Alan I. Saltman

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Alan Saltman is Senior Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP. His practice covers the areas of litigation, government contracts and appropriations law, providing advice to clients working in the public sector and in a wide variety of industries that include construction, manufacturing, timber, helicopter services and concession contracting. Prior to entering private practice, Alan was an Attorney-Advisor at the Government Accountability Office. Accordingly, he has extensive experience in matters involving contract solicitation and award and bid protests. In addition, he has substantial expertise in contract claims strategy and quantification, and issues relating to the availability of appropriations.

In addition to having experience involving many federal agencies (both civilian and military), Alan has extensive experience as lead counsel in complex litigation cases. These cases have included bid protests and claims before the Boards of Contract Appeals, the United States Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims, United States District Courts, United States Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


•Bid Protest for Helicopter Fire-Fighting Service Contractor
•Bid Protest for High-Tech Professional Service Contractor
•Bid Protests
•Concession Contract Protests
•Concession Contract Review and Advice (MT)
•Contract Claims Litigation in Montana
•Contract Review and Small Business Advice (SD)
•Enjoining Suspension/Debarment Proceedings
•Federal Contract Litigation in Vermont
•Forest Fire Litigation
•Litigation Involving International Trade Issues
•Litigation Regarding Contract Interpretation
•Litigation Under the National Environmental Policy Act (AK)
•Representation of Concessioner after Hurricane Sandy
•Risk of Loss Due to Eco-Terrorism (WA)
•Service Contract Act Claims
•Stewardship Contract Claims
•Suspension and Debarment
•Termination for Convenience
•Timber Contract Litigation in Oregon
•Timber Sales Contract in Colorado
•Timber Sales, Willamette National Forest, Oregon
•Proposed Lake Lowering, Lake Freeman, Indiana
•Timber Sales, Colorado and Wyoming
•Solicitation for Helicopter Services, Western United States
•Stewardship Contract, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona
•Challenge to Distribution of Proceeds from Settlement of Softwood Lumber Trade Dispute

Articles & Publications

Alan is an accomplished author. Some of his writings include:

•The FERRIS DOCTRINE: Reaffirmed, 26 Nash & Cibinic Rep 46, September 2012;
•“Must Profits Made in Transactions Involving Late Delivered Goods be Deducted from the Injured Party’s Beach Damages? If Not, What Impact Should Late Delivered Goods Have?”, 78 St. John’s Law Review 131 (2004).
•“The Government’s Liability For Actions Of Its Agents That Are Not Specifically Authorized: The Continuing Influence of Merrill and Richmond”, 32 Public Contract Law Journal 775 (2003);
•“Estoppel Against the Government: Have Recent Decisions Rounded the Corners of the Agent’s Authority Problem in Federal Procurements?”, 45 Fordham Law Review 497 (1976);
•“Roscoe-Ajax: Staking the Ground In Between: The Government’s Right to Counterclaim”, Public Contract Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 2 (1975); and
•“Breach of Contract: The Comptroller General, the Boards, the Courts and the All-Disputes Clause”, 7 Public Contract Law Journal 123 (1974).

He is also a contributor to Legal Briefs to the Timber Industry, a publication of Smith, Currie & Hancock, highlighting new developments in government contract law with particular emphasis on those matters affecting the timber industry, and Federal Concessions Contractor, a similar publication highlighting new developments in concessions law. His notable discourse in 32 Public Contract Law Journal 775 on the legal implications of actions by government employees that are not specifically authorized has recently been described as “extensive”, “optimistic” and “brilliant.” W. Stanfield Johnson, The Federal Circuit’s Great Dissenter and Her “National Policy of Fairness to Contractors”, 40 Public Contract Law Journal 275, 335 n.562 (2011).

•A First Step Toward Sequestration - OMB's Preliminary List of Program Cuts
•The Ferris Doctrine: Reaffirmed
•Agency Evaluation of Past Performance of Joint Venture
•Executive Order 13658 - Implements Regulations Establishing a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors
•Challenging Negative Performance Evaluations
•An Outline of Some Surprising New SBA Rules that Significantly Affect Both Large and Small Federal Contractors


Adjunct Professor at Boston College Law School

•Stewardship Contracting with Forest Service Integrated Resource Service Contracts - January 25-26, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV
•The Best and Simplest Way for Government to Contract in Various Situations - May 13, 2017 - Sacramento, CA
•New Mentor-Protege Program Webinar - December 1, 2016
•Construction and Federal Contracting: Update and Best Practices Workshop - November 10, 2016 - Washington, DC
•Federal Contracting - What You Need to Know - May 9, 2016 - Washington, DC
•Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors - March 16, 2016 - Washington, DC
•Basics of Best Value Contracting - October 20, 2015 - Whitefish, Montana
•Federal Project Delivery Symposium (Best Value Contracting) - August 19, 2015 - Washington, DC
•Federal Contracting 101 - December 12, 2014 - Atlanta, GA
•November 5, 2014 - 5th Annual Federal Construction Law Update Seminar (Best Value Contracting)
•New Developments Affecting Concessioners - October 22, 2014 - Washington DC
•August 14, 2014 - Seminar for the Timber Industry
•June 12, 2014 - Webinar - The Service Contract Act and Forest Service Stewardship Contracts
•February 20, 2014 - Contracting for Helicopter Services 101
•January 30, 2013 - Annual Meeting of the California Forestry Association

Other Experience

•Fifth Amendment Takings
•Construction Law

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Appropriations & Fiscal Law
  • Forest Fire Litigation
  • Government Contracts

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(202) 452-2140  Phone
(202) 775-8217  Fax
University Attended:
Northeastern University, Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Law School Attended:
Boston College Law School, Juris Doctorate
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of International Trade; U.S. District Court (DC); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court (Oregon); U.S. Court of Federal Claims; 1974, District of Columbia; 1976, Maryland; 1973, Massachusetts; U.S. Supreme Court

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