At international law firm WilmerHale, Phil Beshara represents clients at the cornerstone of the public and private sectors—particularly in the national security, aerospace and emerging social technology industries. He frequently counsels clients with crisis management and government affairs strategies to navigate legal, regulatory and reputational challenges. Mr. Beshara has a decade of experience litigating government contracts in Federal Court on behalf of leading US defense contractors and has been “instrumental” in guiding clients through high-stakes Federal investigations and Congressional hearings.
In 2022, Law360 profiled Mr. Beshara as one of only five “Rising Star” attorneys nationwide in government contracts, showcasing how Mr. Beshara “successfully delivered oral arguments in [Federal] court” on behalf of a global engineering company in the successful defense of an $82 Billion contract award by the Department of Defense in 2019—with the favorable decision affirmed by the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. The publication also highlighted Mr. Beshara’s work on successfully overturning a $650 Million NASA contract for the International Space Station and asteroid detection awarded to a client’s competitor, resulting in a landmark decision based on novel procurement integrity arguments. These and other successes achieved for government contractors in bid protests over the past 10 years have served as the bedrock of Mr. Beshara’s litigation practice.
Government Experience & Community Involvement
Mr. Beshara has cultivated what has been described as a truly “Washington practice,” sought after for his political acumen and strong bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch. Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Beshara worked for a bipartisan group of policymakers at various levels of government. He served in the US House of Representatives as a congressional aide to Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and worked in the offices of the late US Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH) and for former Ohio Senate Majority Leader Jimmy Stewart (R-OH).
Mr. Beshara is a Truman National Security Scholar, certified by the Truman National Security Institute’s congressional leadership development program on defense, foreign policy and national security issues. Mr. Beshara serves as a board member on Georgetown Law’s Recent Alumni Advisory Council and was elected as a member of the American Task Force for Lebanon.