Vedder Price

Kirsten W. Konar

Associate

Kirsten W. Konar is an Associate in the Chicago office of Vedder Price and a member of the Government Contracts and the Government Enforcement & Special Investigations practice groups.

Ms. Konar has extensive experience representing and counseling defense and civil government contractors in all aspects of federal and state procurement law. She advises clients on a broad range of complex investigative, regulatory, litigation, and compliance matters. Ms. Konar has represented clients before the Government Accountability Office, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and in numerous federal and state courts on a wide variety of matters including bid protest disputes, claims, False Claims Act (FCA) litigation, and prime/subcontractor disputes. She has also assisted numerous clients in establishing or enhancing compliance programs and policies, ranging from codes of conduct tailored to government contractors to export control policies and procedures. Ms. Konar’s export control experience includes advising and counseling clients on the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  Ms. Konar has likewise advised clients on the Buy American Act (BAA) and the Trade Agreements Act (TAA).

Ms. Konar is also highly experienced in conducting complex internal investigations for clients, looking into possible wrongdoing or regulatory violations. She has assisted numerous clients in properly responding to Government-issued subpoenas and has worked closely with clients in responding to investigatory requests from the United States Attorneys’ Office, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense.

Ms. Konar previously served as Special Impeachment Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary. In this role, she served the House Judiciary Committee in the investigation, trial, and impeachment of a United States district court judge. She also previously served as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, where she represented and counseled Members of Congress, committees, and staff.

Ms. Konar was selected as an Emerging Lawyer, an affiliate of Leading Lawyers, from 2015–2017 and in 2019.

Kirsten W. Konar

Associate

Education

  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2005, with honors
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2002

Kirsten W. Konar

Associate

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2005
  • District of Columbia, 2008

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2016

Kirsten W. Konar

Associate

Blogs

Ms. Konar contributes to our Media & Privacy Risk Report blog. To view it, please click here.