James (Jim) S. Delsordo, Esq.


James Delsordo

J. D. – The George Washington University, 1990
B. A. – Dickinson College, cum laude, 1987

(703) 368-8770 (Office)
(703) 981-1689 (Mobile)

Jim DelSordo is a partner in Argus Legal, PLLC.  He concentrates his practice on all aspects of federal and state procurement law and commercial litigation, including bid protests, claims, terminations, and unfair trade and data rights disputes.

Prior to starting Argus Legal, Mr. DelSordo practiced for sixteen years in the federal government, with government contracts boutiques, and a large, regional general practice firm.  Before entering private practice Mr. DelSordo was on active duty in the U. S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, where he served as a Special Assistant U. S. Attorney, an administrative law attorney, a procurement fraud advisor, and a trial attorney with the U. S. Army’s Contract Appeals Division.

In private practice Mr. DelSordo has represented businesses concerning all aspects of government contracts including formation and administration disputes, fraud prevention and compliance, schedule contracts, 8(a) and other small business issues, data rights, and business to government e-commerce. He has litigated procurement and commercial disputes in all federal and state fora. Mr. DelSordo’s clientele includes businesses involved in the manufacturing of sophisticated electronics hardware and munitions, construction, logistics and personal services, and information technology.  His clients are located worldwide.

Mr. DelSordo has lectured for Mealey’s Publications and the National Business Institute on government contract issues, at the National Science Foundation’s Annual Small Business Innovative Research Conference, and has been published in the Intellectual Property & Technology Journal.


Cases decided concerning the government’s attempts to override the automatic stay arising from protests of government contract awards:

  • SDS Intern., Inc. v. United States, 55 Fed. Cl. 363 (2003) (first case where the Court of Federal Claims accepted jurisdiction over a disappointed bidder’s objection to an agency decision to override the automatic stay) (Mr. DelSordo was co-counsel).
  • Altos Federal Group, Inc. v. United States, 60 Fed. Cl. 832 (2004) (successfully obtained court order enjoining agency decision to override automatic stay)
  • Chapman Law Firm Co. v. United States, 62 Fed. Cl. 464 (2004) (successfully obtained court order enjoining agency decision to override automatic stay)
  • Metis Solutions, LLC et al., B-411173 et al., July 20, 2015, 2015 CPD ¶ 221 (successfully obtained agency re-evaluation of contract award after sustained GAO protest)
  • Wilson 5 Service Co., Inc., B-409402.2, June 9, 2014, 2014 CPD ¶ 172 (successfully obtained client’s inclusion in competitive range and protest costs)  

Mr. DelSordo also has successfully expanded the Court of Federal Claims and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals jurisdiction to hear contractor protests and claims in other areas related to federal procurements:

  • Chapman Law Firm Co. v. United States, 63 Fed. Cl. 25 (2004) (successfully obtained court jurisdiction over an appeal from the Small Business Administration’s decision concerning offeror’s size protest)
  • In re FloorPro, Inc., ASBCA No. 54143, 04-1 BCA ¶ 32571 (Board granted right of subcontractor to bring contract claim as a third party beneficiary without sponsorship by its prime contractor).

Mr. DelSordo has also advanced the law in other areas:

  • Greenleaf Const. Co., Inc. v. United States, 67 Fed. Cl. (2005) (successfully maintained government’s right to not reopen small business set-aside cascade with only one small business offeror, our client, in the competitive range therefore permitting a final evaluation with just our client in the competition)
  • Chapman Law Firm Co. v. United States, 71 Fed. Cl. 124 (2006) (successfully sought entry of final judgment by court enabling client to receive award of attorney’s fees after agency corrective action sought by client)
  • Market*Access Intern., Inc. v. KMD Media, LLC, 2006 WL 3775935 *4 (Va. Cir. Ct., Dec. 14, 2006) (successfully upheld non compete agreement without a geographic limitation—reversing long standing Virginia precedent)
  • Night Vision Corp. v. Thales Avionics, S.A., ICC Case No. 16825NRO/AGF/ZF (March 1, 2017) (lead contracts counsel for night vision goggle patent holder in international license agreement dispute recovering multi-million dollar judgment for client).