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  • University of Miami, School of Business, B.B.A., cum laude
  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Puja Satiani

 Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2500
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Puja Satiani is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Washington, DC office, where she practices in the Government Contracts Group. Puja's practice focuses on a wide range of government procurement law, including bid protests, contract claims, and investigations of potential civil and criminal matters.  With respect to bid protests, Puja has successfully litigated them at the state and federal level, including before the Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the Small Business Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, and the District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board.  

Representative engagements include:

On behalf of protester

  • Secured favorable decision for GAO protester after week-long hearing in $16 billion procurement for managed health care services on several grounds.  Health Net Fed. Servs., LLC, B-401652.3, B-401652.5, Nov. 4, 2009, 2009 CPD ¶ 220.
  • Represented small business in New Jersey state bid protest for dental equipment (Apr. 2009).
  • GAO sustained protest challenging NASA’s award of a $200 million contract for support services, and NASA then awarded the contract to the client.  ASRC Research & Technology Solutions, LLC, B-400217, Aug. 21, 2008, 2008 CPD ¶ 202.  The disappointed bidder then challenged the award in the Court of Federal Claims, where Puja was instrumental in successfully defending the client’s award.  SP Systems, Inc. v. United States, 86 Fed. Cl. 1 (2009).
  • Obtained declaratory relief from the Court of Federal Claims, in which the Court declared the decision by the Drug Enforcement Agency to override the automatic stay of performance under the Competition in Contracting Act to be invalid.  Nortel Government Solutions, Inc. v. United States, 84 Fed. Cl. 243 (2008).
  • Obtained favorable decision in GAO protest challenging award of a contract for detainee telephone services by the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on grounds that the agency’s price and technical evaluations were unreasonable.  Public Communications Services, Inc., B-400058, Jul. 18, 2008, 2009 CPD ¶ 154.
  • After a two-day hearing, GAO sustained a challenge to the Navy’s award of a $65 million contract for shipboard displays on past performance grounds in favor of client.  DRS C3 Systems, LLC, B-310825, Feb. 26, 2008, 2008 CPD ¶ 103.

On behalf of intervenor/awardee

Puja is also dedicated to public service and was nominated for the firm’s George Bailey Public Service Award. Recently, she:  

  • Obtained an $85,000 judgment, including treble damages and attorney's fees and costs under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act, on behalf of an elderly D.C. resident against an unlicensed home improvement contractor.
  • Represented a major civil rights organization in a public accommodations litigation.
Puja first joined Crowell & Moring in 2007 after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Margaret M. Sweeney of the United States Court of Federal Claims, where she worked on a variety of cases under the Court’s jurisdiction, including bid protests and contract claims cases. Puja returned to Crowell & Moring in 2014 after serving again as a law clerk to Judge Sweeney. Prior to that, Puja served as a law clerk to Special Master John F. Edwards of the Court of Federal Claims.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, United States Court of Federal Claims

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations


  • "Government Contracts Bid Protests: A Practical and Procedural Guide," West Publications (2010-2011 and 2009-2010 editions). Contributors: Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan and Puja Satiani.

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