Amanda Johnson

Amanda J. Sherwood

Senior Associate

Amanda Sherwood's practice covers a wide range of government contracts matters. She assists clients in complying with the various regulatory challenges specific to the contracting and national security industries, ranging from contract administration matters including questions of cost allowability, to export controls and trade sanctions, to cyber security and data rights matters, to compliance with domestic preference and other regulatory regimes. She has experience bringing, defending, and appealing contract claims; responding to government investigations and Freedom of Information Act requests; and pursuing and defending bid protests.

Ms. Sherwood has represented government contractors before the Government Accountability Office, Boards of Contract Appeals, Court of Federal Claims, Federal Circuit, District Courts, and various federal agencies.


  • ACADEMI Training Center LLC, in securing a successful resolution, by alternative dispute resolution, on a contractor claim of approximately $12M and a government claim of approximately $3.6M involving the interpretation of purported caps on G&A, ODC, and fringe rates. ACADEMI Training Center LLC, ASBCA Nos. 61977, 62296 (April 2, 2021)
  • Multiple civilian and defense contractors in appealing claims and reaching successful Contracts Disputes Act settlements at the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Department of State contractor in a successful outcome via alternative dispute resolution of a claim arising from a termination of convenience at the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Defense contractor in successful defense of a TINA claim before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Federal government subcontractor in an arbitration with the prime contractor, which resulted in a monetary award for the subcontractor (Open SAN Consulting, Fairfax County Case No. 2019-13781, confirmation of award after formal arbitration).
  • Services contractor in the prosecution of a Contracts Disputes Act claim in federal district court resulting from a maritime contract.
  • Pharmaceutical company in a reverse Freedom of Information Act lawsuit resulting in the protection of confidential information from public disclosure post-Argus.
  • Defense contractor in reverse Freedom of Information Act lawsuit resulting in the protection of confidential information from public disclosure.
  • General Services Administration real estate contractor and Department of Defense contractor in the successful defense of bid protests at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Federal Supply Schedule holder in the successful protest of a corrective action. Centerra Group, LLC v. United States, 138 Fed. Cl. 407 (2018).
  • IT services contractor in the successful defense of the award of a billion-dollar Department of Homeland Security against multiple protests. Northrop Grumman Sys. Corp., B-412278.7 et al., Oct. 4, 2017, 2017 CPD 312.
  • Multiple government contractors in the successful protest of the award of multiple large indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts, including civilian and defense agencies. See, e.g., L3 Unidyne, Inc., B-414902 et al., Oct. 16, 2017, 2017 CPD 317; Veterans Evaluation Services, Inc., B-412940 et al., July 13, 2016, 2016 CPD 185.
  • Health Insurance Company in the successful bid protest of a District of Columbia contract award before the DC Contract Appeals Board.


New Federal Circuit Decision Addresses Applicability of Commercial Item Termination for Convenience Clause to Noncommercial Service Contracts
New Court of Federal Claims Decision Clarifies Interested Party Status for Post Award Challenges to Multiple Award Contracts
FAR Council Takes Moderate Approach To Buy American
Aerospace & Defense Law360, Compliance Law360, Construction Law360, Corporate Law360, Government Contracts Law360, International Trade Law360, Project Finance Law360, Public Policy Law360, Technology Law360
FAR Council Releases Proposed Buy American Amendments
Much Ado About the CDA: Claims Cases and Trends from the First Half of 2021 (pdf)
Briefing Papers Second Series, Vol. 21, Issue 8


Washington DC Super Lawyers
"Rising Star"–Government Contracts (2020-2021)


  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2015, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 2012, summa cum laude
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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