Cynthia P. Irani is an associate in the firm's Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group. She focuses her practice on political law and government contracts law, and counsels clients in a variety of industries, including construction, information technology, financial services, education, health care and telecommunications.
Cindy counsels clients on compliance with campaign finance laws and regulations at federal, state and local levels of government, including: the permissibility of political contributions and activities by corporations, PACs and other entities; reporting and registration requirements and ethics restrictions imposed on contributors; and pay-to-play laws. She advises clients on lobbying laws, including the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and state and local lobbying laws, and governmental ethics statutes and rules governing gifts and travel. She has implemented internal compliance and training programs to ensure adherence to campaign finance, lobbying and ethics laws and rules.
Cindy also represents government contractors, bidders and agencies, advising them on government procurement regulations, laws and policies at the federal, state and local levels. She has experience interpreting government contracts, and negotiating and drafting subcontracts, joint venture agreements and teaming agreements. Cindy also advises clients on government contract compliance and ethics requirements. She also helps prepare responses to government contract RFPs and other solicitations, and consults with bidders/proposers to identify prospective bidding opportunities and business development resources.
Cindy has handled a variety of matters regarding the certification and participation of disadvantaged, women and minority business enterprises (D/W/MBEs) in the government contracting process. She has assisted clients in preparing D/W/MBEs certification applications, assessing certification eligibility, addressing certification eligibility requirements and appealing adverse certification eligibility decisions. She has also advised government agencies with respect to procurement-related and D/W/MBE issues.
Cindy also counsels institutions of higher education on issues pertaining to accreditation and other regulatory issues.
In General. Cindy earned her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington in 2006, where she was notes editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal and treasurer of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. She received her bachelor’s degree, with honors, in political science and psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.