Joshua Schnell

Joshua Schnell


As the head of Cordatis’s litigation practice, Josh Schnell relies on his extensive federal government experience to represent government contractors, grant recipients, businesses, and individuals in federal courts and administrative tribunals throughout the country. These cases often involve breach of contract claims, bid protests, terminations, the Administrative Procedure Act, intellectual property disputes, and employment matters.

In addition to his litigation practice, Josh maintains an active ethics and compliance practice. This practice includes helping clients develop and strengthen their ethics and compliance programs and conducting internal investigations.  Josh also defends clients in False Claims Act cases, suspension and debarment hearings, audits, and other enforcement proceedings.  For example, Josh has successfully defended clients against investigations by the Department of Justice, several Offices of Inspector General, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Finally, Josh spends a significant amount of his time counseling clients on avoiding litigation, audits, and government investigations. To achieve these objectives, Josh frequently advises clients on the following types of issues:

  • Export controls
  • Data rights and intellectual property
  • Small business programs
  • OFCCP compliance
  • The Buy American Act, Trade Agreements, Act, Berry Amendment, and other domestic purchasing preferences
  • Cost-accounting and pricing
  • Teaming agreements and joint ventures
  • Equitable adjustments
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • FAR and DFARS interpretation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Security clearances
  • GSA Schedule contracts
  • GSA leases
  • The AbilityOne Program
  • Government-wide grant regulations
  • Cooperative Agreements and Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs)
  • CPARS disputes

When not practicing law, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, coaching lacrosse and basketball, and chasing brook trout in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


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“Judge Criticizes USPS as K-9 Screening Contract ‘Saga’ Ends”

Law360 recently published an article highlighting Daniel Strouse and Josh Schnell's successful representation of our client in a multi-year protest of a major USPS procurement for bomb-detection services. During the course of this long-running protest, our client went from protester, to awardee, to successful incumbent. 
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New DoD Rule increases the domestic content requirements for certain contracts

On February 14, 2024, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule that changes the domestic-sourcing requirements for DoD procurements subject to the Buy-America Act. When applicable, this final rule generally requires contractors to supply products that are made with components that comprise at least 65 percent of the product’s cost. Click the link to learn more.
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Afghan Company Says Taliban Takeover Doesn’t Stop Contract Case

A Cordatis team consisting of Norah Molnar, Josh Schnell, and Jason Moy are representing an Afghan contractor in a U.S. Court of Federal Claims case that raises issues of first impression under the Reciprocity Act.
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Cordatis wins protest over multi-million dollar bomb detection contract

Daniel Strouse and Josh Schnell recently persuaded the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that a Cordatis client should keep its recently awarded contract to provide bomb detection services to the U.S. Postal Service.
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Josh Schnell Discusses the False Claims Act with the Washington Business Journal

Partner Josh Schnell was quoted in a Washington Business Journal Article about the False Claims Act and the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program.  
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Brown Point Facility Management Solutions, LLC

Josh Schnell successfully defended our client's award of National Park Service in a post-award GAO protest.  The victory was especially important because it allowed our client--the incumbent contractor--to continue providing critical janitorial services at NPS sites throughout Northern California.  
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Cordatis obtains potentially precedent setting decision for disabled veterans

Partner Josh Schnell obtained a significant decision from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that should help our client (a service-disabled veteran) and other service members obtain compensation for injuries they incur serving our county.

Areas of Specialization


J.D., Tulane University Law School

  • Editor-in-Chief, Tulane Environmental Law Journal

University of Oslo Law School

  • Fulbright Fellow

B.S.M., Tulane University

Bar & Court AdmissionsVirginia
Washington, D.C.
New York
New Jersey
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit, Tenth Circuit, and Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Eastern District of Virginia, and Western District of Virginia

Leadership & Community InvolvementVice-Chair, American Bar Association (ABA) Grant Law Committee
Past Vice-Chair, ABA Disputes and Claims Committee
Past Vice-Char, ABA Small Business Committee
Federal Circuit Bar Association
Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
Arlington County Bar Association
Fairfax County Bar Association
Prior ExperienceU.S. Department of Justice
U.S Department of Agriculture
U.S. Small Business Administration