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Michelle D. Coleman

Associate

mcoleman@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.654.6708
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Michelle D. Coleman is an associate 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. 

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. 

Education

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

Affiliations

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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"Secretary of Defense Esper Calls on Private Sector to Join Forces with DoD in the Development of AI," Government Contracts Bullet Points (November 21, 2019). Contacts: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, Laura J. Mitchell Baker, Michelle D. Coleman
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Approved: E-Signatures for CDA Claim Certifications Receive the ASBCA’s Stamp of Approval," Government Contracts Bullet Points (October 30, 2019). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Changes, Claims, and Terminations," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics, McLean, VA (October 23, 2019). Moderator: Michelle D. Coleman; Panelists: Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, and Monica DiFonzo Sterling.
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"Government Charged With Knowledge of Unapproved Subcontractors Listed on Invoices," Government Contracts Bullet Points (October 2, 2019). Contacts: Nicole Owren-Wiest, Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, Elizabeth Buehler, Michelle D. Coleman, Charles Baek, Catherine O. Shames
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Snooze You Lose: ASBCA Denies Appeal Seeking Payment for Employee Paid "To Do Nothing" During Stop Work," Government Contracts Bullet Points (October 1, 2019). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman
Client Alert/Newsletter
"ASBCA Rejects the Government’s Use of "Prior Material Breach" Affirmative Defense," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 24, 2019). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, Nicole Owren-Wiest, Michelle D. Coleman
Client Alert/Newsletter
"NIST Announces Plan for Federal Engagement in Artificial Intelligence," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 20, 2019). Contacts: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, Evan D. Wolff, Laura J. Mitchell Baker, Michelle D. Coleman
Client Alert/Newsletter
"COFC Finds it Lacks Jurisdiction to Hear Bid Protest Challenging Evaluation and Award of Prototype OTA," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 9, 2019). Contacts: John E. McCarthy Jr., Jonathan M. Baker, Stephanie L. Crawford, Michelle D. Coleman
Client Alert/Newsletter
"REA or Claim? Substance Over Form," Government Contracts Bullet Points (July 31, 2019). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman, Charles Baek
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Federal Circuit Clarifies When Affirmative Defenses Must Be Submitted as Claims, and When Interest Runs," Government Contracts Bullet Points (July 17, 2019). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Nicole Owren-Wiest, J. Chris Haile, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman, Charles Baek
Client Alert/Newsletter

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