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Deitra Crawley represents corporate clients in regulatory matters, government contracts and other transactional issues in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Crawley’s regulatory practice includes corporate compliance, government contracts, international trade, data rights protections and certifications for small businesses and veteran-owned enterprises. She navigates regulations, designs and implements custom-tailored compliance programs for small-to-medium enterprises, advises enforcement actions, performs compliance due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, and trains company personnel and third parties on compliance.

Her practice focuses on domestic and foreign procurements, export controls, foreign military sales, foreign governments’ regulations, bid protests, government audits and investigations, claims and appeals before administrative boards and agencies, and procurement fraud claims.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Ms. Crawley was general counsel for privately held corporations in the metro Washington, D.C., area where she managed compliance, advised in contract disputes, guided companies on a wide range of international trade matters and led negotiations for a $192 million merger.

Ms. Crawley then launched an international legal and business consulting firm in D.C., and later joined a government contracts and international trade boutique law firm in Huntsville, Alabama, that focused on defense industry clients. Her legal work encompassed matters in South Africa, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, the European Union and Australia. Ms. Crawley’s endeavors in South Africa, post-Apartheid, were particularly impactful in nation building and development. Sent by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), she trained South Africans on how to make progress in local democracy. Ms. Crawley was an integral part of a team that held training sessions for the men and women of South Africa, and managed peer exchanges with local governments, as well as city and county managers in the U.S.

Ms. Crawley builds teams consisting of U.S. business and investors and facilitates the in-country partnerships. In 2016, she organized a Cuba Opportunity Forum, where more than 50 Atlanta-area companies participated in dialogue on Cuba's needs and the opportunities for doing business in Cuba. She will lead an Atlanta-Cuba Direct Investment Exchange, when key government officials in Cuba will continue the conversation with Atlanta-based businesses about cross-investment opportunities. A cornerstone of Ms. Crawley’s practice is her ability to counsel businesses in the incubator phase in securing financing and obtaining U.S. and foreign government business partnerships.

Ms. Crawley has represented the environmental cleanup and liability interests of local governments and local communities before the Administration and Congress, particularly where base closures, nuclear sites closures and abandoned and Superfund sites exist. She has facilitated the convening of Local Redevelopment Authorities in EPA Regions 2, 4, and 6, and has served on a Local Redevelopment Authority in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Crawley has made presentations on government contracts, data rights protections and international trade to the National Contract Management Association, North Alabama International Trade Association, Global Ties Alabama, Auburn University College of Business and Alabama State University College of Business.

Memberships

Federal Bar Association, Government Contracts Section, Co-Chair, 2015

Federal Bar Association, International Law Section

Maryland State Bar Association, Business Law Section

Atlanta Bar Association

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), 2015

Community Involvement

Leadership Fairfax, 2010

Leadership Huntsville, 2011

Global Ties Alabama, Board Member and Officer, 2011-2012, 2013-2015

Global Ties Alabama, Advisory Council, 2014-Present

Cyber Huntsville, Board of Directors, Membership Chairperson, 2013-2014

Turkish American Business Association, Representative for Alabama Congressional Districts 3, 4, and 5

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Education

George Washington University Law School, JD, 2001

Auburn University, BA, Departmental Honors, 1990

Auburn University, MPA, Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow, 1992

Clerkship

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Bar Admissions

Maryland

Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Accolades

Urban Fellow, Space Study - Istanbul, Georgia State University Law School, 2013

Leadership Award, Global Ties Alabama, 2012