Craig S. King

Government Contracts Practice Leader
Craig provides legal advice and representation pertaining to all aspects of doing business with the US government and state governments. He is head of the firm’s Government Contractor Services group.
Craig King, Partner, Washington, DC at Arent Fox

The Washington Business Journal named Craig the “Top Washington Lawyer” for government contracts.

Client Work

Craig has served as a director and/or outside general counsel for a number of government contractors. He represents many large and small government contractors (both defense and non- defense) and provides to them the following types of legal services:

  • Counseling on all aspects of Government contracting (e.g., acquisition planning, proposals, source selection, rights in and protection of intellectual property, cost accounting and reimbursement, contract administration, socio-economic programs, and termination of contracts); he works with companies on strategies for competing in the federal marketplace and commercializing technologies.  Craig has assisted some of the country’s largest commercial companies, as well as small businesses, enter into, and succeed in, the federal marketplace.
  • Litigation of bid protests, claims, and other challenges to agency actions, subcontractor disputes, and other matters.  Craig maintains an active docket of bid protests and claims –and, working with his protest and claims team, has a very successful record in agency protests and in handling matters before the GAO, the Court of Federal Claims, and the board of contract appeals.
  • Internal investigations – and Investigations/audits by Congress, Inspectors General, criminal investigative services, DCAA, DOJ, and GAO.  Craig has handled dozens of investigations and audits – which include the not only the full range of accounting and contracting issues commonly raised by DCAA and Inspectors General but include such less-normal matters as alleged lapses in finance, accounting and contracting practices under major transit system grants; cost accounting in connection with international education programs; a nun and other protesters penetrating security at the Y-12 nuclear site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; events at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq; allegations regarding the conduct of guards at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; and Congressional investigation of uses of force by contractors in Iraq.
  • False Claims Act – representation of contractors in all aspects of analyzing, investigating, and litigating allegations of Government and whistleblowers.  Particular emphasis and success in addressing allegations that involve accounting, finance and contracting practices.  Craig has successfully represented clients in a number of high-profile FCA matters – and has successfully represented dozens more in resolving allegations quietly without public disclosures.
  • Structuring and negotiating mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, teaming arrangements, license agreements, cooperative agreements, and subcontracts that involve Government contractors.  Craig has represented clients in Government review of antitrust and Government contracts concerns in dozens of mergers and acquisitions.  He also has structured and negotiated some of the largest and most successful joint ventures on major Government programs – in such diverse areas as aircraft engines, missiles, air transportation of mail, use and processing of credit cards, establishment of XBRL US to enable SEC filings in interactive XBRL, and security of nuclear facilities.
  • National Industrial Security procedures and mitigation of FOCI.  Craig has assisted many clients in CFIUS review and in establishing FOCI mitigation measures (e.g., SSAs, SCAs and Proxy Agreements) – and has served as general counsel of a number of these FOCI mitigation companies.
  • Counseling regarding rights in intellectual property (patents, copyrights, technical data, software) under Government contracts and grants.  Craig has provided ongoing advice to a number of technology companies as part of establishing and protecting rights in patents, technical data, software and copyrights under Government contracts.  He routinely teaches courses to client personnel in the area of rights in intellectual property under Government contracts.
  • Counseling on all aspects of obtaining and administering Government grants.  Craig and his team have drafted and participated in implementing first-of-its-kind comprehensive finance, accounting, contracting and asset management policies and procedures for administering very large federal grants.
  • Debarment and suspension from procurement and nonprocurement programs (federal and state).  Craig is a former Navy Suspending and Debarring Official, and in private practice has successfully handled dozens of the largest, most sensitive suspension and debarment matters.  He is a former co-chair of the Suspending and Debarring Committee of the ABA Public Contract Law Section – and is a principal author of A Practitioner’s Guide to Suspension and Debarment.
  • Privatization and outsourcing of Government functions and facilities.
  • Craig is continuously advocating on behalf of clients before executive agencies and Congress regarding Government contracting, grants, and other matters.  He has testified before Congressional Committees on a number of occasions – and is very experienced in preparing clients to testify before Congressional committees.

Craig has taught courses on ethics, compliance, government contracts, grants, and rights in intellectual property to many thousands of contractor employees.

He maintains high-level security clearances with multiple government agencies.

Previous Work

Craig joined Arent Fox in 1993 after having served as General Counsel of the Department of the Navy from 1989 to 1993. In that capacity, he headed an office of 550 civilian lawyers and was responsible for all legal matters arising out of the business affairs of the Navy and Marine Corps. He handled legal issues arising in connection with, for example: contracts; funding; Department authorities under enabling statutes; operation (and closure) of bases and industrial facilities; mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures of suppliers; congressional relations, including testimony in committee hearings; oversight of intelligence and special operations; and investigations of all types. He was the Navy's Debarring Official and its Ethics Official.

Prior to his government service, Craig was in private practice (1980-89), where he focused on antitrust counseling and litigation.

Craig also has worked as a pollster and consultant, providing campaign strategy advice for approximately 40 Senate, House, and gubernatorial candidates, and product research and business strategies for various companies. He served as director of survey research for the Reagan/Bush Campaign Committee, a consultant to the Republican Senate and House campaign committees, and a senior advisor to the Bush/Quayle Campaign.

Professional Activities

Craig is a member of the American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section. He is currently co-chairman of its Suspension and Debarment Committee. Craig also has been active with the Associated General Contractors of America and the National Defense Industrial Association. He has been a speaker and presented congressional testimony on behalf of these organizations.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

Craig is a recipient of the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award. He is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of topics in his practice areas. Craig is a principal author of all editions of A Practitioner’s Guide to Suspension and Debarment.

  • International
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    • District of Columbia Bar
    • Virginia Bar
    • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Education
    Harvard Law School
    Brigham Young University
    magna cum laude