Margaret E. Matavich

Associate Washington, D.C.

About

Margaret E. Matavich counsels clients in government agency-related investigations and litigation. She represents clients at all phases of litigation, from e-discovery and depositions through post-trial motions. Margaret regularly drafts pleadings and motions, interrogatories and responses, correspondence, and appellate briefs.

She has also handled GAO bid protests, ASBCA appeals, and Department of Justice fraud investigations. Margaret’s investigation practice includes investigations and independent reviews on issues such as improper time charging and overbilling by government contractors, and providing corresponding reports and disclosures to authorities.

Margaret is a certified Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) White Belt, which enables her to utilize the LLSI processes and project management tools to more efficiently manage client matters.

While in law school, Margaret interned at the U.S. Department of Justice in the National Courts Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch, where she drafted an appellate response on behalf of the Office of Personnel Management regarding the Civil Services Retirement System statutes. She also served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Peter J. Messitte of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Experience

Margaret provides legal counsel and support on a range of general litigation matters. Her experience includes:

  • Strategized, researched, and drafted pleadings and motions for filing in Virginia state court, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Drafted demand for arbitration arising from breach of contract and assisted in selecting arbitrator.
  • Supervised collection of client documents and advised on e-discovery decisions; provided subject matter background in discovery disputes pertaining to metadata and form of productions.
  • Researched law and drafted oppositions to motions to dismiss in a Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 suit involving racial discrimination and retaliation against African-American police officers.

Margaret represents clients before government agencies and boards. Representative matters include:

  • Investigated allegations of improper time charging by a government contractor, including in-person interviews, review of employee emails, and analysis of the relevant contracts; delivered a formal, written investigation report with recommendations for disclosure and employee discipline.
  • Conducted independent review and investigation of overbilling on government contract and drafted voluntary disclosure to Department of Defense Office of Inspector General.
  • Represented government contractors in disputes with the federal government, including appeals of contracting officer final decisions to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

Recognitions

Thurgood Marshall Scholar, The George Washington University Law School
George Hutchinson Writing Competition winner, Federal Circuit Bar Association (2013)

Awards Methodologies (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2014, with honors, Federal Circuit Bar Journal - Articles Editor
  • Miami University, B.A., 2011, summa cum laude

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law

Margaret's Areas of Focus