Deneen Melander

Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Deneen Melander has over 24 years of experience in government contracts law, including representing and counseling clients on all aspects of pre-award and post-award government contract issues. She has represented clients in bid protests before various agencies, including the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and in various matters relating to contract disputes before the various Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, federal district courts, and state courts. She also has represented clients in civil and criminal defense cases and administrative matters involving export control violations and the False Claims Act. In addition, Ms. Melander frequently counsels clients in the areas of software and technical data rights, export control regulations, Exon-Florio filings, cost allowability and allocation issues, and ethics compliance. 

After receiving her JD, with highest honors, from The George Washington University in 1987, she worked as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, LLP, from 1987 to 1995, and was a litigation partner at the firm from 1995 through 2008. Currently, she works part-time as a senior counsel at Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber, LLP, in Washington, DC. Prior to entering law school, Profesor Melander worked as an electrical engineer for TRW Inc., where she designed and developed military computer systems. She is a vice-chair of the ABA Public Contract Law Section, Bid Protest Committee, is an active member in a number of trade and professional organizations, and a frequent lecturer and author in the area of government contracts.


BS, Cornell University; JD, The George Washington University