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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Procurement/Purchasing and Business Operations

Keywords/Search Terms:

government contracts, federal contracts, subcontracts, Federal Acquisition Regulation, FAR clauses, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, DFARS, bids, quotes, offers, change orders, false claims, bid rigging, prime contractor, proposals, GSA, GAO, SBA, procurement, contracting officer


BA, University of Virginia; JD, American University

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Specializing in GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND SUBCONTRACTS, Christoph Mlinarchik, JD, CFCM, PMP is an attorney, former federal contracting officer, professional instructor, top consultant, frequent public speaker, nationally recognized subject matter expert, and prolific author of 50+ publications, including the three bestselling books in The Government Contracts in Plain English Series. Christoph was honored with the “Top Professionals Under 40” and “Best Article of the Year” awards by National Contract Management Association (NCMA). Christoph is an experienced expert witness in GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND SUBCONTRACTS who has provided expert opinions and reports, deposition testimony, and research concerning damages, key findings, and case strategy for complex litigation. Expertise include the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), bid rigging, false claims, sole source (no bid) contracts, procurement rules, competition requirements, ethics, Requests for Equitable Adjustment (REA), claim, joint ventures, teaming agreements, 8a, WOSB, HUBZone, SDVOSB, small business set-asides, Limitations on Subcontracting, subcontractors, Small Business Act, FAR clauses, flow-downs, source selections, proposal pricing, subcontracts, prime contracts, bid protests, cybersecurity, Department of Defense, major weapons systems, contract interpretation, contract negotiation, contract management, termination, IDIQ contracts, GSA contracts, simplified acquisitions, Other Transaction Authority, GPC (purchase card), quotes, offers, bids, task orders, delivery orders, and more. Christoph’s consulting clients include information technology (IT), professional services, defense, cybersecurity, construction, medical/health care, intelligence, national security, research, science, technology, and several other sectors in the government contracting and subcontracting industry. Christoph has taught or trained 1000+ federal, military, and contractor professionals nationwide—from novices to C-level executives, who consistently provide outstanding reviews for Christoph’s expertise, teaching skills, and presentation style. As a former director of GovCon issues for a defense contractor– now a top consultant to a wide range of industry clients– Christoph understands industry custom and practice. As a former senior contracting officer (federal employee) for the Department of Defense, Christoph has diverse and extensive US federal government contracting experience across the Air Force, Navy, Pentagon, and Office of the Secretary of Defense. He served special details as an Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) acquisitions attorney, and as a procurement analyst for the Source Selection Policy and Clearance Committee of Air Force Space Command. Finally, as an onsite senior policy advisor helping shape industry-wide acquisition policy and regulations for clients in the Pentagon, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and other defense agencies like Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Christoph understands federal government contracting operations and leadership hierarchies at the highest levels, including the Senior Executive Service (SES), political appointees, General Schedule (GS) employees, Congress, General Accountability Office (GAO), Small Business Administration (SBA), Court of Federal Claims, and Inspectors General. Christoph has negotiated, reviewed, or managed billions of dollars of government contracts over the course of his career. This real-world, US government and private-sector contractor experience provides an invaluable perspective for clients. Books: Government Contracts in Plain English Federal Acquisition Regulation in Plain English Government Contracts Negotiation, Simplified Certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), DAWIA Level III Contracting, licensed attorney, security clearance