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. Holder of an active U.S. Secret Security Clearance, he has a practice that 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.”
U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway
Currently litigating 115 CDA claims valued at approximately $220 million in the Court of Federal Claims against the State Department in connection with the construction of the new U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway. This complex litigation is currently the largest dollar value case in the Department of Justice’s National Courts Group. Trial in this case is currently set for fall 2020.
NSA Consolidated Intelligence Center in Wiesbaden, Germany
Successfully settled €18 million claim at Court of Federal Claims against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The claim was filed in connection with construction of a Consolidated Intelligence Center (CIC) facility for the National Security Agency (NSA) in Wiesbaden, Germany, and involved delays and impacts resulting from changes in security protocols.
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.