Government Contracts

Hunton & Williams LLP has substantial experience in the law applicable to government contracts. We represent both governmental entities and companies that do business with governments. More particularly, our firm provides advice and service in the following areas of the government contracts arena.

Government Contracts Litigation and Claims
Sometimes disputes cannot be avoided. In such cases, we have extensive experience in preparing, analyzing, prosecuting and defending all manner of government contract litigation.

We have handled numerous cases in federal and state courts across the country, including the United States Court of Federal Claims. Our experience involves:

  • Prosecuting, defending and intervening in bid protests. We have handled protests involving defective bid specifications, small and/or disadvantaged business determinations, "best value" determinations
  • Representing our clients when they are the focus of suspension or debarment proceedings
  • Protecting our clients when the government seeks to terminate a contract, whether for alleged default or for the government's convenience
  • Defending against False Claims Act allegations and other claims of contractor fraud brought by the government
  • Pursuing certified claims and subsequent appeals for differing site conditions, schedule disputes, changes in the scope of work and related matters

Government Contracts Counseling
Our primary goal is to keep our clients out of trouble. With this in mind, we advise our government contracting clients on various matters, including:

  • Conducting internal investigations in response to possible or threated government actions
  • Evaluating specific workforce issues that arise in government contracts, working closely with our labor and employment lawyers to ensure that all applicable rules are followed
  • Advising our clients about government-required standards of conduct and internal control programs, including reporting requirements for violations
  • Negotiating special provisions in agency contracts and license agreements, including license agreements for computer software and other intellectual property
  • Advising our clients about the various restrictions on hiring former government employees
  • Avoiding and disclosing conflicts of interest, both personal and organizational
  • Protecting government property from disclosure or misuse
  • Advising on flowdown clauses and other aspects of subcontracts
  • Advising financiers on the risks of lending and taking an assignment of payments from government contracts
  • Performing due diligence regarding the status of active government contracts and related claims, particularly in the context of buying and selling businesses
  • Assignments or novations of contracts when the business holding the government contract is bought or sold
  • Evaluating bids and proposals for government work, and advising clients on how best to structure responses to such solicitations