David Dowd is an experienced litigator whose practice has a strong emphasis in government contracting issues and controversies. He advises such clients as those involved in health care, information technology, large military systems, engineering services, and other industries regarding federal procurements and related issues.  His counsel in this area includes commercial items, conflicts of interest, cost allowability issues, defective pricing, contract and subcontract negotiations, contract financing, assignments and novations, leasing, prime/sub disputes, preparation of claims, and procurement fraud.

David also handles procurement controversies, as he litigates bid protests and disputes before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims, represents contractors in litigation and arbitrations involving government contracts, and tries federal court litigation focused on contract disputes and alleged fraud. He is also a member of the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Practice.

Health care and insurance companies rely on David for advice regarding federal health care and insurance programs, including FEHBA, Medicare, TRICARE, and FEGLI.  He represents these industry clients in bid protest and claim litigation regarding federal health care and insurance programs.   In related matters, David counsels biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies on biodefense purchasing opportunities and applications, including research and development.  

David has more than 20 years of practice experience, having joined Mayer Brown’s Washington, DC office in 2001 after practicing with two other national law firms.

Spoken Languages

  • English
The False Claims Act and Government Contracts


Georgetown University Law Center, JD, magna cum laude
Order of the Coif

Georgetown University, AB, summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • American Bar Association (Member, Section of Public Contract Law)
  • Former Co-Chair, ABA PCL Bid Protest Committee