Hillary J. Freund is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Freund focuses her practice on government contracts litigation and counseling.
Ms. Freund represents government contractors in bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and litigates contract disputes on behalf of clients at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, as well as the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) and Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA).
In addition, Ms. Freund advises and represents clients on a range of government contracts issues, including requests for equitable adjustments, non-competitive procurement procedures and terminations. She also counsels clients on a variety of matters in federal government contracting, including statutory compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Defense Production Act, regulatory compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and in government contracts transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and real estate purchases for properties with government tenants.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Freund worked as agency counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where she advised and represented FEMA in a wide spectrum of procurement issues. As agency counsel, Ms. Freund litigated bid protests before the GAO and the Court of Federal Claims, as well as claims before the CBCA. She also counseled and trained numerous contracting officers, specialists and agency program managers on procurement issues related to disaster and emergency contracting, including compliance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) and FAR Part 18 Emergency Acquisition Flexibilities. Ms. Freund advised FEMA on a variety of legal issues related to solicitations, technical evaluation reports, source selection decisions, debriefings, cure notices and terminations. Ms. Freund also regularly advised FEMA's Suspension and Debarment Official (SDO) on investigations and responsibility determinations.
During law school, Ms. Freund interned as a law clerk at the CBCA and with the DHS Office of General Counsel's procurement division. Ms. Freund was also a member of the Public Contract Law Journal, which is published by the Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association.
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