Sam Van Kopp


  • Represents contractors in claims, FEMA Stafford Act Public Assistance Grant arbitrations, requests for equitable adjustment, terminations, bid protests, and other litigation matters.
  • Top Secret Security Clearance holder.
  • Former CBCA Clerk.
  • Army Veteran.


Sam joins Nichols Liu after a clerkship with the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. He is a 2019 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a Staff Editor for the Journal of National Security Law and Policy, and a 2010 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Prior to law school, Sam served as a cavalry officer in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, where he received the Bronze Star for Merit, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2019
  • United States Military Academy at West Point, B.A., 2010

Bar and Court Admissions

  • The Virginia State Bar
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • The U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • The Supreme Court of Virginia


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