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J. Chris White

Director, Clark Hill Public Strategies

Chris White counsels public and private entities in all areas of federal government procurement and market development and works with clients in the assessment, development, and implementation of federal procurement compliance programs.

Drawing upon Chris’ Navy career, including his ongoing work as a Navy Reserve JAG, he advises government contractors in all aspects of working with the Federal government. Notably, Chris reviews solicitations; drafts proposals, contracts, and subcontracts; assists with contract negotiations; and performs government contract due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Chris advises contractors during government audits, investigations, and dispute resolution proceedings. He represents clients before the U.S. General Accountability Office as well as the Boards of Contract Appeals and the Courts of the Federal Circuit.

Chris frequently represents government contracting companies in negotiating and preparing subcontracts, teaming agreements and joint venture documents, qualifying for socio-economic programs, and complying with the Federal Acquisition Regulations and Small Business Administration regulations. Chris’ practice further extends to advising clients in litigation relevant to construction projects and construction claims involving primes, subs, and suppliers/vendors.

Chris acts as a trusted advisor to Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs), from navigating the certification process to winning and keeping Federal contracts. Additionally, Chris dedicates his pro bono efforts towards assisting and promoting Veterans and Veteran issues, and mentors Veterans participating in the Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court.

Prior to joining Clark Hill, Chris served in the United States Navy as an Active Duty Surface Warfare Officer. During his career, Chris worked as Main Propulsion, Force Protection, Training, Port Operations, Harbor Security, Oil Spill Abatement, and Port Security Officer. Chris was based out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, and conducted missions throughout the Middle East.

*Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and New York, not Michigan.


J.D., American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC
M.B.A., American University Kogod School of Business, Washington DC
B.A., Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette, Indiana


Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Special Award (2017 Individual Best Negotiator Award)

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal


National Veteran Small Business Coalition

ABA Section of Public Contract Law

American Bar Association

Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association

Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

Federal Circuit Bar Association

National Defense Industry Association

State Bar Licenses

District of Columbia, New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Ct., District of Columbia
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of New York
VA Accreditation
Article 27(b) Certification