Sharmistha Das is an associate in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and a member the firm's Environment & Natural Resources and Government Contracts groups. She also participates in the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity and Administrative & Regulatory Law groups. Sharmi's practice focuses on providing affirmative and defensive claims counseling to clients in connection with substantial and technically complex government contracts to support clients' efforts to mitigate financial exposure and the risk of termination. In addition, she represents government contractors in bid protests and False Claims Act (FCA) litigations and assists clients in protecting sensitive information that is requested by third parties under FOIA. Her Environment & Natural Resources practice includes assisting clients in responding to citations issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), including supporting clients' mediation, litigation, and negotiation efforts. Her Privacy & Cybersecurity practice focuses on the intersection of cybersecurity issues with national security interests, and her Administrative & Regulatory practice focuses on analyzing cutting edge case law and its potential impact on affected industries.
As part of her pro bono practice, Sharmi represents asylum-seekers from diverse countries seeking refuge in the U.S. before both U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the immigration courts. She has represented both detained and non-detained individuals and sought asylum based on a wide variety of claims despite numerous political shifts that have affected the practice of asylum law. She also tutors students at the Thurgood Marshall Academy, a D.C. charter school with a pre-law focus, through Crowell's weekly tutoring program.
Sharmi earned her B.A. in political science with a concentration in international relations, with distinction, from Yale University and her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she also earned a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Sharmi was awarded the Dean's Certificate for service to the school and received a CALI award in legal research and writing. While in law school, Sharmi served as a notes development editor for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, a member of the Trial Advocacy team, and a student representative with the Center for Applied Legal Studies (Georgetown Law's asylum clinic). As a student representative, Sharmi investigated, briefed, and argued a political asylum case on behalf of a Rwandan torture survivor and his family, successfully securing a grant of asylum for him and his family from an immigration judge. She received exceptional pro bono pledge recognition at graduation for contributing over 175 hours of pro bono legal services during her time in law school.
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York
Speeches & Presentations
"Cybersecurity & Data Privacy: Tackling Tough Questions for Federal Agencies & Contractors," Thompson Interactive Webinar
(May 7, 2015).
Presenters: Kate M. Growley, Gordon Griffin, Yuan Zhou, and Sharmistha Das.
"Cybersecurity and Government Contracting: Regulations, Implications and Compliance," Federal Publications Seminars, Washington, D.C.
(April 14, 2015).
Presenters: David Z. Bodenheimer, Kate M. Growley, Yuan Zhou, and Sharmistha Das.
"The Decline of Deference: Is the Supreme Court Pruning Back the Chevron Doctrine?" Trends, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Newsletter
Authors: Thomas Lorenzen and Sharmistha Das.
"New Compliance Requirements to Prevent Trafficking: What do the rules require? What contractors are subject to them? What questions remain?" Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Legal Forum
(January 30, 2015).
Authors: Margaret ("Meg") Nielsen and Sharmistha Das.
"OFCCP Issues New Rule Prohibiting Discrimination On Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, More Guidance to Come," Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Legal Forum
(December 16, 2014).
Authors: Peter Eyre and Sharmistha Das.
"Gov't Victory In Perez V. MBA May Be Pyrrhic," Law360
(December 8, 2014).
Authors: Thomas (Tim) C. Means, Daniel W. Wolff, and Sharmistha Das.
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