W. Stanfield Johnson, Senior Counsel Washington, D.C.
wjohnson@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2520
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

W. Stanfield Johnson is a senior counsel in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office. From the firm's founding in 1979, he served regularly on its Management Committee and four times as its Chairman.

Education: Mr. Johnson graduated with great distinction from Stanford University in 1960 and from the Harvard Law School in 1963. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Law Practice: Mr. Johnson's practice emphasizes counseling on, litigation of, and resolution of contract issues. He is recognized as a leading expert in government contract law. Having been involved in many of the major public contracting issues for more than five decades, he brings perspective for counseling about current issues. His record shows successful results for his clients in resolving issues arising from large and complex contracts – with both government and commercial entities.

Mr. Johnson has been consistently named a top lawyer in the field of Government Contracts by Chambers USA. In Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers 2006, Mr. Johnson was named "one of the premier litigators of all time in this business," "the great dean of the Bar," and "a wonderful scholar and a great analyst of the law." Mr. Johnson is also listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Published Decisions: Mr. Johnson experience is illustrated by favorable settlements he has negotiated and cases he has litigated to decisions that are a matter of public record, including:

Award Protests:  47 Comp. Gen. 29 (1967) (upset a $125 million Air Force ADP hardware award to IBM, a case of first impression interpreting the competitive negotiations statute); Express One International v. U.S. Postal Service, 814 F. Supp. 93 (D.D.C. 1992) (upset a ten-year, billion-dollar award on conflict of interest grounds).

Contractor Claims: United Technologies Corp., ASBCA Nos. 46880, etc., 97-1 BCA ¶ 28,818 (established Navy breach of "dual source" contract, promising jet engine awards, leading to recovery of $150 million in lost profits); Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems, ASBCA Nos. 49530 and 50057, 00-1 BCA ¶ 30,852 (recovered $15 million in coproduction support costs arising from an agreement between Turkey and Egypt brokered by the United States during the Gulf War); Emery World Airways v. U.S. Postal Service, 47 Fed Cl. 461 (2000) (declaration that contract required price redetermination, leading to a $337 million recovery in 2001).

Government Claims: United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney Div., ASBCA No. 51400, etc., 04-1 BCA ¶ 32,556, modified on recon., ASBCA Nos. 51410, 53089, 53349, 05-1 BCA ¶ 32,860, affirmed, 463 F.3d 1261 (Fed. Cir. 2006) (denying $299 million Air Force defective pricing claim).

Construction Claims: Mergentime Corp. v. WMATA, 400 F. Supp. 2d 145 (D.D.C. 2005). (Representing public agency in a subway construction dispute involving a default termination and claims by both parties, resulting in a favorable $41 million judgment).

Subcontractor-Prime Contractor Disputes: Northrop Corporation v. McDonnell Douglas Corp., 705 F.2d 1030 (9th Cir. 1983) (involving disputes over the F-18 teaming agreement).

Fraud/Suspension and Debarment: Peter Kiewit Sons' Co. v. U.S. Army Corps of Eng'rs, 534 F. Supp. 1139 (D.D.C. 1982) (enjoining de facto debarment).

Trade Secrets: National Parks & Conservation Ass'n v. Kleppe, 547 F.2d 673 (D.C. Cir. 1976) (established "competitive harm").

Government Contractor Defense: Boyle v. United Technologies Corp., 487 U.S. 500 (1988) (establishing derivative immunity to defective design claim).

Publications: Mr. Johnson's publications include:

  • "Hercules, Winstar and the Supreme Court’s Conspicuous and Potentially Consequential Error," Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 44 (Winter 2014) (scheduled). 
  • “The Federal Circuit’s Abrogation of the NAFI Doctrine: An En Banc Message With Implications for Other Jurisdictional Challenges?" Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 42 (Fall 2012)
  • "The Federal Circuit's Great Dissenter And Her 'National Policy of Fairness To Contractors'," Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 40 (Winter 2011).
  • "Needed: A Government Ethics Code and Culture Requiring Its Officials to Turn 'Square Corners' When Dealing with Contractors," The Nash & Cibinic Report, Vol. 19, No. 10 (October 2005).
  • "Interpreting Government Contracts: Plain Meaning Precludes Extrinsic Evidence and Controls at the Federal Circuit," Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 34 (Summer 2005).
  • "Mixed Nuts and Other Humdrum Disputes: Holding the Government Accountable Under the Law of Contracts Between Private Individuals," Public Contract Law Journal , Vol. 32 (Summer 2003).
  • "Analysis & Perspective: The Particular Perils of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for Government Contractors," Federal Contracts Report, Vol. 78, No. 21 (2002). Co-Author: Frederick W. Claybrook Jr.
  • "A Retrospective on the Contract Disputes Act," Public Contract Law Journal , Vol. 28 (Summer 1999).


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Admitted to practice: District of Columbia



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Speeches & Presentations

  • "Fraud, Debarment & Suspension," West Government Contracts Year In Review Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 16-19, 2016). Co-Presenters: Robert Rhoad and W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Fraud, Debarment & Suspension," West Government Contracts Year In Review Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 17-20, 2015). Speakers: Andy Liu and W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Fraud, Debarment & Suspension," West Government Contracts Year In Review Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 18-21, 2014). Speakers: Andy Liu and W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "The Unprecedented Year and the Consequences of Austerity," OOPS 2013, Crowell & Moring's 29th Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 15-16, 2013). Moderator: W. Stanfield Johnson; Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Mike Gill, J. Chris Haile, Barry Rhoads (Cassidy & Associates), Stephan Rice, and Rebecca L. Springer.
  • "Fraud, Debarment & Suspension," West Government Contracts Year In Review Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 19-22, 2013). Speakers: Andy Liu and W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Doing Business in a Budget Crisis," Crowell & Moring's 2012 Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS), Washington, D.C. (May 9-10, 2012). Co-Speakers: W. Stanfield Johnson and David C. Hammond.
  • "Fraud, Debarment & Suspension," West Government Contracts Year In Review Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 21-24, 2012). Speakers: Andy Liu and W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "The Year's Federal Contracting," Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS) XXVII (May 25-26, 2011). Moderator: W. Stanfield Johnson, Speaker: Angela B. Styles.
  • "Fraud, Debarment & Suspension," West Government Contracts Year In Review Conference (February 22-25, 2011). Speakers: Andy Liu and W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "2010 Federal Contracting Developments," Caught in the Federal Procurement Fish Bowl, 26th Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS), Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C. (May 26-27, 2010). Presenters: W. Stanfield Johnson, Angela B. Styles and Richard Arnholt.
  • "Fraud, Debarment and Suspension," West's Government Contracts Year in Review Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 16-19, 2010). Speakers: Brian C. Elmer and W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Fraud, Debarment and Suspension," West's Government Contracts Year in Review Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 18-20, 2009). Speakers: Brian C. Elmer and W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Fraud, Debarment and Suspension," West's Government Contracts Year in Review Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 26-29, 2008). Speakers: Brian C. Elmer and W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Fraud, Debarment and Suspension," West's Government Contracts Year in Review Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 22-23, 2007). Speakers: Brian C. Elmer and W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Ampro-Protective Agency v. United States and the Presumption of Government Good Faith," Court of Federal Claims Judicial Conference (October 2006). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Perspectives on Acquisition Reform," American Bar Association-PCL Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI (August 2006). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Good Faith and Fair Dealing," Nash & Cibinic Roundtable Washington, DC (December 2005). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Government Ethics and Fair Dealing," American Bar Association-PCL, Sedona, Arizona (November 2005). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Nash & Cibinic Roundtable Washington, DC (November 1999). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Developments in Government Contract Case Law,” Boards of Contract Appeals Judges Seminar (annually from 1996). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Comments on Procurement Reform," Bureau of National Affairs Annual Procurement Review, Washington, DC (December 1995). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Latent Defects," American Bar Association-PCL - Orlando, FL (April 1993). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Contracting Issues in a Declining Market,” National Contract Management Association, Cocoa Beach, FL (February 1992). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Ethics in Government,” National Contract Management Association, Phoenix, AZ (February 1991). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution”, Federal Publications (1991). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Drug-Free Workplace for Government Contractors,” American Bar Association-PCL (November 1990). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Property Management Systems," Defense Industry Initiative Best Practices Forum - Washington, DC (June 1990). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Annual Review of Developments in Case Law,” Western Briefing Conference on Government Contracts (1990-2003). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Suspension and Debarment," Government Contracts Year in Review, Thompson West (annually from 1990). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Procurement Integrity," Aerospace Industries Association West Coast Meeting - Monterey, CA (October 1989). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” American Bar Association-PCL, San Francisco (August 1989). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Changes and Differing Site Conditions," Concentrated Course in Government Contracts, Federal Publications (1989-1995). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "The Government Contracts Process," Masters Institute in Government Contracts, Federal Publications (bi-annually from 1988). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Voluntary Disclosure," Defense Industry Initiative General Counsels Meeting - Washington, DC (May 1987). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Administrative Conference of United States Testimony before Panel, Washington, DC (May 1986). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Perspectives on Suspension and Debarment," Federal Bar Association Conference (February 1986). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Freedom of Information,” Federal Bar Association Eastern Briefing Conference (May 1985). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Constructive Changes,” National Contract Management Association, Phoenix, AZ (April 1984). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Suspension and Debarment," Federal Bar Association Annual Conference (December 1983). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Changes," National Contract Management Association, Dallas, TX (October 1983). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta (August 1983). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “High Technology Disputes,” American Bar Association-PCL, Los Angeles (May 1983). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Jurisdiction and Remedies at the Board of Contract Appeals,” Federal Bar Association Convention, Washington, DC (September 1982). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Jurisdiction and Remedies at the Board of Contract Appeals,” Federal Bar Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC (September 1982). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Contract Interpretation,” National Contract Management Association, Tampa, FL (April 1982). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Protecting Data in Foreign Military Sales," American Bar Association-PCL - Washington (June 1981). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Dynamics of the Pretrial Conference,” Federal Bar Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC (April 1981). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Claims Management," National Contract Management Association, Pittsburgh, PA (February 1981). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Fraud in Government Contracts,” National Contract Management Association, San Francisco, CA (June 1980). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Source Selection," Federal Bar Association Eastern Briefing Conference - Philadelphia, PA (March 1980). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Legislative Developments Affecting Government Contracts,” National Contract Management Association, Houston, TX (February 1980). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “DCAA Audit Function and Criminal Investigations,” National Security Industrial Association Meeting, Boca Raton, FL (February 1980). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Negotiated Procurement," Federal Publications (1980-1982). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Disputes Act,” National Contract Management Association – Binghampton, NY (April 1979). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Statutes In Government Contracting," Skills of Contract Administration, Federal Publications (1979 to 1986). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • “Contract Disputes Act”, Federal Publications (1979-1980). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Contract Changes," Federal Publications (1978-1992, 1997). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.
  • "Service Contracting," Federal Publications (1978 to 1995). Presenter: W. Stanfield Johnson.


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