Julia Di Vito represents clients in a wide variety of government contracting matters, including representing clients in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal Aviation Administration, size and status protests before the Small Business Administration, and appeals before the Armed Services and Civilian Boards of Contract Appeals. She also counsels clients on matters of regulatory compliance and issues specific to the small business programs, including avoiding affiliation and maintaining size and status. In addition, she represents clients in federal and state court actions, including contract disputes, employment matters, and business torts.

Prior to joining PilieroMazza, Ms. Di Vito was a Law Clerk at a large government contractor where she worked with the U.S. Department of Justice on civil litigation involving admiralty and environmental law. Prior to that, she developed experience in all aspects of litigation while working for a law firm in Washington, D.C.

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2011 Editorial Staff, Wake Forest Law Review
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 2008

Admissions

Representative Experience

Government contracts experience:
  • Litigates bid protests before the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition
  • Litigates claim appeals before the Armed Services and Civilian Boards of Contract Appeals
  • Pursuit and defense of both size and status protests before the Small Business Administration and its Office of Hearings and Appeals
  • Advises on compliance with the FAR and Small Business Regulations, and regulations regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs' VetBiz VIP Program
  • Assists in the formation of joint ventures, teaming agreements, subcontracts, and non-disclosure agreements
  • Assists with preparing applications to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VetBiz VIP program and filing reconsideration requests of VetBiz VIP program denials
  • Assists with HUBZone program examination responses
  • Assists with requests for a class waiver of the SBA's nonmanufacturer rule
  • Assists clients with subcontracting plan compliance
  • Drafts and assists with responses to Freedom of Information Act requests
Litigation Experience:
  • Defense of employer in federal court wrongful termination lawsuits
  • Represents clients at trials, depositions and hearings in pending federal and state court cases
  • Drafts briefs in federal and state court at the trial and appellate level

Representative Cases

Bid Protests
  • Successfully protested U.S. Health & Human Services award where the agency unreasonably evaluated the awardee’s proposal and did not have a reasonable basis for selecting awardee’s proposal over protester’s. See Protection Strategies, Inc., B-414684.2 (Nov. 20, 2017)
  • 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-414766.2 (Sep. 13, 2017)
  • Successfully protested U.S. General Services Administration award where agency’s best value tradeoff decision was not adequately documented.  See The Arcanum Group, Inc., B-413682.2, B-413682.3 (Mar. 29, 2017)
  • Obtained corrective action in several bid protests at the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition
  • Successfully defended award of contract to our client against multiple bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims. See ExecuTech Strategic Consulting, LLC; TRI-COR Industries, Inc., B-410893, B-410893.2, B-410893.3
Size/Status Protests and Appeals
  • Successfully appealed the improper finding of affiliation based on the totality of the circumstances.  See SizeAppeal of First Nation Group d/b/a Jordan Reses Supply Company, LLC, SBA No. SIZ-5807 (2017)
  • Successfully defended size determination finding our client to be a small business and not in violation of the ostensible subcontractor rule.  See Size Appeal of A-P-T Research, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5798 (2016)
  • Successfully defended our client’s service disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) status in an SDVOSB and size status protest before the U.S. Small Business Administration. See SDVOSB Appeal of Robert F. Hyland and Sons, LLC, SBA No. VET-247 (2015)
Litigation
  • Successfully defended employer in employment discrimination and retaliation case on the basis of judicial estoppel. See Marshall v. Honeywell Tech. Sys., Inc., et al., 828 F.3d 923 (D.C. Cir. 2016); Marshall v. Honeywell Tech. Sols., Inc., 536 F. Supp. 2d 59 (D.D.C. 2007)
  • Obtained judgment in the amount of $505,758.63 against company and owners of company in a breach of contract claim in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar Presenter, "Unlocking the Secrets of Debriefings," Apr. 12, 2018 (with Megan Connor)
  • Presenter, "Small Business Affiliation - What it Means for Federal Contractors," Northern Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program, Mar. 28, 2018 (with Tim Valley)
  • Webinar presenter, "How Small Businesses Can Get a Piece of the Pie Through Subcontracts," Oct. 4, 2017 (with Jon Williams)
  • Webinar presenter, "SBA Protests and Appeals," HUBZone Contractors National Council, Jul. 20, 2017 (with Jon Williams)
  • Webinar presenter, "HUBZone Compliance Issues & Avoiding Potential Pitfalls," HUBZone Contractors National Council, Jun. 29, 2017 (with Jon Williams)
  • Presenter, "Small Business Affiliation - What it Means for Federal Contractors," Northern Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program, Oct. 18, 2016 (with Michelle Litteken), Mar. 13, 2017 (with Sam Finnerty)
  • Webinar presenter, "Identity of Interest Affiliation: Everything You Need to Know," Feb. 23, 2017 (with Jon Williams)
  • Trainer, "Becoming 8(a) Certified," Veterans Business Outreach Center at Community Business Partnership, Sep. 19, 2016 

Publications

Blogs

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