Scott S. Sheffler advises clients on matters of federal grant law, government contract law, health care, and education law, leveraging experience in each area to provide comprehensive business-oriented solutions in complex federal compliance environments.

In the area of federal grant law, Mr. Sheffler assists clients with the myriad requirements that apply upon acceptance of federal grant funding, including those established in the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars that preceded the Uniform Guidance, and program-specific statutory and regulatory funding conditions.  Mr. Sheffler’s representations in this area include:

  • Cost disallowance and grant termination appeals before the HHS Departmental Appeals Board;
  • Guiding clients through federal agency audits and investigations from routine audit responses, to replying to agency subpoenas, to negotiating resolution of alleged compliance failures and threatened cost disallowances;
  • Assisting clients in structuring federally funded research projects and relationships to fit their commercial and non-commercial needs; and
  • Advising clients generally on matters of federal grant and contract related compliance, including the structuring and implementation of organizational policies and procedures.

As the Firm’s Government Contracts Practice Leader, Mr. Sheffler advises clients on matters of both federal and District of Columbia procurement law, including contract claims, subcontract negotiations, bid protest matters, and small business regulations.

In the area of health care law, Mr. Sheffler advises federally funded health care entities in affiliations with partner entities, assisting with structuring relationships that meet client needs while mitigating risk associated with applicable healthcare laws and federal funding requirements.  Mr. Sheffler combines his knowledge of health care law and federal funding legal requirements to assist clients in navigating the complex overlapping systems and achieving desired business goals.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sheffler practiced with the U.S. Navy Office of General Counsel, advising on government contract matters and government investigations.  He began his legal career as an officer in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he advised Commanders on administrative, criminal and operational law matters and represented individual clients in administrative and criminal defense proceedings.  Mr. Sheffler leverages his experience to assist mission-driven clients in successfully navigating the highly regulated federal system and in weathering unexpected adverse situations.

Published Works

  • Scott S. Sheffler, Michael B. Glomb, Joseph P. Loman, Preparing for SBA Questions in the Loan Forgiveness Process, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP (March 2021)
  • Scott S. Sheffler, A Reasoned Case for a “Grant Disputes Act”, Public Contract Law Journal, Volume 47, No. 2 (Winter 2018)
  • Scott S. Sheffler, A Balancing Act: State Participation In Free Trade Agreements With “Sub-Central” Procurement Obligations, Public Contract Law Journal, Volume 44, No. 4 (Summer 2015)
  • Scott S. Sheffler, Ordinarily Improper: National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius Shows the Fallacy of De Facto Federal Regulation through Grant Conditions, Journal of the National Grants Management Association, Volume 21, No. 2 (Summer 2014)

Previous Experience

  • Department of Navy, Office of General Counsel, Military Sealift Command Office of Counsel (2011-2014)
  • U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (2005-2011)


Scott S. Sheffler


  • LL.M., The George Washington University Law School (2017)
  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law (2005)
  • B.A., The George Washington University (2002)

Bar/Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Federal District Court for the District of Columbia

Professional Memberships / Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, Grant Law Committee, Co-Chair
  • National Grants Management Association, Board Member