Jenner & Block

Matthew Haws is a partner in the Government Contracts Practice. He represents clients ranging from defense manufacturers to IT systems integrators on government contract and grant law issues, including claims, compliance and investigations.

Mr. Haws guides contractors through complicated issues in their relationship with the government, including Inspector General investigations, False Claims Act (FCA) filings and suspension/debarment proceedings.  He has conducted investigations and provided strategic guidance to contractors facing these issues and has served on an independent monitor team pursuant to an agency administrative compliance agreement.  Mr. Haws also has significant experience pursuing contractor claims against the government, disputes between contractors and subcontractors, internal investigations and mandatory disclosures, government contract intellectual property disputes, and interactions with the government related to allowability and allocation of costs.

Mr. Haws previously spent two years seconded in-house at the legal departments of two of the most significant government contractors in the world.  In addition, he has served in numerous leadership roles in the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section, including chair of the International Procurement Committee, liaison of the Section of International Law to the Public Contract Law Section, and a member of the Section's Strategic Planning Committee.  He has also served as the ABA representative to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Procurement, and was a member of the Service Contracting Best Practices Task Force.

For more than 10 years, Mr. Haws has provided pro bono counseling to nonprofits and small, disadvantaged businesses through the DC Bar Community Economic Development Program, including long-term assistance to grant recipients and small companies entering the government contract market.  He serves on the DC Bar Pro Bono Committee, and is vice chair of the Nonprofit/Small Business Legal Assistance Committee.  As vice chair, Mr. Haws is focusing on using technology to make program resources accessible to entrepreneurs in DC and beyond.