Megan C. Connor, Partner
mconnor@pilieromazza.com
202.857.1000
"As lawyers, we must always be mindful of the fact that we are here to serve our clients, not ourselves."
Education

University of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008; Editorial Board, University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review

Boston University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2002

Admissions

Virginia Bar

District of Columbia Bar

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Megan Connor’s experience extends across all of the firm’s practice areas. She counsels clients on a wide-ranging span of government contracting and business matters, including disputes with teaming partners, FAR compliance, False Claims Act investigations, and intellectual property law. For small business clients, she advises on affiliation, limitations on subcontracting, and how to maintain size and status. In addition, Ms. Connor’s litigation background includes representing contractors in state and federal litigation concerning business and employment matters.


Super Lawyers has recognized Ms. Connor as a top government contracts lawyer under 40 by naming her to the 2016 list for Rising Stars in Government Contracts Law.

 

Representative Experience

   Government contracts experience:

  • Litigates bid protests before the GAO and the COFC
  • Advises on compliance with the FAR and Small Business Regulations
  • Pursues and defends size and status protests before the SBA
  • Counsels and defends clients in agency audits and investigations
  • Defends clients proposed for suspension and/or debarment from contracting with the federal government
  • Assists in the formation of joint ventures, teaming agreements, and subcontracts

    Litigation experience:

  • Defense of employer in state court trial brought by former employees
  • Defense of a contractor against local government entity in state court jury trial concerning $100 million construction project

   Labor & Employment experience:

  • Counsels clients on post-employment restrictions applicable to former government employees
  • Advises on executive compensation reporting requirements for contractors

   General Business Law experience:

  • Prepares commercial contracts and licensing agreements
  • Counsels clients on preservation of IP rights in commercial and government contracts

   Government Relations experience:

  • Prepares comments to proposed agency rules
  • Aided Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) with proposed statutory language to implement WOSB sole source authority in 2015 NDAA

Representative Cases

  • Successfully defended bid protest of 8(a) sole source award. See NTELX, Inc., B-413837 (Dec. 28, 2016)
  • Successfully challenged SBA’s interpretation of the interaffiliate transaction receipts exclusion, ultimately resulting in SBA’s issuance of Size Policy Statement No. 3. See Size Appeal of Tenax Aerospace, LLC, SBA No. SIZ-5747 (2016)
  • Won a trial verdict in Indiana state court in favor of our government contractor client, who had been sued by former employees for negligence, fraud and wrongful termination
  • Successfully appealed the SBA’s suspension of a tribally-owned firm from the 8(a) Program. See Federal Program Integrators, LLC, SBA No. BDPS-538 (2014)
  • Successfully appealed adverse size determination based on improper application of economic dependence rule.  See Size Appeal of OBXtek, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5451 (2013)
  • Successfully appealed determination that size protest was untimely where contracting officer wrongly claimed he did not receive telephonic protest. See Size Appeal of Standard Communications, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5322 (2012)
  • Successful protest of task order award, which ultimately resulted in award of costs and the contract to our client.  See Standard Communications, Inc., B-406021 (Jan. 24, 2012)

Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar presenter, “Organizational Conflicts of Interest and Post Government Employment Restrictions,” Dec. 14, 2016 (with Michelle Litteken)
  • Presenter, "Forming Teaming Agreements and Joint Ventures, and SBA Regulatory Update," VIP GROW, a Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce program,  Dec. 6, 2016 (with Pamela Mazza)  
  • Presenter, "How to Form Teaming Agreements and Strategic Partnerships," VIP START, a Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce program, Oct. 19, 2016  
  • Webinar presenter, “Give Me 5: Understanding SBA’s New Government-Wide Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program,” Women Impacting Public Policy, Oct. 12, 2016 (with Katie Flood)
  • Webinar presenter, “SBA’s Final Rules on Limitations on Subcontracting,”  July 20, 2016 (with Katie Flood)
  • Webinar presenter, "Joint Ventures: Risks and Rewards," Dixon Hughes Goodman webinar, Jul. 13, 2016 (with Bill Walter of Dixon Hughes Goodman)
  • Webinar presenter, “Give Me 5: SBA’s New Limitations on Subcontracting Rule,” Women Impacting Public Policy webinar, July 7, 2016 (with Katie Flood)
  • Instructor, “Teaming Agreements & Strategic Partnerships,” for 2016 VIP GROW, June 21, 2016
  • Webinar presenter, "Service Contract Act Compliance," for the Native American Contractors Association, May 11, 2016 (with Jennifer Flickinger of Baker Tilly)
  • Trainer, "Becoming 8(a) Certified," Veterans Business Outreach Center at Community Business Partnership, Mar. 14, 2016
  • Presenter, "Performance, REAs & Claims, Terminations and Evaluations," Procurement Technical Assistance Program at George Mason University, Feb. 17, 2016
  • Webinar presenter, “Demystifying Security Clearances,” Dec. 2, 2015 (with Michelle Litteken)
  • Presenter, “Small Business Contracting Legislative & Regulatory Update for NACA Members,” NACA Annual B2B Conference, Nov. 17, 2015
  • Trainer, "SAM Registration and the WOSB Program," Women Impacting Public Policy Online Procurement Class, Jul. 23, 2015 (with Gloria Larkin, TargetGov and Lourdes Martin-Ros, GovBizSolutions)
  • Presenter, “How to Form Teaming Agreements & Strategic Partnerships,” Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, Sep. 18, 2013 and Oct. 2, 2014

Publications