Michael T. Francel

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Mike Francel is an associate in Venable's Government Contracts Group in the Washington, DC office. His practice focuses on a wide range of issues facing government contractors of all sizes. Mike has assisted clients in filing and defending against bid protests at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and at the agency level.

Mike also has extensive experience counseling small and large businesses in navigating many aspects of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations, including through the drafting, negotiation, and submission of mentor-protégé agreements and joint venture agreements under both the SBA's All Small Mentor-Protégé Program and 8(a) Program.

Another major aspect of Mike's practice involves representing clients seeking Designation and/or Certification under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act ("SAFETY Act"). Mike has assisted several companies in obtaining and maintaining SAFETY Act protections.

Mike earned his J.D. magna cum laude from the American University, Washington College of Law, where he was Order of the Coif. During law school, Mike was a note and comment editor for the Administrative Law Review and interned for the Honorable Reggie B. Walton on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He received his undergraduate degree in International Studies from Boston College.

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  • J.D. magna cum laude American University, Washington College of Law 2015
  • Order of the Coif
    Note and Comment Editor, Administrative Law Review
  • B.A. cum laude Boston College 2011

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland