Sheppard Mullin adds veteran contracts attorney
W. Bruce Shirk has joined the Washington office of Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton in the firm's Government Contracts group. Shirk most recently led Powell Goldstein's Government Contracts practice in Washington.
Shirk focuses on government and construction contract law, including data sharing requirements, defense and aerospace contracting, Medicare and Medicaid contracting, and related areas of law.
"We are thrilled to welcome Bruce to the office," said Ed Schiff, managing partner of the firm's Washington office. "His background is a perfect fit for our formidable Government Contracts group."
Shirk's experience includes handling litigation for bid protests before boards of contract appeals, various federal administrative tribunals and state courts, federal district courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has represented state and federal government clients and has been an arbitrator in a number of construction arbitration proceedings under the rules of the American Arbitration Association.
As a counselor, Shirk has reviewed contracts and given advice to clients in the public and private sectors about:
- The negotiation and administration of contracts and grants.
- The administrative prosecution of claims against the government and defense of civil claims and criminal proceedings brought or instituted by the government.
- The defense of claims against public-sector entities.
- The conduct of internal inquiries about contract and regulatory compliance, including government claims for reimbursement of Medicare payments.
Shirk has assessed for clients how the law affects their business with the government. He has worked closely with experts in fields such as cost accounting and data analysis. He is interested in the internal controls that measure the performance of government contracts and grants.