Michael H. Payne: Lawyer with Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC

Michael H. Payne


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  • Federal Contracting
    Contact InfoTelephone: 215.564.1700
    Fax: (267) 238-4456
    Law SchoolDickinson School of Law, J.D.
    Admitted1971, Pennsylvania; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit


    •Society of American Military Engineers Philadelphia Post (SAME)
    •Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)


    MICHAEL H. PAYNE is a Partner and Chair of the Federal Construction Practice Group at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC as well as an experienced trial lawyer who has represented contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in all aspects of federal contract and construction law. His efforts have included assistance in the preparation of bids and proposals, interpretation of contract provisions, filing of protests, negotiation of contracts, and the litigation and settlement of contract claims and appeals.

    Michael has represented contractors on numerous types of projects, including those involving military and civil works construction, dredging, hazardous waste remediation, highway construction, public projects for state and local agencies, and federal supply contracts. He has represented clients before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and a number of Federal District and Appellate Courts including the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

    Michael was formerly the Chief Trial Attorney for the North Atlantic Division of the Army Corps of Engineers. He developed the Federal Construction Contracting Blog , the only blog devoted exclusively to federal construction contracting. The blog is widely read by members of the construction industry for its insight and commentary on topics of interest to federal construction contractors. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States before contractors and government agencies regarding government contract matters.

    Michael co-authored Bidding and Managing Government Contracts, published by R. S. Means Co., Inc, and also co-authored chapters in two books on Federal Government contracting published by Thompson/Reuters. In 1994, Michael developed a computer program, FEDCON, which provides federal construction contractors with a hypertext-linked database of information about federal procedures and regulations. He currently presents several seminars each year on a variety of federal government contracting topics including construction, proposal preparation, and ethics in government contracting, while maintaining an active national construction practice.

    News & Publications

    •Miller Act Claims and Dispute Resolution Procedures
    Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 4
    •Q&A with Our D.C. Team
    Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 3
    •Fraud in Federal Government Contract Claims
    Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 1
    •Contemporaneous Documentation is Not Always a Good Thing
    Construction in Brief: 2014 Volume 3
    •USDA Shoreline Contract Stalled Over SmallBusiness Fight
    Law360 - October 6, 2014
    •Platform Tools Fed. Claims Court Sends $3.7M Miami Dredging Row To Trial
    Law360 - March 14, 2014
    •The Growth of Our Federal Practice Group
    Construction in Brief: 2013 Volume 4
    •Cohen Seglias Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
    May 17, 2013
    •Corps of Engineers dealt a loss inNorth Dakota dam dispute
    National Law Journal - January 17, 2012
    •Martin Construction Prevails on Appeal of a Termination for Default Claim Against the Army Corps of Engineers
    December 20, 2011
    •From Legal Pad to IPad: Using Tablet Computing to Increase a Lawyer's Efficiency
    The Legal Intelligencer - June 7, 2011
    •Do MATOC's Hurt Construction Bidding?Examining the Use of Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC's) in Federal Procurement
    Construction In Brief: Fall / Winter 2009
    •Contractors are facing delays on both ends of major awards and in some cases it's pushing them toward financial disaster. (HTM)
    Cohen Seglias partner Michael H. Payne was quoted in the December 1, 2009 online edition of Government Executive regarding the cost of contract delays to the government, taxpayers and small businesses. - December 1, 2009
    •Taking Advantage of Federal Construction Contract Opportunities...Does A Newcomer Have A Chance?
    Construction In Brief: Summer / Fall 2009
    •The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: What it Means for You (PDF)
    Michael Payne and Craig Schroeder authors article entitled The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: What it Means for You. - July 1, 2009


    •The American Institute of Architects: Emerging Leaders in Architecture
    December 11, 2015 - Washington, DC
    •2015 National 8(a) Association Winter Conference: How to Effectively Team on a Federal Project
    February 3-4, 2015 - Orlando, FL
    •Breakfast Roundtable: Latest Developments in Federal Construction Contracting
    October 1, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
    •Breakfast Roundtable: Latest Developments in Federal Construction Contracting
    September 3, 2014 - Honolulu, HI
    •A Practical Approach to Risk Management & Claims Avoidance on International Projects
    August 21, 2014 - Washington, DC
    •AGC Federal Contractors Conference: Welcome Reception Sponsor
    June 10, 2014 - Washington, DC
    •National 8(a) Association Winter Conference
    February 11-12, 2014 - Orlando, FL
    •Breakfast Roundtable: Latest Developments in Federal Contracting
    December 18, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA
    •DELVACCA Roundtable Breakfast - Risks and Rewards of Federal Contracting
    July 17, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA
    •National 8(a) Association 2013 Winter Conference
    February 5-6, 2013 - Orlando, FL
    •National 8(a) Association Summer Conference
    June 20-21, 2012 - Anchorage, AK
    •2012 AGC Federal Contractors Conference
    April 16, 2012 - Washington, DC
    •AGC of America Annual Conference
    March 13-17, 2012 - Honolulu Hawaii
    •From the Legal Pad to the iPad
    February 15, 2012 - Philadelphia, PA
    •National 8(a) Association Winter Conference
    February 7-8, 2012 - Orlando, FL
    •How to Win Federal ConstructionContracts and Make a Profit
    October 19, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA
    •Unraveling the Mysteries ofFederal Construction Contracting
    March 29, 2011 - Savannah, GA
    March 31, 2011 - Orlando, FL
    •How to Win Federal Construction Contracts with Teaming Arrangements
    October 5, 2010 - Dallas, TX
    October 7, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA
    October 28, 2010 - Philadelphia, PA
    •How to Win Federal Construction Contracts With Teaming Arrangements
    March 11, 2010 - Savannah, GA
    •The Right to Protest - An Overview of the Bid Protest Process at the Federal & State Level
    July 28, 2009 - Pittsburgh, PA
    •The Rules of the Game Have Changed; Construction Contracting for the Army Corps of Engineers
    April 21, 2009 - Kenner, LA


    •Deciding Whether to File a GAO Bid Protest
    January 21, 2016
    •Termination for Default Held Improper
    January 12, 2016
    •Timely Documentation is Critical
    January 6, 2016
    •Defenses to a Termination for Default
    November 30, 2015
    •E-Discovery- Bring Back the Boxes
    May 29, 2015
    •Difficulty in Obtaining the Approval of an Individual Surety
    April 27, 2015
    •How to Effectively Team on a Federal Project
    January 27, 2015
    •Construction Opportunities for American Prime Contractors in Israel
    November 10, 2014
    •Contemporaneous Documentation is Not Always a Good Thing
    October 2, 2014
    •Court Upholds Rights of Small Business Dredging Contractors
    September 24, 2014


    •Michael has achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating for professional ethical standards and legal ability by Martindale-Hubbell.
    •Michael was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the field of Government Contracts in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 by Law & Politics Magazine. Law & Politics Magazine publishes Super Lawyers annually to recognize accomplished lawyers in more than 70 areas of practice.


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    Michael H. Payne

    30 South 17th Street
    PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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