Areas of Practice
  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998, Associate Editor and Staff Writer, University of Dayton Law Review
  • Towson University, B.S., 1994
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Michael J. Navarre

Of Counsel
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8081
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Michael J. Navarre is of counsel in Steptoe's Washington office, where he focuses on government contracts and complex commercial litigation.

Government Contracts
Mr. Navarre’s prior cases have included successful multi-million dollar claims against the US government before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and disputes between prime contractors and their subcontractors.  He has also represented clients in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office, the FAA’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA), and the Court of Federal Claims, including a protest of a multi-billion dollar contract award by the Department of Defense.  He has also represented institutional and individual clients in numerous administrative actions by federal agencies in matters relating to contract claims, security clearances, personnel actions, and the Freedom of Information Act.  He also advises clients regarding compliance with procurement statutes and regulations, including organizational conflicts of interest rules and contingency operations contract specific clauses.

Mr. Navarre has represented clients in complex commercial contract disputes, professional malpractice cases, first-party property insurance claims, and multi-district antitrust cases.  Mr. Navarre was also co-counsel for two government contractor employees that sought writs of habeas corpus challenging the US military’s constitutional power to try them by court-martial.  Both cases ended with military officials abandoning court-martial efforts shortly after their petitions were filed. 

Internal Corporate and Government Investigations
In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Navarre has represented clients in internal corporate investigations and responding to both state and federal grand jury and civil investigative demands.  These cases have included investigations of alleged government contractor personnel misconduct, government corruption, and tax fraud.

Mr. Navarre is also recognized in various aspects of military law and frequently speaks on topics in the area.  Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Navarre served on active duty in the US Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps and currently serves as Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve.  In his naval career, he served as a prosecutor, the sole attorney-advisor to the Commander of Regional Support Group, Norfolk, Virginia, and as an appellate criminal defense counsel.


  • Mr. Navarre currently serves on the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Public Contract Law Council.
  • Mr. Navarre previously co-chaired the ABA Section of Public Contract Law: Battle Space and Contingency Procurements Committee.  The committee’s mission includes all areas of federal procurements in the battle space and contingency contracting in the public sector.
  • He has taught and assisted in developing CLE presentations on government contracts topics for Federal Publications Seminars, including a fundamentals of government contracting course and a daylong seminar on battlespace and contingency contracting.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Section of Public Contract Law, American Bar Association
  • Board of Advisors, National Institute of Military Justice
  • The American Membership of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War