Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has been involved in Government Contracts practice for decades. We regularly represent many clients in their dealings with governments at all levels, including local, state, federal, and foreign governments. We have experience in handling matters involving DOD, all the military services, and many of the civilian agencies, including NASA, FAA, Interior, DOE, GSA, DOL, Homeland Security, Postal Service, SEC and Transportation.
Members of our Team include experienced trial lawyers (a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers), the former Vice President and Associate General Counsel of McDonnell Douglas/ Boeing, a former general counsel of the National Security Agency, and lawyers with engineering degrees and experience. Our team has had leading roles in some of the most significant disputes and litigation in the government contracting field during the past four decades. Additionally, our lawyers are active in the ABA’s Public Contract Law Section and industry associations, including National Contract Management Association and National Defense Industry Association and frequently have lectured and written on Government contract issues.
A staple of our Government contract practice is the prosecution and defense of alleged breaches of contract, both prime contracts and subcontracts, and claims and requests for equitable adjustment. Our trial lawyers have been through every conceivable issue regarding breaches of contract and claims for equitable adjustment. We have also appeared before state and federal courts, the Boards of Contract Appeals, the Federal Court of Claims, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals, including the Federal Circuit.
We routinely review procurement contracts, teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements, subcontracts, and provide advice and counseling for a wide variety of Government clients with respect to contract terms.
Our group is involved frequently in compliance counseling, compliance program implementation and evaluation, risk assessment, and internal investigations. Nearly daily, we are advising clients on interpretation or compliance with the FAR’s, DFAR’s, and other regulations and policies and on compliance program best practices.
BCLP attorneys have substantial experience in conducting internal investigations of sensitive government contracts-related matters, including investigations of time and cost charging, quality, product substitution, material requirements planning, improper inspections and sign-offs, and pricing issues, among other issues raised by alleged whistle-blowers, and Anti-Kickback Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues. We have defended our clients in private litigation (both qui tam and employment-related) and counseled clients on whether a disclosure of the results of an investigation must or should be made to the government. We also regularly represent clients in responding to government inquiries at both the administrative and prosecutorial level, and in debarment and suspensions proceedings, that might arise out of such investigations.
In addition, we have an extensive practice regarding national security clearances, facility clearances and related issues, particularly advising contractor employees and adjudicating security clearance denials before the Defense Department Office of Hearings and Appeals, as well as issues of foreign ownership, control and influence.