Recent Publications

Supplementing a Bid Protest Record in a Post-Axiom World

Many practitioners believe that the Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Axiom Resource Mgmt., Inc. v. United States, 564 F.3d 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2009), greatly restricted the ability of courts to supplement an administrative record in a bid protest action. The court held in that case that “supplementation of the record should be limited to cases in which ‘the omission of extra-record evidence precludes effective judicial review.’” >>

Proposed Legislation Alters Amount of Federal Contractor Pay Reimbursed by Government

President Obama recently sent to Congress proposed legislative language and analyses of his proposed deficit-reduction plan. Among the proposed legislative changes is a change to the formula used for calculating the cap on the amount that the federal government will reimburse federal contractors for executive compensation. >>

Paul W. Searles

Senior Counsel

Silicon Valley

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Areas of Practice


  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1989, Order of the Coif; Leading Articles Editor, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 1987-1989
  • M.B.A., Western New England College, 1982
  • B.A., Catholic University of America, 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Paul W. Searles

Paul Searles has 25 years of experience focused on government contract law, counseling and representing clients on a wide variety of complex business and litigation matters involving their contracts with the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and other federal and state government agencies.  He has represented government contractors and subcontractors in matters involving:

  • Competitive bids and proposals, including bid protests
  • Contract drafting, negotiation, and interpretation
  • Contract disputes, changes claims, and requests for equitable adjustment
  • Teaming agreements, joint ventures, contract novations, and mergers and acquisitions
  • Rights in technical data, trade secrets, and other intellectual property
  • Internal investigations of contract fraud and criminal activities
  • Cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs)
  • Suspension and debarment matters
  • Regulatory compliance and audits
  • Commercial item contracting
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) issues
  • Classified industrial security personnel and facility clearances
  • Exon-Florio filings and Foreign Ownership, Control, and Influence (FOCI) issues

As lead counsel, Paul has handled numerous bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims, and government contract claims, appeals, and litigation in U.S. District Courts, the Court of Federal Claims, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and federal boards of contract appeals involving breach of contract, delay and disruption, and terminations for convenience and default.

Paul is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.

Paul has spoken at seminars and workshops on a variety of public procurement law topics and as a guest lecturer on Government Contract Law at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Paul presented "The Art of Successful Claim Preparation" at the National Contract Management Association's 2011 World Congress in Denver and "The 100 Worst Mistakes in Government Contracting" in Las Vegas and in Sacramento, Riverside and Santa Barbara, California in 2012. His most recent publication is "Supplementing a Bid Protest Record in a Post-Axiom World," published in The Procurement Lawyer.

Paul's recent experience includes:

  • Successful litigation of a construction contractor's claims and counter-claims in a $1.5 billion international arbitration proceeding.
  • Successful bid protest of aircraft modernization contract awards tainted by bias of defense agency's senior source selection official in one of the largest procurement scandals in U.S. history.
  • Successful defense against bid protest of the award of a $250 million aircraft maintenance and logistics contract.
  • Successful defense in whistleblower litigation under the False Claims Act.
  • Successful negotiation of cooperative agreement, protecting client's intellectual property rights.
  • Successful litigation of a constructive-change claim, resulting in the award of a multi-million dollar recovery for a defense electronics contractor.
  • Successful settlement of contract termination claims by a military supply contractor and a military aircraft services provider.
  • Successful resolution for clients of a variety of investigations involving federal government oversight agencies.

Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, Paul served in the United States Air Force as a senior pilot, a space operations officer, and a procurement officer for military aircraft electronics and computer systems.


  • American Bar Association (Public Contract Law and Litigation Sections)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of California
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellows
  • National Contract Management Association Fellows