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Abigail (Abi) Stokes

Counsel

astokes@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2969
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Abigail (Abi) Stokes is a Counsel in the Government Contracts practice group in Crowell & Moring’s D.C. office. Abi advises companies across industries on compliance and litigation issues leveraging her unique insights from nearly a decade in government service to secure effective resolutions for clients. She has extensive litigation experience having led and supported numerous bid protests at both GAO and the Court of Federal Claims and has supported contract claims at both the CBCA and the ASBCA.

Abi’s extensive experience includes advising clients on complex FAR, DFARS and other agency regulation compliance requirements including advising on issues related to organizational conflicts of interest, competitions, procurement integrity, trade secrets, regulations governing cybersecurity, technical data and computer software rights, requests for equitable adjustments, contract terminations, and suspension and debarments. Abi also has considerable experience navigating non-traditional procurement instruments such as Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreements, public-private partnerships, DoD's Work For Private Party authorities, and Sale and Exchange Agreements pursuant to FAR part 45 property regulations.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Abi was Counsel at a well-respected D.C. law firm; and, before that, she was an attorney with the Department of Navy Office of General Counsel supporting programs at NAVAIR, NAVSEA, NAVFAC, and the Navy warfare centers. At the Navy, Abi provided advice and counsel for Navy procurements ranging from major weapons systems acquisitions to commercial services and products, throughout every stage of the procurement cycle from R&D through sustainment.

During her time with the Navy Ms. Stokes received an Acquisition Excellence award from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development & Acquisition, was a recipient of the Department of Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the General Counsel of the Navy, and was selected by the Navy General Counsel for the prestigious Harvey J. Wilcox Fellowship, where she supported the Navy Secretariat including the General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel (Research, Development & Acquisition) (AGC(RD&A)), and the Assistant General Counsel (Energy, Installations & Environment) (AGC(EI&E)). Ms. Stokes began her legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Alex R. Munson of the U.S. District Court, Northern Marianas Islands.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented BGOV200 government contractor in a post-award GAO bid protest of a multi-million dollar Navy procurement for base operations support services. (corrective action).
  • Successfully represented medical claims processing contractor before the GAO in a bid protest of a multi-million dollar Veterans Affairs procurement. (corrective action).
  • Successfully represented a leading enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) software developer in a pre-award GAO bid protest challenging the terms of a multi-million dollar Health and Human Services procurement. (corrective action).
  • Successfully represented a leading provider of scientific, engineering, and IT support in a GAO bid protest challenging an award under GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) multiple award contract vehicle. (corrective action).
  • Represented the Department of Navy in a multi-million dollar bid protest before the GAO related to IT services for the Navy. TWD & Associates, Inc., B-416834.4.
  • Represented the Department of Navy in a multi-million dollar bid protest before the GAO related to engineering services for the Navy. AT Solutions, B-413652.4.
  • Represented a leading national security contractor in a CBCA dispute related to the termination of a multi-million dollar national security contract.
  • Represented a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business in a multi-million dollar contract dispute before the CBCA.
  • Represented the Department of Navy in a SBIR data rights dispute related to a multi-million dollar R&D undersea warfare procurement.
  • Represented the Department of Navy in a multi-billion dollar major weapon system acquisition utilizing rapid acquisition authorities.
  • Represented the Department of Navy in a competition to award one of the Navy’s first OTA Consortiums focused on acquiring innovative undersea technology.

Education

  • University of California, Davis, B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, California

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"FOIA for Government Contractors," Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts 101 Seminar 2021 (October 20, 2021). Speakers: Anuj Vohra, Daniel W. Wolff, Monica DiFonzo Sterling, and Abigail Strokes.
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"Buy (Even More) American – FAR Council Proposes New Rules Implementing Executive Order 14005, “Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers”," Government Contracts Bullet Points (August 3, 2021). Contacts: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Alan W. H. Gourley, Abigail (Abi) Stokes, William B. O'Reilly
Client Alert / Newsletter
Chambers USA 2021 Ranks 63 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 30 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S. (May.20.2021)
Firm News / Announcement
"FOIA for Government Contractors," OOPS 2021, Crowell & Moring's 37th Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar (May 12, 2021). Presenters: Anuj Vohra, Daniel W. Wolff, Monica DiFonzo Sterling, and Abigail (Abi) Stokes.
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"Funding, Obligations, and Fiscal Questions," Client Training Webinar (March 18, 2021). Presenters: Skye Mathieson and Abigail (Abi) Stokes.
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"Stopped in its Tracks: The Government’s Failure to Track Software Use Constitutes Infringement Under 28 U.S.C. § 1498," Government Contracts Bullet Points (March 9, 2021). Contacts: Jonathan M. Baker, John E. McCarthy Jr., Nicole Owren-Wiest, Abigail (Abi) Stokes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"The Latest Insights into Suspension and Debarment Activities Across the Federal Government," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 5, 2021). Contacts: Peter Eyre, Laura J. Mitchell Baker, Abigail (Abi) Stokes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Less Risk, More Reward: DoD Proposed Rule on Operational Contract Support Expands Overseas Contracting Opportunities," Government Contracts Bullet Points (January 22, 2021). Contacts: David C. Hammond, Abigail (Abi) Stokes, Alexandra Barbee-Garrett
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Biden Administration Issues New Masking Mandate," Administrative Law Alert (January 22, 2021). Contacts: Peter Eyre, Thomas P. Gies, Michelle D. Coleman, Abigail (Abi) Stokes
Client Alert / Newsletter
"GAO Sustains Protests Alleging Agency Failed to Consider Pandemic Impacts on its Requirements," Government Contracts Bullet Points (October 28, 2020). Contacts: Anuj Vohra, Abigail (Abi) Stokes, William B. O'Reilly
Client Alert / Newsletter

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