David S. Black is a government contracts attorney and co-chair of Holland & Knight's national Government Contracts Group, and is based in the firm's Tysons office. Mr. Black's practice involves serving as a trusted advisor, problem solver and advocate for federal contractors, awardees, and subcontractors in every stage of growth. He provides legal advice and representation to help his clients secure opportunities, enhance performance, mitigate risk and respond to threats. Mr. Black serves contractors and awardees in a broad array of industries, with an emphasis on innovative technology, cutting-edge products, professional services, healthcare, and research and development (including sponsored research at colleges and universities).  

Mr. Black's practice involves strategic and tactical advice, dispute resolution, counseling and risk management, and transactional work. 

  • His advisory practice involves creative approaches to challenges in relationships with government customers, enforcement authorities and subcontractors. 
  • Mr. Black is a seasoned protest litigator and experienced in contract claims, responding to investigations and audits, False Claims Act (FCA) matters and prime-subcontractor disputes. 
  • He counsels on a range of contract administration and procurement issues, such as data rights, including under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) matters, small business programs, domestic preferences and federal grants. Mr. Black helps implement and maintain effective compliance and internal control systems.
  • In his transactional practice, Mr. Black drafts and negotiates teaming agreements and subcontracts, as well as technology-related agreements such as Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreements and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs). He also supports the firm's mergers and acquisitions practice as it relates to government contractors.

After law school, he served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Larry G. Elder (Ret.) of the Court of Appeals of Virginia in Richmond.


  • Counseling: represented a client that received a cure notice from a federal agency threatening to terminate a very important contract for default; our team prepared a detailed response arguing why a default termination would be unjustified and unsustainable; the agency was persuaded to allow our client to continue performing the contract


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Virginia, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association, Secretary 2008-2009; Vice President 2009-2010; President 2011
  • National Contract Management Association, Tysons Corner Chapter: President, 2005-2006, VP-Seminars, 2008-2009, VP-Training 2007-2008, Past-President 2006-2007, President Elect 2004-2005, VP-Programs 2002-2004
  • Public Contract Law Journal, ABA Section of Public Contract Law: Associate Editor, 2008-Present
  • Bid Protest Committee of the Federal Bar Association, ABA Section of Public Contract Law: Member, 2008-Present
  • Northern Virginia Government Contractor's Council of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Steering Committee, 2004-2008; Co-Chair, G-Con Small Business Contracting Symposium, 2006 and 2007
  • Federal Circuit Bar Journal, Editorial Board, 2000-2005
  • Procurement Law Advisor, Contributor, 2001-2006
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