Practice/Industry Group Overview
We offer a multi-disciplinary approach to helping clients navigate the complexities of federal, state and local government contracting. Our attorneys have broad, deep experience in every area and phase of the contracting — from bidding to contract termination and close-out — and can represent clients of any size.
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As a result, we help clients maximize opportunities, minimize risks and compete and win in the government contracting marketplace. Our government contracting services include:
- Bid protests
- Claims and requests for equitable adjustments
- IP, technical and software data rights
- Commercial items
- Teaming, joint ventures and subcontracting
- Small business matters
- GSA Schedule contracting
- Contractor ethics, compliance, conflicts of interest and investigations
- Internal investigations
- Compliance reviews
- Pre-submittal counseling and consulting
- Debarment/suspension litigation
- Source selections
Our attorneys regularly represent companies that challenge or defend procurement procedures or contract awards in bid protect actions. They have appeared before chief procuring officers, procurement review panels, state and federal courts and the General Accounting Office.
We have handled protests of all sizes and complexity involving procurements by a wide range of government entities, including major systems contracts worth more than $60 million. We also understand the cost of litigation and often consider alternative dispute resolution and other litigation alternatives.
We assist clients with the preparation and, when necessary, litigation of complex claims. Our experience in this area covers a wide variety of industries.
Audits and investigations can be costly for government contractors. Our attorneys have experience assisting clients in many industries with audit procedures to ensure compliance and minimize excess costs.
We conduct comprehensive compliance reviews for our clients doing business with the government. We then advise our clients of their options and assist them, if required, with becoming or maintaining compliance.
Pre-submittal counseling and consulting
We help clients understand and prepare for procurement issues and opportunities before they arise. We help clients determine whether a particular contract is a good fit for their company, and we also gather pre-RFP intelligence and help our clients draft and deliver responses. Having our attorneys involved on the front end of the procurement process can help you avoid known pitfalls and further ensures that all of the necessary elements are covered in your proposal.
Under South Carolina's Consolidated Procurement Code, a vendor must find, analyze and protest any anti-competitive feature in a request for proposal within 15 days of the RFP being posted. Important rights can be lost if the vendor waits until after the intent to award. In large contracts, we aid our clients in analyzing the solicitation for possible protest issues, evaluating the possible protest, and, if it makes business sense, litigating the protest.
We help clients be mindful of issues that may give rise to non-responsibility and thus prevent them from winning a contract. We also are able to handle matters where a company has already been deemed non-responsible and then debarred or suspended.
We complement these capabilities with a strong background in other areas frequently used by the firm's government contracting clients. These include practice groups such as public policy and governmental affairs, health care, intellectual property and technology law and litigation.