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Jayna Marie Rust


Washington, D.C.
202 585 6929 direct

Jayna advises companies, transportation authorities, and other entities throughout the various stages of the contracting process and litigation. In particular, 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.

She also counsels clients on contract- and grant-administration matters, including analyzing and negotiating subcontractor and subrecipient agreements; protecting proprietary and confidential information from competitors seeking information through Freedom of Information Act requests; and complying with domestic preference policies, such as the Buy American Act, the Trade Agreements act, the Military Cargo Preference Act, and the Civilian Cargo Preference Act.

Jayna uses some of her earliest legal experiences to work with Federal contractors in identifying and crafting practical, yet resourceful, points and arguments when controversies arise during contract award and administration. Indeed, Jayna 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 teacher, 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

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


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

Government Contracts Update – Stay Informed


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


Recent Small Business Developments presentation,
Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (St. Louis), April 2017

Recent Small Business Developments lunchtime presentation,
Scott-St. Louis AFCEA Small Business Brown Bag, March 2017

The Trade Agreements Act
two-day, six-hour seminar, contractor's facilities 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 (St. Louis) May 2016

Formal Contract Changes, "Constructive" Changes, and Requests for Equitable Adjustments
lunch-and-learn, Eastern Foundry February 2016

The Korean Free Trade Agreement (One Year Later)
panel (organizer and moderator), the George Washington University Law School March 2013

Careers in Asia
panel (organizer and moderator), the George Washington University Law School November 2011