Townsend Bourne is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.
Areas of Practice
Ms. Bourne represents clients of all sizes on matters relating to the myriad of issues affecting government contractors.
Her experience includes complex litigation in connection with the Contract Disputes Act and the False Claims Act, bid protest actions both challenging and defending agency decisions on contract awards before the Government Accountability Office and Court of Federal Claims, claims litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, investigating and preparing contractor claims, and conducting internal investigations. She also advises clients on compliance with government regulations relating to cybersecurity, data rights, the GSA Schedule program, subcontracts, procurement integrity, and mandatory disclosure.
In addition to her practice, Ms. Bourne writes frequently on legal and regulatory developments affecting the Government Contracts industry.
•Lead associate managing team of associates, paralegals, and consultants representing Fortune 500 government contractor before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in on-going Contract Disputes Act case involving multiple contractor claims and government counterclaims related to an $874 million contract with the United States Postal Service
•Successfully defended large government contractor in False Claims Act dispute before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
•Represented major contractor before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals in contract dispute with the Department of the Interior that resulted in favorable settlement for client
•Represented major international aerospace company before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in data rights dispute with the Government that resulted in favorable settlement for client
•Successful prosecution and defense of numerous bid protests before the Government Accountability Office for a variety of clients including large defense contractors and GSA schedule vendors
•Conducted internal investigations for large government contractors and counseled clients regarding resolution of investigations involving mandatory disclosure of contract overpayments and the Procurement Integrity Act
•Achieving Cyber-Fitness in 2017: Part 1--Planning for Compliance
The Government Contractor, February 1, 2017
•Lots of Little Things - Recent FAR Updates
Law360, August 19, 2013
•Authored chapter, General Overview of Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook, 2013 Edition, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, 2013
Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts
• GAO Tackles Cybersecurity, June 30, 2016
• Potential Changes at GAO in 2016, March 29, 2016
• Suspension and Debarment: A New Government Approach, November 23, 2015
• What's New Out There? Highlights from the Federal Register, May 20, 2014
• GAO Dismisses Protest Alleging Noncompliance with E-Verify Requirements, November 20, 2013
• Lots of Little Things - FAR Updates from the Federal Acquisition Circular, August 15, 2013
• What's New Out There? A Regulatory Update, June 26, 2013
• A New Twist On Establishing Interested Party Status At The GAO, December 9, 2011
• 'First Impression' Ruling: Court May Review the Rationality of Emails Sent By GAO Attorneys, September 19, 2011
• Objects In SBA's Mirror Are Smaller Than They Appear: A Summary Of SBA's Proposed Rule To Increase Small Business Size Standards, April 18, 2011
• Inflation Adjustment Of Acquisition-Related Thresholds In The FAR, October 7, 2010
• Precision Pine & Timber, Inc. v. United States: An Unexpected Test For Determining Breach Of The Implied Duty To Cooperate And Not To Hinder Contract Performance, April 9, 2010
• GAO Sides with Foreign Military Sales Program Contractors in Dispute Over Protest Costs, December 8, 2009
• Proposed Changes to FAR Part 45 To Add Clarity and Correction to Government Property Provisions, November 9, 2009