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Laura A. Semple


Tysons Corner Office
8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 900
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 839-8127
Fax: (703) 847-6312

Ms. Semple represents clients in the government contracts and construction practice areas.  She has extensive experience counseling government contractors on cost and pricing issues and resolving claims relating to disallowed costs, CAS noncompliances, and accounting change cost impacts.  Ms. Semple counsels government contractors on compliance with mandatory disclosure obligations, incurred cost submissions, and other government reporting requirements. 

Ms. Semple’s government contracts experience includes claims litigation before the Boards of Contract Appeals and Court of Federal Claims involving issues such as delay damages, defective specifications, equitable adjustments, and constructive changes.  She also assists government contracts clients in pursuing set aside opportunities under the small business, 8(a), SDV and WOSB programs.

Ms. Semple graduated from the George Washington University Law School, where she completed several government contracts law courses including government contract cost and pricing and government contracts advocacy.  She teaches the Cost & Pricing course as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. Ms. Semple is an active member of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law and currently serves as Vice-Chair for the ABA Accounting, Cost, and Pricing Committee.  She also serves as Secretary of the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association.


George Washington University Law School, (J.D., 2014); Thurgood Marshall Scholar, Moot Court Board

University of Maryland, College Park (B.A., 2011); Government & Politics and American Studies (Double Major), Departmental Honors, Dean’s Academic Scholar, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Prior Legal Experience

Legal Intern, General Services Administration, Office of the General Counsel: Real Property – Litigation Division

Judicial Intern, Honorable Judge Peter J. Messitte, United States District Court for the District of Maryland

Law Clerk, Cordier Law Offices, LLC

Legal Intern, Recording Industry Association of America

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Virginia

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of Virginia

United States Court of Federal Claims

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

Adjunct Professor, “Government Contracts Cost and Pricing,” George Washington University Law School

Instructor, “Cost Allowability,” Federal Publications, ongoing course

Speaker, “Pricing Equitable Adjustments and Claims: Considerations Under the FAR, TINA, and FCA,” September 2018, Virginia State Bar

Speaker, “Cost and Pricing: What is New and What is Coming?” Dixon Hughes Goodman’s 23rd Annual Government Contracting Conference, April 2018

Speaker, “Government Contracts: Understanding Pricing and Accounting Requirements,” April 2018, D.C. Bar

Speaker, “FUN with the DFARS,” September 2017, Public Contracting Institute, LLC

Speaker, “Ten Things You Need to Know About Contracting with the Federal Government,” August 2017, D.C. Bar

Moderator, “The Executive Policy Forum on E-Discovery,” March 2017, Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association


(Forthcoming) Chapter 2: What is a Claim?, Government Contract Law Deskbook, American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law

Laura Semple, Retaining Precedent: Mabus v. General Dynamics C4 Systems Inc. and Equitable Estoppel in the Federal Circuit, 23 Fed. Circuit B.J. 473 (2014)