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Anuj Vohra

Partner

avohra@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2502
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Anuj Vohra litigates high-stakes disputes on behalf of government contractors in federal and state court, and maintains an active bid protest practice before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  He also assists clients with an array of issues related to contract formation (including subcontracts and teaming agreements), regulatory compliance, internal and government-facing investigations, suspension and debarment, organizational conflicts of interest (“OCIs”), intellectual property and data rights, and the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).

Prior to entering private practice, Anuj spent six years as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Commercial Litigation Branch. At DOJ, he was a member of the Bid Protest Team—which handles the department’s largest and most complex protests—and served as lead counsel in dozens of matters representing the United States in commercial disputes before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Recent Representative Matters:

Court of Federal Claims/Federal Circuit Bid Protests:

  • PAE-Parsons Global Logistics Services, LLC, No. 19-1205 (Sep. 24, 2019)—Defeated government motion to dismiss protest of Army award in $82 billion Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (“LOGCAP”) V procurement.  The decision clarified scope of Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act’s limitation on Court’s jurisdiction over task-order protests; Army subsequently took corrective action.    
  • National Government Services, Inc. v. United States, No. 18-1927 (May 2, 2019)—Successful appeal to Federal Circuit (following protest denials at GAO and Court of Federal Claims) challenging CMS solicitation provision limiting competition in violation of Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) Part 6.
  • URS Federal Services, Inc. v. United States, No. 18-1715 (Apr. 5, 2019)—Successful defense of protest challenging NASA award of $500 million contract for base operations support services at Kennedy Space Center.  
  • RMGS, Inc. v. United States, No. 18-1260 (Nov. 28, 2018)—Successful defense of protest challenging awards of State Department contracts to provide overseas training and logistics support.
  • DZSP 21 LLC v. United States, No. 18-86 (Mar. 29, 2018); DZSP 21 LLC v. United States, No. 18-705 (Aug. 10, 2018)—Multiple successful protests of Navy award of $400 million contract for base support services in Guam.  As a result of protests, the Navy was required to cancel the subject solicitation, resulting in an extension of client’s incumbent contract. 

GAO Bid Protests:

  • Gemmo S.p.A, B-416864.3 (Sep. 19, 2019)—Successful defense of protest challenging Navy award to client of $60 million contract for base-support services in Italy.
  • Redhorse Corporation, B-417268 (Mar. 21, 2019)—Successful defense of Department of Energy award of $23 million Blanket Purchase Agreement.  
  • Raytheon Company, B-416211 et al (July 10, 2018)—Successful defense of protest challenging Army award of $1.2 billion contract for training simulation and maintenance program.
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc., B-416181 (July 2, 2018)—Successful defense of protest challenging Army award of $300 million contracts for computer hardware/software solutions. 
  • Next Tier Concepts, Inc., B-414337 (May 15, 2017)—Successful protest of Office of Personnel Management award of $117 million contract for investigative support services.

Other Representative Matters

  • In the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, represented contractor in defensive FOIA litigation.  
  • In the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, represented subcontractor in litigation against prime related to construction of City of Norfolk Consolidated Courthouse. 
  • In the Court of Federal Claims, represented renewable-energy company in valuation dispute with U.S. Department of Treasury related to grant payments required by American Recovery and Reinstatement Act.
  • In the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, represented contractor in breach of contract action brought by subcontractor related to performance on contract for Department of Defense.
  • Before the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Procurement, successfully protested multi-million dollar contract award for security and maintenance services.
  • Counseled Department of Defense contractor regarding mandatory disclosure obligations; prepared formal disclosure statement.
  • Represented contractor in suspension and debarment proceedings before the U.S. Air Force; obtained written determination of present responsibility from Air Force Suspension and Department Official.

While at the Department of Justice, Anuj served as lead counsel on behalf of the United States in the following matters:

  • IBM Corp., US Federal v. United States, No. 11-33 (Court of Federal Claims, Dec. 1, 2011)—Successful defense of Department of Veterans Affairs’ award of $12 billion, multi-award task order contracts for IT support services.
  • Harris Patriot Healthcare Solutions, LLC  v. United States, No. 10-708 (Court of Federal Claims, Dec. 14, 2010)—Dismissing as moot bid challenge to Department of Interior’s override of Competition in Contracting Act’s automatic stay of proceedings.
  • Biltmore Forest Broadcasting, Inc. v. United States, No. 08-5055 (Federal Circuit, Feb. 10, 2009)—Affirming trial court dismissal of challenge to award of broadcasting license by U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
  • Lumetra v. United States, No. 08-663 (Court of Federal Claims, Nov. 9, 2008)—Denying bid protest challenging Department of Health and Human Services award of $30 million contract for Medicare quality control services.
  • Four-day, $77 million damages trial in Court of Federal Claims defending U.S. Department of Energy in breach of contract action brought by major energy company arising from sale of government’s interest in jointly owned oil-and-gas reserve.

Education

  • University of Michigan, B.A.
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., cum laude

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, Vice-Chair, Bid Protest Committee
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association

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"GAO Rejects Use of Highest-Technically Rated Reasonably-Priced Award Criteria for FSS Contracts," Government Contracts Bullet Points (January 23, 2020). Contacts: Jonathan M. Baker, Mark A. Ries, Anuj Vohra, Eric M. Ransom, William B. O'Reilly
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Even A Little Early Can Be Late: GAO Rules that Proposal Emailed Prior to Submission Deadline but Received Minutes Afterward was Untimely," Government Contracts Bullet Points (January 9, 2020). Contacts: Anuj Vohra, Zachary Schroeder
Client Alert / Newsletter
"All Things Protest: The Year’s Most Interesting Decisions (December 2019)," Podcast: All Things Protest (December 31, 2019). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Robert J. Sneckenberg, Christian N. Curran, Anuj Vohra, Zachary Schroeder
Client Alert / Newsletter
"GAO Bid Protest Statistics for FY2019," Government Contracts Bullet Points (November 8, 2019). Contacts: Robert J. Sneckenberg, Anuj Vohra
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Source Selection and Bid Protests: Pre- and Post-Award Considerations," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics, McLean, VA (October 23, 2019). Moderator: Robert J. Sneckenberg; Panelists: Daniel R. Forman, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Eric M. Ransom, and Anuj Vohra.
Speech/Presentation
"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., Daniel W. Wolff, Monica DiFonzo Sterling, Anuj Vohra
Client Alert / Newsletter
"The Month in International Trade – June 2019," International Trade Bulletin (July 10, 2019). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, John B. Brew, Spencer Toubia, Robert Holleyman, Andrew Blasi, Eric Obscherning, Jason M. Crawford, Thomas A. Lorenzen, Daniel W. Wolff, Amanda Shafer Berman, John E. McCarthy Jr., Anuj Vohra, G. Meredith Parnell
Client Alert / Newsletter
"SCOTUS Relaxes Definition of "Confidential" Commercial Information Exempt from FOIA," Government Contracts Bullet Points (June 25, 2019). Contacts: John E. McCarthy Jr., Daniel W. Wolff, Anuj Vohra, G. Meredith Parnell
Client Alert / Newsletter
"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.
Publication
"Bid Protests," Crowell & Moring's Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS) 2019, Washington, DC (May 7, 2019). Moderator: Daniel R. Forman; Speakers: Anuj Vohra, Olivia Lynch, and Robert J. Sneckenberg.
Speech/Presentation

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