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Catherine O. Shames

Associate


Catherine O. Shames is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring, where she is a member of the firm’s Government Contracts Group. 

Catherine’s government contracts practice focuses on contract claims/disputes under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA), prime-sub disputes, transactional due diligence, internal investigations, and disclosures under the Mandatory Disclosure Rule. She also assists contractors with cost allowability issues and responding to DCAA audits. 

Catherine is active in pro bono matters. She has represented low-income individuals in contested custody disputes and in housing disputes against landlords to remediate unsafe housing conditions.

Catherine received her J.D. and M.B.A. from the College of William & Mary. During law school, Catherine interned for the Honorable Lydia Kay Griggsby at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Catherine also completed U.S. Department of Justice internships with the Office of the Pardon Attorney, the Tax Division, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, and the Commercial Litigation Branch, Fraud Section.

Prior to law school, Catherine was a legal analyst at the nation’s largest military shipbuilding company where she gained valuable government contract experience. Catherine holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University and a Bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

Education

  • Randolph-Macon Woman's College, B.A.
  • Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, M.P.P.
  • College of William & Mary, Mason School of Business, M.B.A.
  • College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D.

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia

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"Just the (Same) Facts, Ma’am: ASBCA has Jurisdiction to Hear Contractor’s Different Theories of Recovery Based on the Same Set of Operative Facts," Government Contracts Bullet Points (April 5, 2022). Contacts: Nicole Owren-Wiest, Erin Rankin, Catherine O. Shames
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Failing Health: NDIA’s Annual Vital Signs Report Highlights Weaknesses in the Defense Industrial Base Supply Chain," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 10, 2022). Contacts: Peter Eyre, Lyndsay A. Gorton, Catherine O. Shames
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Federal Circuit Affirms Board Decision on Pandemic-Related Claim," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 21, 2021). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Robert J. Sneckenberg, Charles Baek, Michelle D. Coleman, John Nakoneczny, Catherine O. Shames
Client Alert / Newsletter
"You Snooze, You Lose: Contractor’s Compensation Costs are Not Expressly Unallowable When the Government Delayed in Setting Annual Cap," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 16, 2021). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Skye Mathieson, Erin Rankin, Catherine O. Shames
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Accounting, Cost, and Pricing," OOPS 2021, Crowell & Moring's 37th Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar (May 12, 2021). Presenters: Nicole Owren-Wiest, Skye Mathieson, Erin Rankin, and Catherine O. Shames.
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"Time is Money: Contractor’s Claims for Payment Dismissed," Government Contracts Bullet Points (May 10, 2021). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Charles Baek, Michelle D. Coleman, John Nakoneczny, Catherine O. Shames
Client Alert / Newsletter
"“Mere allegations of fraud do not divest the Board of jurisdiction” – Government’s Motion to Dismiss Denied When It Cannot Prove that Appeal Resolution Depends on a Factual Determination of Fraud," Government Contracts Bullet Points (May 7, 2021). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Lyndsay A. Gorton, Catherine O. Shames
Client Alert / Newsletter
""Here before. Many times. And without resolution." – Board’s Dismissal of Contractor’s Appeals as Moot Precludes Analysis of Costs Repeatedly Disallowed on the Same Grounds," Government Contracts Bullet Points (April 1, 2021). Contacts: Nicole Owren-Wiest, Skye Mathieson, Alexandra Barbee-Garrett, Catherine O. Shames
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Show Me the Money? When a Sum Approximate Counts as a Sum Certain," Government Contracts Bullet Points (March 22, 2021). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Charles Baek, Michelle D. Coleman, Skye Mathieson, Catherine O. Shames
Client Alert / Newsletter
""A Claim By Any Other Name": Jurisdiction Over Certified Supplement to Termination Proposal," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 23, 2021). Contacts: Nicole Owren-Wiest, Skye Mathieson, Alexandra Barbee-Garrett, Catherine O. Shames
Client Alert / Newsletter

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