Stephanie M. Harden
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Stephanie M. Harden represents government contractors in a variety of litigation and counseling matters, including bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), audits by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”), and disputes before the boards of contract appeals. Ms. Harden also advises clients on a range of compliance issues, including the mandatory disclosure rule, small business regulations, and other federal regulatory requirements.
Ms. Harden has assisted in litigating numerous bid protests before the GAO and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Her bid protest experience includes both successfully protesting and defending the award of major contracts, as well as securing favorable corrective action for contractors challenging agency award decisions.
She also counsels clients regarding claims litigation and DCAA audits. Her experience in this area includes preparing contractor responses to DCAA and other agency audit reports, advising contractors regarding regulatory requirements for payment, and counseling clients regarding the negotiation and litigation of payment disputes.
Ms. Harden has also been actively involved in a number of internal investigations regarding a variety of compliance matters, including the mandatory disclosure rule, the Anti-Kickback Act, the False Claims Act, gift and gratuity regulations, and small business regulations. She regularly advises clients on these and other compliance matters, as well as suspension and debarment matters, prime-subcontractor disputes, and other contract interpretation issues.
Ms. Harden previously served as a law clerk to Judge Victor J. Wolski on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. She also worked as a summer associate at the GAO. While in law school, she was an editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation.
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Ms. Harden is a member of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contract Law’s Bid Protest Committee and Accounting, Cost and Pricing Committee.