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


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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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John W. Chierichella

Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20005-3314


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