Adam Bartolanzo is an associate in the Governmental Practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Adam’s practice focuses on government contracts litigation and counseling. His experience includes complex litigation in connection with the Contract Disputes Act, bid protest actions before the Government Accountability Office and Court of Federal Claims, appeals before the Federal Circuit and the Fourth Circuit and claims litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. 

Adam also advises clients on cost and pricing issues, supply chain management, technical data and computer software rights in government contracts and compliance with the FAR and other regulations. He often represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation before U.S. district courts and state courts, and he is experienced in governmental investigations.



Representative Matters

  • Successful representation of Deloitte Consulting, LLP in a bid protest challenging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ award of a $330 million IT contract to operate, maintain, and modernize the federally facilitated exchange, the public-facing component of which is known as “Healthcare.gov” (Deloitte Consulting, LLP, B-418321.5, B-418321.6, Aug. 19, 2021, 2021 WL 4054169)
  • Successful defense of bid protest challenging the Navy’s award of a $129 million contract to TechFlow Mission Support, LLC, d/b/a EMI Services, for base operations support services  (IAP World Services, Inc., B-418735.3, B-418735.4, Apr. 30, 2021, 2021 WL 2394641)
  • Successful representation of PDS Consultants, Inc. in a Center for Verification and Evaluation protest challenging the service-disabled veteran-owned small business status of the awardee of a $2.4 million Department of Veterans Affairs set-aside for prescription eyeglasses and related services (PDS Consultants, Inc., SBA No. CVE-189-P, May 6, 2021, 2021 WL 2351644)    
  • Successful defense of bid protest challenging the Navy’s award of a $937 million contract to Huntington Ingalls for Littoral Combat Ship planning yard support services (Austal USA, LLC, B-417593, Aug. 28, 2019, 2019 WL 4254675)
  • Successful defense of a bid protest challenging USAID’s award of a $73 million task order to Deloitte Consulting for technical services to implement the West Africa Energy Program (Nexant Inc., B-417421, B-417421.2, Jun. 26, 2019, 2019 CPD 242) 
  • Successful defense of bid protest challenging the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's issuance of a $65 million task order to Deloitte Consulting for professional, technical and operational support services in support of DHS’s Office of Facilities and Asset Management (Wyle Labs., Inc., B-416528.2, Jan. 11, 2019, 2019 CPD 19)
  • Successful representation of Shearwater Mission Support in a bid protest challenging the Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s award of a $79 million contract for base operation support services (Shearwater Mission Support, LLC, B-416717, Nov. 20, 2018, 2018 CPD 402)
  • Successful defense of the Air Force's award of a billion dollar contract to Deloitte & Touche for Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness Support (KPMG LLP v. United States, 139 Fed. Cl. 533 (2018))
  • Successful defense of bid protest challenging the Department of Education’s award of a $75 million task order to IBM for information technology support services (NTT DATA Servs. Fed. Gov’t, Inc., B-416123 et al., Jun. 20, 2018, 2018 CPD 215)
  • Successful defense of bid protest challenging the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s award of a $19 million contract to Precision Bioservices for the operation of biosample and genetics repositories (Fisher BioServices, Inc., B-413982.4, B-413982.6, Nov. 29, 2017, 2017 CPD 49)
  • Successful defense before both the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and Federal Circuit against a protester’s motion to stay the Navy’s award of a $43 million contract to Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation for low pressure electrolyzer oxygen-generating systems for use in submarines (Treadwell Corp. v. United States, 133 Fed. Cl. 371 (2017), aff’d 726 Fed. Appx. 826 (Fed. Cir. Jun. 13, 2018))

Claim Experience

  • Currently representing a major government contractor in on-going litigation before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims involving large, complex claims and government counterclaims related to the performance of an $874 million contract with the U.S. Postal Service
  • Litigated appeals before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and Civilian Board of Contract Appeals of claims for internal restructuring costs that resulted in a settlement pursuant to which the client recovered hundreds of millions of dollars

Other Relevant Experience

  • Provided counsel on government contracts pricing issues in state court litigation over an insurance claim arising from a False Claims Act settlement
  • Responded to Defense Contract Audit Agency reports questioning contractor compliance with various Cost Principles and Cost Accounting Standards
  • Advised on negotiations over the renewal of a research and development program pursued under the Navy's "Other Transactions" authority
  • Responded to a Contractor Purchasing System Review questioning contractor compliance with Department of Defense purchasing system criteria
  • Performed due diligence and advised clients regarding government contracts risks and opportunities in corporate transactions involving government contractors
  • Responded to Freedom of Information Act requests by successfully objecting to the release of proprietary client information exempt from disclosure 



Recommended Lawyer, Government Contracts, Legal 500, 2020



  • Contributor, GSA Schedule Handbook, Thomson West, 2017-2018 Edition

  • "Pleading Requirements for Claims by Contractors Against the Government: Applying Twombly and Iqbal After the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Todd Construction, L.P.," 42 Public Contract Law Journal 203, 2012

Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts

Media Mentions

  • Law360, 10.27.2021
  • GAO Calls On HHS To Pull Back Accenture's $330M IT Deal
    Law360, 09.02.2021
  • High Court Rejects 2 VA Contracting Cases
    Law360, 01.13.2020
  • GAO Backs Navy on $937M Littoral Combat Ship Support Deal
    Law360, 09.09.2019
  • KPMG Denied Injunction Over Air Force Audit Prep Deal
    Law360, 09.07.2018
  • Navy Contractor Can’t Stay $43M Submarine Oxygen Contract
    Law360, 08.16.2017



J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2013, with honors, Senior Articles Editor, Public Contract Law Journal

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2009, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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