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Mary Pat Buckenmeyer’s practice focuses on government contracts area with clients ranging from large defense contractors to small start-up contractors.

Mary Pat’s government contracts law experience includes a range of issues, including contract claims and disputes, compliance, counseling, requests for equitable adjustment, small business issues, size protests and appeals, Freedom of Information Act matters, contractor responsibility and integrity issues, prime-subcontract disputes, teaming agreements, joint venture agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and review of prime and subcontracts, contract terminations... and settlement proposals, debarment and suspension, cost and pricing issues, and overseas contracting.

Mary Pat has represented clients in bid protest matters before the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Small Business Office of Hearings and Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, and numerous Federal and state agencies.

Prior to joining Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, Mary Pat worked for Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, a construction and government contracts law firm in Tysons Corner, Virginia, from 2006 to 2020.

Prior to joining Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC, Mary Pat held an internship as a clerk for The Honorable Robert H. Hodges, U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Mary Pat served as a Vice Chair on the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law Bid Protest Committee from 2009-2011.


  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D.)
  • St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana (B.A., History and Sociology, minors in Justice Education and Mathematics)
  • University of Richmond (M.A., History)


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Virginia State Courts

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