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Townsend L. Bourne

Washington, DC
F: +1.202.747.3836


  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2009, cum laude, Notes Editor, George Mason Law Review
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 2006, summa cum laude
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
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Townsend Bourne is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Townsend represents companies that do business with the Federal Government, either directly or through a prime contractor or reseller. She represents multiple clients in the Aerospace and Defense industry as well as commercial companies and cloud service providers. Townsend specializes in matters relating to cybersecurity and data protection for government contractors, including counseling clients with regard to DoD and civilian agency security requirements, implementation of System Security Plans, negotiation of subcontractor agreements, and incident response. She chairs the Coalition for Government Procurement’s Cyber and Supply Chain Security Committee, and writes and speaks frequently on cybersecurity developments affecting the Government Contracts industry.

Her experience also includes complex litigation in connection with the Contract Disputes Act and the False Claims Act, bid protest actions both challenging and defending agency decisions on contract awards before the Government Accountability Office and Court of Federal Claims, claims litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, investigating and preparing contractor claims, and conducting internal investigations. She also helps clients navigate issues relating to multiple award contract vehicles, procurement integrity, subcontract flow-down provisions, mandatory disclosure, and contract termination and assists in negotiation of subcontracts and Teaming Agreements. 


  • Washington, D.C. Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2019


  • Represents Fortune 500 government contractor before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in on-going Contract Disputes Act case involving multiple contractor claims and government counterclaims related to an $874 million contract with the United States Postal Service
  • Successfully defended large government contractor in False Claims Act dispute before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Represented major contractor before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals in contract dispute with the Department of the Interior that resulted in favorable settlement for client
  • Succeeded in Court of Federal Claims protest to overturn a decision by the Department of Education to cancel a solicitation for critical services
  • Represented major international aerospace company before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in data rights dispute with the Government that resulted in favorable settlement for client
  • Successful prosecution and defense of numerous bid protests before the Government Accountability Office for a variety of clients including large defense contractors and GSA schedule vendors
  • Conducted internal investigations for large government contractors and counseled clients regarding resolution of investigations involving mandatory disclosure of contract overpayments and the Procurement Integrity Act
  • Assisted in drafting and negotiating key provisions in subcontracts and Teaming Agreements for multiple clients, including commercial service providers and value-added resellers

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Counsels clients regarding agency-specific cybersecurity and data protection requirements, including DFARS 252.204-7012
  • Works with clients to understand the interplay between the above requirements and rules specific to cloud service providers, including FedRAMP and the DoD Security Requirements Guide
  • Assists clients with creation and finalization of System Security Plans, Incident Response Plans, and Insider Threat Plans
  • Helps with drafting and negotiation of subcontract provisions relating to data security
  • Counsels clients with regard to supply chain risk management
  • Assists clients with incident response and reporting, including preparation of reports to the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) pursuant to DFARS 252.204-7012

Thought Leadership


  • Authored chapter, "General Overview of Cloud Computing," Cloud Computing Legal Deskbook, 2013 Edition, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, 2013

Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts

Eye on Privacy Blog Posts

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • To present, "Cybersecurity Compliance Frameworks for Government Contracting,” National Contract Management Association’s Government Contract Management Symposium, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA, December 3, 2018
  • Presenter, "FedRAMP and the Cloud; Cybersecurity Update,” Ingram Micro Federal Summit, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD, October 31, 2018
  • "FREE Popular Topics Webinar Series: DoD Cybersecurity Requirements," Public Contracting Institute, August 23, 2018



  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law
  • National Defense Industrial Association
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit