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Defense and Government Contracts
Navigating complex regulations and risks

Government contractors are subject to complex regulations and business risks that do not exist in the commercial marketplace. Prospective contractors must understand how to become eligible to secure work through the GSA Schedule and get treated fairly in the selection process. Once selected, they must complete the contract according to state and federal laws, such as the False Claims Act, or face a possible government investigation as well as civil and criminal proceedings. If the work does not go as planned, they must be prepared to negotiate equitable adjustments in pay and termination settlements with government entities. Unique employment issues, such as compliance with the Service Contract Act and affirmative action, must be managed. And if compliance issues or disputes arise, contractors must be prepared to launch internal investigations, review their compliance programs and work toward resolutions to avoid litigation.

Attorneys in Saul Ewing’s Defense and Government Contracts Practice help their clients understand this ever-evolving environment and work through these issues. Their deep knowledge comes from more than 30 years of experience representing government contractors, particularly in the defense industry, as well as previous legal work in government agencies with key roles in developing contracts and prosecution and for private sector companies with government contracts. Members of the team include a former assistant U.S. attorney and two former chief counsels for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services, both of whom also have significant experience as litigators for state government. One of our attorneys also has performed lengthy in-house assignments supporting major defense programs for two of the largest aerospace companies in the nation. This combination of experience guides us in helping clients resolve disputes in specialized courts and administrative tribunals that deal exclusively with government contract matters as well as offering counsel on litigation avoidance and settlement opportunities. However, when litigation is necessary, we base our counsel on what we have learned through representations of contractors’ cases not only involving the False Claims Act but also GAO, state and local bid protests and prime-sub disputes.

We represent clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies with established government contracting businesses to small businesses seeking to secure their first contracts in the government market. Our clients are prime contractors, subcontractors, and grant recipients, including:

  • Defense contractors
  • Aerospace companies
  • Technology R&D companies
  • Service companies
  • Airport managers
  • Manufacturers
  • Construction companies
  • Software and hardware providers
  • Higher education institutions and professionals
  • State and local governmental units and the U.S. government
  • Foreign-owned companies lawfully establishing U.S. operations
“My Saul Ewing attorney’s ‘in-house perspective’ makes her quicker on the uptake when it comes to identifying the business risk of a legal decision. She also knows us and our business people and communicates with the right finesse.”

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