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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, 1979
    • B.S., with distinction, United States Naval Academy, 1974, French
  • Court Admissions
    • United States Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Claude Goddard brings a vital business perspective to his government contracts practice. His deep grounding in government contracts (more than 35 years in private practice) coupled with in-house experience gives him an intimate knowledge of each client’s business needs.

Before returning to Polsinelli in 2017, Claude was General Counsel of a major government contractor with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, where he guided his client through complex government contracting rules while still helping the company achieve its business objectives. He also provided counsel on legal issues facing government contractors—from subcontracting issues, to labor and employment problems and litigation matters. His ability to find creative and practical solutions to a wide variety of difficult business and legal issues greatly benefits all of his clients.

Claude has significant experience in:
  • Federal and state court and administrative actions involving false claims, government contract claims, subcontracts, consulting agreements, and misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Corporate internal fraud investigations and government contracting mandatory disclosure matters
  • Agency suspension and debarment matters
  • Court of Federal Claims and Government Accountability Office (GAO) protests
  • Terminations for default and for the convenience of the government and other performance issues

In addition to his experience with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, Claude has experience with many other defense and civilian agencies. He has written extensively and frequently speaks on government contracts topics and issues of interest to the government contracting industry. Prior to entering private practice, Claude served in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1979 until 1987.