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James Nagle

JAMES NAGLE a retired partner and now Of Counsel in the firm of Smith Currie Oles, Mr. Nagle is a nationally renowned expert who has written six books on federal contracting, “Nash, Cibinic and Nagle, Administration of Government Contracts, Fifth Edition,” (2016); “Whelan & Nagle, Cases and Materials on Federal Government Contracts, Third Edition” (Foundation Press 2007); “Federal Procurement Regulations: Policy, Practice and Procedures," (ABA Press, 1987); "How to Review a Federal Contract and Research Federal Contract Law, Second Edition," (ABA Press, 2000); "Federal Construction Contracting," (Wiley Law Publications, 1992); and "The History of Government Contracting, Third Edition," (2nd edition George Washington University (GWU) Press, 1999) (3rd Ed. Government Training Inc., 2012). Besides contributing to six other books, his over 80 articles, on such subjects as protests, changes, terminations, claims, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation, have appeared in such publications as the “Public Contract Law Journal (PCLJ),” “Military Law Review,” “NCMA Journal,” and “Contract Management.” He has also written “1948: The Crossroads Year”.

The former chief of the Logistics and Contract Law Branch of the Department of the Army and a trial team chief in its Contract Appeals Division, Mr. Nagle has extensive experience in all types of government contracts. He has litigated in appellate and trial federal and state courts, Boards of Contract Appeals (BCA), the GAO and the SBA. He has mediated between both the government and the prime and the prime and its subcontractors. Other lawyers often consult him on government contracts, and Mr. Nagle has served as an expert witness for the Department of Justice, prime contractors, and subcontractors in federal and state criminal and civil cases and arbitrations.

An extremely popular teacher, Mr. Nagle has taught all aspects of government contracts for the Graduate Program on Contract Management of the Florida Institute of Technology, The GWU School of Business and Public Management, The GWU National Law Center, the University of Washington, Seattle University’s School of Law, and other professional organizations. He has lectured in 30 states, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries.

Mr. Nagle is a past president of the BCA Bar Association (and has received its Life Services Award); served on the Board of Directors of the NCMA, and on the board of editors of the NCMA Journal, as the book review editor for both the PCLJ and The Construction Lawyer. He is the founder and past chair of the Public Contract Law Committee of the ABA’s General Practice Section. He received the Federal Bar Foundation Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in the Study of Procurement Law, is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America and is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and the NCMA.

Mr. Nagle received a B.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, a J. D. from Rutgers University, and an LL.M. and S. J. D. in government contracts from The GWU National Law Center. He is one of only an estimated three people who have earned the latter distinction.