Lisette Washington is a government contracts attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters in Washington, D.C. As a legal representative, Lisette defends NASA in bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and in contract claims before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. As a legal advisor, Lisette guides internal stakeholders in their decision making regarding federal contracts that support major space activities. Lisette also provides legal support to the NASA Acquisition Integrity Program and to the NASA Offices of Small Business Programs, Legislative Affairs, and STEM Engagement.
Lisette participated in the ABA Section of Litigation’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) during the summer after her first year of law school by serving as a judicial intern to the Honorable Sara L. Ellis in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Lisette credits her JIOP internship for teaching her invaluable analytical research and writing skills that made it possible for her to join NASA’s General Counsel Office right out of law school even though NASA typically does not hire recent law school graduates.