Alexander O. Canizares

Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Alexander Canizares represents government contractors and other companies in litigation, investigations, and regulatory matters involving federal departments and agencies. As a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Division, Alex draws on his experience serving as lead counsel in complex cases involving the federal government to advise companies in the aerospace and defense, technology, healthcare, professional services, and other industries in a range of areas, including contract claims and disputes, False Claims Act (FCA) matters, bid protests, and strategic counseling related to all phases of federal procurement.

Alex’s practice includes representing clients ranging from early-stage companies to publicly traded Fortune 100 corporations in litigation, internal and government investigations, compliance issues and disputes arising under government contracts, mandatory or voluntary disclosures, prime-subcontractor disputes, government data rights, and government contracts diligence in mergers and acquisitions activities. Alex also counsels clients in emerging regulatory issues involving cybersecurity, supply chain risks, and those related to artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning and innovative technology.

While at DOJ Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch, National Courts Section, Alex handled dozens of cases at both the trial and appellate levels involving multiple defense and civilian agencies. He has first-chair experience litigating cases in areas that include the Contract Disputes Act (CDA), the FCA and civil fraud claims, and bid protests challenging agency procurements involving defense, national security, and information technology. Alex has presented oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 13 times.

Alex writes and speaks frequently regarding government contracts matters and is an adjunct professor of Performance of Government Contracts at The George Washington University Law School. He serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section’s (PCLS) Contract Claims and Disputes Resolution Committee and vice-chair of the Procurement Fraud and False Claims Committee, as well as on the PCLS Council. Alex is a vice-chair of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Government Contracts Committee, and an executive editor of the ABA PCLS Procurement Lawyer publication.

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