Doing business with the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services can be a trap for the unwary. The government has teams of lawyers ready to support its mission. You need the same.

Maynard Cooper’s Government Solutions Group has broad experience supporting every aspect of a contractor’s business activities. That allows us to form tiger teams with the exact expertise needed to provide efficient, cost-effective solutions for each client’s unique requirements. Below is a general overview of the types of broad support our team can provide.

Bid Protests and Procurement Litigation:

Unfortunately, sometimes contractors find themselves in adversarial proceedings. We have handled hundreds of bid protests, worth many billions of dollars, in every protest forum available. And we have tried multiple Contract Disputes Act cases in various forums, and even handled the appeals. Where there is no other available option, we have also challenged government action under the Administrative Procedures Act. Our team has been involved in some of the most significant, precedential cases in government contracting. Our success speaks for itself.

Transactions, Mergers, and Acquisitions:

Contractors, private equity firms, and investment bankers across the country rely on our team to close their deals. We close hundreds of millions of dollars in acquisitions every year, representing buyers, sellers, lenders, and ESOP trustees. Not all transactions involve the acquisition of a company; some are contract specific. We help our clients structure novation agreements as well.

Compliance and Audit Support:

We help our clients field and address issues that pop up during acquisition, performance, and contract close out. We are fluent in CAS and Part 31, and able to support you during any DCAA or other audits.

Teaming Agreements, Joint Ventures, and Subcontracts:

We recognize that the whole is sometimes greater than the sum of the parts. We help contractors forge partnerships to pursue contracting opportunities through teaming agreements and joint ventures, and to put subcontracts in place after award.

False Claims, Internal Investigations, Suspension, and Debarment:

Few things are more intimidating than staring down government allegations of wrongdoing. We are our clients’ first call when that happens. We conduct internal investigations (before and after the allegations arise) and litigate the charges if necessary. We have handled False Claims Act litigation all over the country. And you will find our names on the opinions in some of the most significant responsibility, suspension, and debarment cases in recent history.

Third-Party Litigation:

Contractors sometimes find themselves in court litigating prime-sub disputes, non-competition agreements, and employment decisions. Over the years we have seen it all and have litigated virtually every type of controversy a contractor might face. We are bet-the-company litigators.

Niche Areas:

We realize that there are other government contract lawyers, but few have experience with niche areas such as the Randolph Sheppard Act, Ability One, the Service Contract Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, state and local contracting, government data rights, and contractor IP issues.

Government Relations:

Sometimes the best solution is not a legal one. Our government relations team has deep connections across state and local governments. We are able to help our clients identify, develop, and achieve political goals.

Government Solutions Webinar Series

Government Solutions Webinar: The Service Contract Act

Maynard Cooper shareholders Jon Levin and Matt Stiles hosted the August Government Solutions webinar on August 29th. During the program, they provided listeners with an in-depth discussion of the Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Jon touched on several elements related to the SCA including contract coverage, classes of personnel covered, agency notice to offerors, wage determinations and benefits, equitable adjustments, record-keeping requirements, and enforcement. Matt added in his expertise in the Labor and Employment realm and provided an overview of the ACA, its intentions and current results and also discussed the ACA and SCA together and best practices. Be sure to watch the webinar here, as well as download the presentation from the program.

Government Solutions Webinar: Subcontracts Administration: Working with DCAA and DCMA

Jon Levin and Asa Gilliland of Redstone Government Consulting recently hosted a webinar on February 28. During the 60 minute program, they provided listeners with a discussion of significant issues that arise when working with the Government on subcontracting issues. The session included a discussion of the recent denial of a Government claim for breach of subcontracts administration. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities with the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts. Be sure to watch the webinar here, as well as download the presentation from the program.

Government Solutions Webinar: 2016 Year in Review

Jon Levin and Brian Chapuran hosted a webinar on January 26. During the 60 minute program, they provided listeners with a review of topics that were covered in 2016 and what they mean as we move into 2017. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities on the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts. The January webinar opened the 2017 Series. Be sure to watch the webinar here, as well as download the presentation from the program.

Government Solutions Webinar - Exempt Service Contracts: Labor, Immigration, and Classification Traps to Avoid

Maynard Cooper shareholders Stephen Davis and David Block joined Maynard's Andy Watson and Jon Levin in hosting a webinar on June 29th. During the 60 minute program, they provided listeners with an in-depth discussion of common pitfalls related to the Fair Labor Standards Act, updates to the Federal Immigration Law as well as other updates in the labor and employment industry. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities with the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts. Be sure to watch the webinar here, as well as download the presentation from the program.

Government Solutions Webinar: Proposal Instructions and Contract Management: Pitch Your Government Customers While Turning Square Corners

Leslie Leaver of Strategic Business Solutions and Michael Heaton of Feder8Solutions joined Jon Levin in hosting a webinar on March 30. During the 90 minute program, they provided listeners with a discussion of proposal instructions and contract management. They discussed how to pitch your Government customers while turning square corners. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities with the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts. Be sure to watch the webinar here, as well as download the presentation from the program.

Government Solutions Webinar: Business Systems: Compliance Requirements for Large and Small Businesses

Brandon Smith of Anglin, Reichmann, Snellgrove & Armstrong, P.C. joined Jon Levin in hosting a webinar on May 25th. During the 60 minute program, they provided listeners with a discussion of Business Systems: Compliance Requirements for Large and Small Businesses. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities with the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts.

Be sure to watch the webinar here, as well as download the presentation from the program.

Government Solutions Webinar: New SBA Regulations Provide Tremendous Opportunities for Small Businesses: Mentor-Protege Agreements, JVs, and Relief from the Limitations on Subcontracting

Andy Watson, Matthew Moore and Jon Levin hosted a webinar on October 27 titled, New SBA Regulations Provide Tremendous Opportunities for Small Businesses: Mentor-Protege Agreements, JVs, and Relief from the Limitations on Subcontracting. During the 60 minute program they covered three topics; New Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program, Changes to Limitation on Subcontracting Rule and Changes to Joint Venture Rules. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities on the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts. The October webinar wrapped up the 2016 Series. Be sure to watch the webinar here, as well as download the presentation from the program.

Government Solutions Webinar: Terminations: How to Deal With the Premature Death of Your Contract

Jon Levin and Cheryl Anderson hosted a webinar on May 25 titled, Terminations: How to Deal with the Premature Death of your Contract. Topics covered during the webinar included an overview of terminations, terminations for convenience (T4C), partial T4C vs. deductive changes, terminations for default (T4D), and calculating termination costs. Jon Levin is a shareholder and member of Maynard Cooper's Government Contracts & Bid Protests and Cybersecurity practice. Jon has more than a decade of experience working with government contractors and government entities. Jon uses his extensive background and understanding of his client's business goals to help his clients on a large number of matters. His work history in private practice and intelligence community includes bid protests, claims, and terminations in both unclassified and classified matters. Cheryl Anderson is a Director with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. She provides Government Contract Consulting services to government contractors primarily related to equitable adjustment claims, terminations, and DCAA audit expectations. Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Cheryl served in a number of capacities with DCAA for over thirty-five years. Upon her retirement, Cheryl was a regional audit manager with DCAA. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities on the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts. Be sure to watch the webinar here, and download the slide deck from the presentation.

Government Solutions Webinar: Employee Stock Ownership Plans

Andy Watson and Frances King Quick hosted the August webinar, Employee Stock Ownership Plans or ESOPs. During the program Andy and Frances discussed how a program became a qualified retirement plan, using ESOP as strategy for succession planning and the Advantages and disadvantages of ESOP(s). Andy Watson is a Shareholder with Maynard Cooper, and chair of the Government Contracting & Bid Protest Group and Co-Chair of the Government Solutions Group. Andy has an extensive background working with clients in transactional, financial, and regulatory matters. He regularly assists clients iin the defense, technology, and space industries in navigating the appropriate legal and regulatory regimes at the federal, state, and local levels. Frances King Quick serves employers in the establishment and maintenance of qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans. Her practice includes the identification and resolution of fiduciary obligations to plan participants, correction of plan qualification issues arising under the Internal Revenue Code, updating plan documents to conform to legal requirements under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, submitting retirement plans and trusts to the Internal Revenue Service for approval and utilizing DOL correction programs for fiduciary breaches. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities on the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts. For more details on the program or registration, please contact Caroline Dodson at cdodson@maynardcooper.com. Be sure to watch the webinar here, and download the slide deck by clicking the link.

Government Solutions Webinar: Recent Changes resulting from Export Control Reform

Andy Watson, shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale, along with Richard Simpson, President at RSimpson Consulting Services, hosted a live webinar on January 13 covering joint ventures for government contracting. During the program Andy and Richard explained joint ventures, discussed advantages to joint ventures verse teaming arrangements, clarified specific SBA rules and regulations, and examined the considerations for seeking a joint venture. Andy Watson is chair of the Government Contracts & Bid Protests practice, which supports Maynard’s Government Solutions Group. Richard Simpson has had a 35 year career span in marketing, sales and consulting with IT businesses, working with both federal and commercial customers. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities on the strategies of navigating the lase of government contracts.

Government Solutions Webinar: Small Business Bid Strategies - Pricing, Teaming Agreements, and Subcontracts

Jon Levin, Jon Hall and Matt Parker presented a webinar on April 27 regarding Small Business Bid Strategies: Pricing, Teaming Agreements, and Subcontracts. Jon Levin is a shareholder and member of Maynard Cooper's Government Contracts & Bid Protests and Cybersecurity practice. Jon has more than a decade of experience working with government contractors and government entities. Jon uses his extensive background and understanding of his client's business goals to help his clients on a large number of matters. His work history in private practice and intelligence community includes bid protests, claims, and terminations in both unclassified and classified matters. Jon is a shareholder specializing in Government Contractor Consulting at Hall Albright Garrison & Associates. He offers specific expertise in the areas of general accounting and contract advisory services, rate structure analysis, government cost proposal response guidance, incurred cost proposals and ICE submissions, business operations support, and day to day contract support. Jon is one of the founding members of Hall Albright Garrison & Associates, prior to which time he worked for over twenty years as a consultant to government contracts and various small businesses. Matthew Parker is an Associate with Maynard Cooper in the Intellectual Property & Technology, Corporate and Litigation practices. He assists clients with a variety of intellectual property matters including the licensing, protection, and enforcement of copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets. Matthew earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Immunology. Matthew has experience working on general corporate matters related to company formation, mergers & acquisitions and equity offerings. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities on the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts. Be sure to watch the webinar here, and download the slide deck from the presentation.

Government Solutions Webinar: Preserve Your Right to Obtain an Equitable Adjustment: Practical Legal and Accounting Advice Before a Change Occurs

Brad English and Hobie Frady presented a webinar on March 16 titled Preserve Your Right to Obtain an Equitable Adjustment: Practical Legal and Accounting Advice Before a Change Occurs. The session addressed the following issues related to changes:
  • What is a change
  • Types of changes
  • Formal changes
  • Constructive changes
  • Authority, Notice, and Duty to Proceed
  • Cardinal Changes
  • Quantum
  • Claims certification and appeals
Brad is a Shareholder and member of the Government Contracts & Bid Protests practice, as well as several practices in the Litigation section at Maynard Cooper and Gale. He represents government contractors in connection with litigation arising out of their contracting activities. Brad frequently represents contractors before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals, the Government Accountability Office, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the United States Court of Federal Claims and in other state and federal courts across the country. Hobie Frady is the Senior Managing Consultant at Beason & Nalley, with a primary focus in businesses that contract with the Federal Government, a niche focus of Beason & Nalley for over 15 years. Mr. Frady has over 20 years of accounting and management experience in the Government contracting industry. Prior to joining Beason & Nalley, Hobie was President of Capstone Consulting Partners, Inc. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities on the strategies of navigating the laws of government contracts. Be sure to watch the webinar here, and download the slide deck from the presentation.

Government Solutions Webinar: Joint Ventures: What Government Contractors Need to Know

Andy Watson, shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale, along with Richard Simpson, President at RSimpson Consulting Services, hosted a live webinar on January 13 covering joint ventures for government contracting. During the program Andy and Richard explained joint ventures, discussed advantages to joint ventures verse teaming arrangements, clarified specific SBA rules and regulations, and examined the considerations for seeking a joint venture. Andy Watson is chair of the Government Contracts & Bid Protests practice, which supports Maynard’s Government Solutions Group. Richard Simpson has had a 35 year career span in marketing, sales and consulting with IT businesses, working with both federal and commercial customers. The Government Solutions Webinar Series is a monthly program targeted at assisting government entities on the strategies of navigating the lase of government contracts.

For more information, please contact Ellery Miller.
We provide the full scope of representation for those doing business with the Government. Several areas of representation include, but are not limited to:
  • Contract Claims and Constructive Changes
  • Bid Protests
  • Other Transactions
  • DCAA Compliance and Audit Support
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Teaming Arrangements
  • Disputes between Prime and Subcontractors
  • Organizational Conflicts of Interest
  • Regulatory Compliance and Ethics
  • Novation
  • Terminations
  • Internal Investigations, Voluntary Disclosure, and Agency Compliance Agreements
  • Suspension and Debarment
  • Small/Disadvantaged Business Matters
  • Schedule Contracts
  • International Contracting
  • Representative and Distribution Agreements
  • False Claims Act
  • Service Contract Act
  • Ability One Program
  • Randolph-Sheppard Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Intellectual Property, Data Rights and Licensing
  • ESOP – Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • State and Local Contracts
  • Compliance with Solicitation and Procurement Requirements
  • Drafting legislation and advising clients on pending legislation that may affect their interests
  • Monitoring, analyzing and responding to proposed administrative rules and regulations
  • Lobbying executive branches, legislators, staff, and other organizations regarding clients’ interests
  • The tactical use of existing corporate legislative resources
  • Testifying on behalf of clients in legislative committee meetings, hearings, and negotiations
  • Assistance in the design of and obtaining authorization to transact using products and/or services in regulated industries
  • Guidance through mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and reorganizations requiring approval from state and federal regulatory agencies
  • Drafting legislation
  • Advice regarding compliance with all laws and regulations
  • Representation of clients in numerous matters pending before or involving state boards, commissions, and other regulatory agencies
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