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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August 15, 2016
August 11, 2016
On August 2, 2016, the US Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule that “further implements” DoD’s ongoing effort to eliminate counterfeit electronic parts from the DoD supply chain (the Final Rule). See Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts - Further Implementation (DFARS Case 2014-D005). Read more
August 8, 2016
On August 11, 2016, the US Department of Defense (DoD) published a proposed rule that would significantly change how it acquires commercial items and how its contracting officers will ensure they are obtaining fair and reasonable prices. 81 Fed. Reg. 53101 (proposing to amend 48 CFR Parts 202,212, 215, 234, 239 and 252). The proposed rule is yet another step in DoD’s ongoing effort to both provide access to nontraditional defense contractors through the more streamlined commercial item acquisition process while simultaneously addressing concerns that its contracting officers have sometimes failed to secure fair and reasonable prices for commercial item acquisitions. Read more
Later this year the US Supreme Court will decide State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby, No. 15-513—the latest in a long line of appeals raising important questions about the operation of the civil False Claims Act's qui tam provisions, 31 U.S.C. §§3729 et seq. The question presented in Rigsby is the standard for dismissal of a qui tam suit where the relators and/or their counsel have willfully violated the seal requirement imposed by §3730(b)(2). Dentons appellate partner Lawrence S. Ebner, in an amicus brief filed on behalf of DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, has urged the Supreme Court to hold that a qui tam relator’s suit must be dismissed where the relator or his or her counsel has intentionally breached the seal. Read more
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San Diego, CASeptember 21, 2016
Please join us for a complimentary networking lunch and presentation on intellectual property (IP) and the federal contracting process. Read more
Recent Press Releases
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