Government Contracts

  • Holland & Knight’s Government Contracts Group helps clients understand and navigate the government contracting process and comply with the applicable government contracts laws and regulations so they can successfully achieve their business objectives.
  • Our team offers clients an insider’s perspective of the government contracting and procurement process gained through legal acumen and years of experience serving in federal government agencies.
  • We represent businesses that contract with state, local, federal and foreign governments for all types of products and services across a wide variety of industries.
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Making your way through the government contracts and procurement process requires an in-depth knowledge of – and strict compliance with – several statutes, regulations and licensing requirements. Whether you are contracting with a government entity at the federal, state or local level in the United States or abroad, the vast array of government contract laws and government procurement laws can be daunting. Understanding all aspects of this highly regulated process is critical to your success.

Holland & Knight’s Government Contracts Group can assist you in navigating the government contract process and complying with the applicable laws and regulations so you can successfully achieve your business objectives.

Representing a Wide Range of Industries

We regularly represent government contractors that provide all types of products and services across an extensive variety of industries, including:

  • Defense and Aerospace. Our team represents both large and small Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA contractors and subcontractors and we regularly provide advice in matters involving complex weapons and systems research; development, integration and management; product supply and professional technical services.
  • Construction, Architecture and Engineering. We represent clients in liability, general and subcontractor disputes; performance and payment bond disputes; surety matters and specification and schedule compliance claims.
  • Information Technology, Telecommunications and Information Systems. We provide comprehensive representation in the arena of information technology law to technology-based government contractors on everything from intellectual property, security, tax, financing, personnel, real estate, strategic analysis, corporate and regulatory matters to dispute resolution and litigation.
  • Homeland Security. We regularly counsel clients on developments in technology, security, liability limitations and other issues raised by the SAFETY Act.
  • Manufacturing and Products. Our team provides guidance on procurements for clients that manufacture custom products for the federal government as well as those that provide commercially ready products.
  • Professional Services. We advise clients on legal and policy developments and offer guidance on the complex procurements required in information technology solutions, research, architecture, design, engineering, testing, evaluation, strategic analysis, cost analysis and management, operations and maintenance, systems integration, software design and development, telecommunications, logistics and other areas.
  • Environmental Remediation. We offer a full range of advisory services to government contractors engaged in environmental matters.
  • Healthcare. Our team represents a broad range of healthcare contractors, including medical supply manufacturers, managed care providers, hospitals and fiscal intermediaries, in all aspects of government contract services.
  • Real Estate. We represent clients engaged in real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions and leasing, with federal, state and local government agencies.

Key Areas of Experience

Our Government Contracts Group has broad, in-depth experience in all facets of U.S. government contracts law as well as international government contracts law. Our team is poised to assist you in a wide variety of transactions and disputes concerning government procurement and contracting issues, including:

  • Bid Protests and Claims. Our team regularly represents clients in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Court of Federal Claims, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Boards of Contract Appeals, and alternative dispute resolution panels.
  • Cost Accounting. We counsel clients on cost and pricing issues, cost principals, defective pricing under Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA), planning and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) audits.
  • Data Rights, Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets. Our team offers guidance on data rights, marking, licenses, dispute resolution litigation and reporting of inventions.
  • Ethics, Compliance and Investigations. We represent clients in cases and investigations involving fraud; Federal and State False Claims Acts and qui tam actions; Procurement Integrity Act; False Statements Act; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); responses to Congressional, Department of Justice or Inspector General subpoenas; and mandatory disclosure.
  • International Procurement. We provide comprehensive legal services in the area of international procurement, including guidance on the Trade Agreements Act, Buy America Act, Berry Amendment, export controls, FOCI mitigation, Foreign Military Sales, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
  • Mergers and Acquisitions. Our team advises clients on the full range of transactions businesses may encounter, from methodical due diligence, careful documentation and thorough attention to SEC matters, securities filings and corporate governance issues, to electing a structure through negotiation and approvals from the Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
  • Real Estate Asset Services and GSA Leasing. We provide representation in acquisition, leasing, financing, construction and management of real property by state and federal governments, including BRAC and GSA matters.
  • Small Business. We assist clients in navigating the 8(a) program, including mentor-protégé relationships, service-disabled veteran owned and veteran owned program, the historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) program, women-owned small business program and also advise on joint venture and subcontract arrangements in these programs, size protests, NAICS protests and merger and acquisition issues.
  • State and Local Procurement. Our team represents clients selling products or furnishing services to state or local governments, as well as lawyers assisting certain governmental entities in procurement policy and implementation, contract negotiation, responses to RFPs and bids, and protests and claims.
  • Suspension and Debarment. We handle representation of entities under suspension, debarment or otherwise excluded from participation in government contracting.

Proven Experience Across All Federal Agencies

Our attorneys are fully knowledgeable of the intricacies of government contracts and procurements. We routinely assist companies in dealing with all of the major federal purchasing and policy agencies in the United States – including DoD, DoC, DHS, DoE, DoS, DVA, EPA, NASA, GSA, HHS, SBA, USPS, DoT, Treasury – as well as with numerous other entities, including those at the state and local level.

Experienced Counsel to Help You Succeed

Our Government Contracts Group includes lawyers in offices across the U.S. We have a thorough understanding of government contracting from both the government and private sector perspectives. Our team members, many of whom have served in federal government agencies, include former elected officials, former senior staff from the House and Senate (including the Appropriations and Armed Services Committees) and former counsels to regulatory agencies and commissions.

Comprehensive Representation

Our team is organized to help you successfully manage all of the issues, processes and parties involved in even the most complex transactions. Our goal is to provide you with efficient and cost-effective representation in virtually every kind of government procurement matter. When necessary, we partner with other attorneys throughout the firm to deliver comprehensive service in all areas of government contracts, including corporate transactions and acquisitions, criminal defense, audits and investigations, employment, export controls and international law, financing, information technology, intellectual property, litigation and real estate. You can rely on our Government Contracts Group to simplify the contract and procurement process for you in matters involving a vast range of products and services, industries, practice areas and transactions.