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Tim Noelker

Senior Counsel

St. Louis
314 552 6091 direct

Tim counsels government contractors in their dealings with the federal government and represents them and nonprofits in litigation and regulatory actions.

He began his legal career as a federal judicial law clerk in St. Louis and trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. While at the Department, his practice focused primarily on the litigation of False Claims Act cases involving defense contractors. He also litigated one of the earliest False Claims Act cases against a health care provider.  He defended various agencies in government contract and employment claims and appeals as well.  In addition, he responded to congressional inquiries and commented on pending legislation.

Tim currently focuses his practice on disputes, bid protests, investigations, claims and compliance issues involved with the federal government, as well as work with health care firms in litigation, compliance and regulatory issues. In addition, he represents select government entities in litigation, and also represents commercial firms, civic institutions and nonprofit entities on a local and national level.  He currently represents the Council on Accreditation, New York, NY, in its relationship with the U.S. Department of State in accrediting and regulating international adoption agencies under the Hague Convention. 

In 2013, Tim was elected to the board of Catholic Charities USA, a national network of local aid agencies that each year serve more than 10 million people regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. With annual revenues approaching $5 billion, Catholic Charities is one of the nation's largest human services providers, behind the federal government.

Thompson Coburn Publications

Public contracting requirements: Not just for ‘traditional’ government contractors


A Government Contractor's Survival Kit: Understanding Three Challenging Aspects of Procurement

Government Contracts Update 2013

Past Performance Primer

Government Contracts Update – Stay Informed

Contract Interpretation


“What Makes Government Contracts Litigation So Unique?”;
Government Contract Litigation Best Practices, 2005

“Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Government Contract Law”;
Winning Legal Strategies for Government Contracts, 2005

Co-Author, “Procurement Integrity Revisions Ease Burdens”;
The National Law Journal, May 1997

Frequent lecturer on various government contract topics including working with the FAR, bid protests, past performance, suspension and debarment, and compliance issues.