Dawn leads our Government Contracts practice group, where she represents clients in all aspects of state, local, and federal government contracting.

Dawn joined us from a national civil construction group where she served as assistant general counsel and corporate counsel on strategic projects.  Previously, she was with Troutman Sanders for eight years as a member of their government contracts practice group.

Practice Areas
    • Education

      • J.D., College of William & Mary, 2002
      • B.A., Old Dominion University, 1989
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      • Virginia State Bar 
      • Federal Bar Association
      • American Bar Association 
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    • Leadership

      • Norfolk Nato Festival: Education Committee Chair
      • Norfolk Education Foundation: Programs and Allocation Committee
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  • Legal review and risk analyses for contractor proposals on multi-million and multi-billion dollar projects.  
  • Negotiation and preparation of teaming agreements and joint venture agreements for national construction companies.  
  • Negotiation and conformance of subcontracts for state and federal heavy civil construction projects.  
  • Design-build contracts negotiations for multi-billion dollar public-private partnership projects.  
  • Novations of federal government contracts.  
  • Requests for equitable adjustments for construction projects with Navy resulting in multi-million dollar settlement.  
  • Advising on all aspects of employment and labor law for government contractors, including Service Contract Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and project labor agreements.  
  • Training of government contractors in contract management, compliance, and standards of conduct.  
  • Representation of government contractors in disputes before state and federal courts and governmental agencies and in arbitration proceedings resulting in successful outcomes or settlements, such as:  
    • Appeal of denial of small business status with Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals.
    • Multi-million dollar cost overrun claim on cost reimbursement contract for marine services company before Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.  
    • Claim to recover costs for out of scope work for national government contractor before Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.  
    • Bid protest of federal government procurement before Government Accountability Office on behalf of unsuccessful bidder.  
    • Intervention in bid protest of Virginia state procurement on behalf of successful bidder.  
    • Arbitration of stock purchase agreement dispute for sale of government contracting business.  
    • Million dollar contract dispute for reseller of software and support services in the federal district court.  
    • Multi-million dollar dispute for electrical subcontract on government construction project in Virginia state court.  
    • Business torts claims of government contractor against former employees and competitors for conspiracy, tortuous interference with business contracts, and trade secrets violations.  
    • Stored Communication Act claim against former employer in Virginia federal district court and in appeal before Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  
    • Subcontractor claim against contractor relating to city government contract.

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