John Polk, Of Counsel

John Polk is an experienced litigator who has practiced civil and business litigation, government contracts law, and white-collar criminal law for more than 34 years, both in the federal government and in private practice. He was previously the Director of the Office of Fraud Remedies for the Air Force, a federal position with significant responsibility over the way government contractors do business with the federal government.

John has tried over 100 cases, many of them jury trials, and has argued more than 80 appellate cases. Ninety-two of Mr. Polk’s cases are in the published reports and can be found on LEXIS. His current practice relates to government contracts, general civil litigation, and white collar crime.

Practice Areas

  • Civil litigation
  • Government contracts
  • Government contractor responsibility
  • Business litigation
  • White collar crime

Government Contracts

John Polk’s government contracts experience is extensive. In his position as the Director of the Office of Fraud Remedies for the Department of the Air Force, John managed the Air Force’s program for combating fraud by government contractors, which included civil actions, criminal prosecutions, and administrative remedies, such as suspension and debarment. John was the Air Force’s principal point of contact on fraud matters with the Department of Justice and with other federal departments and agencies, and he worked on many complex civil and criminal cases involving large defense contractors. He also has significant experience with issues concerning contractor responsibility. John is the primary author of the Air Force’s Fraud Remedies Reference Guide.

Prior to this position, John was an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of the Air Force. He was the principal Air Force attorney responsible for litigating bid protests arising in acquisitions of automated data processing systems, and advised the Secretary of the Air Force on legal and policy issues concerning the formation, administration, and termination of government contracts.

Civil Litigation

For over 16 years, John Polk practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of the national law firm Baker & McKenzie, where he represented clients in many types of matters such as corporate, contract, and commercial litigation, including securities fraud, corporate governance, government contracting, and intellectual property. His practice also included white-collar criminal defense work.

John Polk was also an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, where prosecuted criminal cases and litigated many types of civil cases on behalf of the United States and its departments and agencies, including government contracts, torts, civil rights, and employment discrimination.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, W.D. of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Maryland
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, M.A.
  • Bucknell University, B.A

Professional Activities

  • Arlington Bar Association