Michael A. Hordell

Michael A. Hordell

Of Counsel

Washington, DC
Phone: 202.220.1232    Fax: 202.220.1665


Michael A. Hordell is of counsel in the Government Contracts and White Collar and Corporate Investigations Practice Groups of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Washington office. Mr. Hordell has a broad range of experience in government contracts matters. He also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team.

Mr. Hordell advises small and large business clients on a range of government contracts issues, including:

  • proposal preparation and business counseling
  • GSA Multiple Award Schedule contracting, strategic alliances and subcontracting relationships
  • prosecuting and defending bid protests at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office), the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and other forums
  • contract disputes and closeouts
  • teaming agreements and joint ventures
  • technical data and computer software rights
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • procurement fraud
  • small business preferences
  • grants
  • suspension and debarment matters
  • compliance reviews
  • litigation.

Mr. Hordell has a Top Secret/sensitive compartmented information clearance/access from the U.S. government, permitting him to assist contractors with classified matters. He helps clients identify contract or grant opportunities, and works with them as they develop proposals addressing the government’s needs as described in the solicitation documents.

Mr. Hordell also provides general business counseling in employment law and corporate matters, and represents clients in commercial litigation before state and federal courts.

Mr. Hordell is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of government contracts topics. Among his publications is Winning Proposals and Pricing/Cost Strategies: A Guide for the Federal Contractor, a book published by Thompson Information Services (2016). The guide is designed to help companies doing business with the government and those that want to do business with the government.

Before returning to private practice in 1983, Mr. Hordell, in addition to writing bid protest decisions for the signature of the Comptroller General of the United States, served as procurement counsel at the General Accounting Office (now known as the U.S. Government Accountability Office), where he advised GAO’s Offices of General Services and Controller, Budget, Information Systems and Services, and Administrative and Publishing Services on procurement matters. He was awarded a Certificate of Merit for significant contributions to GAO’s Document Handling and Information Services Facility and Information Handling and Support Facility.

Mr. Hordell is a past chair of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law. He also is a member of the Bid Protest and Health Care Contracting committees. Previously, Mr. Hordell was section chair (2006-07), chair elect (2005-06), vice chair (2004-05) and secretary (2003-04), and was a member of the Section’s Governing Council (1994-97) and an associate editor for the Public Contract Law Journal (1986-98).


  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1973
  • B.B.A., Insurance and Marketing, University of Cincinnati, 1970

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Practice Areas