Your efforts before and during the proceedings were the key to my success and having this matter overturned in my favor. I cannot extend enough praise for the diligence and outstanding effort on the part of you, your team and your firm.
—An executive’s praise of Todd following the termination of his proposed debarment

Todd Canni is a government contracts lawyer and one of the nation's leading suspension and debarment lawyers. Todd works out of the Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices.

Todd has successfully represented many large and small contractors and individuals in suspension and debarment proceedings before all DoD agencies and nearly all active civilian agencies. Todd is a former “government insider” and one of only a few private lawyers that formerly served as a government debarring official, which offers clients a unique perspective on how the government prosecutes debarment cases and what it takes to resolve them. Todd also represents contractors facing debarment in parallel civil and/or criminal investigations.

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Additionally, Todd’s clients turn to him for all of their government contracting needs, including bid protests, contract claims, contract disputes and terminations, subcontract disputes, data rights counseling, voluntary and mandatory disclosures under the “Mandatory Disclosure Rule,” developing ethics and compliance programs, and all litigation involving a government contract or subcontract, including under the False Claims Act and in the context of de facto debarment.

Representative Experience

Successfully represented Continental Service Group Inc., in a bid protest at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims involving the Department of Education’s $2.8 billion contract for debt collection services.

Successfully represented clients before nearly all civilian and DoD Suspension Debarment Officials, including the Air Force, Army, DLA, Navy, EPA, GSA, DHS, Interior, NASA, NSF,OPM and SBA, among others.

Successfully represented clients in parallel civil and criminal proceedings, including False Claims Act matters, involving simultaneous interest and enforcement by the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys' Offices, and agency Suspension Debarment Officials.

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  • Successfully resolved contract disputes and claims before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

  • Specific client engagements withheld due to sensitivity, but client references available upon request.

Professional Highlights

Serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA), Public Contracts Law Section, Suspension and Debarment Committee; holds this position along with Rodney Grandon, former Air Force Suspension Debarment Official, and another well-regarded practitioner.

Served as Director, Suspension & Debarment Operations for the Air Force, managing the operations of a program acclaimed by senior members of Congress and academia as the "Gold Standard" in suspension and debarment programs. 

Received Department of Air Force’s “Productivity Excellence Award” for his work managing the debarment program during its then most active year in DoD history.

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Holds a DoD security clearance.

Seminars and Presentations

  • Developments in Suspension and Debarment and Ethics Practices Impacting the Supply Chain, April 17, 2019
  • An Update on Suspension and Debarment Activity and Compliance Advice to Keep Contractors out of the Government’s Line of Fire, 2018 Government Contracts Review & Outlook - West Coast, November 8, 2018
  • Pillsbury’s Government Contracts Fall 2017 Briefing – Panel on Investigations, False Claims, and Suspension & Debarment Updates (Oct. 3, 2017 – Tysons, VA)
  • Presentation/Speaker, “Introduction to Practicing Before Suspension and Debarment Officials in Federal Contracting,” ABA Sponsored Webinar, 2017.
  • Moderator, “Tsunamis, Rip Currents, and Great Whites: Navigating the Government’s Coordination of Fraud Remedies in Today’s FCA Environment,” ABA’s 22nd Annual Federal Procurement Institute (FPI) —Sea Changes: Riding the Wave in Public Procurement, 2016.
  • Speaker, “Developments & Issues on Debarments and Suspensions,” NCMA Dulles Chapter, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Best Practices in Risk Mitigation for Government Contractors: From the Perspective of Suspension Debarment Officials and Those Who Regularly Appear Before Them,” Public Contracting Institute, 2013.
  • Panelist, “Faced with Possible Debarment, What Should You Do?” Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, Twelfth Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute, 2013.
  • Moderator, Suspension & Debarment Conference, “Presentation of Matters in Opposition, Contractor Meetings, & Fact Finding,” Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity & Efficiency (CIGIE) and the Interagency Suspension & Debarment Committee (ISDC), 2012.
  • Panelist, “Current Issues In Government Contracting,” Suspension & Debarment Panel, Association of Accountants & Financial Professionals in Business, 2012.
  • Moderator, “What Industry Needs to Know,” Industry Day Event, General Services Administration & Department of Air Force, 2012.
  • Instructor, Suspension & Debarment, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, 2012.
  • Guest Speaker, Federal News Radio, Interviewed Regarding the Wartime Commission Interim Report on Contingency Contracting, Recommendations on Suspension & Debarment, 2011.
  • Presentation/Panelist, “An Examination of the Role of Suspension & Debarment & Discussion of Lessons Learned,” ABA Annual Meeting, Toronto Canada, 2011.


  • LL.M., Government Procurement Law, The George Washington University Law School
    with highest honors

    J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
    magna cum laude, Catholic University Law Review, Associate Editor on the Editorial Board

    B.A., Hofstra University


  • District of Columbia




  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

    U.S. Court of Federal Claims

    U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • Served as law clerk for the Hon. Edward Damich, then the sitting Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.