Carol L. O’Riordan

Carol O'Riordan

Managing Partner

1314 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Tel.: (202) 822-1720
Fax: (202) 822-1721


•  J.D., Boston University, 1983
•  B.S., Foreign Service,
    Georgetown University, 1980

Bar Admissions
•  Connecticut
•  District of Columbia
•  Maryland
•  New York
•  U.S. District Courts
    -  District of Connecticut
    -  District of Columbia
    -  District of Maryland
•  U.S. Courts of Appeals
    -  District of Columbia Circuit
    -  4th Circuit
•  U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Other Venues
•  Federal and state boards
    of contract appeals
•  U.S. Small Business Administration’s
    Office of Hearings and Appeals
•  U.S. Department of Transportation’s
    Office of Civil Rights
•  Office of the Comptroller General
•  U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Speaking Engagements

Managing Partner

CAROL L. O'RIORDAN, the Founder and Managing Partner of the O’Riordan Bethel Law Firm, has more than 25 years’ experience in the fields of government contracts (federal, state and municipal), construction contracts and litigation, financing transactions, and complex litigation.

Ms. O’Riordan has represented clients nationwide in commercial construction and government contract-related matters, including issues that range from bid protests through claims preparation, pricing, negotiations and litigation. She has done so in a large firm setting, in a small D.C. law firm, and in the O’Riordan Bethel Law Firm, which she founded.

Ms. O’Riordan is a recognized authority and frequent lecturer on federal and state certification programs, including the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development and Small Disadvantaged Business programs and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program. She is a trained arbitrator and served for many years as a member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Neutrals (Construction Panel and Government Contracts Panel).

Ms. O’Riordan has structured protocols for corporate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance; led successful negotiations of the prime contract and related subcontract and supply agreements for construction by her client of a $650 million highway in Central Asia; and served as outside general counsel to a federal contractor during its launch of international operations in Iraq and the Middle East in 2003-2004.

Ms. O’Riordan is also able to take advantage of her contracting and international trade experience as a co-founder and director of the Washington Consulting Corporation, where she advises governments and companies on matters related to public procurement and works to facilitate the trade and investment activities of U.S. and international companies.

Ms. O’Riordan has been active with numerous trade and legal associations, including the National Utility Contractors Association (Chair, Attorney Forum, 2004-2005), Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., the National Association of Women in Construction, Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA (National Board Member, Associate-at-Large, 1995-96), the ABA’s Public Contract Section, and the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association (D.C. Chapter President, 1993-95; Young Lawyer of the Year, 1993).

In September 2010, Ms. O’Riordan was a keynote speaker and panelist at the Women Business Consortium’s Power Conference in Bethesda, Maryland, where she discussed “Basic Considerations for Teaming and Joint Ventures.” In September 2011, she was featured in two presentations at The Power Conference 2011, participating in one panel (discussing successful strategies for alliances and teams seeking corporate work) and leading a session on business opportunities in the international market.

In January 2011, she spoke on “Going Global: International Infrastructure Opportunitiesat the National Utility Contractors Association’s EXPO ’11 in Puerto Rico.  She is a regular speaker at events organized and sponsored by Women Presidents Educational Organization - DC.

In March 2011, Ms. O’Riordan was a panelist at the Women and Veteran Entrepreneurs (“WAVE”) session on best practices for growing businesses.  O’Riordan Bethel sponsored WAVE’s first matchmaking event, which gave women and veteran owned businesses the opportunity to meet with small business representatives from more than 14 federal agencies and prime contractor organizations.

Recently, Ms. O'Riordan was invited to serve in a focus group conducted by the SEC Office of Minority and Women Inclusion.  There, she and other participants assisted SEC OMWI in exploring issues and concerns about the J.O.B.S Act and crowdfunding specific to small businesses and minority- and women-owned businesses.

Ms. O’Riordan is a member of the Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maryland and New York bars. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Connecticut, for the District of Columbia and for the District of Maryland, and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the 4th Circuit, as well as before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She regularly practices before federal and state boards of contract appeals, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Civil Rights, and the Office of the Comptroller General, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Ms. O’Riordan obtained her J.D. from Boston University in 1983, and her undergraduate degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1980.  She completed the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program presented by the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (October 2012).

In 2010, Ms. O’Riordan was named a member of the “Legal Elite” by SmartCEO magazine in the litigation and government contracts fields. She is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. (AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., and is used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

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