A. Rose Stern Counsel

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 over 20 years of government contracting experience, she provides legal counsel to nonprofit and for-profit clients on local, state and federal matters. Such matters arise throughout the capture, bid or application, proposal, and performance phases. Matters include administration, claims and disputes, bid protests, contract terminations, teaming agreements, conflicts of interest and intellectual property rights.

She represents governments contractors and other heavily regulated companies in industries including IP research, development and commercialization; healthcare and life sciences; classified intelligence programs; defense; aviation; power generation and distribution; oil and gas; domestic and international logistics; reseller and integrator; domestic and international construction; museum outfitting; and manufacturing.

Rose assists clients in setting up internal controls, governance, risk and compliance policies, procedures and processes. Examples of recent compliance matters include advice and counsel in areas of cybersecurity and digital transformation, supply chain, and new and emerging local, state and federal legal requirements faced by Cannabis and CBD companies.

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.

In addition to government procurement law, Rose assists clients navigate complex laws controlling government financial assistance including grants and cooperative agreements. Grant related issues arise from the pre-award phase through post-award implementation, reporting and closeout. Common federal matters include interpretation and implementation of Uniform Grant Guidance requirements.

She assists clients with federal programs including FAR and Non-FAR based Research and Development Programs (including SBIR/STTR, OTA, CRADA, PIA, TIA, and FFR&D opportunities), as well as Set-Aside opportunities (including AbilityOne, VA and SBA programs), etc. 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 internal business infrastructure required to ensure continued program compliance.

In addition, Rose represents government contractor and grantee clients in business law matters including: special diligence requirements for M&A, 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.


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
  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
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