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

Maria L. Panichelli


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Practice Areas

  • Federal 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


•ABA Construction Industry Forum

•National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Philadelphia Chapter

•Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

•Give Me 5%

•Court of Federal Claims Bar Association


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 local bar associations as well as other construction-related professional associations, and is a frequent contributor to the Firm's Federal Construction Contracting Blog.

News & Publications

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

WIPP Webinar: Building a Compliant WOSB/EDWOSB
February 18, 2014

Webinar: The Perks, Procedure, and Common Pitfalls Relating to WOSB Certification
February 11, 2014


Understanding How to Effectively Team on a Federal Project Webinar
May 15, 2014

House Small Business Committee Approves Two Bills Designed to Help Small Business Contractors
April 7, 2014

SBA's Mentor-Protege Program - Are Changes on the Horizon?
March 26, 2014

New OFCCP Affirmative Action Regulations Governing Hiring of Veterans and Disabled Individuals Go Into Effect
March 18, 2014

2014 NDAA Reform Will Allow Primes to Count Lower Tier Subcontractors Toward Small Business Subcontracting Goals
March 17, 2014

Building a Compliant WOSB/EDWOSB Webinar
February 25, 2014

The Perks, Procedures, and Pitfalls Relating to WOSB Certification
February 21, 2014

The Differing Site Conditions Clause Is Alive and Well
February 20, 2014

Welcome to 2014
February 18, 2014

A New Rule Designed to Assist Small Business Subcontractors
November 27, 2013


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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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