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Government Contracts

Vinson & Elkins' Government Contracts lawyers represent clients in all aspects of federal, state, and local government contracts, and also work on matters involving cooperative agreements, grants, and other funding instruments. Our experience covers the entire range of legal issues related to the procurement process, including contract negotiations, compliance, bid protest litigation, claims preparation, terminations, complex litigation and arbitration, investigations, voluntary disclosures, defense of civil and criminal fraud allegations, and suspension and debarment. We also advise clients on contract provisions and applicable statutes and regulations, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Department of Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) and other agency-specific supplements.

Our team represents clients from a wide variety of industries, including defense, aerospace, healthcare, accounting, financial services, information technology, electronics, shipping, energy, automotive, communications, media, environmental, construction, security, and logistics. V&E Government Contracts lawyers have experience with virtually every federal agency, including the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); and the General Services Administration (GSA). Our lawyers handle matters for government contracts clients at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (CoFC), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA). We also represent clients in matters at federal district, state, and local courts and before arbitration panels.

Our team works closely with other groups throughout the firm to address issues arising for government contractors to provide efficient, turn-key representation to our clients.

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Practice Highlights

  • Successfully pursued breach of contract claims against a U.S. government prime contractor, a provider of integrated logistics, in an AAA-sponsored international arbitration resulting in recovery of $35 million (net) for the client; this matter was followed by another arbitration in which the client pursued breach damages for a subsequent contract period; recovered, via settlement, another $55 million (net) for client, after succeeding on a motion for summary judgment before the AAA tribunal
  • Assisted a leading aerospace contractor in preparing one of the largest delay and disruption claims ever prosecuted against the U.S. government, having lead responsibility for a component of the claim valued at greater than $1 billion
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) at the CoFC against the U.S. Navy’s attempt to override an automatic stay of contract performance imposed under the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA)
  • Obtained corrective action on two simultaneous task order GAO bid protests for one of the world’s largest audit, tax, and advisory services firms
  • Retained by a U.S. Navy contractor on a project valued at greater than $1 billion to advise on a wide variety of government contract-related issues, including performance requirements, default and suspension issues, and FOIA issues, arising in the midst of a project performance crisis
  • Prepared on behalf of an aerospace contractor a mandatory disclosure under FAR related to gift and gratuities issues
  • Prepared on behalf of a contractor involved in shipbuilding and maintenance a mandatory disclosure addressing product substitution issues
  • Defended a supply contractor in a debarment proceeding before the Navy's suspension and Debarment official, resulting in the close out of the case without further action

Key Contacts

+1.202.639.6780
mcharness@velaw.com
+1.202.639.6706
drjohnson@velaw.com
+1.202.639.6652
danielgraham@velaw.com

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