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Cohen Seglias’ Federal Contracting Practice Group knows how the system works. Our attorneys have considerable experience in representing federal construction contractors. We also understand the government's perspective and procedures because our attorneys have extensive experience on the other side of the table - handling construction contracting for federal agencies.

Our practice focuses on military and civil works construction, and our clients include general contractors, mechanical and electrical subcontractors, specialty subcontractors and architect/engineers.

Within the Group, we have expertise in several unique sub-specialty areas including: federal construction, small business contracting, dredging, marine contracting, environmental remediation, supplies and services.

We know what it takes for a contractor to successfully compete in the federal arena, and we provide valuable counsel to our clients by:

  • Making them aware of their rights and responsibilities under contracting laws and regulations.
     
  • Helping them navigate through complex government contracting procedures and regulations - from procurement through performance.
     
  • Aiding in the preparation of sealed bids and proper responses to requests for proposals (RFPs)
     
  • Complying with the new regulations governing ethics in federal contracting

Our attorneys have served as government counsel to source selection boards, and we understand how a contractor's proposal is evaluated. We assist contractors in preparing packages that fully address evaluation factors such as:

  • Past performance
     
  • Technical merit
     
  • Experience
     
  • Quality of personnel
     
  • Management
     
  • Small business subcontracting
     
  • Price

We analyze the evaluation factors listed in the solicitation and make sure the contractor has responded fully and in a way the government will find convincing. And because we are aware of even the smallest details that can get a proposal rejected, we guide contractors through unexpected minefields, and assist them in preparing a superior package.

We have been involved in some of the leading cases decided by the boards of contract appeals and the courts in matters that occur during contract performance involving:

  • Differing site conditions
     
  • Defective specifications
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  • Changes - including constructive changes and cardinal changes
     
  • Suspensions of work
     
  • Delays
     
  • Terminations for convenience
     
  • Terminations for default
     
  • Variations in estimated quantities
     
  • Over-inspection
     
  • Liquidated damages

We have successfully resolved government contracting cases through the dispute process, and we possess considerable experience in filing claims and appeals; but we prefer alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to litigation. Because we understand the government, we can focus on settlement strategies that garner the appropriate results that our clients deserve.


 
Group Presentations
  Breakfast Roundtable: Latest Developments in Federal Contracting, December 18, 2013
 
Past Seminar Materials
  U.S. Government Contracting Summit Winning and Performing U.S. Government Contracts in Post-Conflict Affected Regions, February 18, 2014
 
 
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

Miles II: Court of Federal Claims Awards Attorneys' Fees and Provides Further Guidance
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, November 22, 2013
Miles Construction, LLC v. United States, No. 12-597C (2013) has been a very important case for SDOVSBs and VOSBs. Our victory in Miles not only resulted in a big win for our client, but it also caused the VA to change its policy regarding transfer restrictions generally, benefitting all...

American Legion Weighs In on Kingdomware and Asks Federal Circuit to Force VA to Comply with the Law
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, November 14, 2013
On September 11, 2013, the American Legion filed an amicus curiae brief, asking the Federal Circuit to reverse the Court of Federal Claims’ November decision in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. The United States. In Kingdomware, the COFC effectively overturned an important line of Government...

Amended Version of the SUSPEND Act Clears House Oversight Committee and Aims to Change Suspension and Debarment Procedures for Federal Contractors
Maria L. Panichelli,Michael H. Payne, November 06, 2013
This past July, we told you about an important bill known as the Stop Unworthy Spending Act (“SUSPEND Act”). That bill, which was introduced by House of Representatives oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa, aimed to dramatically overhaul the suspension and debarment...

New SBA Rule Imposes Severe Penalties for Misrepresenting Size Status
Edward T. DeLisle,Maria L. Panichelli, September 11, 2013
On June 28, 2013, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a Final Rule relating to the penalties involved when a contractor misrepresents its small business size status. While the current regulations provide that a contractor might suffer certain penalties for “knowingly...

Final Rule Imposes New Small Business Subcontracting Obligations on Large Business Prime Contractors
Maria L. Panichelli,Michael H. Payne, August 22, 2013
On August 15, 2013, the SBA put into effect a long-awaited Final Rule (Federal Register Volume 78, Number 136 (Tuesday, July 16, 2013)) designed to help small business subcontractors. The Final Rule, which implements policies set forth in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, provides for several...

Continuing Government Focus on Fraud Might Lead to Significant Changes in Suspension and Debarment Procedures
Maria L. Panichelli,Michael H. Payne, August 02, 2013
Suspension and debarment procedures have been a hot topic in recent years, and it appears that the issue will remain a focus of congressional debate for the rest of this year as well. On June 12, 2013, Congress heard testimony on the state of the federal government’s suspension and debarment...