Brian Cruz focuses his practice on government contract law, including the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA).

Brian advises clients in all aspects of government contracts law, from contract formation to prosecuting claims against the government, as well as defending contractors against False Claims Act allegations.

Representative Experience

Defended client successfully against charges of procurement fraud with a damages claim estimate of approximately $100 million.

Represented a public utility in a $100 million negotiation for the privatization of a natural gas utility system on a U.S. military installation.

Litigated a $65 million federal torts claim suit against the Department of the Navy for damage sustained to a state-of-the-art airship.

Professional Highlights

Super Lawyers, Rising Stars – Los Angeles, Government Contracts (20152016)

Co-authored California Public Procurement Handbook –2015 ed., West Publications, November 2016 (with Mike Rizzo)

Co-authored "Government Contract Disputes," 2011 - 2012 ed., Chapter 12, National Security-Related Disputes, West Publications, November 2011 (with Tom Abbott)

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  • Speaking Engagements
    • "Remotely Flying the Friendly Skies: Navigating Tort Liability for Manufacturers and Operators of UAV's in Domestic Airspace" AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2013, August 2013
    • "National Security 101: Security Clearances & Classified Contracts" Orange County NCMA, September 2012
    • "Navigating the Waters: Intellectual Property & Cybersecurity," McKenna Long & Aldridge 2012 Annual Government Contracts Seminar, Shutters Resort, Santa Monica, California, May 2, 2012
    • "Get Cleared: Deconstructing the National Security Clearance Process" Federal Publications Seminars, May 18, 2011
    • "Legislative/Regulatory Update," McKenna Long & Aldridge 2011 Annual Government Contracts Seminar, Shutters Resort, Santa Monica, California, May 11, 2011
    • "Security Clearance 101: A Practitioner’s Guide to Personnel and Facility Security Clearances" BNA Webinar, November 16, 2010
    • "Reporting and Oversight Requirements Imposed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)" Orange County Chapter of NCMA, October 15, 2009
    • "The Pendulum Swings Back: Changes For Contract Formation Rules and Annual Bid Protest Update," McKenna Long & Aldridge 2009 Annual Government Contracts Seminar, Loews Resort, Santa Monica, California, May 7, 2009
    • "The Road to the Final FAR - An Update of Recent COFC & ASBCA Cases," National Contracts Management Association, San Fernando Valley Chapter, March 20, 2008
  • External Publications
    • "SBA Drastically Revises Size Standards for Renewable Energy and Other Electric Utility Contracts," January 22, 2014
    • "Government Contract Disputes, 2011 - 2012 ed., Chapter 12, National Security-Related Disputes," West Publications, November 2011 (with Tom Abbott)
    • "California Public Procurement Handbook, 2010–2011 ed.," West Publications, November 2010 (with Mike Rizzo and John Burkholder)
    • "Changes to FCA Public Disclosure Bar Open Door to More Qui Tam Filings," BNA's Federal Contracts Report, April 20, 2010 (co-authored with Susan Mitchell and Mary Buxton)
    • "Rights and Remedies Under the Davis-Bacon Act: Analysis of Recent Proposals for Reform," The Procurement Lawyer, Fall 2008 (co-authored with Glenn Sweatt, general counsel of Environmental Chemical Corporation)
    • "Performance Problems," West Publications Year In Review, February 2008 (with Stanley Dees and Fred Levy)


  • J.D., Southwestern Law School, 2007
    cum laude

    B.A., University of Southern California, 1994


  • California


  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California