Joseph G. Martinez’s practice focuses on all aspects of government contracts litigation and corporate counseling with an emphasis on bid protest litigation, contract and subcontract formation and pricing issues, and complex claims litigation. Joe is also a member of Dentons’ Political Law, Ethics and Disclosure team and counsels clients regarding federal, state and local election law, campaign finance, ethics matters, and assists government contractors in navigating the intersection of law, politics and public policy.
Joe has significant experience assisting government contractors of all sizes in the formation of government contracts and subcontracts, including compliance with the Truth In Negotiations Act (TINA), subcontracting flow-down requirements, and litigating bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the US Court of Federal Claims (COFC). Joe also assists clients in resolving disputes that arise during the performance of government contracts, including matters relating to cost allowability, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), small business set-asides, requests for equitable adjustment (REA) and performance disputes. Joe has also assisted clients with the submission of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, including the submission of administrative appeals and litigation in the federal district courts seeking judicial review of agency decisions to withhold documents, and assisted with reverse-FOIA submissions to protect contractor data from being publicly released.
Joe received his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs and his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law. While in law school, he served as a law clerk for Governor Bill Owens (R-CO), was a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court and the Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Teams, and was active in the Student Bar Association. In recognition of his scholarship and leadership, he was awarded the ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award.
Joe received his BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. While attending Michigan he served as a legislative intern for US Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) and interned in the Government Affairs department of DaimlerChrysler.
- Successfully represented subcontractor in arbitration with prime contractor regarding interpretation of parties’ subcontract and application of small business set-asides.
Continued representation before federal district court to confirm arbitration award and resist opposing parties’ efforts to set-aside arbitration award.
- Counseled private investment firm that is assignee of amounts due under government contract in the recovery of those amounts, including government contracts dispute resolution process, appropriations law, bankruptcy, and represented contractor in FOIA administrative appeal.
- Assisted biopharmaceutical company in negotiations with the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the award of an Other Transaction Agreement.
- Successfully represented prime contractor in recovery of severance costs incurred while performing U.S. government contract abroad. Case was litigated before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
- Represented various contractors in bid protests before the GAO and the COFC, including offerors challenging government awards and representing awardees as intervenors.
- Counseled and litigated on behalf of large service provider who has performed significant contracts in Middle East war zones, including subcontract formation and pricing, cost allowability under prime contracts and contract interoperation issues and actions before the COFC and international arbitration forums.
- “Contractor Compliance With Federal Campaign Contribution Requirements,” Dentons Client Alert, co-authored by Stefan C. Passantino and Thomas F. Walls, July 15, 2015
- “Setting Limits – The Court of Federal Claims Clarifies ‘Deemed Denials,’" Dentons Client Alert, co-authored by Thomas A. Lemmer, March 2, 2015
- "Establishing Some Order: When The Government Should Act As Appellant In CDA Litigation," The Government Contractor, October, 2014
- "DCAA Malpractice: Recovery of Damages," co-authored by Thomas Lemmer, Phil Seckman, and Joe Martinez, Bloomberg BNA Federal Contracts Report, May 15, 2012
- Contributing Author, "Colorado Procurement Handbook," West Publications, 2009
Activities and Affiliations
- Presenter, "Price Analysis and Reasonable Pricing," Public Contracting Institute, May 21, 2015
- Presenter, "Subcontract Flowdowns Best Practices and Emerging Issues," National Contract Management Association – Greater Iowa Chapter, April 14, 2015
- Presenter, "Cost and Pricing for Small Businesses – What You Must Know to be Successful," Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, March 17, 2015
- Colorado Bar Association
- National Contract Management Association, Denver Chapter
- Republican National Lawyers Association