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Government Experience

  • Department of Defense—U.S. Air Force: Trial Attorney, Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Commercial Litigation Field Support Center (2014-2016); Acquisition Law and Litigation Attorney, Acquisition Law and Litigation Directorate, Air Force Headquarters (2016-2018)

Education

  • Kent State University, B.B.A. (2007)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2013)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Michelle D. Coleman

Counsel
Washington, D.C.
mcoleman@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.654.6708
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Michelle D. Coleman is a counsel in the Government Contracts Group in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office. Michelle advises clients from diverse industries in connection with contract disputes and other government contract matters, including Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claims and requests for equitable adjustments, fiscal law questions, prime-sub disputes, and bid protests.

Prior to working at Crowell & Moring, Michelle served as an attorney in the Air Force’s Acquisition Law and Litigation Directorate, where she provided acquisition and litigation risk advice on procurements valued over $14 billion on major Air Force procurements. She also served as a trial attorney in the Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Commercial Law and Litigation Directorate. As a trial attorney, Michelle litigated complex contract disputes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) and bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO). As an Air Force litigator, Michelle litigated a broad range of issues before the ASBCA, including: organizational conflicts of interest; small business issues; price realism analysis; past performance; NAICS code issues; technical acceptability; nonmanufacturing rule, brand name, or equal issues; construction claims; commercial items; terminations; assignment of claims; reprocurement; limitation of funds; release; differing site conditions; setoffs/withholding; and evidentiary issues. Among the construction cases, Michelle litigated a $28 million Air Force design-build construction claim involving complex differing site conditions and delay issues, and she also litigated and won a claim for alleged defective specifications, undisclosed information, constructive interpretation, and technical impossibility for a contract for the design and construction of an Air Force dynamic break test stand.

Before her Air Force career, Michelle was employed by a defense contractor, where she gained valuable government contract experience in her roles as a business analyst and a subcontracts administrator. Michelle’s government and contractor experience gives her the unique ability to take both parties’ perspectives into consideration when providing advice on government contract issues. 



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia, U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Memberships

  • Board of Directors, Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association (2018-2019)
  • Program Chair, ABA Introduction to Government Contracts Course (September 6-7, 2017 and September 17-18, 2018)
  • Co-Chair, 2018 ABA Federal Procurement Institute (FPI) (March 14-17, 2018)
  • Co-Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law Federal, State, and Local Government Attorneys Committee (August 2016 – 2018)
  • Vice Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law Young Lawyers Committee (August 2015 – August 2017)
  • Vice Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law Contract Claims and Dispute Resolution Committee (August 2016 – 2018)
  • Vice Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law Bid Protest Committee (August 2016 – July 2017)
  • ABA Strategic Alliances, Teaming and Subcontracting Committee Co-Author, Guide to Fixed-Price Supply Subcontract Terms and Conditions (5th Edition)


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Speeches & Presentations

  • "Navigating an Evolving Supply Chain Landscape in the Face of the Coronavirus Pandemic," Crowell & Moring Webinar (March 25, 2020). Presenters: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Evan D. Wolff, Paul Freeman, Michelle D. Coleman, Stephanie L. Crawford, and Michael G. Gruden.
  • "Public Contracts and the COVID-19 Coronavirus Webinar," The George Washington Law School Online Colloquium (March 24, 2020). Presenter: Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "Coronavirus & Contracting: Preserving Your Rights and Navigating Evolving Obstacles of Delays, Changes, Stop Work, and Terminations, While Supporting Government Operations, During the COVID-19 Pandemic," Crowell & Moring Webinar (March 23, 2020). Presenters: Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, and Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "COVID-19 Roundtable Discussion: Practical Guidance for Legal Departments, Business Leaders, and Boards," Crowell & Moring Webinar (March 10, 2020). Presenters: Bryan Brewer, Jodi G. Daniel, Peter Eyre, Laura Foggan, Thomas P. Gies, Paul M. Rosen, Nicole Janigian Simonian, Evan D. Wolff, and Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "What Will the New Year Bring for Government Contractors?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (January 29, 2020). Presenters: Crowell & Moring Government Contracts Group.
  • "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.
  • "Key BCA Decisions: The Year In Review," Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association (BCABA) Annual Conference, Tysons, VA (October 22, 2019). Panelist: Michelle Coleman.
  • "Claims and Affirmative Recovery: Keeping the Customer Happy While Watching the Bottom Line," Crowell & Moring's Ounce of Prevention Seminar (OOPS) 2019, Washington, DC (May 7, 2019). Moderator: Stephen J. McBrady; Speakers: Jacinta Alves, Skye Mathieson, Michelle D. Coleman, and Sharmistha Das.
  • “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.
  • "Making the Team: Best Practices for Teaming Agreements," ACC/NCR, Tysons Corner, VA (March 19, 2019). Panelists: Michelle D. Coleman and Skye Mathieson.
  • "The Impact of War on Claims Litigation: Two Decades of Case Developments," ABA's 25th Annual Federal Procurement Institute, Annapolis, MD (March 14, 2019). Panelist: Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "Claims and Requests for Equitable Adjustment," Client Training, Chantilly, VA (January 28, 2019). Presenters: Stephen J. McBrady, Skye Mathieson, and Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "Claims and Requests for Equitable Adjustment," Government Contracts Breakfast Series, Arlington, VA (January 16, 2019). Presenters: Stephen J. McBrady, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Michelle D. Coleman, Skye Mathieson, and Charles Baek.
  • "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.
  • "Key BCA Decisions: The Year in Review," Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association (BCABA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (October 9, 2018). Moderator: Skye Mathieson; Presenter: Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "Contract Changes, REAs/Claims, and Terminations," Client Training, Chantilly, VA (September 13, 2018). Presenters: Brian McLaughlin, Skye Mathieson, and Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "Litigating the Federal Construction Case," ABA Section of Public Contract Law Annual Meeting (August 3, 2018). Moderator: Michelle D. 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.
  • "Government Contract Claims 101," ABA Contract Claims and Disputes Resolution Committee (February 14, 2018). Moderator: Skye Mathieson and Presenter: Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "Key BCA Decisions: The Year in Review," Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association (BCABA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (October 25, 2017). Moderator: Skye Mathieson and Presenter: Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mock Mediation Program," ABA Section of Public Contract Law Contract, Claims, and Disputes Resolution Committee Meeting (May 10, 2017). Presenter: Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "In With the New and Out with the Old: Construction Contracting Under the Trump Administration," ABA Federal Procurement Institute (March 16, 2017). Presenter: Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "Agency Counsel Perspectives," ABA Section of Public Contract Law Bid Protest Committee (January 17, 2017). Presenter: Michelle D. Coleman.
  • "Key BCA Decisions: The Year in Review," Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association (BCABA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (October 19, 2016). Moderator: Skye Mathieson and Presenter: Michelle D. Coleman.


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