Photograph of Monica DiFonzo Sterling


  • Gettysburg College, B.A. literature (2008) magna cum laude
  • Middlebury College Language Schools, M.A. Italian (2011)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2012) with honors


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • Italian

Monica DiFonzo Sterling

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2549
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Monica DiFonzo Sterling is a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring, where she is a member of the firm’s Government Contracts Group.

Monica has an active government contracts counseling and litigation practice focusing on False Claims Act investigations, bid protests, federal regulatory and ethics compliance, and government contracts disputes before the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Monica was an associate at an AmLaw 50 firm in its Litigation & Arbitration group. She gained valuable government contracts experience while clerking for the Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Monica also served as an adjunct professor of legal writing at the George Washington University Law School. 

Monica graduated with honors from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of The George Washington International Law Review. Monica earned an M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College and received her B.A. in literature, magna cum laude, from Gettysburg College.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Changes, Claims, and Terminations," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics, McLean, VA (October 23, 2019). Moderator: Michelle D. Coleman; Panelists: Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, and Monica DiFonzo Sterling.
  • "Nominations for the Top Acquisition Priorities (and Other Topics of Interest in 2019)," Crowell & Moring's Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS) 2019, Washington, DC (May 7, 2019). Moderator: Monica DiFonzo Sterling; Speakers: Robert A. Burton, Lorraine M. Campos, and Paul M. Rosen.
  • “Claims & Disputes: The A-Z Guide, Plus Identifying Opportunities for Recovery Amid Shutdown,” D.C. Bar Association, Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2019). Panelists: Skye Mathieson, Monica Sterling, and Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "Changes, Claims and Terminations," Government Contracts "101" - Back to Basics, Washington, D.C. (October 10, 2018). Presenters: Steve McBrady, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Monica Sterling, and Michelle Coleman.
  • "Claims and Affirmative Recovery: Keeping the Customer Happy While Watching the Bottom Line," OOPS 2018, Crowell & Moring's 34th Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2018). Presenters: Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, Monica DiFonzo Sterling, Sharmistha Das, and Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "Trends To Watch In 2018: Compliance, Transactions, False Claims Act And Small Business Investigations," Federal Publications Seminars Webinar (March 15, 2018). Presenters: David B. Robbins, Judy Choi, Jason M. Crawford, Charles Baek, Nkechi Kanu, and Monica DiFonzo Sterling.
  • "What Will the New Year Bring: Top Headlines, Headaches, and Developments for Government Contractors to Watch in 2018," Crowell & Moring Webinar (January 25, 2018). Presenters: Crowell & Moring Government Contracts Group.


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Feb.22.2019 Law360 Names Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group a "Practice Group of the Year" for the Ninth Consecutive Year
Jan.03.2019 Crowell & Moring Elects Eight New Partners and Promotes 21 Associates to Counsel
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