Michelle Litteken focuses her practice on helping clients understand and successfully navigate all aspects of government contracts. Using creative and practical measures, she regularly advises her clients at every stage of the process, from drafting, negotiating, and securing the contract, to defending the bid. Michelle also assists with potential issues that may arise during contract performance such as unexpected changes, costs, delays, and other bases for disputes. Michelle enjoys the litigation aspects of government contracts law, including prime-subcontractor disputes, bid protests, size protests, requests for equitable adjustment (REAs), claims, and appeals.
In addition to working with government contractors on litigation matters, Michelle also works closely with contractors on a diverse array of regulatory and compliance issues. This includes counseling clients regarding the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the U.S. Small Business Administration's socioeconomic small business programs. Responsive and proactive, Michelle works diligently to stay on top of an issue, always ready to provide clients with all the necessary information upfront, paving a way for them to make the most educated and informed decision possible.
With her exceptional knowledge of Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCIs), Michelle works on behalf of her client to identify actual and potential OCIs and develop a plan to avoid or mitigate the OCI successfully. Michelle understands the dynamics that can give rise to each type of OCI and has assisted clients in a variety of industries with creating effective mitigation plans and OCI training programs.
Prior to joining Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, Michelle worked for multiple Am Law 100 firms, representing clients in complex litigation matters; bid protests before the Federal Circuit, Court of Federal Claims, and Government Accountability Office; size protests and appeals before the Small Business Administration; and appeals under the Contract Disputes Act at the Court of Federal Claims, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Michelle was also a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams.
- Prevailed in a request to recommend costs at the Government Accountability Office on the finding that the procuring agency unduly delayed taking corrective action. Protection Strategies, Inc. , B-414573.3 (Nov. 9, 2017)
- Successfully defended the protest of a contract award at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims. SupplyCore, Inc. , B-411648.2, B-411648.3 (Feb. 21, 2017); SupplyCore Inc. v. United States , No. 17-427C (June 16, 2017)
- Represented contractor in an appeal of a bid protest concerning a $50 billion procurement before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Obtained a favorable settlement for a small business contractor in an appeal involving the U.S. Navy. Appeal of CMGC Building Corp. , ASBCA No. 61270 (Jan. 26, 2018)
*Completed while with another firm.
American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section
- Vice Chair, Bid Protest Committee
- Vice Chair, Contract Claims & Disputes Resolution Committee