- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2014, cum laude, Managing Editor, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, CALI Award Winner
- B.A., Roanoke College, 2008
- District of Columbia
Melinda Biancuzzo is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations, and International Trade Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She is also a member of the firm's Privacy and Cybersecurity team.
Areas of Practice
Ms. Biancuzzo's experience includes complex litigation in connection with the Contract Disputes Act and the False Claims Act, bid protests before the United States Government Accountability Office, and conducting internal investigations. Ms. Biancuzzo advises clients on a variety of cybersecurity matters including regulatory compliance, FedRAMP certification, breach notification requirements, SAFETY Act approvals, cyber-insurance and cyber risk assessments, and flow-down requirements for subcontractors. Additionally, Ms. Biancuzzo helped several clients develop insider threat programs to satisfy the NISPOM Change 2 requirements applicable to cleared contractors. Ms. Biancuzzo also counsels clients on cost accounting standards, prime-subcontractor disputes, teaming agreements, and M&A due diligence.
Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Ms. Biancuzzo worked as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) for a multi-billion dollar government contractor. In that capacity, Ms. Biancuzzo managed on-site personnel, negotiated subcontract agreements, monitored contract compliance and performance, and liaised directly with the federal contract management team.
In her spare time, Ms. Biancuzzo is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches a course on Project Management for Lawyers. She is also an editor of the Thomson Reuter’s Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook, an annual publication addressing cloud computing issues and solutions for commercial and government end users and suppliers, and the author of chapters addressing cloud computing project management, general government contracting issues in the cloud, and cloud cybersecurity.
- The Government Contractor, June 14, 2017
- The Government Contractor, April 5, 2017
- Achieving Cyber-Fitness In 2017: Part 2—Looking Beyond The FAR And DFARS—Other Safeguarding And Reporting RequirementsThe Government Contractor, February 22, 2017
- The Government Contractor, February 1, 2017
- Entrepreneur, February 2017
- "What Dispute Systems Design Can Learn from Project Management," Harvard Negotiation Journal, July 2015
- "The 'Lawfare' of Forum Non Conveniens: Suits by Foreigners in U.S. Courts for Air Accidents Occurring Abroad," Journal of Air Law & Commerce, Spring 2013
- "A 'Right without a Remedy': An Analysis of the Sovereign Immunity Issues Implicated by State Power (or the Lack Thereof) over Immigration following Arizona v. United States," Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Spring 2012
FCC Law Blog Posts
- "Government Forces Awaken: The Rise of Cyber Regulators in 2016," December 30, 2015
Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts
- "Foggy on the Cloud?" September 21, 2015
- "Shopping for the Cloud Made Easy – GSA’s Special Item Number Project for Cloud Computing and Request for Comments," November 21, 2014
- Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook, chapters on: "Cloud Cybersecurity," "Cloud Computing Project Management," and "General Government Contracting Issues in the Cloud," Thomson Reuters, 2015, 2016 and 2017 eds.
- GSA Schedule Handbook, Chapters on: "Information Technology Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs)," and "Cybersecurity," 2015-2016 ed.
- November 2015
- Member, American Bar Association's Sections of Public Contract Law and Administrative Law
- Member, Project Management Institute