Government contracting offers lucrative opportunities for businesses that know how to take advantage of them. To navigate this intricate but rewarding field, you need a legal partner who understands how agencies function, how Congress thinks, how Washington works and what awarded contracts mean.
Operating at the intersection of law, business and government, the legacy McKenna Long Government Contracts practice delivers creative, flexible and effective business and litigation solutions and strategies, relying not only on our breadth and depth of experience, but also on our proven history of succeeding in the most complex and difficult circumstances.
From the nation's largest defense contractors to small businesses entering into their first government contracts, our team represents clients of every size and scope with equal vigor. Our experience covers every aspect of contracting and all major government agencies, encompassing key industry sectors such as:
- Aerospace and defense
- IT and technical services
- Stability operations
- Health care, life sciences and biodefense
- Professional Services
- Logistics and Supply Chain
Located in major markets across the country, the Government Contracts practice includes experienced government contract lawyers, whose key credentials include experience with major government procuring agencies, the Justice Department and Congress. The team also includes certified public accountants and MBAs. Our lawyers hold leadership positions in American Bar Association committees and are active in industry organizations such as the National Defense Industry Association, the National Contract Management Association, the Coalition for Government Procurement and the Professional Services Council.
The Government Contracts group traces its market-leading position back more than 50 years, built on the foundation established by legacy firm McKenna Long & Aldridge. As the first dedicated government contracts practice in the US, our leadership in the contracting and procurement arena spans decades—from the Profit Renegotiation Boards established after the Korean War to today's largest and most complex procurements, both domestically and abroad.
Whether you need accounting or pricing assistance, an equitable adjustment, defense against civil or criminal fraud allegations, a legislative change that enables participation in the government contracting business or any other legal solution, turn to our Government Contracts practice for a successful outcome.
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October 21, 2016
October 11, 2016
The US Department of Defense issued a rule on Friday, October 21, finalizing its information security and cyber incident reporting requirements. The Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services rule finalized, with changes, the interim rule issued in August 2015, which mandated that both prime contractors and subcontractors safeguard covered defense information (CDI), report on network penetrations, and require adequate security from their external cloud computing services. The scope of cybersecurity requirements in the final rule will likely affect nearly every aspect of DoD contractors’ information systems, and contractors who wish to secure DoD awards must comply with it fully by the end of 2017. Read more
October 4, 2016
The October edition of "Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update" offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of September. This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine. We wish to thank our readers for the positive and encouraging feedback we received last month when we launched this monthly newsletter. Our aim is to keep you up-to-date on legislative and regulatory changes relevant to government contractors, so please keep the feedback coming. Read more
Continuing its trend of imposing substantial obligations on governments contractors, the Department of Labor recently issued a final rule requiring certain government contractors to provide employees a minimum of 7 days, or 56 hours, of annual paid sick leave. The US Department of Labor also recently issued a rule to increase the minimum wage to $10.20 per hour effective January 1, 2017. Contractors should closely review these rules and develop or revise their employment policies and practices to ensure compliance with these new, burdensome obligations. Read more
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February 11, 2016
October 30, 2015
Dentons announced the promotion of Government Contracts lawyers Dana B. Pashkoff and Erin B. Sheppard to partner and Joseph G. Martinez and Michael J. McGuinn to counsel. Read more
July 21, 2015
Dentons, the global law firm, filed an amicus brief with the Fourth Circuit federal court of appeals today on behalf of its clients, the Professional Services Council—The Voice of the Government Services Industry and the Coalition for Government Procurement in Al Shimari v. CACI Premier Technology, Inc., No. 15-1831. At issue is application of the political question doctrine, and possibly additional pretrial legal defenses such as federal preemption and derivative sovereign immunity, which bar private-party damages suits arising from services that government contractors perform for the U.S. military, both abroad and domestically. Read more
Dentons filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States today on behalf of its clients, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar & the Professional Services Council (PSC), in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, No 14-857. To be decided are issues of class-action mootness and derivative sovereign immunity. Read more