Kendra Perkins Norwood is a Partner at the Washington, DC based law firm, Wiley Rein LLP where she provides a broad range of legal advice, counseling, and representation for entities that conduct business with federal and state government. She also advises for‐profit and nonprofit organizations on matters related to federal grants, cooperative agreements, and other non-traditional procurement vehicles. Ms. Norwood has litigated disputes in both state and federal courts nationwide as well as claims before the Armed Services and Civilian Boards of Contract Appeals. She is also routinely involved in bid protests before federal contracting agencies, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the Court of Federal Claims, as well as size protests and appeals before the U.S. Small Business Administration. Additionally, she regularly advises clients on issues related to the formation of subcontracts, joint ventures, and teaming agreements.
A significant part of Ms. Norwood’s practice involves counseling clients on compliance with various procurement-related laws and regulations, advising on government contracts due diligence for companies involved in corporate mergers and acquisitions, and counseling large government contractors on the rules that apply when teaming with small businesses. She also routinely advises companies undergoing review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) on government contracts-related issues.
Ms. Norwood has been instrumental in securing favorable client outcomes in several major matters, over the course of her career, including most recently, representing a client in connection with its acquisition of a target corporation for approximately $2.83 billion; successfully representing another client in two bid protests filed at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims by competitors concerning a $33 billion contract to supply special operations equipment to the Defense Logistics Agency; and representing a major Health Plan in the District of Columbia in a bid protest before the District’s Contract Appeals Board regarding more than $1.5 billion in Medicaid managed care contracts.
Before entering the legal field, Ms. Norwood spent more than 10 years at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), working in budget and procurement, legislative affairs, and grant portfolio management. She effectively leverages this technical experience in her current practice to the benefit of her clients by offering first-hand knowledge and valuable insights on the innerworkings of federal contracting agencies.
In addition to being a strong supporter of the Southern University Alumni Federation, Ms. Norwood is also an active member of the National Bar Association (NBA), the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly Black attorneys and judges. She is the founder and immediate past Chair of the NBA’s Government Procurement Law Section, and has also served three consecutive terms on the NBA’s Board of Governors, including two terms as the Regional Director for NBA Region XII. In June 2021, Ms. Norwood was sworn in as President of the Washington Bar Association (WBA), one of the most influential affiliate chapters of the NBA, based in the District of Columbia.
Ms. Norwood’s active involvement in both the NBA and WBA is a reflection of her longstanding commitment to increasing diversity in the legal profession. She prioritizes mentoring members of traditionally underrepresented groups, particularly those interested in pursuing a career in government contracts law.
Ms. Norwood is a proud graduate of Southern University-Baton Rouge where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1997. She also earned a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University in 2000, and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University in 2010. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, wine tasting, and live music.