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Kendra counsels and represents large and small government contractors, subcontractors, and grant recipients on a range of legal issues. She has handled bid protests before several federal government agencies, as well as the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Kendra has also represented clients in size protests before the U.S. Small Business Administration, and has litigated Contract Disputes Act claims before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and in federal district courts. She has represented government contractors in Freedom of Information Act disputes, False Claims Act matters, and government investigations involving procurement integrity, ethics, and conflict of interest statutes. Kendra also regularly counsels clients on compliance with various procurement laws and regulations. Prior to entering private practice, Kendra spent more than 10 years at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), working in the areas of budget and procurement, legislative affairs, and grant portfolio management.

Kendra is a proud native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she was raised by parents who were both educators.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Southern University-Baton Rouge, the nation's largest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) System, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science.  During college, Kendra was awarded a Woodrow Wilson/Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship, which allowed her to earn a Master of Public Policy Degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.  Kendra began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston where she worked as a budget and procurement analyst for the International Space Station Program.  She later transferred to NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, where she worked in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs while earning her law degree as an evening student at Georgetown. Following law school, Kendra transitioned out of government and began her legal career as a law firm associate.  She is currently in her fifth year of practice. 

In her free time, Kendra enjoys cooking traditional Louisiana Creole cuisine, photography, community service and kickboxing.  She is also a member of Capital Reserva, a women's wine club in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  Kendra serves as an Officer of the Viola Cyprian Mack Memorial Scholarship Fund, named in honor of her maternal grandmother who was a champion of education. Her hero is her mother Carolyn, with whom she hopes to start a school of etiquitte for young people.  Kendra's philosophy on life is simple: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. 

Wiley Rein LLP
1776 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 719-7069

Pathfinder Year


Areas of Practice

Administrative & Regulatory


Law Firm

Leadership Positions

Co-Chair, African-American/Black Attorney Affinity Group Co-Chair, Women in Government Contracting Steering Committee Member, Women's Forum Member, Associates Committee

Law School

Georgetown University Law Center

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