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

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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 Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the White House and numerous other agencies.

Our team includes:

  • a former General Counsel of the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency
  • a former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing
  • a former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
  • 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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October 18, 2017

Ninth Circuit Requires US to Pay Defense Contractor Cleanup Costs

On October 4, the Ninth Circuit reversed the District Court for the Southern District of California's decision to allocate to a government contractor 100 percent of cleanup costs for hazardous contamination at a manufacturing facility for failure to consider the involvement of the United States in contributing to that contamination, and remanded the case for additional proceedings.

September 26, 2017

Trump Administration Imposes Broad New Sanctions Against North Korea

Over the past several years, as North Korea has increased the capability of its nuclear and ballistic missile program, there has been a steady increase in sanctions pressure against North Korea by the United States and the broader international community. In response to the latest provocations from North Korea, late last week President Trump declared that it was time to “maximize pressure” on North Korea and signed a new Executive Order.

September 22, 2017

David Cohen Explains How US North Korea Sanctions Pressure Chinese Banks on PBS NewsHour

Following the Trump Administration's announcement of increased economic sanctions on North Korea on September 21, Partner David Cohen explained on PBS NewsHour that the move placed particular pressure on Chinese financial institutions.

September 19, 2017

A Guide to the Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

In this article published by Law360, Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown describe the key steps in the path to nomination for federal officials and provide tips on how to navigate them.

September 18, 2017

EU to Establish a Framework for Screening Foreign Direct Investment

On September 13, 2017, the European Commission issued a proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework for screening foreign direct investment in the European Union.

September 15, 2017

David Cohen Discusses Growing Importance and Complexity of Sanctions on C-SPAN

Partner David Cohen, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency who also served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, fielded questions about the use of financial and economic sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Venezuela during a recent discussion at Georgetown University Law Center.

August 4, 2017

Trump is trying to politicize intelligence to support his Iran policy. That's dangerous.

In this op-ed published in The Washington Post, David Cohen discusses the relationship between the intelligence community and President Trump.

July 31, 2017

President Expected to Sign New Sanctions Bill to Constrain Presidential Authority While Expanding "Sanctions Toolkit" for Russia, Iran, and North Korea

On July 27, the US Senate passed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a comprehensive sanctions bill that expands US sanctions against three countries: Russia, Iran and North Korea.

July 25, 2017

Jonathan Cedarbaum Appointed Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States

The Administrative Conference of the US is an independent agency that provides authoritative, nonpartisan legal advice and expertise on administrative law and federal regulatory procedures.

June 20, 2017

President Trump Announces New Cuba Restrictions

Although US policy since 2014 has been to normalize US-Cuba relations and liberalize trade with Cuba, President Trump signaled a partial reversal of US policy in a speech in Miami and the issuance of a National Security Presidential Memorandum, focusing on new restrictions on individual travel to Cuba and on dealings with Cuban military-related entities.