Contract Law Division - Staff

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Wilmary Bernal
Before joining the Division as a Contacts Attorney, Ms. Bernal was a Contract Specialist in the Acquisition Division of the U.S. Census Bureau where she gained invaluable experience and knowledge in the day-to-day operations of a procurement office. Ms. Bernal is bilingual in Spanish and English.  She received her J.D. from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus with a B.A. in Finance and Economics.  She is a member of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.  Ms. Bernal is a native of Puerto Rico. Send e-mail to wilmary.bernal[at]census[dot]gov

Michael Bogomolny
Mr. Bogomolny received his J.D. with honors from George Washington University, has a master's degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin, and undergraduate degrees in physics and computer science from Amherst College.  He is currently working part-time towards an LL.M. in government procurement, also at George Washington.  Before joining the Department, he specialized in IP litigation.  He works on IP aspects of government contracts, and on high-technology programs such as satellite and supercomputer acquisitions, as well as policy related to privacy law.  He is admitted to the California Bar.  Send e-mail to mbogomolny[at]doc[dot]gov

Nancy Bridges
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Richard Brown 
Richard Brown is the Deputy Chief of the Contract Law Division for the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Commerce. He has been at the Department the since July 2001. Previously, he worked on contract matters at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the General Counsel for 15 years. He started his Government career as a contract specialist in 1980 and was a contracting officer until he went to HHS in 1986. He has been involved in all types of contracts issues including issues regarding formation to the myriad of problems concerning contract administration. Send email to rbrown[at]doc[dot]gov

Amy Kiger Crotts 
Ms. Crotts has been with the Commerce Department's Contract Law Division for over ten (10) years and has served the legal needs of procurement offices for NIST, NOAA, ITA, and Census.  She is especially proud of advising the Census Acquisitions Division, her current client, on contracts in support of the planning, operations and closeout stages of the 2010 Decennial Census, the federal government's largest ever peacetime mobilization. Ms. Crotts received a J.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, after earning a B.A. in History at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Ms. Crotts is admitted to practice in North Carolina and the District of Columbia. Before coming to the Contract Law Division, Ms. Crotts gained experience as a prosecuting attorney for the District of Columbia, obtaining and enforcing child support orders for District families, and also as a solo practitioner in North Carolina, practicing criminal and family law. Send email to acrotts[at]doc[dot]gov

Lauren Didiuk
Contracts Attorney. J.D. The George Washington University Law School, 2003; B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 2000. Member of the Massachusetts Bar. Her practice covers all areas of government contracts law, including providing advice during the acquisition planning, solicitation, source selection, and administration phases of the procurement process and litigating bid protests, claims, and termination appeals. Send email to ldidiuk[at]doc[dot]gov

Lynn Flanagan
Ms. Flanagan joined the Contract Law Division at the Department of Commerce as a Senior Contracts Attorney, having specialized in procurement, property, agreements, and fiscal law matters, including litigation, for 20 years at the Department of Agriculture. Prior to her federal service she served as an appellate attorney in the Boston, MA, Office of the District Attorney. Ms. Flanagan holds a J.D. from the New England School of Law in 1976 and a B.A. from Manhattanville College in 1973. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts. Send email to lflanagan[at]doc[dot]gov

Erin Frazee
University of Maryland School of Law, inducted into the Order of the Barristers.  In law school, Ms. Frazee was a member of the National Trial Team and National Moot Court Team, Notes and Comments Editor on the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and a member of the board of the Katrina Project.  Prior to joining the Contract Law Division in 2010, Ms. Frazee clerked for the Honorable Gale E. Rasin of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.  She is a member of the Maryland Bar. Send email to efrazee[at]doc[dot]gov

John Guinan
Prior to joining the Contract Law Division in 2010, Mr. Guinan practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, general corporate law, and health care regulation. Mr. Guinan currently advises on all aspects of the procurement process, from the initial planning stages through post-award review of ongoing contractor performance. He also handles bid protests and claims before GAO, CBCA, and CoFC. Mr. Guinan received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2008, where he served as an Executive Board member of the Moot Court Board. He earned his M.B.A. from Villanova University School of Business in 2008 and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 with a minor in Health Care Management from the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Guinan is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars. Send e-mail to jguinan[at]doc[dot]gov 

Fred Kopatich
Senior Contracts Attorney.  Prior to employment with the Commerce Department, Fred specialized in procurement law and appellate practice in private firms.  He joined the Contract Law Division in 1992, and, over the years, has handled a wide range of procurement matters and has defended the Department before the Government Accountability Office, board of contract appeals and U.S. District Court.  Fred graduated from the University of California Hastings College of Law with honors.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  Send email to fkopati1[at]doc[dot]gov

Mark Langstein
Chief, Contract Law Division. Coming from a four-year litigation stint with GSA, Mark has been with the Commerce Department's Contract Law Division for over seventeen years. During this time, he has been involved with many of the thorniest procurement issues and much of the major contract litigation. Mark is an honors graduate of Boston College Law School, served on its Law Review and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Mark received his undergraduate degree from NYC’s New School for Social Research. Send email to mlangstein[at]doc[dot]gov

Ashley Powers
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Ed Weber
Senior Contracts Attorney. Joined the Contract Law Division in August, 1997, from the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, where he was employed as Senior Attorney for Government Contract and Procurement Law from 1991-1997. Prior thereto, he specialized in Government Contract Law matters with the U.S. Department of Energy-Office of the General Counsel (Procurement and Finance) and the Department of Defense-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Office of the Baltimore District Counsel). He also served as Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Paul E. Alpert, Maryland Court of Special Appeals and Circuit Court for Baltimore County (1980-1983). Admitted to Practice: Maryland, 1983. Graduate of: University of Baltimore Law Center (J.D. 1980); University of Texas School of Public Health (M.P.H. 1976); and University of Maryland-College Park (B.S. 1975). Send email to eweber[at]doc[dot]gov

Shraddha Upadhyaya
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