Amy L. Fuentes is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Tysons office and a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. She focuses her practice on government contracts litigation and counseling. Ms. Fuentes represents government contractors in bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In addition, she handles appeals before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, and size determination appeals before the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Hearings and Appeals. She also defends clients subject to investigations by U.S. government agencies, and has experience in federal and state court litigation and international arbitration.
In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Fuentes represents clients in government contracts transactions, and is experienced in reviewing purchase agreements and conducting due diligence for government contractors engaged in mergers and acquisitions. She also counsels prime contractors and subcontractors on a variety of matters in federal government contracting, including regulatory compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS). Ms. Fuentes has substantial experience drafting and negotiating teaming agreements, subcontracts, software license agreements and joint venture agreements.
During law school, Ms. Fuentes served as the editor-in-chief of the Public Contract Law Journal, which is published by the Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association. She also interned with the Honorable Judge Jimmie V. Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where she focused her work on government contracts matters before the court. In addition, she served as a law clerk in the Fraud Section of the Civil Division of the Commercial Litigation Branch at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she worked primarily on False Claims Act cases involving Medicare, Medicaid and procurement fraud.
Prior to practicing law, Ms. Fuentes worked in the government contracts industry in contract administration and management at both a Fortune 500 company and a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
- The George Washington University Law School, J.D.
- University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A., cum laude
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Coalition for Government Procurement, Small Business Committee, Co-Chair, 2019-present
- American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law
- Small Business & Other Socioeconomic Programs Committee, Vice-Chair, 2018-present
- Webinar Committee, Vice-Chair, 2018-2020
- Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association
- National Contract Management Association, Tysons Chapter
- The Virginia Bar Association
- Marilyn Neforas Scholarship for Young Lawyer Women in Public Contract Law, American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law, 2020-2021
- Holland & Knight Pro Bono All Star Award, 2017-2020
- Holland & Knight Public & Charitable Service All Star Award, 2018, 2019