Andrea T. Vavonese
Vice Chair of the Board of Directors
Division Counsel, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Mission Systems
Andrea T. Vavonese is Division Counsel for Northrop Grumman Corporation's Mission Systems sector. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2015, Ms. Vavonese served as Senior Counsel with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP. Ms. Vavonese has represented government contracting firms on all aspects of dealing with the federal government, including procurement, contract negotiations, protection of intellectual property, changes and compliance. She also represented clients on litigation matters relating to claims against the US Government, contract disputes, intellectual property disputes and construction disputes.
From 2002 to 2006 Ms. Vavonese served as litigation counsel for VeriSign, Inc., where she defended and prosecuted lawsuits, governmental investigations and subpoenas for the company and its subsidiaries worldwide. She handled patent, trademark, domain name, unfair competition, earnout and employment litigation. She also worked closely with senior management to develop litigation strategy and mitigate litigation risk.
Ms. Vavonese received her B.S. in accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1991, where she remains actively involved in the Alumni Council Career Committee. She became a certified public accountant in 1993. She received her J.D. magna cum laude in 1997 from the Catholic University of America, where she was a member of the Catholic University Law Review.
She is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and various federal trial and appellate courts.
Ms. Vavonese is committed to supporting the needs of children. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the National Council For Adoption, she serves on the board for Developmental Connections, a non-profit organization that assists families with children with developmental disorders.