Government Contracts


Wiley Rein’s Government Contracts Practice includes more than 45 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: 

  • Successfully protested award of a multibillion-dollar defense freight transportation contract at GAO, forcing the agency to reopen the competition, and then defended the agency’s subsequent favorable award decision through appeal to the Federal Circuit.
  • The representation of a leading systems integrator pursuing one of the largest claims ever before the Armed Services Board of Contract 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. 

Deep Bench

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” 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.” 

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 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.

Contact Us

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Our People

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Rachel A. AlexanderPartner202.719.7371Download vCard
Rand L. AllenPartner202.719.7329Download vCard
Attison L. Barnes, IIIPartner202.719.7385Download vCard
Lindy BathurstAssociate202.719.7287Download vCard
Moshe B. BroderAssociate202.719.4186Download vCard
Todd A. BrombergPartner202.719.7357Download vCard
Kathryn BucherPartner202.719.7530Download vCard
Jon W. BurdPartner202.719.7172Download vCard
Ralph J. CacciaPartner202.719.7242Download vCard
Colin J. ClohertyAssociate202.719.3564Download vCard
Philip J. DavisPartner202.719.7044Download vCard
Scott A. FelderPartner202.719.7029Download vCard
J. Ryan FrazeeAssociate202.719.3751Download vCard
Sarah B. Hansen *Associate202.719.7294Download vCard
Tracye Winfrey HowardPartner202.719.7452Download vCard
Peter S. Hyun *Partner202.719.4499Download vCard
Paul F. KhouryPartner202.719.7346Download vCard
Cara L. LasleyAssociate202.719.4192Download vCard
Samantha S. LeeAssociate202.719.7551Download vCard
Eric W. LeonardPartner202.719.7185Download vCard
Kevin J. MaynardPartner202.719.3143Download vCard
Scott M. McCalebPartner202.719.3193Download vCard
Christopher M. MillsPartner202.719.4740Download vCard
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Kendra P. NorwoodAssociate202.719.7069Download vCard
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Mark B. SweetPartner202.719.4649Download vCard
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Roderick L. ThomasPartner202.719.7035Download vCard
Martha G. Vázquez *Associate202.719.4496Download vCard
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Gary S. WardAssociate202.719.7571Download vCard
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*Not admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. Supervised by principals of the firm who are members of the District of Columbia Bar.

News & Insights

News & Insights

"Boot Camp" Webinars

Wiley Rein's Government Contracts Practice offers valued clients and friends of the firm the opportunity to participate in a complimentary series of Wiley Rein Government Contracts "Boot Camps," one-hour webinars devoted to topics of interest to the government contracting community. 

"Boot Camps" are interactive with copies of the speaker's written materials available during the program via webcast and subsequently distributed to attendees for future reference.  Wiley Rein holds these sessions over the lunch hour to avoid disruptions with participants' work day and will also apply for Continuing Legal Education credit in Virginia, which many other jurisdictions recognize.

"Boot Camp" topics include:

  • Labor and Employment Issues Throughout the Procurement Lifecycle—Part 2: Performance and Transition-Out
  • Navigating Inspector General Investigations
  • Labor and Employment Issues Throughout the Procurement Lifecycle—Part 1: Proposal Preparation & Transition-In
  • Significant Developments in Government Contracting (2017-2018)
  • Section 1498 – Patent Litigation for Government Contractors
  • Top Ten “Deal Killers” in Government Contracts Acquisitions
  • Lobbying Compliance for Government Contractors: the FAR, the Byrd Amendment, Form LLL, and More
  • How to Deter, Avoid, and Resolve FCA Cases in 2018
  • One Year Later: Federal Contracting Since the 2016 Election
  • "Nuts and Bolts for Surviving a DCAA Audit"
  • "Looming Cybersecurity Deadlines for Government Contractors: A Look at NIST 800-171 Requirements and Future Compliance Issues"
  • "Personnel Keys—Avoiding Pitfalls in Proposing and Managing Key Personnel Under Government Contracts"
  • "Court of Federal Claims or Government Accountability Office? Revisiting Protest Options in Light of Trends and Recent Decisional Differences"
  • "Hot Topics in Due Diligence"
  • "Buy American and Hire American: Recent Developments in BAA and TAA Compliance"
  • “How to Avoid, Mitigate, and Manage Litigation Risk in Prime/Sub Relationships”
  • “Significant Developments in Government Contracting, 2016-2017”
  • "Spurring Innovation Through Non-Traditional Procurement Vehicles"
  • "Disclosures: Managing Your Risks"
  • "Your Federal Supply Chain: What’s Subcontractor Compliance Got to Do With It?"
  • "Recent Developments and Best Practices in Commercial Item Contracting"
  • "Golden Opportunity or Missed Opportunity: Making the Most of Your Debriefing"
  • "What You Need to Know About the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule and Guidance"
  • "Cybersecurity for Government Contractors: Is Your Company Prepared?"
  • "SBA Expands the Mentor-Protégé  Program to All Small Businesses"
  • Whistleblowers: Handling Whistleblower Complaints Properly and Protecting Your Business"
  • "Iran Deal: Opportunities and Risks"
  • "Significant Developments in Government Contracting, 2015-2016"
  • "Unique Litigation Issues Facing Classified Government Contracts"
  • "Employment and Labor Issues Government Contractors Should Expect to Tackle in 2016"
  • "Nonprocurement Suspension and Debarment"
  • "Strategies for Speedy Claims Recovery for Government Contracts"
  • "Campaign Finance and Pay-to-Play Law for Government Contractors"
  • "Bid Protests: Beyond the Basics"
  • "Suspension and Debarment Refresher and Update"
  • "Recent Developments in Supply Chain Management"
  • "Significant Developments in Government Contracting 2014-2015"
  • "Taking it to the States: Recent Developments and Trends in State False Claims Act Matters"
  • "Multiple-Award IDIQ Contracting"
  • "Recent Trends and Developments: The Changing Data Rights Environment"
  • "Preparing for an Audit of Your Service Contract Act (SCA) Compliance"
  • "Government Ethics: The Recruitment and Management of Former Government Employees"
  • "Import Compliance for Government Contractors"
  • "False Claims Act Risks for Companies Doing Business With the Federal Government"
  • "Recent Developments in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act"
  • "DCMA Contractor Purchasing System Reviews"
  • "Recent Developments in Government Contracting 2013-2014"
  • "Current Trends in GSA Schedule Contracting"
  • "Pricing of Contract Adjustments: Best Practices and Recent Developments"
  • "Get Your Priorities Straight: Navigating the Defense Priorities and Allocations System"
  • "Effective Internal Investigations: Best Practices and Recent Developments"
  • "An Overview of Foreign Military Sales for Federal Contractors"
  • "Hot Topics in Labor and Employment for Federal Contractors" 
  • "Inspection, Acceptance and Warranty"
  • "Scope Reductions and Other Contract Administration Challenges Created by Government Efforts to Reduce Spending"
  • "Recent Developments: The Contract Disputes Act Statute of Limitations"
  • "Recent Developments in Government Contracting 2012-2013"
  • "Recent Developments in Small Business Contracting"
  • "Traps for the Unwary: Navigating the Practical and Legal Pitfalls of Bid Protests"
  • "Recent Developments in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act"
  • "Recent Developments in the Federal False Claims Act"
  • "Recent Developments in Federal Procurement Subcontracting"
  • "Counterfeit Parts and Supply Chain Obligations: Recent Developments and Implications for Contractors"
  • "Suspension and Debarment: Trends and Perspectives"
  • "Recent Developments in Government Contracting 2011-2012"
  • "Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law Affecting Federal Contractors"
  • "Contractor Performance Evaluations and Past Performance: Claims to Challenge Negative Performance Evaluations, Notable Past Performance Protest Decisions and Regulatory Update"
  • "Cybersecurity Briefing: Threats, Breaches and Risks; Legislative and Administration Update; and Business and Sourcing Considerations"
  • "Contractor Business Systems: Interim DFARS Rule"
  • "Recent Developments in Government Contracting: 2010 and 2011"
  • "Government Claims: What Contractors Need to Know"
  • "Implications and Developments Arising from Science Applications International Corp. v. United States"
  • "Cybersecurity Briefing: Threat and Risks, Legislative Update, Stakeholder Activities and Business Considerations"
  • "Strategies for Identifying, Avoiding and Mitigating Organizational Conflicts of Interest"
  • "Licensing Technology and Software to the Federal Government"
  • "Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act"
  • "CPM Schedule Analysis for Lawyers and Contracts Managers"
  • "The Pendulum Swings Back: The In-sourcing Challenge"
  • "Recent Developments in Government Contracting"
  • "Conflicts of Interest - The New Frontier"
  • "Hot Topics in Government Contract Cost Accounting"
  • "FOIA: Recent Developments and Strategies for Protecting Your Proprietary Information"
  • "Entering Into & Enforcing a Contract with a Financially Distressed Contractor"
  • "Executive Compensation: Third Rail of Incurred Cost Audits -- How to Survive"
  • "Government Contracting in an Era of Change: An Overview of Recent Procurement Reforms"
  • "Daewoo and the Government's Fraud Remedies in Contract Disputes"
  • "DCAA Audit Rights and Access to Records"
  • "The Basics of Federal Appropriations Law"
  • "New FAR Rules Requiring Mandatory Disclosures"
  • "Different Protest Forum, Different Result - GAO vs. COFC"
  • "Doing Business with the Department of Homeland Security: Understanding DHS Organization and Priorities"
  • "Export Compliance for Government Contractors"
  • "Best Practices in Internal Investigations"
  • "Ethics and Compliance Updates"
  • "Subcontractor/Competitor Litigation Issues"
  • "Commercial Item Contracting"
  • "Legislative Initiatives of Interest to Contractors"