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Joy E. Sturm

Washington, D.C.

Joy E. Sturm

Joy Sturm partners with pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology clients to build and protect their federal business at every level. Joy's knowledge of the federal marketplace and her robust background working with key procurement staff within the government allows her to provide clients with practical solutions to challenges that arise under their federal contracts.

Having built a practice focused on government contracts in the life sciences sector, Joy advises companies — from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups — on the full range of issues associated with their federal contracts. Joy has deep knowledge of the federal health and medical procurement programs, including those administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Indian Health Service.

Among the types of matters that she handles are federal contract-related investigations; contract compliance audits and associated policy manual development; counseling and support throughout the proposal, negotiation, and contract administration phases of the contracting process; and regulatory diligence in connection with government contractor mergers and acquisitions.

Joy advises on the compulsory disclosures and price ceilings associated with Federal Supply Schedule contracts, Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 pricing, the Buy American Act, Trade Agreements Act, and country-of-origin restrictions, as well as the VA and DoD Tricare health programs and related formulary and pharmacy programs.

Having co-authored a comprehensive monograph on federal healthcare contracting, titled Selling Pharmaceuticals and Biologics to the Federal Government Federal Supply Schedule and Federal Pricing Requirements, Joy is frequently asked to speak on government procurement, compliance, and pricing topics affecting pharmaceuticals, medical device, and biotechnology contractors.

Representative Experience

Handled procurement country of origin investigation involving multiple VA and DoD contracts for leading pharmaceuticals company.

Advised international pharmaceuticals company innovator and generics divisions on extensive companywide Federal contract pricing restatement.

Counseled leading medical device company on fraud investigation relating to VA Federal Supply Schedule contract pricing.

Led a team of associates on a pro bono case that led to a path to citizenship for a Congolese woman escaping abuse and visas for her four daughters.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1994
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1989


  • Member, ABA Section of Public Contract Law    

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


Flex Success Award

Diversity & Flexibility Alliance


Life Sciences Star

LMG Life Sciences


Government Contracts

Legal 500 US

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