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Olivia Lynch

Phone: +1 202.624.2654
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Olivia L. Lynch is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group in the Washington, D.C. office.

General Government Contracts Counseling. Olivia advises government contractors on navigating the procurement process, compliance and ethics, commercial item contracting, accessibility, supply chain assurance, and various aspects of state and local procurement law.

Bid Protest Litigation. Olivia has an active bid protest docket and has been involved in agency-level protests as well as bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA). She has represented both protesters and awardees in matters concerning such topics as pre-award protests of solicitation terms, challenges to the cancellation of procurements, sole source awards, exclusions from the competitive range, and post-award challenges. She has successfully negotiated cost claim reimbursements for successful protesters as well as won recommendations for reimbursement of protest costs where the agency took corrective action prior to GAO reaching a decision.

Small Business Issues. Olivia provides advice on all manner of small business government contracting issues, including: certifications as to small business size and status (SDVOSB, WOSB, 8(a), HUBZone); participation in programs of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and other agencies (e.g., mentor-protégé programs and the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program); and compliance with such requirements as the limitation on subcontracting, non-manufacturer rule, and the small business subcontracting plan requirement. Olivia counsels large and small contractors on these issues in the context of procurements, protests, transactions, investigations, mandatory and voluntary disclosures, and False Claims Act litigation.  Olivia has also filed and defended against size protests as well as litigated size appeals before the SBA's Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA). 

Paycheck Protection Program. Since the CARES Act established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Olivia has advised on all manner of issues related to this program. She has counseled companies on eligibility both from a size perspective and related to the economic necessity certification. She has also assisted in investigations and disclosures related to PPP loans.

While in law school, Olivia externed for Judge Thomas Wheeler at the Court of Federal Claims. 

Olivia has volunteered for legal service organizations dedicated to representing individuals that have suffered domestic and sexual violence. She has represented incarcerated DC residents obtain parole and compassionate release. Olivia currently volunteers for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project’s Protection Assistance Project.


  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S. international economics
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.


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

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"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
"FAR Conformed to the “New” Limitations on Subcontracting Methodology at 13 C.F.R. § 125.6," Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Legal Forum (September 15, 2021). Authors: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels and Zachary Schroeder.
"Assessing Good Faith Efforts to Comply with a Small Business Subcontracting Plan," Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Legal Forum (September 15, 2021). Authors: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels and Zachary Schroeder.
"GAO Rules that DoD May Not Require a Small Business Joint Venture Itself to Hold Facility Clearance," Government Contracts Bullet Points (September 8, 2021). Contacts: Peter Eyre, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Jonathan M. Baker, Olivia Lynch, Michael E. Samuels
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Out with the DUNS, In with the UEI: GSA Announces Transition Deadline for April 2022," Government Contracts Bullet Points (August 10, 2021). Contacts: M. Yuan Zhou, Olivia Lynch, Monica DiFonzo Sterling, Peter Eyre
Client Alert / Newsletter
"SBA To No Longer Rely on Economic Necessity Questionnaires in Processing PPP Forgiveness Applications," Government Contracts Bullet Points (August 2, 2021). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan, Michael E. Samuels, Daniel W. Wolff
Client Alert / Newsletter
"All Things Protest: Failure to Update “Contingent” Pricing Dooms Proposal and Protest (July 2021)," Podcast: All Things Protest (July 28, 2021). Contacts: Robert J. Sneckenberg, Olivia Lynch
Client Alert / Newsletter
Top 7 Gov't Contracting Cases Of 2021: Midyear Report Law360 (July 19, 2021)
Media Mentions
"False Claims Act Consent Judgment Prompts Termination Of SDVOSB Status Even Without An Admission Of Liability," Westlaw Today (July 12, 2021). Authors: Olivia Lynch, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Lyndsay A. Gorton, and Zachary Schroeder.
"All Things Protest: How to Handle Inadvertent Government Disclosure of Competition-Sensitive Information (June 2021)," Podcast: All Things Protest (June 30, 2021). Contacts: Olivia Lynch, Christian N. Curran, Robert J. Sneckenberg
Client Alert / Newsletter

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