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Practices: Government Contracts

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Government Contracts

For more than 30 years, our attorneys have been winning government contracts protests and disputes. We know the law, the process and how to get to the bottom line for our clients.

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Bringing more than 25 years of experience to this area of practice, the Government Contracts team at Brown Rudnick helps clients resolve a wide range of complex business disputes. From prosecuting and defending bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), to asserting and defending claims before courts and boards of contract appeals, to investigating and defending civil and criminal fraud accusations, this team delivers proven abilities and a grounded perspective.

We represent clients in matters related to government contracts across a diverse industry span: defense, energy, environment, technology, healthcare, real estate and construction. Applying the strong client-oriented litigation philosophy that distinguishes us, we staff to deliver cost-effective representations and routinely call upon the strong pool of talent within the firm, as well as the most sophisticated technologies available to assist in accomplishing our clients’ objectives.

Our litigation practice overall is not limited to in-court litigation. In the service of our clients’ interests, Brown Rudnick has implemented a variety of effective alternative dispute resolution techniques, and we represent our clients’ interests, not only in court, but, as appropriate, in arbitration and mediation proceedings.

This team’s clients range from the largest companies in their industries to emerging and mid-size entities. We regularly appear on these clients’ behalf before numerous governmental bodies, including the Government Accountability Office, the Small Business Administration, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the US Court of Federal Claims and US District Courts, state courts and appellate courts throughout the country.

Clients look to the Government Contracts team for assistance in areas such as these:

  • Bid protests, both prosecution and defense, before the GAO and courts
  • Investigation and defense of civil (including qui tam) and criminal fraud accusations 
  • Inspector General investigations and Defense Contract Audit Agency audits
  • Subcontracting and teaming agreements, including drafting, negotiating, settling and litigating disputes
  • Commercial and Administrative Procedure Act disputes, in trial and appellate courts nationwide
  • Contract claims including environmental, construction, weapon and information systems, and health care 
  • Due diligence related to mergers with and acquisitions of government contractors
  • Assistance with matters related to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act 
  • Compliance issues related to cost accounting, pharmaceutical pricing, the Procurement Integrity Act and the Truth in Negotiation Act, as well as wage and hour laws 
  • Disputes involving construction business owners, contractors and subcontractors, suppliers, architects and sureties 
  • Intellectual property, trade secrets and data rights 
  • Small Business Administration program qualifications and protests, including asserting and defending size protests 
  • Personal Conflict of Interest, Organizational Conflict of Interest and ethics issues
  • Grants and cooperative agreements 
  • A variety of other government contract-related issues, including conflict of interest rules, Foreign Ownership Control and Influence issues, security clearances, employment law issues, Federal Supply Schedule matters, commercial item acquisitions, novations and terminations
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