Emily A. Unnasch

Unnasch Emily

Emily Unnasch represents contractors in a broad range of disputes before the Court of Federal Claims, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and the Government Accountability Office, among other venues. Emily is dedicated to helping clients achieve their business goals by resolving disputes and navigating the complex laws and regulations that apply to government contractors, and she regularly advises clients on how to strategically avoid disputes and compliance issues before they threaten to undermine business objectives. Among other experience, she has litigated complex claims under a multi-billion-dollar nuclear construction contract and successfully defended a multi-billion-dollar bid protest involving defense information systems.

Emily has helped clients avoid proposed debarment, overturned terminations for default, defended against False Claims Act allegations and other state and federal investigations, and successfully prosecuted and defended bid protests in various forums. She advises clients on corporate transactions involving government contracts and has represented the interests of both buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, carve-out transactions, and corporate reorganizations. Emily also regularly advises small business clients on issues such as SBA 8(a) certification, joint venture and subcontracting agreements, and SBA mentor-protégé agreements, and assists clients of all sizes with preparing termination settlement proposals, requests for equitable adjustment, and certified claims.

Related Practices


Representative Matters

Bid Protests
  • Successfully defended a GAO bid protest challenging the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) award of a multi-billion-dollar contract to client for global solutions management operations
  • Successfully defended award of $137,000,000 U.S. Army contract for systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA) services
  • Successfully represented the protester in a GAO bid protest challenging a $170 million NASA contract award for aircraft logistics, integration, configuration management, and engineering services at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Ellington Field in Houston, Texas; the NASA Forward Operating Location in El Paso, Texas; the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; and other locations
Claims against the Government and Prime-Subcontractor Disputes
  • Represented U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractor before the Court of Federal Claims in a matter involving an appeal of the DOE, National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) disallowance of approximately $35 million in incurred costs and obtained a favorable settlement for client
  • Represented prime contractor in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado in dispute with prospective subcontractor alleging damages arising out of parties' failure to enter into a subcontract after prime contract award and start of performance. After submission of cross-motions for summary judgment, the matter was resolved via a favorable settlement for client
  • Represented a construction contractor before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in a matter involving the U.S. Navy's default termination and imposition of significant liquidated damages on contract to build a medical clinic replacement at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport in Mississippi. Assisted with negotiating a favorable settlement, including conversion of a default termination to a termination for convenience, for client
Investigations and Disclosures
  • Represented an international nonprofit in investigation by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Inspector General (OIG). Performed internal investigation and convinced OIG investigators that matter was baseless, resulting in closure of the matter without action
Corporate Transactions
  • Represented government contractor providing IT professional services in transaction involving sale of all of its outstanding capital stock. Conducted diligence review and provided guidance on government contracts involved in the sale
  • Represented an international industrial conglomerate with operations in the aerospace, defense, nuclear, and automotive industries in its acquisition of an aircraft company performing U.S. government contracts




  • J.D. cum laude Wake Forest University School of Law 2014
    • Articles editor, Wake Forest Law Review
    • Member, Moot Court
  • M.A. Women's Studies University of Alabama 2011
  • B.A. English Emory University 2009

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Richard D. Dietz North Carolina Court of Appeals


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021
  • Recognized as a Rising Star in the Washington, DC edition of Super Lawyers, 2020