Areas of Practice
Education
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Member, Suffolk University Law Review
  • Albany College of Pharmacy, B.S., Medical Technology in Laboratory Medicine
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Moody R. Tidwell, III, US Court of Federal Claims
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Virginia
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Sharon L. Larkin

Partner
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6287
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Sharon L. Larkin, a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, has nearly 20 years of experience handling complex government contract matters.  She holds a Secret clearance to assist clients with classified matters.  Ms. Larkin is identified in Chambers USA 2015 and 2016 as a “Recognized Practitioner” among government contracts lawyers nationwide, and in 2016 as a Washington, DC “Super Lawyer” in government contracts.

Ms. Larkin represents government contractors in the full spectrum of procurement matters, with particular emphasis on bid protests, claims litigation, and dispute resolution – areas where her role as a former judge hearing contract disputes informs her understanding and insight.  She also advises and assists clients with contract negotiations, small business matters, data rights, investigations and compliance, and civil disputes.  Her clients include both large and small contractors, and her particular areas of industry focus include health care and biotechnology, aerospace and defense, information technology, and construction. 

Ms. Larkin’s experience as a judge and advocate enables her to take the most practical approach in solving her clients’ legal and business problems efficiently.  She spent 12 years with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), where she served as a Judge on the GAO Contract Appeals Board and an Assistant General Counsel in the Procurement Law Division.  Her experience at the GAO includes presiding over some of the most complex bid protests and contract appeals, including disputes involving the acquisition and performance of contracts for complex weapons systems, environmental remediation, healthcare services, information technology, and the modernization and renovation of the United States Supreme Court.  During her time at GAO, she heard more than 1,600 cases, issued more than 425 public decisions, presided over more than 40 hearings and trials, and conducted more than 65 alternative dispute resolution sessions.  Ms. Larkin won numerous awards for distinguished service, including the GAO Meritorious Service Award from the Comptroller General in 2007, and several Office of General Counsel Outstanding Achievement Awards.  

Before and after GAO, Ms. Larkin was a government contracts attorney in private practice, where she counseled clients on a variety of procurement matters and litigated cases at the GAO, Court of Federal Claims, various other state and federal trial and appellate courts, and the boards of contract appeals.  She has also served as an expert witness on procurement matters. 

Ms. Larkin chaired the ABA Section of Public Contract Law in 2013 to 2014, where she led the Section through the federal government shutdown.  She is a frequent lecturer on government contracting matters and has taught numerous classes on contract formation and administration, litigation practice, and alternative dispute resolution.  Prior to going to law school, Ms. Larkin worked for several years in the field of medical technology in laboratory medicine.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully protested the terms of the ENCORE III solicitation, which sought global IT services valued at $17.5 billion, resulting in a restructuring of the solicitation.
  • Successfully defended a bid protest that affirmed a client’s win of a $199 million task order to support the US Department of Agriculture’s web-based supply chain management system—a system which supports food and nutrition programs serving over 30 million Americans and 280 million people worldwide.
  • Successfully defended a bid protest that secured for a major government contractor a $1.2 billion contract award issued by the US Marine Corps for amphibious combat vehicles.
  • Represented a contractor in preparing a multimillion-dollar claim against the District of Columbia government for outstanding payments due and owing the contractor for the development and implementation of the District of Columbia’s health care access exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Represented a small disadvantaged business in preparing a multimillion-dollar claim against the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for costs incurred by owner-caused delays to the project.
  • Retained as an expert to offer opinion and testimony on irreparable harm in an action for injunctive relief in Starlite Aviation Operations Ltd. v. Erickson Inc., No. 3:15-cv-00497 (D. Or. 2015). 

Noteworthy

  • Chambers USA “Recognized Practitioner,” Government Contracts (Nationwide), 2015-2016
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Government Contracts, 2016

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Professional Affiliations

  • Past-Chair and Fellow, American Bar Association Section of Public Contact Law
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Faculty Member, Public Contracting Institute
  • Advisory Board Member, PubKLaw
  • Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association
  • Court of Federal Claims Bar Association