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Erica L. Bakies

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Erica Bakies is a Washington, D.C.-based associate in the firm’s government contracts and procurement policy and antitrust, competition and trade regulation practice groups. Ms. Bakies counsels clients on a wide range of federal procurement and international trade topics and marries her international trade and government contracts practices with a unique focus on national security issues.

Ms. Bakies’ government procurement practice includes developing compliance policies and procedures for a number of different subjects, such as domestic sourcing (“Buy American”) requirements, and assisting clients with the performance of federal contracts abroad. Ms. Bakies regularly represents contractors pursuing or defending federal bid protests at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She also conducts internal investigations related to potential False Claims Act violations pursuant to the Mandatory Disclosure Rule and counsels clients facing government investigations and potential suspension or debarment.

In her international trade practice, Ms. Bakies concentrates on export controls such as the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”); sanctions programs as enforced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”); anti-corruption laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”); and anti-boycott laws. Ms. Bakies conducts due diligence on individual transactions, assists clients with performing export control classifications, develops compliance procedures, performs internal investigations, and counsels clients through government enforcement actions. She regularly assists clients with submitting voluntary self-disclosures to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and OFAC. Her practice also focuses on representing foreign and domestic companies during national security reviews, such as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) review process as well as foreign ownership, control, or influence (“FOCI”) mitigation procedures.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Bakies was a law clerk to the Honorable Bernice B. Donald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


  • Chambers USA “Associates to Watch: Government Contracts” (2020)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law
    • Vice Chair, Battle Space and Contingency Procurements
    • Member, Bid Protest Committee Member
    • Member, Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Member, Procurement Fraud and False Claims
    • Member, Young Lawyers Committee Member
  • Women in Government Contracts
  • National Council on International Trade Development
  • Washington International Trade Association
  • Women in International Trade
  • The Barristers

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Status of Forces Agreements: Time to Get off the Couch and Learn about SOFAs,” ABA Federal Procurement Institute (March 2018).

Additional Information

Ms. Bakies was a K&L Gates summer associate in 2014.

  • A Glimpse Inside the Brain’s Black Box: Understanding the Role of Neuroscience in Criminal Sentencing, Fordham Law Review (Nov. 2016) (written with the Honorable Bernice B. Donald).