Townsend L. Bourne

Townsend L. Bourne: Attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP


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 5-Cyber Incident Reporting and Response
The Government Contractor , September 13, 2017
•Achieving Cyber-Fitness in 2017: Part 4-Subcontracts, Joint Ventures And Teaming Agreements
The Government Contractor , June 14, 2017
•Presidential Executive Order on Cybersecurity: No More Antiquated IT
Bloomberg Law Privacy and Security Law Report , May 29, 2017
•Achieving Cyber-Fitness In 2017: Part 3-Proving Compliance And The Role Of Third-Party Auditors
The Government Contractor , April 5, 2017
•Achieving Cyber-Fitness In 2017: Part 2-Looking Beyond The FAR And DFARS-Other Safeguarding And Reporting Requirements
The Government Contractor , February 22, 2017
•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

• Achieving Cyber-Fitness In 2017: Part 4-Subcontracts, Joint Ventures And Teaming Agreements, July 27, 2017
• Achieving Cyber-Fitness In 2017: Part 2-Looking Beyond The FAR And DFARS- Other Safeguarding And Reporting Requirements, April 10, 2017
• Achieving Cyber-Fitness In 2017: Part 1-Planning For Compliance, February 28, 2017
• 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


•Lunch With Your Cybersecurity Lawyer
Sheppard Mullin DC
September 28, 2017

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade
  • Bid Protests
  • Claims
  • Contract Cost Accounting
  • False Claims Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Intellectual Property Rights Under Government Contracts
  • Multiple Award Schedule Contracting
  • Litigation
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Aerospace and Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.747.2184  Phone
202.747.3836  Fax
University Attended:
Vanderbilt University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2006
Law School Attended:
George Mason University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Notes Editor, George Mason Law Review, 2009
Year of First admission:
2010, District of Columbia; Virginia; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


•Virginia State Bar
•District of Columbia Bar
•American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law
•National Defense Industrial Association
•U.S. Court of Federal Claims
•U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

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