John W. Chierichella: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

John W. Chierichella


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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • General Litigation
  • Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade
  • Bid Protests
  • Claims
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Contract Cost Accounting
  • Exports and Export-Related Controls
  • Intellectual Property Rights Under Government Contracts
  • Multiple Award Schedule Contracting
  • The False Claims Act and Related "White Collar" Issues
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
University Cornell University, A.B., 1969
Law SchoolColumbia Law School, J.D., 1972
Admitted1973, New York; 1975, District of Columbia; 1997, California


•Member, Advisory Board of the Government Contractor

•Member, American Bar Association's Sections of Public Contract Law, Administrative Law and Litigation

•Member, National Contract Management Association


John Chierichella is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Chierichella has a broad range of experience in government contract matters, including bid protests, claims and appeals, cost and CAS issues, teaming disputes, GSA's Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program, compliance reviews and internal investigations, and qui tam and other False Claims Act litigation.

He is a prolific author and frequent lecturer, and co-authored the leading book on the MAS Program.

Mr. Chierichella served as attorney/adviser to the Secretary, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Air Force, in the area of procurement law (1973-75).

Mr. Chierichella holds a Top Secret national security clearance.


•Martindale-Hubbell Alternative Dispute Resolution Washington, D.C. Top Rated Lawyer, 2012
•Chambers & Partners', Tier 1 National Ranking
•Best Lawyers in America
•Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer
•America's Leading Business Lawyers
•Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C.
•Best Government Contracts Lawyers, Washington Business Journal
•Best Government Contracts Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine
•SmartCEO Magazine's SmartLawyers
•Legal Times, Leading Lawyer
•Who's Who Legal, Leading Public Procurement Lawyer

Publications & News


•Chinese Outbound Newsletter - March 2014

March 21, 2014


Multiple Award Schedule Contracting, Thomson West, May 2002 (John W. Chierichella, Jonathan S. Aronie), 2009 (Third Edition)

Selected Articles in Print

•Chapter on United States Procurement Law in the Law Business Research publication, Government Procurement Review, 2014
•Compulsory Confession Without Absolution - Government Contracts Compliance in the 21st Century, Inside the Minds: Government Contracts Compliance, 2014
•10 Ways To Maximize Success Of Gov't Contract Claims, Law360, February 19, 2013
•Sequestration: A Tale of Unrequited Patriotism, Law360, November 5, 2012
•The Budget Crunch, Fixed Price Contracts, and Lessons of the Past, National Defense, July 2012
•DOD Bid And Proposal Guidance --Is It Right?, Law360, December 19, 2011
•Gov't Contracts Group Of The Year: Sheppard Mullin, Law360, February 3, 2011
•Q&A With Sheppard Mullin’s John Chierichella, Law360, November 30, 2010
•Let's Just Eliminate All Pretense of Balance, Westlaw Journal, July 12, 2010
•The FAR's Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program And Disclosure Requirements Require Significant Changes For All Government Contractors And Subcontractors, The Government Contractor, December 17, 2008
•Rolling Back Past Reforms, Legal Times, October 8, 2007
•The Continuing Saga Of Specialty Metals - Nothing Is Ever So Bad That It Cannot Be Made Worse, International Government Contractor, April 28, 2007
•A Slalom Course for Foreign Investors, Legal Times, April 16, 2007
•M&A Implications for Acquisitions of Small Business Government Contractors, MergerMarket, March 6, 2007
•Multiple Award Maze, Government Executive, January 12, 2007
•Chapter on United States Procurement Law in Global Competition Review, Public Procurement 2007 - An Overview of Regulation in 36 Jurisdictions Worldwide, 2007
•Berry Amendment Reform - The Sound and The Fury, Government Contractor, October 25, 2006
•How to Know When You're in Too Deep With the Feds, Washington Business Journal, March 10, 2006
•Uncle Sam Isn't in the Express Lane, Washington Business Journal, February 10, 2006
•Eight Things to Know Before a Contractor Goes Global, Washington, Business Journal, January 27, 2006
•Key Differences Between Contracting with DHS and Other, More Traditional Government Agencies., Homeland Security Outlook 2006, November 17, 2005
•Government Contractors Should Prepare for A Bumpy Night, Washington Business Journal, October 14-20, 2005
•Can this Business Marriage be Saved? Should It Be?, Washington Business Journal, October 7, 2005
•GAO protests: Right and Wrong Ways to Claim Foul, Washington Business Journal, June 24, 2005
•Financing Government Contracts / Edition II - Part I, Briefing Papers, April 21, 2005
•Financing Government Contracts / Edition II Part II, Briefing Papers, April 21, 2005
•Secure Your IP Rights For Data, Software, Washington Business Journal, April 1, 2005
•Protecting Your Intellectual property, Vol. 1: Patents, Briefing Papers, March 3, 2005
•Who's Who in Gov't Contracting: A Cast of Characters, Washington Business Journal, January 21, 2005
•So, You Want to Be a Government Contractor?, Washington Business Journal, December 3, 2004
•Financing Government Contracts/Edition II-Part I, Briefing Papers, December 2004 (John W. Chierichella, David S. Gallacher).
•Speciality Metals and the Berry Amendment - Frankenstein's Monster and Bad Domestic Policy, The Government Contractor, April 21, 2004
•Effective Selling Under GSA's Multiple Award Schedule Program, Insight, May 2002 (John W. Chierichella, Jonathan S. Aronie)
•The Baby and the Bathwater - Procurement Policy Gone Wrong, Government Contract Audit Report, Spring 2002 (John W. Chierichella, Jonathan S. Aronie, Abram J. Pafford)
•U.S. Court of Federal Claims Holds Government Contractor Entitled to Equitable Adjustment of Mandatory Pension Plan Cost Accounting Change, September 5, 2001 (John W. Chierichella, Douglas E. Perry)
•Unwary Rabbits Beware: IDIQ Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry, Government Contract Audit Report, February 2001 (John W. Chierichella, Jonathan S. Aronie)
•Domestic & Foreign Product Preferences, Briefing Papers, Second Series, December 2000 (John W. Chierichella, Jonathan S. Aronie, Andrew Skowronek)
•When is Information Confidential? The Government and Courts' Ongoing Tug-of-War over FOIA's Exemption 4 Leaves Contracts Professionals in a Bind, Contract Management, November 2000 ( John W. Chierichella, Jonathan S. Aronie, James J. McCullough)
•The Civil False Claims Act: More Relevant Than You May Think, Director's Monthly, October 2000 (John T. Boese, John W. Chierichella, Richard A. Sauber)
•The Government's Assault on FOIA Exemption 4: Do You Know Where Your Data Are?, Off The Shelf, October 2000 (John W. Chierichella, Jonathan S. Aronie, James J. McCullough)
•Feature Comment: The Buy American Act/FAR Part 25 Rewrite - A Law of Unintended Consequences, The Government Contractor, August 16, 2000 (John W. Chierichella, Andrew Skowronek)
•A Qui Tam Conundrum, Legal Times, February 28, 2000 (John W. Chierichella, Louis D. Victorino)
•Commissions & Fees Paid to Overseas Agents: Cost Recovery & Related Rules, Government Contract Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report, August 1998 (John W. Chierichella, Douglas E. Perry, Michael L. Waldman)
•GSA IG Audits-You Can't Afford to Be Unprepared, Off the Shelf, August 1998 (John W. Chierichella, Jonathan S. Aronie)
•Competitor Collaborations by Government Contractors -Unique Considerations for FTC's Joint Venture Project, The Government Contractor, Vol. 39, No. 46, December 3, 1997 (John W. Chierichella, J. Todd Hutchins)
•The Government as a Commercial Customer After FASA & Clinger-Cohen, Government Contract Audit Report, December 1997/January 1998 (John W. Chierichella, Tommy P. Beaudreau)
•Commercial Item Exemptions to the Truth in Negotiations Act and Cost Accounting Standards Under FASA and the Clinger-Cohen Act, Third Annual Federal Procurement Institute, ABA Section of Public Contract Law, February 27, 1997 (John W. Chierichella, Louis D. Victorino)
•Multiple Award Task & Delivery Order Contracts, Briefing Papers, No. 96-10, September 1996 (Louis D. Victorino, John W. Chierichella)
•Commentary, Government Contracts Update-The New Anti-Fraud Statutes Do More than Increase the Penalties, Department of Justice Manual, 9-42.420A, 1994-3 Supplement, 1994 (John W. Chierichella, John T. Boese, Timothy Maguire)
•Mergers and Acquisitions of Government Contractors: Special Considerations and Due Diligence Concerns, American Bar Association Public Contract Law Journal, Vol. 23, No. 4, 1994 (John W. Chierichella, Douglas E. Perry)
•IR&D Redux, Government Contract Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report, No. 93-2, February 1993 (John W. Chierichella, Douglas E. Perry)
•Negotiating Teaming Agreements, Acquisition Issues, Volume 1, June 1991 (John W. Chierichella)


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“How Dare You Charge That for a Spare Part!” - The Untold Story of the X27 Interface Assembly
John W. Chierichella, December 5, 2014
The pricing of spare parts has been a subject of Government criticism for decades. Pick up any DCAA or IG audit report relating to spare parts or any intra-agency memorandum on the topic and you will sense the dudgeon with which the Government reacts to the prices of those parts.

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Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW
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