Founding Director of Washington Consulting Corporation and founder and Managing Partner of The O’Riordan Bethel Law Firm, LLP. Ms. O’Riordan has more than 20 years experience in the fields of government contracts (federal, state and municipal), construction contracts and complex litigation. Ms. O’Riordan represents clients nationwide and internationally on government procurement issues ranging from bid protests through claims preparation, pricing, negotiations and litigation. 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) BD and SDB programs, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program. She is an internationally recognized speaker and author, regularly addressing developments in U.S. domestic and international procurement law.
She is a member of the bars of Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland and New York, as well as multiple federal jurisdictions.
Ms. O’Riordan is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S., 1980) and Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1983).
Founding Director of Washington Consulting Corporation and Litigation Partner for The O’Riordan Bethel Law Firm, LLP. Ms. Bethel achieved national recognition and distinction in a seventeen year government career that included service as a trial attorney in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, in the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division (where she successfully prosecuted major insider trading suits and a variety of fraud cases in federal courts across the country, as well as one of the largest government procurement fraud cases in U.S. history) and in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she handled bid protests and contract disputes. As a private attorney, Ms. Bethel has handled multiple cases that have achieved national notoriety. She lectures on white collar crime and corporate governance issues to audiences ranging from law enforcement agencies to national organizations of lawyers and other professionals participating in the securities industry. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the George Washington University General Alumni Association as well as the George Washington University Law Alumni Association.
Ms. Bethel currently co-chairs the Corporate Donation Initiative of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia, Florida and Georgia, as well as multiple Federal jurisdictions.
Ms. Bethel is an honors graduate of both Lincoln University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1971) and The George Washington University School of Law (J.D., 1974).