W. Stanfield Johnson

Retired Partner
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W. Stanfield Johnson is a retired partner with Crowell & Moring. 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 was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Law Practice: Mr. Johnson's practice emphasized counseling on, litigation of, and resolution of contract issues. He was recognized as a leading professional in government contract law. Having been involved in many of the major public contracting issues for more than five decades, he brought a perspective for counseling about current issues. His record showed 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, and was named a "Lawyer of the Year" in 2019.

Published Decisions: Mr. Johnson's experience was 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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  • "Primer on the Standard Form Changes Article," 8 William & Mary Law Review 550 (1967). Co-Authors: W. Stanfield Johnson and Eldon Crowell.


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August 19, 2021 The Best Lawyers in America 2022 Recognizes 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, One Selected as Lawyer of the Year
August 20, 2020 The Best Lawyers in America 2021 Recognizes 46 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Two Selected as Lawyer of the Year
August 16, 2019 The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Recognizes 49 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year
February 22, 2019 Law360 Names Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group a "Practice Group of the Year" for the Ninth Consecutive Year
August 15, 2018 The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
October 31, 2017 The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Lawyers
August 18, 2016 The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
August 25, 2015 The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Recognizes 39 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
August 28, 2014 The Best Lawyers In America 2015 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
September 3, 2013 The Best Lawyers In America 2014 Recognizes 41 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May 24, 2013 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
September 4, 2012 The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
June 7, 2012 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 18 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
August 30, 2011 The Best Lawyers in America 2012 Recognizes 43 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
June 10, 2011 Chambers USA Ranks Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
August 3, 2010 The Best Lawyers in America 2011 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
June 11, 2010 Chambers USA Ranks 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 14 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
June 13, 2008 Chambers USA Ranks 33 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 13 Practice Areas as Among Best In Class
September 11, 2007 The Best Lawyers in America 2008 Recognizes 34 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
June 21, 2007 Chambers USA Ranks 28 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 13 Practice Areas