Chip’s experience spans the representation of Fortune 100 companies, closely held companies, and startups alike, thereby informing his understanding of how business risk must shape legal strategy. His ability to communicate legal risk in a practical manner in turn allows business decision-makers to factor legal analysis into their business decisions to minimize risk and protect profit.
Chip’s experience includes several years spent in-house as a senior managing attorney with a diverse responsibility portfolio for a Fortune 100 EPCM company designing, procuring, and constructing some of the world’s largest construction projects. He also served as outside trial counsel advising and representing businesses in both complex and simple arbitration, litigation, and other disputes. He has represented companies in single and panel arbitration, bench and jury trials in federal and state courts, administrative law court matters, and taken appeals to both federal and state appellate courts.
The combination of in-house experience and outside counsel experience ensures that Chip will diligently maintain alignment between legal and business strategy, while guarding against unexpected legal cost growth and profit erosion. Moreover, Chip appreciates that legal persuasion requires dauntless advocacy with the effective communication of both simple and complex facts, while also ensuring that useful legal counsel consist of direct and open communication between attorney and client.
Chip’s in-house and outside experience solving government contracting problems for prime contractors and subcontractors provides him with a proficient, creative and practical skill set. He has had to resolve “one-off” government contract issues while also supporting a contractor going through “run-of-the-mill” audits, contract formation, disputes, and inquiries. Additionally, Chip has provided legal support for prime contractors and subcontractors in the preparation of proposals and bid protests, as well as rendered legal support for the negotiation of all types of government contracts (IDIQ, CPFF, FFP, T&M, etc.) and commercial contracts. His experience includes the preparation of contract disputes for consideration by the government contracting officer and the representation of contractors before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and the United States Court of Federal Claims. He has ample experience both conducting and managing internal and external investigations into regulatory compliance issues, employment issues, false claims, and other internal control issues. In short, Chip’s experience allows him to provide practical and efficient legal support at all stages of government contract administration and representation.
Chip served as the senior managing attorney for a Fortune 100 EPCM contractor. In that role, he developed an expertise providing legal support throughout all phases of a construction project – from Front End Engineering & Design to Contract Wind-Down and Termination. Chip has ample experience providing legal support for contract administration and dispute or claim representation.
Chip has represented a multitude of business types (partnerships, LLCs, publically-held and privately-held corporations, and sole-proprietorships) at all stages of litigation. From simple contractual disputes to trial counsel in multidistrict or class action litigation, Chip has significant depth and breadth of experience before state and federal courts, regulatory bodies, administrative law courts or in arbitration.
Chip has represented regulated utilities before state rate-making bodies, as well as represented contractors regulated by and doing business with the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001
Order of the Coif
Order of the Wig & Robe
Moot Court Bar
Augusta University, B.A., History, 1997
South Carolina, 2002
South Carolina Supreme Court and all inferior State Courts
Virginia Supreme Court and all inferior State Courts
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia