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Melissa P. Prusock

Melissa Paige Prusock focuses her practice on litigation, counseling, and investigations related to government contracts and grants. Melissa advises clients on a variety of matters involving government contracting and federal programs, including audits and investigations, suspension and debarment, claims and disputes, and bid protests. She regularly represents clients in suspension and debarment proceedings, and counsels targets of investigations pursued by the Department of Justice and various offices of Inspectors General, including those of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Defense, and the General Services Administration. Melissa provides strategic advice to federal award recipients, including state, territorial, and local governments, on compliance with the Uniform Guidance and other requirements associated with the expenditure of federal funds. She also represents clients in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office, as well as in government contracts and related litigation in various federal courts.

Concentrations

  • Government investigations
  • False Claims Act and qui tam defense
  • Suspension, debarment and ineligibility determinations
  • Development and enhancement of ethics and compliance programs
  • Federal grants compliance counseling
  • Bid protests
  • Government contracts compliance counseling

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented clients in multiple investigations and settlements of False Claims Act allegations involving small business contracting programs.
  • Represented clients in overturning, resolving or settling debarment or suspension actions, including negotiating Administrative Agreements.
  • Represented state and territorial governments in connection with compliance issues arising from federal grant funding received following natural disasters.
  • Represented government contractors and federal program participants in connection with inspector general audits and investigations.
  • Provided training to federal award recipients on Uniform Guidance.
  • Successfully represented clients as intervenors in defending FEMA award decisions in multiple procurements against protests filed at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
  • Successfully challenged agency's past performance evaluation in U.S. Government Accountability Office bid protest and obtained attorneys' fees for client.
  • Successfully challenged agency’s decision to exclude small business from competition due to an alleged disqualifying organizational conflict of interest and was awarded attorneys’ fees for pursuing protest by U.S. Government Accountability Office.
  • Represented client as amici in ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that FAR part 12’s proscription against the use of terms inconsistent with customary commercial practice applies to task and delivery orders issued under Federal Supply Schedule contracts.
  • Represented government contractor in connection with dispute with government over intellectual property rights.
  • Represented client in connection with dispute over exercise of options under GSA Schedule Contract.
  • Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, 2013-2014

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 2014
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Tufts University, 2010
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York