Megan Connor offers a holistic approach to solving clients’ problems. She counsels clients on a variety of government contracting and business matters, including regulatory compliance, security clearances, and intellectual property law. Ms. Connor is an ardent advocate for her clients, always keeping the clients’ business goals in mind. Whether it is assisting a contractor with resolution of a payment dispute with a federal agency or litigating a bid protest before the GAO or COFC, Ms. Connor guides clients based on what makes the best business sense for them. She also counsels and defends contractors in False Claims Act investigations as well as suspension and debarment matters.

When contractors look to grow or diversify, Ms. Connor advises on corporate formation, governance, restructuring and small business planning in the highly regulated government contracting environment. She routinely supports clients on the size and status recertification rules.

For small businesses, she counsels on affiliation issues, limitations on subcontracting, and how to maintain size and status. Ms. Connor also pursues and defends small business size and status protests and appeals before the SBA. She has effectively challenged SBA decisions in the COFC.

In addition, Ms. Connor’s litigation background includes representing contractors in state and federal court, including disputes with teaming partners. She also has successfully defended employers in lawsuits brought by former employees.

Ms. Connor regularly speaks on teaming agreements, joint ventures, subcontracting, and the mentor-protégé programs for small businesses.

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 2008, magna cum laude; Editorial Board, University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review
  • Boston University, B.S., 2002, magna cum laude

Admissions

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 both 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
  • Resolution of payment and other contract disputes
Litigation experience:
  • Defense of employers in state court cases 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
  • Guides clients on Service Contract Act compliance
  • 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
  • Participated in roundtable with the House Small Business Committee regarding challenges to growth facing advanced small and mid-tier businesses
  • Aided Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) with proposed statutory language to implement WOSB sole source authority in 2015 NDAA

Representative Cases

Bid Protests:
  • Successfully protested U.S. Air Force award where the awardee’s proposal failed to meet the material requirements of the solicitation. See CR/ZWS LLC, B-414766; B-414766.2 (Sept. 13, 2017)
  • Successfully defended $80 million National Nuclear Security Agency award to contractor team arrangement where protester alleged material misrepresentation regarding availability of key personnel. See DKW Communications, Inc., B-414476; B-414476.2 (June 23, 2017)
  • Successfully defended bid protest of 8(a) sole source award. See NTELX, Inc., B-413837 (Dec. 28, 2016)
  • 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)
Size/Status Protests and Appeals:
  • Successfully argued size protest was untimely where the original contract award was not cancelled and size protest was not filed until agency confirmed contract award. See Size Appeal of Chenega Support Services, LLC, Appellant re: Prairie Quest, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5874 (2017)
  • 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)
  • 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)
Litigation:
  • 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
  • Secured dismissal in favor of employer in a lawsuit brought in Virginia state court by a former employee claiming an ownership interest in the company

Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar Presenter, "Unlocking the Secrets of Debriefings," Apr. 12, 2018 (with Julia Di Vito)
  • Presenter, "Forming Teaming Agreements and Joint Ventures, and SBA Regulatory Update," VIP GROW, a Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce program, Mar. 20, 2018 (with Katie Flood)
  • Panelist, "Mentor-Protégé Relationships - Value Propositions to Mentors and Protégés," NCAIED Reservation Economic Summit, Mar. 7, 2018
  • Presenter, "How to Form Teaming Agreements and Strategic Partnerships," VIP START, a Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce program, Oct. 19, 2016 and Jan. 17, 2018
  • Speaker, "Small Business Fables," Lockheed Martin Supplier Diversity Day, Nov. 7, 2017
  • Webinar presenter, “Recertifications of Size or Status: What Contractors Need to Know,” Aug. 16, 2017 (with Katie Flood)
  • Webinar presenter, “The Keys To Successful Teaming and Winning Federal Contracts,” TargetGov, Aug. 15, 2017
  • Speaker, "Managing Data Rights and Intellectual Property in Federal Procurements," NCMA World Congress, Jul. 24, 2017 (with Cy Alba)
  • Presenter, "Forming Teaming Agreements and Joint Ventures, and SBA Regulatory Update," VIP GROW, a Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce program, Dec. 6, 2016,  Jun. 20, 2017 (with Pamela Mazza)
  • Presenter, "Forming Teaming Agreements and Joint Ventures," VA Asian Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Jun. 8, 2017 (with Kimi Murakami)
  • Panelist, "Making the Most of the SBIR/STTR," Veterans In Business Conference, March. 23, 2017
  • Webinar presenter, “Organizational Conflicts of Interest and Post Government Employment Restrictions,” Dec. 14, 2016 (with Michelle Litteken)
  • 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)

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