Education
  • J.D.
    The George Washington University Law School
    2008
  • B.S.
    University of Florida
    high honors
    2005
Languages
Spanish

Alex Sarria is an experienced litigator and counselor with wide-ranging expertise in government contracts law. He represents government contractors in complex contract disputes with federal and state governments and defends contractors in mass tort lawsuits arising out of military operations, national security programs, and environmental remediation projects.

Formerly in the government contracts group at Covington & Burling LLP, Mr. Sarria advises clients on a wide range of federal procurement issues including cost allowability, cost or pricing data requirements, battlefield contracting, subcontract pricing and flowdowns, commercial items and General Services Administration (GSA) schedule contracting, organizational conflicts of interest (OCIs), cybersecurity regulations, and business ethics and conduct requirements. 

He also is recognized for his unique experience in helping companies identify and mitigate their exposure to potential tort liability and has worked with clients in numerous industries to secure liability protection under the SAFETY Act, Public Law 85-804, the Price Anderson Act, the Defense Base Act (DBA), and FAR 52.228-7 (Insurance-Liability to Third Persons). 

Mr. Sarria began his career in the highly-regarded government contracts group of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, where he practiced for more than seven years.

 

  • Successfully represented the first public utility in the United States to obtain liability protection under the SAFETY Act for its anti-terrorism security program.  
  • Successfully represented a Washington Technology Top 100 government contractor as co-lead counsel in a $55 million Contract Disputes Act (CDA) dispute with the Army regarding the allowability of private security costs. Participated in five-week bench trial and authored briefs that resulted in complete victories for the contractor at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) and the Federal Circuit.
  • Successfully represented a Washington Technology Top 100 government contractor in a wrongful employment termination suit arising from a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) environmental remediation project at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee.
  • Successfully represented a Washington Technology Top 100 government contractor in a $12 million prime-subcontractor dispute litigated in U.S. District Court.
  • Successfully asserted the government contractor defense on behalf of a Top 20 federal government contractor in a tort suit arising from Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) use of cargo scanning equipment at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Represented a Washington Technology Top 100 government defense contractor in a $21 million CDA dispute with the Army over unpaid award fees. Litigated before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and obtained settlement for more than 99 percent of the claimed amount. 
  • Represented two Fortune 500 companies in a $2 billion class action for alleged non-payment of Defense Base Act (DBA) benefits. Successfully litigated the matter before the U.S. District Court, Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.
  • Represented a Top 10 government contractor in a high-profile products liability suit arising from the crash of a military fighter jet during a classified operation. Successfully removed the case from state to U.S. Federal Court.
  • Successfully prosecuted bid protest of multi-million-dollar Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) procurement before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
  • Lead counsel in bid protest of multi-million-dollar Veterans Affairs (VA) procurement for home oxygen services before the GAO.
  • Successfully prosecuted multiple bid protests of multi-million-dollar Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) procurements before the GAO.
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers®: Rising Star, Government Contracts, 2018
  • Vice Chair, Contract Claims and Disputes Resolution Committee, Section of Public Contract Law, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Vice Chair, Battlespace and Contingency Procurements Committee, Section of Public Contract Law, ABA
  • Procurement Division & Legal Committee, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
  • Member, Cuban American Bar Association
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Judicial Intern, Honorable Judge Shelby Highsmith, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2005