Department of Justice alleged that the company misrepresented its status as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.
  • Defending a publicly-chartered travel corporation in connection with False Claims Act retaliation action alleging fraud. The case was settled for nominal amount and dismissed.
  • Representing a national partnership of physicians in a qui tam suit where relator alleged that the defendant was “upcoding” when billing CMS. The case was dismissed following our filing of a motion to dismiss.
  • Defending a national managed care organization in a qui tam suit based on the fraudulent inducement and implied certification theories of liability. The court granted our motion to dismiss.
  • Litigating a qui tam suit brought against a major airline in connection with the repair of military aircraft.
  • Defending a small woman-owned business in a False Claims Act suit brought by the Department of Justice alleging that the business misrepresented its designated entity status.

Investigations

Jason helps clients conduct complex internal investigations and respond strategically to government inquiries, subpoenas, and civil investigative demands. Representative matters include:

  • Conducting a large-scale internal investigation for a Fortune 100 company involving, inter alia, mandatory disclosure and False Claims Act considerations.
  • Managing response to an Office of Inspector General subpoena in connection with allegations of defective pricing.
  • Conducting internal investigation regarding a large manufacturer’s shipment of non-conforming goods.
  • Performing complex internal investigation and managing disclosure in connection with a subcontractor's provision of Defense Base Act related services in war zones.
  • Conducting internal investigations regarding unallowable travel costs and labor mischarging on government contracts.

Government Contracts Counseling and Due Diligence

  • Successful representation of publicly-traded company in proposed debarment proceeding before the General Services Administration.
  • Providing government contracts counsel to Accenture Federal Services in its acquisition of Phase One Consulting, an IT design and integration firm.
  • Counseling government contractors on compliance with labor-related executive orders.
  • Successful representation of oil and gas exploration and production company in proposed debarment proceeding before the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Providing government contracts counsel to Abt Associates in its purchase of Stratus Consulting, a leading provider of environmental research and consulting services.  
  • Providing government contracts counsel to LGS Innovations LLC in its acquisition of Axios, Inc, a provider of communications and signal processing solutions and mission support services for the Department of Defense and Intelligence communities.

Contract Disputes and Bid Protest Litigation

  • Successful protest of the Air Force’s $110 million contract award to supply special-purpose vehicles and trailers. See Al Raha Group for Technical Services, Inc., et al., B-411015.2, et al., (Apr. 22, 2015) 2015 CPD ¶ 134.
  • Litigating defective pricing claim under the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Successful protest defense of the Army’s award of aircrew training contract. See Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services, LLC. B-411065, (May 1, 2015).
  • Representing aerospace manufacturer in prime-sub dispute in connection with multi-billion dollar Air Force program.

Jason gained valuable government contracts experience while clerking for the Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler, U.S. Court of Federal Claims. As a student, Jason interned with the Department of Justice and in the chambers of the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. 

Prior to law school, Jason worked as Intergovernmental Liaison for D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. In this role, he helped draft testimony for Congressional Hearings, advocated for legislation, and coordinated the school system's response to GAO investigations. Jason received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating, he attended Oxford University on a full scholarship where he studied modern history and politics.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Virginia, Supreme Court of the U.S., U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia



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