AMBA M. DATTA
Senior Associate
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AMBA M. DATTA Senior Associate
Amba Datta focuses her practice on government contracts, internal investigations and compliance.  She counsels and represents clients on a broad range of government contracts-related matters, including bid protests, contract disputes, civil litigation, government investigations and small business program issues.

A 2017 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Amba has worked on matters with millions of dollars at stake.  She frequently represents government contractors in bid protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.  Her outstanding writing and advocacy skills, and ability to focus on and synthesize a high level of detail, are valued by clients and colleagues alike.

In addition, Amba counsels clients on compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation and agency supplements, contract flow-down requirements and subcontracting issues.  She also advises on compliance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual with the Defense Security Service.

Amba works closely with the group’s federal legislative advocates to develop innovative solutions for clients.  Responsible and accessible, Amba is noted for her ability to identify legislative opportunities and develop the business arguments that support public policy advocacy.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Amba served as an associate at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where she handled a wide variety of government contracts matters.  From 2012-2013, Amba was a law clerk for the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams, U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  Prior to clerking, she worked as an associate for a law firm in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on civil litigation and government contracts.  Before law school, Amba served as a middle school English teacher at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, Amba maintains an active pro bono practice, representing a client seeking asylum in the United States and a detainee at Guantanamo Bay.

Represented a health care client regarding an investigation before the DOJ.

On behalf of a government contractor providing engineering, information technology and technical consulting services, persuaded the U.S. Army Contracting Command to lift a moratorium on new business following extensive internal review and establishment of enhanced ethics and compliance policies.

On behalf of a professional services firm, obtained remedial action by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Office of Personnel Management following a bid protest at the Court of Federal Claims, resulting in the client receiving a contract award.

Lead associate on successful GAO bid protest challenging U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ technical evaluation, conduct of discussions and best value determination for $30 million procurement for repair and maintenance at Fort Hood, Texas.

Represented a leading environmental remediation contractor in a GAO protest challenging a $20 million contract award by the U.S. Department of the Navy and obtained successful outcome.

Successfully defended leading IT solutions and professional services company’s contract awarded by the Defense Logistics Agency against protest alleging organizational conflict of interest.

Successfully defended a protest at GAO, defeating the protester’s allegations of organizational conflict of interest, and allowing the client to keep its contract for providing monitoring and evaluation services to the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Lead associate on successful bid protest, obtaining corrective action by the Department of the Air Force that resulted in the award of a $37 million task order to the client, and successfully defended task order award against successive protest by former awardee. 

Prosecuted an agency-level bid protest at the General Services Administration challenging client’s elimination from the competition, resulting in the client’s evaluation for an award. 

Drafted congressional report and bill language to obtain programmatic increases for clients and restrictions on the use of the lowest-priced technically acceptable source-selection methodology for specific Department of Defense procurements.

Advised a client on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permitting process pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 408 in connection with proposed docking facilities for high-speed ferry service off the coast of Rhode Island.

Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Washington D.C. "Rising Star," 2017.

American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law

National Defense Industrial Association

About

Amba Datta focuses her practice on government contracts, internal investigations and compliance.  She counsels and represents clients on a broad range of government contracts-related matters, including bid protests, contract disputes, civil litigation, government investigations and small business program issues.

A 2017 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Amba has worked on matters with millions of dollars at stake.  She frequently represents government contractors in bid protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.  Her outstanding writing and advocacy skills, and ability to focus on and synthesize a high level of detail, are valued by clients and colleagues alike.

In addition, Amba counsels clients on compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation and agency supplements, contract flow-down requirements and subcontracting issues.  She also advises on compliance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual with the Defense Security Service.

Amba works closely with the group’s federal legislative advocates to develop innovative solutions for clients.  Responsible and accessible, Amba is noted for her ability to identify legislative opportunities and develop the business arguments that support public policy advocacy.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Amba served as an associate at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where she handled a wide variety of government contracts matters.  From 2012-2013, Amba was a law clerk for the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams, U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  Prior to clerking, she worked as an associate for a law firm in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on civil litigation and government contracts.  Before law school, Amba served as a middle school English teacher at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, Amba maintains an active pro bono practice, representing a client seeking asylum in the United States and a detainee at Guantanamo Bay.

Experience

Represented a health care client regarding an investigation before the DOJ.

On behalf of a government contractor providing engineering, information technology and technical consulting services, persuaded the U.S. Army Contracting Command to lift a moratorium on new business following extensive internal review and establishment of enhanced ethics and compliance policies.

On behalf of a professional services firm, obtained remedial action by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Office of Personnel Management following a bid protest at the Court of Federal Claims, resulting in the client receiving a contract award.

Lead associate on successful GAO bid protest challenging U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ technical evaluation, conduct of discussions and best value determination for $30 million procurement for repair and maintenance at Fort Hood, Texas.

Represented a leading environmental remediation contractor in a GAO protest challenging a $20 million contract award by the U.S. Department of the Navy and obtained successful outcome.

Successfully defended leading IT solutions and professional services company’s contract awarded by the Defense Logistics Agency against protest alleging organizational conflict of interest.

Successfully defended a protest at GAO, defeating the protester’s allegations of organizational conflict of interest, and allowing the client to keep its contract for providing monitoring and evaluation services to the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Lead associate on successful bid protest, obtaining corrective action by the Department of the Air Force that resulted in the award of a $37 million task order to the client, and successfully defended task order award against successive protest by former awardee. 

Prosecuted an agency-level bid protest at the General Services Administration challenging client’s elimination from the competition, resulting in the client’s evaluation for an award. 

Drafted congressional report and bill language to obtain programmatic increases for clients and restrictions on the use of the lowest-priced technically acceptable source-selection methodology for specific Department of Defense procurements.

Advised a client on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permitting process pursuant to 33 U.S.C. § 408 in connection with proposed docking facilities for high-speed ferry service off the coast of Rhode Island.

Honors

Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Washington D.C. "Rising Star," 2017.

Memberships

American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law

National Defense Industrial Association