Michelle Litteken represents clients in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims and in size and status protests at the Small Business Administration and the Office of Hearings and Appeals. She assists clients in preparing claims, requests for equitable adjustment, termination settlement proposals and prosecutes contractor claims under the Contract Disputes Act at the Court and at the Boards of Contract Appeals.  Ms. Litteken advises clients on teaming agreements and subcontracts related to public contracts. She also counsels clients on matters involving security clearances and regulatory compliance, including potential organizational conflicts of interest and SBA’s HUBZone, Woman-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned, and 8(a) programs.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining PilieroMazza, Ms. Litteken was a Litigation & Dispute Resolution associate in Mayer Brown LLP’s Washington DC office. Her practice focused on government contracts matters. She represented clients regarding federal procurement practices and activities, such as litigating large contract disputes and bid protests before the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office.

Before joining Mayer Brown in 2013, Ms. Litteken clerked for Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams at the United States Court of Federal Claims from 2012-2013. While at the Court, she worked on matters involving complex legal issues, including tax refund claims, bid protests, claims brought under the Contract Disputes Act, and takings claims.  Before her clerkship, Ms. Litteken was an associate in Paul Hasting LLP’s Washington DC office, where her practice focused on antitrust and commercial litigation.

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2009, with honors
  • The George Washington University, MPP, 2009
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 2005, magna cum laude

Admissions

Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar Presenter, "Common Claims Under Construction Contracts." Aug. 30, 2017 (with Jackie Unger)
  • Webinar Presenter, "The Best Defense Is a Good Offense – Proactive Preparation for Size Protests." Jul. 26, 2017 (with Tony Franco)
  • Trainer, "Becoming 8(a) Certified," Veterans Business Outreach Center at Community Business Partnership, Apr. 12, 2016 and May 22, 2017 (with Tim Valley)
  • Panelist, "ADR Nuts N Bolts" American Bar Association, April. 6, 2017
  • Presenter, "Maximizing Opportunities for Growth and Minimizing Risk: 
    Legal Strategies You Should Be Applying to Your Business," The National Association of Women in Construction, Greater Washington DC Chapter Meeting, Mar. 8, 2017 (With Nichole Atallah)
  • Moderator,  “GSA Acquisitions Forum,” Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, GovConNet, Feb. 24, 2017
  • Webinar presenter, "Five Things All Veteran Owned Businesses Need to Know for 2017," Veteran Institute for Procurement, Jan. 26, 2017 (with Tony Franco)
  • Webinar presenter, “Organizational Conflicts of Interest and Post Government Employment Restrictions,” Dec. 14, 2016 (with Megan Connor)
  • Presenter, "Shape Your Bidding Strategy: Five Things Every Contractor Should Know for FY 2017," Society of Military Engineers, Small Business Conference, Nov. 17, 2016 (with Tony Franco)
  • Presenter, "Small Business Affiliation - What it Means for Federal Contractors," Northern Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program, Apr. 13, 2016 (with Cy Alba) and Oct. 18, 2016 (with Julia Di Vito)
  • Webinar presenter, "SBA's 8(a) Annual Reporting Requirements," Oct. 5, 2015 (with Tony Franco)
  • Webinar presenter, "Bid Protest Strategy: What Every Contractor Needs to Know," May 18, 2016 (with Jon Williams)
  • Webinar presenter, "Do's and Don'ts for Teaming Agreements & Subcontracts for 8(a) Contracts," Mar. 16 2016 (with Tony Franco)
  • Webinar, “Demystifying Security Clearances,” Dec. 2, 2015 (with Megan Connor)
  • Webinar presenter, "Organizational Conflicts of Interest," Sep. 16, 2015 (with Cy Alba)
  • Webinar, "Contract Terminations," Aug. 19, 2015 (with Jon Williams)
  • Moderator presenter, "Women Before the Court of Federal Claims Panel Discussion," COFC Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Mar. 31, 2015
  • Presenter, “Discussions in Bid Protests,” ABA Public Contract Section’s Bid Protest Committee Meeting, Oct. 2014
  • Moderator,  “Women before the Court of Federal Claims,” Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Newly Admitted Attorneys Division Meeting, Mar. 31, 2015

Publications

  • "It's a New Year. Are You Still a Small Business?" PilieroMazza PLLC Legal Advisor, First Quarter 2017 
  • "Category Management: What Contractors Need to Know," PilieroMazza PLLC Legal Advisor, Third Quarter 2016 
  • "GWACs and MACs - Vital Tools for Small Business," Set-Aside Alert, Apr. 29, 2016 (with Alex Levine)
  • "The Importance of Intervening at OHA in Challenges to NAICS Codes," Set-Aside Alert, May 15, 2015
  • "Protest Allegations: Discussions With Offerors - Part I," Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report, Apr. 2015
  • “GAO Holds NASA Exceeded Its Discretion in Protest of FSS Task Order,” Pratt’s Government Contracting Law Report, Apr. 2015
  • “CICA Stay Overrides at the Court of Federal Claims: What Government Contractors Need to Know,” Public Contract Law Journal, Jul. 22, 2014
  • “False Claims Act – Counterclaims for Stolen Documents,” Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, Summer 2014 (with Marcia Madsen of Mayer Brown)
  • "'You Didn't Tell Me That!' When a Failure to Conduct Meaningful Talks Leads to a Successful Protest,” Procurement Lawyer, Jun. 5, 2014
  • “The Impact of FCA Enforcement on Federal Procurement Law and Other Nontraditional Areas — Time for a Change?” ABA 10th National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement, May 20, 2014
  • “Deja Review: The Standard of Review of GAO Decisions at the Federal Circuit and the Court of Federal Claims,” Bloomberg BNA, Apr. 30, 2014 (with Marcia Madsen and Cameron Hamrick of Mayer Brown)
  • Contributing Author, "State False Claims Acts: A Practitioner's Guide to the False Claims Laws of the Various States," American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, 2014

Blogs

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