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M. Yuan Zhou

Phone: +1 202.624.2666
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

M. Yuan Zhou is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring, where she is a member of the firm's Government Contracts Group. 

Yuan’s practice includes a wide range of investigatory, counseling, and transactional capabilities, including: internal investigations related to the Procurement Integrity Act and disclosures under the Mandatory Disclosure Rule; compliance reviews and enhancing contractor compliance programs; representing clients in suspension and debarment proceedings and data rights disputes; and providing government contracts due diligence in transactional matters. As part of the firm’s State and Local Practice, Yuan also counsels clients on state and local procurement issues, ranging from bid protests to contract negotiations with state agencies, and advises prime contractors and subcontractors on a variety of issues including prime/sub contract formation, disputes, and other government contracts issues.

Prior to law school, Yuan was a special assistant at the White House and a White House intern for the Obama Administration. She received her J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, where she was a Dean's Fellow, notes editor of the Public Contract Law Journal, and a member of the Moot Court Board.  


  • Barnard College, B.A. psychology (2010)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2014)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland

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"Administration Seeks Delay in Extending Government Procurement Ban on Certain Chinese Telecommunications Equipment to Federal Contractors and Grant Recipients," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 12, 2019). Contacts: Alan W. H. Gourley, Adelicia R. Cliffe, M. Yuan Zhou
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"Intellectual Property in Government Contracts: Trends & Development," Crowell & Moring's Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS) 2019, Washington, DC (May 7, 2019). Moderator: M. Yuan Zhou; Speakers: John E. McCarthy, Jr. and Christopher D. Garcia.
"Open for Business: State and Local Government Contracting Risks & Opportunities," Government Contracts Breakfast Series, Tysons, VA (March 20, 2019). Presenters: David Ginsberg, Yuan Zhou, and Christopher Garcia.
"Intellectual Property in U.S. Government Contracting," Government Contracts Breakfast Series, Tysons, VA (February 13, 2019). Presenters: John McCarthy, Jonathan Baker, Christopher Garcia, and Yuan Zhou.
"DOJ Answers Key Questions About False Claims Act Reform Efforts," False Claims Bullet Points (January 30, 2019). Contacts: Mana Elihu Lombardo, M. Yuan Zhou
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"FAR Council Finalizes Definition of Prohibited "Recruitment Fees" Under Anti-Trafficking Regulations," Government Contracts Bullet Points (December 26, 2018). Contacts: Peter Eyre, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Judy Choi, Olivia Lynch, M. Yuan Zhou
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"Government Contracts Intellectual Property: Contractors Beware, Stick to Prescribed Technical Data Marking Legends," Government Contracts Bullet Points (December 21, 2018). Contacts: Nicole Owren-Wiest, John E. McCarthy Jr., Jonathan M. Baker, M. Yuan Zhou, Christopher D. Garcia
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"Let’s Talk FCA: The Brand Memo and FCA Enforcement (November 2018)," Podcast: Let's Talk FCA (November 21, 2018). Contacts: Mana Elihu Lombardo, M. Yuan Zhou
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"Are Government And Health Care Contracts The Exception That Swallows The Brand Memo's Rule On FCA Enforcement?," Westlaw Journal Government Contract (October 29, 2018). Authors: Laura M. Kidd Cordova, William S.W. Chang, Mana E. Lombardo, and M. Yuan Zhou.
"Concepts, Statues & Regulatory Framework," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics, Washington, D.C. (October 10, 2018). Presenters: Peter J. Eyre, Jacinta L. Alves, Christian Curran, and M. Yuan Zhou.

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