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Jayna Marie Rust


Washington, D.C.
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Jayna advises companies, transportation authorities and other entities regarding their rights and obligations when doing business with the Federal Government. She works with her fellow attorneys and clients to help the clients recover money owed under Federal contracts, protest problematic contract awards and challenge adverse agency actions. In doing so, she represents them before agencies, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as necessary.

She also counsels clients on contract- and grant-administration matters, including analyzing and negotiating subcontractor and subrecipient agreements, following small-business requirements and complying with domestic preference policies, such as the Buy American Act, the Trade Agreements Act and the Cargo Preference Acts. Additionally, she counsels large and small Government contractors on complying with FAR 52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons; her counsel in this area ranges from developing required employee notifications to disclosing violations of the Government's policy. Combining her work in both contract- and grant-administration matters, she also advises clients on developing and applying policies and procedures that meet 2 C.F.R. Part 200 (Uniform Grant Guidance) requirements.

Jayna uses some of her earliest legal experiences to work with clients in identifying and crafting practical, yet resourceful, points and arguments when controversies arise during contract award and administration. She credits her judicial internships at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. Court of Federal Claims, as well as her internships with the Department of Transportation and a Korean shipbuilder, as having heavily influenced her approach to resolving and litigating disagreements and disputes.

A former middle school teacher and current adjunct law school professor, Jayna has been praised by clients and peers for her ability to take complex legal issues and make them interesting and understandable to others, even non-attorneys.

Thompson Coburn Publications

A two-minute overview of the September 9 executive order on contractor “vaccines”

The federal contractor $15 minimum wage: Who, what, when, where, why, how

Don’t get sunk: 5 common misunderstandings when shipping cargo under government contracts

Your guide to the SBA’s certification requirement for women-owned small business concerns

Three tips for Government contractors seeking CARES Act Section 3610 assistance for paying employees or subcontractors

Seven tips for companies or organizations seeking or receiving federal funds to fight COVID-19

A government contractors’ checklist for building a FAR combating-trafficking compliance plan

Could your company’s freebie for furloughed workers be an ethics problem for them?

3 compliance obligations you may not know you have

Grant and cooperative-agreement recipients: Are your procurement standards compliant yet?

Gift-giving policies: Seven ethics checks in light of OGE’s Updated Standards

Connecting more: Two ways the revised OGE gift standards ease communication with government employees

Government contractors must address domestic trafficking


HEERF audit guide and webinar recording now available


2019 Small Business Government Contracts Regulatory and Administrative Changes and What They Mean for 2020

Managing Contractors' Combating - Trafficking Compliance

The ABCs of REAs

A Tough Act to Follow: How to Comply with the Complex Trade Agreements Act

Government Contracts Update – Stay Informed


3 Compliance Obligations You May Not Know You Have,
Law360, December 2017

Gift-Giving Policies: Seven Ethics Checks in Light of OGE’s Updated Standards,
Public Contracting Institute Blog, April 2017

Government contractors must address domestic trafficking,
Law360, January 2016

Note, How to Win Friends and Influence Government Contracts Law: Improving the Use of Amicus Briefs at the Federal Circuit,
Public Contract Law Journal, 2012


"COVID-19 Legal Update,"
American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section March 2020

"FUN with the FAR Season 7 (FAR Part 16),"
Public Contracting Institute March 2020

"Government Contracting Fundamentals (Contract Types),"
Public Contracting Institute January 2020

"Anti-Trafficking Requirements: Recent Updates,"
Government Contracts Roundtable October 2019

"May the Clause Be with You (Differing Site Conditions),"
Public Contracting Institute October 2019

"FY2019 Small Business Regulatory and Administrative Update,"
Public Contracting Institute August 2019

"Talking About FAR 52.222-26 and EO 11246: What Government Contracts Attorneys Need to Know about Bias,"
American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section Webinar July 2019

"Masters Academy--Contract Types,"
Public Contracting Institute, April 2019

"What Contractors Need to Know About Combating-Trafficking Compliance,"
Public Contracting Institute June 2019

“Assigning Contracts with State Entities”
American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section, State and Local Committee Meeting June 2019

"SBA's All-Small Mentor Protégé Program: What Businesses Want to and Should Know,"
AFCEA Scott AFB, June 2018

"Fundamentals of Government Contracting--Procurement Process,"
Public Contracting Institute, April 2019

"Contract Compliance and Dispute Avoidance,"
Javits-Wagner-O'Day Legal Symposium, October 2018

"Federal Appropriations/Fiscal Law: Fact or Fiction,"
American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section Annual Meeting, August 2018

"Fun with the FAR--FAR Part 16, Types of Contracts,"
Public Contracting Institute, February 2018

"SBA's All-Small Mentor Protégé Program: What Businesses Want to and Should Know,"
Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center, June 2018

"Fun with the FAR--FAR Part 28 (Bonds and Insurance) and Part 29 (Taxes),"
Public Contracting Institute, May 2018

"Ethics in Government Contracts,"
American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section Federal Procurement Institute, March 2018

"Recent Small Business Developments,"
Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, April 2017

"The 5 Differences Between Commercial and Government Contracts You Need to Know,"
November 2017

"SBA's All-Small Mentor Protégé Program: What You Should Know Before Jumping In,"
Eastern Foundry, October 2017

"Buy American!,"
July 2017

"Formal Contract Changes, 'Constructive' Changes, and Requests for Equitable Adjustments,"
Eastern Foundry, February 2016

"Recent Small Business Developments,"
AFCEA Scott AFB, March 2017

"The Trade Agreements Act,"
June 2016, August 2016

"Regulatory Update: How Will Select New Rules and Regulations Impact Our Business? Are Human Trafficking Regulations Really a Concern for Us?,"
Government Contracts Update (CLE), Thompson Coburn, May 2016