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Competition for government contracts is keen—but landing a government contract is just the first step. Companies that service the government must comply with an often complex web of regulatory requirements and contractual terms.
Womble Carlyle’s Government Contracts team assists contracting companies every step of the way from the initial competition to the final close-out of the contract.
Our services include:
Clients also look to us to navigate cross-border issues, including export controls, the Trade Agreements Act, the Buy American Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance. We help clients through government audits, investigations, responses to subpoenas, voluntary and mandatory disclosures of violations, and allegations under the Civil False Claims Act. We engage in litigation adverse to the government, in prime-subcontractor disputes, bid protests, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and opposition to disclosure, and have experience with alternative dispute resolution.
Our government contracts practice is nationwide in scope, and our attorneys have represented clients in all sectors – defense and aerospace, technology and services, computer and electronics, banking and financial services, universities and non-profits, pharmaceuticals and biotech, real estate and construction.
Contact: Jim Kearney
In addition, Womble Carlyle offers a full range of legal services that government contractors require, including (click to read about each service area):
Global markets and supply chains are governed by numerous and sometimes overlapping export and trade controls. For the client whose business depends upon export of products, foreign licensing of technologies, or foreign sourcing of goods, noncompliance with these laws is simply not an option. Violations are punishable by civil and criminal penalties, and the loss of export and trade privileges.
No business is beyond the reach of export and trade controls:
Clients subject to export and trade controls have diverse legal needs:
Due Diligence / Auditing / Compliance
Licensing and Authorizations
Government contractors turn to Womble Carlyle for guidance in all phases of buying and selling businesses, including mergers, purchases and sales of capital stock and assets, recapitalizations and other corporate restructurings. Our team has handled both taxable and tax-deferred transactions ranging in size from several hundred thousand dollars to several hundred million dollars.
We also assist government contractors with all aspects of regulatory compliance related to mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions, including managing the process of negotiating novation agreements under the federal acquisition regulations, specialized due diligence required for the transfer of government business and government contracts assets, and foreign ownership and control concerns under Exon-Florio and the defense security regulations.
Government contracting clients turn to Womble Carlyle for guidance in complying with federal and state labor and employment laws, as well as in litigating and arbitrating employment disputes.
Our team counsels clients on wage and hour, equal employment opportunity, and affirmative action compliance and disputes. In addition, we advise clients on Service Contract Act compliance and dispute resolution.
We also guide government contractors in employee defection matters, including non-compete, non-solicitation, fiduciary duty, tortious interference, conspiracy, trade secret, and related unfair competition issues.
• Defending an 8,000-employee international logistics company against an Iraq-based non-competition and employee raiding action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
• Defending a Northern Virginia-based government contractor against a tortious interference, trade secret, and employee raiding action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
• Defending a Northern Virginia-based government contractor against a tortious interference and business conspiracy action in Virginia state court.
• Defending a Northern Virginia-based government contractor against an FLSA and False Claims Act action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
• Developed pre-deployment employee training curricula on compliance with U.S. and foreign laws, cultural norms, rules for the use of force, whistleblower protections,
• Advised government contractors on best practices for pre-vetting, hiring, supervising, and terminating employees and independent contractors abroad.
Contact: Tom Sawyer
Womble Carlyle has more than 200 practicing litigators. Our team represents government contractors in:
With the aid of our Alternate Dispute Resolution Team, we guide government-related businesses through arbitration and mediation.
Contact: Gary Nunes
Womble Carlyle works with government contractors to develop, secure and protect patents, trademarks, copyrights and other valuable intellectual property. This includes assisting businesses involved in government-funded research or joint development agreements.
Our IP experience includes:
Thomas Cawley, Jr. Ph.D.
We help government businesses buy, sell, lease, sell, develop and operate commercial property. While we help clients with all aspects of real estate transactions and dispute resolution, our government business-specific experience includes assisting companies with:
Womble Carlyle focuses on helping companies proactively prevent potentially damaging government investigations and criminal charges, as well as defend against actual charges, if they occur.
Government contractors turn to Womble Carlyle’s team of veteran defense attorneys and former prosecutors for guidance in civil and white-collar criminal investigations related to claims of:
Our attorneys have represented companies in investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Securities and Exchange Commission, numerous State Attorneys General and local law enforcement.