Andrew Shipley

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

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Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest 1875
Washington 20006 DC US

Andrew E. Shipley is an esteemed litigator with more than 30 years of experience practicing law. He has built an exceptional government contracts litigation and counseling practice over the years, and has established himself as a leader in the space.

Mr. Shipley supports diverse clients in government contract disputes and litigation, including government enforcement actions, investigations, federal court litigation, board of contract appeals litigation, bid protests and other contested proceedings.

He advises on issues arising in the pursuit or performance of government contracts, and has handled an extensive assortment of significant matters for a wide array of companies doing business with the government, ranging from multinational aerospace and defense companies to large and small commercial software businesses, automotive manufacturers, professional sports organizations, veteran-owned businesses, and financial and health services providers.

Before joining WilmerHale, Mr. Shipley chaired the government contracts practice at another international law firm where he advised clients on claims, contracts, regulatory and data rights matters. He also litigated in state and federal courts across the country, as well as before various government Boards of Appeal and administrative agencies, including GAO and ODRA.

Prior to his return to private practice, Mr. Shipley managed an in-house litigation/bid protest group for a FORTUNE 100, multinational government contractor. He began his legal career as an associate at a law firm in Baltimore, Maryland, and then transitioned to another firm in Boston, Massachusetts, where he became partner.

Mr. Shipley is the co-founder and former co-chair of American Corporate Counsel Association National Capital Region’s Litigation Forum, and served on the National Capital Region’s Board of Directors for four years.

He previously served on the Federal Circuit Bar Association Subcommittee on Government Contracts and the American Bar Association’s Federal Practice Task Force focused on improving the practice of law in federal courts throughout the country.

Experience :

  • Led the successful protest against the award of $450 million contract to provide comprehensive satellite services contract to the United States Navy.
  • Led the successful defense of an award from the United States Air Force to The Boeing Company to maintain specialized, nuclear-hardened aircraft used to protect and convey the nation’s senior leadership in the event of nuclear war.
  • Led the successful defense of $330 Million contract award to Harris Corporation to upgrade FAA’s air traffic control communications system.
  • Obtained dismissal of Northrop Grumman Corporation as defendant in 1498 patent infringement suit through assertion of defenses unique to Court of Federal Claims matters.
  • Represent contractors on appeals before the ASBCA arising from Contracting Officer Final Decisions on cost allowability treatment.
  • Claim against NASA in the Court of Federal Claims for breach of contract arising out of the International Space Station program.
  • CERCLA case brought by DOJ alleging owner, operator and arranger liability for waste disposal activities undertaken by the client’s subcontractor.
  • Claim brought by landowner for alleged diminution in value attributable to alleged environmental contamination arising from operations on adjacent property.


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1984
  • BS, University of Maryland, 1981

ADMISSIONS : District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts.


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