Greg Smith focuses his practice in the area of government contracts. With over 45 years of experience in government contract counseling and litigation, he has advised contractors and subcontractors, both large and small and in a variety of industries, including aerospace, shipbuilding, electronics and professional service providers. His engagements have included litigation before the Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Federal District Courts. These matters have involved claims against the government and international organizations as well as the defense of government claims. He has represented clients in both civil and criminal False Claims Act actions. He also has extensive experience in resolution of disputes through ADR proceedings. Among other engagements, Greg served as principal counsel developing claims against the government for two top 10 defense contractors. In addition, he recently resolved very large shipbuilding claims against the government and government claims against an aerospace company, each valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Greg’s primary area of practice concerns government contract counseling and litigation involving the pricing of government contracts, compliance with the regulations governing the allowability of costs and compliance with the Federal Cost Accounting Standards. He also has substantial experience in commercial item contracting issues.
Until the program ended, Greg served as principal counsel to an LLC performing a $10 B Coast Guard contract.
Greg is an adjunct member of the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law where has taught a course in Government Contract Law since 2016.
Greg was also the Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law from 2000-2001 and held multiple leadership roles in the Section. He has been a member of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council since 1984 and was the Chair of the Advisory Council from 2006-2012. He was President of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association in 1994-95.
Greg is a frequent speaker on the topic of Cost Accounting Standards, related pricing issues and other government contract issues. He regularly speaks on panels convened by the American Bar Association as well as for Federal Publications.
Greg has been recognized annually by Who’s Who Legal in Government Contracts and has been ranked in Chambers USA in Government Contracts—USA Nationwide for many years. Who’s Who Legal describes him as coming “with considerable recommendations from peers for his government contracts practice, which spans federal procurement counselling, dispute resolution and claims analysis.” He was also recognized as a “Top Washington Lawyer” in the Washingtonian Magazine, and in the Washington Business Journal. In 2011, Greg received the Madison Award for distinguished service to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in 2011 for contributions “to the advancement of justice and the Rule of law”.
Greg serves as a principal counsel to the Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC., a nonprofit providing legal services to at-risk children, including guardian ad litem services.
Prior to entering private practice, Greg served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marion T. Bennett, Judge of the U.S. Court of Claims (now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit).
- American Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- National Defense Industrial Association
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers and Partners, Government Contracts—USA Nationwide—Band 2, Government Contracts—USA Nationwide (Spotlight Table), 2005-2013
- Who’s Who Legal, Law Business Research Ltd., Government Contracts, 2005-2022
- Court of Federal Claims “Madison Award” for “distinguished service to the Court,” an award given to those who have “contributed to the advancement of justice and the Rule of Law,” 2011
- Washingtonian Magazine, “Top Washington Lawyer” in Government Contracts, 2009, 2011
- Washington Business Journal, “Top Washington Lawyers” in Government Contracts, 2007
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating in area of Government Contracts and Litigation
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1972
A.B., Miami University, 1969
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Supreme Court