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

Maria L. Panichelli


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Practice Areas

  • 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
AdmittedPennsylvania; Delaware; District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court, District of Delaware


•American Bar Association (ABA) - Construction Industry Forum, Small Business Committee, Bid Protest Committee
•Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) - Leadership Advisory Council
•Give Me 5%
•Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
•Women Construction Owners & Executives (WCOE)
•Women in Defense (WID)
•US Women's Chamber of Commerce (USWCC)
•American Small Business Chamber of Commerce


MARIA L. PANICHELLI is an Associate in the Firm's Construction and Federal Contracting Groups. 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 Acquisition 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, and is a frequent contributor to the Firm's Federal Construction Contracting Blog. She works closely with several Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, providing educational content for a variety of government contractors. Maria is also a community partner at Govology, a legal content contributor to VetLikeMe, Targetgov, and Onvia, and a faculty member at the Government Contracting Institute.

News & Publications

•Bonds: An Important Weapon In Any Contractor's Arsenal
WIPP - June 2, 2015
•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
•Legal Landscape: Big Changes to Prevent Discrimination, Fraud and Non-Compliance
Onvia - August 4, 2015
•Legal Landscape: Big Changes in Affiliation and Compliance Rules
Onvia - March 5, 2015
•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


•Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program: Performance, REA's & Claims, Terminations, and Evaluations
February 17, 2016 - Fairfax, VA
•Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program: Debriefing, Bid Protests, and Size & Status Investigations
February 18, 2016 - Suffolk, VA
•TargetGov: REAs, Claims, and Contract Terminations: A Comprehensive Examination
March 18, 2016 - Linthicum Heights, MD
•2015 National Veterans Small Business Engagement
November 17-19, 2015 - Pittsburgh, PA
•District of Columbia Procurement Technical Assistance Center: Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Small Business Government Contracting
November 5, 2015 - Washington, D.C.
•TargetGov: Debriefings, Bid Protests, and Size/Status Eligibility Challenges: An In-Depth Look at the Most Important Processes in Government Contracting
November 02, 2015 - Linthicum Heights, MD
•St. Joseph's University: Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart Program
April 30, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA
•Women Impacting Public Policy Annual Leadership Meeting: Best Practices in Federal Contracting
July 22 - 24, 2014 - Washington, DC


•Legal Landscape: Top News in the Mentor-Protege Program, Bond Claims & DBE Fraud
December 2, 2015
•Additional Changes Concerning VOSB/SDVOSB Verification?
November 25, 2015
•VA Proposes Changes to VOSB/SDVOSB Regulations, Aims for Consistency with COFC Ruling in Cohen Seglias' Miles Construction Case
November 16, 2015
•The SBA Offers Some Specifics on the Expansion of the Mentor-Protege Program
October 30, 2015
•Legal Landscape: Big Changes to Prevent Discrimination, Fraud and Non-Compliance
August 4, 2015
•Debriefing and Protests What's Really The Final Word?
April 6, 2015
•Edward DeLisle and Maria Panichelli Team with Onvia to Publish Periodical Government Contracting Series, Legal Landscape
March 6, 2015
•Guilty By Affiliation
February 27, 2015
•SBA Proposes Sweeping Changes to Small Business Affiliation Rules
February 16, 2015
•Three Provision Pitfalls in Small Business Corporate Governance Documents
February 12, 2015


•Maria was named a 2015 Rising Star in the field of government contracts by Law & Politics Magazine.
•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.


•TargetGov: REAs and CDA Claims: Key Strategies in Seeking Compensation
February 16, 2016 - Webinar
•TargetGov: The Winning Team: How to Effectively Team on Federal Projects
May 26, 2016 - Webinar
•Govology: Debriefing, Bid Protests, and Size & Status Investigations
October 29, 2015 - Webinar
•TargetGov: A Primer on Debriefings and Protests
October 06, 2015 - Webinar
•WIPP Give Me 5: Special Unit - Construction Negotiation Tactics for Women Webinar
September 30, 2015 - Webinar
•WIPP Give Me 5: Special Unit - Asserting and Defending Protests
June 24, 2015
•WIPP Give Me 5: Special Unit - Construction, Bonding and Liens Webinar
May 13, 2015
•WIPP Give Me 5: Special Unit - The Fundamentals of the FAR, Part 3: Debriefing and Protests WIPP Webinar
April 29, 2015
•WIPP Give Me 5: Special Unit - The Fundamentals of the FAR, Part 2: The Source Selection Process Webinar
February 25, 2015
•AOC Key Solutions: Guilty By Affiliation Podcast
February 24, 2015
•WIPP Give Me 5: Special Unit - Best Practices in Construction Webinar
December 3, 2014
•WIPP Give Me 5: Special Unit - Construction Unit - FAR 101 - Part 1 Webinar
November 12, 2014
•Give Me 5: There's No “I” in Team: Understanding How to Effectively Team on a Federal Project Webinar
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


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Court of Federal Claims Reaffirms VOSB/SDVOSB's Right to Due Process During Protests, Rejects VA's Interpretation of Revised Protest Regulations
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, March 24, 2015
Several months ago, we told you about Ambuild Company v. LLC v. U.S., a very important case pending before the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”). The AmBuild case was of particular interest to our firm because it concerned the interpretation of a Department of Veterans’ Affairs...

Edward DeLisle and Maria Panichelli Team with Onvia to Publish Periodical Government Contracting Series, Legal Landscape
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, March 24, 2015
Exciting news! We recently teamed up with Onvia, a well-known government contracting resource delivering the necessary data, business intelligence, analytics and tools to help clients succeed in the government market. In addition to our continued posts on this blog, we will now be publishing a...

Proposed Rule Would Give Federal Contractors a New Way to Report Agency Mismanagement and Misconduct
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, March 24, 2015
Over the last few years the world of federal contracting has seen an increased focus on the False Claims Act, the prevention of fraud, and the strengthening of fraud-related penalties. 2015 will certainly be no different. However, the new year brings with it a slightly different take on fraud...

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Maria L. Panichelli

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