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Michael H. Payne

Partner   |   Philadelphia, Washington, DC
Partner   |   Philadelphia, Washington, DC
MICHAEL H. PAYNE is a Partner and Chair of the Federal Construction Practice Group at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC as well as an experienced trial lawyer who has represented contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in all aspects of federal contract and construction law. His efforts have included assistance in the preparation of bids and proposals, interpretation of contract provisions, filing of protests, negotiation of contracts, and the litigation and settlement of contract claims and appeals.
Michael has represented contractors on numerous types of projects, including those involving military and civil works construction, dredging, hazardous waste remediation, highway construction, public projects for state and local agencies, and federal supply contracts. He has represented clients before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and a number of Federal District and Appellate Courts including the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Michael was formerly the Chief Trial Attorney for the North Atlantic Division of the Army Corps of Engineers. He developed the Federal Construction Contracting Blog, the only blog devoted exclusively to federal construction contracting. The blog is widely read by members of the construction industry for its insight and commentary on topics of interest to federal construction contractors. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States before contractors and government agencies regarding government contract matters.
Michael co-authored Bidding and Managing Government Contracts, published by R. S. Means Co., Inc, and also co-authored chapters in two books on Federal Government contracting published by Thompson/Reuters. In 1994, Michael developed a computer program, FEDCON, which provides federal construction contractors with a hypertext-linked database of information about federal procedures and regulations. He currently presents several seminars each year on a variety of federal government contracting topics including construction, proposal preparation, and ethics in government contracting, while maintaining an active national construction practice.


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  • Michael has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating for professional ethical standards and legal ability by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings provides reviews of lawyers and law firms for consumers and professionals.
  • Michael has been listed to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list in the field of Government Contracts in 2011 and every year since 2013. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.


Dickinson School of Law, J.D.

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U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit