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, mandatory disclosures, False Claims Act (FCA) litigation, suspension/debarment proceedings, DCAA audits, and claims against the government. He conducts internal investigations, develops requests for equitable adjustment and claims, and provides guidance to contractors on their most complicated problems.
Mr. Haws has conducted mandatory disclosure investigations for one of the largest GSA Schedule contract holders. He has developed and executed strategic responses to multi-faceted government contract problems involving agency investigations, litigation, and Congressional requests for a major software company. He has served on an independent monitor team pursuant to an administrative compliance agreement in one of the most significant debarment proceedings within the Department of Defense.
Mr. Haws also has significant experience litigating disputes between contractors and subcontractors, and resolving government contract intellectual property, cost allowability, and business systems disputes.
Mr. Haws spent two years seconded in-house at the legal departments of two of the largest government contractors in the world. He frequently writes and speaks on government contract issues and has served in numerous leadership roles in the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section, including chair of the International Procurement Committee and the ABA representative to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Procurement.
Mr. Haws maintains an active pro bono practice serving individuals and non-profits in DC and internationally. For 15 years, he has litigated housing, disability, and family law cases and provided pro bono counseling to nonprofits and small, disadvantaged businesses through the DC Bar Pro Bono Center. Mr. Haws has served on the DC Bar Pro Bono Committee and the Nonprofit/Small Business Legal Assistance Committee. He is currently chair of the DC Bar Pro Bono Committee and serves on the board of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, the leading capacity building organization for DC-area nonprofits.
Early in his career, Mr. Haws lived and worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a member of the legal team representing the Government of Ethiopia before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, an international tribunal that adjudicated state-to-state claims for loss, damage, and injury arising during an international armed conflict.