Matthew R. Keller, Associate

Matthew Keller’s background as a government Contracting Officer brings a unique insight to his approach with clients because he knows how “the other side thinks.”

Prior to becoming an attorney in private practice, Matthew spent seven years in the US Air Force as a Contracting Officer and Contract Negotiator. He was stationed at Dyess Air Force Base (Texas), Camp Butmir (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base (California); and the pinnacle of his tenure in the US Air Force was his assignment as Chief of Contracts at Kirkuk Regional Air Base in Kirkuk, Iraq.

Matthew represents federal government contractors and subcontractors in state and federal court. He was listed among Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” in 2014 for Legal Services and Pro Bono. In 2015, he was selected for inclusion as a Virginia and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Star in Government Contracts.

  • J.D., cum laude, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2010
  • B.A., Economics and Business, Virginia Military Institute, 2000
Admitted to Practice
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Practice Highlights
Areas of Concentration

Government Contract Law

Professional Activities
  • Podcast Host
  • Organizations
    • American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law:
      • Young Lawyers Committee –Vice-Chair
      • Strategic Alliances, Team and Subcontracting–Vice-Chair
      • Construction Division–Vice-Chair
    • Fairfax Bar Association
    • National Contract Management Association
    • Board of Governors, Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association, Inc.
  • Professional Certifications
    • Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) Level II, Contracting
    • Certificate in Communication Law Studies
  • Articles
    • Discovery Dispute Renews Fears about FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule’s Effect on Privileged Communications, 102 Fed. Cont. Rep. (BNA) 26 (July 1, 2014)
Honors & Awards
  • 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers – Rising Star – Government Contracts
  • 2015 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers – Rising Star – Government Contracts
  • Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2014  Legal Services/Pro Bono
Speaking Engagements
  • GSA Contractor Team Arrangements (“CTAs”), American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contract Law: Subcontracting, Teaming, and Strategic Alliances Committee, May 2016
  • Forming Government Contracts: Understanding the Players and the Process, District of Columbia Bar, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program, March 2016
  • Three Must-Have Approaches for Small Business Success in the Federal Market, Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, webinar, June 2014
  • The Ethics, Education and Economics to Doing Business with the Federal Government, Hospitality Sales &Marketing Association International, webinar, October 2013
  • Contract Clauses Every Meeting Planner Must Know, Society for Government Meeting Professionals, Alexandria, Virginia, April 2013
  • Fundamentals of Federal Government Contracting, Federal Publications, Arlington, Virginia, November, 2012
  • Ethics in Government Contracting, Society for Government Meeting Professionals, National Harbor, Maryland, October 2012
  • Government Contracting Ethics in Black and White, Society for Government Meeting Professionals, webinar, July 2012
  • Forming Government Contracts: Understanding the Players and the Process, DC Bar Association, April 2016
Community Activities
  • The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program