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William A. Shook

The Law Offices of William A. Shook PLLC

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Bill Shook
has focused his practice on procurement policy legislation and other government contract legal matters since graduating law school in 1985.  Prior to the formation of The Law Offices of William A. Shook PLLC, Bill had spent his entire career with the K&L Gates law firm (previously Preston Gates), where he became a partner in 1994.

Bill is the co-author of the law school case book Government Contract Law published by Carolina Academic Press and was an adjunct professor of government contract law at Washington & Lee University School of Law between 2002 and 2007 and at the University of Baltimore Law School in 2008.  Bill teaches several courses for Federal Publications Seminars, operated by West, including “Government Contract Law,” “Selling Commercial Items To The Federal Government,” “General Services Administration Multiple Award Schedule Contracting,” and “Task Order Contracting.”  Bill is also a regular presenter of webinars on current government contracting topics.

Bill has served as outside counsel to The Commercial Product Acquisition Team (COMPACT), a high-tech trade association, which focused early attention on the need for statutory and regulatory reform regarding the manner in which the government buys commercial products and services.  He continues to represent a number of companies focused on selling commercial products and services to federal agencies.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Bill was a congressional investigator for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee (now Energy and Commerce) of the U.S. House of Representatives and for the Subcommittee on Limitations of Delegated and Contracted Authority of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.  Bill currently works with companies in their dealings with congressional investigations and agency oversight of contracting activities including debarment and suspension activities and competition requirements.

Bill works with clients at each phase of the government contracting process - from proposal formation through contract award and performance issues to contract termination and claims.  His practice is based on the philosophy that an early understanding of government contract issues and potential problems can avoid costly litigation and remediation efforts.  When necessary and appropriate, Bill litigates for clients in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Government Accountability Office, and the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Small Business Administration on bid protest matters and other claims against the government.

Bill works and lives in both Washington, D.C., and Seattle, Washington.     


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School (1986) with honors

Bar Admissions

  • Bar of District of Columbia
  • Bar of Washington

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Representative Engagements

Litigation and Claims
  • NAICS Appeal of Technica Corporation, SBA No. NAICS-5248, 2011 WL 2472597 (June 20, 2011) (NAICS size appeal)
  • Information Sciences Corp. v. U.S., 86 Fed. Cl. 269 (2009) (bid protest)
  • GTSI Corp., B–292298, et al., 2003 CPD 85 (Aug. 14, 2003) (bid protest)
  • McKesson Automation Systems, Inc., B–290969.3, 2003 CPD 24 (Jan. 15, 2003) (bid protest)
  • Systems Management, Inc., et al., B–287032.5, B–287032.6, 2002 CPD 29 (Nov. 19, 2001) (bid protest)
  • Size Appeal of Northern NEF, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-4451, 2001 WL 1047460 (Sept. 6, 2001) (SBA size appeal)
  • Duke Engineering and Services, Inc., B–284605, 2000 CPD 93 (May 17, 2000) (bid protest)
  • Size Appeal of Norvar Services, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-4398, 2000 WL 722633 (May 3, 2000) (SBA size appeal)
  • Mar, Inc., B–278929.2, et al., 98–2 CPD 92 (Sept. 28, 1998) (bid protest)
  • Digicon Corp., 56 Fed. Cl. 425 (2003) (contract claim)
  • Nasco Aircraft Brake Inc., B-255342 (March 17, 1994) (bid protest)
  • Peat Marwick, B-251902 (November 8, 1993) (bid protest)
  • White Water Associates, B-253825 (August 26, 1993) (bid protest)
  • Cellular One, B-250854 (February 23, 1993) (bid protest)
  • Genisco Technology, Inc. v. U.S., 793 F. Supp. 357 (D.D.C. 1992) (bid protest)
  • Bay Tankers, B-238162 (April 13, 1990) (GAO bid protest)
  • Defective pricing issue on GSA MAS contracts for a Fortune 100 IT manufacturer
  • Allegation of improper kickbacks made against a Fortune 100 manufacturer
  • Allegation of improper gift giving by small government contractor
  • Allegation of false certifications with regard to the Trade Agreements Act and Buy American Act
  • Counsel on mandated testimony before Senate Judiciary Committee with regard to possible anti-trust violations
  • Counsel on proposed debarment of company president convicted of tax evasion
  • Outside counsel to major software supplier for past 20 years on public sector contracting issues involving FAR requirements and compliance issues
  • Counsel on various matters concerning small business and 8(a) status including joint venture agreements
  • Counsel on acquisition of significant research and development company by commercial vendor
  • Outside counsel to major state lottery system during acquisition process of new services

Seminars and Presentations

  • Lecturer, “Government Contract Law,” Federal Publications, LLC (1998-2011)
  • Lecturer, “Commercial Item Acquisition,“ Federal Publications, LLC (1995-2008)
  • Lecturer, “FAR Regulation Update,“ Technology Training Corp. (1994-1995)
  • Presenter, “The GSA Multiple Award Schedule Program – Future Trends,“ Section of Public Contract Law, American Bar Association
  • Lecturer, “Contracting For Commercial Off The Shelf Products (“COTS“),” Technology Training Corp. (1991-1994)
  • Presenter, “Congressional and Agency Perspectives On Recent Developments In Commercial Products Contracting,“ Section of Public Contract Law, American Bar Association (1990)


  • Charles Tiefer & William A. Shook, Government Contract Law (Carolina Academic Press 2d ed. 2004 & Supp. 2006)
  • Author, “A ‘Sea Change’ For Contractor Ethics And Compliance Programs,” K&L Gates E-Alert (November 2008)
  • Co-author, “SBA Ends Its Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Certification Program; Companies May Now Self-Certify for Federal Subcontracting Programs,” K&L Gates E-Alert (October 2008)
  • Author, “Small Business Non-Manufacturer Rule Given New Life,” Preston Gates & Ellis E-Alert (August 2006)
  • Co-author, “GSA Adds Trade Agreements Act Compliance To Contractor Audits,” Preston Gates & Ellis E-Alert (June 2005)
  • Author, “Federal Construction Projects: How to Compete Successfully for Negotiated Contracts“ (2004)
  • Co-Author, “Checklist to Compliance: Commercial Item Government Contracting,” Internal Auditor Magazine (October 2001)
  • Author, “Commercial Products Contracting,“ The George Washington University, Educational Services Institute (1988)
  • Author, “Commercial Product Acquisition: Current Impediments and Recommendations For Improvement,“ Commercial Product Acquisition Team (1987)