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Government Contracts

Doing business with the government can be arduous, complex and filled with minefields. Working with experienced counsel can smooth your path and protect your interests. As a full-service firm, we work closely with our energy, environmental, construction, health care, hospitality, insurance, land use, real estate, and telecommunications attorneys as needed throughout the process, ensuring that our clients’ interactions with the government during the contracting process are prosperous.

Knowing the unique characteristics of different government agencies and sub-agencies makes us equipped to handle matters for our clients efficiently and effectively. We have experience with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the United States Departments of the Interior, Transportation, and Defense, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, the Oregon Department of Corrections, the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), and several others.

Matters where clients seek our counsel include:

  • Bid formation
  • Contract negotiation
  • Contract review
  • Bid protests
  • Contract disputes
  • False claims allegations
  • Suspension and disbarment proceedings
  • Audits and investigations
  • Policymaking
  • Prevailing wage laws

PRIMARY FOCUS AREAS
Government Contracts Law: We work with clients involved in numerous aspects of government contracting. Our work includes advising clients on rights and obligations under government contracts, including:

  • Supply and Construction Contracts
  • Design/Build Agreements
  • GC Contracts
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Subcontracts
  • Teaming Agreements
  • Public/Private Partnerships

While there is limited ability to negotiate with the government, we typically advise clients on the most important parts of contracts—i.e., schedule, insurance, indemnification, coordination, price, and standards of care.

Government audits and investigations: Our government controversies and investigations lawyers work in fraud investigations matters related to government billing, as well as in licensing proceedings and internal investigations. Using our experience in both civil and criminal litigation, we have represented clients in concurrent criminal, civil, and administrative "parallel proceedings." We have negotiated "global" dispositions of serious matters involving multiple government agencies and multiple civil and criminal enforcement proceedings.

Policymaking: We counsel clients on government contract issues regarding policymaking, including:

  • Preparing rulemaking comments
  • Preparing congressional testimony
  • Representing clients on indemnification matters for ultra-hazardous or nuclear activities
  • Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) requirements

PARTICULAR AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Energy: We represent clients in all phases of development and construction of trenchless projects. Our services include risk review and assessment, contract preparation (geotechnical, specification, bidding/qualifications), bidding, procurement, and dispute resolution.

Construction: We also advise and represent clients in connection with water, wastewater, open cut projects, treatment and pump station facilities, hydro and dam projects, and other civil infrastructure, design, and construction work.

Manufacturing: We represent manufacturers of all types of products supplied to the government, including weapons, construction and supply products, construction materials, and other products.

Environmental Clean-Up: We represent clients involved in large maintenance and remedial projects, including radioactive waste clean-up and management, and transportation of hazardous waste materials.