• Boston College, B.A. (2009)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2014)


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Michael E. Samuels


Michael Samuels is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group. His practice involves counseling and representing government contractors on a wide range of issues. Michael advises buyers and sellers in complex M&A transactions involving a government contractor. He assists with the due diligence process, the government contracts terms of the purchase or merger agreement, and other diligence, and post-closing, issues in areas such as small business compliance and recertification, cybersecurity, facility clearances and data rights issues. Michael also assists with other corporate government contracts matters such as re-organizations, novations, change of name agreements, and organizational conflict of interest issues.

In addition, Michael has extensive experience litigating bid protests before the Government Accountability Office, the Court of Federal Claims, the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals, and the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition.

Michael also counsels clients on various regulatory compliance issues, subcontractor and teaming agreements, small business issues and size protests, intellectual property data rights issues, cybersecurity, and contract claims and appeals.

Michael graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where he served as articles editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal.


  • Recognized as Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch"— Government Relations Practice, 2023


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law (Vice Chair of Mergers & Acquisitions Committee) (2021-2022)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law (Vice Chair of Young Lawyers Committee (2019-2021))

Representative Matters

Government Contracts Due Diligence and Transactions

  • Provided government contracts counsel to Accenture Federal Services in connection with its acquisition of Novetta.
  • Provided government contracts counsel to Halfaker and Associates, a technology solutions provider within the government’s health, intelligence, defense, and security sectors, in connection with its sale to SAIC.
  • Provided government contracts counsel to Perspecta Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Veritas Capital and merger with Peraton, Inc.
  • Provided government contracts counsel to Arcline Investment Management in connection with the acquisition of government contractor entities within its portfolio.
  • Provided government contracts counsel to Audax Private Equity in connection with the acquisition, reorganization, and sale of entities with its portfolio.

Published Bid Protest Wins as Protester

  • Successfully protested at GAO challenging an FBI award for administrative and analysis support services for the agency's National Name Check Program.
  • Won protest at GAO challenging an award for Bureau of Prisons residential re-entry center.
  • Successfully protested flawed award for operation of Navy facility on multiple grounds.
  • Successful protest of Defense Security Service award for security, suitability, and credentialing background investigations, and clearance adjudications.
  • Protest at Court of Federal Claims of Department of Veterans Affairs consulting services contract sustained on multiple grounds.

Published Bid Protest Wins as Intervenor

  • Represented IT services contractor in the successful defense of the award of a billion-dollar Department of Homeland Security contract against multiple protests.
  • Successfully defended billion-dollar Department of Veterans Affairs ID/IQ award for information technology operations and services and remediation support services against three protests.
  • Successfully defended sole-source award for airborne electronic attack system against multiple protests.

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Firm News & Announcements

January 10, 2023 Crowell Represents Aerial Armor in Sale to Dedrone Holdings Inc.
August 18, 2022 The Best Lawyers in America 2023 Recognizes 54 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year