WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Karen Manos has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner. Manos, who formerly led the government contracts practice at
Howrey LLP, is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of government
contract costs, pricing and cost accounting controversies.
“Karen is a real star in the government contracts bar, and her particular
focus on government contract costs and cost accounting issues will complement
our Government and Commercial Contracts Practice,” said Gibson Dunn Managing
Partner Ken Doran. “In addition, she is an experienced civil litigator who
brings added capacity to our DC litigation resources.”
“Karen is one of two or three lawyers to whom major aerospace and defense
contractors turn when they face problems with costs and compliance issues, one
of the most complicated areas of government contracts,” said Joseph West,
Co-Chair of the firm’s Government and Commercial Contracts Practice Group.
“We are absolutely delighted to bring her on board.”
Bob Metzger, who is the Los Angeles-based Co-Chair of the Group,
commented, “Karen adds to the ‘critical mass’ our firm can apply in
experienced, expert resources to advise our public contractor clients on
challenging regulatory matters and to represent them in compliance matters,
disputes and litigation.”
“I am excited about joining Gibson Dunn. It is a world-class firm with a
core group of very well-respected government contracts attorneys, and I look
forward to helping grow the government contracts practice,” said Manos. “In
addition, Gibson Dunn’s well-coordinated practice groups and international
reach provide an ideal platform for my practice, which focuses on high-stakes,
complex government contracts litigation.”
The addition of Manos is the firm’s latest step in strengthening the
firm’s bi-coastal government contracts capability. In 2004, Joseph West
joined Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office from Arnold & Porter, where he
headed the government contracts practice. Both Manos and West were named as
two of the top 12 federal procurement lawyers in the D.C. area by the “Legal
Times” in 2004.
About Karen Manos
Manos has experience in a broad range of government contract issues,
including civil and criminal fraud investigations and litigation, bid
protests, False Claims Act suits, defective pricing, cost allowability, Cost
Accounting Standards, executive compensation and corporate compliance
Manos is the author of the definitive two-volume work, “Government
Contract Costs & Pricing,” published by Thomson-West in 2004. She writes and
lectures frequently on government contracts issues, and her articles have
appeared in “Public Contract Law Journal,” “The Government Contractor” and
“Federal Contracts Report,” among other publications. She is an adjunct
professor for government contracts at George Mason University School of Law.
Manos is a Council Member of Public Contract Law Section of the American
Bar Association and is Chair of the Contract Finance Committee of the National
Defense Industrial Association.
Prior to her 11-year tenure with Howrey LLP, Manos served as a Judge
Advocate with the U.S. Air Force from 1986 to 1995.
Manos graduated first in her class from Duke Law School in 1986 and was
Note Editor of the “Duke Law Journal.” She received her bachelor’s degree
from the U.S. Air Force Academy graduating in the top 2 percent of her class
About Gibson Dunn’s Government and Commercial Contracts Practice
Gibson Dunn’s Government and Commercial Contracts Practice Group applies
substantive expertise, project experience and litigation skills to serve
public sector and high technology clients. With a reputation for successfully
helping clients to navigate through complex legal issues, the firm has been
retained for many “first impression” and enterprise-critical matters. Our
attorneys, located in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, regularly handle
engagements throughout the country.
The Group assists public contractors in compliance matters and internal
investigations in response to civil and criminal investigations and in defense
against actions brought under the False Claims Act. The group also engages in
complex litigation for public contractor clients in federal and state courts.
On the transactional side, the Group advises information technology and
telecommunications companies on state and local contracting matters and on
intellectual property considerations in government contracting. In addition,
the group provides advice and guidance to clients on a world-wide basis that
are purchasing and selling companies that perform federal, state and local
government contracts, assisting these clients with the special issues arising
when a government contractor is acquired or sold. The group also has
extensive experience in dealing with all types of issues involving schedule
contracts awarded by the General Services Administration.
Recent clients include Aurora Capital; BMC Software; Cadence Design
Systems; Computer Sciences Corporation; Deloitte Consulting LLP; Deloitte &
Touche LLP; Express Services, Inc.; GKN North America; Hawthorne & York
International, Ltd.; ITT; Lockheed Martin; MCI; Mellon Bank; Northrop Grumman;
SBC; Sprint; Supersonic Aerospace International, LLC; and Ticketmaster.
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