Entering a contract with a governmental entity or agency carries risks as well as rewards. The laws and regulations governing government contracts are unique and vary greatly from the laws applicable to commercial sales.
We work closely with companies to help them take advantage of the opportunities associated with federal, state and local government contracts. Beyond the contracts, we make sure our clients also understand the risks, obligations and larger business issues associated with them.
Our lawyers handle multibillion-dollar transactions and litigation with the U.S., state and municipal governments and help small and mid-size companies enter the federal procurement marketplace. We assist and counsel clients throughout the entire life-cycle of government contracts, from negotiation to close-out. We represent contractors in litigation and other proceedings before various courts and administrative agencies.
Protests and claims: We have defended and challenged contract awards before federal agencies, at the General Accountability Office, in the Court of Federal Claims and in state agencies and courts involving a full range of protest issues, including improper sole source decisions, IDIQ evaluations, small business size determinations and HUBZone protests. Examples of our experience in this area include the following:
Specialty advice (e.g., CAS compliance): We have extensive experience in assisting contractors with compliance issues. We have conducted compliance reviews and designed compliance policy and training programs on various topics including cost and pricing data; ethical requirements; FAR-required codes; labor, employment, safety and wage/hour compliance; and mandatory disclosure obligations. As a recent example, we devised a compliance program and provided accompanying training on the above topics for a subcontractor that provides parts for use by the United States military.
Government Contracting Law Report | October 01, 2016
Washington DC M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Vince Napoleon authored this article discussing recent proposals from the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to reform the Government Accountability Office bid protest process.
Government Contracting Law Report | July 01, 2016
Washington, DC, partner Vincent Napoleon and associate Harini Kidambi co-authored this column discussing steps being taken by the Department of Defense to minimize vulnerabilities and the impact of cyberattacks against defense contractors.
Inside Defense | December 24, 2015
Washington, DC, Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon provides commentary in this feature story on a proposed regulation meant to reduce constant submissions of pricing paperwork which has the right intent but may not solve the problem at hand.
Law360 | December 21, 2015
Washington, DC, partner and leader of the Government Contracts group Vincent Napoleon and Washington, DC, associate Nia Newton co-authored this column on the latest proposed amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement seeking to reduce unnecessary and repeated submissions of certified costs or pricing data pursuant to the Truth in Negotiation Act.
Diversity & the Bar | November 01, 2015
Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Vince Napoleon, who leads the firm’s government contracts team, is profiled in this special section.
Compliance Week | October 14, 2015
Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon provides commentary in this piece on changes to the World Bank’s policies and procedures that will make the procurement process more consistent, transparent, and streamlined.
Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report | October 01, 2015
This contributed column is authored by Boston Government Investigation & White collar defense partner Brian Kelly and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Emily Crandall Harlan. Click here to read the full article.
Government Contracting Law Report | September 01, 2015
Washington, DC, partner and leader of the Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon authored this column discussing the future of public-private partnerships (“P3s”) in government contracting. Washington, DC, department attorney Diana Vilmenay co-authored the column.
Law360 | June 16, 2015
Washington, DC, Government Contracts partner Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, IP litigation staff attorney Diana Vilmenay authored this column on the rising popularity of public-private partnerships as a form of government contracting.
Government Contracting Law Report | June 10, 2015
In the second of this two-part column, Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon and Rochester Commercial Litigation counsel Kevin Saunders discuss the increasing the number of suspensions and debarments among government contractors.
Law360 | May 01, 2015
Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon and Washington, DC, M&A and Corporate Transactions associate Rob Trott coauthored this article discussing the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed regulations related to the assessment of a foreign contracts excise tax.
Government Contracting Law Report | May 01, 2015
Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Government Contracts team Vince Napoleon and Rochester Commercial Litigation counsel Kevin Saunders coauthored this column, the first of two in this series, on how the current environment is increasing the number of suspensions and debarments among government contractors.
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Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | 02.09.16
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