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Michael E. Samuels

Counsel


Michael Samuels is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group. His practice involves counseling and representing government contractors on a wide range of issues.

Transactional

Michael advises buyers and sellers in complex M&A transactions involving a government contractor. He assists with the due diligence process, the government contracts terms of the purchase or merger agreement, and other diligence, and post-closing, issues in areas such as small business compliance and recertification, cybersecurity, facility clearances and data rights issues. Michael also assists with other corporate government contracts matters such as re-organizations, novations, change of name agreements, and organizational conflict of interest issues.

Bid Protest Litigation

In addition, Michael has extensive experience litigating bid protests before the Government Accountability Office, the Court of Federal Claims, the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals, and the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition.

Regulatory Compliance Counseling

Michael also counsels clients on various regulatory compliance issues, subcontractor and teaming agreements, small business issues and size protests, intellectual property data rights issues, cybersecurity, and contract claims and appeals.

Michael graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as articles editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal.

Representative Matters

Government Contracts Due Diligence and Transactions

  • Provided government contracts counsel to Accenture Federal Services in connection with its acquisition of Novetta.
  • Provided government contracts counsel to Halfaker and Associates, a technology solutions provider within the government’s health, intelligence, defense, and security sectors, in connection with its sale to SAIC.
  • Provided government contracts counsel to Perspecta Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Veritas Capital and merger with Peraton, Inc.
  • Provided government contracts counsel to Arcline Investment Management in connection with the acquisition of government contractor entities within its portfolio.
  • Provided government contracts counsel to Audax Private Equity in connection with the acquisition, reorganization, and sale of entities with its portfolio.

Published Bid Protest Wins as Protester

  • Successfully protested at GAO challenging an FBI award for administrative and analysis support services for the agency's National Name Check Program.
  • Won protest at GAO challenging an award for Bureau of Prisons residential re-entry center.
  • Successfully protested flawed award for operation of Navy facility on multiple grounds.
  • Successful protest of Defense Security Service award for security, suitability, and credentialing background investigations, and clearance adjudications.
  • Protest at Court of Federal Claims of Department of Veterans Affairs consulting services contract sustained on multiple grounds.

Published Bid Protest Wins as Intervenor

  • Represented IT services contractor in the successful defense of the award of a billion-dollar Department of Homeland Security contract against multiple protests.
  • Successfully defended billion-dollar Department of Veterans Affairs ID/IQ award for information technology operations and services and remediation support services against three protests.
  • Successfully defended sole-source award for airborne electronic attack system against multiple protests.

Education

  • Boston College, B.A. (2009)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2014)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law (Vice Chair of Mergers & Acquisitions Committee) (2021-2022)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law (Vice Chair of Young Lawyers Committee (2019-2021))

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Webinar: "Acquisition of Small Business Contractors," American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, Joint Panel of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee and Small Business Committee (July 27, 2022). Moderator: Michael E. Samuels; Speaker: Olivia Lynch.
Speech/Presentation
"Small Business Webinar Series: Considerations When Acquiring a Small Business," Crowell & Moring Webinar. (June 30, 2022). Speakers: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, and Michael E. Samuels.
Speech/Presentation
"“Thank you . . . for trusting us!” Commercial Software Licensor Has a Valid Claim for Copyright Infringement Under 28 U.S.C. § 1498 for Government’s Over-Installation of Copies," (May 19, 2022). Contacts: Nicole Owren-Wiest, John E. McCarthy Jr., Jonathan M. Baker, William H. Frankel, Michael E. Samuels
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Small Business Webinar Series: Small Business Status," Crowell & Moring Webinar. (February 9, 2022). Speakers: Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels, and Allison Skager.
Speech/Presentation
"DOJ Reaches Settlement in Fraud Case Regarding Misuse of the Mentor-Protégé Program," Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Legal Forum (February 1, 2022). Authors: Olivia Lynch and Michael E. Samuels.
Publication
"FAR Conformed To The ‘New’ Limitations On Subcontracting Methodology At 13 C.F.R. § 125.6," Government Contracting Law Report (December 15, 2021). Authors: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan; Michael E. Samuels; Olivia Lynch; Zachary Schroeder.
Publication
"All Things Protest: Big Decisions for Small Businesses (October 2021)," Podcast: All Things Protest (October 29, 2021). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Government Contracts M&A," Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts 101 Seminar 2021 (October 21, 2021). Speakers: Christian N. Curran, Peter Eyre, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Michael E. Samuels, and Allison Skager.
Speech/Presentation
"Biden Administration Announces Streamlining of Paycheck Protection Program as Part of White House Covid Plan," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 23, 2021). Contacts: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels, Zachary Schroeder
Client Alert / Newsletter
"FAR Updated to Conform with Prior SBA Changes to its Regulations," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 16, 2021). Contacts: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels, Zachary Schroeder
Client Alert / Newsletter

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