About the Blog, Attorney Authors
The blog U.S. Government Contractor – International is authored by attorneys, and provides information to contractors and subcontractors about their legal rights. In particular, the blog focuses on contract-related disputes involving U.S. Government projects outside the U.S.
Attorney Vonda K. Vandaveer
Vonda K. Vandaveer, who can be contacted here, works for the law firm V.K. Vandaveer P.L.L.C. in Washington, DC. Ms. Vandaveer represents clients in the United States and internationally. Ms. Vandaveer has lived and worked in the United States, the Middle East (most recently Afghanistan), North Africa, and the Balkans, representing clients in their U.S. government contracting efforts. Ms. Vandaveer has worked in both the private and government sectors.
Ms. Vandaveer provides legal representation to contractors of the U.S. government for a variety of matters, including contractors’ in-house compliance questions and issues, contract claims, litigation and appeals.
She is a member of American Bar Association (ABA), has served as Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Humanitarian Law Committee of the Section of International Law, and is published in the ABA’s publications Middle East Commercial Law Developments and International Lawyer.
She also handles immigration matters, including assistance for those seeking visas to the United States for business, employment and family. She has received professional training in consular processing at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and has performed consular services at a U.S. embassy overseas. Ms. Vandaveer is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Prior to earning her law degree and license, Ms. Vandaveer worked for 10 years as a journalist on the east and west coasts of the United States, winning awards for her news coverage.
Ms. Vandaveer earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine and her law degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
Attorney Michael Brown
Michael Brown, who can be contacted here, is an attorney at DVG Law Partner LLC, and represents clients in the United States and internationally.
Mr. Brown’s current legal practice focuses on litigation, including U.S. government contractor litigation. He has represented clients in many legal forums, spanning from administrative hearings to federal trial and appellate work. Mr. Brown has represented clients with many diverse backgrounds and nationalities.
Mr. Brown’s legal work experience includes positions with large corporate and public organizations, and work on complex legal compliance and contracting issues. His clients have ranged from individuals, to small and large entities both public and private.
Mr. Brown earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2002.
Legal Services Manager Assya Thode
Ms. Assya Thode, who can be contacted here, has extensive international experience, having worked in consular services for U.S. embassies in Paraguay and Mexico. She also received professional training in consular processing at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.
Ms. Thode grew up in Algeria and studied fashion design at the institute there before coming to the United States. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic.