Wiley Rein’s Government Contracts Practice, led by Rand L. Allen and William A. Roberts III, is comprised of nearly 40 experienced attorneys and consultants who provide the full range of government contracts legal counseling and litigation services to clients of all sizes. Wiley Rein is among the leaders in this area, again ranked in 2013 by Chambers USA in the top tier of the nation’s government contracts practices. Chambers recommends the Practice for its commercial awareness, citing sources who note that “it is just a superb firm” (2012), a “top-quality group” whose “experience and skill earns the trust and preference of major defense and aerospace contractors” (2011).
Our clients span virtually all industries, including defense and aerospace, intelligence, information technology, professional services, telecommunications, health care, architectural & engineering (A&E), and construction services. We represent contractors of all sizes, from the largest Pentagon partners to small, disadvantaged businesses and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) contractors. Our Government Contracts attorneys also regularly team with experts from other areas of the firm, including our Litigation, White Collar Defense & Government Investigations, Employment & Labor, International Trade, Intellectual Property, Health Care, Corporate, Public Policy, Election Law & Government Ethics, Technology Transactions, and Telecommunications practices to fashion creative solutions to our clients’ problems.
Wiley Rein strives to provide practical advice and solutions on the unique issues that affect government contractors and 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). Wiley Rein’s pre-eminent bid protest practice handles both classified and unclassified procurements before agencies, the GAO, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit involving procurements of all sizes.
- The representation of a leading systems integrator pursuing one of the largest claims ever before the Armed Services Board of Contracting Appeals (ASBCA).
- 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.
- The defense of a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit in federal district court in Florida involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation, racketeering, fraud, and antitrust violations between the nation’s two largest defense contractors, as well as follow-on litigation before the COFC, federal district court in California, and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- The representation of contractors of all sizes in suspension and debarment proceedings before both civilian and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) agencies.
- The representation of government contractors, underwriters, and transaction counsel in mergers and acquisition activities involving government contracts and contractors, including classified elements.
- The dismissal of whistleblower allegations about so-called “alliance agreements” against several IT contractors without government intervention and without settlement.
Our greatest asset is our people, several of whom are former DOD and civilian agency government contracts attorneys. Chambers USA consistently praises our Team as a group of “talented attorneys with a deep understanding of the government contracts landscape” (2010) and “tremendous litigators who offer innovative solutions to complex procurement problems” (2009). Of the Practice, Chambers says, “one of the big hitters in town” (2011), and clients note 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).
Chambers USA also rates as “Leading Lawyers” several individuals in the Group, observing that “clients appreciate the depth of the team, highlighting its impressive younger partners and associates” (2010). Individually, the directory singles out Rand L. Allen—named by Legal Times as Washington, DC’s “Leading Government Contracts Lawyer”—as an “exceptional” (2013) lawyer in the market who “achieves remarkable results” (2012), “a top-tier practitioner with a widely-respected reputation” (2011), and a “terrific lawyer with a huge presence in the field” (2009) and “exceptional experience across the board” (2010). Paul F. Khoury is described as “a fantastic bid protest attorney” (2013) and “very well regarded” (2012), while Scott M. McCaleb is lauded as “a confident, aggressive advocate” (2010) “best known for his bid protests work, where his litigation prowess gives him an edge” (2011). Sources single Mr. McCaleb out as being “‘very astute,’ and someone to whom they can entrust the most complex matters” (2012). Nicole J. Owren-Wiest is commended for her “outstanding efforts” (2013) and “expertise in bid protests and cost accounting” (2011); she is regarded “as a future leader in the costs disputes sphere” (2012). Daniel P. Graham is praised for being “very sharp and incredibly in tune with the laws and regulations” (2011) and for leading “the next generation of Wiley protest lawyers” (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.
We pride ourselves on helping clients craft solutions that are legally sound and that meet each client’s unique needs and business objectives. We welcome the opportunity to provide additional information about how our expertise and experience can be leveraged to meet the challenges that your company faces in today’s government contracting environment.
Alerts, Newsletters, and “Boot Camps”
Wiley Rein helps clients stay abreast of new developments affecting the government contracting community. Alerts regarding recent developments are posted on Wiley Rein’s Government Contracts website, available through RSS feeds and distributed via email to friends of the firm who subscribe to them. The Practice also publishes a periodic newsletter, Government Contracts Issue Update, which reports on regulatory, legislative, and case law developments as well as other issues of interest to the government contracting community. To subscribe to alerts and the Government Contracts Issue Update, click here. Both the alerts and the newsletter are complimentary.
Wiley Rein also offers valued clients and friends of the firm the opportunity to 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
The Novation of Government Contracts and the Unreliable and Unpredictable “Operation of Law” Exception
By William A. Roberts, III and Kay Tatum
Fall 2014 | The Procurement Lawyer, Vol. 50, No. 1
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
By Richard B. O'Keeffe, Jr.
October 14, 2014 | Bloomberg BNA’s Federal Contracts Report
DOL Announces Final Contractor Minimum Wage Rule
By Eric W. Leonard and Craig Smith
October 3, 2014
RECENT NEWSScott Felder Discusses Technology Patents Sought by Former NSA Director
September 10, 2014
Nicole Owren-Wiest Discusses Defense Department’s New Intellectual Property Guidelines
August 29, 2014
Twenty-Nine Wiley Rein Attorneys Recognized Across 22 Practice Areas in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers
August 18, 2014