• University of Delaware, B.A. psychology and criminal justice (2017)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2021) with honors


  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Amanda H. McDowell


Amanda H. McDowell is an associate in the Government Contracts and Health Care groups in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office. Amanda represents contractors in litigation, regulatory, and counseling matters. Her practice focuses on False Claims Act litigation, government investigations, claims and disputes litigation, bid protests, and state and federal regulatory compliance.

Amanda also maintains an active pro bono practice, with recent matters including representation of clients seeking legal immigration status under the Violence Against Women Act.

While in law school, Amanda was the editor-in-chief of the Public Contract Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board, Mock Trial Board, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. Amanda was a finalist and the highest-scoring competitor in the 2020 Government Contracts Moot Court Competition and served as chair for the 2021 competition. She was also a recipient of the Roger N. Boyd Memorial Scholarship, the 2020 National Association of State Procurement Officials Academic Scholarship, and the 2021 National Contract Management Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, all recognizing her academic success in government procurement while at GW Law. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Amanda interned with the World Bank’s Office of Suspension and Debarment and for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Admitted to practice: Virginia, District of Columbia; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • ABA Section of Public Contract Law 
  • American Health Law Association

Honors and Awards

  • Full Section Diversity Scholarship 2022-2024, ABA Section of Public Contract Law

Speeches & Presentations

  • “The 101 of 101: The Foundations of Government Contracting,” GC 101: Back to Basics, Washington, D.C. (September 21, 2022). Presenters: Craig Barrett, Per Midboe, Payal Nanavati, and Amanda McDowell.
  • “The Essence of Claims,” GC 101: Back to Basics, Washington, D.C. (September 21, 2022). Presenters: Charles Baek, Eric Herendeen, Alex Barbee-Garrett, and Amanda McDowell.


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