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Amy M. Conant

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Amy Conant is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Conant concentrates her practice in government contracts. She advises clients on a variety of federal, state, and local procurement matters, with a focus on bid protests, corporate ethics and compliance, internal investigations, and required disclosures under the FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule. Ms. Conant assists clients in a variety of additional procurement issues, including DCAA audit responses, proposal preparation, due diligence, and Federal Supply Schedule compliance. Ms. Conant represents clients in pursuing and defending bid protests before the United States Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims. Ms. Conant is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contract law and currently serves as a Vice Chair on the Bid Protest Committee, a Co-Chair of the 2017 Federal Procurement Institute, and 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. She focused primarily on civil rights, employment, personal injury, and real estate 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

Speaking Engagements

  • 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)
  • Valor Healthcare, Inc., B-412960; B-412960.2, (successful protest of agency failure to perform adequate price realism evaluation)
  • Michael Baker Global Services, LLC, B-412570.1, (successful post-award intervention defending compliance with organizational conflict of interest requirements)
  • ManTech Advanced Systems Intn’l, Inc,, B-411970 et al. (post-award protest of agency’s failure to perform an adequate price realism analysis)
  • Elation Systems, Inc., B-410752.3, B-410752.4, B-410752.5 (successful protest and post-award intervention defending small business status and award of no-cost contract)
  • Risk Analysis and Mitigation Partners, B-409687, B-409687.2, 2014 CPD ¶ 214 (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)Representation of clients in bid protests before GAO resulting in agency corrective action
  • 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.
  • Pursued numerous bid protests before the United States Government Accountability Office resulting in corrective action for clients, including multiple protests ultimately resulting in favorable contract awards.
  • Conducted defective pricing investigations and drafted responses to DCAA audits on behalf of a large defense contractor.