Michael A. Hordell is of counsel in Barnes & Thornburg's Washington, D.C., office, where he focuses his practice on a range of government contract matters. With more than 40 years of experience, he advises clients on a range of government contract issues.
Michael advises clients on a range of government contract issues, including:
- Proposal preparation and business and government contract strategic advice counseling
- GSA Multiple Award Schedule contracting, strategic alliances and subcontracting relationships
- Prosecuting and defending bid protests at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office), the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and other forums
- Contract disputes and closeouts
- Teaming agreements and joint ventures
- Technical data and computer software rights
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Procurement fraud
- Small business preferences
- Suspension and debarment matters
- Compliance reviews
Michael has been granted a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information with polygraph, clearance/access from the U.S. government, permitting him to assist contractors with classified matters. He helps clients identify contract or grant opportunities, and works with them as they develop proposals addressing the government's needs as described in the solicitation documents. He also provides general business counseling in employment law and corporate matters, and represents clients in commercial litigation before state and federal courts.
Michael is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of government contracts topics. Among his publications is 'Winning Proposals and Pricing/Cost Strategies: A Guide for the Federal Contractor,' a book designed to help companies doing business and those wanting to do business with the government, published by Thompson Information Services (2016).
Before returning to private practice, Michael, in addition to writing bid protest decisions for the signature of the Comptroller General of the United States, served as procurement counsel at the General Accounting Office (now known as the U.S. Government Accountability Office). He was awarded a Certificate of Merit for significant contributions to GAO's Document Handling and Information Services Facility and Information Handling and Support Facility.
Professional and Community Involvement
Past chair and numerous leadership roles, American Bar Association's Section of Public Contract Law
Member, Bid Protest and Health Care Contracting committees
Former associate editor, Public Contract Law Journal, 1986-1998
The Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2020
Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2017, and 2018
Who's Who Legal Government Contracts, 2016-17
The Legal 500 United States, 2017
Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and named Silver Client Champion, 2017