Kelsey M. Hayes

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Kelsey M. Hayes is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Tysons office and focuses her practice on government contracts. Ms. Hayes litigates bid protests, claims and disputes before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Ms. Hayes advises and represents clients on a wide range of government contracts matters, including suspension and debarment proceedings, requests for equitable adjustment and terminations. She also handles prime/subcontractor disputes and has experience in federal district court and alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Hayes also regularly advises clients on matters related to the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) contracting assistance programs, including the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) program, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) program, Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program and All Small Mentor-Protégé program. In addition, she advises clients on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vets First Verification Program and the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE).

During law school, Ms. Hayes interned as a law clerk at the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of the Solicitor in the Procurement and Appropriations Law Division, and the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Office of Government-wide Policy in the Suspension and Debarment Division. She 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.

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Hayes competed as a Division I student athlete and worked for a SDVOSB managing information technology integration projects.


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S., Business Administration and Management, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • The Virginia Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2021
  • Roger Boyd Scholar, The George Washington University Law School


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