Maria L. Panichelli: Lawyer with Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC

Maria L. Panichelli


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  • Federal Contracting
  • Small Business Contracting
  • Construction
Contact InfoTelephone: 215.564.1700
Fax: (215) 564-3600
University Lehigh University, B.A.
Law SchoolTemple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Admitted2007, Delaware; 2008, Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, District of Delaware; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

•American Bar Association (ABA) - Construction Industry Forum
•American Bar Association (ABA) - Small Business Committee
•Women Impacting Public Policy - (WIPP)
•Give Me 5%
•Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
•Women Construction Owners & Executives - (WCOE)


MARIA L. PANICHELLI is an Associate in the Firm's Federal Construction Group. As a member of the Federal Group, Maria represents a national client base of prime and sub-contractors, with a focus on federal construction contracting, and small business procurement issues.

Maria's practice spans a variety of federal contracting matters, including bid protests, REAs, contract claims, and appeals. She has represented clients before numerous Federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office, and various Federal and state courts, and has litigated cases covering a wide range of construction-related issues such as defective designs, defective specifications, differing site conditions, changes, suspensions, delays, and contract terminations. Maria frequently counsels clients with regards to compliance with the Federal Accusation Regulations, Prompt Payment Act, and False Claims Act.

Maria also counsels clients in all aspects of small business procurement. Having acquired substantial experience with the government's 8(a), SDVOSB, WOSB and HUBZone small business programs, Maria provides effective assistance to clients applying for small business status, or competing for small business program set-aside contracts. Maria further specializes in small business eligibility issues. She has successfully challenged negative agency findings with regard to clients' SDVOSB and 8(a) eligibility, and successfully defeated size and status related bid protests brought by competitors. Maria has considerable experience drafting teaming and joint venture agreements, and advising small business clients with regard to potential affiliation problems and subcontracting requirements. Her small business practice also involves drafting corporate governance documents that will comply with small business program eligibility requirements.

Prior to joining Cohen Seglias, Maria handled complex commercial and corporate litigation before the Delaware Chancery Court.

Maria is active in a number of federal contracting- and/or construction-related professional associations, is a frequent contributor to the Firm's Federal Construction Contracting Blog, and is a legal content contributor to both VetLikeMe and Onvia.

•Three Provision Pitfalls in Small Business Corporate Governance Documents
Onvia - February 10, 2015
•Teaming for Long-Term Success: Protecting WOSB/EDWOSB Eligibility Status in Federal Contractor Teaming
WIPP myContracting Magazine - October 22, 2014
•Common Pitfalls in Federal Contract Teaming Arrangements and How to Avoid Them: Tips for Safeguarding Your Small-Business Program Eligibility
Onvia - August 12, 2014
•SBA Increases Small Business Size Standards for Businesses in Numerous Industries, Including Construction
Client Alert - July 31, 2014
•Cohen Seglias Associate Maria Panichelli Receives Give Me 5 Award
July 23, 2014
•SDVOSB Victory: Miles II - Court of Federal Claims Awards Attorneys' Fees and Provides Further Guidance
Vet Like Me - December 18, 2013
•American Legion Joins SDVOSB in “Veterans First” Appeal
Vet Like Me - November 17, 2013
•Miles Construction, LLC v. United States
Vet Like Me - May 2, 2013
•Federal Contractor Compliance With SBA Regulations
The Legal Intelligencer - August 7, 2012
•A Small World, After All
Building and Construction Northeast - Summer 2012
•Securing Federal Set-Aside Contract Work Through Joint-Venture or Teaming Agreements
Construction In Brief: Summer 2012
•Cohen Seglias Grows Construction and Federal Contracting Groups
February 12, 2012

•Women Impacting Public Policy Annual Leadership Meeting: Best Practices in Federal Contracting
July 22 - 24, 2014 - Washington, DC
•Give Me 5: There's No “I” in Team: Understanding How to Effectively Team on a Federal Project
May 7, 2014

•Maria received Women Impacting Public Policy's Give Me 5 Award in July 2014. The Give Me 5 Award recognizes a member who has put together a winning strategy to seek and land federal contracts. Maria was chosen based on her creation and presentation of numerous webinars concerning Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) issues, which demonstrated a thorough knowledge of federal and state WOSB programs, and a commitment to assisting WOSBs in all procurement-related matters.

•SBA Proposes Sweeping Changes to Small Business Affiliation Rules
February 16, 2015
•Three Provision Pitfalls in Small Business Corporate Governance Documents
February 12, 2015
•Get the Inside Scoop on the Government Contract Selection Process!
February 4, 2015
•Proposed Rule Would Give Federal Contractors a New Way to Report Agency Mismanagement and Misconduct
January 30, 2015
•Court of Federal Claims Reaffirms VOSB/SDVOSB's Right to Due Process During Protests, Rejects VA's Interpretation of Revised Protest Regulations
January 23, 2015
•Best Practices in Construction Webinar
December 17, 2014
•Webinar on Federal Acquisition Regulations and Federal Procurement for WIPP and Give Me 5%
December 5, 2014
•Jennifer M. Horn and Maria L. Panichelli To Begin Core Construction Curriculum Series for WIPP and Give Me 5%
October 28, 2014
•Common Pitfalls in Federal Contracting Teaming Arrangements and How to Avoid Them: Tips for Safeguarding your Small-Business Program Eligibility
September 3, 2014
•Is the End Near for Race-Conscious Contracting Programs? Federal Contractor Challenges the 8(a) Minority Business Development Program
August 12, 2014

•The Fundamentals of the FAR, Part 2: The Source Selection Process WIPP Webinar
February 25, 2015
•The Fundamentals of the FAR, Part 3: Debriefing and Protests WIPP Webinar
April 8, 2015
•Give Me 5: Special Unit - Construction, Bonding and Liens Webinar
April 29, 2015
•Defending Against Protests Webinar - Common Pitfalls to Small Business Program Eligibility
May 13, 2015
•Give Me 5: Special Unit - Construction, Negotiation Tactics for Women Webinar
June 3, 2015
•Webinar: The Perks, Procedure, and Common Pitfalls Relating to WOSB Certification
February 11, 2014
•WIPP Webinar: Building a Compliant WOSB/EDWOSB
February 18, 2014
•WIPP Give Me 5: Construction Unit - FAR 101 - Part 1 Webinar
November 12, 2014
•WIPP Give Me 5: Best Practices in Construction Webinar
December 3, 2014


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Is the End Near for Race-Conscious Contracting Programs? Federal Contractor Challenges the 8(a) Minority Business Development Program
Edward T. DeLisle,Kayleen Egan,Maria L. Panichelli, August 25, 2014
Is the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) minority business development program, also known as the “8(a) Program” unconstitutional? The legality of the program has been a hot topic of debate over the year, most recently due to a significant DC District Court...

Big Changes for Small Business: Revisions to Protest and Appellate Procedure
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli,Gary J. Repke, Jr., August 19, 2014
Attention all small business owners! As a result of a final rule issued by the FAR Council on July 25, requirements for protesting small businesses size and eligibility status are changing effective August 25, 2014. This rule, which finalizes an interim rule issued on March 7, 2013, updates size...

SBA Increases Small Business Size Standards for Businesses in Numerous Industries, Including Construction
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, August 11, 2014
If you participate in federal government procurement programs, either as a prime contractor or as a subcontractor, listen up! Your small business size status may have changed on July 14, 2014 as a result of an interim rule issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The rule increased...

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Maria L. Panichelli

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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