Patrick R. Quigley

Patrick is counsel in the Litigation Department at Arent Fox.
Patrick Quigley, Counsel, Washington, DC at Arent Fox

Patrick’s practice includes litigating bid protests, contract claims, prime/subcontractor disputes, and small business size protests/appeals at the Government Accountability Office, US Court of Federal Claims, boards of contract appeals, federal agencies, the Small Business Administration, and state courts. He conducts internal investigations and defends clients in False Claims Act litigation, government investigations, and suspension and debarment actions. Patrick advises on procurement law compliance, including Federal employee ethics rules; and conducts due diligence reviews and advises on business transactions. He also prepares subcontracts, teaming agreements, and conflict-of-interest mitigation plans.

Client Work

Patrick’s client work has included:

  • Defending a government prime contractor at a bench trial in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, Virginia, in a dispute with a subcontractor involving data rights, which resulted in a judgment for the client;
  • Representing numerous disappointed government contractors in GAO bid protests that resulted in relief in the form of agency corrective action;
  • Representing an IT consulting company in a successful protest at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims of an agency’s determination that the company’s electronically submitted proposal was late, even though the fault was with the agency’s own e-mail servers, resulting in reinstatement of the company’s proposal for consideration;
  • Representing a construction contractor that specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions in contract claims before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals against the Army Corps of Engineers, resulting in settlements;
  • Representing a security services contractor in a contract claim against the U.S. Department of State at the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, resulting in a settlement;
  • Defending in a GAO protest a technical services and engineering company’s $1.5 billion award to provide technical support services in support of U.S. ships bought, leased, or transferred through the foreign military sales program;
  • Defending in a GAO protest against simultaneous protests by disappointed rivals a construction company’s $600 million contract award to build a military hospital;
  • Representing a contract awardee, a high-tech company providing engineering, IT, operations and maintenance, logistics and program management services, in a bid protest that was dismissed at the GAO and then filed and withdrawn at the US Court of Federal Claims;
  • Representing a contract awardee, a global IT service provider, in a GAO bid protest that the protester withdrew after outcome prediction alternative dispute resolution (ADR);
  • Representing a contractor, an international consulting firm, in a bid protest before the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, obtaining agency corrective action after mediation;
  • Representing a small business providing bomb detection dog services in its successful challenge at the Small Business Administration of the small business status of the apparently successful awardee;
  • Advising an interstate transportation authority board of directors regarding bid protest appeals;
  • Defending a construction contractor proposed for debarment for alleged violation of rules relating to the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns.

Representative examples of Patrick’s successful reported cases include:

  • Lanmark Tech., Inc., B-410214.3, 2015 CPD ¶ 139 (Comp. Gen. Mar. 20, 2015);
  • Mission Essential Personnel, LLC, B-410431.9, 2015 CPD ¶ 109 (Comp. Gen. Mar. 18, 2015);
  • CGI Fed., Inc., B-410714.1, 2015 CPD ¶ 67 (Comp. Gen. Jan. 28, 2015);
  • InfoPro, Inc., B-408642.2, 2015 CPD ¶ 59 (Comp. Gen. Dec. 23, 2014);
  • Ocean Ships, Inc. v. United States, 115 Fed. Cl. 577 (2014);
  • Hensel Phelps Construction Co., B-407998.3, 2013 CPD ¶ 136 (Comp. Gen. May 28, 2013);
  • Walsh-Vaughn JV, B-407998.2 et al., 2013 CPD ¶ 134 (Comp. Gen. May 21, 2013);
  • Turner-Southland-Dean, JV, B-407998.1, 2013 CPD ¶ 133 (Comp. Gen. May 20, 2013);
  • Sentrillion Corp., B-406843.3 et al., 2013 CPD ¶ 207 (Comp. Gen. Apr. 22, 2013);
  • Insight Systems Corp. v. United States, 110 Fed. Cl. 564 (2013);
  • Clark/Foulger-Pratt JV, B-406627, 2012 CPD ¶ 213 (Comp. Gen. July 23, 2012);
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., B-405993, 2012 CPD ¶ 30 (Comp. Gen. Jan. 19, 2012);
  • AmerescoSolutions, Inc., ASBCA No. 56824, 11-1 BCA ¶ 34,705; and
  • OSC Solutions, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5253 (June 23, 2011).
  • Raydar & Assocs., Inc., B-401447, 2009 CPD ¶ 180 (Comp. Gen. Sept. 1, 2009);
  • ACS Education Solutions, LLC, B-401531, 2009 CPD ¶ 209 (Comp. Gen. Oct. 5, 2009);

Patrick has engaged in pro bono work in support of indigent clients in the following matters:

  • Bonewell v. United States, 111 Fed. Cl. 129 (2013) (successful defense of widow’s entitlement to military pension of deceased spouse against claim by ex-wife);
  • Uncontested divorce matters in Virginia courts; and
  • Preparation of estate-planning documents for the indigent elderly.

Previous Work

Prior to joining the legal industry, Patrick was a Foreign Service officer, serving 16 years with the U.S. Department of State, where he was assigned to Somalia, El Salvador, Columbia, Peru, India and Washington, DC, where he was both a diplomat, specializing in consular services for American citizens and foreign visitors, and a Special Agent in the Diplomatic Security Service. After leaving the Foreign Service and before joining Arent Fox, Patrick worked at two large law firms where he focused on government contracts matters and large, general commercial litigation cases. From 2004-2005, Patrick served as law clerk to the Honorable Diane Gilbert Sypolt of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.


Richard J. Webber & Patrick R. Quigley, Turner Construction Co., Inc. v. United States: Hard Facts and Contracting Officer Discretion, Procurement Lawyer (Spring 2012).

Professional Activities

Patrick is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.

Life Beyond the Law

Patrick is fluent in Spanish.

  • Bar & Court Admissions
    • District of Columbia Bar
    • Virginia Bar
    • US Court of Federal Claims
    • US Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • Education
    George Mason University School of Law
    cum laude
    Albany Law School of Union University