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Michael E. Samuels

Counsel

msamuels@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2711
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Michael Samuels is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group. His practice involves counseling and representing government contractors on a wide range of issues. Michael has extensive experience litigating bid protests before the Government Accountability Office, the Court of Federal Claims, the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals, and the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition.

Michael advises buyers and sellers in complex M&A transactions involving a government contractor. He assists with the due diligence process, the government contracts terms of the purchase or merger agreement, and other diligence issues in areas such as small business recertification, data privacy, and data rights issues.

Michael also counsels clients on various regulatory compliance issues, subcontractor and teaming agreements, small business issues and size protests, intellectual property data rights issues, cybersecurity, and contract claims and appeals.

Michael graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as articles editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal.

Representative Matters

Published Bid Protest Wins as Protester

  • Won protest at GAO challenging an award for Bureau of Prisons residential re-entry center.
  • Successfully protested flawed award for operation of Navy facility on multiple grounds.
  • Successful protest of Defense Security Service award for security, suitability, and credentialing background investigations, and clearance adjudications.
  • Protest at Court of Federal Claims of Department of Veterans Affairs consulting services contract sustained on multiple grounds.

Published Bid Protest Wins as Intervenor

  • Represented IT services contractor in the successful defense of the award of a billion-dollar Department of Homeland Security contract against multiple protests.
  • Successfully defended billion-dollar Department of Veterans Affairs ID/IQ award for information technology operations and services and remediation support services against three protests.
  • Successfully defended sole-source award for airborne electronic attack system against multiple protests.

Education

  • Boston College, B.A. (2009)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2014)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law (Vice Chair of Young Lawyers Committee (2019-2020))

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"FAR Updated to Conform with Prior SBA Changes to its Regulations," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 16, 2021). Contacts: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels, Zachary Schroeder
Client Alert / Newsletter
"FAR Conformed to the “New” Limitations on Subcontracting Methodology at 13 C.F.R. § 125.6," Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Legal Forum (September 15, 2021). Authors: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels and Zachary Schroeder.
Publication
"Assessing Good Faith Efforts to Comply with a Small Business Subcontracting Plan," Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Legal Forum (September 15, 2021). Authors: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels and Zachary Schroeder.
Publication
"GAO Rules that DoD May Not Require a Small Business Joint Venture Itself to Hold Facility Clearance," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 8, 2021). Contacts: Peter Eyre, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Jonathan M. Baker, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels
Client Alert / Newsletter
"SBA To No Longer Rely on Economic Necessity Questionnaires in Processing PPP Forgiveness Applications," Government Contracts Bullet Points (August 2, 2021). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Michael E. Samuels, Daniel W. Wolff
Client Alert / Newsletter
"DoD Proposes Rule on Evaluation of Joint Venture Past Performance for Construction and A&E Services Contracts," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 1, 2021). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Michael E. Samuels, Zachary Schroeder
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Joint Ventures Pursuant to SBA MPAs – Attention to the Details!," Government Contracts Bullet Points (May 27, 2021). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Michael E. Samuels, Zachary Schroeder
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Risk Management in Teaming and Joint Ventures with Small Businesses," OOPS 2021, Crowell & Moring's 37th Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar (May 11, 2021). Presenters: Stephen M. Byers, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Jared Engelking, and Michael E. Samuels.
Speech/Presentation
"GAO Sustains Challenge to Evaluation Language Requiring a Joint Venture Protégé Member to Have the Same Experience as Other Offerors," (April 27, 2021). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Michael E. Samuels, Zachary Schroeder
Client Alert / Newsletter
"SBA Publishes Rule To Implement One-Year Extension For 8(a) Business Development Program Participants," Westlaw Today (March 8, 2021). Authors. Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels, and Zachary Schroeder.
Publication

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