Krista A. Nunez

Associate

Krista Nunez advises clients on all facets of government contracting, including bid protests, contract disputes, due diligence, and corporate compliance with U.S. and foreign policies, laws, and regulations. Prior to joining Venable, Krista clerked for the Honorable Loren A. Smith at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Before clerking, she was a government contracts associate in the Washington, DC office of a national law firm, where she focused on bid protests, contract disputes, cost and pricing issues, corporate compliance, due diligence, small business issues, and external and internal investigations.

Related Practices

Experience

Representative Matters

Bid Protests
  • Successfully represented a protestor in a GAO bid protest alleging that the Defense Logistics Agency improperly awarded a contract to an entity that, in accordance with FAR 52.209-1, was not an approved source at the time of the award, as that entity's proposal identified a CAGE code that did not match the approved source's CAGE code required by the RFP
  • Represented a small business contractor in a successful pre-award bid protest at the GAO that challenged the Department of Defense's application of the Berry Amendment's domestic sourcing requirement
  • Successfully represented a protester before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in obtaining a permanent injunction preventing the Department of Education from cancelling a solicitation for student loan debt collection services
  • Successfully represented a protestor in a GAO pre-award bid protest challenging the terms of a Department of Interior TORP for single engine air tanker flight services in support of the Bureau of Land Management's wildfire suppression operations in the United States
  • Successfully defended a GAO bid protest challenging the Army's multi-million-dollar award of a contract for shipping container gyms
Investigations and Disclosures
  • Oversaw the document production and internal investigation of a government contractor in a civil False Claims Act (FCA) investigation that resulted in a settlement agreement predicated on a contract performance dispute rather than an FCA violation
  • Successfully represented a government contractor in an investigation of its methods and procedures for competing and awarding work to lower-tier vendors under its government contracts. Performed internal investigation and assisted in drafting reports on the results of the investigation
Performance Disputes
  • Assisted two separate government contractors in resolving contract performance disputes for work performed in Puerto Rico
Corporate Transactions
  • Represented an international manufacturing company in the acquisition of several U.S.-based companies. Performed due diligence and provided guidance on active government contracts involved in the sale
  • Assisted an industrial manufacturing company in executing a novation agreement

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. The George Washington University Law School 2017
    • Winner of the 2016 Dentons "Gilbert A. Cuneo" Government Contracts Moot Court Competition
    • Member, GW Law Moot Court Board
    • Notes editor, Public Contract Law Journal
    • Legal writing fellow, GW Law Legal Research and Writing Program
    • Judicial intern, Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • Legal intern, Office of the General Counsel, Law Division for Acquisition and Procurement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Author, “Negotiating In and Around Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities: Why the Department of Defense Should Use Other Transaction Authority in the New Age of Cyber Attacks,” Public Contract Law Journal, May 2017
  • B.B.A. Legal Studies cum laude University of Miami 2013

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Loren A. Smith U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Co-author, "Meeting the Definition of a Small Business Concern Checklist," Practical Law, May 2018

Recognition
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  • Murray J. Schooner Government Procurement Scholar
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award for pro bono work during law school

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Successfully represented and executed a settlement agreement on behalf of a pro bono client in a landlord-tenant dispute before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Volunteerism

  • Board member, Devenio, Inc.—a nonprofit dedicated to creating enduring opportunities for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities to be and be recognized as contributing members of the community