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Abigail (Abi) Stokes

Phone: +1 202.624.2969
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Abigail (Abi) Stokes is a Counsel in the Government Contracts practice group in Crowell & Moring’s D.C. office. Abi advises companies across industries on compliance and litigation issues leveraging her unique insights from nearly a decade in government service to secure effective resolutions for clients. She has extensive litigation experience having led and supported numerous bid protests at both GAO and the Court of Federal Claims and has supported contract claims at both the CBCA and the ASBCA.

Abi’s extensive experience includes advising clients on complex FAR, DFARS and other agency regulation compliance requirements including advising on issues related to organizational conflicts of interest, competitions, procurement integrity, trade secrets, regulations governing cybersecurity, technical data and computer software rights, requests for equitable adjustments, contract terminations, and suspension and debarments. Abi also has considerable experience navigating non-traditional procurement instruments such as Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreements, public-private partnerships, DoD's Work For Private Party authorities, and Sale and Exchange Agreements pursuant to FAR part 45 property regulations.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Abi was Counsel at a well-respected D.C. law firm; and, before that, she was an attorney with the Department of Navy Office of General Counsel supporting programs at NAVAIR, NAVSEA, NAVFAC, and the Navy warfare centers. At the Navy, Abi provided advice and counsel for Navy procurements ranging from major weapons systems acquisitions to commercial services and products, throughout every stage of the procurement cycle from R&D through sustainment.

During her time with the Navy Ms. Stokes received an Acquisition Excellence award from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development & Acquisition, was a recipient of the Department of Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the General Counsel of the Navy, and was selected by the Navy General Counsel for the prestigious Harvey J. Wilcox Fellowship, where she supported the Navy Secretariat including the General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel (Research, Development & Acquisition) (AGC(RD&A)), and the Assistant General Counsel (Energy, Installations & Environment) (AGC(EI&E)). Ms. Stokes began her legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Alex R. Munson of the U.S. District Court, Northern Marianas Islands.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented BGOV200 government contractor in a post-award GAO bid protest of a multi-million dollar Navy procurement for base operations support services. (corrective action).
  • Successfully represented medical claims processing contractor before the GAO in a bid protest of a multi-million dollar Veterans Affairs procurement. (corrective action).
  • Successfully represented a leading enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) software developer in a pre-award GAO bid protest challenging the terms of a multi-million dollar Health and Human Services procurement. (corrective action).
  • Successfully represented a leading provider of scientific, engineering, and IT support in a GAO bid protest challenging an award under GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) multiple award contract vehicle. (corrective action).
  • Represented the Department of Navy in a multi-million dollar bid protest before the GAO related to IT services for the Navy. TWD & Associates, Inc., B-416834.4.
  • Represented the Department of Navy in a multi-million dollar bid protest before the GAO related to engineering services for the Navy. AT Solutions, B-413652.4.
  • Represented a leading national security contractor in a CBCA dispute related to the termination of a multi-million dollar national security contract.
  • Represented a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business in a multi-million dollar contract dispute before the CBCA.
  • Represented the Department of Navy in a SBIR data rights dispute related to a multi-million dollar R&D undersea warfare procurement.
  • Represented the Department of Navy in a multi-billion dollar major weapon system acquisition utilizing rapid acquisition authorities.
  • Represented the Department of Navy in a competition to award one of the Navy’s first OTA Consortiums focused on acquiring innovative undersea technology.


  • University of California, Davis, B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, California

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"GAO Sustains Protests Alleging Agency Failed to Consider Pandemic Impacts on its Requirements," Government Contracts Bullet Points (October 28, 2020). Contacts: Anuj Vohra, Eric M. Ransom, Abigail (Abi) Stokes, William B. O'Reilly
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"Supply Chain – Where Adversaries and Adversity Meet," OOPS 20/20 - Setting Your Sights (October 19, 2020). Presenters: Paul Freeman, Chalana N. Damron, Abigail Stokes, and Stephanie L. Crawford.
"Crisis Management Response—What the Board Wants," (May 12, 2020). Co-Authors: Preston Pugh and Abigail Stokes.
"The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Explained: What Defense Contractors Need to Know," CSO (April 8, 2020). Co-Author: Abigail Stokes.
"How Low Should You Go? Challenges in Supply Chain Compliance," Deloitte Webinar (February 11, 2020). Co-Presenter: Abigail Stokes.
"Ethics and Professionalism in Government Contracts Practice," George Washington University Colloquium, Washington, D.C. (December 3, 2019). Co-Presenter: Abigail Stokes.
"Enforcing the Buy American Act," Webinar (September 11, 2019). Co-Presenter: Abigail Stokes.
"Other Transaction Authority (OTA) — An Overview," Coalition for Government Procurement Spring Conference (May 2019). Speaker: Abigail Stokes.

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