Terrence O'Connor, Of Counsel

Terry O’Connor has been involved in and developing government contracts law for almost 40 years by litigating, teaching, writing, and advising the Federal Government and contractors.

Terry has written five popular books on government contracts law and procedure. Terry’s books include  Understanding Government Contract Law and Federal Procurement Ethics. He is the co-author of The Federal Contracting Answer Book, now in its second edition. Terry also publishes monthly columns on recent procurement decisions for the Procurement Law Advisor and the Federal Acquisition Report. For more than 20 years, he has written a monthly column on recent Court, GAO, and BCA decisions for the Federal Acquisition Report.

Government Contracts & Federal Procurement

Since 1984, Terry has been regularly teaching government contracts law to contractors, agency personnel, and other lawyers. These activities have provided him with a unique practical perspective that few government contracts lawyers possess. The classes he teaches include Federal Contract Law, Advanced Federal Contract Law, Construction Contracting, Federal Leasing Law, and The FAR. For the past three years, Terry has been a featured presenter at the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) World Congress with the Legal Year-in-Review, describing significant legal decisions in the Government contract arena. In response to the NCMA’s request, Terry presented a series of NCMA “webinars” on various sections of the FAR in 2008 and 2009.

Over his lengthy career, Terry O’Connor has successfully tried government contract claims before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the various Boards of Contract Appeals including the ASBCA, CBCA, GSBCA, DOTBCA, AGBCA, IBCA and the VABCA. He has also prosecuted government contract bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Federal District Courts.

In addition to litigation, Terry O’Connor has advised thousands of professionals on such topics as Construction Contracting, Construction Claims, Contract Claims, Federal Contract Law, Federal Leasing Law, Advanced Federal Contract Law, Negotiation Techniques, and Procurement Ethics.

Practice Areas

  • Government contracts
  • Procurement ethics
  • Federal leasing
  • Construction

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia


  • University of Notre Dame, J.D.
  • George Washington University, L.L.M., Government Contracts
  • Canisius College, A.B.

Legal Publications & Books

  • Co-author, “Federal Contracting Answer Book”
  • “The Procurement Ethics Desktop Reference”
  • “Understanding Government Contract Law,” Management Concepts, Inc. (2006)
  • “Federal Leasing Step-by-Step,” Mt. Vernon Press (2003)