Julia Di Vito, Associate
jdivito@pilieromazza.com
202.857.1000
“Our job as lawyers is to fight vigorously for our clients and to know when avoiding a fight is the better course of action. Finding a solution that will work tomorrow is just as important as winning today.”
Education

Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2011; Editorial Staff, Wake Forest Law Review

University of Virginia, B.A., 2008

Admissions

Virginia Bar

District of Columbia Bar

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

 

Julia Di Vito represents clients in a wide variety of government contracting matters, including representing clients in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims, size and status protests before the Small Business Administration, and counseling clients on matters of regulatory compliance and avoiding affiliation. In addition, she represents clients in federal and state court actions, including contract disputes, employment matters, and business torts. She also counsels clients on a broad range of employment and labor issues, including wrongful termination and non-competition and non-disclosure agreements.

Representative Experience

   Government contracts experience:

  • Litigates bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Pursuit and defense of both size and status protests before the Small Business Administration and its Office of Hearings and Appeals
  • Advises on compliance with the FAR, Small Business Regulations, and regulations regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs' VetBiz VIP Program
  • Assists in the formation of joint ventures, teaming agreements, and subcontracts
  • Assists with preparing applications to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VetBiz VIP program and filing reconsideration requests of VetBiz VIP program denials
  • Assists with requests for a class waiver of the SBA's nonmanufacturer rule

   Litigation Experience:

  • Defense of employer in federal court wrongful termination law suits
  • Represents clients at trials, depositions, and hearings in pending federal and state court cases
  • Argues motions and drafts briefs in federal and state court at the trial and appellate level 

Representative Cases

  • Obtained corrective action in several bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Successfully appealed improper finding of affiliation based on the totality of the circumstances.  See Size Appeal of First Nation Group d/b/a Jordan Reses Supply Company, LLC, SBA No. SIZ-5807 (2017)
  • Successfully defended size determination finding our client to be a small business and not in violation of the ostensible subcontractor rule.  See Size Appeal of A-P-T Research, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5798 (2016)
  • Successfully defended our client’s service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) status in a SDVOSB and size status protest before the U.S. Small Business Administration. See SDVOSB Appeal of Robert F. Hyland and Sons, LLC, SBA No. VET-247 (2015)
  • Successfully defended award of contract to our client against multiple bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims.  See ExecuTech Strategic Consulting, LLC; TRI-COR Industries, Inc., B-410893,B-410893.2,B-410893.3
  • Obtained judgment in the amount of $505,758.63 against company and owners of company in a breach of contract claim in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Prior Experience

Prior to joining PilieroMazza, Ms. Di Vito was a Law Clerk at a large government contractor where she worked with the U.S. Department of Justice on civil litigation involving admiralty and environmental law. Prior to that, she developed experience in all aspects of litigation while working for a law firm in Washington, D.C.

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "Small Business Affiliation - What it Means for Federal Contractors," Northern Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program, Oct. 18, 2016 (with Michelle Litteken), Mar. 13, 2017 (with Sam Finnerty)
  • Webinar presenter, "Identity of Interest Affiliation: Everything You Need to Know," Feb. 23, 2017 (with Jon Williams)
  • Trainer, "Becoming 8(a) Certified," Veterans Business Outreach Center at Community Business Partnership, Sep. 19, 2016 

Publications