Pursues and defends against bid protests before the Court of Federal Claims, the Government Accountability Office, and agencies
Represents contractors in claims, disputes, and terminations with their government customers
- Investigates and defends against allegations often implicating the False Claims Act
Andrew Victor focuses on representing government contractors in high-stakes commercial litigation, counseling, bid protests, contract claims, and white collar criminal investigations relating to fraud, waste, and abuse, and conflicts-of-interest. Andrew has represented a wide range of clients before the Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Andrew has particular experience with the federal False Claims Act, suspension and debarment, and internal investigations. In his counseling practice, Andrew guides clients through the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) System and the Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS).
Before joining Nichols Liu, Andrew worked as an associate at national law firms and clerked for a U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of Michigan. Andrew began his legal career as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Prior to law school, Andrew was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine.
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 2010
- Dartmouth College, M.A.
- Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A.
Bar and Court Admissions
- District of Columbia Bar
- Illinois Bar
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Practice & Expertise
- Competition & Bid Protests
- Audits, Claims, & Terminations
- Suspension and Debarment
- Internal and Government Investigations
- Represented contractor in successful bid protest before GAO raising an issue of first impression relating to an out-of-scope technical direction letter illegally modifying a GSA federal supply schedule contract for the provision of cloud computing services to the Navy.
- Represented a contractor in successful Agency-Level bid protest regarding the Army’s inappropriate implementation of FAR pricing policy, resulting in the cancellation of the Army’s award, and re-opening the competition to include the contractor.
- Represented multinational contractor in a civil suit to obtain dismissal of a complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction in a state where the company employed thousands of workers and headquartered one of its three primary business units. The decision was one of the first to apply the personal jurisdiction test set forth by the Supreme Court in the Daimler and BNSF Railway cases.
- Represented Mentor/Protege Joint Venture formed to provide asset management services to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in action before the Court of Federal Claims to obtain reversal of adverse size determination by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (SBA-OHA).
- Represented contractors on appeals before the ASBCA arising from Contracting Officer Final Decisions on cost allowability treatment.
- Assisted in several internal investigations relating to various government contracting issues, including alleged mischarging of labor and expenses, alleged misrepresentation of small business status, and potential violations of the Procurement Integrity Act and misappropriation of trade secret information.
- The Consequence of Failing to Re-certify as a Small Business After Merger in Multiple Award Contracts: Apparently No Consequence (January 25, 2022) Co-authors Sam Van Kopp and Andrew Victor
- United States ex rel. TZAC, Inc. v. Christian Aid and the Limits of Personal Jurisdiction in False Claims Act Cases (August 18, 2021) Co-authors: Andrew Victor, Robert Rhoad, and Haaleh Katouzian
- The Federal Circuit Affirms That Contractor Cannot Recover Increased Costs Related to Outbreak of Deadly Disease (June 25, 2021) Co-authors: Robert Nichols, Andrew Victor, and Haaleh Katouzian
- Formalization of Enhanced Debriefings Coming Soon to DOD Procurements (June 18, 2021) Co-authors: Andrew Victor, Sam Van Kopp, and Haaleh Katouzian
- 2020 Year-End Review of Top Health Care False Claims Act Enforcement Cases and Trends (February 2021) Co-authors: Andy Liu, Robert Rhoad, Andrew Victor, and Sam Van Kopp
- New Executive Order Establishes Boundaries for Federal Grantees’ and Contractors’ Workplace Diversity Training (September 28, 2020) Co-Authors: Andy Liu, Jeremiah Centrella, and Andrew Victor
- DOD Highlights Section 3610 of the CARES Act to Provide Contractors Relief (March 31, 2020) Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor
- OMB Reminds Agencies to Be Practical When Assessing COVID-19 Impacts to Contracts (March 30, 2020) Robert Nichols, Andrew Victor and Adrian Wigston
- NIST’s Plan for Federal Engagement in the Development of Artificial Intelligence Standards (September 24, 2019) Co-Authors: Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor
- Answers to Your Questions About the New Rule Prohibiting Acquisitions of Equipment from Chinese Telecom Companies (September 23, 2019) Co-Authors: Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor
- DoD Takes Next Step in Developing Its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (September 20, 2019) Co-Authors: Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor
- Strategy for Challenging the Administration’s Impoundment of Foreign Assistance Appropriations (August 13, 2019) Co-Authors: Andy Liu & Robert Nichols
- DoD Shares Details in Developing Its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (August 12, 2019) Co-Authors: Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor
- The Supreme Court Interprets “Confidential” Under FOIA To Provide Contractors More Protection Against Unwanted Disclosures of Their Business Information (July 11, 2019) Co-Authors: Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor
- GAO Sustains Protest Where Agency Said Too Much and Too Little During Discussions (May 17, 2019) Co-Authors: Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor
- Appeal Rights and Processes for Cooperative Agreements: the Federal Circuit Weighs In (April 17, 2019) Co-Authors: Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor
- Protester Defeats Post-Hoc Rationalizations Advanced by Agency for Bid Protest Win (April 5, 2019) Co-Authors: Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor
- Privity & Government Contracts: Federal Circuit Rules That an Agency Was Not Party to a Contract, Even Though the Agency Had Signed the Contract, Nichols Liu LLP (March 20, 2018). Author: Andrew Victor
- The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals Explains Preemption and CDA Jurisdiction in Denying Government Motion to Dismiss, Nichols Liu LLP (February 22, 2018). Co-Authors: Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor
- Cybersecurity for Government Contractors: DoD Looking for More Practical Oversight, Nichols Liu LLP (February 22, 2018). Co-Authors: Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor
- Afghan Taxes: Amnesty Program Deadline Creates Urgency for Contractors to Address Longstanding Legal Questions, PubK (December 3, 2018). Co-Authors: Robert Nichols, Andrew Victor, and Adrian Wigston
- Does the Christian Doctrine Apply to Commercial-Item Contracts? The Federal Circuit Misses the Mark in K-Con, Inc. v. Secretary of the Army, PubK (November 9, 2018). Co-Authors: Robert Nichols, Rick Claybrook, Jason Lynch, Andrew Victor.
- CLIENT UPDATE: Forcing the Agency To Buy Commercial Items: The Federal Circuit’s Protest Decision in Palantir USG, Inc. v. United States, Nichols Liu LLP (October 22, 2018). Co-Authors: Robert Nichols, Andrew Victor, Rebekah Woods.
- CLIENT ALERT: Technical Direction Letters Can Constitute Protestable Out-of Scope Modifications,” Nichols Liu LLP (September 11, 2018). Co-Authors: Robert Nichols, Andy Liu, Jason C. Lynch, Andrew Victor, Rebekah Woods.
- CLIENT ALERT: Prepare to “Deliver Uncompromised”,” Nichols Liu LLP (August 20, 2018). Co-Authors: Robert Nichols, Andy Liu, Jason C. Lynch, and Andrew Victor.