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Dirk D. Haire practices in the areas of construction law and government contracts, with a focus on federal construction law.

Dirk’s federal construction practice includes bid protests and claims litigation involving issues such as constructive changes, delays, accelerations, defective work, differing site conditions, default terminations, past performance evaluations, defective specifications, the Administrative Procedures Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Anti-Kickback Act, the Buy American Act, the Civil False Claims Act, the Miller Act, the Prompt Payment Act, and the Truth In Negotiations Act.  He also regularly counsels federal contractors on issues such as teaming arrangements, small business and set-aside strategy and compliance (8(a) contracting, ANC, NAC, HUBZone, SDVOSB), FAR Business Ethics and Conduct Codes and compliance, DCAA audits and investigations, cost allowability and the Cost Accounting Standards, lobbying restrictions and disclosures, project labor agreements, Davis-Bacon Act compliance, subcontracting plans, best value procurement strategy, and debriefings.  Dirk handles federal protests and litigation in the Boards of Contract Appeals, Court of Federal Claims, General Accountability Office, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and various U.S. District Courts.

Dirk’s private and institutional construction law practice involves representing contractors and owners in a variety of transactional, project administration, labor relations, and litigation matters.  He has handled numerous contract negotiations and litigation involving airports, cruise ship terminals, piers, power plants, bridges, highways, hotels, office buildings, condominiums, and schools.  Dirk is regularly involved with a variety of private and quasi-private project delivery and contracting methods, including design-build, construction management, EPC, firm fixed price, cost-plus, PPP, and various hybrids thereof.

In the industry, Dirk serves on the Executive Board of AGC of America and the Board of Directors of Maryland AGC.  He also currently serves as chair of both the AGC of America FAR Committee and Service and Supply Council.  Chambers USA has ranked Dirk as a leading lawyer in construction law the past three years, most recently describing him in their 2009 Guide as “an excellent communicator with exceptional business understanding.”


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 50%
    6 years
  2. Government Contracts: 50%
    6 years

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1901 Pennsylvania Avenue Nw
Suite 601
Washington, DC, 20006


DCActive 199807/05/2016
INInactive In Good Standing199407/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSmith, Currie & Hancock LLP2009 - Present
PartnerHolland & Knight LLP2001 - 2009
Senior DirectorAssociated General Contractors of America1996 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Associated General Contractors of AmericaExecutive Board2010 - Present
Associated General Contractors of AmericaChair, Federal Acquisition Regulation Committee2010 - Present
Associated General Contractors of AmericaChair, Service and Supply Council2010 - Present
Maryland AGCBoard of DirectorsN/A
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction IndustryMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Public Contract Law SectionMemberN/A
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
United States Court of Federal Claims Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
John A. Wiley and Sons"Pricing of Claims," Federal Government Construction Contracts, Second Edition2010
Associated General Contractors of AmericaGuide to Construction Financing, Second Edition2009
Washington ContractorNew Federal Rules: Code of Business Ethics and Conduct2009
Construction AlertPotential Relief from Material Price Squeeze?2004
Associated General Contractors of America"Agency Construction Management," Project Delivery Systems for Construction2004
John A. Wiley and Sons"Pricing of Claims," Federal Government Construction Contracts2003
AGC-BOMA Joint CommitteeThe Design-Build Process2001
Associated General Contractors of AmericaCM/GC Guidelines for Building Construction in the Public Sector2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Ball State UniversityHistory, Political ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
of America Federal Contractors ConferenceFederal Market Trends and Analysis: 2010-20112010
Mississippi Valley AGC Annual ConventionFederal Procurement Debriefings and Protests: Trends and Strategies2010
Keystone Contractors Association & Construction Specifications Institute Joint MeetingUnderstanding the Contract Documents Endorsed by AGC: Comparing ConsensusDOCS to AIA Documents2010
Construction Financial Management Association's Small Business Ventures & Teaming ArrangementsSmall Business Ventures & Teaming Arrangements2010
AGC of Michigan's Federal Government Construction ContractsFederal Government Construction Contracts2010
AGC of Metro DC's Project Manager Development ProgramContract Administration2010
AGC of America Federal Contractors ConferenceAdvanced Federal Contracting Workshop2010
AGC of America Annual Convention Federal Government Construction ProgramOpportunities in the Small Business Programs2010
AGC of America Annual Convention Federal Government Construction ProgramCompeting for Awards2010
AGC of America National Federal Contracting Webinar SeriesThe New and Old of Federal Contracting2009
AGC of America National Federal Contracting Webinar SeriesThe Federal Contract Award Process2009
AGC of America National Federal Contracting Webinar SeriesHow to Handle Federal Claims and Disputes2009
AGC of America National Federal Contracting Webinar SeriesNew Rules and Regulations for Construction Projects Funded by the Recovery Act2009
AGC of America National Federal Contracting Webinar SeriesProtests and Debriefings: How to Protect Yourself2009
AGC of America Federal Contractors ConferenceFederal Contracting Best Value Considerations2009
AGC of America Building Contractors ConferenceChanges to Labor Law for Federal Construction Contractors2009
AGC of America Annual ConventionFederal Best Value Procurement "Key Considerations"2009
Northern Virginia NAIOP SeminarBIM and Legal Risk2008
AGC of Metro DC's The Federal Construction Contractor's Guide to Complying with the New Business Ethics and Conduct RulesThe Federal Construction Contractor's Guide to Complying with the New Business Ethics and Conduct Rules2008
AGC of America Webinar SeriesTailoring ConsensusDOCS for Contractors2008
AGC of America Annual ConventionThe Business Case for Strong Compliance and Governance Programs2008