Barbara is an attorney who advises regional and national businesses on the legal and compliance issues that arise when doing business with the government. For over 25 years, she has worked with general counsel, business decision makers, prime contractors, subcontractors, and public buyers on a variety of public contracts issues. Barbara’s collegial, hands-on approach with clients has established her as a go-to resource for help with resolving public contract formation, administration, performance, payment, and dispute resolution issues.
When necessary, Barbara has successfully used Alternative Dispute Resolution and litigation to resolve her clients’ government contracts issues. She has experience litigating protests in front of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), federal claims before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), protests and federal claims before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and other procurement-related matters in various federal and state jurisdictions.
As a trusted advisor to companies through periods of growth as well as disruption, Barbara is a member of Taft’s Distressed Company Task Force. In this role, Barbara advises borrower clients in every way during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how to navigate discussions with lenders and in addressing concerns over suppliers and stakeholders. Barbara is known for her keen ability to aid clients in determining innovative business solutions to help them propel forward through economic hardships.
Barbara’s extensive knowledge and track record in government contracts are among the reasons why she has been honored repeatedly by the Dayton Business Journal and the State of Ohio General Assembly and has been asked to lecture about government contract and procurement issues nationally and internationally at the George Washington University School of Law Government Contract Program, the United Nations, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Panama Canal Commission.
Barbara is just as active in her community as she is in the courtroom. Barbara plays an active role with helping promote accessible, affordable housing in the Ohio area as a board member of County Corp. She also helped promote accessible, quality education when she served as a member of the Wright State University Foundation Board of Trustees. Barbara is also actively engaged as a member of Taft’s Executive Board.
Barbara earned her J.D. with honors from George Washington University School of Law and received her B.A. from American University’s School of International Service.
2019 Trailblazer, National Association of Business Owners - Indianapolis
Honoree, "Who’s Who in Aerospace & Defense," Dayton Business Journal (2014 - present)
Dayton BizWomen Power 50 Honoree, Dayton Business Journal (2014 - present)
Influencers: Law List Honoree, The Business Journal (2018)
Outstanding Achievement Award Honoree, 130th General Assembly of the State of Ohio (2014)
50 Most Influential Women Honoree, Dayton Business Journal (2014 - 2017)
Robert A. Taft Service and Leadership Award Honoree, Taft (2018)
All Service Areas
- George Washington University Law School (1980)
- American University (1974)
- Federal - U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Federal - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Federal - 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Federal - U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Federal - U.S. District Court for D.C.
- State - Ohio
- State - Indiana
- State - District of Columbia
- County Corp
Member, Economic Development Board
- Wright State University Foundation
Former Member, Board of Trustees