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Wiley’s Kendra Norwood to be Honored by Washington Business Journal With ‘Women Who Mean Business’ Award

August 26, 2021

Washington, DC – Wiley, a preeminent Washington, DC law firm, is pleased to announce that Kendra Perkins Norwood, partner in the Government Contracts Practice and President of the Washington Bar Association (WBA), has been selected as a 2021 recipient of the “Women Who Mean Business” award by the Washington Business Journal (WBJ). Norwood will be honored at an awards dinner in DC on October 7, 2021.

The WBJ received more than 200 nominations for the 18th annual awards program, which honors influential businesswomen in the Greater Washington area. Honorees are recognized from a cross section of industries and professions, with a focus on women who have made a difference in their communities and are leaving a mark on the Washington-area business community through tangible results. Nominations are judged on three criteria: professional accomplishments, community leadership, and awards and milestones.

“I am honored by this recognition, and humbled to be included among such an inspiring and trailblazing group of women leaders,” said Norwood.

At Wiley, Norwood represents and counsels government contractors, subcontractors, and grant recipients on a range of legal issues to help them navigate the complexities of doing business with the federal government. She has been instrumental in securing favorable client outcomes in several major matters in recent years, and was highlighted in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 as among the best lawyers in the country for government contracts. Before joining Wiley, Norwood spent more than 10 years at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) working in budget and procurement, legislative affairs, and grant portfolio management. Today, she effectively leverages this experience to benefit her clients, who regard her as personable, tireless, and ever focused on meeting and exceeding their expectations. She also maintains an active pro bono practice, and was a key member of the Wiley team that helped bring a high-profile racial discrimination lawsuit to a successful resolution on behalf of the plaintiffs last year in Pocomoke City, MD.

Norwood has a long list of additional accomplishments that qualify her for the WBJ’s award. She is an active member of the National Bar Association (NBA), the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly Black attorneys and judges. She is the founder and immediate past Chair of the NBA’s Government Procurement Law Section, and has also served two consecutive terms on the NBA’s Board of Governors as the Regional Director for the District of Columbia. In June 2021, she was sworn in as President of the Washington Bar Association (WBA), one of the most influential affiliate chapters of the NBA, based in the District. Norwood’s active involvement in both the NBA and WBA is a reflection of her longstanding commitment to increasing diversity in the legal profession. She prioritizes mentoring law students and young lawyers from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, particularly those interested in pursuing careers in government contracts law.

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