Defense, National Security and Government Contracts REGULATORY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Transactional, litigation and regulatory advice for companies with government business and strategic technologies.

Today’s complex, dynamic defense and homeland security environment requires businesses to redefine their relationships with governmental authorities. In this time of changing priorities, new regulations, emerging threats and untapped opportunities, companies need trusted advisors to guide them. WilmerHale’s Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice brings together the experience, skill and judgment needed to navigate this challenging terrain.

Our team is devoted to representing clients in the defense, technology, life sciences and other industries on matters relating to national security and doing business with the US government. In its December 2013 issue, Washingtonian magazine named four of WilmerHale's lawyers to the "Top Lawyers" list in the category of national security.

With extensive experience serving in senior national security posts in federal agencies, our lawyers provide regulatory, legislative and transactional advice to companies that supply products and services to governmental customers and to clients whose commercial operations or strategic development are affected by changing security requirements and policies. We also advise clients in government enforcement actions, federal court litigation, government contracts litigation, bid protests and other contested proceedings.

Transactional, litigation and regulatory advice for companies with government business and strategic technologies.

Today’s complex, dynamic defense and homeland security environment requires businesses to redefine their relationships with governmental authorities. In this time of changing priorities, new regulations, emerging threats and untapped opportunities, companies need trusted advisors to guide them. WilmerHale’s Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice brings together the experience, skill and judgment needed to navigate this challenging terrain.

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Stephen W. Preston

Chair, Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice

+1 202 663 6900 (t)

stephen.preston@wilmerhale.com

Experience

Our Defense, National Security and Government Contracts lawyers draw on wisdom and experience gained through senior positions in the Department of Justice, The White House and numerous departments and agencies.

Our team includes:

  • a former Deputy Attorney General and member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission) and Central Intelligence Agency’s National Security Advisory Panel
  • former General Counsels to the Director of National Intelligence and Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • a former Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at the Air Force Materiel Command
  • two former Assistant Attorneys General
  • a former Solicitor General of the United States
  • a former Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury

Our practice also draws on the wisdom, talent and energy of colleagues who have held a variety of other military and civilian federal agency positions.

Publications & News

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January 19, 2016

Iran Nuclear Sanctions Relief Implemented: New Opportunities Await Non-US Companies, but Comprehensive US Transaction and Export Restrictions Remain in Effect 

On January 16, 2016, the United States, its negotiating partners and Iran announced the arrival of Implementation Day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, to which the parties agreed on July 14, 2015 with respect to the Iranian nuclear program. 

January 8, 2016

Department of Defense Revises Landmark Cybersecurity Rule, Extends Deadline for Some Compliance Requirements

On December 30, 2015, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a second interim rule on Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services, amending an earlier version issued on August 26, 2015.2 The new, amended DoD interim rule prescribes cybersecurity requirements, including mandatory cybersecurity-related contract clauses in all DoD contracts subject to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement.

January 7, 2016

Congress Enacts Major Cybersecurity Legislation

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which provides authorization and liability protection for cybersecurity monitoring and information-sharing and authorization for cyber defensive measures. The Act, which comes after four years of efforts to enact federal cybersecurity legislation, also creates a new regime to encourage federal agencies to share cyber intelligence with the private sector more rapidly.

December 9, 2015

Former Top Defense Department Lawyer Stephen Preston Rejoins WilmerHale

WilmerHale is pleased to announce that former Department of Defense General Counsel Stephen W. Preston has rejoined the firm.

December 4, 2015

Washingtonian Magazine Names Eight WilmerHale Partners Top Attorneys in Washington DC

Washingtonian magazine has released its list of 2015 Top Attorneys, recognizing Washington's top legal talent based on peer review. The 2015 list is the Washingtonian's largest ever and ranks the top one percent of the nation's capital's 80,000 lawyers across 21 different practices.

October 22, 2015

China Sets Schedule for Implementation of Negative List System for Market Access

China's State Council on October 19, 2015 published the Opinions on Implementing the Negative List System for Market Access, specifying that China intends to implement a unified national negative list system for market access in 2018.

July 2, 2015

Jamie Gorelick Honored as a Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer

Partner Jamie Gorelick has been selected as one of 45 lawyers on The National Law Journal's list of Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazers. Those recognized have "devised new strategies and decisively altered the playing field."

June 1, 2015

WilmerHale Partners Recognized as Outstanding Women Lawyers by The National Law Journal

WilmerHale congratulates Partners Susan Murley, Jamie Gorelick and Sharon Cohen Levin for being named to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) inaugural list of Outstanding Women Lawyers.

May 26, 2015

Supreme Court Strengthens False Claims Act’s Statute of Limitations, Narrows First-to-File Bar

The U.S. Supreme Court today resolved two important questions under the False Claims Act, holding that (1) the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA), 18 U.S.C. § 3287, applies only to criminal cases, and (2) the FCA’s first-to-file bar, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b)(5), ceases to apply once the earlier-filed action that might have created the bar has been dismissed.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.