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  • Education
    • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
    • M.B.A., University of California-San Diego, Rady School of Management
    • B.A., University of California-San Diego
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Erin Felix is a seasoned counselor and litigator who learned the government contracts industry from the inside out. Erin managed complex contracts and subcontracts for a Tier 1 defense contractor for nearly 15 years prior to practicing law and draws upon her deep, hands-on business experience to provide practical solutions in all facets of government contracting.  Clients value Erin’s ability to ‘speak their language’ and her intimate understanding of their business priorities and challenges.

Erin assists companies who contract with U.S. federal, state, and local government entities with navigating the various procurement laws and regulations associated with selling to the government and receiving government funding.  She advises traditional and nontraditional contractors and subcontractors on a wide array of acquisition issues, including agreement negotiations, data rights and intellectual property protection, supply chain and cyber security, certified cost and pricing data concerns, and compliance programs, with a focus on the commercial, emerging technology, and traditional aerospace and defense industries.  Erin also regularly represents clients in protests, disputes, and other proceedings before the Government Accountability Office, Court of Federal Claims, and Boards of Contract Appeals.

Her experience spans multiple industries and contracting agencies, with particular focus on:

  • Defense and Aerospace
  • Emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and unmanned vehicles
  • Information technology products and services
  • Government procurement and advancement of commercial technologies

In addition to her government contracts practice, Erin advises clients regarding export compliance and trade compliance issues. Specifically, Erin focuses on matters related to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”); Buy American Act, Trade Agreements Act, and other related statutes; and country of origin determinations and product marking requirements. Erin provides solutions for clients in a variety of contexts, including: M&A and investment due diligence; government and internal investigations, audits, and risk assessments; supply chain management issues; technology transfers; and compliance program design and implementation.

  • Served as outside general counsel for government contracting issues to multiple public commercial and emerging technology companies.
  • Negotiated multiple Other Transactions with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on behalf of a commercial technology company, including significant revisions to ‘standard’ intellectual property and data rights provisions.
  • Counseled foreign aircraft manufacturer through proposal development and compliance assessment, including substantial intellectual property and data rights concerns, for a major U.S. Air Force aircraft procurement.
  • Successfully negotiated beneficial subcontract terms and conditions with a major defense contractor for a complex, multi-year program on behalf of a lower-tier technology subcontractor.
  • Successfully obtained commercial item designation of a subcontractor’s products by a major defense contractor, including concurrence by the Government, in a hotly contested program negotiation.
  • Counseled multiple lower-tier subcontractors through their disclosure obligations and negotiation strategy under the Truthful Cost or Pricing Data statute (formerly the Truth in Negotiations Act, or TINA)
  • Represented a major defense contractor in a sustained appeal at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), including a significant financial recovery.
  • Assisted multiple foreign-owned companies with establishing U.S.-based operations qualified for and compliant with federal contracting requirements, including eligibility to obtain security clearance and Foreign Ownership, Control, and Influence (FOCI) mitigation.
  • Successfully counseled Seller in an M&A transaction through investigation, Buyer disclosure, and mitigation of potential False Claims Act liability risk arising in the course of diligence.
  • Obtained a permanent injunction at the Court of Federal Claims of award under a solicitation for foreclosure-related services, following a denial of the same protest grounds at GAO.
  • Successfully represented a large logistics provider in GAO protest of $165 million Department of State contract for global services that was protested by two competitors.

Pro Bono

  • Obtain remand orders from the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for the VA to reevaluate veterans’ denied claim for benefits in multiple cases