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Technical Excellence in Government Contracts
and Construction Matters Since 1893.
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A nationally recognized attorney and thought leader in government contract law, Jim Nagle is sought after for his valuable counsel as consultant, expert witness or arbitrator/mediator by the government and its federal contractors. He has unrivaled experience working on supply, services, international, major systems and construction contracts. Throughout his distinguished career, Jim has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, architects, engineers and all parties in the contracting process. Prior to joining the firm, he served as chief of the Logistics and Contract Law Branch of the Department of the Army staff and as a trial team chief in the Army’s Contract Appeals Division.

Jim is committed to sharing his extensive knowledge of government contract law to advance the next generation of attorneys. He is the author of seven books on federal contracting and more than 100 articles that have appeared in publications such as Public Contract Law Journal, Military Law Review, National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Journal, and Contract Management. Jim is a coveted lecturer on federal government contracts and construction law. He regularly teaches a course on Government Contract Law for Educational Services Institute on behalf of George Washington University and has taught Government Contracts for the University of Washington and Seattle University.

Jim received the Federal Bar Foundation Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in the Study of Procurement Law.

Representative matters


Served as an expert witness in various federal and state courts on behalf of government and contractors in matters ranging from False Claims Act, contract types, and contract pricing.

Successfully represented a national constructon and engineering firm in a multimillion dollar claim against the United States Air Force on a nationwide construction matter that was settled on the eve of trial on terms very favorable to the client.

Represented a national construction engineering firm in a multimillion dollar claim against the United States Air Force in a litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in a major construction project on the East Coast. The decision is still pending

Successfully defended a major Energy Department contractor in a multi-hundreds of millions of dollars lawsuit in federal court in Idaho

Publications & Presentations

Publications (Books)

  • Author, “Introduction,” Federal Government Construction Contracts, Third Edition, American Bar Association, 2017
  • Co-Author, “Sealed Biddings,” Federal Government Construction Contracts, Third Edition, American Bar Association, 2017
  • Co-Author: “Federal Government Contracts Cases and Materials,” Third Edition, Foundation Press, New York, 2007
  • Co-Author: Nash, Cibinic, Nagle, “Administration of Government Contracts, Fourth Edition, 2006
  • “How to Review a Federal Contract and Research Federal Contract Law,” Second Edition, ABA Press, 2000
  • “History of Government Contracting,” Second Edition, by George Washington University Press, 1999
  • “1948: The Crossroads Year” BookSurge, 1998
  • Co-author and co-editor: “Washington Building Contracts and Construction Law,” Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1994
  • “Federal Construction Contracting,” Wiley Law Publications, 1992
  • “Federal Procurement Regulations: Policy, Practices and Procedures” (his doctoral dissertation), ABA Press, 1987

Publications (Articles)

  • Jim has written over 100 articles in nationally distributed publications. A complete list of publications is available upon request.

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Navigating Tariffs, Shutdowns & Sovereign Acts,” Navigating Federal Government Contracts Northwest 2018, Seattle, WA, October 2018
  • Presenter, “Federal Contracts: The Year in Review,” Federal Contracts Year in Review, Southeast Idaho NCMA, Idaho Falls, ID, April 24, 2018
  • Keynote Speaker, “Contracting in the Age of Trump,” Alliance Northwest, Puyallup, WA, March 15, 2018
  • Presenter, “Contracting in the Age of Trump,” NCMA West Sound Chapter, Silverdale, WA, October 12, 2017
  • Presenter, “Federal Construction Law – New Developments,” 24th Annual Washington Construction Law, The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, September 14, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, “Contract Close out – What Agencies, Prime and Subcontractors Need-to-Know,” NCMA 56th Annual Seminar on Government Contracts: Challenges and Opportunities in the Trump Era, Minneapolis, MN, September 13, 2017
  • Presenter, “Risk Management for Contracts and Projects,” NCMA West Sound, Richland, WA, May 4, 2017
  • Presenter, “The Spearin Doctrine Turns 100!,” American College of Construction Lawyers 28th Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, FL, March 27, 2017
  • Presenter, “25th Annual Contracting Year-in-Review,” NCMA West Sound, Bremerton, WA, January 19, 2017
  • Presenter, “DIY: Developing a Danger Assessment in Contract Management,” Contract Management Workshop, NCMA San Gabriel Chapter, Pasadena, CA, April 20, 2016
  • Presenter, “Suspensions & Terminations,” NCMA Columbia Basin Chapter, April 14, 2016
  • Presenter, ‘Federal Contracts:  A Year in Review,” Desert Bar Meeting, Richland, WA, April 13, 2016
  • Presenter, “Federal Contracts: A Year in Review,” General Membership Meeting & Training Event, NCMA Puget Sound Chapter, Bellevue, WA, October 12, 2016
  • Co-Presenter, “Ethics in Federal Contracting,” NCMA Puget Sound and West Chapters, May 6, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, “Ethics in Federal Contracting,” NCMA Idaho Chapter, Idaho Falls, ID, April 22, 2015
  • Presenter, “History of Government Contracts,” Federal Bar Association, North Alabama Chapter, Huntsville, AL, November 13, 2014
  • Presenter, “Delay Claims on Public Construction Projects,” AGC/CFM Construction Financial Management Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 3, 2013
  • Presenter, “The Basics of Federal Contracting,” National Electric Contractors Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., September 27, 2013
  • Presenter, “Current Developments in Federal Contracting,” NCMA Puget Sound Chapter, Bellevue, WA, September 13, 2013
  • Presenter, “Federal Contracts: The Year in Review: A Review of Major Statutory, Regulatory, Case Law and Other Developments in Federal Contracts in the Past Twelve Months,” OMRB Alaska Construction Law and Government Contracting Seminar, 2012
  • Presenter, “Basics of Federal Contracting Seminar,” Northern California Chapter NECA, October 11, 2011
  • Presenter, “Resolving Federal Contract Prime-Sub Disputes” WSBA Construction Law Conference, Seattle, WA, June 11, 2010


  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • King County Bar Association
  • American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Department of Energy Contractors Attorneys Association

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, 2017-present
  • Super Lawyers, 2007-present
  • Federal Bar Foundation Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in the Study of Procurement Law

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