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Kendra is a Washington, D.C.-based partner in Reed Smith’s Regulatory & Investigations Group. Her practice focuses on representing companies that do business with federal and state governments - either as prime contractors, subcontractors, third-party suppliers, or grant and cooperative agreement recipients - in a wide range of litigation, regulatory compliance, and transactional matters.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • Harvard University, M.P.P.
  • Southern University and A&M College, B.A.

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Maryland
  • Court of Federal Claims

  • Adjunct Professor, Government Contracts Law, Howard University School of Law
  • Advisory Board Member, Black Big Law Pipeline.
  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law – Previously Served as Vice Chair, Small Business & Other Socioeconomic Programs Committee; Vice Chair, Legislative Coordinating Committee; Bid Protest Committee; Contract Claims and Disputes Resolution Committee; Subcontracting, Teaming, and Strategic Alliances Committee; State and Local Procurement Committee
  • Board of Trustees, Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys
  • Board of Trustees, Washington National Opera (WNO) at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Member, Southern University Alumni Federation
  • Member, Southern University Foundation 1880 Society
  • National Bar Association – Founder and Chair, Government Procurement Law Section (2020); Regional Director, Region XII; Board of Governors (2018-2020); Deputy Director, Region XII (2016); Commercial Law Section; Greater Washington Area Chapter (GWAC)
  • National Contract Management Association
  • Women in Aerospace
  • Washington Bar Association - President (2021); President-Elect (2020); Vice President (2019)
  • Leadership Counsel for Legal Diversity (Pathfinder, 2017)
  • Adjunct Professor, The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (2003 – 2005)

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized by resolution of the Council of the District of Columbia for outstanding service as president of the Washington Bar Association (2022)
  • Named to Law360’s Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board (2022, 2023)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. in Government Contracts (2021)
  • Selected by the Washington Business Journal as a recipient of the “Women Who Mean Business” Award (2021)