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 and health care companies sued under the False Claims Act. Representative matters include:

  • Representing a major food supplier in civil investigation relating to federal Prime Vendor contracts for the provision of food in Afghanistan. Relator voluntarily dismissed qui tam suit, after Crowell persuaded Department of Justice to decline intervention.
  • 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 False Claims Act case 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 case in which relator filed a False Claims Act complaint based on the fraudulent inducement and implied certification theories of liability. The case was dismissed following our filing of a motion to dismiss.
  • Representing a major airline in a qui tam suit in connection with the repair of military aircraft.
  • Defending a small business in a False Claims Act suit brought by the Department of Justice alleging that the small business misrepresented its designated entity status.

Investigations

Jason helps clients perform internal investigations and respond to government inquiries and subpoenas from various Offices of Inspector General.

  • Conducting large-scale internal investigation for Fortune 100 company involving, inter alia, mandatory disclosure and False Claims Act considerations.
  • Managing response to Department of Defense OIG subpoena in connection with allegations of defective pricing.
  • Performing complex internal investigation and managing disclosure in connection with the provision of Defense Base Act related services.
  • Conducting internal investigation to determine if non-allowable travel costs were passed on to the government.

Government Contracts Counseling and Due Diligence

  • Successful representation of publicly-traded company in proposed debarment proceeding before the General Services Administration.
  • 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.  
  • Counsel to information-technology company in State-level dispute involving enterprise software.
  • 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



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