Ms. Brier is an Associate Attorney with The Federal Practice Group and focuses her practice on federal government contracting. Ms. Brier counsels and represents government contractors in solicitation review, bid protests, terminations, contract disputes, constructive change claims, multiple award schedule contracting, suspension and debarment proceedings, mandatory disclosures, alternative dispute resolution, base ineligibility challenges, False Claims Act actions, and a wide variety of other issues under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Contract Dispute Act (CDA). Ms. Brier specializes in solving the unique and dynamic problems business entities confront who operate abroad and, in particular, operational environments.
Before joining The Federal Practice Group, Ms. Brier served as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas G. Parisi of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania.
Ms. Brier received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008, where she graduated with high distinction. She received her Juris Doctorate from Widener University – Delaware Law School in Wilmington, Delaware in 2013, where she graduated magna cum laude. While at Widener Law, Ms. Brier was an active participant in many societies and organizations, including the Widener Law Review where she served as the Articles Editor. Ms. Brier also participated in the Widener Law – Judicial Externship Program, where she served as a student law clerk for the Honorable R. Barclay Surrick of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Some of Ms. Brier’s recent successes include the following cases:
Asia Commerce Network, ASBCA No. 58623 (October 4, 2017) Ms. Brier successfully represented a government contractor who the Government had unjustifiably terminated for default from a commercial item supply contract for the delivery of fuel to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. On appeal, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals found the Government had not met its burden to demonstrate a prima facie case of the contractor’s default. The termination was converted from a termination for default to a termination for convenience.
Zuhmat Group Construction, ASBCA No. 59824 (May 17, 2016) Ms. Brier successfully represented a government contractor on appeal before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. On appeal, Ms. Brier claimed that the contractor was entitled to compensation for delivery fees and invoices left outstanding on its delivered orders. After a summary proceeding before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Administrative Judge issued a binding decision sustaining the contractor’s appeal of all four orders and granting the contractor full payment on its invoices, plus interest.
Petition for Remission or Mitigation of Seizure (September 25, 2017) Ms. Brier successfully represented a client in a request for remission or mitigation of funds seized as a result of an asset forfeiture matter from 2010. Ms. Brier was able to demonstrate to the U.S. Postal Inspector Service that the funds seized seven years earlier were, in fact, traceable to a legitimate source and were remitted back to the client.
Protest of RANA Technologies Enterprises, B-416237 (April 18, 2018) Ms. Brier successfully represented an unsuccessful offeror in a bid protest of a subcontract award before the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Within days of filing the protest, the Government issued a notice of corrective action, which inter alia, identified irregularities in the award, acknowledged that errors were made in the assignment, and ultimately resulted in the termination of the subcontract award.
Successful Appeal of Base Debarment, (July 2017) Ms. Brier successfully represented a contractor on the appeal of a base debarment from certain DoD installations overseas. After review of the surrounding facts and circumstances examined in Ms. Brier’s written appeal, the Department of the Army approved the appeal and reinstated the contractor’s access to all previously barred installations. The contractor has since returned to working overseas on behalf of the United States military.