Government Experience

  • United States Senate—Legislative Aide, Senator Susan M. Collins
  • Colorado—Special Assistant Attorney General


  • Cornell University, B.A.
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D.


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia


  • French
  • Spanish

Stephen J. McBrady

Named a "Winning Litigator" and "D.C. Trailblazer" by the National Law Journal (2020)

"Government Contracts MVP"
by Law360 (2018)

Steve McBrady is a partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Finance and Strategic Growth Committees, where he has played a leading role in expanding client service offerings throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. 

In recent years, Steve has received the National Law Journal’s “Winning Litigator” award as a lawyer who has “tackled some of the most widely watched cases of the year,” as well as the “D.C. Trailblazer” award, recognizing lawyers who have “made significant marks on the practice.” In 2018 and 2022, he was named “Government Contracts MVP” by Law360


Steve leads the firm's government-facing litigation practice and is one of the “go-to” litigators for disputes involving the U.S. government, commercial prime and subcontracts, and disputes with foreign governments. In 2020, he served as counsel in the $13 billion Affordable Care Act “risk corridors” litigation at the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Steve has litigated dozens of cases before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the boards of contracts appeals (ASBCA, CBCA, PSBCA), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as state and federal courts around the country. His teams have scored precedent-setting victories in matters arising under the Contracts Disputes Act, the Tucker Act, and the Federal Arbitration Act, winning judgments ranging from $250,000 to over $600 million. He is frequently called upon to resolve sensitive matters via alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including confidential arbitration and mediation, and has developed a reputation for resolving cases early in the dispute stage, identifying “win-win” legal and commercial resolutions. 

Naturally a good communicator, Steve is effective as a result of his strategic positioning and his appreciation for opposing viewpoints, countering them all the better based on his deep understanding of the subject matter at hand. Steve is well respected among his peers for good reason: he is superbly prepared and his arguments are rock solid.”

- Client CEO

In addition to his litigation practice, Steve serves as a strategic advisor to in-house counsel and corporate executives on high-stakes matters involving the U.S. government, drawing on two decades of experience in Washington. Clients in the defense, health care, energy, manufacturing, and technology sectors regularly seek his advice on a wide range of public sector issues, including complex litigation and internal investigations, due diligence in support of M&A transactions, ethics and compliance counseling, and government audits.

Steve frequently speaks at government and industry events around the country, and provides on-site training to legal and executive teams on a range of topics. His commentary on government-facing issues has been featured in the New York Times, Politico, and various other print, radio, and television media.

Steve previously served as vice chair of the firm's Recruiting Committee and is an active sponsor of young and diverse attorneys throughout the law firm. His focus on client service has earned numerous awards over the years, including the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll.


Professional Activities and Memberships

Board of Advisors, Mayflower Foundation
Aerospace & Defense Law360 Editorial Advisory Board Member, 2014-2017


Speeches & Presentations


Client Alerts & Newsletters

Press Coverage

Firm News & Announcements

January 10, 2023 Crowell Represents Aerial Armor in Sale to Dedrone Holdings Inc.
September 28, 2022 Law360 Names Stephen McBrady a 2022 Government Contracts MVP of the Year
September 8, 2022 Former U.S. State Department Defense Trade Controls Policy Analyst Maria Alejandra del-Cerro Rejoins Crowell & Moring
June 15, 2022 Legal 500 United States Ranks Crowell & Moring in Eight Practice Areas in 2022 Guide
November 2, 2021 Crowell & Moring Marks First Anniversary in Doha
June 14, 2021 Legal 500 United States Ranks Crowell & Moring in Six Practice Areas in 2021 Guide
September 11, 2020 National Law Journal Names Stephen McBrady a Winning Litigator and D.C. Trailblazer
April 28, 2020 Maine Community Health Options Wins U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Enforcing Government Payment Obligation Under Affordable Care Act ‘Risk Corridor’ Cases
April 15, 2020 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents Rekor Systems in Sale of Subsidiary AOC Key Solutions
December 9, 2019 Crowell & Moring Launches Procurement Collusion Strike Force Response Team
September 20, 2019 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
February 22, 2019 Law360 Names Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group a "Practice Group of the Year" for the Ninth Consecutive Year
December 11, 2018 Crowell & Moring Partner Steve McBrady Named Law360 2018 Government Contracts "MVP of the Year"
November 21, 2018 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents Novume Solutions in Acquisition of OpenALPR
October 15, 2018 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
November 28, 2017 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents Novume Solutions in Acquisition of NeoSystems
October 31, 2017 Super Lawyers Recognizes 79 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
October 26, 2017 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents Novume Solutions in Acquisition of Global Technical Services and Global Contract Professionals
September 20, 2017 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents KeyStone Solutions Inc. in Merger with Brekford Traffic Safety Inc.
August 31, 2017 Government Contracts Partner Stephen McBrady Named a National Law Journal 2017 D.C. Rising Star
November 30, 2016 Super Lawyers Recognizes 71 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
October 27, 2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
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
September 1, 2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys