Kirk Manhardt

Kirk Manhardt is Deputy Director of the Corporate/Financial Litigation Section in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice where he oversees both affirmative and defensive litigation protecting the United States interests involving financial, contractual and regulatory matters relating to money and property.

Within the Civil Division, Mr. Manhardt previously served as an Assistant Director of the National Courts Section where he helped create and lead that Section’s Bid Protest Team. He has served as a co-chair, of the Bid Protest Committee of the ABA Public Contract Law Section and regularly spoken on a variety of topics related to litigation involving the United States. Mr. Manhardt also previously served as Deputy General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission where he directed that agency’s appellate, defensive trial and bankruptcy litigation.

Mr. Manhardt has appeared before nearly every federal appellate court and has regularly handled and supervised cases before many United States district courts and the United States Court of Federal Claims. He has personally handled and supervised a wide variety of contract-based litigation, numerous personnel cases and has litigated some of the largest monetary claims filed against the United States.

Mr. Manhardt is a member of the Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council and has served as an editor and contributor of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association’s Deskbook for Practitioners.

Advisory Council Committee: 
Bid Protest / Contracts