Firms To Watch: Government contracts

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP‘s Washington DC-based government contract practice offers clients at the federal, state, and local levels of procurement bid protest, corporate trasactions, and False Claims Act claims expertise. The team is particularly notable for its sub-contractor expertise, with Andrew Mohr  leading the team.

Government contracts in United States

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s premier government contracts practice remains active at the top of the market. Under the new leadership of Kara Daniels, the practice has been continuously trusted by prominent contractors across key industries, including aerospace and defense, healthcare, IT, and communications. Covering the full gamut of public procurement disciplines, the team regularly acts for clients in bid protests and litigation, False Claims Act investigations and cases, and national security related matters. There is also strength in offering specialized M&A support for private equity firms and contractors. Daniels is a seasoned contract disputes, bid protests, fraud, and compliance practitioner, particularly experienced in id protests involving federal civilian and defense agencies. Federal claims, terminations and protests litigator Craig Holman has extensive experience in across all levels of courts. Mark Colley‘s experience covers substantial bid protests, contract claims, and disputes. Paul Pompeo is the go-to for accounting, costs, and pricing matters. Compliance and protests in the life sciences and healthcare spaces are the purview of Kristen Ittig. Michael McGill and Charles Blanchard are also recommended, both adept at handling complex litigation and transactional matters across virtually all industry sectors, with specialisms in M&A related matters, and sensitive cybersecurity and national security matters respectively.

Practice head(s):

Kara Daniels

Other key lawyers:

Paul Pompeo; Kristen Ittig; Charles Blanchard; Michael McGill; Mark Colley; Craig Holman

Key clients

Oracle America

SpaceX

Airbus

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Booz Allen Hamilton

Ernst & Young

Fluor Corporation

KBR

CSRA

Amentum

Work highlights

  • Represented the move manager to the US armed forces in its challenge of the US Department of Defense’s US$20 billion military logistics contracts.
  • Represented SpaceX in its defense of a US$2.9 billion NASA contract award to develop and demonstrate the new Human Landing System for the next moon landings against multiple bid protests.
  • Represented Oracle in its government contracts bid protest and subsequent appeals related to the US Department of Defense’s highly-publicized US$10 billion JEDI cloud procurement.

Crowell & Moring LLP

The practice at Crowell & Moring LLP continues to maintain one of the deepest benches in the country, covering the full range of public procurement priorities for clients, with accomplished litigators, counsellors, or strategic partners in False Claims Act investigations, M&A and transactions, bid protest litigation, or costs related matters. The team represents relevant clients across a number of industries including the defense, aerospace, healthcare, and IT industries, from Fortune 500 clients to mid and small sized businesses. The practice is led by the trio of Peter Eyre, Daniel Forman, and Stephen McBrady. Eyre specializes in suspension and debasement proceedings, as well as complex international investigations and M&A. Forman is a bid protests expert, and McBrady is viewed as a go-to litigator in the team. Nicole Owren-Wiest leads the government contract cost accounting practice, maintaining both and advisory and a litigation practice. All practitioners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Peter Eyre; Stephen McBrady; Daniel Forman

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Orwen-Wiest

Testimonials

‘They are incredibly client-focused. They take the time to understand our business, what is important to us and what our overall goals are. Our leadership know them, trust them and know that they are a valued partner to us.’

‘At this point, Peter Eyre can basically read my mind – as soon as I give him a fact pattern, he seems to know what my concerns are, what I might not be thinking about but should etc. He is a true partner to our team and I’d recommend him to anyone.’

‘Steve McBrady is a great stategist and takes direction very well. Our leadership really likes him, as he brings right touch of humor to even the most serious issues.’

‘The Government Contracts practice has a deep bench of subject matter experts who collaborate cross-company and with senior leaders seamlessly for the best outcomes. Their services are reliable and dependable.’

‘We can trust the high quality work product and legal advice to navigate the complex scope of issues that we’re facing.’

Key clients

Accenture Federal Services LLC

Amazon.com

Associated General Contractors of America

BAE Systems

DXC

General Motors

Health Net Inc.

Honeywell International

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Madison Dearborn Partners

McKinsey & Company

Northrop Grumman

Pacific Architects & Engineers LLC

Raytheon Technologies

SAIC

Serco

Spectrum Healthcare Resources

Work highlights

  • Representing Amazon Web Services in a high-profile, high-stakes bid protest at the Court of Federal Claims involving DoD’s JEDI Cloud Procurement.
  • Assisted the State of Colorado in obtaining a Federal Circuit ruling (3-0) upholding the Court of Federal Claims’ decision.
  • Assisted Lockheed Martin in obtaining partial summary judgment in $143 million dispute with the Air Force.

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster covers the full range of contracting and public procurement work. Assisting clients in their regulatory and contractual needs, the team enjoys a strong reputation in their bid protests and M&A work, with tech companies in particular considering the team as the first port of call in part to the firms San Francisco presence and IP and cybersecurity expertise. More impressively, the team has a number of practitioners with security clearance, handling complex classified and sensitive matters, as well false claims litigation and classified contracts matters. The Washington DC-based team is led by Alex Ward, Tina Reynolds and Kevin Mullen, who focus on bid protests; the tech industry and cybersecurity; and bid protest litigation respectively. David Churchill is trusted by some of the country’s largest contractors, and Damien Specht has expertise in contract transactions and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Mullen; Tina Reynolds; Alex Ward

Other key lawyers:

David Churchill; Damien Specht; James Tucker; Jay DeVecchio

Testimonials

‘MoFo’s team is unique in its breadth and depth; our partners bring terrific expertise to their work, and also draw upon MoFo’s experts across the firm.’

‘Tina Reynolds stands out for her outstanding knowledge of government contracts law and her judgment as to what’s a prudent position for a commercial company selling to the government.’

 

Key clients

Vectrus Systems Corporation

ManTech International Corporation

Arlington Capital Partners

Sagewind Capital

L3 Harris Technologies, Inc.

IAP World Services, Inc.

Vertex Aerospace, LLC

ASRC Federal Holding Co./ASRC Industrial Services LLC

Wiley Rein LLP

Wiley Rein LLP is a go-to for top contractors, spanning virtually all industries, with a particular strength in the defense, aerospace, energy, IT, healthcare, and intelligence sectors. Jointly led by Paul Khoury and Scott McCaleb, the team retains a deep bench of practitioners with security clearance, and relevant sector knowledge, offering clients a multidisciplinary and tailored approach to their needs, from some of the biggest contracts to smaller businesses and entities contracting for the first time. Civil litigation, big protest claims, and other disputes are regularly handled by the team, with high-stakes litigation, and corrective action other key areas of expertise. John Prairie and Jon Burd are both key members of the team, responsible for some of the largest defense industry leaders’ matters, advising on investigations, procurement fraud allegations, claims, and appeals. Brian Walsh is capable bid protest litigator. Tracye Howard is also recommended, particularly for contentious procurement issues. Samantha Lee left the firm for a role in the GAO. All practitioners are based in Wasington DC.

Practice head(s):

Paul Khoury; Scott McCaleb

Other key lawyers:

Jon Burd; John Prairie; Tracye Howard

Testimonials

‘Scott McCaleb and Tracye Howard are tremendously knowledgeable of process, regulations, and technical details that have allowed for our success. They are also very succinct in their guidance and approach which has helped minimize expenses.’

‘What makes them stand out the most is Scott McCaleb’s ability to reach out to counterparts on the government side including IRS and DHS where he can quickly ascertain odds, challenges, or outcomes buy knowing personally the top legal managers.’

Key clients

The Boeing Company

Supreme Foodservice GmbH

MicroHealth LLC

Guidehouse LLP

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC

ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc.

Atlantic Diving Supply, Inc. (ADS)

Novetta Solutions

DynCorp International LLC

M.C. Dean, Inc.

EverGlade Global Inc.

Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems Inc. (“Ultra”)

CGI Inc.

Eaton Corporation

VariQ Corporation

Innovate Now, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Boeing, and supporting its aerospace, defense, and services contracts across Boeing’s entire Defense, Space & Security business unit.
  • Representing Supreme Foodservice in a series of claims against the Defense Logistics Agency related to Supreme’s performance of the Subsistence Prime Vendor contract.
  • Represented MicroHealth and five of its employees in a dispute arising out of a contract awarded to MicroHealth by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP is well known for its strength in False Claims Act litigation, bid protests, enforcement and compliance matters. Offering clients interdisciplinary solutions, the practice is supported by complementary practices, aiding the team’s strong record in high-profile and high dollar cases. Capable of advising contractors in all industries, the team maintains a focus in the aerospace, maritime, healthcare, IT, and defense sectors. Justin Chiarodo leads the practice and has extensive bid protests experience and is also strong in cost accounting issues and contract disputes. Dominique Casimir is the go-to and a suspension and debarment expert. Also within the team is Scott Arnold, who offers extensive public procurement experience, and trusted counsel for clients. Stephanie Harden and Luke Meier are also recommended. All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Justin Chiarodo

Other key lawyers:

Scott Arnold; Dominique Casimir; Luke Meier; Stephanie Harden

Testimonials

‘They have great experience across of variety of business sectors and government agencies. They are proactive, efficient, knowledgeable and very easy to work with. They communicate well and are creative and thoughtful.’

‘Dominique Casimir is the lead partner and she is exceptional. She is both expert and practical. She listens and is an excellent communicator.’

Key clients

Avantus

J.F. Lehman

Amentum

The Louis Berger Group/WSP USA Inc.

Quest Diagnostics

Oshkosh Defense

Darkblade Systems

Rite Aid

Nuclear Waste Partnership

Chronos Solutions LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Oshkosh Defense as intervenor in a Court of Federal Claims bid protest filed by Workhorse Group, Inc., against the U.S. Postal Service award of a $6 billion contract to Oshkosh Defense for the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle fleet.
  • Represented Darkblade Systems Corp., in its sale to Intrepid Solutions and Services LLC.
  • Represented Avantus, in its acquisition of MissionTech Solutions, LLC.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP has a very strong reputation in public procurement mandates, ranging from government contract disputes to bid protests and investigations involving the False Claims Act. Frederic Levy and Jason Carey are key practitioners in the Washington DC-based department, which has acted for major contractors from a variety of industries, with a particular emphasis on the aerospace, defense and life sciences sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Frederic Levy; Jason Carey

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Based in Washington DC, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is noted for its cost accounting practice, with a track record of acting for major contractors across a variety of sectors. The practice offers clients guidance through all stages of public procurement-related counselling and litigation, including compliance, bid protests, corporate transactions, False Claims Act issues, and IP protection. Dhananjay Manthripragada leads the practice, and focuses on criminal litigation and fraud investigations within a contracting context. Joseph West is also a key individual in the team and has extensive expertise in dispute resolution, civil and criminal fraud investigations, corporate compliance counselling, and issues related to the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. Daniel Chung and John Chesley are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dhananjay Manthripragada

Other key lawyers:

Joseph West; John Chesley; Daniel Chung

Key clients

Amazon

Fluor Corporation

Jacobs Engineering

L3Harris

Leidos

Northrop Grumman Corp

Palantir USG, Inc.

Parsons Corporation

General Atomics

Raytheon Technology

S&W Health management Services, Inc. and Beryl Weiner

C3.ai, Inc.

Centerline Logistics

The Boeing Company

Southwest Research Institute

SpartaNash Company

Peraton

Lonza

General Electric

Smartronix

Bechtel Corporation

Nokia Corporation

Zoom Video Communications

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP is best known for its international public procurement expertise in the government contracting space. The full service practice offers clients an industry sector-focused approach, particularly the education, aerospace, defense, life sciences, IT, and cybersecurity sectors. The team is under the new leadership of education and healthcare sector expert William Ferreira, who offers a depth of global operational experience in award compliance, investigations, and research compliance. Joy Sturm leads the life sciences arm of the contracting practice, focusing on pharmaceutical and biotech industries; Allison Pugsley supports the practice, with great experience in the space. Michael Mason is global lead for the firm’s aerospace and defense industry sector group, with expertise in these industries. Counsel Michael Scheimer focuses on national security and cyber security, leveraging prior experience as a defense contractor. Senior associate Stacy Hadeka is highly recommended for her ‘exceptional’ bid protest expertise. Former practice head Michael Vernick  left the firm in March 2021. All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

William Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Joy Sturm; Michael Mason; Allison Pugsley; Michael Scheimer; Stacy Hadeka

Testimonials

‘The contact and dialogue with local authorities was very well planned and successfully executed when it came to working on government contract and authorizations in Mozambique.’

‘Excellent depth of knowledge across the team in terms of US Government contracting law/regulation and best practices.’

‘Stacy Hadeka is excellent on all points – knowledge, resourcefulness and customer focus, which I witnessed and benefited from  She is the reason I brought on Hogan Lovells.’

‘Hogan Lovells government contracts practice group attorneys display an awareness of both the legal issues facing clients and the business factors at hand in dealing with these issues.

‘Hogan Lovells attorneys demonstrate a thorough understanding of the legal issues and deliver compelling and professional work product to the dispute forum on behalf of its clients. Another strength with the practice group is its ability to provide compliance counseling and guidance in areas outside of disputes.’

‘The number one attribute of the government contracts practice group attorneys with whom I have worked is their availability and willingness to provide immediate support. I receive prompt responses to requests for assistance, and I am kept informed of progress of their work.’

‘Stacy Hadeka and Christine Reynolds provided exceptional and prompt support to a series of bid protest issues facing us this past year. Both are senior associates fully capable of briefing company leaders on the issues at hand and preparing bid protest filings.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and practical. They know the law but can translate the law to layman’s terms so those who are unfamiliar with the intricacies of Government Contracts can understand. More importantly, the team can clearly identify risks and mitigants so knowledgeable decisions can be made.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Carnegie Mellon University

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Bristol Myers Squibb

PPG Industries, Inc.

Novartis

Firefly Aerospace

Westinghouse Government Services

Kearney and Company

Vectrus, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Carnegie Mellon University across a wide range of government contracts and grants matters.
  • Advising Pfizer as government contracts counsel for over a decade, in its negotiation and administration of a vast array of contracts with the US government for pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical devices, and inventory services.
  • Advising Lockheed Martin on its US$4.4 billion acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Mayer Brown

Pre-eminent practitioner Marcia Madsen spearheads Mayer Brown’s Washington DC-based government contracts practice. Madsen is also co-chair of the firm’s national security practice which contributes to the team’s broad service offering, advising clients in the defense, IT, engineering, manufacturing, and insurance industries robust expertise at the local, state, and federal levels. Regulatory advice, litigation representation, compliance counselling, and investigations are all in the purview of the team. Cameron Edlefsen is an experienced litigator and regularly practices in connection with healthcare IT, large military systems, and engineering services-related procurement controversies, conflicts, and issues. Luke Levasseur has deep federal litigation experience, focusing on complex, large contract disputes and bid protests.

Practice head(s):

Marcia Madsen

Other key lawyers:

Cameron Edlefsen; Luke Levasseur

Testimonials

‘The team has deep Government contracts knowledge and experience. They offer smart, well thought-out advice and counsel. They are very responsive and work well with the business.’

‘Marsha Madsen and her team are terrific. They are well connected in the industry, thought leaders and business savvy attorneys.’

Key clients

Garver Engineering

Alabama Department of Transportation

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Work highlights

  • Representing Garver Engineering and the Arkansas Department of Transportation in connection with the procurement and negotiation of a design-build contract for a large road and bridge infrastructure project in Arkansas.
  • Represented a medical services company in an Army dispute over a $999 million contract for health services.
  • Representing the Alabama Department of Transportation on its Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is praised by clients for it’s ‘efficiency, excellence, and availability’ across government contracting and disputes matters. The practice spans both US coasts, offering a nationwide contracts practice adept at all stages of the public procurement process. Bid protest claims, terminations, suspensions and debarments are where the team excels, as well as government contract M&A, where the team has led several high-profile deals. The team is co-led by corporate transactions expert John Jensen and claims work specialist Michael Rizzo, based in Northern Virginia and Los Angeles respectively. Los Angeles based Alex Tomaszczuk is also highly recommended, and notable for his bid protest and contract claims work. Marques Peterson is based in Washington DC and is the main contact for international government contracting within the defense sector. Todd Canni is also notable for his suspension and debarment practice. Alexander B. Ginsberg left the firm in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

John Jensen; Michael Rizzo

Other key lawyers:

Alex Tomaszczuk; Todd Canni; Marques Peterson; Meghan Doherty; Kevin Slattum

Testimonials

‘The team is very collaborative and creative in its solutions.’

‘Marques Peterson and his team are fantastic at communicating with all levels of technical and management staff within its clients’ organizations.’

‘Pillsbury has a very diverse offering of practice areas. As a general counsel, it is important that the firms I work with have capabilities to support many different areas of law. This creates efficiencies among different partners/associates because it allows them to easily collaborate with each other, which results in faster service and saves money when working with Pillsbury. The firm delivers invoices accurately and timely.’

‘John Jensen is our relationship partner and he adds tremendous value to our federal government contracts activities. John is extremely knowledgeable in government contracting and protests, as well as many other aspects of government interactions with private industry. He is very attentive and responsive, which provides me great comfort everyday knowing that any support we need is always available. One of the best attorneys I have ever worked with!’

‘Availability, flexibility and tenacity.’

‘Alex Tomaszczuk and his team are outstanding attorneys. They are experts in the government contracting field.’

‘They get the job done and done well. Simply, they know their stuff. Alex Tomaszczuk’s written communication skills are second to none.

‘Superior knowledge of government contracting, excellent results in matters handled for my company, excellent legal advice provided. The ability to reach the attorneys is outstanding and they are very responsive. Billing is never an issue. This is a superior law firm.’

‘Availability is outstanding. When I call an attorney, I reach him/her and always a friendly voice. Michael Rizzo is a stand out and is superb. I have given him many tough issues and he always comes through. Keven Slattum is another stand out and handles government contract accounting matters in an excellent manner. He and Michael are always good to talk to and they provide great legal advice. Richard Oliver is another stand out and provides excellent advice on government contract protests. There are more individuals I have worked with and each of them provides great legal services.’

Key clients

General Atomics

Parsons

Boston Properties, Inc.

NTT DATA Services

Veritas Capital

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Battelle Memorial Institute

Entergy

Oshkosh Defense, LLC

Cognosante

Conduent

Work highlights

  • Assisting Oshkosh in navigating legal and regulatory hurdles to sell various types of its military vehicles to foreign government customers.
  • Representing Entergy, one of the nation’s largest nuclear power owners/operators, in a series of claims at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims relating to the breach by the Department of Energy of its contract to pick up spent nuclear fuel from Entergy’s Indian Point Energy Center nuclear facility in New York.
  • Represented a language services company in a successful protest of corrective action before the Court of Federal Claims that resulted in a permanent injunction against the Government’s plan to terminate a $100 million contract awarded to the client for language services.

Rogers Joseph O’Donnell

Rogers Joseph O’Donnell offers clients a focused, boutique approach, advising on high-value public procurement matters for leading US and international companies. The IT, professional services, healthcare, aerospace, defense, and transportation industries are key areas of expertise. Claims litigation, and big protests are an area of strength for the practice. The team is jointly led by Washington DC-based Jeffrey Chiow and San Francisco-based Mark Linderman. Washington DC based Robert S. Metzger is a key contact for data rights and cybersecurity issues, as well as procurement fraud and national security matters. Also based in Washington DC is Lucas Hanback, who is regularly involved in bid protests. San Francisco's Aaron Silberman is also of note within the team.

Practice head(s):

Jeffery Chiow; Mark Linderman

Other key lawyers:

Neil O’Donnell; Robert Metzger; Lucas Hanback; Aaron Silberman; Lauren Kramer; Dennis Callahan; Stephen Bacon

Testimonials

‘Rogers Joseph O’Donell has deep expertise in the world of government contracting and all associated aspects. They are adept at understanding a clients needs and adapting their strategy to assist them in meeting their objectives. They have been especially good at helping to adequately explain the risks associated with various actions, but acknowledging that business decisions do not always follow the path of absolutely lowest legal risk. Too many outside counsel err on the side of “no risk” which can cause problems for clients down the line. They have also been focused on keeping external legal spending reasonable and being open in discussing when more than expected time might go into a matter.’

‘We work primarily with Lucas Hanback and could not be happier with his representation. His deep expertise coupled with his ability to understand complex issues quickly make working with him a uniquely positive experience. Lucas is always available when we need him and is great to work with.’

‘The government contracts practice has broad expertise in the area of federal government contracting. The firm has helped us defend a number of federal contract awards that were protested before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims, and they are a wonderful resource for any topic related to federal contracts. The firm is very responsive to our requests and has provided us with valuable counsel, including advising us when a bid protest is not likely to be successful.’

‘Robert Metzger has provided excellent leadership and high level guidance as the relationship partner with my company. He is very responsive to any requests for assistance, including providing a budget estimate for potential matters with a quick turn-around time. Jeffery Chiow is an outstanding attorney to work with on bid protests. He has a wealth of knowledge on federal contracting and his creative arguments have succeeded before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims.’

Key clients

Alstom

Blackboard Inc.

CGI (CGI Federal and CGI Technologies)

Leonardo DRS

McKesson

Microsoft

Obayashi

Raytheon Technologies

Siemens (Siemens Govt. Technologies, Siemens Healthineers)

T.Y. Lin International

Work highlights

  • Representing Microsoft in Amazon Web Services’ protest of the $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud services contract award to Microsoft.
  • Representing a manufacturer in an intellectual property dispute for a manufacturer of aircraft parts.
  • Assisted a bioindustrials manufacturer in establishing the DoD’s eighth Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Spanning both Washington DC and California, the team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is notable for its experience in the defense, intelligence, and aerospace spaces. Covering both work for Fortune 500 companies and national security matters, the group is particularly strong in counselling, cost accounting, compliance, investigations, False Claims Act litigation, and bid protests. The group is under new leadership from Jonathan Aronie, who covers the full range of public procurement issues, both proactive and defensive. The team is supported by Keith Szeliga, who has extensive experience in bid protest litigation, compliance programs, and investigations/audits, particularly for defense contractors. Former practice head John Chierichella is a key contact for defense contractors. Also of note in the team are Anne Perry and David Douglass. All named lawyers are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Aronie

Other key lawyers:

Anne Perry; David Douglass; John Chierichella; Keith Szeliga

Testimonials

‘The Sheppard Mullin team have some of the best talent and respond quickly to my requests. They have an unparalleled, in my view, bench of specialists and in almost all cases respond promptly (within the same day or 24 hours) of an inquiry.’

‘For the most part the practitioners are generous with their time and do not nickel-and-dime you when you ask peripheral or passing questions. They take time to get to know your company’s individual needs.’

‘Very responsive. Brought an impressive team to bear on a significant claim.’

Key clients

Northrop Grumman

IBM

American Automotive Safety Research, LLC

TechFlow Mission Support, LLC d/b/a EMI Services

SES Government Solutions, Inc.

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Huntington Ingalls Inc.

Olin Winchester, LLP

Collins Aerospace

Electronic Warfare Associates

American Automotive Safety Research, LLC

Collins Aerospace

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Electronic Warfare Associates

Gartner

Huntington Ingalls Inc.

IBM

Mastercard

Northrop Grumman

Olin Winchester, LLP

Salesforce

SES Government Solutions, Inc.

Symantec/Norton

TechFlow Mission Support, LLC d/b/a EMI Services

WW Grainger

Work highlights

  • Representing Norton (previously Symantec) in a False Claims Act matter, which is scheduled to go to trial this February.
  • Represented Northrop Grumman Systems Corp, in a matter involved affirmative claims of almost $200 million and counterclaims that aggregated in excess of $400 million.
  • Represented IBM in a bid protest challenging the Army’s award of a $729 million task order to Accenture Federal Services (“Accenture”) for Unified Enterprise Resource Planning Capability Support Services.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s government contracts group has extensive experience in high-stakes bid protests and claims litigation for a impressive blue-chip client base across the IT, healthcare, construction, aerospace and defence, and professional services industries. Alongside this strong practice, the group is adept at handling complex cost accounting matters, M&A, contract litigation, suspension and debarment proceedings, export control and economic sanctions, False Claims Act suits, and investigations. Offering a multidisciplinary approach across the overall firm’s complementary practices, the public procurement practice is headed by David Johnson, who maintains a focus on litigation. Jamie Tabb is notable in the team, covering all contracting matters and particularly strong in federal contracts. Tyler Robinson is a key name in the group for bid protests and compliance issues. Elizabeth McIntyre is notable for economic sanctions and export controls. Former practice co-head Daniel Graham  left the practice in 2021. All practitioners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

David Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Tabb; Tyler Robinson; Elizabeth McIntyre

Testimonials

‘The team at V&E is highly capable and highly motivated. They make me feel as though I’m their only client, which obviously isn’t true. The team is diverse in gender representation. V&E also is sensitive to budget issues and doesn’t run up costs.’

‘Jamie Tabb is one of the finest attorneys I know. He’s responsive, he’s smart, and he’s tireless. I’ve worked with attorneys in other government contracts practices, but none are as effective as Jamie.’

Key clients

Agility Defense & Government Services

ANDE Corporation

BAE Systems, Inc.

Big Ass Fans LLC

Brooks Range Contract Services

Consortium Management Group, Inc.

EmblemHealth, Inc.

Fincantieri USA Inc.

First Coast Service Options, Inc.

FMS Investment Corp.

Group Health Cooperative

HLP Integration

Inmarsat Government, Inc.

Johnson Controls, Inc.

KDHK Inc. d/b/a Allegiance Environmental Services

Lincoln Military Housing

Livanta LLC

Lmi Investors

ManTech International

Maxar Technologies Ltd.

New Fortress Energy LLC

NCI, Inc.

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Resolvn, Inc.

SOS International LLC

TexAmericas Center

Theodor Wille Intertrade GmbH

Trax International

VOX Space, LLC

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Co.

Hunt Companies, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisting BAE Systems in variety of issues for each of the company’s three U.S. business lines – Intelligence & Security, Electronic Systems, and Platforms & Services.
  • Assisting Johnson Controls, Inc. as the sole preferred provider for government contracts legal services.
  • Assisted a space sector manufacturer in obtaining corrective action in a GAO bid protest involving the award of a $100+ million NASA contract for a DoD weather satellite system.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP stands out for its high-end transactional work. In particular, the firm excels at advising infrastructure, project development and public-private partnerships for domestic and international public and private sector clients in public procurements and contract negotiations. Representing large contractors in the technology, aerospace, and defense sectors, the team is adept at representing clients in False Claims Act matters and investigations, as well as providing due diligence and compliance counselling. The team is under the new leadership of Michael Vernick, who is notable for his education sector expertise, particularly in FCA litigation and internal investigations. Policy specialist Angela B Styles and private equity specialist Scott Heimberg are key members of the team. Marta Thompson joined the team in 2022 from Hogan Lovells US LLP, and regularly represents clients in government investigations involving federal grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. Susan H. Lent is also a name of note in the team, particularly for infrastructure projects. All practitioners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Michael Vernick

Other key lawyers:

Angela Styles; Scott Heimberg; Susan H. Lent; Elise Farrell; Thomas McLish; Marta Thompson

Key clients

Al Sahraa General Transport and Clearance

Allegiant Air

American International Contractors, Inc.

Ampere Computing

Apollo Global Management

Bahrain Maritime & Mercantile International (BMMI)

Brightline Holdings LLC

Carlyle Investment Management

City of Houston

CoreCivic

Elliott Investment Management

Ericsson

Gojo Industries

Houston Airport System

HPI

Keolis

KEWA Financial Inc.

Mammoth Energy

Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission

NEOM

New Castle County Government

Nordam Group

North American Transit Alliance

Owl Rock Capital Partners

Philips Electronics North America

Port of Long Beach

Primeflight Aviation Services

Raytheon Technologies Corporation

Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority

Solano Transportation Agency

Toshiba International Corporation

Transportation Corridor Agencies

Workhorse Group, Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented Workhorse Group in protesting a $3.1 billion contract that the U.S. Postal Service awarded for the manufacture of Next Generation Delivery Vehicles.
  • Representing Al Sahraa General Transport & Clearance (ASG) in a litigation against the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) arising from a termination for default.
  • Advised Mammoth Energy in a Congressional inquiry into the restoration of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid following Hurricane Maria.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is notable for its strength in supporting M&A in the aerospace and defense sector. Alongside this, the team is active in all stages of the procurement process, handling bid protest litigation and counselling companies and private equity clients in the aircraft and satellite, electronics, IT, and healthcare industries. Washington DC-based James McCullough spearheads the practice, an expert in pre-award litigation and counselling on contract formation issues, as well as post-award disputes and litigation. Also in DC, Michael Anstett is also notable in the team, focusing on contractor representation in the aerospace defense and IT spheres. Alexander B. Ginsberg joined the DC office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in February 2022, strengthening the team’s bid protest practice in particular.

Practice head(s):

James McCullough

Other key lawyers:

Michael Anstett; Alexander B. Ginsberg

Key clients

Aptos

AEA Investors

Beckman Coulter

Bloomberg Industry Group

Goldman Sachs

Jacobs

Leidos

M.C. Dean

Mettler-Toledo International Inc.

Pasha Hawaii Holdings LLC

Permira

Rolls-Royce North America

Science Applications International Corporation

Textron Aviation Defense LLC

Viavi

Work highlights

  • Advised Jacobs in its definitive agreement to acquire high-performance software provider BlackLynx, Inc.
  • Advised Science Applications International Corporation in a bid protest challenging the award by the Defense Logistics Agency of a US$1+ billion contract for the acquisition of hardware and abrasives for the US military.
  • Advised Pasha Hawaii Holdings LLC in a  protest challenging the award by the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration  of a US$56 million contract to acquire, operate, and maintain replacement vessels for MARAD’s Ready Reserve Force.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates’ government contracts and procurement policy department is praised by clients for its ‘outstanding support’ and ‘excellent knowledge’. Based in Washington DC, the team offers comprehensive counselling, litigation, and regulatory expertise, and is praised for its competence and track record in pursuing and defending federal bid protests, and internal and agency investigations. The group is adept in advising technology and Fortune 100 companies on IP rights and responsibilities under government contracts, as well as non-procurement agreements. Following her promotion to partner in March 2021, Amy Conant-Hoang co-leads the practice along side renowned bid protest litigator Stuart Nibley, and David Yang, a data rights, cost accounting, and bid protests specialist. Associate Erica Bakies is also of note, particularly in relation to internal investigations and disputes. Sarah Bugart is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Nibley; Amy Hoang; David Yang

Other key lawyers:

Erica Bakies; Sarah Bugart

Testimonials

‘Amy Hoang is the reason we use this firm. She is the best in the country at this work.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable. They are quick studies and generally, I have never had to explain something twice.’

‘Stu Nibley, Amy Hoang and Erica Bakies are the folks I rely on most. They are efficient, professional but also very pleasant to work with.’

‘This team has a deep knowledge of when you can protest agency action, what other avenues may be available for a disappointed offeror and most importantly, knows how to communicate with the business to pull out the relevant facts for addressing issues with government contracting.’

‘Amy Hoang and Erica Bakies both take their deep knowledge and use it to communicate with different audiences to get the needed result. They are true advocates in knowing what facts are relevant to which audience.’

‘Outstanding Support! The K&L Gates Team has always been there for our company whenever the need has presented itself, no matter the shortness of the suspense, late at night or on weekends.’

‘Three of the smartest, hardest working individuals are Amy Conant-Hoang, Erica Bakies, and Sarah Burgart. Each of them are individually excellent and when they have combined their efforts on our behalf in support of contract disputes, protests and claims they are have an impressive record of success. They are, by far, the best legal team we have retained out of the many outsourced in support of our mission. I highly recommend and fully support any action that recognizes the high standard of excellence of the K&L Gates team!’

 

Key clients

Fluor Government Group; Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; Fluor Intercontinental, Inc.

T-Mobile

Slalom Consulting

Valor Healthcare

IMEG Corp.

Vigor Marine LLC

Day & Zimmerman; SOC LLC

PPG Industries, Inc.

American Water

CDW Government LLC

Garney Federal

Barbaricum LLC

Washington Business Dynamics LLC

Work highlights

  • Defended Technica LLC in a bid protest challenging the award of a $183M logistics task order.
  • Advising Fluor Intercontinental in administration of a multi-billion cross-border logistics contract.
  • Assisted a large engineering company in an internal investigation regarding small business set-aside compliance.

Latham & Watkins LLP

David R. Hazelton heads up Latham & Watkins LLP’s government contracts practice, a comprehensive offering favored by defense contractors, telecommunication companies, and healthcare industry clients. Contract disputes, compliance counselling, fraud investigations defense, and False Claims Act suits are all within the purview of the practice. Recent highlights for the group include involvement in several high-stakes bid protests, including acting for Microsoft in the ongoing bid protest for the Department of Defense’s award of the JEDI contract. Anne W. Robinson is notable in the team, with particular expertise in FCA allegations for both individual clients and corporations. Counsels Dean Baxtresser and Kyle R. Jefcoat are also key contacts in the team, both adept in contract compliance, bid protests, government and internal investigations, and FCA suits. All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

David R. Hazelton

Other key lawyers:

Anne W. Robinson; Dean Baxtresser; Kyle Jefcoat

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable, strategic thinkers and responsive’

‘David Hazelton and Anne Robinson are excellent lawyers who are extremely responsive, great listeners, understand the clients’ objective and execute well.’

 

Key clients

Navistar Defense

Insight Enterprises

Microsoft

Herman Miller

Omnicom Group

Monsanto

Carlyle

Leonard Green & Partners

VION Corporation

Polaris

International Justice Mission

National Resilience

SLSCO

Work highlights

  • Representing Microsoft in the ongoing bid protest for the Department of Defense’s award of the JEDI contract.

Nichols Liu

Washington DC-based Nichols Liu is fully dedicated to government contracting matters, handling major bid protests, claims, suspension matters, investigations, and False Claims Act cases. Notably, the firm is particularly adept in matters with an international component, advising major clients in the defense and aerospace sectors. Andy Liu enjoys a strong reputation as an expert Face Claims Act litigator, specializing in procurement fraud. Robert Nichols specializes in international government contracting matters, praised by clients for his approach and expertise. David Bodenheimer is also of note in the team, offering great experience across the range of public procurement matters, including cost claims litigation, FCA suits, disputes, and terminations.

Practice head(s):

Robert Nichols; Andy Liu

Other key lawyers:

David Bodenheimer; Jeremiah Centrella; Andrew Victor

Testimonials

‘This firm and practice not only have deep knowledge of US government contracting rules and regulation, they approach questions and issues with a highly strategic mindset, always thinking ahead to the next question or issue that has to be addressed, and works across disciplines to ensure an issue is understood and addressed from all relevant angles. This leads to better outcomes in a shorter timeframe and more cost-effectively. Makes the the go-to team time and again.’

‘The individuals we work with most often are Robert Nichols, Andrew Victor, Andy Liu, Jeremiah Centrella. They all understand our business and the industry in which we operate extremely well and are able to effectively leverage their expertise.’

‘Nichols Liu has a business oriented approach so their legal advice is geared to help make difficult business decisions. Also, they know the government contracting industry so well, that they provide tremendous value based on their history and experience with all types of legal challenges.’

‘They are creative and business minded. They often think outside the box to develop solutions that are unique. They also love a challenge and are unafraid of taking on any problem.’

‘Very knowledgeable government contracts firm. Team has all skills needed.’

‘Andy Liu is adept in many areas — government contracts, litigation, and investigations — and he is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘In our more than one decade with Robert Nichols and NicholsLiu, we have consistently been impressed with their depth of knowledge, client focus, cost control and excellent results. The staff are appropriately aggressive on our behalf, yet have finely tuned tactical radar that allows them to push when possible, and defend when necessary. Robert Nichols pioneered a transparent billing process that has made invoicing simple and without surprises. The firm has also added new services as clients present needs, such as trade in contracts.’

‘Robert Nichols epitomizes the firm that bears his name. He is an authority on government contracting, widely connected in ways that count, fiercely loyal to his clients and, above all, has a high degree of personal integrity. His word is his bond, and we have a decade worth of proof of that. Robert is also highly innovative and a lateral thinker. He builds legal approaches with a wide open angle of attack, and is open to input from anyone with something to contribute. He also innovates new services and business lines to meet client needs, as he did with an active ability to trade contracts for his clients.’

Key clients

SpaceX

DAI

Health First, Inc.

PAE

Siemens Government Technologies

Tetra Tech

Relief International, Inc.

BAE Systems

Continuity Global Solutions

DT Global

Work highlights

  • Represented SpaceX in an award defense by the Space Development Agency against a bid protest filed by Airbus U.S. Space and Defense and Raytheon at the Government Accountability Office.
  • Representing PAE Incorporated on its agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Amentum Holdings LLC will acquire PAE.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

With coast to coast coverage in its offering, Seyfarth Shaw LLP is trusted and known for its strong bid protests and claims litigation practice. The team also provides counselling and regulatory compliance expertise for a number of household name companies at a federal, state, and local level. Recently launched within the practice was the firm’s formal cross-practice group between the government contracts, employment, employee, and labor relations groups, offering clients an integrated multidisciplinary approach to their needs. San Francisco-based Donald Featherstun and Seattle-based Adam Lasky co-lead the practice, both adept in bid protests, claims, transactions, and cost accounting matters. Washington DC-based Edward Arnold is a key contact in the team for contract claims, procurement fraud, and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Donald Featherstun; Adam Lasky

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Dyer; Edward Arnold; Anthony LaPlaca; Christopher Robertson; Barry Miller; Gina Ferrari

Testimonials

‘The Seyfarth team is unique in the quality of its partners and the caliber of representation they deliver. What distinguishes their lawyers the most is the creativity in advocacy they bring to the table. Seyfarth is consistently well prepared and provides excellent results to our company in litigation; relatedly, the group also provides key strategic counsel on other regulatory compliance needs that arise within our business from time to time.

‘Christopher Robertson, Teddie Arnold, and Barry Miller, along with many of the other Seyfarth partners and Sr. Counsel are always knowledgeable, timely and creative in their approach to providing skilled advocacy.’

‘Seyfarth has very good intergenerational mix of attorneys that are assigned to litigation teams. I have noticed that this mix provides a good synergy among the attorneys, which in my view improves the work product.’

‘Attorney Teddie Arnold has all of the qualities needed of a successful litigator. He is very well equipped intellectually and has excellent interpersonal skills. Overall, a very nice (and unusual)combination of traits for a litigator.’

‘Seyfarth has a particularly strong Government contracts practice because its team blends a high degree of expertise in this area with best-in-class trial skills. Seyfarth is highly attuned to client needs and concerns and takes a collaborative approach to the development and execution of case strategy. The team is very receptive to feedback, approaches trial preparation with impressive dedication and attention to detail, and achieves great results.’

‘Don Featherstun and Gina Ferrari are two of the best trial lawyers I’ve ever seen in action, as reflected in their grace under pressure, ability to think on their feet, skillful examination of witnesses, and mastery of complex facts. They are highly knowledgeable in government contracts, which makes for a formidable team in government contract disputes.’

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Praised for its ‘responsive’ and ‘collaborative’ nature, the government contracts practice at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Washington DC, the team offers a full range of services to public procurement clients, from bid protests, contract claims, and investigations, to False Claims Act, suspension debarment proceedings, and disclosures. Complex litigation and fraud-related disputes expert Paul Hurst, chairs the government contracts practice and has extensive expertise in the field. Also of note within the team is associate Caitlin Conroy, who continues to build a practice in advising on multi-dollar big protests and suspension and debarment proceedings. Kendall Enyard has left the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Fred Geldon; Caitlin Conroy; Jack Hayes; Tom Barba

Testimonials

‘Experience level and understanding of client needs in addition to excellent research skills.’

‘Responsiveness is a big factor and Steptoe sets the standard. Paul Hurst, Fred Geldon, and Caitlin Conroy in the government contracts practice group are a strong group that I have used for critical issues. Jack Hayes in export controls has amazed me with the timeliness of his work.’

‘My experience with this practice team dates back over seven years now. Paul Hurst is possibly more knowledgeable about his particular practice subject matter (which is extremely complex, detailed, and voluminous) than any other attorney with whom I have worked in more than forty years of practice.’

‘The team’s strength is the breadth of its practice and expertise in the many areas of our business operations. The team approaches client interactions as a collaborative exercise, seeking to make sure it (the team) understands the business requirements and objectives of the client. The team also has a network of international firms it can tap into or refer a client to for representation and legal issues in third countries.’

‘The depth of knowledge and accessibility of partners and associates remains a significant factor in our continued relationship with this firm.’

‘Tom Barba, provides both substantive legal advice on selected issues and directs questions outside his areas of practice to the appropriate colleague.’

‘Paul Hurst, a partner overseeing the government contract practice, is top in this area, an area central to our business operations. Regardless of the issue, he has provided consistently excellent guidance in the procurement and financial management areas of our work.’

‘Caitlin Conroy, an associate in the government contracts practice, also has assisted with several questions. She also has provided training to employees on ethics related to Federal procurement.’

Key clients

CACI International Inc.

Nexagen

AAR Corp.

Humana, Inc.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC

Ritoch-Powell & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Kordsa Teknik Tekstil A.S.

Transportation Management Services, Inc.

Inmarsat Government Inc.

WWC Global

Definitive Logic

Work highlights

  • Advised Inmarsat Government, Inc. in a challenge a federal agency’s decision to proceed with the solicitation of a billion-dollar, ten-year contract to procure worldwide broadband satellite services for the Navy.
  • Represented AAR in a series of significant protests involving the Air Force’s procurement of a 10-year, $200 million contract to manufacture the next generation all-aluminium pallets for Air Force’s DoD-wide 463L cargo program.
  • Representing Humana Military in connection with performance of its $40-billion contract to support DOD’s TRICARE program in the East Region of the United States.

Thompson Hine LLP

The Washington DC-based team at Thompson Hine LLP continues to support and advise clients throughout the public procurement process. Strong in the life sciences sector, the group is also strong in the telecoms, intelligence, professional services, construction, and logistics industries. The team is under the new leadership of Francis Purcell, who specializes in federal contract and grand performance issues. Thomas Mason is also a key member of the practice, with extensive trial and appellate litigation experience across both commercial and government contracts litigation. The team also expanded with the addition of Ryan Spiegel from Paley Rothman, and Jessica Haire from VH Law. Haire has extensive expertise in advising clients on construction projects across the full spectrum of contract issues. Spiegel’s addition bolsters the team’s business counselling, regulatory compliance, and litigation offering.

Practice head(s):

Francis Purcell

Testimonials

‘Responsiveness would be one of the top things I would say sets these guys apart.’

‘Very knowledgeable; responsive; and very helpful in pulling information together.’

Key clients

Amentum

Academy Leadership

Costello Construction of Maryland Inc.

ISC-I

J&S Franklin Ltd.

LION Group, Inc.

Mission Essential, LLC

Norair Engineering Corp.

Prosper DTX

ThunderCat Technologies, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Amentum in a challenge before Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals to Department of the Air Force’s direction to perform additional aircraft maintenance work.
  • Represented Academy Leadership in a protest before Government Accountability Office to overturn award to competitor following agency failure to conduct proper discussion during procurement.
  • Represented Costello in resolution of bid withdrawal in a $28 million bid with Fairfax County, Virginia.

WilmerHale

WilmerHale’s defense, national security and government contracts practice has a strong record in representing major contractors in multi-billion dollar bid protests, investigations, claims, and allegations of procurement fraud. The team’s strength in the defense and national security industry combines litigation and counselling expertise in both traditional and emerging areas in these spaces. The practice is co-led by Stephen Preston, who is a key contact for aerospace and defense clients; and Andrew Shipley, whose bid protest and contract performance expertise is bolstered by his in-house experience at a top aerospace and defense technology company. Also notable in the team is Barry Hurewitz, who is counsel of choice for matters involving intellectual property, privacy, and data security aspects of government contracts, with deep public procurement experience. All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Preston; Andrew Shipley

Other key lawyers:

Barry Hurewitz; Phil Beshara

Testimonials

‘The best of the best. Their lawyers are simply brilliant.’

‘Andrew Shipley – accessible, attentive, knowledgable, brilliant.’

Key clients

Cue Health

Intelsat

Fluor

L3Harris

Mission Support Alliance

Morgan Olson

Teledyne Technologies

Westlands Water District

Work highlights

  • Advised Fluor Corporation on its $82bn contract to provide top-to-bottom logistics services for the US military worldwide.
  • Advised Teledyne in a successful protest of a $650m award by NASA to KBR for operational support for space-based programs including the International Space Station and Near-Earth Asteroid Detection system.
  • Represented L3 Harris in defending a protest initiated by its competitors for a contract to build ballistic and hypersonic detection satellites.

Dentons

Dentons serves a wide range of industries, including the life sciences, technology, aerospace, healthcare, defense, cybersecurity, and construction. The practice also has broad expertise across bid protest matters, False Claims Act suits, and corporate transactions. The practice is chaired by Steven Masiello, who has extensive expertise in complex contracting matters, particularly in cost accounting, contract estimating, and pricing matters. Thomas Lemmer is of note, also strong in cost accounting and pricing. All practitioners are based in Denver.

Practice head(s):

Steven Masiello

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Lemmer; Joseph Martinez; Gale Monahan; Tyler Thomas

Key clients

United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC)

Vectrus Systems Corporation

Raytheon Technologies

GlaxoSmithKline

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

Northrup Grumman Corporation

Bhate

FlightSafety Services Corporation

Textron Aviation Defense

Torch Technologies, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising GlaxoSmithKline on a commercial item determination request for an adjuvant that was developed by GSK and will likely be used with Covid-19 vaccines.
  • Representing Raytheon in the appeal of a US Army contracting officer’s final decision, which claims broad rights in Raytheon’s proprietary supplier and vendor information related to the Patriot missile system.
  • Representing USEC, the operator of Department of Energy uranium enrichment plants, in two related, but unconsolidated appeals.

Husch Blackwell LLP

Husch Blackwell LLP represents contractors across the range on public procurement matters, particularly bid protests, claims, and contentious issues. Uniquely experienced in both the federal construction government healthcare spheres, the group, headed by Brian Waagner, advises on all phases of the contracting process, with Waagner sought after for regulatory compliance and bid protests. Hal Perloff is also notable in the team, extensively experiences in False Claims Act litigation. Michael Schrier joined the team in 2021 from Duane Morris LLP, bolstering the team’s capability at the intersection of procurement, employment, and litigation. Bid protests, contracts disputes, and transactional corporate matters are the purview of Steven Neeley, who is also recommended. All practitioners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Brian Waagner

Other key lawyers:

Hal Perloff; Steeve Neeley; Michael Schrier

Key clients

The Clark Construction Group, LLC

Lendlease (US) Public Partnerships LLC

Jacobs

Lawrence Livermore National Security

Day & Zimmermann

Express Scripts, Inc.

Centene Corporation

JF Brennan Company

SupplyCore, Inc.

Martin UAV, LLC

Tetracore

M.C. Dean

Total Administrative Services Corporation

W.S. Darley Company

Schutt Industries

Honeywell International Inc. (Aerospace)

Nicholson Construction Company

Jenner & Block LLP

Based in Washington DC, Jenner & Block LLP is notable for its expertise in the aerospace and defense, as well as professional services, transportation, IT, and construction industries. The team is comprised of several seasoned practitioners whose experience in top government departments and public entities lends itself to extensive expertise across bid protests, civil fraud allegations, investigations, regulatory compliance, and contract disputes. Marc Van Allen and David Robbins co-chair the practice, with the latter expert in procurement fraud defense. Also notable in the team are Noah Bleicher – complex federal acquisition expert and Carla Weiss, who has extensive expertise in high-value bid protest litigation. Jeri Somers, former Chief Judge of the US Civilian Board of Contract Appeals joined the team in June 2021, bring with her a depth in contract dispute knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Marc Van Allen; David Robbins

Other key lawyers:

Noah Bleicher; Carla Weiss; Jeri Somers

Key clients

Insight Systems Corporation

Aerojet Rocketdyne

Alethix

Medical Place

Business Integra Technology Solutions, Inc.

General Dynamics Information Technology

General Dynamics Land Systems

MML Capital

Guardian Construction Inc.

Dovel Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc in a government relations-related M&A transaction.
  • Represented a SDVOSB in protracted bid protest litigation at GAO related to a Department of Veteran Affairs procurement, getting multi-issue protests dismissed.
  • Represented General Dynamics Information Technology in securing a complete dismissal of $29 million in government claims against a subsidiary of a major defense contractor, including appealing before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Miller & Chevalier Chartered offers counselling and litigation expertise across the full procurement life cycle. The multidisciplinary offering provides clients in the technology, healthcare, aviation, manufacturing, and professional services industries advice on bid protests, False Claims Act suits, contract claims, and investigations advise at a federal, state, and local level. Jason Workmaster heads up the practice, and focuses on all matters related to contract litigation and contract appeals. Alejandro Sarria is an experienced counsellor and litigator, praised by clients for ‘innovative solutions’. Counsel Elizabeth Cappiello is of note, and focuses her practice on litigation and compliance, including bid preparation, bid protest, and contract management. All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jason Workmaster

Other key lawyers:

Alejandro Sarria; Elizabeth Cappiello

Testimonials

‘Very capable law firm’

‘Miller and Chevalier’s government contracts practice is particularly skilled at understanding the business needs of my company and tailoring the legal services they provide in a way that answers our legal questions, solves our legal issues, and anticipates our legal needs in a way that is both effective and cost efficient.’

‘We work closely with Alejandro Sarria and Jason Workmaster. They are both skilled government contracts lawyers who have a depth of knowledge that is exceptional. They also know how to use that knowledge in a cost-effective way to solve the legal issues my company faces. ’

‘Alejandro Sarria provides innovative solutions and is proactive at thinking through problems in a pragmatic way. He does not only provide legal advice but thinks about the client’s objectives and provides useful tools to achieve those objectives’

‘Jason Workmaster is responsive, to the point and efficient litigator who understands the needs of a large corporate client.’

Key clients

ABB, Inc.

C3.ai

CSI Aviation, Inc.

L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

MAXIMUS Federal Services, Inc.

Northrop Grumman Corp.

Peraton, Inc.

Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP

Advising clients during all stages of the procurement process, Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP‘s government contracts practice regularly assists companies across a wide range of industries, including aerospace, maritime, and defense. Known for its bid protests practice, the team also handles disputes, claims, and negotiations for contractors both as counsel and defense, and is knowledgeable on contractor IP rights. James Nagle and Howard Roth chair the practice group. Douglas Oles is an expert in public procurement dispute resolution, particularly in the construction, supply, energy, and real estate sectors. All partners mentioned are based in Seattle.

Practice head(s):

James Nagle; Howard Roth

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Krider

Testimonials

‘Howard Roth is a consummate legal professional. Very experienced, reachable and timely with deliverables and guidance.’

Key clients

ADF

Dragados USA, Inc

Delta Western

CJW Joint Venture

HamiltonJet

Kinemetrics

Melwood Horticultural Training Center, Inc.

TOTE Services LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Melwood Horticultural Training Center, Inc. in successfully challenging a significant shift in the AbilityOne Program which provides work opportunities for the severely disabled.
  • Represented Kinemetrics in successfully arguing the Court of Federal Claims had bid protest jurisdiction over Other Transactions such as Commercial Source Opportunities (CSO).
  • Representing an Army Corps of Engineers prime contractor concerning President Biden’s termination of the Southern Border wall.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP offers strong US expertise alongside multidisciplinary expertise across the firm’s wider global network. The is adept across the range of public procurement matters including, regulatory compliance, bid protests and internal investigations. The practice is co-led by Lawrence Sher and Lawrence Block, experts in bid protest matters, and M&A-related contract litigation respectively. Liz Leavy and Liza Craig are also of note within the team, bolstering the team’s capabilities in the technology, transport, healthcare, and IT industries. National security and cyber compliance expert William Kirkwood is also recommended. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Block; Lawrence Sher

Other key lawyers:

William Kirkwood; Liza Craig; Liz Leavy

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Lawrence Block, since 2010. His expertise in government contracting is extremely broad, and his support organization is always ready to answer any questions on a very timely basis. In the past he also intervened on our behalf on a proposal protest and provided critical input that allowed us to win. He has also won a number of protests for other organizations.’

‘Following up on the previous comment, Lawrence Block is excellent at focusing on the issues and drilling down to develop a comprehensive understanding of the issue(s). He then is able to provide valuable recommendations that we have used on many occasions with success. William Kirkwood supports Mr. Block at Reed Smith, and he is also very helpful-particularly in working with classified contracts.’

‘Depth of knowledge and experience in working through business and government contracting issues.’

‘Larry Block is a very effective legal advisor and combines business strategy with government contracting law expertise.’

Venable LLP

Venable LLP practice is co-led by Washington DC-based Paul Debolt, and Virginia-based Scott Hommer. The team has a track record and extensive expertise in bid protests both filing and defense, suspension and debarment proceedings, regulatory compliance, and investigations. Debolt is experienced particularly in bid protests, with significant experience in claims, internal investigations, and data rights issues. Hommer maintains an emphasis on technology contractors in his practice, representing local, national, and international clients in contract negotiations, acquisitions, and IP right protection. Also of note in the DC team are Dismas Locaria, Douglas Proxmire , and Rebecca Pearson, all of whom are strong litigators in the public procurement space.

Practice head(s):

Paul Debolt; Scott Hommer

Other key lawyers:

Dismas Locaria; Douglas Proxmire; Rebecca Pearson

Key clients

Connected Global Solutions, LLC (Crowley Maritime Corporation)

Leidos Holdings, Inc.

CEdge Software Consultants, LLC

GovernmentCIO LLC

Peraton Corporation

Crowley Government Services, Inc.

Cognosante, LLC

Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc., Landmark Event Staffing Services, Inc., and Securitas Electronic Security, Inc.

National Aquarium

Securityhunter, Inc.

CC Pace

Work highlights

  • Represented Connected Global Solutions, LLC in protesting an award of a $20 billion contract by the U.S. Transportation Command for global household goods relocation services.
  • Represented Leidos, Inc. against a GAO bid protest filed by General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc.  challenging the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) decision to award a $6.5 billion contract for global solutions management – operations services to Leidos.
  • Represented CEdge Software Consultants, LLC protesting the U.S. Transportation Command’s decision to award a contract for enterprise IT services to a tribally owned 8(a) concern on a sole-source basis after the agency had initiated an 8(a) set-aside competition in violation of 13 C.F.R § 124.506(b) (UpSlope Advisors, Inc., B-419036, Nov. 25, 2020).

Williams & Connolly LLP

Williams & Connolly LLP’s government contract practice stands out for its expertise in high-stakes litigation and sensitive investigations. The team is particularly adept in contract-related disputes, False Claims Act suits, and complex civil, criminal, and administrative litigation at state and federal level. Healthcare government contracts is where the team shines, and over the years the practice has covered a wide spectrum of industries, including aerospace, defense, IT, professional services, construction, and engineering, among others. The practice is co-led by Kevin Hodges and Edward Reddington, both of who have extensive experience in complex civil and criminal litigation matters. Christopher Manning’s practice focuses on FCA litigation. Greg Bowman is also of note, paritcularly in matters involving national security, patent litigation, and class action allegations. Enu Mainigi is also a key contact for healthcare related FCA matters.  All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Hodges; Edward Reddington

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Manning; Brian Gilmore; John McNichols; Greg Bowman; Christopher Mandernach; Enu Mainigi

Testimonials

‘The practice has expert subject matter knowledge, both of US government contracting rules and regulation and of the particular legal framework involved in the underlying litigation. The firm put together a team of relevant subject matter experts and went to great lengths to understand our business. The firm is collaborative.’

‘The core team are Christopher Manning, Brian Gilmore, and John McNichols. The team has extensive experience litigating the type of case we are involved in, yet has never assumed this case is the same as other cases. Rather, the team has been careful to understand our business and the facts involved.’

‘Williams & Connolly has an impressive Supreme Court practice. Williams and Connolly invests to build strong relationships with its peer firms.’

‘I have never worked with a firm that is more thoughtful and thorough than W&C. Their knowledge of how to navigate complicated situations is extremely impressive. The care and thoughtfulness with which they consider every detail is equally impressive. At the same time they do so with a sincere and admirable humility. W&C is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The efforts that Greg Bowman goes to in order to immerse himself in our business and understand every detail and nuance at a granular level in order to inform his strategy, best represent our firm and ensure every option and scenario is considered is impressive.’

‘Williams & Connolly knows the ins and outs of working with Government entities. Most other firms treat the government as another party without special knowledge and understanding. Williams & Connolly has deep understanding on how to handle the government.’

‘Absolute superb knowledge of government entities. How to be responsive but not be bullied by bureaucrats.’

Key clients

Lynn Tilton

Cardinal Health

Work highlights

  • Representing Cardinal Health in civil litigation, Attorney General litigation and investigations, Congressional investigations, and other matters relating to the company’s distribution of opioid medications.
  • Represented Lynn Tilton, the founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners, in a qui tam lawsuit brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama seeking more than $1 billion in damages.