Phillip Carter, Esq.

Of Counsel



As Counsel with FH+H, Mr. Phillip Carter represents and counsels companies on matters involving government contracts, corporate and national security law, based on his extensive expertise and experience at the intersection of law, business, and national security.

Prior to joining FH+H, Mr. Carter managed Caerus Associates, a strategy and design firm, responsible for a diverse array of corporate functions including accounting, finance, human resources, legal, and contracts, as well as overall corporate operations. Mr. Carter also practiced government contracts and national security law with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (now part of Dentons). In that role, Mr. Carter assisted clients with design and implementation of compliance systems; conducted compliance audits and internal investigations; represented clients in bid protests and government contracts litigation; assisted government contractor clients with prime contract and subcontract issues; counseled clients on national security regulations relating to export controls and classified information; and assisted clients with merger and acquisition activity.

In addition to this work supporting government contractors and national security firms, Mr. Carter has participated in a number of major national security cases over the past decade. Mr. Carter authored briefs in the landmark national security cases Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (relating to military commissions at Guantanamo Bay), FAIR vs. Rumsfeld (relating to military recruiting on university campuses) and Al-Aulaqi v. Obama (a challenge to U.S. targeting of al Qaeda personnel in Yemen).

In addition to his private sector experience, Mr. Carter has a diverse background in public service and government. He began his career as an Army officer, serving for several years in the active and reserve components as a military police and civil affairs officer. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-06, where he served as an embedded adviser with the Iraqi police in the Diyala province, and helped form the State Department’s Provincial Reconstruction Team in that province. After coming home, Mr. Carter became increasingly involved in veterans and national security policy issues.  In 2008, he served as the Obama presidential campaign’s national veterans director, responsible for policy and political engagement with the veterans and military community. In 2009, Mr. Carter served as a political appointee in the Obama administration, responsible for detainee policy issues.

Alongside his work at FH+H, Mr. Carter serves as a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where his research focuses on issues facing veterans and military personnel, force structure and readiness issues, and civil-military relations.

Mr. Carter currently teaches as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal for National Security Law & Policy. He continues to write extensively on legal and national security issues, and comments on national security issues as @Carter_PE on Twitter.

  • Conducts internal investigations relating to government contracts, export controls, or national security issues
  • Represents clients before government agencies in mandatory disclosure, voluntary disclosure, or suspension/debarment proceedings
  • Represents clients in government contract matters including disputes with the government, prime/subcontractor disputes, compliance disputes, bid protests
  • Counsels government contractor clients on compliance matters, including those arising under the FAR, DFARS, and other agency supplemental acquisition regulations.
  • Senior Fellow and Counsel, CNAS
  • COO and Counsel, Caerus Associates
  • Associate, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
  • J.D., UCLA School of Law
  • B.A., UCLA
  • New York Bar
  • Washington, DC Bar
  • U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the DC Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 9th Circuit;
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces;
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Practicing in Virginia under supervision of Thomas Craig