Sylvia Yi


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Sylvia Yi represents businesses across a broad range of sectors as they move through the contracting process with federal, state and local governments, and when they engage in international transactions. Sylvia counsels public and private companies on day to day compliance challenges, and supports clients in responding to criminal and government investigations. She is a regular contributor to the firm’s Government Contracts & International Trade Blog, where she provides insight on the demanding and ever-changing regulatory environment.

More specifically, Sylvia’s practice encompasses:

  • Government Contracts – Litigating bid protests and size protests, and guides clients through managing the government claims process and overseeing compliance in dealings with the federal government. She is well-versed in identifying red flag issues, reviewing contracts for compliance, analyzing merger and acquisitions risks and assisting with required filings with regulatory agencies.
  • International Trade – Helping clients navigate the complex regulations associated with a global marketplace. Sylvia works closely with clients facing import and export, economic sanctions, and anti-bribery compliance issues, whether involving routine compliance questions or projects such as policy development and implementation, or more significant matters such as internal or government reviews or investigations. Sylvia also assists companies with national security matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI) mitigation by the Defense Security Service.
  • Compliance & Government Investigations/White-Collar Crime – Counseling clients globally through criminal and civil government enforcement matters and responding to federal, state or local government investigations.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Sylvia assisted in drafting comprehensive course material specializing in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) for CLE approved training sessions for government contracting professionals. In law school, she was a procurement and acquisition law intern at the Department of Homeland Security and a judicial intern at the D.C. Contract Appeals Board.


American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law — Executive Mentee to the Section Chair (2020–2021); Small Business and Other Socioeconomic Programs Committee, Vice Chair (2020–current); Diversity Committee, Vice Chair (2018-2020, 2021-current); Young Lawyers Committee, Vice Chair (2017-2019)