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 General Counsel of the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency
  • 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
  • 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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May 17, 2016

Final Government Contractor Basic Data Security Rule Issued

On May 16, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Council published the final FAR rule on Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems. The rule is intended to prescribe “the most basic level” of safeguards, “reflective of actions a prudent business person would employ.”

May 6, 2016

Robert Kimmitt Lands on Short List for Top American Lawyer Honor

Kimmitt is one of two finalists in the regulatory category for Transatlantic Lawyer of the Year.

May 5, 2016

Robert Mueller to Receive ABA's Morris I. Liebman Award in Law and National Security

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security will honor Robert S. Mueller III, a partner at WilmerHale and former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with its Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security.

April 14, 2016

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

An article by Benjamin A. Powell, Barry J. Hurewitz, Jonathan G. Cedarbaum, Jason C. Chipman and Leah Schloss, published in the May 2016 issue of Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report, explores the new, amended Department of Defense interim cybersecurity rule that prescribes cybersecurity requirements, including mandatory cybersecurity-related contract clauses in all DoD contracts subject to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement. 

April 8, 2016

Stephen Preston Appointed to President's Intelligence Advisory Board

On April 8, the White House announced the appointment of Partner Stephen Preston to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB).

March 8, 2016

Enhanced North Korea Sanctions Adopted

The United Nations Security Council approved a Resolution last week imposing new sanctions against North Korea in response to its recent nuclear and missile tests. This UNSC action follows the enactment of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 by the United States in late February. 

March 1, 2016

European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce Release Legal Foundation of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On Monday, February 29th, the European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce released a collection of documents summarizing actions taken on both sides of the Atlantic to implement the new Privacy Shield framework.

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.