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Maria L. Panichelli

Partner   |   Philadelphia, Washington, DC
Partner   |   Philadelphia, Washington, DC

MARIA L. PANICHELLI is a Partner in the Firm's Federal Contracting and Construction Groups. As a member of the Federal Group, Maria represents a national client base of prime and sub-contractors, with a focus on federal construction contracting, and small business procurement issues.

Maria's practice spans a variety of federal contracting matters, including bid protests, REAs, contract claims, and appeals. She has represented clients before numerous Federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office, and various Federal and state courts, and has litigated cases covering a wide range of construction-related issues such as defective designs, defective specifications, differing site conditions, changes, suspensions, delays, and contract terminations. Maria frequently counsels clients with regards to compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations, Prompt Payment Act, and False Claims Act.

Maria also counsels clients in all aspects of small business procurement. Having acquired substantial experience with the government's 8(a), SDVOSB, WOSB, and HUBZone small business programs, Maria provides practical assistance to clients applying for small business status or competing for small business program set-aside contracts. Maria further specializes in small business eligibility issues. She has successfully challenged negative agency findings concerning clients’ SDVOSB and 8(a) eligibility, and successfully defeated size and status related bid protests brought by competitors. Maria has considerable experience drafting teaming and joint venture agreements and advising small business clients about potential affiliation problems and subcontracting requirements. Her small business practice also involves drafting corporate governance documents that will comply with small business program eligibility requirements. 

Before joining Cohen Seglias, Maria handled complex commercial and corporate litigation before the Delaware Chancery Court.

Maria is active in a number of federal contracting- and/or construction-related professional associations and is a frequent contributor to the Firm's Federal Construction Contracting Blog. She works closely with several Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, providing educational content for a variety of government contractors. Maria is also a community partner at Govology, a legal content contributor to VetLikeMeTargetgov, and Onvia, and a faculty member at the Government Contracting Institute


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  • Maria was selected to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list in the field of Government Contracts in 2015, 2016, and 2017 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.
  • Maria received Women Impacting Public Policy's Give Me 5 Award in 2014. The Give Me 5 Award recognizes a member who has put together a winning strategy to seek and land federal contracts. Maria was chosen based on her creation and presentation of numerous webinars concerning Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) issues, which demonstrated a thorough knowledge of federal and state WOSB programs, and a commitment to assisting WOSBs in all procurement-related matters. 

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Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Lehigh University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Delaware
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit