Louis A. Chiarella
Louis A. Chiarella
Professorial Lecturer in Law
Louis A. (Lou) Chiarella is a Professional Lecturer of Law at the George Washington University Law School, Government Procurement Law Program. When not at GW, he works as Senior Counsel at the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP, in its Government Contract practice group. Here he advises clients on a broad range of legal issues, such as bid protests; contract formation and administration issues generally; business and compliance matters; suspension and debarment; ethics and conflicts rules; and OCI mitigation strategies. From 2001 to 2022 and culminating as Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Mr. Chiarella worked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he decided more than 2,500 bid protests involving challenges to the solicitation and award of contracts across the entire federal government. He was also a member of the GAO Contract Appeals Board where he adjudicated contract dispute appeals involving legislative branch federal agencies. From 1988 to 2001, Mr. Chiarella served as an active-duty Army Judge Advocate, culminating with his assignment as Associate Professor, Contract and Fiscal Law Department, Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. From 2001 to 2018, COL Chiarella served another 17 years as an Army reserve judge advocate. His assignments during this time included: Military Appellate Judge; Reserve Chief Trial Attorney; Assistant General Counsel (Ethics and Fiscal); and finally, Chief Counsel of the Army Futures Command Task Force, which resulted in the Army’s largest acquisition-related reorganization in 50 years.
Mr. Chiarella received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame; a juris doctor from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo; a master’s degree in international affairs from Catholic University of America; and a masters of law degree from the U.S. Army JAG School.