James S. Phillips Esq.

McLean, Virginia

Jim represents current and prospective federal contractors in a vast variety of federal contracting matters and arenas, including strategic market positioning, market entry strategies, contract acquisition strategies, implementing effective federal compliance programs and effective partnering and teaming strategies.  In the course of his 30 plus year career, Jim also has extensive experience with traditional government contract legal work such as representing clients in contract audits and investigations, bid protest proceedings, contract disputes and suspension and debarment proceedings.

Jim is a nationally known expert in both GSA and VA Federal Supply Schedules contracts and routinely represents both clients on complex negotiation and compliance issues arising under FSS contracts.  He is also highly knowledgeable and experienced with other federal interagency contract vehicles, including Alliant, STARS, SEWP, CIO-SP3 and OASIS as well as the most significant interagency contract vehicles, such as NETCENTS 2, Eagle 2 and T4.

In addition to his direct client representations, Jim is active in industry associations focusing on federal procurement law, including the ABA Public Contracts Section, the Coalition for Government Procurement and the Professional Services Council.  He has been a featured speaker at least seven NCMA World Congresses and regularly speaks on federal contracting subjects.


• Successfully resolved contract disputes and/or protests before every significant government contracts tribunal, including the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States District Courts, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Civilian Agency Board of Contract Appeals and the Government Accountability Office.

• Participated in and favorably resolved scores of contract cost audits as well Office of Inspector General audits and investigations on behalf of clients.

• Regularly assists with and resolves complex pricing and negotiation issues arising under both GSA and VA Federal Supply Schedule contracts.

• Regularly advises commercial companies on the establishment of systems and protocols for complying with federal unique requirements, including the FSS Price Reductions Clause.

• Successfully accomplished numerous internal investigations and mandatory disclosure submissions that resulted in clients being absolved of liability under the Federal False Claims Act.

• Successfully represented clients in proposed suspension and debarment proceedings.

• Extensive experience addressing performance and compliance issues related to medical product and pharmaceutical contracts awarded by both the VA and DLA.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1982
  • Virginia


  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D.