Education

  • Rockhurst College, B.S.E.S. (1976)
  • Catholic University of America, M.S.E.E. (1978)
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D. (1989)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

John E. McCarthy Jr.

Partner
jmccarthy@crowell.com
+1.202.624.2579

John E. McCarthy, Jr. is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring and member of the firm's Government Contracts Group. John has spent more than thirty years litigating all forms of government contracts cases for both large and small government contractors, with a particular emphasis on bid protests. Because of John's strong engineering background, he has particular experience in technology related issues, including litigation regarding complex technology and data rights, patent and other intellectual property issues.

John has litigated hundreds of bid protests at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Small Business Administration, and other U.S. government agencies as well as numerous state and local forums. John has also litigated and provided counseling on the full range of government contracts issues, including contract formation, organizational conflict of interest, patent and data rights, small business and other socioeconomic concerns, contract claims, prime/sub disputes, as well as issues relating to non-procurement vehicles, such as grants, cooperative agreements, and other transactions. John has also provided counseling and defended clients in connection with allegations of fraud and false claims, including actual or threatened suspension/debarment and qui tam litigation.

John has been named a recognized practitioner in the government contracts field by Chambers USA, is an Acritas Star, Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers (2018, 2019), and has been recognized by Super Lawyers.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring in 1989, John worked for ten years designing and developing a variety of computer and communication systems for various companies, including IBM Corporation and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

John is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, as well as various federal district and appellate courts. He is active in the ABA Public Contract Law Section, serving as a co-chair of the Federal Procurement Division and as vice-chair of the Research & Development/Intellectual Property Committee.

John has written and spoken extensively on government contracts technology issues and intellectual property rights.

John is a member of the firm's Pro Bono Committee and makes pro bono work a constant part of his practice. He was the recipient of the John Carroll Society Pro Bono Legal Services Award. 



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Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, various federal district and appellate courts



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October 5, 2022 Crowell & Moring Receives Pro Bono Legal Service Award from the John Carroll Society
June 1, 2022 Chambers USA 2022 Ranks 70 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 37 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
September 14, 2021 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents Honeywell in Investment in Aviation Biofuels Company Alder Fuels
May 20, 2021 Chambers USA 2021 Ranks 63 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 30 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
April 23, 2020 Chambers USA 2020 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 21 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
March 16, 2020 Fourteen Crowell & Moring Lawyers Named 2020 Acritas Stars
September 20, 2019 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
April 29, 2019 Chambers USA 2019 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 21 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
February 22, 2019 Law360 Names Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group a "Practice Group of the Year" for the Ninth Consecutive Year
October 15, 2018 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
May 9, 2018 Chambers USA 2018 Ranks 52 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 24 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
October 31, 2017 Super Lawyers Recognizes 79 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
November 30, 2016 Super Lawyers Recognizes 71 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
October 30, 2015 21 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2015
October 27, 2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
June 9, 2015 Litigation Note: ProLogic Drops $25M Trade Secrets Lawsuit
January 9, 2015 Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group Named to Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" for Fifth Consecutive Year
September 30, 2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May 27, 2014 Crowell & Moring's Insurance/Reinsurance Group Nominated for Chambers USA "Award of Excellence"
October 7, 2013 Crowell & Moring Receives John Carroll Society Pro Bono Award
September 1, 2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
April 15, 2013 Litigation Note: Crowell & Moring Secures IP Victory for Watson Pharmaceuticals (now Actavis)
January 11, 2010 Crowell & Moring Elects Four New Partners and Promotes Eight Attorneys to Counsel Positions
August 23, 2007 Crowell & Moring Pro Bono: DC Appleseed Urges New Direction For District Of Columbia’s Child Support System