Dawn E. Stern

Dawn E. Stern

Partner
About

Dawn Stern focuses her practice on providing assistance on a range of government contract matters.

Dawn assists clients at all stages of litigation in bid protests and Contract Disputes Act matters before the United States Government Accountability Office, the Boards of Contract Appeals and the United States Court of Federal Claims. In addition to her litigation expertise, Dawn counsels clients on a wide range ofgovernment contracts issues, and has a specific focus on counselling clients in the area of cybersecurity compliance obligations for government contrators.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Dawn served as a Trial Attorney in the National Courts Section of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, where she defended the government in bid protest and Contract Disputes Act cases before the United States Court of Federal Claims and United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Bar admissionsDistrict of ColumbiaFlorida
CourtsUnited States Court of Federal ClaimsSupreme Court of the United StatesUnited States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Education
  • J.D., George Washington University Law School 2005
    Order of the Coif
    High Honors
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Florida 2000
    Highest Honors

Bylines

  • Into the Unknown: DoD’s long-awaited cybersecurity rule leaves critical questions unanswered, 5 October 2020
  • Co-Contributor, Are pandemic-related contract changes compensable? Two recent, instructive cases, 4 June 2020
  • DoD’s new cybersecurity compliance program . . . What you need to know, 6 November 2019
  • Court finds that failure to comply with cybersecurity obligations can create False Claims Act liability, 20 May 2019
  • The future of DOD contracting, 1 Apr 2019
  • Contributor, "Court of Federal Claims: Jurisdiction, Practice, and Procedure," Bloomberg BNA, 2016 (Co-Authored chapter 32, "The Judgement Fund")
  • Contributor, ''Cybersecurity: 2015's top legal developments and what they mean for key sectors,'' February 11, 2016

Seminars

  • Panelist, "Scope of Claim & Contracting Officer's Final Decision vs Scope of Government's Case," (February 16, 2022)
  • Panelist, "CMMC - New Government Requirements for Cybersecurity," (December 13, 2021) 
  • Moderator, "Government Contracts Implications of Cybersecurity Executive Order," ABA Public Contract Law Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection Committee, (June 1, 2021)
  • Moderator/Presenter, "Contract Claims and Disputes Resolution," ABA Public Contract Law Section, (April 21, 2021)
  • Panelist, "Uniting Women in Cyber 2020 Symposium," Federal Publications Seminars, (October 28, 2020)
  • Panelist, "New False Claims Act Cases: Cybersecurity Requirements Expose Contractors to Liability," The George Washington University Law School, (November 14, 2019)
  • Panelist, "Cybersecurity Considerations in Bid Protests," ABA Public Contract Law Section, (November 5, 2019)
  • Moderator, "Agency Counsel Perspectives on Effective Protest Practice," ABA Public Contract Law Section, (February 19, 2019)
  • Panelist, "DoD Contracting: Key Developments and Trends," DLA Piper, (February 7, 2019)
  • Moderator, "Ask the Judges Panel," ABA Public Contract Law Section, Contract Claims and Disputes Resolution Committee, (May 9, 2018)
  • Moderator, The Use of Experts in Qui Tam Actions, Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section Annual Conference, (February 27, 2018)
  • Panelist, ABA Public Contract Law Section, Bid Protest Committee, Washington, DC, (November 21, 2017)
  • Panelist, "Government Procurement Law Career Panel," The George Washington University Law School, (September 26, 2017)
  • Webinar Presenter, "Government Contracts 101: An Overview of U.S. Government Contracts for Non-Government Contracts Attorneys," Federal Bar Association and MyLawCLE, (March 2, 2017)
  • Panelist, "A Comparison of Bid Protest Regimes Throughout North America – US, Canada and Mexico," ABA Section of International Law, International Procurement Committee, Washington DC, (March 31, 2015)
  • Panelist, "Best Practices for and Introduction to the Court of Federal Claims," Federal Bar Association, Washington, DC (February 28, 2013)
  • Panelist, "Survive and Thrive: Perspectives for a Young Lawyer," Federal Bar Association, San Diego, CA (September 2012)
  • Panelist, "Introduction to Procurement Law," Public Contract Law Journal (2013)
  • Panelist, "Bid Challenges in the United Kingdom, United States and Mexico," ABA Bar Association, International Law Section, International Procurement Committee, Washington, DC (November 13, 2013)

Clerk Experience

  • The Honorable James I. Cohn, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2005 – 2007)

Civic and Charitable

  • Rockville Volunteer Fire Department Administrative Member (2012 – present) and Golf Tournament Co-Chair (2012 – 2015)

Memberships And Affiliations

  • George Washington University Women in Government Contracts Initiative Steering Committee
  • Vice Chair for the ABA Public Contract Law Section Bid Protest Committee
  • Vice Chair for the ABA Public Contract Law Section Contract Claims and Disputes Resolution Committee
  • Vice Chair for the ABA Public Contract Law Section Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Data Protection Committee
  • Federal Bar Association, Director (2014 – 2017)
  • Federal Bar Association, Younger Lawyers Division National Board (2007 – 2014), Chair (2013 – 2014)
  • Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors, Ex Officio Member (2013 – 2014)
  • Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, International Section, International Procurement Committee, Chair (2014 – 2017)
  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, Contract Claims and Disputes Resolution Committee, Vice Chair (2017– present)
  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, Procurement Law Institute 2020, Conference Co-Chair

Connect

Phone

+1 202 799 4405
(Work, Washington, DC)