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Heyl Royster

 

Practices

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

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The field of government contracting contains complex rules and regulations at all levels – federal, state and local.  Whether analyzing contracting systems prospectively or faced with a litigation event, Heyl Royster believes in finding cost-effective and efficient solutions.  This approach can apply in all stages of contracting including preventative systems maintenance, bid/proposal development, competition, award, administration, dispute and claims.

Success in government contracting requires an understanding of the fundamentals.  Examining the contract and its pertinent provisions is how Heyl Royster typically begins its review.  We avoid becoming enmeshed in unnecessary and costly theorizing. Instead, we delve into the facts to make sure our analysis isolates the correct legal issues, permits targeted risk assessment, and produces the lowest impact possible so contractor personnel can focus on their profit-making functions.  While Heyl Royster represents contractors of any size, our approach to problem solving, coupled with a very competitive rate structure, makes legal services accessible to mid-sized and smaller contractors.

The maintenance of relationships with government contract officers, prime contractors and subcontractors is important.  Our attorneys are not only familiar with the private sector perspective, but also the government's point of view.  This balanced approach can preserve the possibility of future business while at the same time steadfastly advocating for a successful outcome on any particular point of contention.

The legal environment of government contracting is one of constant change.  Our attorneys stay abreast of developments by participating in industry groups such as the National Contract Management Association, the American Bar Association, and various state bar associations.  In fact, we are leaders in the field having served in directorships, spoken extensively at conferences, and published incisive articles.

The following is a sampling of areas in which we can provide services:

  • Federal, State and Local Contracting
  • Federal Acquisition Regulation and Agency Supplements
  • Teaming, Partnering, Mentor-Protégé and Joint Venture
  • Intellectual Property and Data Rights Protection
  • Trade Secret and Confidential Financial Information Protection
  • False Claims Act / Qui Tam Defense
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Privacy Act
  • Investigation, Suspension and Debarment
  • Compliance and Ethics
  • Proposal Development
  • Small Disadvantaged Business Programs
  • Cost Accounting Standards
  • Cost Recovery
  • Termination
  • Bid Protest
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Publications

  • "Servicemembers Civil Relief Act," chapter in Military Service and the Law, co-author, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2009) - Download Article
  • "The Dynamics of State and Local Protest Litigation," Contract Mgmt (2006)
  • "10 Principles for Receiving High-Quality Legal Services," Contract Mgmt (2005)
  • "The Consequences of Mutually Mistaken Facts in Contracting," Contract Mgmt (2005)
  • "The Use and Misuse of Contingent Fees in Government Contracting," Contract Mgmt (2003)
  • "The Federal Mentor-Protege Program," Contract Mgmt (2003)
  • "Commercial Contract Liability," Contract Mgmt (2002)