Businesses selling goods or services to the government face a variety of challenges. At the federal, state, and local level, procurement laws, rules, and regulations are complex and frequently changing. Additionally, with billions of dollars in government contracts awarded each year, fierce competition can drive up bid costs and intensify the already demanding financial terms contractors face.
In this environment, businesses need thoughtful planning and custom strategies to stay protected and positioned to succeed. Our Government Contracting Practice Group can help with that. The services we provide clients touch all points of the contract life cycle, including:
Our attorneys help clients with contract interpretation, questions regarding the proposal and evaluation process, cost accounting, change orders, and other issues unique to government contracting.
When disputes arise, our goal is working efficiently and quickly to find a resolution that works for our clients. We can move with the speed required to intervene or file a protest with the procurement agency, or to seek or respond to a preliminary injunction motion.
In addition, we represent our clients in arbitration and in federal district court and state court suits between prime contractors and subcontractors. We use mediation, early neutral evaluation, arbitration, and other alternative dispute resolution procedures to resolve disagreements.
Claims and Requests for Equitable Adjustment
We help clients negotiate with contracting agencies over out-of-scope work and other changed conditions that can result in unexpected costs. If the dispute is not resolved, we prepare certified claims, requests for equitable adjustment, settlement claims for terminations for convenience, and other relief authorized by the Contract Disputes Act.
Joint Ventures and Teaming Agreements
Often times the largest contractors need to partner with other contractors to pool resources and share risks. We counsel clients on issues such as whether to enter into a teaming agreement or form a joint venture. We draft, review, and negotiate subcontracts. We also handle disputes that may arise because of payment, performance, or dissolution of a joint venture or teaming arrangement.
Preference Status: Assisting Small, Disadvantaged, Women and Veteran-Owned and HUB Zone Companies
We represent a number of small, disadvantaged, woman and veteran-owned and HUB Zone companies. We assist them in qualifying for such preference status and ensuring that government agencies provide these companies with the contracting opportunities mandated by statute or executive order.
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