When it comes to government contracts and litigation, Susan has deep knowledge and wide-ranging experience, and can offer seasoned counseling and effective representation in related matters. Her top priority is addressing and resolving client matters as efficiently as possible.


Susan is a thought leader in public contracting. Businesses, nonprofits and consortiums seek Susan’s sage advice and counsel on complex and emerging issues in government contracts, compliance, audits, investigations and litigation.

Susan has vast experience advising and representing clients in government contracting matters. She has extensive experience handling bid protests, small business size protests and appeals, contract administration and compliance program issues, strategic alliances, security, audits and investigations, requests for equitable adjustment, claims and formal and informal dispute resolution. Clients seek her advice when confronted with difficult, unique or emerging issues, such as emerging cyber and supply chain risk compliance rules; non-standard federal research and development-related matters, including other transaction agreements, technology investment agreements, cooperative agreements, Small Business Innovation Research and grants; USAID/Host Nation, battlefield and contingency contracting.


Susan has conducted comprehensive government contracts compliance risk assessment for a major communications company.

Represented government contractor in internal investigation and successful response to a cure notice, involving a mandatory disclosure regarding potential False Claims Act violations relating to its federal contract.

Represented federal grant funds recipient in internal investigation and related state enforcement matter regarding potential state and federal government grant violations.

She advised and counseled on development of Price Anderson Act nuclear indemnification and limitation of liability provisions for transportation company agreement.

Susan understands a client's challenges, having previously served as in-house counsel to a large telecommunications company and its affiliate information management and technology company.

She has extensive experience representing clients before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Small Business Administration, various federal boards of contract appeals, federal district and appellate courts, and state and local governmental entities.

Susan brings a unique perspective, shaped by having formerly represented the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in complex litigation matters.

She was once appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Susan represents small and large companies in bid protests at the agency, GAO and U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

She also represents entities in small business size protests and appeals.

She assists clients in the preparation and handling of Requests for Equitable Adjustment, and represents clients in litigating and resolving contract disputes at the boards of contract appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

She advises and represents clients in contracting, subcontracting, contract administration, and dispute resolution matters involving performance of U.S. government contracting matters. She has represented clients in matters involving U.S. government contracting abroad, including USAID and USAID/Host Nation bid protests, battlefield and contingency contract matters involving construction projects, supplies, security and airlift services, as well claims and dispute litigation.

Susan has worked with a variety of companies, including New York Stock Exchange level companies, on the development and implementation of codes of business ethics and conduct, compliance programs, policies and procedures, training of personnel, and internal and external investigations and litigation.

She counseled and assisted entities in the establishment of a nonprofit robotics technology consortium comprised of traditional and non-traditional government contractors, including small and large businesses, universities and laboratories. She also negotiated the overarching Other Transaction Agreement under which consortium members could engage in prototype research and development projects.

She has counseled and assisted clients in responding to Defense Contract Audit Agency and Defense Contract Management Agency accounting and business systems audits.

Susan is the Section Chair of the American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section. She is also an ABA fellow and holds leadership roles in the ABA’s Section Officers Council and ABA Board of Governors Finance Committee-Investment Subcommittee. She also serves as Co-Chair of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Cyber Legal Regulatory Policy Committee. Previously, she held positions as President of the Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association, National President of Women In Defense, member of the Board of Directors of the National Defense Industrial Association, Chair of the D.C. Bar Government Contracts and Litigation Section, and member of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council.

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Speaking Engagements

Presenter, "The Government Contractor Vaccine Mandate – What Does It Mean For Contractors and Their Employees … Now?", North Alabama Federal Bar Association 49th Annual Labor and Acquisition Law Symposium, December 14, 2021

Presenter, "DFARS 2021 - DFARS Part 235 Research and Development Contracting," Schaus DFARS 2021 Webinar series, August 18, 2021

Co-Presenter, "Section 889: Protecting the Security of the Railroad Supply Chain," Association of Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) Annual Meeting – General Counsels Symposium, June 21, 2021

Moderator, "CMMC Tabletop Series: Responding to Cyber Incidents," National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), May 21, 2021

Presenter, "Cyber Trends and Legal Considerations Related to Security Breaches," Midwest GRC Roundtable: Cybersecurity Discussion - Session 1, April 6, 2021

Co-Presenter, "Are You Ready for the New Federal Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Requirements?" NAESCO, March 29, 2021

Moderator, "Cybersecurity and CMMC Implementation Tabletop Series – Webinar 4, Pre-Award Process," National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), March 16, 2021

Moderator, “Cybersecurity and CMMC Implementation Tabletop Series – Webinar 3, Basic Assessment and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification – Identifying CUI and Implementing Flow Down Solutions, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), January 2021

Presenter, “Have You Done Your Basic Assessment, and Are You Ready for CMMC?” National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Boston, January 2021

Presenter, “Cybersecurity Model Certification Requirements and Status,” Schaus & Associates Gov Con – Q&A Café 2021, January 2021

Presenter, “Most Important Decisions of 2020 – Exxon Mobil v. United States,” American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section Contract Claims and Dispute Resolution Committee, January 2021

Moderator, “Cybersecurity and CMMC Implementation Tabletop Series – Webinar 2, Pre-Award Process (Manufacturing Technology), NDIA, December 2020

Presenter, “Predicting the Future of Defense in 2021/2022 – Post Election,” North Alabama Federal Bar Association Government Contracts Symposium, December 2020

Co-Presenter, “Compliance with ‘Section 889’ – The Huawei Ban,” Joint Meeting of the National Contract Management Association Huntsville, Al and San Fernando Valley, CA, November 2020

Moderator, “Cybersecurity and CMMC Implementation Tabletop Series – Webinar I, Pre-Award Process,” NDIA, October 2020

Co-Presenter, “Understanding & Implementing the ‘Huawei Ban’ in Government Contracts and Grants” Webinar (Recording Available), October 2020

Presenter, “FAR Part 45: Government Property,” Get “FAR” Sighted In 2020, October 2020

Co-Presenter, “Data Security and Privacy: How Does It Affect You,” Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Conference Webinar, September 2020

Presenter, “FAR 2020 – Part 34 – Major System Acquisition,” Schaus & Associates, August 2020

Co-Presenter, “CMMC-Cybersecurity Status – Legal Roundtable,” Schaus & Associates, June 2020

Co-Presenter, “Most Important Government Contract Cases of 2019,” American Bar Association, March 2020

Co-presenter, “Help! What Can I Do if the Coronavirus Prevents Me From Fulfilling My Contracts?" Force Majeure and the Coronavirus” Webinar (Recording Available), March 2020

Co-presenter, “Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): Guarding the Keys to the Kingdom,” National Defense Industry Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter, Colorado Springs, CO, March 2020

Presenter, "Emerging SCRM Issues and Tools For Addressing Them," NDIA Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter, Dallas, TX, September 10, 2019

Co-Presenter, "Guarding the Keys to the Kingdom: Protecting Against Industrial Base Cyber Risks," National Defense Industrial Association Armaments Division Conference on Leveraging Armament Technology Integration to Achieve Modernization, Overmatch, and Operational Readiness, Fredericksburg, VA, June 3, 2019

Presenter, "Emerging cybersecurity issues for government contractors," Data Security & Privacy Law Update Webinar, Stinson LLP, Minneapolis, MN, May 30, 2019

Presenter, "How to Fight the Good Fight in Government Contracting - What You Need to Know," Bids Protests and Bid Mistake Seminar, Stinson LLP, Kansas City, Mo, April 18, 2019

Moderator and Presenter, "Considering Blockchain to Address Government and Supply Chain Needs," Blockchainge DC Conference, Washington, DC, January 14, 2019

Presenter, "NDIA – Beyond the Hype: Industry’s Experience with OTAs," National Defense Industrial Association Headquarters, Arlington, VA, July 17, 2018

Moderator and Presenter, "Compliance Under the DFARS Cyber Rule 252.204-7012," 11th Annual NDIA Mid-West Symposium, Moline, Ill, May 2018

Presenter, "Cyber and Supply Chain Compliance: Who and What Are Covered?" 38th Annual Association of Government Leasing and Finance Conference, Chicago, Ill, May 2018

Presenter, "Who's Covered and What Needs to be Protected? ... Establishing Requirements for Software

and Supply Chain Assurance in Government Contracts," Department of Homeland Security Software and Supply Chain Assurance Forum, Tysons, VA, May 2018

Panelist, "Supply Chain Integrity: The New Normal," Federal Procurement Institute, American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section, Annapolis, MD, March 15, 2018

Co-Presenter, "Protecting the Supply Chain," Geospatial & Remote Sensing Law Workshop, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, Fairfax, VA, December 2017

Co-Presenter, "U.S. DFARS Cybersecurity Requirements," Update on Export Controls and IT Workshop, SMi Defence Exports Conference, Rome, Italy, September 2017

Panelist, "Ethics, Integrity & Twitter: Navigating Unique Issues In The Trump Administration," Federal Circuit Bar Association Government Contracting Summit, April 2017

Co-Presenter, "Identifying the "Big Rocks' to Improving Defense Acquisition and Maintaining Defense Technology Advantage," presentation on behalf of the American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section to the U.S. Department of Defense Section 809 Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations Pursuant to National Defense Authorization Act FY 2016, Section 809, Washington, DC, September 2016

Co-Presenter, "Seminar B: Legal Perspective/Intellectual Property Issues" and "Seminar C: From OTA to

FAR-based Contract: A Case Study," NCMA Picatinney Chapter 2015 Small Business Symposium, Newark, NJ, October 2015


"A Sea Change in Handling of Government Contractor Cyber Incident Reporting?," Stinson Government Contracting Blog, October 7, 2021

"FAR Class Deviations Being Issued to Implement Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors," Stinson Government Contracting Blog, October 4, 2021

"So... Where Is The Money – We’ve Seen This Movie Before But The Stakes Are High," Stinson Government Contracting Blog, September 30, 2021

Co-Author, "Vaccinations Required for Covered Federal Contractor Employees by December 8," Stinson Alert, September 27, 2021

"Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors – COVID Task Force Guidance Issued and Opportunity to Comment," Stinson Government Contracting Blog, September 22, 2021

"Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries," Stinson Government Contracting Blog, June 24, 2021

"President Expands Ban on Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies Based on Finding of Unusual and Extraordinary Threats – Actions to Address Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Risk Continuing," Stinson Government Contracting Blog, June 15, 2021

"How Do You Address Solicitation Requirements and Contract Performance After CMMC Rollout?," Stinson Government Contracting Blog, June 10, 2021

"In the Wake of Colonial Pipeline Cyber Incident, President Issues Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity – What Will It Do?" Stinson Government Contracting Blog, May 20, 2021

"Antitrust Developments and the Potential Impact on Government Contractors," Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, April 29, 2021

"Securing the Supply Chain," Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, April 15, 2021

"Controlled Unclassified Information – The Devil Is In The Details," Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, April 8, 2021

"Continuing Developments on the Supply Chain Front," Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, March 19, 2021

"DIB Take Note: SolarWinds Hack and DHS CISA Emergency Directive on Cyber Vulnerabilities Point to the Need to be Prepared for APTs," Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, March 4, 2021

"Paycheck Protection Program – What Has Changed?" Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, February 4, 2021

Record Breaking Number of Executive Orders Issued in First Week,” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, January 28, 2021

DoD COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Seeks Wider Distribution of Vaccine to Government Contractor Employees to Secure the DIB – Contractors Take Note!,” Stinson’s Government Contracting Blog, January 14, 2021

Don’t Wait Too Long to Bring Your Protest or You’ll Miss Your Opportunity!” Stinson Government Contracting Blog, January 8, 2021

Happy New Year!” Stinson’s Government Contracting Blog, December 30, 2020

A Case for Protecting Data Rights – The Boeing Co. v. Secretary of the Air Force," Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, December 23, 2020

How Late is Too Late to File a Claim?” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, November 2, 2020

EO Addressing Threat from Securities Investments in Chinese Military Companies,” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, November 24, 2020

Wondering Why Government Contractors Need to Take Cybersecurity Seriously – Criminals and Foreign Adversaries Are Trying to Hack You,” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, July 31, 2020

Co-Author, “Federal Contractors' Compliance Responsibilities Just Got Easier, or Did They?” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, July 20, 2020

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2021 Passes Out of Committee for Consideration by Full Senate,” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, July 9, 2020

Contributing Author, “New Law Makes Major Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program,” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, June 11, 2020

“DOJ Update to Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Program Guidance is a Must Read for Government Contractors of All Sizes and Shapes,” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, June 5, 2020

"DoD Releases Draft Guidance on Implementation of Section 3610 Relief," Stinson Alert, May 20, 2020

"PPP Forgiveness Application Certification May Lead to Enforcement Headaches," Stinson Alert, May 19, 2020

"Insights from the New PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Best Practices for Borrowers Seeking to Maximize Loan Forgiveness," Stinson Alert, May 18, 2020

CMMC Update,” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, May 14, 2020

Continuing Developments in Cybersecurity,” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, May 5, 2020

"PPP Updates: More Interim Final Rules, FAQs and Unanswered Questions from the SBA," Stinson Alert, May 1, 2020

"SBA Posts New Interim Final Rule on PPP," Stinson Alert, April 24, 2020

"Reconsidering PPP Eligibility – Should Public Companies and Financially Strong Borrowers Repay PPP Loans?" Stinson Alert, April 23, 2020

"DoD Issues Class Deviation and Guidance to Implement CARES Act Relief for DoD Contractors under Section 3610," Stinson Alert, May 14, 2020

"New Paycheck Protection Program FAQs Released," Stinson Alert, April 7, 2020

"SBA Issues New Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program," Stinson Alert, April 4, 2020

"Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Signed into Law," Stinson Alert, March 31, 2020

"Force Majeure and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)," Stinson Alert, March 12, 2020

"Recommended Employer Response to Coronavirus Outbreak," Stinson Alert, February 28, 2020

"The Impact of the Coronavirus on the Global Supply Chain," Stinson Alert, February 21, 2020

 “Securing the Supply Chain – CMMC Draft Version 0.7 Issued,” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, December 19, 2019

DoD Rolls Out Draft Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Framework To Validate Contractor Cybersecurity Compliance,” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, September 11, 2019

In Submitting a Bid or Proposal – Timing is Everything!,” Stinson's Government Contracting Blog, August 23, 2019

"NIST Updates SP 800-171 To Enhance DoD Contractor Security Against Cyber Attack," Stinson Alert, June 26, 2019

Co-Editor, "Guide to Service Subcontract Terms and Conditions, Second Edition," American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section, 2019

Co-Author, "Contractors Must Contend With New Cybersecurity Rule," National Defense Industrial Association Defense Magazine, January 2018

Co-Author, "New Cyber Rules to Safeguard Supply Chain," National Defense Industrial Association Defense Magazine, April 2017

Contributing author, ABA PCLS Guide to Fixed-Price Supply Subcontract Terms and Conditions," 5th ed., 2016



JD Supra 2021 Readers' Choice Award, Top Author in Government Contracting

Super Lawyers® Top Rated Government Contracts Attorney in Washington, DC, 2018-2020

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Co-Editor and contributing author, ABA PCLS

Guide to Service Subcontract Terms and Conditions, 2019

Section Chair Special Recognition Awards, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021

ABA PCLS Committee of the Year Award, 2013 (Chair, Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues Committee)

Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association Life Service Award, 2010

D.C. Bar Best Section Community Outreach Project Award, March 2008

BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms, 2006

Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 1987

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association, Fellow

American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section

  • Immediate Past Chair
  • Section Fellow

ABA Section Officers Council Executive Committee, Chairs Class Representative

ABA Board of Governors-Section Officers Council Working Group

ABA PCLS Strategic Planning Committee Chair

National Defense Industrial Association Cyber Division Cyber Legal Regulatory Policy Committee, Co-Chair

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association

Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association, Inc.

D.C. Bar Government Contracts and Litigation Section


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


Cornell Law School, J.D.

Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, B.A.

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