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