Kirk Manhardt

Kirk Manhardt is an Assistant Director in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice and a former Deputy General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Manhardt received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and is a 1981graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Mr. Manhardt has represented the interests of the United States in court for nearly three decades. Within the Civil Division, Mr. Manhardt currently supervises the National Courts Section+IBk-s Bid Protest Team. He also currently serves as a co-chair of the Bid Protest Committee of the ABA Public Contract Law Section and regularly speaks on topics related to procurement litigation. In addition, Mr. Manhardt supervises a wide variety of contract-based litigation and has litigated some of the largest claims filed against the United States under the Contract Disputes Act. Mr. Manhardt has also appeared regularly before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and before nearly every other Circuit Court of Appeals.

In prior activities, Mr. Manhardt co-chaired the Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council+IBk-s Bid Protest Group which drafted recommendations that served as the basis for Court of Federal Claims General Order No. 38, the precursor to Appendix C of the current rules governing procedures in procurement cases. Mr. Manhardt served as a member of the Board of Governors of the United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association from 2000-2002 and in 2008 he served as an editor to the Fifth Edition of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association+IBk-s Deskbook for Practitioners. Mr. Manhardt is a recipient of the Court of Federal Claims+IBk-s Wilson Cowen Award for Distinguished Service and has received Special Commendation Awards for his work at the Department of Justice.

Advisory Council Committee: 
Bid Protest / Contracts