Government Contract Claims REGULATORY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

WilmerHale Offers One of the Premier Government Contract Claims and Litigation Practices in the Nation.

WilmerHale offers significant depth and experience to government contractors, drawing on decades of experience with government contract controversies. We are strong, successful litigators experienced in bid protests and government contract disputes across a range of industries and government agencies. We understand the benefits of both avoiding litigation as well as resolving it quickly, and we are sensitive to the challenges of handling disputes between a client and the client's customer, where the business relationship needs to be preserved.

An American Lawyer “A-List” law firm recognized as a Top 20 firm year after year, WilmerHale relies on the unique experiences of lawyers who were directly responsible for the litigation and settlement of major contract claims and protests during periods of previous government service, as well as attorneys with decades of private law firm experience. Anchored by a former Deputy Attorney General of the United States (who also served as General Counsel of the Department of Defense); a former General Counsel of the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency; and senior private practitioners, the WilmerHale team provides superior counseling across the full spectrum of government contract-related controversies.

We Resolve a Wide Range of Disputes Arising in the Pursuit or Performance of Government Contracts.

With 99 WilmerHale lawyers named in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America—along with Jamie Gorelick being honored by The National Law Journal as a Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer— defense contractors and other federal government contractors have turned to WilmerHale for assistance with the most difficult government contracting problems involving dozens of federal agencies and departments. Recently, we assisted clients in resolving disputes with the Department of Defense, Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration (GSA) and various military departments, among others. In each instance, our seasoned lawyers pursued comprehensive resolutions that reduced the risk of suspension and debarment and otherwise minimized any potential collateral impact.

WilmerHale's Experienced Government Contract Litigators Handle Claims, Court Litigation and Appeals with Equal Dexterity.

WilmerHale's litigation engagements in the government contracts arena have ranged from basic government contract claims involving emerging companies to some of the most complex and prominent controversies involving the multi-billion dollar defense programs of our top-tier defense contractor clients. Known for being more than excellent counselors, WilmerHale's government contract lawyers are proven litigators. We have tried dozens of cases in the Boards of Contract Appeals and Court of Federal Claims, providing aggressive and creative advocacy in these unique forums.

Some of the claims and appeals we have handled include:

  • We represented a top-ten US defense contractor in a Federal Circuit appeal concerning privity rules in government contracting and the liability of the United States for subcontractor claims.
  • On behalf of a major provider of HR outsourcing services, we secured a rescission of a termination for default of a $290 million multi-year OPM information technology contract.
  • We represented a defense communications systems supplier in a protracted dispute with the US Navy and Department of Justice over claims for environmental remediation costs at a government-owned facility, resulting in a court-approved settlement.
  • We resolved a government contract dispute involving the allowability of consulting fees for sales agent services in obtaining government contract awards.
  • We pursued a major defense contractor's breach of contract and fraud claims in federal court litigation alleging government contract accounting impropriety by the seller during a $200 million acquisition of a satellite communications government contracting business.
  • On behalf of an international construction company, we pursued government contract claims arising from the denial of payment requests on account of alleged violations of domestic manufacturing requirements in a US Government-financed host country contract.
  • We defended a defense contractor in federal court litigation pertaining to the transfer of advanced weapons technologies under a technology transfer agreement.
  • We secured a decision terminating debarment proceedings on behalf of a USAF contractor, without an administrative agreement or any adverse action; we settled asserted civil fraud claim without admission of liability or payment of multiple damages or penalties; and we resolved a related contract dispute with a no-cost termination for convenience.
  • We represented a defense contractor before the US Army debarring authority in connection with claims involving the alleged delivery of defective products.
  • On behalf of a telecommunications industry client, we persuaded the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals to reverse its previous ruling concerning our client's classification under the Small Business Act.
  • We represented a government contractor in a FCA case alleging that the company failed to supply the General Services Administration with office products from permissible countries under the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act.

WilmerHale Offers One of the Premier Government Contract Claims and Litigation Practices in the Nation.

WilmerHale offers significant depth and experience to government contractors, drawing on decades of experience with government contract controversies. We are strong, successful litigators experienced in bid protests and government contract disputes across a range of industries and government agencies. We understand the benefits of both avoiding litigation as well as resolving it quickly, and we are sensitive to the challenges of handling disputes between a client and the client's customer, where the business relationship needs to be preserved.

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Stephen W. Preston

Chair, Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice

+1 202 663 6900 (t)

stephen.preston@wilmerhale.com