David R. Hazelton

David R. Hazelton is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and has practiced with the firm since 1982. Mr. Hazelton advises and represents companies in a variety of government contract matters. He belongs to the Public Contracts Section of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association where he served as the Chair of the Government Contracts Section.

Mr. Hazelton represents various industries in a wide range of matters involving contracts with government agencies. As one of the world’s largest consumers and sponsors of healthcare, information technology, aerospace and defense and cleantech products and services, the US government is a critical source of both business and regulation for companies in these industries.

One of Mr. Hazelton's areas of expertise is bid protest litigation, where he has handled dozens of cases ranging from relatively small procurements to ones involving billions of dollars. He also represents a broad range of companies in contract disputes with the US, as well as disputes between prime and subcontractors. In addition, he has substantial experience in transactions involving government contractors (including mergers and acquisitions, teaming agreements, subcontract agreements, technology licensing, international sales and the protection of intellectual property).

Mr. Hazelton litigates before a variety of tribunals including the Government Accountability Office, the US Court of Federal Claims, the Armed Services and Civilian Boards of Contract Appeals, the Small Business Administration's Office of Hearings and Appeals, the US District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Mr. Hazelton has spoken and written on a variety of government contracts issues. His works include:

  • "The Federal Circuit's Emerging Role in Bid Protest Cases," 36 American University Law Review 919 (1987)
  • Co-author of "Suspension and Debarment: The End of the Line,” 24 ABA Public Contract Newsletter 3 (Spring 1989)
  • "Industry's Wartime Role," 16 Defense News 25 (December 2001)
  • "Learning the System: New Economy Companies Must Think Before Contracting with the Government," 24 Legal Times (March 25, 2001)
  • "Recent Federal Circuit Opinion Highlights Risk of IP Rights in Government Contracts," Intellectual Property Strategist 

Mr. Hazelton has been a speaker on bid protests at the ABA's Federal Procurement Institute and at the Eastern Briefing Conference sponsored by Federal Publications, Inc. and the Federal Bar Association. He is recognized in the 2014 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Hazelton served as law clerk to Judge Herbert Y.C. Choy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.