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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 doing so, 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, following small-business requirements 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.  Combining her work in both contract- and grant-administration matters, she also advises clients on developing procurement standards and policies and procedures that meet 2 C.F.R. 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

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


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


"Ethics in Government Contracts,"
American Bar Association Federal Procurement Institute, March 2018

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

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

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

"Buy American!,"
July 2017

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

"Recent Small Business Developments,"
AFCEA, 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

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