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Michelle D. Coleman

Phone: +1 202.654.6708
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Michelle D. Coleman is a counsel in the Government Contracts Group in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office. Michelle advises clients from diverse industries in connection with contract disputes and other government contract matters, including Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claims and requests for equitable adjustments, fiscal law questions, prime-sub disputes, and bid protests.

Prior to working at Crowell & Moring, Michelle served as an attorney in the Air Force’s Acquisition Law and Litigation Directorate, where she provided acquisition and litigation risk advice on procurements valued over $14 billion on major Air Force procurements. She also served as a trial attorney in the Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Commercial Law and Litigation Directorate. As a trial attorney, Michelle litigated complex contract disputes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) and bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO). As an Air Force litigator, Michelle litigated a broad range of issues before the ASBCA, including: organizational conflicts of interest; small business issues; price realism analysis; past performance; NAICS code issues; technical acceptability; nonmanufacturing rule, brand name, or equal issues; construction claims; commercial items; terminations; assignment of claims; reprocurement; limitation of funds; release; differing site conditions; setoffs/withholding; and evidentiary issues. Among the construction cases, Michelle litigated a $28 million Air Force design-build construction claim involving complex differing site conditions and delay issues, and she also litigated and won a claim for alleged defective specifications, undisclosed information, constructive interpretation, and technical impossibility for a contract for the design and construction of an Air Force dynamic break test stand.

Before her Air Force career, Michelle was employed by a defense contractor, where she gained valuable government contract experience in her roles as a business analyst and a subcontracts administrator. Michelle’s government and contractor experience gives her the unique ability to take both parties’ perspectives into consideration when providing advice on government contract issues. 


  • Kent State University, B.B.A. (2007)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2013)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia, U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Memberships

  • Board of Directors, Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association (2018-2019)
  • Program Chair, ABA Introduction to Government Contracts Course (September 6-7, 2017 and September 17-18, 2018)
  • Co-Chair, 2018 ABA Federal Procurement Institute (FPI) (March 14-17, 2018)
  • Co-Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law Federal, State, and Local Government Attorneys Committee (August 2016 – 2018)
  • Vice Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law Young Lawyers Committee (August 2015 – August 2017)
  • Vice Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law Contract Claims and Dispute Resolution Committee (August 2016 – 2018)
  • Vice Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law Bid Protest Committee (August 2016 – July 2017)
  • ABA Strategic Alliances, Teaming and Subcontracting Committee Co-Author, Guide to Fixed-Price Supply Subcontract Terms and Conditions (5th Edition)

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"JAIC Has More Work To Do in Developing Artificial Intelligence Standards, while DoD Components and Contractors Must Implement Security Controls Around Artificial Intelligence, Says DoD OIG," Government Contracts Bullet Points (July 9, 2020). Contacts: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, Michelle D. Coleman, Laura J. Mitchell Baker
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Updated Section 3610 Guidance," Government Contracts Bullet Points (May 1, 2020). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Nicole Owren-Wiest, J. Chris Haile, Michelle D. Coleman, Skye Mathieson, Charles Baek
Client Alert / Newsletter
"DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center Seeks Tools to Test Artificial Intelligence," Government Contracts Bullet Points (April 27, 2020). Contacts: Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, Michelle D. Coleman, Laura J. Mitchell Baker
Client Alert / Newsletter
Coping With A Pandemic: Crowell's Michelle Coleman Law360 (April 8, 2020)
Media Mentions
What Government Contractors Need To Know About Coronavirus-Related Excusable Delays, Defenses Compliance Week (April 7, 2020)
Media Mentions
"The DoD Issues Memo Regarding Section 3610 of the CARES Act; Implementing Guidance to Follow," Government Contracts Bullet Points (March 31, 2020). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Michelle D. Coleman, Nkechi Kanu, Skye Mathieson, Charles Baek, John Nakoneczny
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Section 3610 — Billing and Contractual Relief for Government Contractors When Employees Cannot Work due to the COVID-19 Pandemic," Government Contracts Bullet Points (March 27, 2020). Contacts: Peter Eyre, J. Chris Haile, Stephen J. McBrady, Michelle D. Coleman, Nkechi Kanu, Skye Mathieson, Charles Baek
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Navigating an Evolving Supply Chain Landscape in the Face of the Coronavirus Pandemic," Crowell & Moring Webinar (March 25, 2020). Presenters: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Evan D. Wolff, Paul Freeman, Michelle D. Coleman, Stephanie L. Crawford, and Michael G. Gruden.
"Public Contracts and the COVID-19 Coronavirus Webinar," The George Washington Law School Online Colloquium (March 24, 2020). Presenter: Michelle D. Coleman.
"Coronavirus & Contracting: Preserving Your Rights and Navigating Evolving Obstacles of Delays, Changes, Stop Work, and Terminations, While Supporting Government Operations, During the COVID-19 Pandemic," Crowell & Moring Webinar (March 23, 2020). Presenters: Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, and Michelle D. Coleman.

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