Cynthia O. Akatugba

Cynthia O. Akatugba


Washington D.C., (202) 887-8790


Princeton University (B.A., 2006)
University of Texas, Austin (J.D., 2013)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Hon. Elaine D. Kaplan, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2013-2015)

Cynthia Akatugba focuses her practice on representing and advising clients in diverse government contracts-related issues, including disputes and bid protests, compliance, and investigations.

Ms. Akatugba regularly represents clients in disputes and bid protests in the United States Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and other various agencies. Additionally, she has experience with internal investigations of allegations of noncompliance with government contracts requirements, including potential False Claims Act liability as well as with government inspections and audits, including U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General audits; the Freedom of Information Act and state public records act requests; and compliance with new federal procurement regulations.

Ms. Akatugba is also a frequent contributor to Morrison & Foerster's Government Contracts Insights Blog, which provides an in-depth analysis of news, developments, and trends impacting government contracting and procurement.

In addition to her government contracts practice, Ms. Akatugba maintains an active pro bono practice. She has successfully obtained asylum and withholding of removal for clients, helped unaccompanied minors secure Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and advised and counseled nonprofit organizations with government grants.

Ms. Akatugba received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Certificate in African Studies. From 2006-2010, she taught middle school at a nationally acclaimed charter school in Houston, Texas. She went on to receive her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law, where she was a teaching assistant in the legal research and writing program; a member of the Executive Board of Assault and Flattery, the law school's musical theatre group; and an exchange student in the program in International and Comparitive Business Law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. After law school, Ms. Akatugba served as a law clerk to the Honorable Elaine D. Kaplan at the Court of Federal Claims.

Ms. Akatugba is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Texas, and Virginia, and before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

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