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Monica DiFonzo Sterling

Phone: +1 202.624.2549
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Monica DiFonzo Sterling is a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring, where she is a member of the firm’s Government Contracts Group.

Monica has an active government contracts counseling and litigation practice focusing on False Claims Act investigations, bid protests, federal regulatory and ethics compliance, and government contracts disputes before the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Monica was an associate at an AmLaw 50 firm in its Litigation & Arbitration group. She gained valuable government contracts experience while clerking for the Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Monica also served as an adjunct professor of legal writing at the George Washington University Law School. 

Monica graduated with honors from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of The George Washington International Law Review. Monica earned an M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College and received her B.A. in literature, magna cum laude, from Gettysburg College.


  • Gettysburg College, B.A. literature (2008) magna cum laude
  • Middlebury College Language Schools, M.A. Italian (2011)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2012) with honors


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

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"Impact Of 2019 FOIA Litigation On Private Parties," Bloomberg Law (March 31, 2020). Authors: Monica DiFonzo Sterling, Anuj Vohra, and Daniel W. Wolff.
"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.
"DOJ Issues FOIA Exemption 4 Guidance Following Argus Leader; Confirms That “Assurance of Confidentiality” At Time of Submission Not Currently Required," Government Contracts Bullet Points (October 17, 2019). Contacts: John E. McCarthy Jr., Anuj Vohra, Daniel W. Wolff, Monica DiFonzo Sterling
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"Court of Federal Claims Grants Summary Judgment in Affordable Care Act "Reinsurance" Litigation," Government Contracts Bullet Points (October 8, 2019). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Daniel W. Wolff, Clifton S. Elgarten, Monica DiFonzo Sterling, Charles Baek, A. Xavier Baker, Skye Mathieson
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"Federal Circuit Clarifies Meaning of “Full and Open,” Limits on Government Ability to Manipulate the Competitive Marketplace, and Contours of FAR Part 6," Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Legal Forum (June 19, 2019). Authors: Anuj Vohra, Monica DiFonzo Sterling and Karla Perez Chacon.
"COFC Grants Summary Judgment on Statutory and Implied-in-Fact Contract Claims in ACA Litigation," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 14, 2019). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Daniel W. Wolff, Skye Mathieson, Monica DiFonzo Sterling, Charles Baek
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Nominations for the Top Acquisition Priorities (and Other Topics of Interest in 2019)," Crowell & Moring's Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS) 2019, Washington, DC (May 7, 2019). Moderator: Monica DiFonzo Sterling; Speakers: Robert A. Burton, Lorraine M. Campos, and Paul M. Rosen.
“Claims & Disputes: The A-Z Guide, Plus Identifying Opportunities for Recovery Amid Shutdown,” D.C. Bar Association, Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2019). Panelists: Skye Mathieson, Monica Sterling, and Michelle D. Coleman.
Law360 Names Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group a "Practice Group of the Year" for the Ninth Consecutive Year (Feb.22.2019)
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"ASBCA Awards Contractor Over $11 Million in Settlement Costs After Termination for Convenience, Despite Possible Conflict of Interest," Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Legal Forum (January 8, 2019). Authors: Monica DiFonzo Sterling and G. Meredith Parnell.

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