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Larry is a partner in Reed Smith’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Practice Group. He has significant experience in government contract consultation and litigation. Clients recognize him as “excellent” (Chambers USA) and as a “scrupulously detail-oriented and seasoned negotiator” (Legal 500). 

Larry assists buyers and sellers throughout the M&A process, including government contracts due diligence, novations, and post-sale compliance. He represents large and small contractors, 8(a) contractors, not-for profit organizations, and individuals in government contract matters related to federal and state agencies. Larry has litigated pre-award and post-award government contract matters before Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Court of Federal Claims, SBA Office of Hearing and Appeals, state courts, and federal district courts. Larry consults on a daily basis with contractors on administrative and performance issues relating to government contracts, including the applicability of federal procurement regulations, evaluations of solicitations, drafting bids, joint venture and teaming agreements, disputes, claims, requests for equitable adjustment, use of subcontractors, size appeals, assisting with DCAA audits, defense of debarment/suspensions, and fulfillment of minority subcontracting requirements. Larry also maintains a business litigation practice that requires him to regularly appear in state and federal courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.


  • George Washington University Law School, 1995, J.D.
  • Connecticut College, 1991, B.A., American History and Political Science

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

  • U.S. District Court - District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • Court of Federal Claims

  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section and Litigation Section
  • Court of Federal Claims Bar
  • D.C. Bar Government Contracts and Litigation Section
  • Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association 
  • Crohns and Colitis Foundation 


Awards & Recognition

  • Recommended by Legal 500 United States where clients have praised Larry as "excellent" in the area of Government Contracts
  • Selected to the Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers list for Government Contracts, 2013-2015, 2019-2020
  • Washingtonian Magazine, "Best Legal Minds," December 2013

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