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Amy M. Conant

Associate
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Amy Conant is a Washington, D.C.-based member of K&L Gates’ Government Contracts and Procurement Policy group. Ms. Conant advises clients in the aerospace, defense, and government services industries on a variety of procurement issues. Ms. Conant concentrates her practice on bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and Court of Federal Claims, corporate ethics and compliance, and internal investigations. Ms. Conant also assists clients on a variety of other federal, state, and local procurement matters, including DCAA audit responses, contract claims and appeals, transactional due diligence, and domestic preference (“Buy American”) compliance.

Ms. Conant is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contract Law. She currently serves as a Vice Chair on the Bid Protest Committee, a Co-Chair of the Section’s Annual and Quarterly CLE programs, the Young Lawyer Member of the Section’s Law Council, and acts as the Section’s Liaison to the Young Lawyers Division.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Conant was a law clerk for a Maryland law firm focusing on civil rights and employment matters. During law school, Ms. Conant also worked in the Washington and Lee Black Lung Clinic where she assisted coal miners pursuing federal black lung benefits.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section
    • Vice-Chair of the Bid Protest Committee (2016-17)
    • Program Co-Chair of the Federal Procurement Institute (2016-17)
    • Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee (2016-17)
    • Section Liaison to the Young Lawyers Division
    • Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee (2014-16)
  • Women in Government Contracts
  • D.C. Bar Foundation
    • Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council
  • D.C. Women’s Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  •  Presenter, “Corrective Action Issues in Bid Protests,” U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Legal Working Group (20 April 2017) 
  •  Program Chair, ABA 2017 Federal Procurement Institute (March 2017) 
  •  Moderator, “Bid Protest Tips and Tricks,” ABA Bid Protest Committee (February 2017) 
  •  Moderator, “Tricks, Tips, and Traps - Advice from the Bid Protest Trenches,” ABA Bid Protest Committee (November 18, 2014)
  • Speaker, “Wake Up and Smell the Cyberattacks: Takeaways from the USIS Investigation,” ABA Section of Public Contract Law Fall Meeting, Miami, Florida (November 1, 2014)
  • Speaker, "A Civil War Relic Finds New Life: The Civil False Claims Act," NDIA Annual Acquisition Symposium, Norfolk, Virginia (May 2014)
  • Represented client in GAO bid protest challenging Federal Supply Schedule award to industry competitor. Successfully challenged technical acceptability of awardee’s solution resulting in reevaluation and ultimate award to client.
  • Represented client in GAO bid protest challenging agency failure to perform adequate price realism evaluation in award of contract for VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic resulting in re-evaluation and ultimate award to client.
  • Defended client in GAO bid protest challenging client’s compliance with organizational conflict of interest (“OCI”) requirements resulting in dismissal of protest.
  • Represented large defense contractor in a GAO bid protest challenging agency’s failure to perform an adequate price realism analysis. Successfully argued that agency performed inadequate analysis of prices proposed in various labor categories.
  • Represented technology company providing cloud-based labor and contract compliance reporting in successful protest and post-award intervention defending small business status and award of no-cost contract.
  • Successfully protested a Federal Emergency Management Agency procurement for architecture and engineering services contract; protest sustained by GAO on argument that FEMA used unstated evaluation criteria.
  • Assisted commercial client in establishing public sector compliance program in order to pursue commercial item sales to the federal Government.
  • Filed and pursued multiple contract claims before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Conducted internal investigations and drafted disclosures to the Department of Defense and General Services Administration pursuant to FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule resulting in no further agency action.
  • Conducted defective pricing investigations and drafted responses to DCAA audits on behalf of a large defense contractor.