• Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S. (1998)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2006) with high honors, The Order of the Coif


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • French  (Fluent)
  • Spanish  (Intermediate)
Adelicia R. Cliffe, Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2816
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Adelicia ("Addie") Cliffe is a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office, where she practices in the firm's Government Contracts and International Trade practice groups.

Addie's practice focuses on a broad range of international trade and government contracts issues. She counsels and defends clients with respect to compliance with U.S. export controls, the Buy American Act, Trade Agreements Act and other domestic-preference requirements, the Foreign Military Financing program, Foreign Military sales, and other U.S. laws and regulations applicable to international transactions. She also counsels clients with respect to foreign investment and ownership in the United States, and applicable U.S. laws and regulations such as Exon-Florio and the National Industrial Security Program. 

In addition, Addie has experience litigating bid protests and claims at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Government Accountability Office, and the United States Court of Federal Claims. 

Addie received a B.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1998. She graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 2006 with high honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif, receiving the National Association of Women Lawyers' Outstanding Law Graduate Award. At George Washington, she participated in the alternative dispute resolution and moot court boards, and was editor-in-chief of the Public Contract Law Journal (PCLJ). For her leadership position on the PCLJ, she received the Roger Boyd Scholar Award.

Prior to attending law school, Addie worked as an international sales associate and project manager for a small export company headquartered in Washington, D.C., primarily serving U.S. Government customers worldwide.

Addie first joined Crowell & Moring in 2006 and returned in 2008 after completing a one-year clerkship for the Honorable George W. Miller, U.S. Court of Federal Claims. For several years, she served as an adjunct professor of scholarly writing at the George Washington University Law School.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland

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    Crowell & Moring's Ounce of Prevention Seminar, hosted by the firm's Government Contracts Group, is featured in a BNA article discussing compliance measures for federal contractors. George Washington University law professor Steven Schooner, who spoke at the conference, discussed key compliance cases to highlight the importance of risk avoidance for contractors.

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