Dean Baxtresser is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and he represents clients in complex commercial litigation involving the False Claims Act, as well as government investigations, government contract disputes, and bid protests. He has represented clients in a variety of government contract matters before the US Court of Federal Claims, US Government Accountability Office, and numerous federal and state contracting agencies.

Mr. Baxtresser regularly represents companies undergoing government audits and US Department of Justice and inspector general investigations. Mr. Baxtresser also advises clients on regulatory compliance obligations related to government contracting, including domestic preference, procurement integrity, and socioeconomic and cost accounting requirements. He advises clients on regulatory and contractual disclosure requirements related to government contracting, particularly with respect to government acquisition of commercial products and services under General Service Administration Schedule contracts. He also maintains a regular practice advising on unique government contracting issues in transactional matters, including addressing the rules and requirements associated with intellectual property provisions in government contracting.

Mr. Baxtresser currently serves as Vice Chair of the government contracts section of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Baxtresser was a civilian attorney at Marine Corps Systems Command, the primary acquisition arm of the United States Marine Corps. In this position, Mr. Baxtresser served as a lead program attorney for the acquisition of military equipment and weapon systems. He advised the Marine Corps on issues spanning the entire government acquisition process, including source selection, bid protests, and contract terminations. His practice also encompassed procurement fraud investigations and special reviews of agency procurement policies and contract management. One major focus area of Mr. Baxtresser’s practice was the acquisition and management of information technology support services.

During law school, Mr. Baxtresser served as the executive editor of First Impressions, the online component to the Michigan Law Review.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Baxtresser has lectured on topics related to his practice. Speaking engagements include:

  • Moderator, “Plain Language: Recent Developments in Contract Interpretation at the Federal Circuit,” Federal Circuit Bar Association Webcast (October 2022)
  • Moderator, “Going Your Own Way: Navigating and Litigating ‘Other Transactions’,” Federal Circuit Bar Association Webcast (March 2022)
  • Moderator, “Standing, Jurisdiction, and Procedural Doctrines,” Federal Circuit Bar Association 2021 Government Contracting Summit (May 2021)

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan


  • JD, University of Michigan, 2010
    magna cum laude Order of the Coif
  • BA, Rice University, 2007
    cum laude
  • BMus, Rice University, 2007
    cum laude