Wiley Rein's Government Contracts Practice includes more than 40 experienced attorneys and consultants who provide the full range of government contracts legal counseling and litigation services. We represent contractors of all sizes, from the largest Pentagon partners to small, disadvantaged businesses and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) contractors. Our clients span virtually all industries-defense and aerospace, intelligence, information technology, professional services, telecommunications, health care, architectural & engineering (A&E), and construction services. Clients turn to us for our deep expertise, strong "bench," and ability to craft legally sound solutions that meet their business objectives while controlling costs. Because of our successes and reputation for client service, Wiley Rein is consistently ranked by Chambers USA in the top tier of the nation's government contracts practices.
Proven Track Record
Wiley Rein has served as "go-to" counsel on scores of high-stakes government contracting matters, including:
- The successful protest of the Air Force's award of a $35 billion contract for the next generation of aerial refueling tankers, one of the largest Air Force contracts ever awarded and one of the most prominent protests ever before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
- The representation of a leading systems integrator pursuing one of the largest claims ever before the Armed Services Board of Contracting Appeals (ASBCA).
- The dismissal with prejudice of the United States' complaint against a shipbuilder under the False Claims Act (FCA).
- The preparation, negotiation, and successful resolution of claims worth hundreds of millions of dollars in connection with one of the largest commercial item information technology contracts ever awarded.
Our greatest asset is our people. Chambers consistently praises our deep bench, noting that our "experience and skill earns the trust and preference of major defense and aerospace contractors" (2011) and observes that "the group works very well-they staff effectively, respond quickly to client desires and understand how we operate and expect them to operate" (2013).
All of Wiley Rein's Government Contracts attorneys are active in industry associations and the federal procurement bar. Many of our attorneys hold leadership positions on committees of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Section of Public Contract Law, as well as the COFC and Federal Circuit Bar Associations. They serve on boards of industry organizations and are routinely recognized by the business community for their expertise. The Practice also includes a deep pool of attorneys who hold active Secret, Top Secret, and Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearances and who have experience litigating and counseling clients on classified matters within the defense and intelligence communities.
Leveraging the Expertise of Wiley Rein
We routinely leverage the expertise of Wiley Rein's other practices to provide the best possible counsel to our clients across a wide array of potential legal issues. For example:
- Wiley Rein's White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice features seasoned criminal defense attorneys with a wealth of experience in resolving false claims issues and other government investigations.
- Our Election Law & Government Ethics Practice regularly advises clients on the growing number of federal, state and local laws that regulate campaign contributions, political advocacy, lobbying, ethics, and ballot access.
- Wiley Rein's Health Care Practice represents many clients who are contractors under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Employees Health Benefits, and DOD TRICARE programs.
- Our Employment and Labor Law Practice counsels clients on the special employment law challenges facing government contractors.
- Wiley Rein's commercial litigators are adept at litigating civil disputes commonly faced by government contractors, such as prime-subcontractor disputes and enforcement of non-disclosure and non-compete agreements.
- Our International Trade Practice regularly assists companies in navigating the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and advises regarding acquisitions subject to approval by the Defense Security Service (DSS).
Alerts, Newsletter, and "Boot Camps"
We keep clients abreast of new developments affecting the government contracting community through timely Client Alerts accessible through social media, RSS feeds, or email. Our periodic newsletter, Government Contracts Issue Update, reports on regulatory, legislative, and case law developments as well as other issues of interest to the government contracting community. To subscribe to our complimentary Alerts and the Government Contracts Issue Update, click here.
Clients and friends of the firm can also participate in its series of complimentary Government Contracts "Boot Camps," periodic one-hour webinars devoted to different topics of interest spanning all areas of the federal procurement system. "Boot Camps" are interactive, with copies of the speaker's written material available for future reference. We hold these webinars over the lunch hour to avoid disruptions to the work day and routinely apply for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits in Virginia, which many other states recognize. To find out more about our "Boot Camps," including the topics we have covered, click here.
The links below provide more detail on some of the specialty areas in which Wiley Rein has expertise.
ISSUE: FALL 2014
IN THIS ISSUE
- New Labor Executive Orders and Rules to Impose New Compliance Obligations on Contractors
- The “No Federal Contracts for Corporate Deserters Act of 2014”—Congress’s Latest Attempt to Address Inverted Domestic Corporations
- COFC Decisions Reinforce Challenges, But Open the Door, for Subcontractors Pursuing Claims for Nonpayment Directly Against the Government
- The Court Trusts, But You Should Verify—D.C. Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Qui Tam Alleging Reseller Violated the TAA
- Speeches & Publications
FAR Council Published Interim Rule for Contractor Minimum Wage
By Eric W. Leonard, Craig Smith and George E. Petel*
December 16, 2014
The Government Made Me Do It: The Federal Circuit Expands the Reach of § 1498(a) to Protect Private Companies Performing “Quasi-Governmental Functions” from Traditional Patent Infringement Liability
By Scott A. Felder, Nicole J. Owren-Wiest and Laura E. Sherman
December 2014 | Intellectual Property Today
DOL’s 2015 New Year’s Resolutions: Increased Enforcement, Worker Classification, and the FLSA’s White Collar Overtime Exemptions
By Todd A. Bromberg and Jillian Volkmar
December 11, 2014
RECENT NEWSThe Government Made Me Do It: The Federal Circuit Expands the Reach of § 1498(a) to Protect Private Companies Performing “Quasi-Governmental Functions” from Traditional Patent Infringement Liability
October 23, 2014
The Novation of Government Contracts and the Unreliable and Unpredictable “Operation of Law” Exception
View From Wiley Rein: The Student Becomes the Master—How to Avoid Ostensible Subcontractor Affiliation When Large and Small Businesses Switch Roles in Set-Aside Procurements
October 14, 2014