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Meghan Douris will Present at The Javits–Wagner–O’Day Legal Symposium

Tue Sep 11, 2018

Meghan Douris will present at the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Legal Symposium on October 2-4 in Washington, D.C. The symposium is hosted by Melwood and The George Washington University School of Law.

Since the Wagner O’Day Act was signed into law in 1938, government agencies have been required to prioritize the purchasing of certain products from suppliers that employ individuals who are blind. The Javits–Wagner–O’Day Act expanded the law in 1971, requiring mandatory source procurement for specified supplies and services from nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other significant disabilities.

This government program – renamed the “AbilityOne Program” in 2006 (71 FR 68492) – is the largest employment resource for people who are blind or have significant disabilities, helping to employ more than 40,000 people annually. Through more than 550 nonprofit agencies nationwide, the AbilityOne Program empowers persons with differing abilities to provide essential services and products to the U.S. Government and to contribute to the U.S. economy.

Don’t miss this chance to participate in cutting-edge conversations and learn from lawyers, contract administrators, executives, advocates, policymakers, and government clients. Register here: https://www.melwood.org/LegalSymposium/

Meghan Douris provides her clients – the nation and region’s leading general contractors and subcontractors – legal counsel on the diverse issues impacting their construction projects, including: differing site conditions, geotechnical engineering concerns, delay and impact claims, heavy civil construction contract claims, general business matters, construction contract issues, and risk management strategies. With experience working as Assistant General Counsel for the New York City Department of Design and Construction and certification as a LEED Green Associate, she understands the unique legal complexities in the construction industry associated with constructing heavy civil infrastructure and high rise buildings. Clients value her ability to assess complex construction contracts and determine an appropriate and creative litigation strategy to achieve a resolution that aligns with not only the size and dollar value of the issue but the overall business goal.

Meghan also helps organizations understand and secure government contracts. From assisting with bid protests and helping clients to navigate the REA and Claim process, to litigating bid and size protests before the Court of Federal Claims, GAO, SBA and state/local agencies, Meghan is skilled at handling all types of government contract law issues. Most recently, she successfully defended a bid protest in the Court of Federal Claims to preserve a $100 million-dollar contract.

With a commitment to shaping the future of women in the construction industry, Meghan, along with other female attorneys at Oles Morrison, founded Women Leaders in Construction in 2012. The organization brings together women who work in all sectors of the construction industry and provides a platform for networking and professional development in what is often a male-dominated field. Membership has grown to more than 900 women from several states along the West Coast, as well as 110 firms.