Government contracts in United States
Arnold & Porter handles the full range of government contracts work, from initial negotiation to high-stakes litigation in the aerospace and defense, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and communications industries. Of particular note, the team has a thriving false claims acts and bid protest practice, where key contacts include Mark Colley and Kara Daniels. The group is also singled out for its high national security clearance, allowing it to handle classified matters for clients across the various government agencies. The name to note in this space John Bellinger III, who acts for sovereign states such as the State of Israel. In addition, the team in involved in an increasing number of cyber security and data protection matters, areas in which senior associate Sonia Tabriz stands out on the more junior end of the practice. Craig Holman heads the wider government contracts and national security practice. Experienced transactional lawyer Michael McGill joined the team from Hogan Lovells US LLP in 2019.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Mission Essential Personnel
Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings
Ernst & Young
- Represented L-3 before the US Court of Federal Claims in defending the US Air Force’s award of a contract to modernize avionics for 176 C-130H aircraft.
- Retained by SAIC to protest a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) award in a classified program with revenues of more than $230 million. Prevailed in round one when NRO agreed to implement corrective action that included new proposals, discussions and evaluation.
- Represent many clients that perform highly classified work for the US Department of Defense and US Intelligence agencies, or whose business activities have implications for US national security.
- Retained by Israel’s Ministry of Justice to represent the State of Israel and high-ranking Israeli officials (including the Prime Minister, Supreme Court Justices, judges, and cabinet-level Ministers) in 16 lawsuits in US courts over the past seven years, including two new cases in the last year.
- Represent WellPoint Military Care in a bid protest currently before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit challenging the Department of Veterans Affairs award of a contract to Optum Public Sector Services.
Crowell & Moring LLP represents some of the largest government contractors in bid protests, False Claims Act and qui tam litigation. Headed by Daniel Forman and Peter Eyre, the team has a cross-practice approach, bringing together the firm's white-collar crime, international trade and tax groups to provide clients, whether federal, local or foreign, a seamless service. Senior counsel Thomas Humphrey is a name to note for bid protest matters in the telecoms and healthcare sectors, and Jacinta Alves has experience counseling healthcare clients on regulatory and compliance matters.
‘Crowell has been around forever and continues to have longevity in the market.’
Morrison & Foerster LLP fields a team of 'phenomenal lawyers', who are widely recognized among the market leaders in high-profile government contract matters. Joint practice chairs Kevin Mullen and Alex Ward are the main figureheads; together they handle a variety of complex and incredibly high-value false claims and bid protest litigation for clients including defense contractors. Northern Virginia based Bradley Wine co-chairs the firm’s litigation department and has over twenty years of experience representing government contractors in various industries. Another key figure is James Tucker, who has experience in large bid-protest work before the Government Accountability Office. The team also handles internal investigations and corporate government transactions, areas where Damien Specht is name to note. Also recommended are former co-chairs David Churchill and Jay DeVecchio, Daniel Chudd and Tina Reynolds, who specializes in cybersecurity-related matters.
‘James Tucker is the leading light in the practice, a brilliant legal mind.’
‘A team of phenomenal lawyers.’
‘Morrison & Foerster has an exceptional government contracts practice, able to offer a broad range of services well calibrated to the seriousness and difficulty of the issue at hand. David Churchill has a very steady hand, and is adept at synthesizing and presenting issues to senior leadership. He is not alone. I’d particularly cite Kevin Mullen and Alex Ward as well-rounded and skilled partners, capable of handling the most serious matters. Dan Chudd is very strong as a mid-level partner, with a wide range of substantive and skill-based (i.e., bid protest and litigation). Jim Tucker is an associate who will be a superstar. They are my go-to firm.’
Accenture Federal Services
Arlington Capital Partners
IDEMIA Identity & Security USA
Verizon Business Network Services
- Represented Verizon, as intervenor, in a protest filed by AT&T Corp. at the US GAO, challenging the Social Security Administration’s $128.1m award of the SSANET task order under the GSA’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program.
- Represented Leonardo DRS in a trade secret misappropriation matter against Raytheon Company and several large bid protests.
- Represented SOS International as the intervenor in a GAO protest challenging the Army’s award of a sole source contract for base life support services at Camp Taji, Iraq.
- Successfully defended a $2.1bn award to client IDEMIA Identity and Security at the Court of Federal Claims, involving a TSA award for universal enrollment services.
- Advised Naval Group (formerly DCNS), a major French company and European leader in naval defense, on the Australian Future Submarine Program.
Wiley Rein LLP
Wiley Rein LLP is 'very strong in the government contracting space', where it acts for leading market players in the areas of defense and aerospace, energy, intelligence, and telecoms. The team is jointly led by Paul Khoury, a skilled bid protest lawyer, who also advises on national security issues, alongside Scott McCaleb, who has experience of cybersecurity and privacy matters in addition to more traditional contracting work. Tracye Howard who co-chairs the firm's national security practice, and seasoned litigator John Prairie stands out for his representation of defense contractors in False Claim Acts and heavy litigation matters. Other names to note include Tara Ward, IP specialist Brian Walsh and newly promoted partner Samantha Lee, recommended for government and congressional investigations. Gary Ward is a standout associate in the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘Rand Allen is known throughout the industry, and his work in helping smooth over issues with customers is highly valued. Jon Burd is a very sharp, hard-working lawyer, and has done very good work for me.’
‘The Wiley Rein lawyers are well-known in the industry. Of specific importance to me is they possess the security clearances needed for the work for which I engage them.‘
‘Brian Walsh is a good leader of the broader team. Understands our business needs.’
‘Good expertise in government contracting.‘
‘The Wiley team are very strong in the government contracting space.’
‘Wiley Rein is an incredibly good firm, especially in bid protests.’
‘Wiley has a deep bench of exceptional government contracts lawyers that can cover a wide variety of issues.’
‘John Prairie is always responsive and provides valuable advice in a moment’s notice as needed. He is always prepared and has a deep knowledge of the law. Phil Davis is a masterful protest lawyer and advisor. Paul Khoury does an exceptional job of developing arguments and advocating for the positions of his clients with the government.’
The Boeing Company
General Dynamics Corp.
AECOM and affiliated entities (including URS)
ManTech International Corp.
- Twice obtained corrective action based on protests filed against an award made by the FDA to Deloitte with a value of $112m and eventually resulting in an award to Guidehouse.
- Lead counsel for SOC in four appeals before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals seeking a total of $69m in additional reimbursement for SOC’s provision of guard services at the US Embassy in Baghdad.
- Acted for DynCorp as the intervenor-awardee in a US Court of Federal Claims protest filed by Vertex Aerospace, which challenged the award of a major Navy contract to DynCorp for helicopter maintenance, recovery, supply, and repair services for the Navy’s flight training operations.
- Representing General Dynamics Information Technology in patent infringement actions under 28 U.S.C. § 1498 at the United States Court of Federal Claims.
- Representing MAG Aerospace in a variety of government contracting matters including a GAO bid protest of a $200m contract for Special electronic Mission Aircraft intelligence.
Blank Rome LLP acts for a variety of clients in the defense and aerospace, healthcare, maritime, technology, and professional services sectors, some of whom have found the firm's expertise in government contracting matters to be 'unmatched' in the market. The practice group is jointly chaired by Justin Chiarodo who has expertise in cost-accounting and audits, and senior counsel and practice David Nadler, who has over three decades of government contracting experience and is recommended for internal investigations work. Names to note for high-stakes bid protest litigation include Luke Meier and Dominique Casimir, who recently joined the firm from Arnold & Porter. The team also handles False Claims Act matters and suspension and debarment proceedings. Also recommended are Scott Arnold and Richard Conway, who focuses on qui tam litigation.
‘The knowledge base both Luke Meier and Justin Chiarodo brought with them was world-class. The thing that I think really set them apart aside for their depth of commitment to us was the ability to build the conversation through patience and persistence. Luke was on point for these conversations and his style was a perfect match. That led to trust and respect for him on the past of government counsel and ultimately allowed us to break through a significant impasse and resolve the situation in a mutually beneficial way. They were also extremely responsive to me and terrific and creative thought partners.’
‘Richard Conway has been a trusted advisor for more than a decade. He understands our business and how to optimize all issues to guide them to good outcomes.’
‘Unmatched expertise in Government Contracting.‘
‘These guys really felt like an integral part of our team and I could tell they deeply cared about helping us succeed and poured heart, soul, weekend and vacation time into making that happen. I could not be more grateful.’
Accenture Federal Services
Baxalta Healthcare Corporation
The Louis Berger Group
Global Linguist Solutions
- Successfully represented ICU Medical in five pre-award protests before the Government Accountability Office in 2019 and filed a total of 12 pre-award protests at GAO for ICU Medical in 2018-2019 combined.
- Represented Cerberus Capital Management, a leading private equity firm with more than $39bn under management, in the government contracts aspects of its successful $183m acquisition of Sparton Corporation.
- Represented Columbia Helicopters in the government contracts aspects of its acquisition by AE Industrial Partners, a private equity firm specializing in aerospace, defense and government services.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has had a strong presence in the government contracting space for five decades, advising clients in the aerospace and defense sectors on transactions and M&A, as well as on traditional government contracting work. Washington DC-based counsel James McCullough leads the practice group, which regularly handles complex bid protests and contract litigation alongside its New York and London offices. Also recommended is Michael Anstett, who represents government contractors in suspension and debarment proceedings in addition to his bid protest work. The firm lost two core members of the practice in 2019; former co-chair and litigator Douglas Baruch and Jennifer Wollenberg left for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Jim McCullough and Michael Anstett are both highly experienced and very capable lawyers.‘
Jacobs Engineering Group
Global Brass and Copper Holdings
Greenland Contractors I/S
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Life Cycle Engineering
Marine Systems Corporation
- Acted as counsel to Jacobs Engineering Group in its definitive agreement to acquire KeyW Holding Corporation.
- Acted as counsel to Leidos Innovations Corporation (Leidos) in a bid protest filed at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) by Enterprise Services (now known as Perspecta).
- Acted as counsel, including international regulatory counsel, to Global Brass and Copper Holdings (GBC) in the approximately $999m all-cash acquisition of GBC by Wieland- Werke, a private German company.
- Represents Kalaeloa Ventures, an affiliate of Hunt Companies, in a lease dispute with the US Navy regarding the transfer and development of nearly 500 acres located in and around the former Naval Air Station Barbers Point, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
- Represented Science Applications International Corporation in a bid protest filed at the GAO challenging the award by the US Department of Transportation of an indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling value of $650m to a competitor.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has an 'excellent' government contracts team that provides comprehensive advice to contractors, and is noted in particular for its strength in the cost accounting space. Recognized by clients and peers alike, Karen Manos leads the litigation-heavy practice group, which handles high-stakes bid protest and False Claims Act litigation. The group has a coast-to-coast presence with teams spread across Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and internationally in Paris. In Los Angeles, James Zelenay, Marcellus McRae and Timothy Hatch are the key contacts and handle white collar investigations and qui tam whistleblower litigation. Manos is based in Washington DC alongside John Chesley and Jonathan Phillips.
Other key lawyers:
‘Karen Manos is the market leader in the cost-accounting space, nobody is better than her.’
‘Karen is a prolific cost-accounting lawyer. Unquestionable capability.‘
The Boeing Company
Northrop Grumman Corp
Pratt & Whitney
S&W Health Management Services and Beryl Weiner
- Represented Aetna in its claim against the Defense Health Agency for pre-contract and termination for convenience costs resulting from its failed attempt to win a $2bn military healthcare contract.
- Defending a manufacturing company in an appeal before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, against a Government claim for $211m based on an alleged non-compliance with Cost Accounting Standard 418.
Hogan Lovells US LLP's highly rated government contracts practice is active in the areas of aerospace and defense, government services, education, and energy and natural resources, providing 'thorough legal analyses' from a cross-practice platform, both nationally and internationally. Jointly led by Michael Mason (an 'unrivalled resource'), Michael Vernick and Joy Sturm, who also leads the integrated life sciences department, the service group also stands out for its international public procurement law offering, leveraging the strength of its DC office, as well as its Brussels office. Another pillar of the practice is national security and cybersecurity work, which is spearheaded by former government regulatory practice group head Agnes Dover. Also recommended are Marta Thompson, a contact for FCA investigations and litigation; senior associate Stacy Hadeka, who has developed expertise in bid protest litigation; and Thomas McGovern, who has over two decades of experience in federal government contracting matters. Michael McGill left the firm for Arnold & Porter.
‘Without question, Mike Mason is the most valuable Government contracts attorney in Washington, D.C. Mike is an unrivaled resource as an attorney, with a comprehensive understanding of the full spectrum of Federal marketplace issues. His expertise ranges from contract disputes, protests, False Claims Act violations, data breaches, cybersecurity standards, ethics, suspension and debarment proceedings, all the way to mergers and acquisitions. His broad-based perspective is invaluable and is unmatched in any other firm that we have used. In addition to Mike’s subject expertise, he has superior instincts, and is consistently professional, ethical, and reliable.’
‘We have faced real challenges and true threats over my 15+ year tenure at this firm, and Mike is always the first person I call. Doing business with the Federal Government can be tricky; we are grateful—and lucky—to have him by our side.’
‘Senior Associate Stacy Hadeka provides excellent services across a broad range of government contract matters from bid protests and disputes to regulatory compliance matters. Her fine work is complimented by her prompt response to emails and phone calls, and regular status on ongoing matters.‘
‘Partner Mike Mason provides exceptional services in the areas of bid protests and government contract claims.’
‘They work extremely hard in understanding the clients business and needs. A level of responsiveness that I have never seen.’
‘The attorneys provide thorough legal analyses and yet respond to issues with a practical business perspective. The attorneys also recognize the client’s desire to balance the extent of legal work with the practicalities of controlling outside counsel costs and readily discuss with the client the expectations on breadth and depth of assignments to align legal service needs with cost expectations.’
Tactical Air Support (TacAir)
Dell Federal Systems
- Successfully represented Perspecta in a bid protest challenging a Department of Homeland Security award to BAE Systems.
Rogers Joseph O’Donnell
Rogers Joseph O’Donnell's government contracts practice acts for leading names in the aerospace and defense, healthcare, IT, infrastructure, telecoms and transportations sectors. Key names in this space include Jeffery Chiow in Washington DC and Mark Linderman in the San Francisco office. Another contact is Robert Metzger, who has developed and 'exceptional' reputation for litigation and and bid protests, as well as cybersecurity-related issues. Lucas Hanback was recently made partner, and the practice was further strengthened by the addition of Eleanor Ross, who joined form the office of suspension and debarment at the World Bank. Lauren Kramer is also recommended; she has a broad practice covering white-collar crime, government contracting, attorney liability and construction.
Other key lawyers:
‘This law firm is small enough to offer an intimate relationship where everyone in the firm knows you’re a client and willing to assist, but large enough to have expertise and depth.’
‘After learning about our case, RJO assembled a remarkably talented core team of lawyers with deep legal and industry expertise. When needed, RJO provided ready access to highly qualified legal experts outside the core team to address unique situations. Work products were exceptional – well researched, well reasoned, well written. In my opinion, they offer a legal service that is truly differentiated and worth the expense.’
‘Robert Metzger support by Lauren Kramer and Amber Lee are exceptional in their own right. As a team, it’s hard to imagine a more talented group. What stands out most from my experience working with this group is how much they genuinely cared about the outcome of the case. I came to view them not as our outside counsel, but as trusted friends who were in this together with our company. I can think of no higher compliment to pay them.’
CB&I Areva MOX Svcs
Inter-Con Intermarkets Alliance
T Y Lin
- Advising the Zeiss Group in matters relating to cybersecurity and data privacy, including federal and state compliance with respect to government and consumer products.
- Represented client Intermarkets Alliance in a bid protest at the Court of Federal Claims challenging the award of a $1.3bn food distribution contract for US troops stationed in the Middle East.
- Handling diverse US and international matters for Obayashi Corporation including providing procurement advice, contract review and negotiation support, litigation and arbitration, employment, cybersecurity, compliance, etc.
Split between Los Angeles and Washington DC, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's government contracts practice has expertise in the areas of aerospace and defense, international trade, and intelligence. The team also stands out for its national security practice, fielding a number of lawyers with high security clearance credentials. Jonathan Aronie leads the team in Washington DC and is noted for his experience in qui tam cases and False Claims Act litigation. Other DC-based contacts include former practice head Anne Perry, John Chierichella, and Keith Szeliga. Bryan Daly is the name to note in Los Angeles; as a former federal prosecutor, Daly has considerable experience in the white-collar and whistleblower cases, in addition to FCA complaints. Scott Roybal is also recommended in Los Angeles; he leads the firm's government contracts, investigations and international trade group.
Account Control Technologies
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Active in the aerospace and defense, healthcare, engineering and construction industries, Vinson & Elkins LLP's government contracts group is 'one of the best' according to one client. David Johnson leads the team alongside co-chair and experienced litigator Daniel Graham, who together handle a huge range of issues for long-term government contractor clients such as BAE Systems. On top of the traditional bid protest work, the group has a specialism in cost-accounting matters and also handles transactions. Newly made partner Jamie Tabb has considerable experience in litigation and investigations, and Tyler Robinson represents contractors in suspension and debarment proceedings. Senior associate Ryan Stalnaker is recommended for his advisory work on national security matters.
‘V&E is the best firm with which I’ve ever worked. Its attorneys are smart, responsive, creative, and affable. Never have I felt like V&E over-staffed my cases, and we’re on a 15-year winning streak with them in bid protests – something which is unheard of.‘
‘Jamie Tabb is a rock star. Jamie’s work is exceptional. In over a decade of work with Jamie, there’s never been a time he hasn’t been available. Moreover, his work for us is creative and efficient. Dan Graham also supports us, and is well-known for his work in cost or pricing and in cost accounting standards.’
‘This firm provides a lot of partner engagement and attention, while still making efficient use of associate time absent the partner’s involvement.‘
‘Dave Johnson is incredibly responsive and quick on his feet. He also is willing to brain storm with you on arguments and ideas.‘
‘V&E has a group of solid lawyers.’
The Boeing Company
Macro Vantage Levant DMCC
Consortium Management Group
EmblemHealth Services Co.
Group Health (GHI)
Financial Management Systems
First Coast Service Options
FMS Investment Corp.
Marinette Marine Corporation
Maxar Technologies and subsidiaries
New Fortress Energy
NCI Information Systems and its subsidiary, AdvanceMed Corp.
Noridian Healthcare Solutions
Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp. (WPS)
- Successfully defended against a GAO bid protest filed by CACI NSS challenging a task order award to BAE Systems by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
- Actively engaged in a matter that involves litigation over the entire Department of Education defaulted student loan debt collection program; the matter has involved over 50 protests at the GAO and CoFC to-date.
- Successfully challenged the award of a $268m contract with the Department of Defense in a protest at GAO. As a result of the protest, the awardee was disqualified by the Agency.
- Obtained corrective action in a protest challenging the Air Force’s award of a contract to incumbent contractor Raytheon.
- Defeated a bid protest filed by BAE Systems’ competitor Vencore where the Department of Homeland Security had awarded a $205m task order for systems engineering and integration support to BAE, but Vencore filed a multitude of protest allegations at the Government Accountability Office.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP was recently strengthened by the addition of experienced government contracts lawyer Angela Styles, who has over two decades of practicing experience, and joined the team from Crowell & Moring LLP. Headed by Robert Huffman, who also leads the firm's national security practice, the team handles the full range of matters for aerospace and defense contractors, including intellectual property and transactions, areas where Scott Heimberg is a key contact. The team bid protests and international investigations work in conjunction with lawyers in the firm's litigation practice. Susan Lent heads the firm’s infrastructure and transportation practice, acting for contractor clients in those sectors. Associate Elise Farrell is developing a reputation for advising on export regulations.
United Technologies Corporation (including Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Aerospace Systems (UTAS))
Fujitsu Defense and National Security Corp.
American International Contractors (Special Projects)
- Representing HPI in a dispute against the US General Services Administration (GSA) for unpaid rent at the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.
- Representing Stonewin Capital in a contract dispute with the US Defense Logistics Agency over the refusal to accept jet fuel shipments in the Ukraine, which involved tax waivers by the Ukrainian government and significant daily storage costs.
- Represents several health insurance plans in litigation for money damages resulting from the US’ failure to make full risk-sharing payments, as mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- Advising AICI-SP and its parent companies on various matters, including claims against the Department of State arising out of the construction of a new State Department facility in Taiwan, and on recently settled claims arising out of the construction of a US consulate in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
K&L Gates is involved in a range of complex mandates, acting for government contractors in a number of industries, including defense and construction. Experienced arbitrator Stuart Nibley leads the practice group, which handles internal investigations in addition to bid protest work. Senior associate Amy Conant-Hoang and Erica Bakies are experienced in non-traditional government contracts such as grants, cooperative agreements, and other non-procurement contract work. Bakies also has an active international trade practice. Other key figures include Nicholas Leibham and litigator Andrew Cook, who has particular expertise in the real estate and construction sector. Seattle-based partner Paul Bowen left the practice for a general counsel role in the healthcare industry, but Jeffrey Orenstein joined the team from Reed Smith LLP as counsel. He has experience of international trade and transportation-related contracting.
Fluor Government Group
ManTech International Corporation
Dewberry Engineers and Consultants
Command Post Technologies
- Representing Fluor Enterprises, a unit of Fluor Government Group, a leading US-based global engineering and construction firm in a construction project.
- Represented ManTech, a US-based professional engineering services company, in two separate bid protests before the Government Accountability Office.
- Represented Select Medical Corporation in multiple bid protests challenging awards by the Department of Veterans Affairs for Community Based Outpatient Clinics.
- Representing IMEG, a leading US-based design consulting firm in various compliance matters and internal investigations.
- Representing Alorica, a US-based global call centre company, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Global Receivables Solutions, in a False Claims Act qui tam suit filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Mayer Brown represents major contractors in core industry sectors, including aerospace and defense, transportation, and construction. Led by the ‘incredibly well-respected' Marcia Madsen, the team acts for leading government contractor clients in bid protests, investigations, False Claims Act litigation, white-collar matters and national security work. Seasoned litigator David Dowd has two decades of government contract law expertise and is the contact for IT and procurement, and advisory matters in the healthcare sector. Counsel Luke Levasseur is recommended for federal litigation matters, having previously worked at the US Department of Justice.
‘Marcia Madsen is incredibly well-respected.’
- Represents Texas Department of Transportation in all aspects of bidding, procuring and negotiating design-build agreements and concession agreements for more than ten major alternative delivery/PPP highway construction projects throughout Texas.
- 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.
- Representing the Alabama Department of Transportation on its Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project.
Founded in 2017, Nichols Liu continues to go from strength to strength in expanding its government contracts practice, having recently made two addition hires bringing the headcount up to 17. Of counsel Rick Beizer joined the team from Crowell & Moring LLP and experienced trial lawyer Robert Rhoad joined from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. A litigation-heavy practice handling heavy litigation, the firm's lawyers were described by one clients as 'consummate professionals with a combination of expertise in government contracting and true grit'. Robert Nichols stands out for his experience of international contracts, while litigator Andy Liu specializes in internal investigations and FCA work, particularly procurement fraud. Other names to note include Steven Shaw, the key contact for suspension and debarment matters, and special counsel Annie Kim, who heads the investigations practice, having previously spent years abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan conducting fraud investigations.
‘Andy Liu is very smart and highly experienced and is also a great person and a pleasure to work with.’
‘The firm’s government contracts skills are substantial, and they set the firm apart from other firms in the sector given its relatively small size.’
‘The partners and staff of Nichols Liu are consummate professionals with a combination of expertise in government contracting and true grit. They are relentless in pursuit of their client’s interests, but honest in their assessments to clients. This combination gives us the confidence to choose courses of action feeling we have the best possible data, and with assurance that any end we choose will be pursued in the most exemplary fashion possible.‘
‘Robert Nichols name is known throughout the industry and is a mark of quality in any actions we pursue. Robert has a personal touch and knows his clients well, but is consistently professional. He is very willing to suggest actions to our benefit that do not benefit his firm when circumstances are not favorable. He is very well-connected and is able to settle issues without litigation on the strength of his personal relationships. He is also able and willing to be aggressive in defending our interests when warranted.’
‘Another notable staff member is Annie Kim, who handles USG IG investigations. She is highly perceptive, very structured and logical in her approach and has an intimate understanding of how IG investigations work. We have a very high degree of confidence in her support on sensitive issues.‘
‘Very capable guys who will continue to build their practice and become one of the pre-eminent boutiques in Washington.’
‘Andy and Robert are two of the most savvy lawyers I’ve ever met when it comes to dealing with the intricacies of the US Government. Both have a wealth of experience to draw from, and, most importantly, a business mindset that differentiates them from other lawyers I’ve worked with. If you have a business doing work with the US Government, you need them on your team.‘
Agility Defense and Government Services
Institute for International Education
Management Sciences International
The Aspen Institute
- Advising Orbit Beyond on the establishment of its legal and compliance systems as a US government contractor, so that the company can contribute to expanding the US industrial base for commercial and government space programs.
- Acting for Institute for International Education in defense against an audit by the State Department Office of Inspector General related to the Fulbright Scholar program.
- Representing PAE in a qui tam case relating to the $1bn civilian police contract issued by the State Department.
- Representing a government contractor in a grand jury investigation by the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division into alleged bid-rigging and price-fixing on government contracts for language services.
- Acting for OFI in defense of its award of a contract by the Defense Logistics Agency to provide food for the US military in the Southern Arab Peninsula and Nations of East Africa.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's government contracts practice is noted for its 'expertise, focus, and efficiency' in matters including False Claims Act litigation and investigations. A full-service practice group with a strong presence on both coasts, the team is jointly led by Northern Virginia-based John Jensen and Michael Rizzo in Los Angeles. Another contact in LA is Richard Oliver, who has over thirty-five years of government contracting and bid protest experience. Other notable individuals include Alex Tomaszczuk, suspension and debarment expert Todd Canni, and special counsel Julia Judish, who is rated for her employment related advisory work for government contractors. Marques Peterson joined the team from Vedder Price, further strengthening the firm's bid protest capabilities.
‘What makes this team unique is their experience. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience that has proven to be invaluable.‘
‘Dick Oliver is outstanding. He is able to reduce complex legal arguments to a form that is mere mortals can understand. He has been a valuable asset to my company.
‘During my 40-year career I have used numerous firms and the team at Pillsbury that included Alex Tomaszczuk and John Jensen are simply the best. Very action oriented and they get results.’
‘John Jensen is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable government contracts attorneys in the nation, and he gives my company personal and focused attention whenever we need it.’
‘Their expertise, their focus on customer issues, their efficiency in solving problems.’
General Atomics-Systems Integration
Parsons Government Services
NTT DATA Services
Safeguard Base Operations
- Represented Chags Health Information Technology (C-HIT) in a US Government Accountability Office bid protest of the decision by the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes for Health to find C-HIT’s proposal unacceptable in the competition for the Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners.
- Successfully protested the exclusion of FEI Systems from $5bn multiple-award ID/IQ contract, resulting in client remaining eligible for contract award (corrective action).
- Successfully defended a $100m protest resulting in award to client Highbury Defense Group.
- Successfully defended a $50m protest resulting in award to client AeroVironment for upgrading Raven drone fleet.
- Represented Sparksoft in a bid protest at the US Court of Federal Claims of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ decision not to conduct a price realism analysis on the professional compensation rates embedded within the firm-fixed-price.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP's litigation-heavy government contracts team has a long-standing reputation in the defense and construction industries, where it handles a full range of bid protests, FCA work and qui tam litigation. The team is led by Joseph Dyer in the Washington DC office, but also has a strong presence on the West Coast with Donald Featherstun in the San Francisco office, providing coast-to-coast service on a full range of government contracting matters. On the junior end, associates Anthony LaPlaca and Edward Arnold are ones to watch in the areas of procurement law and complex construction-related litigation.
Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA)
Municipality of Anchorage and Port of Anchorage
Environmental Chemical Corporation
- Representing the TJPA in all construction-related matters pertaining to the development of a $4.5bn transit center in the heart of San Francisco.
- Representing Environmental Chemical Corporation in the prosecution and defense of claims in the construction of the Military’s first-ever thermal rocket motor treatment facility.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP is noted for its 'accessibility, responsiveness and sensitivity', leveraging a seamless cross-practice approach to provide domestic and foreign clients with a full range of government contracting advice. Chaired by Paul Hurst, the government contracts team also advises on international regulation and compliance, homeland and national security matters, and M&A. Michael Navarre represents mid-sized government contractors in state and federal investigations. Kendall Enyard is also recommended; he has experience in commercial disputes and government contract litigation in the construction, aerospace and defense, and healthcare sectors.
‘The firm is composed of individuals deeply learned in the law; you count on the advice given. The firm has a demonstrated interest in understanding its clients, not just the issue being addressed. It also is solution oriented, working with its clients to determine what is achievable within the boundaries of the legal framework for the issue at hand. This process factors in the costs to the client, which is especially important for those in the non-profit sector.’
‘In our experience, Paul Hurst, has been invaluable over the years in helping navigate a range of procurement challenges in difficult program implementation environments. Mike Navarre, Of Counsel, is another stand-out on the Steptoe team; his knowledge and discernment have been critical in handling some sensitive workplace dynamics; and Associate Caitlin Conroy has assisted us, including in providing training to our staff on procurement.
‘First and foremost, their accessibility and consistent, timely responsiveness. Second, their sensitivity and awareness of our (this client’s) organizational mission and implementation requirements, as well as our work environment with a young or less experienced work force.’
Aurora Flight Sciences Corp.
Wheelchair Transport Service
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company
Southern California Edison
- Retained by Primus Solutions, part of ASRC Federal, in defending against two protesters challenging the award of a $117m contract to provide investigative support services for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in connection with processing security clearances.
- Representing an NGO in responding to an audit undertaken by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to evaluate costs charged by the NGO to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
- Represented Leidos in preparation of a response, and any opposition, to the public release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of certain confidential portions of Leidos’ End- User Services & Technologies (NEST) contract with NASA.
- Defending Integrated Biometrics against protest challenging award to client before the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA).
The 'exceptionally well-put-together' government contracts practice at Thompson Hine LLP is noted for its 'expertise and experience' in corporate transactions, suspension and debarment actions, bid protests and whistleblower cases. The team is led by Thomas Mason and includes lawyers with experience of contracting matters in a variety of industries, including IT, biodefense and life sciences, telecoms, defense, intelligence and homeland security, and transportation. Litigators Ray McCann and Francis Purcell deal with pre- and post-award disputes as well as corporate due diligence matters, and Joe Berger is active in bid protests and FCA litigation.
‘The team that we worked with worked exceptionally well together. Easy to get a hold of on short notice; clear and concise in communication and pleasant.‘
‘Not only do they know the law; but they know the industry players which is helpful in all matters.‘
‘Responsiveness to requests for assistance and continuing contact and interaction without “selling” their services. These to me make the difference. Tom Mason and Chip Purcell are 100% trustworthy and reliable.’
Analytic Services (ANSER)
CenturyLink/Qwest Government Services
Knight Point Systems
Presidio Networked Solutions
- Representing AECOM in appeal of denial of certified claim for increased costs to provide aircraft maintenance support to US Army Reserves.
- Providing corporate and litigation support to Knight Point Systems, a Virginia-based provider of information technology services to federal government customers.
- Representing ThunderCat Technologies in corporate support matters as well as contract disputes with federal and state agencies related to contract performance and awards.
- Representing an Iowa-based biopharmaceutical company in its performance of government contracts for the development and testing of an Ebola vaccine.
- Provided government contracts counsel to ISC-I, a joint venture involving ISC Consulting Group, a provider of mission critical services to government intelligence customers.
A 'model of aggressive advocacy' in bid protests and white-collar litigation, Williams & Connolly LLP's government contracts practice is jointly led by Washington DC based duo Kevin Hodges and Edward Reddington. In addition to bid protest and white-collar work, the team also handles FCA and qui tam litigation, and securities disputes. Enu Mainigi is noted for her expertise in complex criminal and civil disputes. Also recommended are senior counsel Terrence O’Donnell and Greg Bowman, who have experience in a wide range of matters, including national security and international dispute resolution. The team was also strengthened by a number of recent additions: Lisa Blatt, who leads the firm's Supreme Court practice, re-joined the firm from Arnold & Porter in 2019, and FCA specialist Sarah Harris joined from the US Department of Justice.
‘With a formidable combination of intellect, experience, and effectiveness, the Williams & Connolly team is the model of aggressive advocacy.’
‘Top partners I worked with include Terrence O’Donnell, Ed Reddington, Greg Bowman.’
MD Helicopters, Patriarch Partners, and Lynn Tilton
Former CFO of Booz Allen Hamilton
CVS Health Corporation
- Represents Patriarch Partners, MD Helicopters, and Lynn Tilton in a False Claims Act lawsuit brought against them in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The firm has served as lead trial and lead appellate counsel in the case.
- Defending Pfizer and certain of its affiliates in an Anti-Terrorism Act lawsuit filed on behalf of American service members, civilians, and their families in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
- Representing the former CFO of Booz Allen Hamilton in a putative securities class action filed in the Eastern District of Virginia and a companion derivative case filed in Delaware involving the alleged failure to disclose certain accounting practices that purportedly resulted in government overcharge.
- Served as lead trial counsel in a three-week jury trial and recently won a directed verdict for the bulk of the case against the Texas Attorney General in a jury trial where the Texas AG alleged Medicaid fraud against CVS.
WilmerHale runs a full-service practice that is skilled in leading high-value bid protests and FCA matters for clients in technology sector, as well as for defense and aerospace industry leaders. Key figures in the team include Andrew Shipley, who has over three decades of government contracting experience, Stephen Preston, who previously served as general counsel at the Department of Defense, and Barry Hurewitz, and experienced advisor for non-profit and for-profit clients. Also recommended are senior associate Philip Beshara and Matthew Ferraro, who handles internal investigations and national security matters. The group also has experience of cybersecurity issues.
‘Andrew Shipley – incredibly knowledgable on Federal contracts.’
‘WilmerHale is good, and Andrew is especially good.‘
‘High powered senior practitioners combined with connectivity of professionals with experience inside the government.’
‘High level thought focused holistically on the politics and power dynamics behind significant matters – not just the black letter law or litigation positioning.‘
General Dynamics Corporation
Identity Theft Guard Solutions
- Represented Raytheon in defending dismissal of a long-running False Claims Act case.
- Acting as outside bid protest counsel for a Fortune 100 global aerospace and defense contractor.
Womble Bond Dickinson
Womble Bond Dickinson's team is led by James Kearney in Virginia and has the bench strength to handle litigation matters, False Claims Acts and bid protests. DC-based Matthew Koehl represents commercial and defense clients in bid protests and government audits. Kelley Doran is a name to note for internal and government investigations work and has expertise in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Gary Campbell is the name to note in Boston; he has acted for a number of Fortune 100 aerospace and defense companies.
Covington & Burling LLP
Covington & Burling LLP has a strong reputation in public procurement, acting across a number of core industries, including aerospace, defense and life sciences. The practice group is jointly led by Frederic Levy and Jennifer Plitsch. Jason Carey is recommended for litigation and internal investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Dentons has had a market presence in the government contracting space for over five decades and boasts a reputation 'grounded in years of experience and very broad industry knowledge'. Global procurement practice head Steven Masiello leads the practice group, which handles a range of matters including False Claims Acts across industries such as aerospace and defense, construction and engineering services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and energy. Thomas Lemmer is another name to note; he is highlighted by clients for his cost-accounting work. In the litigation space, Joseph Martinez is rated for his experience in government contract litigation, including bid protest and counseling. Litigator William O’Brien left the DC office for Eversheds Sutherland in March 2020.
‘Sound practical advice, and litigation postures, grounded in years of experience and very broad industry knowledge. Easy to work with. A very good value.’
‘Compared to his peers, Tom Lemmer’s advice is particularly practical and pragmatic, and he makes excellent use of his years of experience and extensive industry knowledge. He is particularly strong on cost, cost accounting, and government finance issues. If you need a quick, responsive and practical answer to thorny FAR or CAS questions, without a lot of drama and at reasonable cost, he is an outstanding resource. Tyler Thomas is a very strong complement to Tom.’
United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC)
Vectrus Systems Corporation
- Represents USEC, the operator of Department of Energy (DOE) uranium enrichment plants, in two related, but unconsolidated appeals.
- Provided counseling to Raytheon regarding complex technical data rights assertion issues.
- Successfully enforced a $62.7m international arbitral award for Fortune 500 defense contractor Leidos (formerly Science Applications International Corporation) against the Hellenic Republic in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
The government contracts team at Husch Blackwell LLP is singled out for its experience of federal construction contracting, its knowledge of healthcare programs and its niche expertise in contracting matters involving the US Postal Service. Leveraging over two decades of practicing experience, Brian Waagner is the name to note for high-vale bid protest work and FCA litigation, while David Hendel leads bid protest matters for the firm's postal contractor clients. Steven Neeley is also recommended in the litigation space; he acts for contractor clients in litigation and arbitration, and is noted for his knowledge of the renewable energy industry. William Hughes in Milwaukee provides comprehensive employment law advisory work to government contractors, and is especially active in the technology and transportation sectors.
Lendlease (US) Construction
The Clark Construction Group
Day & Zimmermann
JF Brennan Company
United Parcel Service
Wellcare Health Plans
WPS Health Solutions
- Representing Clark Construction Group in a variety of proposal development issues, bid protests, contract administration and changes, and application of the FAR Cost Principles and the Cost Accounting Standards
- Representing Express Scripts in a variety of federal and state procurement matters, including contract administration counseling and bid protests.
- Acting for SOC in connection with its $1bn task order with the Department of State to provide static security at the United States Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq under the State Department’s Worldwide Protective Services Program.
The eight-partner team at Jenner & Block LLP has a strong reputation in the security, and defense and aerospace industries, where it handles high-value bid protests matters for a variety of major contractors, such as General Dynamics. The practice group is jointly led by Joe Smith and litigator Marc Van Allen. Other senior-level contacts include Gregory Petkoff, who has practiced government contract law with the US Air Force for over 30 years, and Cynthia Robertson, who two decades of experience in FCA litigation, internal investigations and bid protest work. Special counsel Carla Weiss is recommended for suspension and debarment proceedings. Also of note in 2019, Noah Bleicher joined the team from the US Government Accountability Office, where he served as a senior bid protest officer.
‘Joe Smith is a really sharp guy with a solid team.‘
‘A strong team.’
General Dynamics Corporation
The Morganti Group
General Dynamics Land Systems
General Dynamics Information Technology
- Secured a settlement of more than $6m for The Morganti Group in its joint-venture dispute against the US Army Corps of Engineers.
- Acting for Medical Place, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, in two protests resulting in the Department of Veterans Affairs taking swift corrective action.
- Retained by CSRA to file an appeal at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals contesting a $3.8m government claim relating to indirect costs incurred in FY 2006.
- Represented ActioNet in a Government Accountability Office protest challenging the award of a Defense Medical Information Exchange Program Management Office Sustainment and Systems Integration Support to ASRC Federal Data Network Technologies.
Latham & Watkins LLP represents contractors in the defense, telecoms, and healthcare industries in multimillion-dollar bid protests, major transactions and corporate matters, including notable cross-border work. David Hazelton leads the practice and is experienced in False Claims Act litigation and investigations, while counsel and experienced litigator Kyle Jefcoat is recognized for his bid protest work. Anne Robinson specializes in white-collar matters, routinely representing clients in federal courts and before the US Government Accountability Office. The firm also has a sophisticated economic sanctions and customs practice which assists in the advisory components of deals. Dean Baxtresser is another name to note for complex litigation.
‘Latham & Watkins is a large, highly capable law firm with a global reach and wide breadth of practice specialties – yet, they have the ability to focus on their clients issues as if theirs is the most important case they are pursuing. They are exceptionally responsive and work closely with their clients to incorporate client input into dispute resolution while still providing decisive legal counsel to ensure the case is not compromised by client bias.’
‘Individually, their partners are exceptionally knowledgeable and very responsive and express genuine concern for the issues their clients are facing. They are very careful to ensure the client understands the scope of effort that will be required as well as the opportunities and risks associated with alternate legal strategies. And, most of all, they are generally nice people who bond quickly and positively with their client’s team.’
‘The team has a depth of knowledge and experience that is unparalleled.’
‘My limited experience with the practice was through Kyle Jefcoat. He is very knowledgeable in the use, enforcement and politics of the various FAR/DFAR provisions and is able to navigate these and make them accessible to commercial business clients.’
‘Kyle Jefcoat was my primary contact, but I found him to be incredibly responsive and thoughtful in his guidance.’
‘When dealing with major issues, you don’t want a bunch of “Yes Men” around that simply tell you what you want to hear. They respectfully said, “we appreciate where you are coming from and your opinion, but our professional guidance is that you are not correct and your argument won’t hold water.”‘
Dow Chemical Company
GS Caltex Corporation
International Justice Mission
- Representing Cerner Corporation, a supplier of health information technology (HIT) solutions, services, devices and hardware, in bid protests related to its large sole-source contract awarded to Cerner by the VA for electronic health record services.
- Representing Dow Chemical, the US-based global chemicals corporation, in an alleged $90bn False Claims Act suit filed by against Dow and the nation’s other leading chemical manufacturers.
- Provides Navistar Defense, a leading manufacturer of armored vehicles for the military, with ongoing government contract counsel and advice.
- Represented Draken International in a successful bid protest of a sole source contract action conducted by Naval Air Systems Command.
- Represented GS Caltex Corporation in an investigation into bid rigging on certain contracts for the supply of fuel to the US military in South Korea.
Oles, Morrison, Rinker & Baker LLP
Led out of the firm's Seattle office, the government contracts practice at Oles, Morrison, Rinker & Baker LLP is 'exceptional' according to clients. The team specializes in acting for small-to-large sized contractors in the defense sector in commercial claims, disputes against federal agencies, and investigations. Adam Lasky oversees the practice, which is particularly active in bid protest matters in the aerospace and defense industries, as well as in the construction industry, where litigator Thomas Krider and Howard Roth are the names to note. Also recommended are David Yang, highlighted by clients for his thorough approach, and former practice chair James Nagle.
‘Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP is unique because they have a wealth of experience and knowledge that has proven to be advantageous for Government contractors like myself. Their strengths and key capabilities litigating matters related to Government contracting is exceptional. They are well-informed of the laws and able to strategically present their case which leads to a victory for their clients.’
‘Adam and David are the best in the business. They have deep technical legal knowledge and practical skills to get results. They work tirelessly to get the best results for their clients. They are true team members and invaluable contributors.’
‘The attorneys at Oles Morrison are extremely knowledgeable, professional and diligent. Their high level understanding of Federal Government contracting, the FAR and GAO protest matters makes them an excellent outside firm to support of our small business efforts. Unlike other firms, their attorneys are responsive, available when needed and fairly cost conscious once engaged.’
‘The team at Oles Morrison government contracts practice has a group of outstanding professionals providing exceptional service to clients. I have found their team to be highly knowledgeable and maintain up to date with consistently changing regulations, case law, and other rule changes impacting our industry. Additionally, this team is always prepared to work whatever hours necessary on short notice to meet protest deadlines.’
‘Adam Lasky and David Yang have been the two professionals who truly think “outside the box” when preparing responses on our behalf. This creativity has resulted in better than industry average success rates on bid protests and other government contract matters.’
‘Dave Yang is detail oriented and a business thinker. Takes the time to understand our business and consider all angles and discussing before taking work further. High quality work. Efficient. Cost conscious. Great business partner. I would follow Dave anywhere. That is how good Dave is.’
- Successfully represented contractor Safal Partners in a bid protest challenging the US Department of Education’s award of a $26m contract for charter school support services, based on the argument that the government had failed to properly analyze a potential impaired objectivity OCI.
- Successfully acted for NJS SB Joint Venture and protested the US Army’s use of the lowest-priced technically acceptable source selection method to procure the contract healthcare housekeeping at the Department of Defense’s largest medical facility and only Level 1 Trauma Center.
- Represented J&J Worldwide Services in successful defense against a GAO bid protest challenging the government’s decision to award a $43m contract to J&J Worldwide Services for O&M services at the US Air Force’s largest medical center in the continental United States.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP's full-service government contracts practice is 'truly a one-stop-shop', leveraging expertise across a range of contracting matters, including False Claims Act, bid protests and litigation. Key figures include Holly Roth, who counsels and litigates for contractor clients at the federal, state, and local levels; Lawrence Sher a name to note for matters in the life sciences and healthcare sectors; and Lawrence Block, who has an active transactions practice, and also handles bid protest matters. Also recommended is William Kirkwood, who handles investigations work, and has particular expertise in the areas of national security, cyber compliance and IP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Holly is very determined to win, she really thinks outside the box and can compose an legal argument where others would not.’
‘Lawrence Block worked with us at Fulton Bank on a very difficult situation with the Department of State. Larry was able to negotiate with the DOS and has developed a good working relationship with senior DOS officials which resulted in a mutually beneficial outcome for both the Bank and the Department of State.’
‘Great subject matter expertise and the ability to research new matters quickly.’
‘They are experts in their industry, consistently prevailing over other major firms. We work with Larry Block (partner) and William Kirkwood (not yet a partner). They are very responsive and thorough. When I was with my previous employer, Larry supported us in a bid protest that resulted in us winning a $960M IDIQ contract that continues to this day. I have seen that recently he won another major protest not involving my firm.‘
‘Truly enjoy the depth of experience and network of lawyers within the firm that can help handle several areas of my business/personal needs. They truly have a one stop shop law firm due to the number of people available with specific areas of expertise.’
Venable LLP's government contracts team is jointly led by Scott Hommer and Paul Debolt and has a track record in the areas of aerospace and defense, technology and cybersecurity. Meredith Boylan is a name to note for contract litigation; both she and Rebecca Pearson have experience representing government contractors in complex litigation and arbitration. Other contacts include Dismas Locaria and Virginia-based James Boland.