Ranked as one of the leading construction law attorneys in the District of Columbia by Chambers USA, Dirk has a national construction and government contracts practice focused on bid protests and claims litigation relating to federal construction.
Dirk represents clients in connection with federal bid protests and construction litigation in the Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and various U.S. district courts. His practice centers on high-stakes litigation over contracts for major construction projects throughout the United States and all over the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Russia and Africa.
Dirk served as Office Managing Partner of the Washington, DC, office and is co-chair of the firm's national Construction Law Group.
Dirk also works to help his clients avoid litigation by assisting with the resolution of issues such as constructive changes, delays, accelerations, defective work, differing site conditions and default terminations. He also offers guidance and representation in compliance matters, including past performance evaluations, defective specifications, the Buy American Act, the False Claims Act and the Miller Act.
Caddell v. United States
Won a bid protest that blocked State Department’s award of a $156 million contract to construct an annex to the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Litigated in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and secured an injunction to cease performance of contract due to finding that the bid protester was denied a fair evaluation as a result of a “careless and inconsistent evaluation process.”
Protest of Watkins Security Agency of DC, Inc.
Won a bid protest for a contract for security at 167 public schools in Washington, DC, in a case argued before the Government of the District of Columbia Contract Board of Appeals. The board ruled that the best and final offer evaluations were “clearly arbitrary and unreasonable.” The protest was sustained and the case remanded for de novo review.
Protest of Parks Closure Group, LLC
Represented a consortium of five companies protesting the award of a $350 million contract for remediation services to a competitor. The contracting agency responded to the protest by taking voluntary corrective action, which involved suspending the original award decision and reconsidering all proposals. This granted our client a renewed chance at receiving the contract.
Dirk also regularly counsels federal contractors on teaming arrangements; small business and set-aside strategy and compliance (8(a) contracting, ANC, NAC, HUBZone, SDVOSB); Federal Acquisition Regulation business ethics, conduct codes and compliance; DCAA audits and investigations; cost allowability and the Cost Accounting Standards; subcontracting plans; and debriefings.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Dirk was a partner at Holland and Knight and was a senior director at AGC of America.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Outside of Fox, Dirk serves as chair of the Maryland Republican Party.
A frequent speaker and author, Dirk co-founded the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Committee and serves on AGC's National Board of Directors and the National Executive Committee of AGC’s Service & Supply Council.
Federal Government Contracts & Procurement Blog
Dirk contributes to the Federal Government Contracts & Procurement blog, addressing current and future issues affecting federal contractors and procurement professionals in both the Washington, D.C., area and throughout the United States.
Honors & Awards
- Named as one of the leading Construction Law attorneys in the District of Columbia by Chambers USA (2007-2019), which describes him as "the team’s go-to lawyer for general contractors...[he] provides 'wonderful client service' thanks to his 'tremendous breadth of knowledge and contacts.'"
- Recipient, Dr. Martin Luther King Dreamkeeper's Award
- Recipient, Greater Crofton Maryland Citizen of the Year (2001)
- Named to the "Super Lawyers" list by DC Super Lawyers (2012-2018)