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Stephen D. Knight


Tysons Corner Office
8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 900
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 847-6300
Fax: (703) 847-6312

Mr. Knight has practiced government contract law in excess of 35 years, counseling and litigating on behalf of clients in all aspects of that specialized practice.  He has significant experience in claims and disputes, with special emphasis on costing and pricing issues involving cost allocability and allowability, Cost Accounting Standards, defective pricing under the Truth in Negotiations Act, and government audits.  Mr. Knight has substantial experience in compliance issues pertaining to government contractors and frequently assists clients in evaluating the requirement and manner of making disclosures to the government.  He has conducted compliance reviews for clients, assisting in reviewing and evaluating internal controls, conducting training and evaluating specific compliance issues such as business systems and socio-economic requirements in government contracts.  Mr. Knight represents prime contractors as well as subcontractors, and is experienced in ascertaining the necessary government contract requirements for inclusion in subcontracts.

Mr. Knight also has significant experience in representing clients during Inspector General audits and investigations, as well as procurement fraud investigations.  This experience includes grand jury and civil fraud investigations pursuant to the criminal and civil False Claims Acts, involving accounting, quality, conflicts of interest, and socio-economic requirements.

For over twenty years, Mr. Knight has served as an adjunct professor with the Masters in Procurement Law Program at The George Washington University School of Law, teaching Costing & Pricing.  He holds the Sy Herman Professorial Lectureship at that law school.


University of Virginia School of Law (J. D., 1978)
University of Virginia (B.A., 1975) With Honors

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Virginia, 1978
District of Columbia, 1978

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States Supreme Court

Other Distinctions

Adjunct Professor, George Washington University Law School


Co-Author, Edmund M. Amorosi, Stephen D. Knight, Jonathan D. Shaffer, Daniel H. Ramish, "Avenues For Fast-Tracking Gov't Procurement In Emergency," Law360 Expert Analysis, April 20, 2020

Co-author, "Maropakis: The Federal Circuit Imposes Forfeiture of Defenses to Government Claims When Contractor Fails to Certify Them as Contractor Claims," 94 Federal Contracts Report 221, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., July 27, 2010

“Federal Circuit Cost Decisions Bode Ill for Contractors,” The Procurement Lawyer, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Winter 2004)

“Compliance Problems for American Contractors in Iraq,” The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 24, No. 2, (Spring 2004)

”’Recovery Auditing' and 'Overpayments': New Law Casts Contractors as Auditors and Agencies as Bounty Hunters," Federal Contracts Report, Vol. 77, No. 9, at 257-262 (March 5, 2002)

"Recovery of Restructuring Costs Under Defense Contracts," 98-1 Government Contract Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report at 3 (January 1998) (With J. Roger Holbrook) "Compensation Cost as an Element of Government Contract Pricing," Benefits Law Journal, Vol. 9 No. 4, Winter 1996

"Contractor Internal Accounting Controls--Unwarranted Government Intrusion," 93-10 Government Contract Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report at 17 (October 1993); "New Initiatives In Contract Administration: The SWAT Team Report Repeats History," NCMA Contract Management Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 2 at 16 (February 1993)

"H.R. 3161: Real Reform or Protest Proliferation?", NCMA Contract Management Magazine, Vol. 32, Issue 7 at 4 (July 1992) (with James S. Hostetler)

"The Truth In Negotiations Act In Competitive Acquisitions," 92-6 Government Contracts Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report, (June 1992) (with Brian Ochs); "Cancellation of Funds in Merged Appropriations Accounts: The New Law and Its Significance for Contractors," NCMA Contract Management Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 6 at 6 (June 1991) (with Brian Ochs)

"Withholding Payments Under FY91 DOD Authorization Act," 90-12 Government Contract Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report 3 (December 1990) (with Brian Ochs); "Limiting Cost Recovery: Significant Legislative and Regulatory Developments," 20 National Contract Management Journal 35 (1986)

Author, "Guidelines for Certification of Claims and Requests for Relief," NCMA Contract Management Magazine, Vol. 21, No. 10 at 4 (October 1982)

"Certification Requirements and Problems of Contract Claims and Requests for Relief," 12 Public Contract Law Journal 162 (1982)

Co-author, "Stopping Work and Defective Specifications: Contradictory Duties From Inconsistent Cases," 13 National Contract Management Journal 176 (1979)



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