A. Rose Stern Counsel - Not admitted in DC; admitted in VA. Application for admission to the DC bar pending; working under the direct supervision of an enrolled, active member of the D.C. bar.

Rose is a senior member of the firm’s Government Contracts Group as well as the Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department, which was recognized by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year. With 20 years of government contracting experience, she provides legal counsel and consulting on local, state and federal procurement law matters. Such matters arise throughout the capture, bid, proposal and contract execution phases, including matters of administration, claims and disputes, bid protests, contract terminations, teaming agreements, conflicts of interest and intellectual property rights.

She has law firm and corporate experience. As a result of her in-house counsel experience, Rose appreciates client senior leadership priorities from an insider’s perspective. She understands that her clients primarily want cost-effective and timely solutions to highly complex issues.

She represents contractors in industries including IT VAR, reseller and integrator; IP research, development and commercialization; classified intelligence programs; defense; aviation; power generation and distribution; oil and gas; domestic and international logistics; domestic and international construction; museum outfitting; and manufacturing. She assists clients in setting up internal controls, governance, risk and compliance policies, procedures, and processes. She has a robust practice in preparation of contract modifications, requests for equitable adjustment and claims.

Rose represents her clients in dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Although her goal is to successfully resolve all disputed matters as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, without the expense of litigation, as required, she vigorously litigates bid protests, claims, default terminations and general civil actions including breach of contract and Small Business matters through appeal. She participated in approximately 50 protests in recent years.

Rose has special experience and understanding of the AbilityOne and Small Business set-aside programs. She counsels clients on the eligibility requirements of socioeconomic programs, including SBA’s 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB and SDVOSB programs. She provides advice and counsel related to teaming for particular opportunities and maintenance of business infrastructure required to ensure continued program compliance.

In addition to procurement law, Rose represents clients in business law matters including: diligence for M&A of companies that hold government contracts and the complexities of Small Business mergers and acquisitions, company and board governance, audit and internal investigations, readiness and representation in third-party audits and investigations, and essential business planning including business continuity and crisis management plans.

Experience

Participate in drafting, filing, and negotiating contract modifications and request for equitable adjustment (REA), and drafting, filing and litigating claims.

Representation of clients in bid protests through appeal or de novo review, including SBA, AbilityOne, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) forums.

Representation of clients in a variety of civil business litigation, including breach of contract.

Defense of clients subject to grand jury indictment, criminal investigations and prosecution, civil enforcement actions, and agency regulatory and administrative proceedings.

Representation of nonprofit, for-profit, and public-private entities to conduct enterprise-wide internal controls audit under privilege and made recommendations for remediation.

Representation of government contractor client compliance programs including contract management, ethics and governance, risk management, internal audit, and information governance.

Defense of government contractors in DOJ investigations into criminal conduct connected with prime and subcontracts.

Representation of board of directors in internal investigation into executive misconduct.

  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, JD, cum laude, 2004
  • Florida Institute of Technology, Masters of Contract Management Certification, 1993
  • University of South Florida, BS, Political Sciences, cum laude, 1984
  • Not Admitted in the District of Columbia
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
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