Candace Shields

Candace is a Senior Associate attorney with Koprince Law LLC. Candace’s legal practice at Koprince focuses exclusively on federal government contract law. She also writes about government contracting on SmallGovCon and regularly presents on government contracting issues on YouTube .

Candace represents small and large businesses in almost all legal matters relating to federal government contracting to include bid protests before federal agencies and GAO, certified claims and requests for equitable adjustment before agencies and the Boards of Contract Appeals, and size and status protests before the U.S. Small Business Administration. She also regularly creates transactional documents for contractors preparing proposals in response to federal solicitations or accepting award of federal contracts, including teaming, subcontract, consulting, joint venture, and operating agreements. She provides comprehensive legal advice on applicable case law, statutes, regulations, and policies to clients, including small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, 8(a) business development program participants, HUBZone program participants, and woman owned small businesses.

Candace also has first-hand experience with the internal workings of the federal government. Prior to joining Koprince Law, Candace practiced as an Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Social Security Administration in the Washington, D.C., area, where she gained experience in administrative law as it pertains Titles II, XI, XVI and XVII of the Social Security Act. She also regularly counseled executive staff on potential patterns of legal error, abuse, and fraud in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Disability programs.

When Candace is not practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, running in the great outdoors, and finding the next delicious recipe to bake. She roots for her alma mater, the Michigan Wolverines (Go Blue!), and enjoys seeing the Jayhawk basketball team in action.

Candace may be contacted by telephone at (785) 200-8919 or by email at

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas
  • Virginia
  • Maryland


  • J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • B.A., University of Michigan


  • “The SBA’s New ‘All Small’ Small Business Mentor-Protege Program.” Kansas PTAC, Topeka, KS.
  • “The Use of Medical Support Staff Referrals.” U.S Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, recurring training, Washington, D.C.

Recent Publications

  • “Government Contracts Joint Ventures: Koprince Law LLC GovCon Handbook Volume 1.” Amazon, 2018.
  • “GAO: Navy Cannot Order Items Not Listed on Vendor’s FSS Schedule.” SmallGovCon, 2017.
  • “Termination for Default: The “No Reasonable Likelihood” Standard.” SmallGovCon, 2017.
  • “CORs Weren’t Authorized to Order Additional Work-So Contractor Goes Unpaid.” SmallGovCon, 2017.
  • “Contractor’s Lackadaisical Proposal Preparation Sinks Its Claim for Costs.” SmallGovCon, 2017.
  • “Government Liable for Negligent Estimate, Court Rules.” SmallGovCon, 2017.
  • “CBCA Orders a Federal Contractor to Play the ‘Waiting’ Game.” SmallGovCon, 2017.
  • “GAO: Agency Erred by Issuing Out-of-Scope Task Order.” SmallGovCon, 2017.
  • “In Scope vs. Out of Scope Modifications: GAO Explains the Difference.” SmallGovCon, 2017.
  • “Federal Court Again Says Agency Erred by not Clarifying Proposal Errors.” SmallGovCon, 2017.
  • “Cost/Price Evaluation to be Discretionary for Some DoD IDIQs.” SmallGovCon, 2017.
  • “Successful Protester Paid Upon Receipt of Costs – If Only It Were So Easy.” The Procurement Lawyer, 2017.
  • “Past Performance Questionnaire One Way of Providing References.” Association of Procurement Technical Assistance, 2017 (quoted).
  • “Government References Didn’t Complete PPQs? ‘Too Bad,’ Says GAO.” Alaska PTAC, 2017 (quoted).
  • “Appeals Board: Contractor Wasn’t Exempt from State Tax.” Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center, 2017 (quoted).
  • “Excusable Delays: Government’s Failure to Extend was “Constructive Acceleration.”” Government Aggregator, 2017 (quoted).
  • “SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program Explained.” Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, 2016 (quoted).
  • “Offeror’s Need to Adhere to Solicitation Requirements.” Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, 2016 (quoted).
  • “SBA Proposed Rule Will Allow Size Standard Appeals.”, 2016 (quoted).

Recent YouTube Videos

  • “Insufficient Experience Information Sinks Offerors Proposal.” YouTube, 2017.
  • “GAO Lacks Jurisdiction Over Certain DoD Task Orders, Too.” YouTube, 2017.
  • “Federal Court Again Says Agency Erred By Not Clarifying Proposal Errors.” YouTube, 2017.
  • “Government References Didn’t Complete PPQs? “Too Bad,” Says GAO.” YouTube, 2017.
  • “Joint Venture Compliance with the Rule of Two.” YouTube, 2017
  • “Termination for Default: The “No Reasonable Likelihood” Standard.” YouTube, 2017.

Representative Cases

  • Drafted and filed a GAO bid protest alleging violation of the “once 8(a), always 8(a)” rule resulting in the agency taking voluntary corrective action upon receipt of the protest.
  • Challenged an agency’s designation of a NAICS code before the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Hearings and Appeals resulting in OHA granting the appeal and instructing the Contracting Officer to amend the Solicitation’s NAICS Code.
  • Drafted and filed a certified claim with an agency alleging breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, breach of the duty of noninterference, breach of the express contract terms, and bad faith.
  • Updated a client’s Joint Venture Agreement to ensure continued compliance with the “three-in-two” rule.
  • Successfully sought extension of the phase-in period of contract performance to account for excusable delays.
  • Wrote notice to the agency of unreasonable delay and suspension of work as required under the federal contract’s applicable FAR provisions.
  • Created an asset purchase agreement for the sale of a membership interest in a service disabled veteran owned small business and ensured continued compliance with applicable VA acquisition regulations and U.S. Small Business Administration regulations.
  • Intervened and filed comments on behalf of a client in support of the agency’s award of the contract to the client.
  • Reviewed the terms of a federal contract prime contract to highlight important provisions for the client and to ensure full compliance in performance of the contract.
  • Responded on behalf of a client to U.S. Small Business Administration’s concerns regarding potential issues of affiliation and small business size status.