Photograph of Mana Elihu Lombardo
Recognized as a 2015, 2016, 
and 2017 "Southern California
Super Lawyer - Rising Star"
in Government Contracts
Mana Elihu Lombardo, Counsel Los Angeles
melombardo@crowell.com
Phone: +1 213.443.5563
515 South Flower St., 40th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2201

Mana Elihu Lombardo is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group in Los Angeles. She concentrates her practice on government contracts litigation and counseling. Mana has extensive experience defending companies under the False Claims Act (FCA). She conducts internal investigations and counsels on public sector contract compliance and procurement fraud.
 
Mana's government contracts counseling and litigation practice also involves negotiations and disputes between prime and subcontractors, government audits and investigations, procurement integrity, cost allowability, organizational conflicts of interest, gifts and gratuities, mandatory disclosure, contractor labor law, quality assurance standards, and other ethics and compliance issues under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).
 
Mana litigates a variety of procurement fraud matters against the Department of Justice, local public entities, and "qui tam" whistleblowers under the Federal and California State False Claims Acts. She represents a range of industries, including defense, aerospace, healthcare, education and national laboratories, environmental consulting, construction, security services, energy, data reporting and analytics, and accounting and budget services.
 
In addition, Mana handles a range of civil litigation matters, including contract disputes, business torts, labor and employment issues, and class action defense. Mana has successfully defended clients at trial and has appeared and argued before federal and state trial and appellate courts. She has extensive experience developing and implementing litigation strategy as well as managing the process of large litigation matters. She works closely with clients to guide them through mediation and settlement proceedings. 

Representative Matters:

  • Obtained trial verdict for a major federal contractor in the aerospace industry against a whistleblower complaint alleging over one billion dollars in damages for false testing, fraudulent underbidding, and employment retaliation under the False Claims Act.
  • Represented local contractor that faced over $2.5 million in fraudulent billing allegations based on government audit alleging labor mischarging and illegal kickbacks. Obtained a favorable settlement which dismissed all claims against the contractor, converted the government's termination for default into a termination for convenience, and compensated the contractor for monies owed by the government at the time of termination.
  • Managed internal investigation for major government contractor involving allegations of false testing under the FCA. Representation successfully resulted in the Department of Justice declining to intervene in the case and relator dismissing the action.
  • Successfully obtained a summary judgment verdict for a defense industry client in a multi-million dollar interference with contract action involving procurement of military vehicle components for a foreign government.
  • Represented federal government contractor in audit negotiations with DCAA and DCMA, resulting in elimination and reduction of questioned costs.
  • Represented federal government subcontractor in contract dispute involving sale of submarines to United States Armed Forces.

As part of the firm's pro bono work, Mana participates at a Legal Aid clinic where she counsels low-income families on various landlord/tenant issues. Through this work, Mana has obtained numerous dismissals through settlements and trial verdict for tenants facing eviction in unlawful detainer actions. 

Mana graduated from the UCLA School of Law, where she was an editor of the UCLA Law Review. Mana earned her undergraduate degree, with honors, in political economy from the University of California at Berkeley. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received both the Alumni Leadership Scholarship and the Robert Byrd Scholarship for four consecutive years.

In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Mana was recognized as a "Southern California Super Lawyer - Rising Star" in Government Contracts.



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Admitted to practice: California, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities
State Bar of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

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