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Marta A. Thompson

Washington, D.C.

Marta A. Thompson

Marta Thompson, an associate in our Government Contracts Practice Group, helps clients respond to government audits, allegations of misconduct and fraud, and False Claims Act investigations.

She counsels clients on a long list of topics, including compliance obligations associated with federally funded contracts and cooperative agreements and grants, including cost allowability and cost accounting. She advises on regulations such as the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), OMB Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), and federal agency policy on sponsored research.

In the litigation space, Marta represents clients in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In the international arena, Marta frequently advises research and higher education institutions on international academic and research programs. She has provided best-practice advice and drafted contractual agreements for U.S.-based institutions relating to foreign campuses, dual-degree and study abroad programs, international student recruitment, and other cross-continental operations.

Marta's regulatory practice also includes counseling clients on eligibility requirements for small business set-aside contracts. She assists clients in navigating the Small Business Administration's (SBA) affiliation rules and procurement programs such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) programs.

Marta maintains a robust pro bono practice, frequently representing clients in asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) proceedings.

Marta's legal career began before law school when she lived in Kigali, Rwanda, where she conducted genocide investigations for an international human rights organization. While in law school, she served as an associate editor of the The Catholic University Law Review and member of the Willem C. Vis international commercial arbitration moot court team.

Representative Experience

Represented research institutions in qui tam suits alleging improper effort reporting, indirect cost recovery, and post-retirement benefit accounting.

Successfully defended a Fortune 500 company in bid protests at GAO and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims involving a US$1.5bn O&M contract.

Guided small business clients through SBA's size and affiliation regulations and size protests at the SBA Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA).

Education and admissions


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2012
  • B.A., Emory University, 2008


  • Member, Colorado Bar Association, 2012
  • Member, Section of International Law, American Bar Association, 2013
  • Member, Section of Public Contract Law, American Bar Association, 2013

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
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