Sam counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors on all aspects of government contracting. Sam focuses on helping contractors deploy and defend against litigation to best achieve strategic business objectives, conduct effective internal investigations, and navigate government investigations, particularly congressional investigations and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Inspector General (IG) inquiries and audits related to the False Claims Act (FCA). Sam leverages her investigation and litigation experience to counsel contractors on understanding the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and agency supplemental acquisition regulations, pursuing contract claims and disputes, managing subcontract compliance and performance, developing and implementing ethics and procurement integrity programs—including evaluation of potential obligations and disclosures under the mandatory disclosure rule, conducting M&A due diligence on issues unique to government contractors, and demonstrating responsibility in connection with suspension and debarment matters.
- Represents government contractors and subcontractors in federal courts and before various administrative forums in a broad variety of litigation matters, such as disputes with the government and prime contractor-subcontractor disputes, including claims, terminations, contracting officer final decisions, and bid protests at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Court of Federal Claims (COFC). A sample of representative matters includes:
- Served as a member of a trial team in Fairfax County Circuit Court defending a contractor and multiple individuals against allegations on a number of state-law grounds, including breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, conspiracy, and trade secret misappropriation.
- Assisted a client in resolving a multi-party construction dispute, including managing discovery, conducting and defending depositions, strategizing and drafting motions in limine and dispositive motions, and coordinating trial preparation.
- B-415497, ManTech International Corporation. Represented ManTech in the successful protest of a $771 million contract award by the Defense Intelligence Agency based on the agency’s failure to adequately document or support is source selection decision.
- B-415349.2, L-3 Army Sustainment LLC. Worked as a lead in the successful representation of M1 Support Services in its defense of an Army contract award of the $5 billion plus contract for rotary wing aircraft maintenance at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The incumbent contractor, L-3 Army Sustainment, using another major Government Contracts law firm, launched a protest alleging dozens of grounds for corrective action. Working closely with the Army’s trial team, the protest team comprehensively rebutted all grounds of protest.
- Represents contractors in connection with government investigations involving federal contracts, including investigations by federal agencies, agency offices of inspector general, federal grand juries, and the DOJ. Sam has helped at every stage of investigation matters, including:
- Supporting a team of seconded team of lawyers performing dozens of internal investigations, including in response to ethics and compliance hotline reports, for a Fortune 500 contractor.
- Navigated the lead developer of Healthcare.gov through congressional and IG investigations about the troubled rollout of the health care exchange system, shifting investigators from blaming the contractor to finding fault with government mismanagement of the project.
- Represented a small business in its resolution of a criminal investigation and multi-million dollar FCA and Anti-Kickback Act allegations and the associated contract administration dispute through the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.
- Maintains an active pro bono practice.
- Represents detained adults in removal proceedings in partnership with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. Recent representations include representing a Lawful Permanent Resident in his appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit challenging his removal from the United States based on a decade-old misdemeanor conviction, successfully reuniting a Lawful Permanent Resident with his special-needs child by securing the termination of removal proceedings brought because the client had inadvertently and unknowingly registered to vote when he used a kiosk to replace a lost driver’s license, and securing withholding of removal for an individual who fled his country of origin after he was detained and beaten by the authorities for participating in a labor strike.
- Represented clients in veterans benefits appeal and custody proceedings.
- Intern, the Honorable Marian Blank Horn, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2011)
- Intern, the Honorable Reggie B. Walton, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2010)
- Summer Clerk, Carol Coderre, Chief of Violent Crimes Unit, Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County (2009)
- American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Public Contract Law
- Co-Chair, Regulatory Coordinating Committee
- Bid Protest Committee
- Pathfinder, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) (2016)
- Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR), Coalition Legal Advisory Committee (2015-Present)
- The Associates’ Committee (2019-Present)
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2020-Present)
- Named by The Legal 500 US a “recommended lawyer” (2019) and a "Rising Star" (2019) in Government Contracts
J.D., with highest honors, The George Washington University Law School; Order of the Coif
B.S., cum laude, B.A., summa cum laude, Tulane University; Mortar Board; Phi Beta Kappa
Executive Editor, The George Washington Law Review
Bar and Court Memberships
- District of Columbia Bar
- Maryland Bar
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) White Belt
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