Jessica Abrahams is the chair of Dentons' US Government Contracts practice. She represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including the areas of biodefense, health care, information technology, defense services, infrastructure development, foreign assistance contracting, and Javits Wagner O'Day Act (JWOD)/Ability One. She has extensive experience on a full range of contracts matters including bid protests, civil false claims, internal investigations, fraud disclosures, compliance issues and internal controls, sustainable acquisition, small business issues, cost and pricing issues, subcontracting, teaming agreements, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export controls, trade compliance including compliance with Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), suspension and debarment, terminations, trade secret issues, domestic security requirements and FOCI. She also represents clients with international contracts and transactions across a wide variety of industries and in a broad range of geographic regions, including Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and she has particular experience with USAID contracts. Ms. Abrahams works on all aspects of federally funded health care programs, including, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act (FEHBA).
Ms. Abrahams has litigated matters, including bid protests, qui tam cases and other complex litigation and related discovery proceedings before the Federal District and Appellate Courts, the US Court of Federal Claims, the Boards of Contract Appeals, the Government Accountability Office, and various federal administrative tribunals.
Ms. Abrahams partners with Dentons' corporate lawyers to work closely with government contractors on a full range of corporate transactions and is particularly involved in matters related to mergers and acquisitions and the associated due diligence. Additionally, she teams with her government contracts colleagues to strategize with clients entering the federal marketplace and to assist their efforts to identify and obtain meaningful business opportunities through her understanding of the appropriations, legislative and regulatory processes coupled with her expansive knowledge and understanding of the federal procurement process.
Super Lawyers 2013 recognized Ms. Abrahams as one of the nation's leading government contracts lawyers.
Ms. Abrahams was named the DC Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the year in 2000. She served as chair of the legacy McKenna Long & Aldridge Pro Bono Committee and maintains her strong commitment to pro bono through her work and service in the firm's pro bono activities.
- Co-author, "Government contractor industry brief urges Supreme Court to enforce strict standards for filing False Claims Act qui tam suits," Dentons Client Alert, September 1, 2016
- Co-author, "Final Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule still imposes substantial burdens on federal contractors," Dentons Client Alert, August 29, 2016
- Interviewed, "Rainmaker Q&A: Dentons' Jessica Abrahams," Law360, August 16, 2016
- "DoD Final Rule creates new counterfeit electronic part requirements and underscores DoD's continued focus on supply chain issues," co-authored by Chris W. Myers, Dentons Client Alert, August 15, 2016
- Co-author, "Supreme Court urged to require dismissal for willful violation of False Claims Act qui tam seal provision" Dentons Client Alert, August 8, 2016
- "Obama Administration announces new sex discrimination guidelines for federal contractors," co-authored by R. Daniel Beale, Jim S. McNeill, and Peter Stockburger, Dentons Client Alert, June 21, 2016
- Quoted, "Attys React to EEOC's Equal Pay Data Reporting Proposal," Law 360 , January 29, 2016
- "Supreme Court affirms government contractors' qualified immunity," Dentons Client Alert, January 21, 2016
- "Government contractor industry brief urges Fourth Circuit to reaffirm “battlefield contractor” tort-suit defenses," Dentons Client Alert, November 2, 2015
- "Former Abu Ghraib detainees appeal political question dismissal of suit against war-zone contractor," Dentons Client Alert, August 19, 2015
- "Maximize Opportunities in Government Contracts," Managed Healthcare Executive, June 1, 2012
- "CMS pilot programs aim for multipayer platforms," Managed Healthcare Executive, June 2011, co-author with Summer Martin.
- "Beefing Up The SBA's Oversight Authority," Law360, April 21, 2011
- "Organization’s EAJA Eligibility Is Not Based On Members’ Aggregate Resources, COFC Holds," co-authored by Luke Meier, The Government Contractor, April 14, 2010
Activities and Affiliations
Community Involvement and Pro Bono
- Board of Directors, Childrens Law Center
- Board of Directors and President, Women's Division, American Jewish Congress
- National Ambassador and member of the Washington, DC Board of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
- Founding member of Advising Women Executives (AWE), a forum for women executives to address current issues and enhance professional development
- May 2000 “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year” by the District of Columbia Bar for her work in the areas of domestic relations and child advocacy.
- Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2011-2014
- Capital Pro Bono High Roller Honor Roll, 2014
- Presenter, " 'Nuts and Bolts' of the Mandatory Disclosure Rule and the False Claims Act," Federal Publications Contract Compliance Week, October 23 - 24, 2013.
- Presenter, "Litigation Risks: Protests, Terminations & Whistle Blowers," 17th Annual Government Contracting Update – 2012, September 20, 2012
- Presenter, "Hot Topics in Government Contracting (from a Legal Perspective)," August 16, 2012
- Presenter, "Bid and Proposal Insight - What You Don't Know About the Bid and Proposal Process," Wells Fargo Insurance, February 29, 2012
- Presenter, "Contract Requirements and Compliance: Systems and Controls to Mitigate Risk," MAS Event, The Coalition for Government Procurement, July 12, 2011
- Presenter, "New Developments in Contract Compliance," Federal Publications Seminar, October 2010 and 2011
- Presenter, "Looking Ahead: Government Procurement Contracting Updates From the Obama Administration," National Contract Management Association-Huntsville, March 10, 2010
- "Maintaining Judicial Independence in Times of Crisis," Gender & Justice: An International Inquiry, June 16, 2009
- Panelist, "Bid & Proposal Insight: What You Don't Know About the Bid & Proposal Process," Marsh Learning Center, March 24, 2009
- Panelist, "COMPLIANCE, FRAUD, DISCLOSURES, INVESTIGATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT: What You Don't Know Could Hurt You, and Your Company's Bottom Line," Washington Business Journal's Breakfast Briefing Series, September 16, 2008
- American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- National Contract Management Association