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Lucas T. Hanback


Executive Summary

Mr. Hanback is co-chair of the firm's Government Contracts Practice Group, and is also a member of the Construction and Labor & Employment Practice Groups. He litigates civil matters on behalf of government contractors, and offers business and compliance counseling with the goal of helping clients avoid the need to litigate. He has been named a “Rising Star” by Legal 500, one of only six attorneys recognized nationwide, and he has also been listed as a “Rising Star” among government contracts attorneys for five consecutive years by SuperLawyers®. He has extensive experience before the Court of Federal Claims, the Government Accountability Office, and the Boards of Contract Appeals, as well as other federal and state courts and various administrative forums.

Professional Qualifications and Activities

Mr. Hanback helps government contractors navigate the complex issues they face while remaining sensitive to their business goals and demands. He focuses on understanding his clients’ operations and strategy so that he is better positioned to offer advice that helps to grow and protect their business. He litigates bid protests, contract disputes and claims, and other civil matters on behalf of clients that range in size from large well-known entities to small start-ups. He also offers business and compliance counseling and has advised clients on a diverse array of government contracts topics including government contracting ethics and compliance, defense and cyber security issues, terminations, the false claims act and mandatory disclosure, cost accounting and pricing issues, teaming and subcontracting agreements, prime-subcontractor disputes, due diligence in acquisitions, small business issues, employment issues in government contracting, and GSA schedule contracting. Clients appreciate his creative approach to problem solving and his understanding of the business needs that animate their litigation decisions.

Mr. Hanback’s representative matters include a diverse array of bid protests, at both the federal and state levels, where he has successfully represented clients on contracts ranging in value from hundreds of thousands to billions of dollars. Mr. Hanback has also represented clients in numerous claims and disputes with federal and state governments, including representations on complex nuclear industry construction claims and manufacturing projects. He has successfully assisted clients seeking to avoid default termination of their federal contracts and represented clients in disputes with other prime or subcontractors. Although his work frequently involves large engagements for big contractors, he also takes pride in bringing the same zealous and effective representation to bear in support of small and medium sized businesses, where he works hand-in-hand with clients to develop imaginative and efficient litigation strategies to solve complex problems on tight budgets. He has also helped numerous contractors develop internal policies, training packages and compliance monitoring plans—all with the goal of helping to minimize the risk of litigation over performance problems.

Mr. Hanback is a member of the Public Contract Law section of the American Bar Association. Prior to entering practice, Mr. Hanback worked as a government contractor and gained significant exposure to contingency contracting operations. He also served as a contractor on the Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was commended in writing by the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for outstanding performance. Mr. Hanback formerly served as an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps and is a combat veteran of the war in Iraq.


J.D., The George Washington University Law School
with honors

B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

San Francisco, CA
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